culture


You Find Me Offensive? 3

In A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini begins with a sort of lushly sentimental tale that is just enough tinged around the edges that I am not completely surprised when the idyllic woodsy house where Mariam is raised gives way to war-torn homes in Kabul, Afghanistan. I wasn’t totally surprised […]


Brandi Chastain, Perfection and Modesty 6

I’ve been thinking a lot about Brandi Chastain lately. Remember her? She’s the rock star soccer player in that photo up there. She is celebrating the US Women’s victory over China in the World Cup in 1999. Her spontaneous and glorious and very fun celebration earned her both accolades and […]


Being Human 7

He is charming and kind. He laughs easily and gives openly. He has collected friends like seashells. He makes room in his world for their mess. And  they are messy. They have divorces and children with illness. They are selfish—at times.  They want more without giving—sometimes. His friends sometimes say […]

Being Human is Risky

Truth in the Dirt 3

We flew toward the pulsing skyline of Chicago, which danced in the distance like a giant, realized dream. Voices spun stories. We talked about how we approached the page, how book proposals were stupid and how guidelines can be so crippling. We laughed about the Oklahoma bumpkins gazing up at […]


Doing Dialogue 10

Election season gives us no shortage of opportunities to bite our tongues or lash our neighbors with them. We are a contentious people who cling tightly to our opinions as though we might have carried them down the mountain, after having watched a flaming heavenly finger carve them into stone. […]


Quick to Listen 28

I love me my twitter and Facebook. I like being able to reconnect with old friends and to forge new and very real relationships with fascinating people. I have met and had enlightening dialogue with runners, Christians, Atheists, lovers, fighters, readers, writers, thinkers, talkers. I have been prompted to laugh […]