April 2012

Community: An Intricate Texture of Belonging

Today, I was part of a community. Seventy-five people from my church convened at an old public school building in the Brookside neighborhood on the near-East side of Indianapolis to wash walls, serve hotdogs, and play basketball with local kids. The building is being repurposed as a classical, Christian school, which hopefully will stimulate community […] Read more

Ambitious Enough

At some point in the last year or so, I stopped writing at the desk in my studio. The move to the couch or the kitchen table was certainly a matter of convenience in the beginning. My sisters have each stayed with me for a period of 12 weeks, and each of them occupied the […] Read more

Crimes of Opportunity

On Tuesday, I arrived home from work to find my garage door wide open. This has happened to me a few times in the past. My friend Verray would be passing my house on the way to work an hour or so after I left, only to see my garage door open and call me. […] Read more

Ten Things I’ve Learned From Food

Ten things I have learned from eating a sugar-free, soy-free, gluten-free, artificial-preservative-free vegan diet for three months: 1.) It’s possible to eat this way and still enjoy eating. 2.) Lots of other people are doing this too. Just stop by Whole Foods and you’ll meet most of them. 3.) I can eat as much food […] Read more

The Last Hopeless Day

If Thursday was the last normal day, then Saturday is the last hopeless day. The disciples watched their teacher executed at the hands of the Romans, the Jewish leaders nodding their approval a clean distance away. His followers had forsaken him in his last hour, and they surely feared for their own lives, as well. […] Read more

The Last Normal Day

Queen Elizabeth maintains a tradition for Maundy (Holy) Thursday, that stretches back to the 1200s. The Royal Maundy worship service provides an opportunity for the monarch or a royal official to distribute small silver coins to the elderly for their service to the church. It is the only time the Queen travels to confer an […] Read more

An Untriumphal Entry

Like every year, we worshiped together yesterday surrounded by lilies and children waving palm fronds. We sang songs about preparing the way and celebrating the king; we remembered for a moment that though this day is awkward for us (we know what’s coming), the crowds lining that dirt road to welcome Jesus were all in […] Read more