prayer

Prayer is a dangerous thing. I began this year with a prayer, one written by Hazrat Inayat Khan. It has been answered time and time again. “Break my heart again and again until it stays open.” A year ago, I didn’t post in the wake of the election, the suicide of a close friend on […]

Three stories.

I. Taking a picture from inside a moving car is a bad idea; stopping your car in a roadway to take a picture from a complete standstill is often an even worse one. This road, however, is known to me as the sleepy spot it’s remained for all the years stretching back to high school […]

On distant shores

It was almost exactly two weeks ago that I stood on the shore of Tayabas Bay at the beach at Laiya, San Juan, Batangas (on the island of Luzon in the Philippines – only about three hours from metro Manila) and watched the sun rise. Afterward, when I had spent possibly too much time taking […]

where angels wander

It didn’t take Google for me to know that the concept of complete cellular renewal in the human body every seven years is a myth. I know that no neurons are added to the cerebral cortex after birth. I know that the cells of your cornea are with you your entire life; they get tired […]

All the things

To pick up and start saying, again, “It’s been so long since I wrote…!” would do very little but state the obvious and make me feel sheepish even to be updating again. I spent some time, before writing this, updating the site’s appearance. It had literally not been updated since I set up the site […]

The Last College Confession: Summer, 1997

Well hello there! 2015 has been just a downright terrible year for blogging. But it was to good purpose: the first half of 2015 was pretty much eaten up by completing my long-unfinished, long-dormant college degree. With final grades submitted and an “A+” (they give pluses now?!) in my last class, at this point I […]

Sinistral

Every month at my church, my friend Laura and I host a “Sharing Our Stories” evening with a new theme each month, which we attempt – with varying levels of success – to bring to bear on the issue of Reproductive Justice. We met on on Friday, the 20th this month, just last night. The […]

This Year

MY BRAIN: Come on! It’s the 10th of February, we should start working on our annual Valentine’s Day post! MY HEART: I don’t wanna. MY BRAIN: Oh come on. This is a tradition, now. MY HEART: No one cares. MY BRAIN: Now you’re just being purposefully defeatist. You have been doing this since 2008, you […]

The blessing of a stranger

It didn’t take me long, once I moved to Silver Spring, to settle into a new morning walk routine. I change it up once in a while, but I tend to head into downtown more or less via the Whole Foods, then walk over to the Cameron/Spring St. garage, where I run/walk up the ramps, […]