This past week (Friday, June 19 - Friday, June 26) I was in Brooklyn serving with an organization called YouthWorks. YouthWorks is a short terms mission organization that partners with long termers serving in cities all over the United States and Canada (and in one city in Puerto Rico). Every summer hundreds of college-aged Jesus … Continue reading Here’s the thing about my life lately
"If you don't trust me, we're all going down... Now everybody lean forward." "Do you want go to the river?" he asked. "Yes," I said. No hesitation. No question. "I just want to go swimming. I just want to hang out with no responsibilities," he said. I nodded. He called an hour later. "I'm on … Continue reading If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is
This isn't a diary, but we're going to pretend like it is today because this weekend was one of the best of my lives and I'd like to share the happenings. This weekend my friends Heather, Christine, and I loaded up our overnight bags and went on a good ol' fashioned Dominican road trip. Our … Continue reading Here’s the thing about Samaná
"¡Párate!" she grabbed the arm of the man walking past her in a blur of black leather jacket and faded blue backpack. "Párate," she said again, quieter now, as he did, indeed stop, his forearm clutched in her steady hand. "Mira que linda, que hermosa. Las peloteras y las ruinas y el sol, como esta … Continue reading Here’s the thing about beautiful things
Remember when I talked about my wonderful life and the things that come along with such a nice life that I don't want to do? The other day I was talking with a friend about the back and forth, the coming and going. I said, "When I'm there, in the States, I think, 'Maybe another year or two … Continue reading Happy Anniversary DR!
I just want to stay in one place.Everyone’s talking about traveling and backpacking and places to go and people to see. I’ll tell you what. I’ve traveled. I’ve been and seen and met. I’ve done busses and taxis and airplanes and subways and motorcycles. I’ve done Paraguay and Washington DC and New York City and … Continue reading Here’s the thing about what I don’t want, what I do want, and what I will do
For the past few days I've been driving a little blue Aveo around the Mid West. It's been a nice little trip full of visiting old friends and making new ones, watching House Hunters in three different states (so far!) and drinking a lot of fountain soda. I've sat in dining rooms and on back … Continue reading Here’s the thing about my Mid West Adventure
I'm taking a break from my schedule for a while. I've been feeling bogged down by schedules and regulations and appointments and expectations (mostly mine) and even lists. I don't want to write because I have to. I want to write because I have to. You know? There's a time for discipline and routine and sitting in … Continue reading Here’s the thing about what comes next
This week we're starting to wrap things up! (Only 8 more days of school!) Fortunately, "wrapping things up" means a lot of shared meals! Two weeks from today I'll be in Brooklyn! Articles worth checking out: The Best Burger in Every State at Business Insider - I just think this might come in handy. In which … Continue reading Check this out!
I sat by the sea with a friend I met once and then followed around the world. We watched the waves crash on the sand, each lost in our own thoughts of how great Thou art and oh how He loves. “I love the ocean,” the traveler said, the sand of so many beaches and … Continue reading Here’s the thing about the sea