A Different Kind of Holiday

We have no snow this year. It really doesn’t seem like Christmas without the snow, but I guess we don’t have any control over that. On the other hand, it hasn’t been all that cold so it’s been easy to walk around Chicago without freezing to death. This morning, I walked down Rush Street to […]

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Our Desperation to be Numb

I stopped at a coffee shop on the way to Chicago, and the tables were full of young entrepreneurs discussing their aspiring business options in the marijuana industry. They didn’t hitch their wagons to the craft beer industry that has taken off so well in Michigan so now there’s a new way to tap into […]

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The Cracked Loaf

The events going on in the country have been weighing on me, and, specifically, I’m grieving the effects of climate change on our natural world. I struggle to know what’s true and what’s hype. I feel guilty for buying plastic, I feel helpless to make a difference just by recycling, and I feel hopeless for […]

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Cafe Con Leche

“What is Cafe con Leche?” I asked the barista at Cafe Cubana in Tulsa. “It has shots of espresso, steamed milk and sweetened condensed milk in the bottom of the cup,” she said. “You had me at sweetened condensed milk,” I answered. “Give me a big one.” The big one has 4 shots of espresso. […]

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Thanksgiving Journey: Italian Delicacies, Peacocks and Friends

My gay boyfriend Michael and my running coach Jessica somehow managed to move 15 minutes away from each other in Tulsa. They both lived in Memphis at one time but have never met. Between the three of us, we’ve moved 8 times since we lived in Midtown Memphis. When a Thanksgiving invitation came around, I […]

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The Fruit of the Spirit

I’ve had writer’s block for awhile now. I’ve been really working with it for over a year, and the magic seems to have evaporated. My head used to be full of stories, and my day would be scattered with seemingly magical moments where topics would arise out of nowhere. Gleefully, I’d grab it, run with […]

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Don’t Push the River

I’m re-reading Richard Rohr’s Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer. I bought the book a couple of years ago at the urging of my college friend, Russell. It was an excellent read, and I got in the mood to read it again – just in case I might have a different perspective now. I […]

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Chicago From a Window Seat

A man on the streetcorner amplifies his voice through a bullhorn. “Jesus loves you,” he screams to no one in particular. A taxi horn toot-toots. Shoppers swarm across the bridge wearing dark coats, bright hats and multi-colored gloves as if it’s a uniform. The wound on my back throbs. I should have bandaged it I […]

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My Trusty Rides

I’m not sure what month I purchased them. Sometime last fall, I committed to running again and walked over to Connected Soles, the running store two blocks from my house. The shoe specialist offered me some choices, and I ended up with a pair of purple Saucony Rides. They felt so comfy on my feet […]

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