All the Love We Cannot See

The hate. Oh, the hate. It makes me spin. But the light! The Light: The darkest boy. There’s a boy at this third job that I work at. He has dark skin. All of the kids are black, but as my seventh graders are learning in science this week, there are so many alleles atContinue reading “All the Love We Cannot See”

Manatees in the Shark Tank

Life’s a shark tank, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be a shark. It also doesn’t mean that you have to be a guppy. You don’t have to be helpless and you don’t have to be vicious. There’s another way of being. There’s another way to exist in the waters of society, ofContinue reading “Manatees in the Shark Tank”

Begin Again, Right Now

“A relationship is reborn whenever we see someone as they are right now and don’t hold them to who they were.” –Marianne Williamson Every moment is a chance to start over. At least, that’s what I try to tell myself. It’s not that everything from my past needs to be torn down and reconstructed, butContinue reading “Begin Again, Right Now”

Love Me Yet?

Are you going to love me right away or is it going to take a while? Last year, in the midst of a whirlwind year living in the Midwest, my roommate read a one-page passage to me from a book she was reading. I’m going to paraphrase, since I don’t remember the exact words sheContinue reading “Love Me Yet?”

Icebergs

This picture blew my mind the first time I saw it. In fact, I liked it so much that I made it my desktop photo on my computer when I initially saw it. Now, this photo was thrown back into my mind this afternoon as I was proctoring the second graders’ midterm examination. Through theContinue reading “Icebergs”

Go Within or You’ll Go Without

I don’t have time to meditate. Do you have time to feel like shit? –Gabrielle Bernstein Meditating is such a difficult process to get into the rhythm of. At the same time, I think it could be the easiest practice in the world to get used to. I definitely live on the side of difficult.Continue reading “Go Within or You’ll Go Without”

Hospitality (Part 2)

Reflection on Hospitality from Fall Retreat- The struggle of hospitality is letting one’s guard down. How vulnerable we have to be, to make ourselves, in order to be able to experience the joys of hospitality. A think this is where many human beings numb themselves, and don’t allow their hearts to open up to others.Continue reading “Hospitality (Part 2)”

Hospitality (Part 1)

Reflection Notes on Hospitality from Fall Retreat- “Hospitality, therefore, means primarily the creation of a free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy.” -Henry Nouwen When I think of hospitality, I think of arms. Arms that are wide open, waiting and accepting of the recipient. “Free space” forContinue reading “Hospitality (Part 1)”

“I Will Show Them What Heaven Looks Like”

There is no such thing as having a bad day. That idea exists, but nothing more. The fact that we as humans can write off an entire day simply because two or three negative things happened is lunacy. Even worse, I’ve heard people announce the week rotten, just because something negative happened on both MondayContinue reading ““I Will Show Them What Heaven Looks Like””