Books, Recommendation

What I Read | NOVEMBER 2017

Wow, is it hard to go from working at a library to living in a foreign country.  From overabundance to scarcity!  Since my time is ending in Greece, I've decided to actual tackle the shelf of To Be Read books that I kept passing over.  This is actually pretty satisfying, though the going is slower.… Continue reading What I Read | NOVEMBER 2017

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Christianity

We Live in a Beautiful World

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdzHOamTxBk&list=FLS8lXWXskaJ6tAYw0t6v9gA&index=1 I have been watching this video several times a week for the last month.  It is a fanvid about Black Sails that presents many of the show's most tragic scenes building in emotional intensity as a woman sings "we live in a beautiful world" louder and louder over the chaos.  I have a tendency… Continue reading We Live in a Beautiful World

Books, Recommendation

What I Read | MARCH 2017

Recommended books are italicized! The Ordinary Princess by M. M. Kaye What a cute book!  I want to give this to all little kids to read as an antidote to classic fairy tales.  That is, after all, it's entire point.  What if a princess wasn't perfect?  Could she find love, acceptance, and joy anyway?  Of… Continue reading What I Read | MARCH 2017

Christianity, Personal

Overcoming Doubt with Vulnerability

I'm on Step 5 of the 12 Steps, which says we "admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs."  This step is about confession, obviously, but its also about the connections we form with people when we are vulnerable.  Keeping secrets is isolating, and it heightens our… Continue reading Overcoming Doubt with Vulnerability

Christianity

Running Away From God is a Good Thing

I was talking to a friend recently about fear, doubt, and faith.  We've both come to realize that having and expressing our "shameful" feelings is better than hiding them or trying to conquer them.  But then my friend paused. "I feel like God is coming closer to me, and I am away." "You're going away… Continue reading Running Away From God is a Good Thing

Books, Recommendation

What I Read | September 2016

This month I filled by brain with murder mysteries, musical histories, travel anecdotes, high fantasy, and (auto)biographies of YouTubers and female saints.  Real on-brand, if my brand is “EVERYTHING,” which it is. Hamilton the Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter THE HAMILTOME.  My mom brought this to me, and it only confirms that LMM… Continue reading What I Read | September 2016

Christianity

God Finds Me Even When I Don’t Go To Church

I am writing this on a Sunday morning when I ought to be in church, but instead am sitting at a coffee shop table in the center of a park near my house.  I am only here after an hour of mental anguish, because I knew I OUGHT to go to church, but I didn't… Continue reading God Finds Me Even When I Don’t Go To Church