My grandfather, Tommy Rochelle, served in WWII. Like most able-bodied young men of his generation, he went overseas to fight Hitler’s fascist threat to the world.
In the 1930s and 40s, Grandpa Tommy worked in the radio business as a DJ, so his army commanders put him in the communications…
“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth.
I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.”
— Jesus, Gospel of Matthew 10:34
When I was around eight years old, accompanying my Baptist best friend to his Christian summer camp, I remember how surprised…
This place is a dream. Only a sleeper considers it real. Then death comes like dawn, and you wake up laughing at what you thought was your grief.
— Jalaluddin Rumi
Towards the end of a lovely family dinner, after hours of wine, funny stories and entertaining yet relatively trivial…
Watching The Crown this past week, specifically Margaret Thatcher’s inauguration as prime minister of Britain, and becoming increasingly disillusioned at how backwards, how Neanderthal we are in America (still) when it comes to female leadership.
At least 79 countries have had a female leader and Jake Tapper had the audacity…
If you realize that all things change,
there is nothing you will try to hold on to.
— Lao Tzu
This world is constantly attempting to provoke a response to its seemingly endless stimuli.
React to this!
And as soon as you finish engaging…
All things are but masks at God’s beck and call,
They are symbols that instruct us that God is all.
— Farid ud-Din Attar
It’s the 21st century. The word “God” could be the most loaded term in all of the English language. There is not a more diverse set…
Before I go in, this is for other uncertain white folks. I’m not about to tell black people and other communities of color what they should be doing, or how they should be protesting, or how MLK III should be interpreting MLK Jr.’s words—those are their decisions to make. Safe…
Our house came with this unremovable neon message. Despite emphasizing impermanence, it’s becoming more of a permanent fixture, seemingly resistant to its own teaching.
As so many of us are familiar, Jesus was born in a manger. Around barn animals. Trying to picture it, it had to be pretty dirty in there. Mary and Joseph rush in and find a comfortable spot on what was essentially the equivalent of a cow’s feeding trough.