All The Colors We Will See: An Interview with Patrice Gopo

Even though I didn’t attend the Festival of Faith and Writing last April, the book I kept hearing about from friends who had gone was Patrice Gopo’s debut collection of essays, All the Colors We Will See. Within the week, I emailed her for a copy and found that the buzz was certainly earned. Focusing mainly […]

The Privilege of Finding Home

Recently I was at a retreat on a property that had been owned by some of the first white settlers to the region. I visited the cemetery of this family that dated back to the mid-1800s. During a hike on the property, I perched on a rock to take in the scenery. As I breathed […]

When Seasons Don’t Fit Into Neat Boxes

I recently visited an abbey about two hours north of us, near the Wyoming border, for a personal retreat. My plan was to spend a couple days in reflection and silence. I brought way too many books, my journal, my computer (just in case), and my hiking shoes. I wanted to rest, read, and reflect. […]

Twenty Years From Now, Will I Be Disappointed?

When I was in college, living in Paris, one of my favorite quotes was from Mark Twain: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in […]

No Other Gods: An Interview With Ana Levy-Lyons

When I first received a copy of No Other Gods: The Politics of the Ten Commandments, I’ll admit that I put off reading it. Growing up in the church, I thought I knew all about these ten ways. When I did read it, my first thought was regret that I had waited so long! (In reality, […]