The Portal to my 12-Year-Old Self

The year was 1983 and I was in sixth grade. That was the year that I routinely found myself teetering between two worlds: the one of my childhood—that still invited me to climb trees and sing silly songs and tie ribbons to my bicycle’s handlebars—and the one just around the corner that whispered of crushes […]

We Are Here, Beautiful

Not long ago, I attended the funeral of a stranger. Several women and I gathered at the train station on a Friday evening and travelled to another city to attend together. We went because a friend-of-a-friend’s husband had a stroke suddenly while in the Netherlands and had been in a coma. They took him off […]

Being Human Is Hard Work

Back in the 1980’s, I was raised in the shadow and under the laugh track of the American family sitcom. What I learned from this brand of storytelling were two things: First, we were in desperate need of a laugh track in our home so that all of our real life, tense-filled interactions could be […]

Love Ordains

I preached a sermon on discovery, dreams, and love. Then I pronounced them man and wife in the lush green grounds of Belle Villa Resort, Thailand, beneath the warm setting sun, before they made their grand surprise exit atop an elephant, whose tail swished against the bride’s flowing train. I’m not an ordained minister, but […]

The Hopes and Fears of All the Years

There has been so much noise all day voices barking in tongues foreign to my ear feet and hooves on cobblestone dirt and woodsmoke the bleating of a hundred sheep a fierce whistle laced with spittle There has been so much pain all day My feet they are swollen and crusted with sand and dirt My […]