What I Learned Grocery Shopping in Buenos Aires

Here’s how a 20-year-old American student shops for groceries in Buenos Aires. She waits until she has absolutely no food left. She waits until she’s headed home from her last class of the day, usually after 9pm. She doesn’t eat dinner ahead of time. She races around the store, grabbing food frantically as her stomach […]

When Silence is Hard

I thought meditation would help me feel peaceful. I did not expect it to bring on a near panic-attack. I found the book on listening prayer in my church’s library, a slim paperback, a good twenty years old. I was in my last year in college, a year before I realized I was depressed and […]

Even If My Chicken is Dry

One of the biggest miracles of my life happened while playing a game at my friend Pablo’s birthday. It was well after midnight when the game started. About twenty of us sat in a circle of chairs in the main room of his house. We’d eaten pizza and empanadas, drunk a few liters of Coke, […]

This is Not a Frank Peretti Novel

I read my first and only Frank Peretti novel in ninth grade. My sister, Katie, brought it with her when she moved back from the children’s home where she’d lived for the last seven years, along with her collection of pig tchotchkes and a thin copy of the Living Bible. In the room we suddenly […]

We Don’t Need Fires Lit Beneath Us

The sirens sounded behind me as I rounded the corner in my beat-up Camry. It was late 1999; I was 21. It never feels good to get pulled over by the police, but when the cop told me I had an expired registration, I wanted to sink into the floor. The notice to renew was […]