I love sitting in silence inside old churches in Europe. Though my home church's meeting place in Dubai looks nothing these cavernous galleries of marble and gold, I find so much value in this ancient style of church design. Old European churches may not do much to inspire you toward an intimate personal experience with … Continue reading What to Do When God Says “Be Still” (Besides Freaking Out & Getting Stressed)
I was one of those weird children who was obsessed things no one else bothers to know ever even existed. By the time I was in high school, I knew more about dead medieval scholars than most adults twice my age. And I had a bit of a literary crush who was, shall we say, … Continue reading My Overpriced Coffee Date with a Dead Renaissance Scholar (AKA: Just Another Day in Basel, Switzerland)
There were a lot of things no one told me about visiting Reykjavik in December, which I did in 2017. Although in fairness to the everyone implied in “no one,” I never really asked them. I just went Take the city’s muted tones, for example. The whole urbanscape deserves to be picked up and dropped inside … Continue reading A Short Tour of Reykjavik Street Art
Sometimes I wake up in the Arabian Desert, 7,000 miles from the home I once knew, and I don’t really know how I got here. Knowing is a tricky thing. On the one hand, it gives you a sense of certainty: to look at the map of your life and chart every point along the … Continue reading Where the Map Ends, God Is There
When I arrived in the United Arab Emirates, people back in the U.S. were asking me quite frequently, “What are you eating?” For the most part, my answers were pretty routine. Rice. Curry. Fruit and Yogurt. Samosa. Rice. Curry. Fruit and Yogurt. Samosa. Rice. Curry ... Okay, you get the idea. But there were … Continue reading Guacamole With a Side of Masala: Adventures in Fusion Cuisine
At the turn of the 20th century, a young Polish woman got on a boat bound for America. She was a land-owner’s daughter, likely accustomed to some amount of privilege, and even possibly to an ancient title of minor nobility. Yet she left it all behind to join her sister—who was already settled in a … Continue reading On Emigrating in the 21st Century
Nobody can really prepare you for life in the Arabian desert. Oh sure, they can tell you to bring your sunscreen and prepare to scuttle in and out of the air conditioning like a beetle between patches of shade. But my God, that sun. I’ve read that solar power will be the new oil fields … Continue reading What It’s Really Like to Live under the Arabian Sun
You’ve been working on yourself for some time now. You go to counseling. You’re in church regularly. You’re seeking God, following all the self-discovery and self-care practices you’ve been taught, and making some radical shifts to how you “do you.” But it doesn’t really seem to stick. You know what I mean? You feel good, eat … Continue reading Why is Lasting Life Change is So Elusive?