Running and Faith

For my entire life I’ve been a runner. As a kid I’d make my parents watch me run laps around the house. ‘Round and ’round and ’round I’d go until my little legs couldn’t run anymore. In high school I was a sprinter; wide-eyed, determined and filled with lofty goals of breaking the school record for … More Running and Faith

The Morning After

Confession: I got caught up in the horrendous political whirlwind of backbiting, cruelty and straight-up demonizing. My heart got ugly. Judgmental. My hope was temporarily misplaced. I am burdened by the gravity of this election and what it means for the marginalized communities that make our country so incredibly beautiful. When you live in a vibrantly … More The Morning After

The Beginning of the End: Fresno to Sequoia

I’m in the last few miles of my West Coast Pilgrimage and my heart is strange mix of emotion. How is it that two very different places can equally feel like home? California is so comfortable. She wraps my spirit in abundant contentment – well with her sun, warmth, beauty, and overall coolness, who wouldn’t feel content? … More The Beginning of the End: Fresno to Sequoia

Advice for my Girl

During the time when I called California ‘home’, I had the opportunity to mentor an incredibly dynamic young woman. Her name is Stephanie and she’s positively radiant. Really, she is, I’m not just saying that. This woman is has a refreshing,  unassuming presence about her – she listens with a calm confidence, speaks with a depth … More Advice for my Girl

Tattoos and the Universal Human Longing

“Will you tell me about those?” I asked the dread-head Rennie sitting across the community table, gesturing toward his arms. My eyes were fixed on his forearms but curiosity lured my gaze to the biceps hiding beneath the fabric of his t shirt. [Oh, by the way, a Rennie is someone who travels from place to place with the Renaissance Fair. A wonderfully free-spirited … More Tattoos and the Universal Human Longing