March 2, 2018

Last week I celebrated my twenty-eighth birthday. Amid the flurry birthday messages - some from friends making "old man" jokes and others from relatives remarking that I'm still a youngster -  I was able to take a moment away to think about the time I have spent and th...

January 1, 2018

Every December 31st seems to bring the same flurry of opinion pieces. One camp celebrates the accomplishments of a year gone by and welcomes another adventure; another rejoices at the conclusion of a terrible season and stumbles bloody into the new year. There is endle...

December 11, 2017

It was hour five on the muddy, rut-stricken road. None of us were complaining; our sixteen-hour commute had been cut by two-thirds since the inauguration of the Jinka airport just three days prior and we were finally approaching our destination. 

Ethiopia is a wild...

October 12, 2017

Bobby settled in to his couch for the evening with two grand plans: get high and watch sports center. This is a common ritual for college boys, and Bobby was no stranger to college rituals; occasional frat parties had turned to nightly - then daily - drinking, and the...

September 19, 2017

Our cabinet overflows and I am forced to find alternate locations for our coffee mugs.  I myself drink from one of two mugs daily: a 10oz orange one with a gently dimpled surface (I like this one for the invigorating color, ergonomically shaped handle and it’s slightly...

July 13, 2017

Five times he said it. The words soaked into my already saturated ears as we sat in the B-Line Diner. Dr. Wilkinson had just finished a morning speaking session about stewardship at a conference at which I was due to perform the following evening, and we huddled in the...

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