June 18, 2017

I wanted to keep packing, but everyone else was hungry and bored so they came to pick me up. We went to the Texas Roadhouse on 28th Street at 5:45 p.m. Jon wanted steak. In the waiting area, they have a window to the kitchen and below the window is a display case with a number of shelves, each displaying a few selections from each cut of beef that...

May 9, 2017

It was November sixteenth but the tree, lights, and other decorations were already setup at the funeral home. My grandfather had died of lung cancer five days earlier. I was nine.

At the visitation, I stood in the corner facing the tree, my back to everything else. I was afraid to see the body in the casket. My mother, in the middle of the room, was...

January 14, 2017

Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
 Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
 Thou my best thought, by day or by night,
 Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

This past Sunday, as I sat in church and the offering basket was passed from row to row, the pianist played “Be Thou My Vision” softly, instrumental. As I listened, humming to my...

December 6, 2016

Mom rang the dinner bell at six o’clock. We took our places as she put the last, hottest dish in the middle of the table. She sat down, bowed her head, closed her eyes, and stretched out her hands. She was waiting for us to join her in prayer, but she was not waiting for Dad.

“Heavenly Father,” — she began, with a deep breath — “we thank you for –”

D...

November 9, 2016

The red candidate

I attended a rally for the republican candidate for president on Monday, October 31 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The rally was held at Delta Plex, a small basketball arena. I went with one of my best friends. We had both cast our votes already. We were surprised that the celebrity candidate had come to Grand Rapids, a relatively smal...

October 30, 2016

When Beyoncé’s Lemonade dropped earlier this year, speculation over the health and future of Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s marriage percolated in pop culture, threatening to overflow. The album is frank about marriage infidelity, jealousy (or craziness), and independence. It is bold to give anger a chance to breathe. Yet, what many immediate reactions missed...

September 23, 2016

After a five-year hiatus, which was originally announced as a permanent break, the prominent Indie Rock band Bon Iver has announced a new album. In the past month, the band has released three new singles, each with incredibly strange names: “22 (OVER S∞∞N),” “10 D E A T H B R E A S T ⚄ ⚄,” and “33 ‘GOD.’” In this piece, I will focus on the third so...

May 11, 2016

I keep having this vision: as I’m walking down the path, I get a call that someone in my immediate family has died: either the mother who is my whole world, or the brother that I love but rarely agree with, or the sister who is pregnant, or the sister with whom I shared a womb, or the brother that I pray for every day at 10:00am. My sight doesn’t g...

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