Spin Cycle

Spin Cycle

The smell of Gain and dryer sheets is so thick I can feel it in my pores. A fan spins in rhythm with the massive dryers. l think of all the places I’ve watched my clothes spin. There was the laundry room in my dormitory building where I alternated between studying textbooks and the pages [...]

What To Do When the World Isn’t Wonderful

“And I think to myself... what a wonderful world...”. I spun around the living room with Isaiah in my arms and Louis’ voice playing loud. But the words felt like a faded dream. We settle into our morning and turn on Sesame Street. “Sunny Day, Sweepin’ the clouds away. On my way to where the [...]

Hold Your Baby

Hold Your Baby

One day, you’ll be able to eat in peace. You’ll sit down and no one will dig their chubby fingers into your eggs or spill your coffee. One day, you’ll take an unhurried shower. You’ll dry your hair and paint your lips. One day, you’ll clean your house and it will stay spotless for at [...]

Allez Les Bleus

It was the summer of 1998. I was in Paris. Eleven years old and completely overwhelmed by voices loudly singing anthems and popular futbol chants. Faces painted in primary colors. Down the street they went arm-in-arm. Through the night I would hear a cacophony of riotous celebration and foreign insults hurled through the air in [...]

When Summer Comes to Play

Sipping chicory tea under a string of lights; I’m reflecting on time spent with my little Isaiah. Today, his giggles ran through the air as he hid in plain sight and waited for me to find him. I scooped him up, kissed his cheeks, and whispered in his ears. “Here you go. I’ll put you [...]

Love Your Neighbor?

Love Your Neighbor?

If you have uttered the words, “Well that’s what they get for illegally entering this country. They should have done it legally.”, please read this. It's not often that I offer up such plain spoken, strong language. But I’m going to speak very bluntly. So buckle up. Lets get a few things straight: 1. Many crossing [...]

Not in God’s Place

“Do not be afraid. Am I in the place of God?” Genesis 50:19 “'Do not be afraid' is the opposite statement of religion. Religion says, ‘You should be afraid’. When I judge people I am putting myself in the place of God. That’s not what we have been called to do.”- excerpt from the message [...]