On Emigrating in the 21st Century

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

The Water Is Within: Why Everything You’re Looking for, You Already Have

“If you want joy, power, peace, eternal life, you must get close to, or even into, the thing that has them. They are not a sort of prize which God could, if He chose, just hand out to anyone. They are a great fountain of energy and beauty spurting up at the very centre of … Continue reading The Water Is Within: Why Everything You’re Looking for, You Already Have

Why is Lasting Life Change is So Elusive?

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?

What Really Happens When You Buzz Your Hair in the Middle of a Nebraska Blizzard

On Saturday, the 14th of April 2018, I buzzed off all of my hair.  My journey toward this moment began more than a decade ago, in Tibet, where I was frustrated by the intermittent showers I could get in that harsh, wild landscape. Sometimes a week went by between real showers, and my greasy hair … Continue reading What Really Happens When You Buzz Your Hair in the Middle of a Nebraska Blizzard