Finding Wonder In the Natural Order

When I was young, I thought I knew pretty much everything.  Not in a cocky way, and not because I was young.  In fact if you had asked me I would have told you there was a lot to discover.  A lot about god, that is.  Other than this mysterious, unknowable being whom I did…

On Ruined Cities and Stories of Decay

When I was a kid, I didn’t quite understand abandoned buildings.  I had no concept of how they became abandoned, or that they used to have a function.  We would drive into downtown Detroit and I would look at all the broken glass panes and the graffiti with interest, thinking it was just another district…

What I’ve Been Reading 07/10 to 07/16

I’m so sorry I haven’t put together one of these in a while.  I’ve got a lot of stuff backed up but I’m mostly sticking to items from this week or from important news headlines. First of all, I’ve read so many good things related to the Zimmerman trial and the murder of Trayvon Martin.  …

Moral Monday, Week 11

July 15, 2013, and it’s finally hot.  I’d mistakenly thought the rest of the summer had been pretty hot (being a Michigan transplant who has never experienced a Southern summer), but this is Carolina hot.  The Moral Monday crowd tried to find shade from the trees and buildings to either side of Halifax mall.  Sweat…

Authoritarian Parenting Is Poison

My parents wanted to be the best parents they could be.  It’s a pity that I barely even speak to them. It’s not really their fault, and I would forgive them immediately if they ever admitted their parenting had been wrong.  But they defend themselves and make excuses and believe that they were doing it…