The tougher the season, the sweeter the celebration. Here’s what I said to my seniors at their baccalaureate ceremony.

After months of prayer and seeking out an answer, months of trying to be patient and wait well, my answer arrived, and I began looking forward to a season of rest and celebration. I thought I knew what the future held, and more than anything, I thought this particular season of waiting was over. Funny how a global pandemic didn’t figure into my plans at all!

Another year gone, can you believe it? Christmas break has been a great time of reflection and rest, but all the same I feel like I’m limping across the finish line of 2019. The worst part of that feeling is I know the starting line of 2020 is coming quickly–with a whole set of different […]

All this discussion of college essays made me think about what I had written my own college essay about…Thanks to my packrat tendencies, I was able to scrounge around and find an old binder labeled “High School Writing.” The very last essay in the binder was the essay I wrote for my application to Vanderbilt…

One of the things I love about reading is that, often without meaning to, I find similar themes and ideas popping up in the texts I’m reading for pleasure and for work. Most recently this happened during my preparations for this year’s Spring Term trip to Scotland and my time planning and teaching the British […]

Abiding in Christ by Andrew Murray

Often I process what I’m learning through poetry–here are my first three poems inspired by Andrew Murray’s book Abiding in Christ.

With the end of January in sight, I though it was time for me to share the books I’ve been reading this month.

Another year has come and (almost) gone, and in about two hours we’ll be celebrating the arrival of 2019. Whether you’re a fan of New Year’s Eve or not, the time for goals and resolutions is upon us.

I can’t believe how fast 2018 has flown by, and even though I say that every year, I really mean it! 2018 has been full of good things and hard things, and I’m so thankful to have a chance over Christmas break to sit down and reflect over the past 365 days. Part of that reflection, […]

Well, everyone, I’m happy to say that I’ve made it to the end of November’s Poem-a-Day challenge! It’s definitely been difficult, but I managed to write thirty new poems over the course of a month. I’ll probably share another post later with all the things I’ve learned over the last thirty days, but for now […]