Born to Kill

March 6, 2015 at 8:02 pm

        Long before I ever read Timothy Kudo’s article in the New York Times, I already knew how to kill. Never with my hands, but with weapons I was given at birth that always proved to be equally as fatal; a quick mind, a heart perpetually turned inward […]

#WithoutDad: Part 2

February 19, 2015 at 7:25 pm

       In a previous post I reflected on the recent Superbowl ad run by Nissan and subsequent popularity of the hashtag #WithDad. In short,  I challenged the assumption that absent fathers are given an untold number of chances to enter the lives of their adult children in later years. The […]

Lessons from Chris M. Blow

September 26, 2014 at 1:56 pm

Charles M. Blow shared a bold piece of literature this week in a New York Times op-ed. The article drew from Blow’s new memoir Fire Shut Up in My Bones in which he processes the weighty issues of his past and present including sexual abuse, the bonds of family, stereotypes, […]

Our Final Lesson

March 28, 2013 at 1:22 pm

He didn’t take his seat right away like the others. He stood in the doorway and watched as we gathered around the table to dine. We kept motioning for him to come and sit, but he stood silently, resolved to wait until something else happened first. I didn’t know what. […]

Generational Sin

November 29, 2012 at 8:27 pm

In the days and weeks surrounding the holidays I am always reminded of a theological truth known as “generational sin.” The phrase itself sounds rather archaic, medieval even. The notion that the sins of future generations trickle down to fall squarely on the shoulders of proceeding generations sounds more like […]