A random Tuesday convo

As we waited to go into class on Tuesday one of my new friends said in our conversation, “Cities are starting to lose why they are cool.  Maybe people should just move outside of them in order to keep what made them special.” Here was the context….. We were talking about my trip back home…

OH yeah, I live here

There are moments in the life of an immigrant where we all look up every once in a while and think, “Oh yeah, I actually live here.”  It is kind of a surreal moment in time in which you remember that where you live used to feel much more foreign and perhaps have even a…

People I know: Lauri

In 2013 I was looking to hire someone who would be up for a different kind of challenge in the church I was serving at the time in McMinnville.  This church was doing things in a way that encouraged community, serving God in different and accessible ways and putting their money where their mouth was….

Day 2 on the couch, 214 days until Camino!

This morning I woke up and again noticed how gross my entire being still felt. So I took a big sigh, emailed my professors that I would be doing a favor to everyone by staying home and poured more liquid into more glasses. Here we go again. BUT in my haze of the morning I…

Keep the liquids comin’

Much to my chagrin I am home sick today.  It is rare for me to give in to cancelling everything and loading up on rest and liquids.  Ana’s mom is visiting and I really hate that I came down with a cold the second evening she has been here (Monday) and by today it is…

People I know: Joe

This is my friend Joe.  To put it simply Joe is an incredible musician, dad, friend and all around artist with a great big heart.  So if you haven’t heard Joe’s music before you should stop right there and check it out first and then return… Joe Kye Ok, welcome back.  Joe and I met…

The elephant found

When Ana and I first started actually dating after the Camino and called it such we decided that we would travel back and forth a few times before deciding what to do next. My career isn’t exactly portable but visa situations in the US are less than ideal.  Ana came to visit right away in…

All on a Sunday in Berlin

I slept in a bit and got myself together. I took the dogs on their morning walk.  I wrote some and planned some and looked at my school work while I sipped my coffee. Ana got up and we spent some time together and then she encouraged me to head to church.  After some hemming…

Camino Countdown: 218 days!!!

Still a long way off but we are approaching closer and closer and our excitement is growing. This week Ana bought her shoes for the Camino and has already gotten them muddy and I am scoping out shoes that I need to buy soon. We should be breaking them in like right now. I have…

People I know: Mira

Mira and I met 16 years ago when I arrived at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. We don’t exactly remember how or when we met.  Mira was in a class ahead of me but we had overlapping friends, it was a smallish institution and we got to know each other a little bit then.  We didn’t really…