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January 03, 2018
Over Thanksgiving, my sister and I spoke of transitions. We're both susceptible to periods of...
December 13, 2017
Lucia in the Dark
Every year after the clocks fall back, I read Lia Purpura's essay "Sugar Eggs: A...
November 27, 2017
The Chopin Stitch
In a recent New York Times interview, pianist Steven Osborne discussed the strange experience of...
October 16, 2017
The Arm, the Girl, and the Guard
In a long room with three doorways in Tokyo's National Museum of Modern Art, somewhere...
September 26, 2017
Painting Brings the Ancestors Around
On a November evening last year, I walked to my rosemaling class and sat around...
September 05, 2017
Dark Forest on Fire
"We've got five years, that's all we've got," sang Ziggy Stardust forty-five years ago. Did...
August 09, 2017
It refused to rain during the hot, middling July weeks the summer I turned fifteen....
July 19, 2017
On some summer nights, it seems the world is brighter, more visible in a quiet...
June 22, 2017
This month I thought it would be a good idea to take four hours of...
June 08, 2017
Thine is the Transkingdom
Jasmine Temple, laboratory technician at New York University Lagone Medical Center, Institute for Systems Genetics,...
May 11, 2017
The “Oh, There You Are” Prayer
The love of God is scattershot. It is the love of the artist toward her...
April 18, 2017
Finding My Sister in Young Adult Novels
Lately all I want to read are young adult novels about sisters. Young adult (YA)...
March 08, 2017
Photos, Love, and Karyotypes
I recently found remnants from college and grad school genetics classes: karyotypes—sheets of paper with...
February 13, 2017
Visiting Martin Luther in Minneapolis
A few weeks ago, I visited the Martin Luther: Art and the Reformation exhibit at...
January 23, 2017
The World at Midday
I spent Christmas Eve with my mom last month for the first time in years....
December 22, 2016
Gird Yourselves, Yet Be Shattered
Of Lanecia A. Rouse Tinsley’s small encaustic Advent paintings, my favorite is Meditation on the...
November 30, 2016
The Ghosts of Home
When I visit my family in northern Minnesota, I find myself on the same roads...
November 07, 2016
I once took modern dance technique classes with an instructor who asked the dancers to...
October 11, 2016
Art, Icons, and Ant Ovaries
“A world created out of silence gives itself over to prayer.” I’m listening to local...
September 21, 2016
Lifescapes and the Lonely City
I have a friend who occasionally asks me when I’ll move to a real apartment,...
August 31, 2016
Microbes, Miracles, and Monstrosities
I’ve always promised myself I wouldn’t work with anything living, a prohibition I applied first...
August 04, 2016
Last September, I was in Philadelphia for the first time since my freshman year of...
July 12, 2016
Eat the Delicious Earth
A year ago, I started cooking and learning how to prepare and love food in...
June 16, 2016
Pieces of Resistance
We've beat records for rain this year in central Minnesota. The sidewalks are pillowed with...
May 24, 2016
Purple Light in Sarajevo
My fellowship liaison, Sevko, drove, and his gaze flicked across teenagers spilling over the sidewalks....
May 02, 2016
Love in the Time of Bacteria
Last week, I walked up Dale Street from the train station. It's a perilous walk...
April 05, 2016
A Dancing Christ
On Holy Saturday, I woke up at my sister's house in northern Minnesota with a...
January 11, 2016
Sign-Seeking in the Dark
January is for sleeplessness. Maybe its cause is the temperature inversion that presses pollution down...
December 22, 2015
Prayer: When You Can’t Find the Words, Make Them Up
I spent much of this past summer watching my friend’s three-year-old girl, Mia, as my...
December 02, 2015
Here is Where We Wait
This summer, I climbed the rotting steps to the hayloft of my family's barn to...
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