On Feeling Special: Sexuality and Success in “Get a Job”

Point 1: You are special; you are a child of God. “Don’t just feel special; be special” These are the final six words of the movie “Get a Job” (2016), featuring Anna Kendrick and Miles Teller. Let me tell you, this was adding insult to injury after enduring the 83 minutes leading up to this moment. Two college grads and their buddies are navigating the … Continue reading On Feeling Special: Sexuality and Success in “Get a Job”

Strength in What Remains

I stumbled across this book at “Book Reviews” in Bluffton. I was browsing through the “Mennonite literature” section when the woman working approached me to tell me that the books in the boxes on the floor were all 50 cents. I thanked her absentmindedly, assuming that these were not a particularly high-quality selection. As I was leaving the store, however, I glanced down and saw … Continue reading Strength in What Remains

Atlanta Track Club Elite

About 2 weeks ago, I drove down to Nashville with some friends from Ohio Northern University to participate in my first post-collegiate race: The Music City Distance Carnival. Coach Maus, his wife, the sophomore phenom Matt Molinaro, and I made the trek down over 2 days in the week after nationals. Matt and I were both hoping for a better finish to the season than … Continue reading Atlanta Track Club Elite

Service Introduction!

Hi friends! Since I was a child, I’ve been drawn to serving in inner-city USA, meeting whatever needs arise in the space I’m in. For this reason, I’ve decided to move down to Atlanta to live in the “Big Purple House” with DOOR/Dwell for a year of service from August 2016 – July 2017. Because they cover my room, board, insurance, and bus pass, I … Continue reading Service Introduction!


6/14/14 My family is nice, and they feed me veggies with every meal 🙂 Sara does not get veggies. How sad.  Saturday is a beautiful day. At home, Farmers market, Prairie Home Companion… Everyone hanging out, free to pursue projects, doors swinging open, friends dropping by, cleaning our rooms and blasting music. Bonfires and track meets and BBQs and possibilities. This week, I felt the … Continue reading Saturdays


6/9/14 We are at the bus stop now (we ended up waiting 30 min). Sara and I bought a 100 Grand Candy bar… Best thing I’ve ever eaten. We think its because the food here can be bland sometimes (tortillas and beans… And not the yummy unhealthy taco bell kind) I started running again! Yesterday I ran what I guess was 5.9 miles in 44 … Continue reading Running


6/8/14 After a really long walk/boat/bumpy bus ride/car trip back to the city I was feeling so awful. A little carsick, major headache. Lay down in my bed to cry and listen to calm music. Took 2 midol because it was the only medication I have. Started on my homework.  When they called me to dinner in 40 min, I realized how AWESOME I was … Continue reading Drugs

Mayan Spirituality + catholism

6/7/14 We visited a widows coop today in the middle of the mountainous wilderness. We bought gifts from the widows. We rode a little boat across the lake to get to our hotel. This hotel legit did not have sheets or soap. We walked around the village and saw the catholic church, which had alters for burning offerings. A weird synthesis of catholicism and the … Continue reading Mayan Spirituality + catholism