Thanks-Giving: Thanking God in the Darkness

  In this season of Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, I feel like it’s appropriate to take a pause from our “regularly scheduled programming” and talk about the idea of thanks-giving. It’s a pretty common topic (especially this time of year) but I’d like to discuss the tougher side of thanksgiving: giving thanks to God when things are extraordinarily …

Emptiness and Goodness

It’s late August, and I’m in the middle of a make-shift art gallery in a cabin tucked away in an isolated part of Elizabethtown, in the Adirondacks. I’m here to support a new acquaintance, a ceramics artist completing a residency that culminates in a showing of her work. A room divider stands between the gallery space and the venue’s modest …

Embracing Paradox

“We cannot seem to escape paradox; I do not think I want to.” Madeleine L’Engle, Walking on Water   I am driving my parents’ aging Camry up Route 9. The late afternoon sun slants through the windshield and I flip down the sun visor to block the haze. My heart is palpitating, my breaths are shallow, my mouth is dry, …

Finding Truth

There is an age-old question that is asked by each generation: “What is truth?” We seek it. We crave to know it. We feel the void in our hearts when it is not present. Scientists have spent countless hours of research to try and prove that their schools of thought and theories have the answers. Historians have chronicled empires and …

Underrated

Have you ever felt like you can’t do anything important because you’re too young? Do you feel like older generations brush off your thoughts and experiences because of your age? Sometimes you might feel like screaming because you just feel so… underrated. You’re not alone. Teens and young adults are fighting for recognition. They want to see unfair policies changed, …

The Freedom in Forgetting

“Don’t forget your lunch,” says mom as you run out the door. “Remember your homework tomorrow!” exclaims your teacher as the bell rings. “Did you remember to floss?” asks the dentist.         Memory can either save us from embarrassment or evade us at the worst possible time. Oftentimes we hope for the former while, yet again, experiencing the latter. We …