On becoming a mom

It was an unseasonably warm and sunny afternoon in October when I took the dog for a walk for the first time in weeks. It felt like coming up for air. Every house, every yard, every crack in the sidewalk was exactly the same. But I was different. The dog yanked his leash and dragged...

How can you be Catholic now?

This is a devil’s advocate question I ask myself whenever I read a news story about abuse by clergy in the Catholic Church. The majority of Catholics still showing up on Sundays would probably struggle to explain why we’re still, well, showing up. The sexual abuse, the abuse of power, greed and the perception of...

Virtual shadows: Conversation in the age of social media

Most people who travel understand that flying on an airplane can be a social experiment in human behavior. Sure, any type of travel is a test of wills, patience, basic courtesy and bladder control; but there’s just something a little more visceral about air travel, sharing the same oxygen as the stranger in the seat...

Steve Martin and An Object of Beauty

In the spirit of reminiscing on old posts while planning content for the upcoming year, here’s a post I love, resurrected from an old blogspot account, written during my days as a graduate student at UIUC in 2011. Steve Martin is a Swiss Army knife of an artist, inspiring as an actor, comedian, musician and...

Curiosity killed the cat, but it could save the human

Recently I shared some thoughts on Facebook with a friend whose political views differ from mine. Reading back through the thread hours later, I noticed something missing from our conversation: I hadn’t asked my friend a single question. Words used were kind, but I was laser-focused on giving my two cents and a dollar bill...