Category Archives: Commentary

Letter to the Board of Trustees of Hope College

*** The following is a letter I have written in light of the recent events at Hope College, in Holland, Michigan. I have emailed it to Board Chairwoman Mary Bauman and shared it on social media. Please share this with friends and family associated with Hope College and its mission. If you want to read more things like this, follow my writing here. Thank you! ***

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Pluto: The Planet of Our Dreams

Something happened this week. Something that hasn’t happened since I was 10.

I geeked out about space.

But I didn’t just get excited. I got emotional. I found myself wiping tears from my eyes at the sight of a big, cream-colored ball of ice. Perhaps you did, too.  Continue reading Pluto: The Planet of Our Dreams

22 Struggles Only A Writer Can Understand

Living the Writer Life has its struggles.

And dealing with Internet A.D.D. is one of them.

How many times have you seen a title like the one you just clicked? Seriously – How many times a day do you see a Facebook or Buzzfeed list catering to an interest group, itemizing the grief of such a lifestyle?

As writers, we have a duty. A mandate. A mantle of responsibility to tackle life’s problems with Storynot lists of “Struggles”.

And in this noisy, base world of Exclusion Lists, it’s only getting harder.  Continue reading 22 Struggles Only A Writer Can Understand

The Most Offensive Christmas Article You’ll Read

You don’t really celebrate Christmas.

Sure, the day known as December 25th, or “Christmas,” means a lot of things to a lot of people. Each of us processes it differently based on family, religion, and our exposure to the tsunami of holiday advertising.

But let’s be serious. You don’t really celebrate it. It doesn’t mean that much to you.

Because if it did, your life would look a lot different right now, and so would mine. Continue reading The Most Offensive Christmas Article You’ll Read

Why ‘Jurassic World’ Scares Me

In 1993, my mother said the most beautiful words I had ever heard:

“Do you want to see Jurassic Park?Continue reading Why ‘Jurassic World’ Scares Me