Creation Story

In the beginning, there was the Word. The word created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness was over...

It's a Devil Eat Devil World

“Everybody wants this. Everybody wants to be us.” - Miranda Priestly, The Devil Wears Prada [Note: This is a review of the film, The...

Engineering as Art

The tragic divorce of the STEM fields and the humanities was first documented in 1959 in C.P. Snow's seminal essay The Two Cultures and...

The Doors of Life

On the precipice of the future, I glanced into the past; aware of all that had been which could not last. Moving into the realm of...

Rooted

When you fell, you rejoiced at becoming new, but my roots cannot fill the crater you leave. You didn’t see how birds and beasts were...

My Gardening Mind

I recently read an article by Arthur Brooks which contends that cultivating multiple interests and doing different kinds of activities,...

A City and Hunger that Never Sleep

To be in need is one of our most human traits; we come into this world in incredible need, and we leave in incredible need. As infants,...

Hungering for Love

[Note: This is a review of the film, Phantom Thread, and includes spoilers for plot points throughout the film.] Love nourishes. Love...

Faith and Country Music

Songwriter Harlan Howard once described country music as “three chords and the truth.”1 Today, country music is often discounted as...

Shabbat Shalom for All

In the beginning God created, said, made, called, placed, and blessed all He made. And so the heavens and the earth were completed, and...

Overpass

Synthetic smoke carried up over a concrete river, walking on the bridge overhead, recalling the taste of speed. Passing boats in passing...

Surviving History

Inspired by Tylor, Edward Burnett. “Chapter III: Survival in Culture.” In The Origins of Culture, 70–111. Harper & Brothers Publishers,...

An Unexpected Gift

Like many other freshmen last year, I entered my first semester at the University of Minnesota in 2020 with great uncertainty. Online...

Watercolor Dust

—fell asleep inside a sunlit room; when I woke, it was too dark to leave. —stood and walked, bleary eyed, felt my hand along the wall for...

Noonday

Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your...