To the Man Selling the Homeless Newspaper on the Street Corner:

To the Man Selling the Homeless Newspaper on the Street Corner:

I see you. But it makes me uncomfortable to see you. I never know where to look when I pull up, especially when I'm the first car in line at the light, and your presence is three feet from my window. If I look, will you expect me to give you two dollars for a paper? Do you want me to acknowledge you, even if I am not going to help you? Or is it better for me to just ignore you, stare straight ahead, willing the light to change quickly? Often I…Read more …
Where I Found God: Face Down in the Mud

Where I Found God: Face Down in the Mud

I can't remember exactly how I found Suzanne from Tattooed Missionary, but when I stumbled upon her blog, I found a gem. I mean tattoos and missionaries? Two of my favorite things! Suzanne is an ESL teacher (Woot!), reader, writer, and world traveler. I love her stories about faith, cross cultural experiences, and finding (and loving) her authentic self. I especially love her guest post today! It's funny, challenging, and hopeful. Enjoy.   Where I Found God: Face Down in the Mud I found God face down in the mud. During my last…Read more …
NaNoWriMo Update

NaNoWriMo Update

I never really announced this, but I am doing NaNoWriMo this year. If you aren't familiar with it, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, which occurs annually in November. People all over the country attempt to write 50,000 words of a novel during November. I think that I've hesitated to do NaNoWriMo before because it's basically a gimmick. But it's a gimmick that works. There is a long list of published books that have been written during NaNoWriMo, including well-known titles and authors like Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, The Night Circus by…Read more …
A Tent in the Wilderness

A Tent in the Wilderness

I'm so excited to be back at the Rock & Sling blog! Today I'm writing about wilderness and a simple faith.    I live in a world where people pitch tents all time. I see them in their tents every day on Facebook, blogs, and Twitter. They stake their claim on a spot of land and defend it vigorously. Sometimes I put up a tent, too, on top of a tall soapbox from which I rant and rave. The problem is that for every tent up on a mountainside, there’s a tent in…Read more …
Where I Found God: In the Touch of a Friend

Where I Found God: In the Touch of a Friend

Today's guest post comes from my friend Shelia Mullican, who I met at church. Shelia is a writer, runner, dreamer, artist, hiker, singer, and choir director extraordinaire. She blesses me with her beautiful voice, and she also blesses me with her poignant and honest writing. Shelia's words always point me back to the natural world and remind me of the holiness there. I am thrilled to have her words here in my space today.    Where I Found God: In the Touch of a Friend I was a spring baby. My first draughts of air…Read more …