September 2016

Reflecting on life and death

A girl I knew died today. That’s not true. She wasn’t a girl, she was the same age that I am. And I didn’t know, I knew of her. I saw her posing, arms slu...

Recognizing trauma

According to the American Psychological Association, the following are common symptoms of trauma: Feelings become intense and sometimes are unpredictable. ...

How to feel at home in a new city

Last month, I celebrated five years of living in Atlanta. As the daughter of a sailor, and a natural wanderer myself, staying anywhere for this long has been a ...

How to prep your disaster supplies

You’ve set a communication plan for your family, so the next step is to put together a household disaster supplies kit to have on hand in case of emergency. ...

Stay hungry

I was reading a book this weekend that peers into the inner-life (or obvious lack of it in today's world) of Christian leaders. I’ve been reflecting on my own p...

The Salvation Army is there

We practice for it in school. We debate the safety of seeking shelter in the doorway (not recommended). We prepare readiness boxes with food and water. Yet, whe...

Set a plan, just in case

It’s easy to think “disaster won’t strike here,” but if it did, do you have a plan? Have you considered: How will your family get emergency alerts and w...

In-between as a way of life

Apparently Dante’s version of hell had many levels. One of them was called limbo. Catholics call it purgatory—it’s where you aren’t where you’re going but you’r...