Jay Gatsby’s Unforgettable Sermon

I love going to movies that make me cringe. I love going to movies whose themes reveal something ugly in my heart, that challenge me to shuffle my paradigm of perspective, that pierce me with the sin in my own life by making me identify so closely with a character that it hurts. Jay GatsbyContinue reading “Jay Gatsby’s Unforgettable Sermon”

A Lyrical Life

I’ve never been able to understand why my dad listens to oldies. To me, they all sound like the same guitar-driven rock with scratchy-voiced singers, and I would much prefer silence to the voices of Bob Dylan and Thin Lizzy. My friends have never been able to understand why I listen to Russian techno-pop. ToContinue reading “A Lyrical Life”

Destination: Elabuga

After seven months of waiting to hear whether I had been accepted to the program and another month of waiting to hear about my destination, I have finally received word that I am being placed as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Elabuga, Tatarstan! My dad commented that every time I head back to theContinue reading “Destination: Elabuga”

‘Tis Time, My Friend, ‘Tis Time

‘Tis time, my friend, ‘tis time! For rest the heart is aching- The first line of my favorite Pushkin poem has faithfully rhythmed in my mind day after day with increasing intensity as graduation has drawn near. I have savored these words like a piece of butterscotch candy through every brain-aching, burnt-out final paper. IContinue reading “‘Tis Time, My Friend, ‘Tis Time”

Letters to a Striving Daughter

Romans 7:23 But I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner  of the law of sin at work within me. Dear daughter, it wasn’t long ago that I watched you in the kitchen, raspberry mop top framing your distressed face as youContinue reading “Letters to a Striving Daughter”