To satisfy a deeper need…

I’ve become so attached to the idea of creative success, to artistic professionalization, to a career in the written word, that I’ve begun to believe my life is only half-formed without it. That I am incomplete until it’s achieved. As if a paycheck garnered from these thoughtful scribblings is the answer to it all, the …

What is saving my life?

Everywhere we turn we are told by a soulless calculation what to read, what to watch, what to consume, what to be interested in, what to think. We are awash in what Colin Wright describes as “endless torrents of overt status-seeking, cold selling, and frenzied attempts to claim more of [our] attention”; attempts that amount …

My year in books: Nick Hornby

Like most people, I’m good at coming up with an idea, good at starting a project, good at setting a plan into motion, but not always great at seeing it through. About two weeks ago I started a blog series with the intent of highlighting some of the insightfully inspiring books I’ve read this year, …

In the common dark, we find each other…

“trusting the unseen connection between us, I could walk much more confidently in the dark” Barbara Brown Taylor, An Altar in the World It’s not only our secret desires and aspirations that we attempt to make manifest in the world, it’s also the formless cloud of our inner darkness and turmoil that we try to …

How to (not) be an island…

Earlier this week I submitted another article to The Tattooed Buddha. I’m not sure when, or if, it’ll go live there, but here’s a small excerpt from the essay highlighting the various joys and pitfalls of (not) being an island. If the article gets published I’ll update this post with the link. If it doesn’t, …