Eclipse Coronation

The Solar Eclipse 2017 was the *literal* highlight of today; all anyone seems to be able to talk about are eclipse glasses, viewing parties, live streams, testimonials of why not to stare directly into the sun, apocalyptic premonitions, the stupidity of needing to be told not to stare into the sun, pinhole box tutorials, etc.…

Romeo and Juliet at the Globe 2017: A Review

  Last night I had the opportunity to attend Romeo and Juliet at the Globe Theatre in London. Having read it not long ago, I arrived expecting heartrending professions of love, stately background characters, comic relief now and then, and period costumes. I also half expected to fall asleep as it has been a long week…

A Sonnet: Lunatic Reflections 

"We think to be the burning bright of sun Which lends to us the glow we know as pow'r.  And yet when seasons change and months are done, We wax and wane with ev'ry passing hour.  Beneath the pale and ever-shifting face,  The darkened side is ever on the lurk.  Pretending this is truly not…

Divided Services, Divided Body?

I love traditional worship and, as a church musician, am in favor of the whole package: choir robes, pipe organ, hymnals, etc. I once even jokingly said I'd drown myself if I ever heard "Oceans" played in another chapel. That said, though, I am not necessarily in favor of having separate traditional and contemporary worship services.…

In the Image

I just finished reading St. Athanasius' On the Incarnation and my heart is full as I ponder the awesomeness of its subject: the Word of God made flesh. I especially am captivated by the beauty of the Son of God as the Image of God and the restorer of humans created "in the image of God." …

10 Going on 30

I turned twenty on November 14th, 2016. It was weird. Every day I was thinking, “one more week until I am no longer a teenager” or “three more days until I am a real adult.” But then, when the day came, I felt the same. This should not have been surprising, but I could not…

Rubies are not Scarlett

For those of you unfamiliar with Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind, I am not talking about the literal color scarlet but, rather, the main character Scarlett O'Hara, as well as the entire category of women she represents. Don't understand what I mean as to a "Scarlett O'Hara kind of woman"? I've taken the time to…

Honestly Modesty

 (See definition #2) Throughout literature, female modesty has been a defining characteristic of proper society- consider the women of Jane Austen’s time who dared not expose an ankle lest they ruin their reputation or, in contrast, the unfortunate Scarlett O’Hara and Anna Karenina who had no such reservations and suffered use and abuse by the…