Exploring the Extremes

Exploring the Extremes

I like exploring at extremes, whether it’s trying to push my own limits or understanding someone else’s. A few recent thoughts: In the spring I traveled to Bangkok to write about people living and working in slums around the world. I wrote a cover story...

A Poem for Shel Silverstein

Just read Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends with my five-year-old daughter. Somehow I’d never read his poems before, not as a kid or adult. What a delight. Look forward to reading more with my kids (though I did skip a poem now and then)....

Interviews: The Good, the Bad, and the Self

The Nervous Breakdown invited me to do one of their “self interviews.” I like their online magazine, but was dreading this a bit. Felt like it would take, well, effort. Because in regular interviews, you don’t have to take the creative initiative....

Review in “Christianity Today”

4-Start Review of “After Shock” in Christianity Today (April 2011 issue): “In earthquake-ravaged Haiti, questions range from the pressingly practical (how to rebuild one’s home amidst the wreckage) to the wrenchingly existential (how a just and...