Category: on culture

goin’ back to Nassau Hall

goin’ back to Nassau Hall

During my time in Princeton, I didn’t understand reunions. To me, it just meant that fences were erected in the most inconvenient places, and our beautiful campus was now rank with beer-soaked grass. The year I graduated, reunions was simply a long runway of parties […]

what i’m into [may 2018]

what i’m into [may 2018]

I realize I have quite a hard time sitting still simply listening to lectures on end. My need for multi-stimulatory information, or to be productive either creating/thinking or using something other than my ears is a bit debilitating. I’m at this conference in Toronto and […]

soapstone narwhals

soapstone narwhals

This is Nemo. He makes sculptures out of soapstone and sells them for a living. He shows me the caribou antlers his father sent him from Nunavut, running his hands across the polished, white surface. “Whenever I go home, he always gives me a lot […]

heal our land

heal our land

This is what swamp feet smell like. Usually, the air is musty with snuffed out cigarettes and stale coffee – familiar and comforting like a sweater worn too many times. But today, a pungent smell slices through the mustiness. It becomes extra strong when Greg […]

brinks and boundaries

brinks and boundaries

I wasn’t made for the island.   There’s this scene in Moana where she’s hanging onto the trunk of a palm, and looking out to a sparkling blue ocean. And there’s just something about the words she sings: See the line where the sky meets […]

living poor for a week

living poor for a week

It’s day 6 of living without money – a unique predicament I found myself in after the unfortunate incident last Sunday. Two days ago, I tried to replace my metro card but when the lady behind the guichet tersely asked for the fifteen dollars card […]

my snack-size bite of the gospel in the packaging of the gender debate

my snack-size bite of the gospel in the packaging of the gender debate

I don’t like being political. When my sister and dad get into their debates that somehow always circle back to the subject of “yay-or-nay Trump”, I prefer to remain silent. “Don’t you have an opinion?” my sis once asked me, frustrated when I hadn’t backed […]

why children are raised in villages (not cities)

why children are raised in villages (not cities)

What surprised me most about the village was how people sat by the streets and watched. It seemed like they had nothing better to do. Men with white singlets, limp cigarettes hanging out the sides of their mouths. Grandmothers with plump babies bobbing up and […]

reducing the gospel, by Nish Weiseth

reducing the gospel, by Nish Weiseth

if there is no room for nuance, there is no room for being human -Nish Weiseth In thinking about living missional, I came across Nish Weiseth’s writing on culture, politics and faith. how we bridge the gap, step over boundaries and connect with what means […]

how to make wise decisions with my time, according to ancient Chinese philosophy

how to make wise decisions with my time, according to ancient Chinese philosophy

I stumbled across quite the gem of a book while perusing the shelves of an Indigo bookstore last week. Written by Michael Puett, a Harvard professor of ancient Chinese history, “The Path” is a summary of his most popular course, one that students flock to in […]