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Visiting an ICE Detention Center

A stunning rainbow lights up the brooding sky above the Northwest Detention Center. It’s been more than a year since my friend was free. I want to see him before Christmas. I walk past a barbed wire fence to the… Continue Reading →

Why I haven’t posted in a lonnnggggg time…

Writing is like installing a screen protector on a smartphone. You blow off all the electrified dust bunnies and painstakingly try to lay on the clear sticker without creating ugly bubbles of doom. The first try is usually pretty good, but… Continue Reading →

How to ruin a brand new car in less than 24 hours and still give thanks

The jarring jolt unleashed a flood of adrenaline through my veins. A stunned silence follows the moment of impact. In disbelief, I look down at the bright blue “R” glowing in the dark under my right hand. After shifting the… Continue Reading →

Why today is not my day

Today is not my day. My computer’s network connection went awry last night so I couldn’t make more progress on my work (it was after midnight, so technically it’s today). This morning I woke up and felt a sharp sting… Continue Reading →

Serving the Homeless on MLK Day

It was a chilly Monday afternoon with a bright sun doing little to dispel the cold and wary atmosphere. As we walked towards the Union Gospel Mission Men’s Shelter, there were several homeless men in puffy, black jackets loitering around… Continue Reading →

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