I sat in my hammock two nights ago, the hooks hanging from two bases bolted into my bedroom wall and my eyes were glued to the television across the room, my stomach churning with grief as the Earl of Warwick, known as "Teddy," in the recent period piece by STARZ, is shepherded by Richard… Continue reading The White Princess: From Arthur’s Court to Brian Zahnd’s theology.
Remember a couple of years ago when Johanna Basford put out that beautiful and novel coloring book for grown people and Amazon sold out nearly immediately and then there were coloring books for grown-ups everywhere and HuffPost articles about how coloring improves mindfulness and is great for busy people who need to decompress? I… Continue reading Nothing But Notes
My personal struggle, not to disappoint but I haven't studied for my finals yet so I won't be elaborating greatly on the struggles of the Civil War or the Constitution right now. While I usually struggle to accomplish things like essays and homework quickly, meaning that I have to carve a lot of time out… Continue reading On the Civil War, the Constitution, and the Struggle
New blog title: humanista fantastica was the result of one of my professors calling me a humanista and then my friend adding on the fantastica. It fit perfectly with the tone of this blog, where I wrote essay length musings periodically. But life is moving on and now that this blog has lasted half a year… Continue reading Housekeeping
My University offers a student speaker slot at the commencement ceremonies. I auditioned for it. They didn't pick me but I didn't really expect it - this is Arts & Sciences, there was a theatre major probably who had been working on their speech for three years. Anyway here's the speech. When… Continue reading Commencement
The Examen is a daily prayer that St. Ignatius required the monks in his charge to perform. It involved looking back at your day and trying to find God in it, and then looking forward to your next day and praying about it. I wrote this Examen out for my ministry's Senior Night. Graduating seniors… Continue reading The Examen…like a really big Examen though.
My friend slid this op-ed into my Twitter DMs about a week ago. From the headline, I knew this was going to be a wild ride. Now, I in no way wish to tear down the author or insult her. However, she has made some pretty bold claims and I take issue with quite a… Continue reading Modern Manners Does Not A Chivalrous Man Make
Not a literal death. Just Lent. I attended my first Ash Wednesday service this year. The Rev, who I have come to love quite well, bestowed upon me the sacred ashy cross and I sat back down to ruminate on the end of things, the end of myself, vanity, vexation, and vapor. And then I… Continue reading Of Death and Graduation
Common in the lexicon of restaurant slang is the phrase "in the weeds." It simply means you are overwhelmed and behind a few steps and cannot catch up. The trick to getting out of the weeds is a three step process. 1. Realize you are in the weeds. Sometimes our vision is so narrow we… Continue reading The Weeds, Productivity, and Joy In the Face of the Insurmountable
"My first reaction was like, 'This is a bummer. This isn't fun for me,'" Swift shared. "But then my second reaction ended up being like, 'Hey, That's a really interesting character they're writing about. She jet sets around the world collecting men...then she traps them and locks them in her mansion, and then she's crying in… Continue reading Boys Only Want Love If It’s Torture: Taylor Swift and Humanist Romance