spend time with poor people, be friends and neighbors

I love it when Eve Tushnet gets on her soapbox about poverty and virtue, and this great piece about the much-touted “success sequence” is no exception: The people I speak with believe they have a responsibility—there’s that word again—to achieve...

/ April 17, 2018

“I can’t work for justice and righteousness if I don’t have love in my heart.”

I was so thankful that my friend D.L. Mayfield wrote about the Failed Missionary podcast: I don’t claim to have all the answers figured out, but I do know that one thing I keep finding is that I can’t work...

/ April 16, 2018

let’s stop asking doctors to text while driving

The New England Journal of Medicine shares this perspective about how to help doctors stop burning out — suggesting that the electronic medical record (EMR) and the ever-increasing clerical workload are to blame for burning out doctors: Increasing clerical burden...

/ April 11, 2018

how can the church respond to the opioid epidemic?

Thank you for your patience while I was away! I really appreciated Sarah Clark’s work in this piece on the opioid epidemic: The paradox of addiction is that people cannot choose to leave drugs behind until they fully admit to...

/ April 10, 2018

overselling the value of fistula surgery

Note: I’ll be traveling a lot the next three weeks, so posts will be sporadic. Thanks for your understanding! You’ve probably heard about the problem of obstetric fistula — the holes in between women’s pelvic organs that cause incontinence, pain,...

/ March 21, 2018

Wild Harbors, “Monument”

I’ve been following Wild Harbors for a while (they played in our living room in Baltimore back when we were still renters, so that’s at least 6 years ago now!) I just got their new record via Kickstarter, and it...

/ March 20, 2018

learning the tools that let you make your own tools

Alan Jacobs doesn’t want kids to learn to code. But he does think they should learn to build their own websites: To teach children how to own their own domains and make their own websites might seem a small thing....

/ March 16, 2018

what it costs our kids

Since yesterday’s post was about the struggles of raising children overseas, here’s Tara Ann Thieke on the problems at home: But when I go home to my newspapers and social media feeds I read about how we need more early...

/ March 15, 2018

the life of an expat parent

Rachel Pieh Jones has an excellent piece at The Other Journal on what it’s like to be a parent living abroad. She’s got it worse than me — her kids are older and go to school in another country! —...

/ March 14, 2018

Sandra McCracken, “Songs From The Valley”

Sandra McCracken just released “Songs from the Valley”, an achingly beautiful EP full of what you might expect if you took the songs that she wrote in the last several years just didn’t quite fit in her last two records...

/ March 13, 2018