Revival

This afternoon, I was half-sleeping on the subway when the older man sitting next to me called out to an old woman selling gum. Sometimes people wander through the subway cars selling gum or some other little item to make money, but I rarely see anyone look up at them, much less buy what they are selling. […]

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Destiny (and the process)

I am a believer in destiny. I believe nothing is random or purposeless. I serve a God who promises that He wastes nothing in our lives, not even the catching of a flu. (As I write this, I am sitting in bed surrounded by used tissues.) But sometimes I forget that destiny isn’t just about […]

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2011: Reflections

Looking back on my 2011, one thing is clear: it was definitely a year of transition. There were some difficult parts, but as I reflect on the past year, I can’t help but be thankful for all that transpired. I remember standing on the roof of my friend’s townhouse in downtown Baltimore last year on […]

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Taiwan Adventures: Ending up in Asia

The best surprise of my trip to Taiwan so far has been meeting up with an old friend from college who recently married a Taiwanese guy and has settled down here […]

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Simplicity

One thing American culture and Korean culture have in common is a love for technology and the accumulation of possessions. Literally everyone here has a smartphone (and is using it constantly––on the subway, while walking down the street, during class, you name it). Counter to both cultures, I have always attempted to keep my life […]

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Staying in Korea (Indefinitely?)

I am becoming more and more sure that I am going to stay here in Korea. For exactly how long, I have no idea, but at the moment I’m thinking at least another year or two past the end of my Fulbright Grant in June. I may have alluded to this idea in past posts, but I […]

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Hungering for more

Yesterday, I started tearing up while reading a nonfiction book on the subway. Think that’s a first. I would say that I’m embarrassed, but actually I’m not––in fact, I’m really happy. These were not depressed, self-pitying tears, but the kind of tears that come from being really touched by something, from remembering a deep unfulfilled […]

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Not Just a Detour

The other day, I found a new freckle on my face! (Or perhaps technically it’s a mole?) I doubt anyone else would notice it, but I see it every time I look in the mirror. Instead of letting this development increase my paranoia about skin cancer, I like to think of it as a cute […]

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