Seasons

“For everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”   Snowfall comes: winter, though cruel, is yet beautiful.   And then a soul’s springtime, the budding of flowers in a person’s spirit.   The summer, warmth of fruition, plans achieved, a time to relax and enjoy.   Come fall, […]

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Instagram Journal Series

Today marks the start of my new instagram open journal series! Every Monday, I’ll share a brief glimpse into one of my many journals. Each week, I’ll share from one of the following journals: Ethra, Devotional, Maps, Poetry, or occasionally Prayer (starred below). Note that after this week, all my journal posts will only be […]

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An Open Book

Before anything else, I want to say I was blown away by the popularity of my realistic fiction stories. Separados and Warm Cookies on a Cold Night both had very positive reactions, and especially with Three Journal Entries I was floored by the sheer amount of engagement. I’ll certainly return to the realistic fiction genre […]

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Warm Cookies on a Cold Night

“You ready, Betty?” I hear my friend Alexa call from the other room. “Almost, give me a second!” I struggle with the plastic wrap, pulling one more layer over my plate of cookies. “Let’s go see the fire trucks!” Alexa says. I pick up the cookies and hurry into the front room, where Alexa waits […]

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Three Journal Entries

3 October, 2005 Today I met Kaif, a boy down the street! He’s nine, a whole year older than me! But our birthdays are close. We played football together with his old ball. He needs a new one, this one has patches holding it together. It was still fun, though! We’re gonna play more tomorrow! […]

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Separados

“¡Buen dia, Mamá!” I say as I sit down at the table. “Buen dia, hijito.” Mamá hands me a bowl and a box of Froot Loops. Mi hermano has a bowl in front of him, too, but his cereal is getting soggy. His spoon rests forgotten in his hand as he stares at el televisión. […]

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One Year Later

A year ago tomorrow, I officially launched this website with an introductory blog post, a short story, and a poem. Over the course of the school year I posted at least once per week, often more frequently than that, sharing poems and stories as I wrote them. Last April, I decided to take a break […]

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Sailing Home

Eight months. Eight months since I’ve seen the United States. Eight months since I’ve been physically present with my family, and eight months since I’ve seen most of my friends from before this year. It’s funny how time works. This has been both the longest and shortest eight months of my life. It’s Been a […]

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New Horizons

The year has come with a myriad of new horizons. My year abroad has allowed me to explore ancient ruins and imposing castles; stare in wonder at the northern lights; explore vast deserts on camelback; and even swim through coral reefs in the Red Sea alongside numerous schools of fish. It has been an amazing […]

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Good Friday

We all have an inner circle of friends, an elect few with whom we share everything in our lives; all the good, and all the bad. Think about a couple of your closest friends, and with them in mind, imagine for a moment that you’re faced with an incredible challenge. Something physically or emotionally painful. […]

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