I was talking to a couple of friends yesterday about where we are at in our lives. We listened to each other intently and shared friendly advice. We all had an Idea of what our passion is, or what it is God is calling us to, and we were all hesitant to invest in it. … Continue reading Jedi Tactics
Not unlike every other introverted, Midwestern, millennial, my favorite season is autumn. So, I was pretty bummed to realize that I was going to miss out on the peak of the season while I was in Haiti. Thankfully, I arrived in Chicago last night and the weather definitely doesn’t suck. This morning I put on … Continue reading Stories We Could Tell
Except this isn't a political rant. Phew, right? I don’t leave my room without being dressed for the day, and when I’m dressed for the day I’m ready to go. I’m not a huge breakfast guy either, and I don’t really need caffeine. That being said, I love food and I really like coffee, so … Continue reading Breakfast…Coffee…Political Rant
Every day Haitians ask me for food, sometimes multiple times per day. It’s a terrible reality, but it comes with the territory. They aren’t strangers either, the people asking are my friends, neighbors, people I’ve known for years. It’s the most heart-wrenching question I have to face and the most humbling. Anyone working in an … Continue reading I Was Hungry…
The day after the Cubs won the World Series I caught wind of the news down in Haiti. I’m not a huge cubs fan, but it would be un-American to be apathetic about baseball. John is from Chicago so I ran and told him the news, then we spent the next hour calling some friends … Continue reading Living Outside Eden
On my flight down to Florida a month ago I had one of those great flights where you sit down next to someone cool and talk for the whole three hours. It started when I was standing in line to get on the plane. The flight was from Chicago to Florida in October, so most … Continue reading Wanting Something More
“There is a spirit that lives in the water.” By this point I’ve pretty much checked out completely. John and I are standing in front of Bassin Zim, this beautiful turquoise waterfall in the middle of Haiti. We hopped on motorcycles in the morning and traversed half the country in order to check it out … Continue reading Bassin Zim – Creole for Insane Waterfall
Haiti wasn’t always in my path, at least I didn’t know it was there. Not long ago, hearing people left and right tell me to follow my heart always led to long, confusing days trying to figure out who I was, what I like, and what in the world I was going to do with … Continue reading What the Heck is Passion Anyways?
America, the land of opportunity. I used to think people just said that back when the USA was first being established, way back when the American dream was to buy a house in the suburbs with a white fence and have a dog and barbecue weekly. When the statue of liberty was being built and … Continue reading America, An Open Letter
Many people ask about what is happening in Haiti, but then check out of the conversation by the time I finish my third sentence. I don’t blame them; it doesn’t really affect us Americans at all. So, I usually have a short-version answer, but the problem in Haiti really is too pressing to be dumbed … Continue reading What Happened to Haiti?