When I Went to a Burlesque Show

So I have a habit of putting myself in compromising situations. Not bad situations although that happens too. But the kind of situations where my moral barometer suddenly becomes muddied. Case in point! Picture me. Your average churchgirl minus the coffee addiction (cough, cough, Savvy). I’m at uni and my friend invites me to a burlesque show. Which is flattering because it shows that she … Continue reading When I Went to a Burlesque Show

Patriotism: Yay or Nay?

What is a patriot? According to my little Webster Dictionary, it is someone who ‘strongly supports and serves his or her country’. What does it mean to be a patriot? What does patriotism mean to you? What moments did you have where you felt patriotic or moments that defined patriotism for you? To me, patriotism means pledging allegiance to a flag when I was 6 … Continue reading Patriotism: Yay or Nay?

You Sound Like An Atheist

“May God bless you,’ the old lady told me. As she walked away, I exchanged a look with my dad, a look that read: That was weird. I’ve said this before in my blog. For most of my life, I grew up in a Christian Reformed Church—think hymns, creeds, pastors in long robes, Dutch Calvinists—and until going to college and transitioning to an expressive evangelical … Continue reading You Sound Like An Atheist

Savvy & Rachel Count their Blessings

1. Rachel: Her job at the local pub & grill “I’m blessed to have such an awesome cast of coworkers in such a friendly, smalltown-America restaurant.  From the cooks and dishwashers whom I can punch and throw food at to the waitresses that help me when I’m confused, from the runners, bussers, and cohosts that make me laugh to the banquet servers who make every function … Continue reading Savvy & Rachel Count their Blessings

Embracing the In-between State

Guys I have an announcement..(prepare the drum-roll)… I’m going back to California for Christmas! That’s right, I’m spending Christmas up in the mountains of California surrounded by all of my uncles, aunts, my grandparents, my cousins and their children (would that make them my second cousins or just cousins, twice removed or am I just confused?). There is a lot of things I have to … Continue reading Embracing the In-between State

the Lonely People

If you’ve graduated from uni, then you know how strange it feels to suddenly not be surrounded by all your friends.  Maybe it’s different for you.  For me, I made the choice to go to college in England.  I don’t regret it at all.  But that meant that graduating meant going home to America and separating from my friends – notably, my fellow co-blogger, Savvy.  … Continue reading the Lonely People

Being the New Girl

“I don’t understand why we go to a church forty-five minutes away,” I say, gripping the steering wheel as I practice my driving. Dad leans back in his seat.  “What’s the problem with that?” “It takes us out of the community.” “Fine, okay, I’ll tell you what,” he says.  “You can pick a local church and I’ll take you there.” “No.  Never mind.” “Why not?” … Continue reading Being the New Girl