The Weight of a Life in Wonder

At certain moments of your life, the question comes, during a pause: Selfie with “Untitled (Donkey)” by Jeff Koons, at the Moco Museum (October 2019) What am I doing here? What the hell am I doing here? The question came to me thrice during my recent trip to Europe, where my friend Gretchen and I…… Continue reading The Weight of a Life in Wonder

Of Grit and Grace

Much has been said about persistence and perseverance: how, if you are only forceful and determined enough, you could achieve whatever it is that you set your mind to. A wall of photos and business cards (Vietnam, 2014) Malcolm Gladwell, in his bestselling book “Outliers”, argued that it takes 10,000 hours to master any particular…… Continue reading Of Grit and Grace

A Necessary Fear

This was a draft I began writing in August 2014. I am not sure why I didn’t get to finish this. I am publishing this now with some thoughts I’ve added, four years later. Today I had an anxiety attack. It wasn’t the first, nor the worst, but it crept from behind and surprised me.…… Continue reading A Necessary Fear