David Foster Wallace, Seagulls, and Learning How to Think

  This month is the 20th birthday of the publication of Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace’s famous novel. I’ve been using it as an excuse to wade through David Foster Wallace quotes and to reread my favourite piece of his: This is Water. The reason why I love DFW’s writing is because of his substance…

.010 The Question and Space of "Why"

I spend a large portion of my week taking care of children. Just over two months ago I was learning from slideshows and lecture notes, and now I’ve gone straight back to the basics. These smart, wild, hilarious little humans have a way of opening my perspective through their raw honesty and mistakes. They always…

.005 Watch for the Signs

I’ve noticed a pattern forming in my life, lately. It is one of those rhythms that forms subtly and seems to reflect my head space. It has to do with direction. I was scrolling through recent pictures that I’ve taken on my phone, and I noticed that there is a distinct theme of “going” threaded…

.004 Sometimes Making the Decision is the Hardest Part

I’m standing on the edge of a new threshold right now; the kind of place that knits fear and possibility together and smudges expectations. My future direction, the one I had so clearly laid out in my mind, has warped once again. I’m in a messy place full of decisions and I spend so much…

.003 Work:Rest

This week has been pent up with stress and work and somehow we’re still smiling over here. It might have been the extra course (or two) that I took on this semester, but I’m suddenly finding that my workload has exploded and I’m applying to jobs for co-op like nobody’s business and I’m attempting to…

.002 Creating Space

It has become a routine, now, that a friend and I meet in the chapel three mornings a week to pray. Eight-thirty. The sun rests at the optimal height to stream through the stained glass windows, throwing colour all over the carpet where we sit. We sit down, maybe read some scripture, share some joys…

The World Isn’t as Bad as You Think .001

School has started and I’m venturing into another four month stretch of study. Normally I’m all wrapped up in the newness, squinting at the blank slate with so many plans of how to fill it. This year, though, I’m strangely indifferent. I’m in a bit of a “been here, done that” mental state and excelling…