Food For Thought

Fear Drowns in Light

In a few short weeks I will rejoin the ranks of America’s workforce. I’ve spent the better part of the last two and a half years serving as a missionary with my husband in the postage stamp sized country of Malawi, in Southern Africa. This fall we took a quick little jaunt over to the Philippines,

Have The Audacity To Interrupt

Moving to a big city has recently led me to contemplate social boundaries and their effects on connection. There are moments I wish they were more clearly established: like on the train, when I’m sitting between a man whose hands and face are covered in cheesy Pringles as he licks the powder out of the

How Will I Know?

Do we have any Whitney Houston fans in the house? I mean how could you not? With iconic songs like, “I will always love you”, and “I have nothing”, it would be impossible not to belt it out, (with a lot less skill, of course). Anyways, one of Whitney’s greatest songs called, “How Will I Know”,

How to Rise Above

Now this may sound like a question for a group of kindergarten students, but have you ever wondered what the science is behind how some things float on water, and others do not? If you have ever passed by a river in a bustling city or a busy marina, you probably would have seen plenty of empty plastic

Will You Have Me?

When I was first asked to write for this blog, I immediately felt excitement, coupled with a twinge of apprehension. I felt excited, because I absolutely love writing, especially when I know it isn’t going to be graded. (Wait… this isn’t going to be graded, is it?) And I felt apprehensive, because, aside from grad

The Last Inning

It was the seventh game in the world series tonight, and since I now call the city of Chicago home, I thought it was my duty to at least watch one game. Now, the Chicago Cubs have been underdogs for 108 years. (And we think we have it bad!) Yup, that’s right, they haven’t won

Living in the Tension

Who like’s tension? Not me. I would venture to say that when anyone hears the word “tension” we all cringe a little inside. I was sitting in my Group Dynamics class yesterday where we are learning as future clinicians how to run a group therapy session. The professor opened up the class by handing out

Take Off Your Shoes

I was having a conversation recently with a friend (Chelsie, where you at?!), and as we were talking through a certain part of the Bible we landed on the topic of how there are so many different and polarizing views within Christianity. My friend asked, “If we all have access to the same Bible, how is it that we come up

Spiritual Object Permanence

In my recent studies I came across something called Object Permanence. According to Jean Piaget, a Swiss psychologist, Object permanence is the understanding that objects continue to exist even when they cannot be observed (seen, heard, touched, smelled or sensed in any way). This is a fundamental concept studied in the field of developmental psychology that addresses

What Motivates You?

I’ve been thinking a lot about motivation lately. Good ol’ Webster defines Motivation as, the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way. We all have our ways of motivating ourselves and others, even if we aren’t necessarily aware of the source or means by which we are generating that motivation. We motivate