Putting Down Roots

“You have to put down roots.” The only thing more troubling that she could have said came next: “And if you are going to put down roots somewhere, that means you cannot hold on to roots elsewhere.” Like an arrow aimed straight at my heart, Michal Ruth’s words cut through my ribs to the tender … [Read More]

Living without the Adjectives

Adjectives. Those describing words. The modifiers, classifiers, and identifiers. The words that separate the world into categories. Pretty. Ugly. Black. White. Rich. Poor. Smart. Dumb. Hip. Lame. Good. Bad. Going. Sending. It was my first time attending this camp on the dune-covered beaches of the Oregon Coast. I had heard rumors of it since I … [Read More]

Adventures in Being Homeless

It’s been 8 weeks. Lincoln. Chicago. Atlanta. Amsterdam. Tübingen. Lincoln. Denver. Boise. Portland. Corvallis. Salem. Seattle. Sweet Home. Portland. Never more than a few days at each place, everywhere is my home and nowhere is my home. I am homeless. I am wandering. Now, don’t get me wrong, this wandering is not without purpose. I … [Read More]