Category Archives: Autobiography / Memoir

Kenosha Burning

I hadn’t planned to write again so soon, but news that a Kenosha, Wisconsin police officer had shot Jacob Blake seven times in the back started making its way into my Twitter feed last night. Horrific, all-too-familiar details emerged this … Continue reading

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Conversation with Mirela Kulović about Human Rights, Teaching, and Writing

Yesterday, as part of her wonderful new “thought-provoking conversations” series on YouTube, the brilliant Bosnian-American painter Mirela Kulović interviewed me about so much of what I love: teaching and writing about religious identity, human rights, conflict, and coexistence; mentoring and … Continue reading

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Comic Relief

In recent posts I’ve been writing about the grief, fear, sadness, and anger that can grip up us all when we live in a chaotic, hostile world, and I’ve been exploring what holds the power to soothe and recenter us. … Continue reading

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The Valley of the Shadow

On the morning of July 5, 2015, I offered the following reflection, in place of a traditional sermon, at the Congregational Church in Exeter, New Hampshire. It’s about going home to mourn the loss, and celebrate the life, of my … Continue reading

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“All We Have Left” in Numéro Cinq

“All We Have Left,” a 2012 memoir of mine about Bosnia-Herzegovina — a photo and travel essay, featuring art by Samir Biščević and music by Merima Ključo and Miroslav Tadić — has just been published in the online Canadian literary magazine … Continue reading

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Coming Soon: “All We Have Left” in Numéro Cinq

Today, the Canadian literary magazine Numéro Cinq, edited by Douglas Glover, released a preview of its October issue, which will include my essay “All We Have Left,” along with poems about Bosnia-Herzegovina by the masterful Goran Simić and Sydnea Lea, … Continue reading

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A Mantra for Middle Age

Today, one of the luxuries of summer: a trip to a family fun center, decked out with video games, a go-kart track, and indoor batting cages. Even as I start to push 40, I can’t stay out of the cages. … Continue reading

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Remembered Landscapes

In my class on religion and popular culture, we explore the notion of sacred space. Often, I’ll show my students a few very short clips from Ken Burns’ The National Parks: America’s Best Idea: this one on Native American notions … Continue reading

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Ties That Bind

In an old episode of The Simpsons, Bart, Lisa, and Homer race home from church, plop down at the front door, and tear off their formal clothes. It’s a raw, irreverent celebration of freedom. That’s me at the beginning of … Continue reading

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Pastime

Roger Clemens, cartoonishly bloated, pitched a pro ball game in Texas this weekend. ESPN’s broadcasters, reduced to children, hawked it: 5o years old! … One of the greatest pitchers of all time! He came out sharp. The fans erupted. In … Continue reading

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