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michael-seidel's picture
May.25.2013
I set off for the coffee shop under a crystalline blue sky.  Although rich sunshine swaths the valley, cold air creeps about, especially in the shadows.  I'm in shorts but with a light fleece jacket on.  Beginning the walk, I contemplate distances and plans and consider reversing my...
andrew-q-lam's picture
Apr.16.2013
Vân, Cúc, Trúc, and Trang; Dũng, Dai, Khôi and Phát. In my mother tongue these names carry music, cadence, poetry. They evoke for the listener images of clouds, peonies, bamboo, jade; acts of bravery or wishes for prosperity. In English, alas, they lose all meaning as the inflexible American...
andrew-q-lam's picture
Feb.12.2013
   by Andrew Lam  Mr. K. brought in the new kid near the end of the semester during what he called oral presentations and everybody else called eighth grade Show and Tell. This is Cao Long Nguyen, he said, and he's from Vietnam and immediately mean old Billy said cool!  What's...
farzana-versey's picture
Jan.14.2013
  At 3 am, the phone rang. This was a few years ago. “Hi, how are you?” I was groggy and the male voice unfamiliar, unsure. I should have hung up. Instead, I said, “I don’t think I know you.” There was a short pause and then, “But I do. I am Lt. Commander X, and I want to talk with you.” Why...
farzana-versey's picture
Oct.07.2012
I fell again. On my knees. Managed to get up. Did not feel any pain. Just getting back into a respectable position seemed more important. Next day, the ache began. Like a vulture waiting to pounce. Both the knees had bumps, rounded, curved, like clay on a potter's wheel. I did nothing....
farzana-versey's picture
Sep.18.2012
I could hear a scratchy sound like someone clearing a bad throat. I turned it around, gave it a push, adjusted the cord. The edgy noise became a whimper. Dragging it a bit, its face towards me, it quietened down. When I bought the pedestal fan, it was the time I was pretty much writing in...
bro-smith-sgs's picture
Sep.09.2012
Hello there my spiritual friend, it is good to see you again. Today I would like to share; once again, Karl’s take on daily human experiences and the state of grace. This is taken from his Theological Investigations, Vol. 3, ch. 6. In short, he readies the reader with numerous potential situations...
dr-steve-mcswain's picture
Aug.24.2012
Are there really NO answers in life? To the big questions, I mean? Is there a God? Is he a he? A she? An it? Where is God? I used to think God was “up there” somewhere or “out there” somewhere. But then, when I was young, I had no idea how impossible it is to wrap my head around “out there,”...
raymond-mallette's picture
Aug.17.2012
     I sat on the beach listening to all the different people and watching the behaviors of various individuals out of my own personal interest. This interest turned into wonder when I heard the mother say to her 4 year old, "Billie! Get away from the water until you know know...
raymond-mallette's picture
Jul.03.2012
     Earlier today I participated in a discussion via commenting within the confines of the well known social website known as Facebook. The discussion started out with some fairly negative feelings regarding a certain type of benefit people receive to help them "make it" in...