Why do we do the things we do? The lives we live, the actions we take. What’s it all for? Are we all simply stars at the center of our own self-centered universes? Or is there something more going on, a deeper connected truth that none...

So there's this girl. Her name is Ruby and she lives in a small Maine town. She's ten years old, in the fourth grade. Her mother is a regular follower of this blog. Her Aunt Deb is one of my dear friends. Ruby is not so different...

How do you sell a book? And I’m not talking about a potential book that either has been written or is being written by a writer who hopes to have it published one day. I’m talking about a book already in the bookstores, with a world-class...

I read a story once that was trying to describe the Indian concept of time. It went like this: There is a great raven that carries a scarf in its beak, and this bird flies over the Himalayas once every one thousand years. How it lives...

I left the orphanage over a week ago. It wasn’t a heart-breaking tear fest this time. I didn’t want that again. In fact, when I told the nursery kids one final bedtime story on the night before I left (an epically long tale of how my...

2014 was a good year. I was a little lost at the beginning of it. But then I came to India on a whim, found my way to the Good Shepherd Agricultural Mission, fell in love with a group of orphaned children, and ended up surrounded by...

I’ve always loved Santa. All the improbable details of the legend; his undiscovered fortress at the top of the world; his legion of curious elves; his unconventional use of the common chimney. Everything! Now, I know some religious folks aren’t so down with the Big Guy in...

As the story goes, Clement Moore was a stodgy, serious academic. A professor of classics at the General Theological Seminary in New York City, Moore had been published, but he wasn’t what you’d call a popular writer. For most of his career, he was best...

For everyone who was touched by Ram Pal’s sponsorship story, here’s a little follow-up to this new chapter of his life. This week, I received the first letter from his new sponsors in America. Colin and Sarah, in their beautiful exuberance to reach out, wrote a...

It was 11 o’clock and I was tired. After two days of near constant online nudging, my Orphan Water campaign had hit its goal. 41 contributors for $4000! The Mission was getting a new water system for Christmas. My heart was full. And yet, I was also...