The bleak future of food criticism: Yelp reviews, puff pieces and no accountability for restaurants

Salon

As the last dining critic in my city, I was a voice for the people who couldn't afford to waste money on a bad meal

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I Dream of Owning a Dog the Way Some People Yearn for a Baby

The Washington Post

"When I thought about what I wanted my life to look like at this point, I pictured a dog. I pictured a significant other, as well. But dogs are easier to acquire, at least in theory."

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Why Was Turkish Delight C.S. Lewis's Guilty Pleasure?

JSTOR Daily

An exploration of the history of Turkish delight, through the lens of Edmund and WWII.  

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The Perfect Food Memoir Story I Didn't Have

Art House America

Discovering the links in the chain of my food lineage. 

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How to Spot a Hipster Restaurant

Taste Talks

A hipster ranking system for your next evening out. 

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Singing For Supper: The Ivory Table's Kristen Ward

Paste Food

An interview with singer/songwriter, chef and restaurant owner Kristen Ward. 

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A Bartender's Advice for Building Your Home Bar

Tales of the Cocktail

Tips on building a bar from a bartender.

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Interview with Bromleigh McCleneghan

Off the Page

An interview with Bromleigh McCleneghan about her new book Good Christian Sex as part of my author interview series with Off the Page.

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Easy & Colorful 4th of July Dessert Recipes

For Her

Chefs and bloggers share recipes to celebrate the 4th of July.

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The Rice Between Us

You Are Here

A war, my grandfather, and the way rice transported us both somewhere different.

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8 Lessons Bartenders Can Learn From Baristas

Tales of the Cocktail

Lessons from two professionals who have worked both industries.

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The Day of Giving Up Control

The Cresset

Thoughts on Pentecost.

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An Elegy For What We've Lost

Off the Page

Some thoughts about death.

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A Local Restaurant Critic Shares the Tricks of the Trade

Taste Talks

A peek behind the scenes to what it's like to be a local food critic.

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A Letter About Privilege

Off the Page

A letter I wrote to myself about privilege.

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The Art of the Tea Party

For Her

A little about my experiences with tea parties, with some recipes from writers, and tea professionals.

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Notes From the Sample Sizes

Off the Page

"If I’m a sample size, why is my tummy poofy? Why don’t I love my thighs? What about my hips?"

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Meet Stephanie MacLeod, Dewar’s First Female Master Blender

Tales of the Cocktail

Stephanie MacLeod's journey to becoming Dewar's master blender.

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A Night at the Circus: Looking For Beauty in Wedding Season

Off the Page

A few thoughts on wedding season.

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A Hidden Grief: Offering Support Through Miscarriage and Infertility

Aleteia

Suggestions and insight to provide care and comfort to those grieving infertility and miscarriage.

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Single & Shopping for Rings at Tiffany

For Her

A story of ring shopping at Tiffany, while single.

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Choosing a Therapist: Notes from the Trenches

Off the Page

A follow up to my piece on Therapy For Beginners, here are some thoughts on finding the right therapeutic fit.

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Swipe Smart: Tips for Dating Mindfully Online

Amendo

Stories and tips from the trenches.

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Downward Facing God

Off the Page

On yoga, and what it teaches me about prayer.

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Dispelling Lingerie Lies

For Her

An essay on finding the right bra fit, and some tips from an expert.

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Interview with Christie Purifoy

Off the Page

An interview with Christie Purifoy about her book Roots & Sky as part of my ongoing monthly author interview series for Off the Page.

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Staying Sane at Work

Amendo

A few tips for holding onto your sanity at work.

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Drinking God: Meeting the Divine in Metaphor with Lauren Winner

Off the Page

"I began to really think about water. Surprisingly, my first thoughts are filled with fear." What does it mean that God is Living Water.

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Sipping Serenity

Off the Page

"When I’m anxious or stressed, my hands move to make a cup of tea, almost like a wordless prayer.

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Let's Bring Back These Vintage Garnishes

Tales of the Cocktail

Vintage cocktail garnishes: a history and philosophy.

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Bringing Back the Blue Drink

Tales of the Cocktail

History and discussion on blue cocktails.

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Interview with a Food Critic

Let's Talk Spokane

Listen to me talk about what it's like to be a food critic, on a local podcast.

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Interview with Adam McHugh

Off the Page

An interview with Adam McHugh about his book The Listening Life as part of my ongoing monthly author interview series for Off the Page.

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Your Guide to Finding, Caring for, and Using Vintage Bar and Glassware

Tales of the Cocktail

"As bartenders and bar owners strive to set their establishments apart, one interesting trend has begun to emerge—and this time, it's not about what's inside the glass.

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Choosing and Being Chosen: The Bachelor, God, and Me

Off the Page

"My specialness does not need to depend on the not-specialness of others; there is enough for us all.

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How To Eat a Burrito the Size of Your Head

You Are Here

"I’m learning that good relationships are like homemade pasta sauce, overstuffed tacos, and cocktails."

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Getting Used to Good News

Off the Page

Some thoughts on the Easter season: "It takes time to get used to good news, time to believe that the tables have turned in our favor, that neither shoe has dropped."

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Registering For Love and Money

For Her

"Registries were created to enhance the bottom line of a department store, to ensure that everything a couple would need to begin their married life would be purchased from one place. Registries are about money, not love.

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What Should I Read Next?

What Should I Read Next? podcast

I had the honor of being a guest on Anne Bogel's lovely podcast: What Should I Read Next? I talk about food, singleness, protecting my reading life, and a host of other things. Listen in!

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How To Be Single?

Off the Page

"It was striking that the movie protagonist burrowed inward, reading books about and by other young women, while the book protagonist set out to discover another point of view, a global one."

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Interview with Addie Zierman

Off the Page

An interview with Addie Zierman about her new book Night Driving as part of my ongoing monthly author interview series for Off the Page.

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Bring Your Own Hospitality

Off the Page

"More and more I’m realizing I need only myself to practice hospitality."

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Living Water

Relief Journal

A reflection on my hyperhidrosis. "My sweat stands between me and the intimacy I crave, sometimes.

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No Check, Please

You Are Here

Life as a food writer: "My passion has become the means of my provision."

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Authentic Irish Food For St. Patrick's Day

For Her

Thoughts on traditional and modern Irish food from Irish people, to celebrate St. Patrick's Day and beyond.

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Diary of a Dream Home

For Her

"I suppose we never choose the day when our dream will come true."

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Boot care and storage 101

For Her

Tips for caring for all kinds of boots.

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Coffee Shop Commuting

For Her

Coffee shops have become the new office. Here are some tips for working from them effectively.

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Self Care: Watching TV

Kelsey L. Munger

An essay on one of the ways that I practice self-care, for Kelsey Munger's series.

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The Enduring Legacy of the Corpse Reviver

Tales of the Cocktail

“Four of these taken in quick succession will unrevive the corpse again.”

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Behind the Veil

Off the Page

On wearing a burka as an undergraduate: "That day has made me sensitive to my own hate, to my own biases."

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My Single Valentine

Off the Page

I hope you wake up on Valentine’s Day knowing you are loved.

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The Day I Went To a Wedding on a First Date

For Her

That dance was the cherry on top of a wedding filled with belonging.

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Eating Tomatoes On Cereal Does Make a Certain Amount of Sense

Roads & Kingdoms

A delicious blend of cultures in South Korea.

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The Bright Sadness of Lent

Off the Page

Bobby Gross called Lent “bright sadness,” and right away that phrase met a longing within me that I had never been aware of before.

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Shortcut to Confidence

For Her

My thoughts on cutting my hair into a pixie.

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Love in the Time of Tinder

Off the Page

Some of my experiences dating on Tinder.

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Author Rachel Bertsche tries on favorite celebrities’ habits

For Her

An interview with Rachel Bertsche about her book Jennifer, Gwyneth & Me: The Pursuit of Happiness, One Celebrity at a Time.

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Interview with Sarah Bessey (part two)

Off the Page

An interview with Sarah Bessey about her book, Out of Sorts, part two.

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Interview with Sarah Bessey (part one)

Off the Page

An interview with Sarah Bessey about her book, Out of Sorts, part one.

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Laughing At The Future

You Are Here

On 2015, Sarah, and learning to laugh at the future for Laughter and Place month.

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The Fabulous Single Woman

For Her

My thoughts on where the myth of the fabulous single woman comes from.

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Adele: Vulnerable and Vital

For Her

How I fell in love with Adele.

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The Spiritual Act of Cooking for Myself

Off the Page

Behind the scenes on my cooking anxiety, with help from Ruth Reichl and Mary Karr.

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Simple Comfort Foods With Mood-Boosting Powers

For Her

My idea of what food as self-care looks like, with recipes from Shauna Niequist, Molly Wizenberg, and Chef Tony Brown of Ruins.

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The Art of Friendmaking

For Her

Strategies for making friends.

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Therapy For Beginners

Off The Page

On breaking through Christian stigma surrounding therapy, and seeking help.

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Marie Kondo’s new book sparks joy

For Her

A review of Marie Kondo's newest book Spark Joy.

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Setting the Big Table

Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine December 2015

A behind the scenes look at Big Table, a nonprofit focused on the restaurant and hospitality sectors.

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Love, Loss, and Rock & Roll

Rock & Sling

Mumford and Sons, good wine, and learning to move on.

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Drinking After Breaking Up with an Alcoholic

Vice Munchies

"I let go of the hope that had risen in me when I spoke with a recently bereaved friend of my mother’s, whose eyes lit up when he talked about the way he and his wife had shared a love for wine, lasting through their life together."

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Women of Advent: a Vulnerable Geneology

The Junia Project

An exploration of the vulnerability (and singleness) of the women in Jesus' geneology according to Matthew.

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Single All the Way

Off the Page

A piece about being single (and gracious) during the holidays.

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My Town

You Are Here

A piece about falling in love with my own hometown. For Finding Place month.

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Dine Out With a Server

Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine October 2015

I interviewed several local servers for tips on how to get the most out of your dining out experience. 

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Visiting With Ghosts

You Are Here

A bittersweet walk through some places from my past for You Are Here's Losing Place month. 

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The Future Syrah

You Are Here

A reflection on a bottle of wine I waited to open for five years. For Scent and Place month. 

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Let's Talk About Sex

Circling the Story

The third (and last) in a series of three letters to weary unmarried women for Ashley Hales' Letters to Weary Women Series.

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This Letter Is About Breakups

Circling The Story

The second in a series of three letters to weary unmarried women for Ashley Hales' Letters to Weary Women Series. 

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A Letter To the Weary Single Ladies

Circling The Story

The first in a series of three letters to weary unmarried women for Ashley Hales' Letters to Weary Women Series. 

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Liquid Love: how I fell in love with wine

Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine May 2015

The story of how I fell in love with wine. 

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The Kingdom of God is Like a Long-Awaited Baby

Accidental Devotional

My contribution to Abby Norman's Modern Day Parables series at Accidental Devotional. 

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D is for Depression

Altarwork

Some thoughts on depression. 

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A Note About Aaron Housholder

You Are Here

A piece written in the style of Kelly Cherry's "A Note About Allen Tate" about a favorite writing professor of mine who taught me about writing, and life. 

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Birthday Cake Abroad

You Are Here

Baking my own birthday cake in a far away country for Travel and Place month at You Are Here. 

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The Treehouse

You Are Here

A story about my backyard treehouse turned office. My contribution for Creating Place month. 

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Hydration

How to Pack for Church Camp

This is about church camp, my most embarrassing moment, and putting on a mask.

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Skipping Communion

Spokane Faith & Values

Thoughts from my month of skipping communion.

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Five Years Time

You Are Here

Thoughts on seasons and memory, and Five Years Time.

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I'm The Bomb

The Junia Project

Reflections on dating, and being the person I was created to be.

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Reclaiming Eve

Suzanne Burden: at the intersection of beauty and theology

My story for Suzanne Burden's Reclaiming Eve series.

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Martha, Misunderstood

The Junia Project

This piece is about Martha and Mary of Bethany, and Jesus, who loved them both.

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Break Bread with Cara: Limoncello

Travel Smart Magazine April 2015

A column about Italy and Limoncello. 

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Tipping My Hand

Addie Zierman’s blog as part of her One Small Change Series

I had the opportunity to write about tipping and personhood in relationship to the hospitality and restaurant industries. This is a topic close to my heart, and still one of my favorite things I’ve written.

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January: a month in online dates

Tim Fall

The story of my January, which was filled with online dating (and hope).

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Calling is a Verb

Man of Depravity

My thoughts on calling. 

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What I Didn't Resolve in January

The Mudroom

A piece about the resolutions that chose me this January.

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Never a Bridesmaid

You Are Here

Thoughts on weddings, and feeling out of place for You Are Here

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What I Love About the ELCA

Ed Cyzewski

A love letter to the churches that have shaped me, as part of Ed's Denomination Derby series.

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Sitting With Discomfort

be, mama. be

My out of the box contribution to Cara Meredith's Rituals series.

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Moving House

You Are Here

A post about trying to leave home, and how things fell apart.

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Good Girls Don't Get Depressed

Thorns and Gold

A story about depression (and what happens afterward) for Tanya Marlow's God and Suffering series.

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Tamales and Belonging

Spokane Faith & Values

A few words about dating, making tamales and feeling a sense of belonging.

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The Lonely Season

There Is a River

An entry in Christie Purifoy's Advent series about loneliness, Elizabeth, and Mary.

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The Long Weekend

Accidental Devotional

I wrote about what it looks like for me to be single, from the inside.

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Second Simplicity

Amy Peterson: Making All Things New

This is about going back to church, and unlearning conditional grace.

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The Price of Avocados

You Are Here: True Stories About Roots, Identity, and Place

A love letter to avocados: an edible memory that follows me wherever I go.

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My Single Suitcase

Jane Halton Coaching

This is a piece about singleness, and growing up in the church, and all the things I’m unlearning.

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Be Well

Bronwyn Lea: Fueled by Grace, Caffeine & Laughter

This piece is about a relationship that is precious to me, and the way that it is helping me heal from some of my hurtful church experiences.

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Always Asking Why

Carly Gelsinger: A Story About Messes Worth Making

A post about my journey to liturgy from the Evangelical church, and Lauren Winner.

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Letters to the Future

The Gift of Writing

In which I talk about my habit of writing letters to myself as a form of journaling and self-care.

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Four Little Words

Cara Meredith’s blog as part of her series: the little things.

This piece is about some words which were spoken over me in college, regarding my body, and how they hurt me, as well as how I was healed.

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Learning to See: Writing as a Spiritual Discipline

Taylor University English Department blog

What an honor to have the opportunity to guest blog for my alma mater!

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Spirit and Truth

Man of Depravity

I got to write about my church background and how God has used all of the diverse parts of it to speak to me, even now.

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Pull Yourself Together

You Are Here

On community and support in the face of suicidal thoughts, for Together and Place at You Are Here. 

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Choose Your Own Isolation

You Are Here

A study abroad in London, and learning to be brave in connection for You Are Here as part of the Alone in Place theme. 

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Cool on Tap

Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine December 2015

A review of The Blackbird

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All Hail Republic (Pi)

Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine November 2015

My review of Republic Pi, sister restaurant to The Flying Goat.

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Save Me a Bahn Mi

Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine November 2015

I got to eat Stella's Bahn Mi and chat about it to Tony Brown, it's creator. 

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Restaurant Review: Embers By The Lake

Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine September 2015

A review of Embers By The Lake.  

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Signature Dish: Saranac's Thai Rice Bowl

Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine August 2015

Words (and a picture) about Saranac's Thai Rice Bowl. 

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Let's Get Cultured

Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine July 2015

A piece about local yogurt (from my alter ego). 

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In Search of Madeleine's

Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine July 2015

A review of the newly re-opened Madeleine's, with the only Proust reference I'm ever allowed to make. 

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Beverly's Filet of Ribeye

Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine July 2015

A little taste of the filet of ribeye at Beverly's in the Coeur d'Alene Resort. 

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Queue Up For QQ Sushi

Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine June 2015

A review of QQ Sushi in North Spokane. 

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Dreaming in Lemon

Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine June 2015

A conversation with Gina Garcia of Cake, the bakery of Chaps, about her lemon chiffon cake. 

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Beyond the Bar (a review of Durkin's Liquor Bar)

Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine May 2015

A review of Durkin's Liquor Bar in Downtown Spokane. 

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Common Crumb

Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine April 2015

A review of Common Crumb Bakery.

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Europa Is For Lovers

Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine March 2015

Inside a drawer in a table at Europa are the love letters from years of patrons.

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(Hand) Crafted

Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine November 2014

A review of Crafted.

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Gourmet Under Glass

Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine October 2014

A chat with Merrilee Lindaman about some of her favorite dishes they serve.

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Mouth Watering Movie Meals

Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine June 2014

Food movies and local pairings.

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The Whole Nine Yards

Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine June 2014

A review of the Yards Bruncheon.

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Italia Trattoria's Miss Piggy Sandwich

Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine June 2014

Behind the scenes at Italia Trattoria, talking about the journey to Spokane, the restaurant, and the Miss Piggy.

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A Reason to Celebrate

Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine May 2014

A review of Mizuna.

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A Spicy Relationship

Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine May 2014

The story of the Picabu Bistro curry bowl.

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Keeping It Classy

Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine April 2014

My experiences with two local classes centered around food and drink.

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Dipping Into Memory

Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine March 2014

A behind the scenes feature on the origins of Henderson Dip.

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Liberty Lake by Lamplight

Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living March 2014

A review of Hay Jay's.

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Cutting the Cake

Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine February 2014

Alternative wedding desserts with local recommendations.

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Chef Profile: Bob Rogers

Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine February 2014

A conversation with Chef Bob Rogers of Northern Quest Resort and Casino.

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French Revelation

Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine February 2014

A review of Fleur de Sel.

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A Gift That Keeps On Giving

Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living December 2013/January 2014

A conversation with Thada Ziegler of Taste and See Ministries Tea Room.

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Sushi 101

Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living December 2013/January 2014

A review of Toro Sushi

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A Thanksgiving Feast

Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine November 2013

Local chefs share their favorite family recipes for Thanksgiving.

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No Downside to Downriver

Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine November 2013

A review of Downriver Grill.

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Certifiable Crazy Burger

Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine November 2013

A conversation with Crazy G about his Certifiable Crazy Burger.

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It's 3:15 Somewhere

Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine March 2012

A review of 315 Martinis and Tapas.

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