May day! I wanted to catch y'all up on a few things so here we are.
- First, a spot of good news. I am so pleased to say that I am the 2015 NonFiction VanderMay winner for Ruminate Magazine! Ruminate is a gorgeous, thoughtful magazine that I first discovered when a friend sent me a copy when I was having one of the worst weeks of my life (Hi, Christiana!). I was so struck by the quality of everything, from the art to the poetry to the paper. So yeah, I am quite honored to have my little essay chosen. Scott Russell Sanders has some awfully nice things to say about the essay and maybe it will pique your interest enough to get yourself a subscription (go here to read the announcement). I do talk about Michael Jackson a lot, as well as some Kurdish friends of mine. The issue comes out in June and I will be sure to remind you! (Again, just a great reminder for all of us writing away in the shadows while we work and play and parent and try and live cross-culturally--it never hurts to try and write your best and then send it off into the void!)
- Secondly, I am still pregnant! But it's been a bit of a seesaw over here . . . one day everything looks fine, the next day it's all like PANIC MODE and then two days later back to naw, wait around a bit again. Not great for the ol' mental space, but great news for a baby boy that is getting bigger and bigger! For those who are interested, we are updating a CaringBridge site with more information that you can check on occasionally. Here is the link to that.
- Third, I have been reading so many interesting things and I just wanted to share a bit about two of the books. The first, Runaway Radical, I have posted about a bit before. A few people have contacted me about it so I wanted to quickly caveat--at first, I LOVED this book, then I HATED it, and now I am somewhere in-between. I still highly recommend reading it, because it sparks a LOT of conversation, which is really needed. There are definitely problematic points in the book, however, and I have a detailed review coming out (but not until the fall). For now, if you read it and want to discuss, hit me up! I identify greatly with the main character (who wants to do grandiose things for God) but in the end I highly disagree with the conclusion. The second book I wanted to briefly mention is Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. SheLoves has been doing a month-long book club discussion on the book but unfortunately I JUST got my copy from the library so I am late to the game. However, I can say that honestly I have not been emotionally impacted by a book like this in a long time. Books like The New Jim Crow are so good and so necessary, but do take up a ton of time to read (and I already know in my heart many people won't pick it up). Just Mercy takes much of that same information/research and puts it into compelling human narratives and the reader is forced to grapple with injustice and inequality in ways that almost break you. I can't recommend this book enough. Get it, read it, and let's chat about it.
Thanks for all of those who have praying for us! I hope your April was calmer than mine and that your May is filled with horchata, cold brew coffee, asparagus, and neighborhood strolls. Or you know, things that you like to eat/drink/do in the spring.