Wedding Ceremony Script

When I was young and surrounded by marriage obsessed peers, I developed a hypothesis.  I surmised that preparing oneself for the single life or for marriage was functionally the same.  In either case, whether faced with the difficulties of life alone or a lifelong partner, having a strong sense of self was necessary to weather […]

art + tech

Coldplay and Ancient Christian Hymns

A couple of weeks ago I was on the schedule to sing at my church and our regular worship leader swapped places with a leader from another campus.  He chose a Coldplay song called “A Message” which takes a line from an ancient Christian hymn called “My Song Is Love Unknown.” Below are lyrics for […]

Oak Park at One of a Kind

It’s that time of year again.  One of a Kind Chicago, a show and sale with works from over 600 artists, has returned to the Merchandise Mart this weekend. I went for the first time last year and I distinctly remember the elevator opening, turning the corner, and my jaw dropping to the floor.  600 […]

TechWeek Chicago

I had the privilege of attending TechWeek Chicago on Monday and I had a blast drinking diet coke, test driving a Chevy Volt and discovering new, diverse and creative startups.  My short recap can be found here at TigerStartups.com.

Common Sense Innovation

My local library has one of the smartest innovations I’ve ever seen.  In the middle of children’s section, from a vantage point that looks over the short tables, computers, and reading chairs where the kids hang out is an entire shelf of grown-up books and dvds.  There, a diverse array of novels, nonfiction, new releases, […]

Interview: Cartoonist Gene Luen Yang

As I walk up to the playground, my son’s friend Teo greets me with a bright smile and a warm, tight, bear hug and I have Gene Yang to thank for it.  For Teo’s birthday several months ago, I got him Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Promise, Part 1. He’s been waiting for months […]

theology + culture

Wedding Ceremony Script

When I was young and surrounded by marriage obsessed peers, I developed a hypothesis.  I surmised that preparing oneself for the single life or for marriage was functionally the same.  In either case, whether faced with the difficulties of life alone or a lifelong partner, having a strong sense of self was necessary to weather […]

Volkenroda

I wish I were a musician so I could write a love song – a poet so I could express the tribute I feel in my heart.  When my mind feels cluttered or ill at ease, my schedule too busy, and the general duress of life presses on me, I remember Volkenroda.  I suppose this […]

Words of the True Peoples

At my local library, I recently stumbled upon a gem of a book called Words of the True Peoples: Anthology of Contemporary Mexican Indigenous-Language Writers. I also just finished reading Finder Library Volume 1 and Volume 2. I’m working on a sci-fi fantasy story at the moment and honestly, these three books were treasure.  The […]

#LICME: Watching SNL With Friends

#LICME watches SNL with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Mumford and Sons.

Alphonsus Maria de Liguori

I had a dream that on my old college campus where the theater used to be, was a white cathedral-like structure that had a virtually outdoor sanctuary.  In lieu of walls and doors was open space and the occasional column holding up the full, steepled roof.  It was dedicated to St. Alphonsus and in my […]

#RFTK Recommended For The Kids

Sharing Art with Kids #RFTK: Disarming American Culture

  This week, I’m sharing two pieces of art with my kids.  First up is “Disarm: A Mechanized Orchestra of Instruments Built from Decommissioned Weapons” that I discovered on This is Collosal.  While this video wouldn’t normally be classified as “for kids” I love that these artists talk about their work in a way that […]