The Backdrop – A Brief Autobiography | 2007-2017

March 20, 2017 1:30pm | River City Roasters Coffee Shop in Wheaton, IL The past ten years have been incredibly important in my life journey. It’s hard to even conceive how productive these years have been in terms of wayfaring; it’s even harder to explain how difficult these years have been—but, as the aphorism goes... Continue Reading →

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The Public Good

It is summertime and I finally have a few moments to step back from my text-based studies and think about the big picture. I had the privilege of helping to organize a religious conference this past month and I presented on a seemingly mundane topic: Food. In the process of preparing my remarks I decided... Continue Reading →


وَمِن آياتِهِ أَن خَلَقَ لَكُم مِن أَنفُسِكُم أَزواجًا لِتَسكُنوا إِلَيها وَجَعَلَ بَينَكُم مَوَدَّةً وَرَحمَةً ۚ إِنَّ في ذٰلِكَ لَآياتٍ لِقَومٍ يَتَفَكَّرونَ And of His signs is that He created for you, of yourselves, spouses, that you might repose in them, and He has set between you love and mercy. Surely in that are signs for... Continue Reading →


It has been a long while since I posted here. I hope everyone is doing well. I recently moved out of my dormitory and into a condo; I wanted my own space and to plan a little for the future. It has been a process; organizing the home into something decent took several weeks—trips to... Continue Reading →

Love and Concern for Others

[A man] once said, "It is thirty years that I have been seeking forgiveness for one phrase, 'Praise be God's', that I allowed to pass my lips." When asked to explain he replied, "One night the marketplace caught fire, and I left my house to see if the fire had reached my shop. When I... Continue Reading →

Summer Photos and Trips

This Summer I traveled to NYC to meet with a bunch of friends, then off to Baltimore for a friend's wedding. Later I went to Mom and Dad's, Colorado, and saw AT and Shae and the boys after too-many years. Here are a few photos of me that people snapped.  

Late-Night Sketches I

I cannot sleep. A friend asked a question that occurs to me every so often: how much news is too much news? Building off of that: what is the point of news anyway? Another friend offered some insight that I'd like to share in a slightly edited form: [T]his is a great question, as a... Continue Reading →

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