Publications

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Setting the Table in Uncertain Times – Darling Magazine 

I met my husband, Jack, five years ago in Oxford, England. On a bright and busy morning, I nestled into a table at a coffee shop to read for a few hours. Engrossed in my book, I barely noticed how busy the shop had become until I heard, in a deep English accent, “Can I share your table?” Ever since, some of our best moments have occurred across the table from one another…

The Art of Learning to Embrace Adventure – Darling Magazine 

It was unlike the two of us to take a break from the hum of normal life. We had always moved through milestones quickly together. Within four years, we both finished graduate school, moved to New York City together, began new jobs, got engaged, planned and hosted a wedding. By the end of last July, we found ourselves on a new shore, preparing for a new major voyage—another move, this time to Los Angeles…

Learning from the Life of Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell – Darling Magazine (forthcoming) 

 

Contemplative Practices in the Time of CoronavirusRelevant Magazine

A rabbi in New Rochelle, New York, while quarantined and being treated for coronavirus, said, “We sometimes find ourselves victims of life’s fragility and tentativeness. This is one of those times. It can help us to reorient our ultimate goals in life. Contemplation is good for the soul.” These are frightening times, in which the threats of illness and loss loom large. Fear is driving us, quite literally, apart…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lenten Lessons from Saint Teresa of Avila – Earth & Altar Magazine

Saint Teresa of Ávila, a sixteenth-century Carmelite nun, mystic, and Doctor of the Church, writes compellingly about prayer, meditation, and perfect love. French existential philosopher Simone de Beauvoir lauded Saint Teresa as a feminist figure for the modern age, stating in The Second Sex, “Saint Teresa is one of the only women to have lived the human condition for herself, in total abandonment.” While I, too, find feminist inspiration in lives of female mystics like Saint Teresa, I am captivated by Saint Teresa’s work for a different reason: her prescriptive advice on living contemplatively and embodying virtue…

 

Finding a Feminist God – Patheos 

When I shared with friends and colleagues, two years ago, that I would be matriculating to Yale Divinity School, I received mixed reactions, to put it mildly. “What?? Why?! Do you want to be a priest?!” One colleague asked, on four separate occasions, “Wait, are you really religious? It’s religious studies??” It was as though she was testing me to see if I’d give the same answers with a glass of wine in hand as I would under the harsh fluorescent lights of the office. Religion was both foreign and antiquated to my liberal, east coast acquaintances…

 

Pay Attention – The Porch Magazine

Early last week, I ran out to our local flower shop to browse for a new small plant and to pick up a bunch of eucalyptus to hang in our shower, a small act of love that reminds my husband of his childhood in Australia, which at this time of year, at the tail end of winter, feels far away for him. It was a sunny yet frigid day, and by the time I reached the store, the wind gusts were strong enough to be pushing me down the sidewalks. I lingered longer than planned, waiting for the windstorm gathering quickly outside to calm, chatting with the florist about plant-care and flower deliveries…

 

What Matters to Me and Why – Middlebury College CSE