Seattle’s Tech Industry: Poverty and Income Disparities We All Ignore

Today I almost walked out of a digital technology conference. Seattle, I love us. But more and more, I’m surrounded by disparities between wealth and poverty … and nobody outside of society’s margins seems to notice. Last night, I slept at a women’s shelter as an overnight volunteer. This morning, I listened as a well-known … More Seattle’s Tech Industry: Poverty and Income Disparities We All Ignore

Taking Communion in an Imperfect Community

Since wrestling through — at the risk of sounding overdramatic — a crisis of faith a couple years ago, I’ve found the experience of taking Communion to be deeply powerful. The Eucharistic mystery, entering into communion with God through the body and blood of Christ, is something precious to every Christian branch and denomination. I’ve experienced strong feelings of … More Taking Communion in an Imperfect Community

Race on CW’s Riverdale: What’s Different from the Archie Comics?

Over the past few years, TV has become more diverse. Not shockingly so: most lead characters on primetime shows are still white. But there’s no doubt that the number of black (or Asian) friends and supporting characters is increasing. It’s a small step, but still progress. And a larger number of shows, like Scandal and … More Race on CW’s Riverdale: What’s Different from the Archie Comics?

Timeless Premiere: Is NBC’s (Sorta-Diverse) Time Travel Drama Worth the Hype?

Timeless premiered on Monday! Know how I knew that? Because it feels like NBC has been advertising nothing but Timeless for weeks. TV ads, giant webpage displays, you name it. For some reason, NBC seems very invested in me watching Timeless… Mondays at 10pm on NBC. So I figured, why not? I love history. I’m a … More Timeless Premiere: Is NBC’s (Sorta-Diverse) Time Travel Drama Worth the Hype?

Instead of Tithing at Church, I Donated to the Orlando Shooting & LGBT Causes

Sunday morning, I woke up — as many of us did — to the news that 50 people had been killed, and 53 more people injured, in Orlando, Florida. It’s the most casualties in any mass shooting in U.S. history. The shooter is believed to have ties to Islamic extremism. The victims were at a Pulse, a gay nightclub. A religious … More Instead of Tithing at Church, I Donated to the Orlando Shooting & LGBT Causes

I’m Sure You’re Not Racist or Anything, But…

This past weekend, I attended the graduation ceremony of a private university. And parents sitting in the row behind me made repeated racially-motivated comments over the course of the ceremony. This wasn’t anything I expected to hear. Coming from Seattle, I don’t encounter much undisguised, in-your-face racism. In a stereotypically liberal city like mine, racially-based prejudice … More I’m Sure You’re Not Racist or Anything, But…