Oct 17, 2013

When You Think Your Work Isn't Making a Difference

We are telling our stories. We sit in a circle, two ceiling fans overhead, one humming silently in spirals, and the other standing still. We can’t figure out how to make the paddles of the one ceiling fan stir up air in this small, blue room with its overstuffed couches...Read more +
Jan 23, 2013

Power of Attorney: Standing in the Gap

Editor's note: The following essay is the result of a conversation between photographer and High Calling editor Kelly Sauer and her attorney husband, Pete Sauer, interspersed with photos from a shoot conducted at a law firm in Charleston, South Carolina. Pete is not featured in the photos. People love to...Read more +
Jun 14, 2012

Lunch with Dad

“Can I take you to lunch?” Dad asks. “Your mom has an art class, and I’m driving over with her.” I look down at my calendar, which is unusually bare today. “I’d love it,” I say, and we make plans for him to pick me up later. He hugs me...Read more +
Aug 27, 2011

Saltshakers in the City

I recently got a call from the founder of the Houston Palestine Film Festival. She asked our church, The Awakenings Movement, to partner with them by bringing Awakenings and local Palestinian poets together in the festival’s “Spoken Word” segment. I immediately said, “Yes!” This festival is one of the most...Read more +
Apr 29, 2011

From Where I Sit...

"You see from where you sit." When I first heard this expression, I thought my professor was being unnecessarily obvious. Turns out I had simply missed the metaphor. I finally got it, but it took learning from increasingly diverse sources for me to appreciate its implications. Consider the expression as...Read more +
Dec 8, 2008

Back to harmony

To reconcile is "to bring back to harmony." To be able to reconcile, therefore, I must know two things: 1) What's wrong, and 2) What it looks like when it's right. It's easy to reconcile a simple, broken toy because I can see what's wrong and I know how the...
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