This page lists some of my popular essays published elsewhere around the web and provides links to interviews, etc.


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Recent Essays Around The Web

20 Things I Want To Tell My Parents Now That I Have Become A Parent (LifeHack): Becoming a parent has made me immeasurably grateful for my own parents. Here are 20 things I want to tell my parents now that I have become a parent…

A Love That Scares Me (Notre Dame Magazine): “Last week, right after my boss had asked me whether I’d be willing to go to Pakistan this summer if need be and I’d said yes, the latest Humanitarian Policy Group report on providing aid in insecure environments crossed my desk. It made for sobering reading…”

The Tired Samaritans (Notre Dame Magazine): “I expected to lose some weight on this trip, I thought grimly, kneeling on the cold cement floor of the dorm’s bathroom. Just not all at once…”

The Blessings of the Bai Si (Rachel Held Evans) “When Mike and I were up in Viengkham recently so that Mike could inspect a water system, Mike and the staff (and, by extension, me), were the guests of honor in the village we were visiting.”

Amazturbation and Other Perils of Publishing (Chip MacGregor, MacGregor Literary)


Interviews With Me

A conversation about home, faith, love and purpose (Author Marianne Elliot)


Reading Group Choices




TV and Radio

The Standard: Part 1 and Part 2 (an interview on Canadian television about my work for the Headington Institute and my first novel, My Hands Came Away Red)

Midday Connection Radio Interview (an hour-long interview on a popular Chicago talk-show about My Hands Came Away Red)



Honorable Mention, Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards, for Love At The Speed Of Email (2013)

First place MOTH L.A. StorySlam (a live storytelling competition) (2009)

Christy Award Nominee for My Hands Came Away Red (2008)

Honorable Mention, Catholic Press Association, for The Tired Samaritans (2006)