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RinR: Wed-nes-days


What is it about teaching on a Wednesday? I can't remember if they were as difficult when I was bartending or waiting tables...is it all M-F 9-5's or is it every job? Is it just being alive? Wednesdays are like... Continue Reading →

mission to me


I'm sharing in Chapel next week. Our theme is "Missionaries" and mission trips have completely shaped my life for the last seventeen years. In case some of you don't know the story, I thought I'd practice my chapel share a bit here.... Continue Reading →

RinR: Brasil and Body Image


Think of Brasil and what comes to mind? Quick word association: beaches, waxing, caipirinhas, bottoms, futbol, bikinis,  Carnaval, Big Jesus. <-- those were the super scientific results gleaned from my roommates. I don't think it's a coincidence that many of... Continue Reading →

RacheltoRio: “I said beautiful things!”


The thing about teaching is that every week holds its own mysteries and moments of joy. The job changes every day, because you can't count on kids for anything. They are unpredictable monsters that you want to squeeze in either... Continue Reading →

RacheltoRio: An Update, a Lock In, a Schedule.


Today I celebrate one month in Rio! And I am happy and I am at peace. It's not all rainbows and caipirihnas and capybaras, but I'm content for the first time in a year. I haven't cried in a month, which is a record... Continue Reading →

Weekly W(h)in(e)d Up <– parentheses are always in style.


Interesting night at work...I had this table of super obnoxious middle-aged men from Canada. Their accents were so atrocious I thought they were kidding. They quite openly stared at my chest, and seemed to be staging a pissing contest over... Continue Reading →

Today I Got Old.


birthdays held significance when we were young. i wanted nothing more than to be 13 - a teenager. then the next goal was 16 - driving. then 21 - drinking. and then....? as far as i knew, you just slowly... Continue Reading →


Two months ago today I arrived to this Carolina state. Head and heart full of dreams and expectations and wonder. It was adorable. Within a few days, I secured a place to live, reconnected with boyfriend after looooong months apart,... Continue Reading →


For all the ways I fear social media and technology are destroying our abilities to communicate face-to-face with whole sentences and brain-washing us for the final takeover of the world.....those same social media and technology demons sure made it easier... Continue Reading →

Fears and Self-Loathing in the Carolinas


"Run. You can't cry if you're running. Endorphin-chemical-things make you feel good, no matter how slowly you go, even if you hate to run. That will block the tear channels. And you already cried at church this morning, so you're... Continue Reading →

TeacherDiaries: YOLO. You Only Latin Once. (The one where I leave my job)


I started my unexpected teaching career with nothing: I didn't know Latin, I'd never taught, never even been in a private school, wasn't affiliated with the church...In my interview, I literally told the principal "I don't know why you'd hire... Continue Reading →

BookReview: A Year of Biblical Womanhood – an Unexpected LOL.


My boyfriend went to Canada a few weeks ago, and told me over the phone he had bought me a present that he couldn't wait to give to me upon his return. I have visions of cute little maple-leaf things,... Continue Reading →

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