My Genetic Genealogy Experience

About a year ago, a few members of my family and I decided to order kits from 23 and Me so we could learn increase our knowledge of our ancestors. I had been on Ancestry.com for a few years, but my family tree had reached an unfortunate dead end as a result of slavery. I figured that the autosomal, mitochondrial, and… Read more →


Thirst in the Club

Given the situation at home, I was grateful for the opportunity to head out of town for a few days. I needed a distraction, and it came in the form of my best friend who needed help moving some furniture into his new house. Of course, it was already clear that the trip wouldn’t be limited to moving furniture. A… Read more →


About the Previous Post

This morning, I was excited about the prospect of blogging again. I set my latest post to be published at 9:00 AM, while I would be eating breakfast with my cousin who had just returned from a missions trip to Kenya. I had also started brainstorming about how I can convey some of my recent experiences in a form that… Read more →


So, this is 30?

It’s official.  I am no longer in my twenties, but I am ambivalent about my transition into my thirties.  Being thirty means that I am suddenly expected to grow up.  For men, growing up usually means settling down, getting married, and having kids.  Even though I’m mature and responsible, those concepts still frighten me.  (Truth be told, I am frightened… Read more →


On Valuing Privacy

Those of you who know me in real life know that if I’m not blogging, there’s probably a good reason for it.  About a week ago, I wrapped up what must have been the busiest semester of my academic career.  Since then, I’ve been trying to relax (and failing miserably).  I’ve also been trying to write for this blog (and… Read more →


Happy First Anniversary Ministerial Life

A year ago, I was a newly-unemployed, underfunded doctoral student and minister with a bit of a chip on my shoulder and some extra time on my hands.  In my attempt to survive with no real income, I made the decision to start two businesses: Steps Toward Change Research Group and Ministerial Life. While Steps Toward Change Research Group was… Read more →