Welcome to Worry Dolls & Floating Lights

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Worry dolls are tiny handmade dolls made in Guatemala. You take them into your hands, tell them your worries, and bury them under your pillow. According to Mayan tradition, you sleep better knowing the dolls are taking care of your worries. It's kind of like prayer. On the occasion I take these little guys out … Continue reading Welcome to Worry Dolls & Floating Lights

Princess Kaguya, and “Not of This World” Narratives

I recently had the privilege of seeing a special screening of the film The Tale of Princess Kaguya with a friend in the theater, and it helped me process the tension I feel with the concept of ignorance as bliss. Based on a Japanese folktale, the film features a celestial little girl who is seemingly … Continue reading Princess Kaguya, and “Not of This World” Narratives

Holes, Through a Folkloric & Spiritual Lens

I know a lot of people who get nostalgic about the book or faithful adaptation movie Holes. It's a good book for many reasons: it challenges kids to juggle more than one narrative at once, rewards them for paying attention to details, and opens up conversation about history repeating itself. I recently had the privilege of … Continue reading Holes, Through a Folkloric & Spiritual Lens

When Death Stings: Revisiting the Lifehouse Everything Skit while Grieving

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oi9qMTlSLFk Three years ago, I reimagined and directed the Lifehouse Everything Skit, but with a twist: a male actor as the beloved, and toxic masculinity addressed as sin. Originally dedicated to a couple of good friends of mine, the “Genderbent Everything Skit” started some conversation in my school about Jesus vs. toxic masculinity. I’m still … Continue reading When Death Stings: Revisiting the Lifehouse Everything Skit while Grieving

The Sorcerer's Apprentice: I’m Still Learning

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qa_rkBjrMM8&feature=youtu.be Here is a little sneak peek at what I've been creating on a rainy week. It's only appropriate on a blog titled "The Creator's Apprentice" that I reference this classic fairy tale at least once. Some days I feel like the Sorcerer's Apprentice. I feel like the world and my ability to participate in … Continue reading The Sorcerer's Apprentice: I’m Still Learning