The First Chapter of The Transmigrant

The First Chapter of The Transmigrant

Capernaum, Galilee, 1 AD Flap. Flippety-flap. Flap. The yellow butterfly fluttered its black-tipped wings in desperation against the synagogue ceiling, unaware of the open window only a few feet away. On a mat below, five-year-old Yeshua lounged against his father’s shoulder, squeezed in between the other Yehudi men of the village. His gaze...
The Power of A Smile

The Power of A Smile

In a town hall meeting at work the other day, the CEO of our company said: “If you don’t like your job, if you walk down the hallways with a sour face, don’t bother to come to work. We don’t want you.” Harsh as it may seem, there’s a basic truth in it. People don’t want to be around Negative Nellies. Why...
What I’ve Learned This Week

What I’ve Learned This Week

As soon as the words “You have every right to be angry, I messed up,” were out of my mouth, peace settled in the room, and I could feel his anger dissipate. So easy. Before that moment, before those words, my mind had swirled with defensive outcries like, “But you did…” and “How could I have known…” Luckily, I held my tongue. It was in the middle...