The ones we let in

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Naked Belief

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Essays

‘Cold or not, God is present’

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I think about the shoes. I think about the shoes; 60 of them, lined along the east bank of the Danube River in Budapest, Hungary....

A masochist’s love letter

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I love telling the story of my wisdom teeth. Anytime someone mentions a tooth extraction or dentistry mishap, I weasel my experience into the ring...

A long ugly story

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Sometime in the fall of 1979 I got a phone call from a friend of my older brother. He wanted to know if I...

A Deadhead Cyclist pandemic

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It’s often said that “every cloud has a silver lining.” This ubiquitous expression is typically rolled out in the spirit of putting a positive...

The quick and the dead

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I was 16 years old when my father asked me if I wanted to be a hero. The year was 1999, ’round about late April, and Dad...

Coming of age in an altered world

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In March of 2020 I was studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain with a group of friends, enjoying Europe in the way only a careless...

Truth follows

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A woman wept at the corner of Table Mesa and Harvard Lane, and all I could do was put my hand on her shoulder.  I...

7th annual essay issue

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Every year around this time, Boulder Weekly publishes a collection of essays written by the people — editors, publishers, contributors — who put out...

Stones of remembrance

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The side table drawer in my grandparent’s Arizona living room was always full of playing cards. There was the deck with Van Gogh’s self-portrait,...

2021 in the rear-view

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The space-time continuum seemed to warp this past year, contracting and elongating: While the post-election, pre-insurrection days when election truthers seemed crazy but not...

A portrait of the small town as a young man

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I turned off my phone and put it in my desk. I quit Facebook, and closed my email accounts. I deleted my LinkedIn profile,...

The hidden path

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I called a good friend heartless this year. Who have I become? I’ve always prided myself on being a rational, reasonable person. I don’t offend...