For centuries Americans have been fascinated by the French.
From their impossibly bureaucratic mindset to the hundreds of cheeses they adore — everything in France is either endearing or maddening, depending on which American you stop on the street.
One thing, however, is certain.
The French love to drink deeply…
Living as non-binary is one of the hardest things I deal with, especially as a devout father, husband, and active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Too often I have felt like my inability to rejoin the “mainstream” of gender roles means I’m permanently broken.
Six years ago we moved to a small village in the French countryside.
It’s also when I started eating French pastries on a daily basis.
…and proceeded to lose 20 pounds over the course of a year.
When I was eighteen, my father reverently passed down to me a printout of one of the most influential speeches he had ever heard: The Will of the Father in All Things, given at BYU in 1989 by Jeffrey R. Holland, then President of BYU.
For three decades, I have…
Many of us are familiar with the closing lines of this famous poem:
"...Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."
- Robert Frost
One of the reasons for its familiarity is because it’s core to…
Until recently, I’d never considered myself mentally ill. Then I came out publicly about my lifelong struggle with gender dysphoria, which is when the questions started from family, friends, and strangers:
There’s something downright dysfunctional when it comes to the relationship between America and France.
Nearly a century ago, a French academic by the name of André Siegfried penned that…
“France occupies a place apart in the United States, No other country … is more passionately loved, and none is more…
For over fifteen years, I convinced myself that there is one thing I should hide from the woman who knows everything else about me.
I now know I’m wrong.
Marisa needs to know but know what, precisely? Having just opened a Pandora’s box on gender, I don’t know what to…
“Yoo arh Americken… but yoo now leeve in France?”
In the four years that we lived in the French countryside, this was by far the most common question that we were asked.
No matter the social setting or amount of wine consumed, there was always someone curious and brave enough…
Why is it that life’s most memorable moments are often those when it ceases to make sense?
Sitting in my home office, I feel as though I’ve just shattered into a thousand irreconcilable pieces.
“How could I be this?” the phrase tumbles around my mind like dirty laundry in the…