Notes of a Make-Believe Farmer

Jeff Chu
Jesus, compost, tables and chairs
Created 29 Dec 2019
  • There Is No Going Back to Before
    26 Sep 2021 • 13 min read • 28 8
    Sunday, September 26 East Sandwich, Massachusetts Hello, dear reader. I was still in the part of Kate Bowler’s new book, No Cure for Being Human (And Other Truths I Need to Hear), when Roman numerals ...
  • Psalms and Bagels
    28 Aug 2021 • 14 min read • 7 4
    Saturday, August 28 Chattanooga, Tennessee Hi, kind reader. I’m a little late with my letter to you this week. We’ve had a lot going on at our house, and now I’m on a quick trip to Tennessee to cook s...
  • Let the Reader Understand
    19 Aug 2021 • 15 min read • 21 12
    Hello, friendly reader. Last week, I spent some time on Zoom with the Rev. Dr. Wil Gafney. A professor of Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School, Dr. Gafney is the author of the new book A Women’s Lect...
  • Times Change
    12 Aug 2021 • 8 min read • 27 12
    Thursday, August 12 Grand Rapids, Michigan Greetings, dear reader. A little story to start: Tristan and I got engaged in London, a city dear to both of us. One didn’t propose to the other; we just kin...
  • I Dreamed a Dream
    30 Jul 2021 • 9 min read • 19 19
    Friday, July 30 Leelanau County, Michigan Hello, friendly reader. Last month, I got a text from Jacqui Gifford, the editor-in-chief of Travel+Leisure. I’ve been writing for her for several years now, ...
  • When Family Trips Are Not Vacations
    22 Jul 2021 • 9 min read • 30 14
    Thursday, July 22 35,000 feet above Colorado Greetings, dear reader. I’m starting this letter as I fly back east from California after taking my nephews to Disneyland. Here’s a picture from my first t...
  • The Most Terrible Honor
    08 Jul 2021 • 5 min read • 22 28
    Thursday, July 8 Grand Rapids, Michigan Hello, dear reader. I come to this week’s letter with a mix of grief, dread, and gratitude. To be honest, I could probably say that every week—such is the stran...
  • Pride and Prejudice
    01 Jul 2021 • 8 min read • 19 48
    Thursday, July 1 Grand Rapids, Michigan Hello, dear reader. Pride Month is officially over. Yet here I still am, just as gay as I was yesterday. Pride has always been a weird thing for me. In my early...
  • An Exercise in Overthinking
    18 Jun 2021 • 6 min read • 14 20
    Friday, June 18 Grand Rapids, Michigan Greetings, friendly reader. Tristan is away visiting family for a few days, so Fozzie and I have felt a bit mopey, a bit unmoored. That helps explain why I’m lat...
  • I Want to Be with You
    10 Jun 2021 • 7 min read • 23 10
    Thursday, June 10 Grand Rapids, Michigan Hello, dear reader! On Sunday, Tristan and I went to church in person for the first time in months. We drove from Michigan to Indiana, so that we could be pres...
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