Whale Sharks! and Atlanta

By this point, if you’re the faithful reading type, you’ve probably noticed the absence of California Trip Part II. Shortly after recovering from the illness that allotted me the free time to write the former post, I was launched into extreme busyness with school and visa applications and work. Fortunately, this holiday weekend has given […]

California Trip Part I

  I was looking forward to being sick. Lacking time management skills and general self-control, sickness (when it’s not completely debilitating) affords me an excuse to skip some work, stop worrying and think. It also provides me ample time to read and write, two things that consistently escape me during the regular hustle-bustle. It’s been […]

Foreigners & Students: Our January Update

Greetings from the icy cold of Michigan, or as my Holland readers call it, “next door.” It’s getting dangerously close to six weeks since our last post, so it seems like a good time for an update. A good friend of mine and ex-roommate prefaces his newsletter updates with a nice table of contents. So […]

The Symptoms of Selfishness

Exemplary public service Yesterday, I spent most of my day helping other people. Mr. Obama called me this morning to discuss a date for me to receive the Presidential Citizen’s Medal for my acts of exemplary selfless public service. My accoladed works include: Changing a dirty diaper Cleaning up lunch dishes (after someone else cooked) […]

A New Model for Testimony

I had a thought about a new model for testimony. When I say “new,” I mean new relative to what we’re doing now in turn-of-the-millennium  in America because this model for testimony has existed for quite some time — I’ll get to that later. A short disclaimer: if you’re reading this thinking, “Erich heard my […]

Battle Creek Message

[box type=”note”] An approximate transcription of a few stories I shared at the Japanese Language Worship Service in Battle Creek, MI on Saturday, October 19, 2013. [/box] Introducing Erich & Emi Good evening. My name is Erich Boileau and this is my wife Emi. I’ve been part of the Japanese Christian community in West Michigan […]