That Boy is Dead

I recently went home to celebrate my mother’s 60th birthday (she doesn’t look a day over 38). It was a weekend of laughs and meals and car rides that reminded me how blessed I am to be a Zuniga. And yet part of that weekend pricked a wound still in me. As part of our collective gift for our mother, my siblings and I converted a dozen home movies on VHS to DVD. We watched one over the weekend, featuring […]

The Opposite of Addiction

Back when I worked in wilderness therapy last year, I learned an important lesson: the opposite of addiction is not sobriety. The opposite of addiction is connection. I had to think about it for a while. Absorb it. Reflect on it. Think back on the times I’ve experienced addition — pornography, promiscuity, a poor self-image — and realize that the saying is true. In my most desperate times of overwhelming addiction, the only effective counteracting agent wasn’t mere withdrawal or […]


DAY 110: It was just another day. I woke up in Chicago and figured I’d take a slight detour en route to Iowa. It’s something I told myself I’d do before #RunningTo started: take the detours. Wander the winding ways around Points A to B. Don’t rush. Explore. And so I drove an hour west to Wheaton, Illinois, parking in the shadow of a building named after Billy Graham. An academic building on the beautiful campus of Wheaton College. It is a campus […]

I Still Miss You, Annie

Friday, October 19, 2013: It is the final night of my first return to Georgia in a whole year. And for the first time since abandoning the South three years ago, I am actually sad to be flying back “home” to California tomorrow. Normally, I am not sad; normally, I am beyond ready to return to my new life after a few days spent reliving my old one. After just three or four days of my mother’s blueberry pancakes and […]

“Surfing for God” by Michael John Cusick: TMZ Reviews

“Every time a man knocks on a brothel door, he is really searching for God.” — G.K. Chesterton I’m attracted to openness and vulnerability in writing — blogs, books, you name it. I can never get enough stories on the human struggle; the messier, the more honest, the infinitely more encouraging. A former porn/sex addict, Michael John Cusick boldly confesses all in Surfing for God: Discovering the Divine Desire Beneath Sexual Struggle. His book opens with a chilling allegory I won’t soon […]

Healing Wings

This week I got to blog a sermon recap for my church, RockHarbor Fullerton. We’re currently doing a series through the entire Bible, and this week we landed in Malachi. Here’s a snippet of my post! Click the link at the end to read the whole thing. One of my favorite worship songs is called “Healer.” You don’t hear it much these days, but a couple years ago it was big. It was written by a guy named Michael Guglielmucci […]