Brian Volck

Brian Volck is a pediatrician living with his family in Cincinnati. Nothing surprised him more than returning to the city of his birth after seventeen years elsewhere. He co-authored Reclaiming the Body: Christians and the Faithful Use of Modern Medicine (Brazos Press, 2006) and has begun work on a book about the Navajo Nation, the US government, and the intersection of health, disease and history.

My Hair, My Self?

Cincinnati, OH. Standing before the dripping bathroom mirror while the shower haze slowly melts, I’m startled once again that my beard’s gone missing. It lasted seven years – longer than any predecessor – but I shaved it off in July, and I’...

A Long, Long Row

“Hontar:  We must work in the world, your eminence. The world is thus. Altamirano: No, Señor Hontar. Thus have we made the world. Thus have I made it.” From The Mission Cincinnati, OH. I’m not convinced the Internet has irreparably damaged ...

Hospitality and the Hopi: Fragmentation and Hope

“Pray for the foothills,/goatherds and windmills/and satellite dishes” – Mark Heard Cincinnati, OH. A comment on my recent post on Hopi hospitality referred to “…satellite dishes on the stone and cinderblock houses on the mesas, as well as ...

Hospitality and the Hopis: Piki

Cincinnati, OH. My oldest son manages a pool for the city recreation department while he’s home from college.  It’s a summer job that should be well-suited for him: part schmooze, part autocracy, with an appealing professional wardrobe.  Bu...