Samantha Curley

Hi! My name is Samantha Curley. I live in Pasadena, California where I run a non-profit organization called Level Ground (onlevelground.org). I like to ponder, ask questions, and share stories about life, art, and faith.
Samantha Curley has written 206 posts for Sam's Storybook

Repairing the Cosmos: Things hidden and things healed.

I heard this story by physician Rachel Naomi Remen during an On Being podcast today. It’s a story she remembers her grandfather reciting about tikkun olam, the repairing of the cosmos: In the beginning there was only the holy darkness; the Ein Sof, the source of life. And then in the course of history, at a moment … Continue reading

Sunday Morning Meditation

“Hope is the thing that is left to us in a bad time. I shall get up Sunday morning and wind the clock as a contribution to order and steadfastness.” -EB White I love this quote. All the components that make up a life – Both good and bad; hope and despair. Because life is … Continue reading

There are more words in the world than no and yes.

I recently finished reading an excellently dark novel called The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. It’s a story about a Baptist family from Georgia whose father moves his wife and four young daughters to the Congo to fulfill his missionary duty to baptize Congolese children. In 1960. Just as Congo gains its independence and Lumbumba is killed and (thanks to some … Continue reading

Writing as Processing

The non-profit I started, called Level Ground, is finishing a big fundraising campaign on Indiegogo today! I’ve been writing a lot on behalf of Level Ground for this campaign and wanted to share these posts here because I am proud of them and have been processing a lot about what I’m doing through writing each … Continue reading

Not Gay Enough For Huff Post

I wrote this article two months ago for the Huffington Post and was told it wasn’t “gay enough” to be posted on their Gay Voices page. On some level I understand. Maybe it’s not. And that’s okay. But at the same time, I feel like this is indicative of a posture coming from both conservative AND LGBT communities. A … Continue reading


Earlier this summer Seth Godin wrote his 5,000th blog post. This is my 201st blog post. I started this blog on January 1, 2010. That means I’m averaging about a blog post a week. (As I write that I realize I hate — no greatly dislike and distrust — averages so I don’t know why I’m … Continue reading

Choice Part II: Grey

“Adventure is a path. Real adventure — self-determined, self-motivated, often risky, forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world.  The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness.  In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the … Continue reading

Choice Part I: Heresy

“The unfaithful witness is the one who simply transmits the conventional and familiar, unchanged and undigested. He is unfaithful, in the first place, because he is lazy. For the labor of interpretation and contemporization, the work of ‘translation,’ is grueling work and it is never done without abortive trials and breath-taking risks. . . . “He … Continue reading

What’s an Idea?

I’ve always loved ideas. Having them, talking about them, writing about them, implementing them. I’m part of an innovators group through my church for people launching their own ideas into action. We meet every week to collaborate about the progress and development of our projects. Album producing, micro-green gardening, injury prevention training, tutoring, yoga instructing. … Continue reading

What Do We Need To Become?

How To Survive A Plague is a powerful story about justice, collective anger, life and death in the midst of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980‘s. It’s a story that remembers how the ACT UP community in New York City came together to research and protest in order for AIDS-infected people to be seen as … Continue reading

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