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Relief Efforts 🇵🇷

Posted by on Nov 13, 2017

Relief Efforts 🇵🇷

“Hot towel, sir?” As I grabbed the steaming white washcloth and began to rub my hands with it, the broken blister on my right hand stung a little, and the dichotomy of the moment was striking to me. Just 18 hours prior, I had created–and broken–that blister as I happily swung a machete to condense a massive pile of debris in front of an old woman’s fence in metropolitan...

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Ten Years, London.

Posted by on Oct 11, 2017

Ten Years, London.

I wasn’t exactly prepared to get a tad emotional at Medieval Times. I mean, it’s a place where grown men and women don renaissance faire garb to play knights and princesses. But the moment you knelt before the “king,” were covered with the cape and were pronounced a knight, there was definitely a lump in my throat. Maybe it was because yours was the only knighting that was taken seriously. Maybe...

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Clock-ins and Click-Throughs

Posted by on Aug 5, 2017

Clock-ins and Click-Throughs

Relationships, at their best, are less about the short-term annoyances we face and are more about the long game. I get that. I understand there will be days when we wonder to ourselves, “Is this worth it?” hoping that something, somewhere, somehow convinces us that yes, it indeed is. But we’re not perfect. We’re human. We have moments of weakness–selfishness...

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The Blessing of Being Bloodless

Posted by on Mar 8, 2017

The Blessing of Being Bloodless

There was this random song title that popped in my head this morning: “The Blessing of Being Bloodless.” It’s a song from a real album that posed itself as a soundtrack for a movie that was not real. I’ve thought of 100 other things to write about today, but the words, “The Blessing of Being Bloodless” keeps running through my head. Perhaps because sometimes the ability to feel–and...

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Living as the Loved (Or, Why Legalism and Liberalism Both Miss the Mark)

Posted by on Mar 2, 2017

Living as the Loved (Or, Why Legalism and Liberalism Both Miss the Mark)

Just as birds were made to fly, our Creator made us to be loved. Wait, that’s it? Seems so simple. It can’t possibly be that easy. I mean, to be fully loved means to be seen with all my spots and warts and sins and glaring character deficiencies and moments when I’m so locked into myself I don’t even care whom I hurt or how I hurt them. There’s gotta be judgment somewhere, right? I just saw The...

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Embracing the Sequels

Posted by on Mar 2, 2017

Embracing the Sequels

There’s that moment in every major epic movie where the hero accomplishes his task, finishes his quest or otherwise finds what he’s looking for, and there’s great celebration and fireworks and confetti, and everyone’s happy and celebrating. Think about the scene at the end of Star Wars: A New Hope, where the protagonists are getting their medals, or the moment when Neo basically declares war and...

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