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October 19, 2010 – 7:11 am | Comments

We are spending so much time tweeting, facebooking and checking in, that sometimes we forget that the whole point of this social networking thing is to interact with other people…

In Defense of the English Major
October 14, 2010 – 11:25 pm | Comments

Communication is probably the single most important thing people do and have ever done, and most people take it for granted on a daily basis.

The Father, The Mouse and The Holy Spirit
October 11, 2010 – 10:55 am | Comments

I’m an emotional creature. (Hold your gasps of surprise, please.) Though this trait has never been much of a secret, I’ve spent the last several years doing everything in my power to prove otherwise. Not surprisingly, those are the two things I’ve lost in the process- power, and time.

I was not looking forward to my birthday this year. More than anything, I just wanted to turn the clock back several years and get back the early 20s I always pictured myself having. The 20s that have played out like several rounds of hide and seek where no matter how obvious of a hiding place I’ve chosen, no one seems to find me.

As my last moments of 27 ticked away, I could feel the unresolved tension of my year simmering and my defenses kicking in as someone brought up an unwelcome topic.

But as I’m learning about having friends who aren’t just in it for the fair weather, they saw this too.

And so it was, that I spent the first four hours of my 28th year condensing half a lifetime of things I never got around to talking about into a conversation where, several times, I lost my fight to stay composed. Where I realized I was most authentic at my least composed. Where two of my most trusted friends rolled up their jeans to wade with me instead of throwing me a life-saver and hoping for the best. Where it didn’t matter that the subject matter was probably uncomfortable for all parties or that we were being hit by sprinklers at four in the morning.

Pass the Salt of the Earth
October 6, 2010 – 5:03 pm | Comments
Pass the Salt of the Earth

For me, there were some hard truths to confront about finding a job.

Hi, My Name Is…
October 1, 2010 – 3:21 pm | Comments

We’ve all heard the expression that you can’t hate a person unless they reflect an aspect of yourself you don’t like. In general I’d have to disagree; I mean, some people just suck, right?

September 27, 2010 – 11:37 pm | Comments

Enough is an exclamation used to indicate a lack of enjoyment of a situation or behavior. We say “Enough” but we really mean, “that’s too much- I can’t possibly handle any more of this.” Enough is just reaching a passing mark, and giving up. Enough is the amount of water needed to quench our thirst through the required mile, but not a sufficient amount of keep us from becoming parched if we feel the pull to challenge ourselves to go just a bit further than intended.

I’m turning 28 on Friday. As I entered my 27th year, I tried to say “enough” to appease a challenge I’d been trying to free myself from for several years. As soon as I took on this mentality I felt all of my defenses shutting down, though I was told to just stay strong and that I’d find that I had “Enough” strength to get myself through. And I did. Just enough that I spent a whole year treading water with just enough breath to keep from making a scene calling for help.

Just enough will never be good enough. Enough is a mistake we make, not expecting God or the universe to provide. Not thinking people will come through. Not thinking that we can thrive instead of merely get through. If all we want is to have enough, then we have already given up.

Other People’s Happiness (A Review)
September 27, 2010 – 4:13 am | Comments

I’d never solely base my happiness upon another person’s, but it’s a somewhat curious habit of mine to at least imagine a walk in another’s shoes. Let’s be honest:  most of us are guilty of …

The Choice to Change
September 26, 2010 – 4:24 pm | Comments
The Choice to Change

Our world is moving forward. So should we.