Coffee Cups, Candidates and Convictions

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Coffee Cups, Candidates and Convictions

Allow me to introduce you to my coffee cup (and a view of my back yard. Don’t worry, it’s only natural to be a little jealous.) My coffee cup is blue. It has a Starbucks logo on the side. It’s roughly 12oz. (which is not nearly enough, but I make do.) It does what it was …read more →

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This time it’s personal

What’s your nationality? For the vast majority of my readers, the truest answer is that we’re American. From there we can reach back in our heritage and lay claim to cultures farther away: My dad’s parents came from Italy, my mom’s ancestors from Scotland and Ireland. Depending on the day, I may be more apt to claim …read more →

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Romania or Bust

Today I’m working on renewing my passport. It’s a bittersweet task; bitter because, while I’ve had the passport for a full 10 years, I haven’t actually gone anywhere (much to my own frustration and my parents immense joy) but sweet because that’s all going to change very soon. Let me tell you about it. If …read more →

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Who’s Your Daddy

Have you ever read the Dr. Seuss book, “Are you my mother?” If not, here’s the Cliff Note version: a mother bird notices that her egg is about to hatch, so flies off to find a worm for her new baby, only while she’s away her egg hatches. Noticing that it’s all alone, the baby bird …read more →

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The day God changed

I neither love nor hate change… or perhaps it’s better put that I both love and hate change. I cherish consistency, and yet, if something isn’t working then I want to figure out how to do it differently. I guess the most accurate answer is that I desire efficiency; if that means staying the same …read more →

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Drive-Through Religion

Last Wednesday was “Ash Wednesday” – the beginning of Lent and the count down to Easter. Now, this fact has various implications, depending on what traditions a given church follows. The churches that I’ve attended have never placed much, if any significance on these days. From my perspective, I view the day and accompanying activities …read more →

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The danger of humble pride

Does this happen to you? Cause it happens to me all of the time. So often I’ll buy a book or people will suggest that I read or watch something and for some inexplicable reason I just don’t. That is, I don’t until one day I do, for no more apparent reason than, I just …read more →

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Doing life together… let's try.

I have long been struck by the conflict between getting myself together and doing life together. I am a big promoter of personal responsibility. I believe that we should strive to be the best we can be. Work hard. Learn about why we do what we do and how to do it better. It’s not …read more →

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You're one of us!

Wedding season is upon us… again. As such, I found myself trekking down to New Jersey for a friend’s nuptials this past weekend. The problem was that I had nothing to wear. Well, not nothing, obviously – but I had nothing that I wanted to wear. Consequently, my sister-in-law Grace and I found ourselves wading …read more →

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Are we tourists, travelers or transplants?

Sometimes I wonder if I’ll every get off this continent. Don’t get me wrong, North America is great, it’s just that from as early as I can remember I’ve wanted to travel – but just never did. Don’t worry, I know I’m FAR from too old to travel, but I have been noticing that my …read more →

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