Child’s Play

Whoever invented the idea of displaying useless items by the checkout counter was a genius; I’d like to punch him in the face. That’s not entirely true, but I would like to lecture him about the havoc his “brilliant plan” has wreaked on the unsuspecting children and families of America. Example: last month I was […]

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Beyond the Sea

So far this year, I have visited four airports, and here are the top five things I’ve learned (in no particular order): The Orlando airport does not sell gum due to the high volume of children (and/or adults) who seem to think carpet is a great place to store it. Our actions have consequences, people; […]

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Hope Is a Book, Too

A few days ago, I stumbled across this sentence in the middle of a tiny book about prayer: Hope includes an openness where you wait for the promise to be delivered, even though you never know when, where, or how this might happen. Under normal circumstances, I would have found these words profound and thought-provoking; […]

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Hope Is a Glass Shoe

I have a theory. If I quote the following lyrics, “No matter how you’re heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dreams that you wish will come true,” one of three possible responses will result: A series of high-pitched squeals occasionally mixed with exclamations of “I LOVE CINDERELLA!” An exercise in gagging. Complete and […]

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Don’t Go Changin’

It’s 2:37 a.m. on January 1, 2015, and despite my best intentions to think of New Year’s Resolutions the only thing running through my mind is: Next year, I’ll be celebrating New Year’s Eve in Thailand. I’ve had a lot of those recently. When I turn 25, I’ll be in Thailand. My next Thanksgiving will […]

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A Lesson in Greek

It’s August 30th, and my best friend is driving me to a tattoo shop across town so she can hold my hand as I get the word “follow” permanently stamped on my right foot. “Hey, this is the same place Steven went to get that bear tattoo! You know, the one wearing the suit? I […]

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Sitting by a Lake in Florida, or, How to Get 28 Bug Bites in Five Days

It’s 8:00pm and I’m in Orlando, Florida, sitting on the edge of a lake watching the sun set. Tomorrow is the first day of training with a missions agency I’m hoping to join, because in a year I want to move to the other side of the world to tell people about Jesus. …what?! Even […]

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