Life on the Internets, Soccer, Thoughts

Soccer Ally

I’m not a super ally or anything. I haven’t marched in a pride parade. I don’t even own a rainbow flag to wave. But as most of my friends know, I stand up for the little guy. Whoever that little guy is, and whoever that little guy loves. I have near and dear friends and… Continue reading Soccer Ally

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Day in the Life, Do Something Good

True Story

A few weeks ago... I was out doing deliveries for my job and was cruising through the central-west neighborhoods and saw two kids walking home from school. As I watched, the bigger kid, probably 2 years older than the other, grabbed the little kid by the head and started roughing him around. I slowed down… Continue reading True Story

Books, Thoughts

Eulogy to Social Reading IRL

I just had a thought. A sad thought. With ebooks and audiobooks becoming more mainstream, how will we know what books other people are into? How many times have I seen someone reading a book, or has someone seen me, and made a connection over it? Whether it's a connection over a mutually liked book,… Continue reading Eulogy to Social Reading IRL

Day in the Life, Thoughts

Stupid Tornado Advice

Heard idiot on CNN talking about how it's unbelievable that people still die in tornadoes, since we know days in advance that severe weather is coming and people should know and take precaution ahead of time. Uhh... WHAT? If we all hunkered down in basements every time severe weather was predicted, no one in Missouri… Continue reading Stupid Tornado Advice

Quotes, Spirituality, Thoughts

The Not-Easy Answer is Love

I read this Huffington Post interview of Derek Webb this weekend and loved so much of what he had to say. "I personally don't think that any Christian who doesn't have a friend -- not just a token friend, but someone they love and care about -- who is gay should speak out about the… Continue reading The Not-Easy Answer is Love

About Me, Day in the Life, Thoughts

I write because…

A couple friends of mine have both recently written about the label "writer" and how awkward it feels to apply it to one's own self. I'm by no means as talented or prolific as Hoops or Mazvita. But I have been bitten by the writing bug. It began when I was a child. I wrote… Continue reading I write because…

Day in the Life, Life on the Internets, News Articles, Spirituality, Thoughts

Downtime in the Age of Uber-Connectedness

"Why do we give up our sacred space so easily? Because space is scary. During these temporary voids of distraction, our minds return to the uncertainty and fears that plague all of us. To escape this chasm of self-doubt and unanswered questions, you tune into all of the activity and data for reassurance.... Our insatiable… Continue reading Downtime in the Age of Uber-Connectedness

In the News, Life on the Internets

“Video surfaces of SWAT team shooting pet dog during raid”

This hit Digg this morning. I love Columbia, but we've got a horrible reputation in a few key areas, particularly racism and the behavior of our police force (sometimes these two issues intersect in a big ball of badness). We got some major media attention for the former with the "cotton ball incident," and now… Continue reading “Video surfaces of SWAT team shooting pet dog during raid”

Spirituality

Verses & Thoughts

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Joy is not an emotional state that comes from my personal comfort.  Joy is a state of being that comes from being satisfied with God alone.  When my contentment is based solely… Continue reading Verses & Thoughts

Books, Day in the Life, Entertainment

Neglecting the Nerd Center

Apparently the nerd center of my brain has been neglected for awhile. Usually when this happens, I just go back to one of my old nerdy addictions, get reacquainted, obsess for a little while, then move on. But recently, the old stuff just wasn't holding my interest. So, I've been branching out. Not sure where… Continue reading Neglecting the Nerd Center

Day in the Life, Music

Actors/Musicians

I am generally very skeptical of musicians trying to become actors and actors trying to become musicians. Even though they may be very talented people, the amount of work it takes to be successful in either field takes so much work, it seems as if they try to do something "on the side" that it's… Continue reading Actors/Musicians