We all have things we don't like about ourselves. We all have ideal images of ourselves that we wish we could be. And we've all heard different pieces of advice on what to do with those parts of ourselves that we wish we could change. It's like there are two doors to choose from. On … Continue reading What to Do With the Things You Hate About Yourself
Lately I've seen politics getting much more blatant in the NFL. Whether or not I agree with any particular political spin is neither here nor there. For me (and I think for a lot of other people), the issue is that there are politics in the NFL at all. Most people noticed politics being added to … Continue reading How to Win Back the NFL
Have you ever heard of Rich Mullins? It's ok if you haven't. He was a singer/songwriter who purposely stayed out of the spotlight and instead allowed other artists to perform his songs on the big stages. He died on September 19, 1997, and his last concert was performed in a living room on September 13. If … Continue reading An Arrow Pointing to Heaven: The Power of One Man’s Pain
Let's talk school shootings. I’m a teacher. I haven’t been at it long - it’s my second year. In this short time I’ve seen, and continue to see, a lot of things. I see hurt. I see children living in broken homes without a sense of stability. On many separate occasions kids have told me … Continue reading Let’s Talk School Shootings
Beauty, friendship, and that emptiness that shows up in the pit of your gut. All compelling topics. They may not be the easiest topics, but somehow discussing them with friends makes them more interesting and less overwhelming. So, friend, let's begin. The Setup A friend of mine posted this link on facebook: http://elitedaily.com/life/greatest-moments-clarity-life-realizing-things-didnt-work-youre-better/773523/ It's an … Continue reading Beauty, Friendship, Emptiness
The Setup I just read something that challenged my entire view of the world. It was... A bunch of comments on the internet. They weren't full of snappy one-liners. They didn't sound inspiring or encouraging. And they certainly weren't deep or hopeful, or really even all that thoughtful. No, these were just the everyday run-of-the-mill comments we've all … Continue reading Whose Fault is it Anyway?
Basil felt the stranger's approach before he saw it. He had been huddled by the campfire waiting for the stranger's return, warming himself by the fire and reciting poetry to pass the time. Suddenly the air around him filled with a bitter chill. His breath came out in clouds. Raw currents of frozen energy cut … Continue reading Homeward Bound 5