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Thought Circus ::: Extraordinary Information About Our World | October 16, 2018

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The People Around You Can Be Your Best Resource For Learning

March 19, 2013 | 2

I am a master woodworker. I am a renowned homebrewer. I am a professional guitarist. I am a published theologian. Here’s what a typical day looks like for me: I wake up early in the morning, walk into my home … Read More

Oz: The Great and Powerful Review

March 19, 2013 |

As we drove home from this movie, my wife was talking to her mom on the phone and she said “it was really good! Not ‘Tim Burton-y’ at all!” And I realized:

She nailed it.

This does seem like the … Read More

Boredom Should Not Be In Your Dictionary

March 18, 2013 |

Recently, my dear husband John and I returned from a dreamy vacation on a Princess cruise ship. Gents, if you want to impress your wife with a bit of romance, take a tip from me and book a … Read More

My Black Heart

March 18, 2013 |

Today during church we watched a video about justice.

The narrator was fierce in tone and the questions hit me right to my core.

Is fighting justice even worth it?

If you think about everyone on this planet as your … Read More

What if I don’t want to eat vegan food? And other thoughts on doing it a second time.

March 18, 2013 |

In just a few months, I’ll be getting married.

For a second time.

Both my fiance and I have been previously married. Although the circumstances of our marriages were very different, they were the same in that they both ended.

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The Bow Tie Resurgence

March 12, 2013 |

One year ago I was toying with the idea of purchasing my first bow tie. I emailed some of my more “in the know” fashion friends and asked if they thought I could legitimately pull off the bow tie look … Read More

On Being Engaged: Pre-Wedding Thoughts

March 12, 2013 |

I first met my fiancé in 12th grade. I was attending an arts high school in the northwestern part of the city, while he was going to school in the southeastern corner. We both frequented the same dimly-lit coffee shop … Read More

Unplugged Sundays: What A Break From Technology Is Teaching Me

March 11, 2013 | 4

“He doesn’t have his phone on him. He’s unplugged today,” she says to a friend at church with a smile.

I look over at her and smile. I shrug my shoulders and say, “Yep”. She looks back and her … Read More

Sins of our Fathers: The Legacy of a Cubs Fan

March 11, 2013 |

I am a Cubs fan. In some ways, it’s like a genetic disease. I got it from my dad, I’ll probably give it to my sons. I am an inheritor of over 100 years of futility. Of close calls and … Read More

Friday Excerpt | A Confederacy of Dunces

March 8, 2013 |

Ignatius J. Reilly is a combination of Don Quixote and Peter Griffin. But more so Peter Griffin. He’s a bumbling fool who had 10 years of college and still lives with his mom. He’s also quite obese, has a permanently … Read More