Culture

The Dangers Of Group-Think, And Why We Must Never Forget Azaria Chamberlain

The Dangers Of Group-Think, And Why We Must Never Forget Azaria Chamberlain
Tuesday, June 12th, 2012. DARWIN, NT, Australia – “A fourth coronial inquest into the disappearance of Azaria Chamberlain has ruled that a dingo was responsible for her death in 1980. “Coroner Elizabeth Morris brought the 32-year saga to a close with a heartfelt apology to Azaria’s...
June 26th, 2012 | Culture, Essays, Social Justice | Read More

How to Satisfy Jesus (via the Gospel of Elvis)

How to Satisfy Jesus (via the Gospel of Elvis)
I wish I had a nickle for every time God spoke to me through Elvis. Like Elvis’ song “A Little Less Conversation”: A little less conversation, a little more action please; All this aggravation ain’t satisfactionin’ me; A little more bite and a little less bark; A little less fight and...
June 13th, 2012 | Culture, Democracy | Read More

Running an Ultra: Because It’s There

Running an Ultra: Because It’s There
Among the banter you hear amongst the footfall of runners, you’ll undoubtedly come across the following topics within a week of trails, sidewalks, parks, or treadmills: barefoot running, pacing, nursing an injury, heel striking, upcoming races, and how much 800 repeats suck. But rarely do most...
May 29th, 2012 | Essays, Sports | Read More

Waiting in Line for the End of the World: A Product Preview/Revelation

Waiting in Line for the End of the World: A Product Preview/Revelation
  Hidden from view behind a Carl’s Jr. billboard and masked from the senses of search dogs by Axe body spray, an evil public relations team is huddled around a conference table chugging 5-hour energy drinks and plotting world domination. Much like any attempt to rule the world, their plan is...
May 8th, 2012 | Essays, Humor | Read More

Ingesting God

Ingesting God
Growing up in the Methodist Church, it seems we were regularly celebrating communion in new and different ways.  I appreciated the diversity in approach, as each new form somehow brought out a different aspect of the act of remembrance.  One form, however, I remember more for the laughter it produced,...
April 25th, 2012 | Essays, Family, Food and Drink | Read More

Eternity in a Latte

Eternity in a Latte
For the past three weeks I have spent a lot of physical and mental energy on latte art. Why latte art? Because after an hour of pouring drink after drink and drinking drink after drink the act of pouring a rosetta with silky steamed milk into the crema of a freshly pulled espresso melds with the overdose...
April 16th, 2012 | Culture, Essays, Food and Drink | Read More

10 Reasons Why Baseball Needs Tim Tebow

10 Reasons Why Baseball Needs Tim Tebow
Baseball’s spring training season is a spring cleaning of sorts. Players are knocking rust off and brushing up on fundamentals, managers are polishing lineups and fans are soaking up sunshine. However, baseball might want to consider cleaning out its vacuum hose because players are still having trouble...
April 4th, 2012 | Essays, Humor, Sports | Read More

The Name God Gave Us

The Name God Gave Us
There’s something very special about giving something a name. Naming a new baby especially is a huge responsibility, and an exciting and grounding experience for every parent. Will the name I love for my baby still be okay when they have grown up? Should I use a cherished family name, or the weird...
April 4th, 2012 | Culture, Essays, Featured, Social Justice | Read More

My Thoughts on The Hunger Games Movie

My Thoughts on The Hunger Games Movie
Editors Note: For anyone who hasn’t read The Hunger Games book or movie, this review contains spoilers.  I have never read the Hunger Games books so I wasn’t a “super fan” or anything. But I did go to a midnight showing of the movie simply because my 15 year old wanted to go,...
April 3rd, 2012 | Culture, Essays, Film | Read More

Life lessons from overtime, extra innings and five-hour-53-minute matches

Life lessons from overtime, extra innings and five-hour-53-minute matches
News of the record-breaking five-hour-53-minute Australian Open final match greeted me this morning as I checked email.  I still can’t wrap my mind around such an intense competition lasting that long.  Can you even imagine? The marathon showdown delighted fans around the world, and rightfully...
March 18th, 2012 | Essays, Featured, Meditations, Sports | Read More