This week I found myself faced with the question, “what is your favorite holiday memory?” A normal ice breaker type question, right? I began to sweat as the question seemed to inch its way towards me as it flashed around the circle closing in on my turn to answer. Most people in the circle responded … More The Christmas Poop Came Out of the Shower
I love books. The feeling of holding a book in my hands makes me giddy. I love the anticipation of a story about to unfold. You never know exactly what will be told in an unread book. Although I love a great book there’s one part of the book that I do not know exactly … More Book Jackets
Last year I posted this blog right after the Thanksgiving holiday. Not because I had had some horrible experience, but because it was an issue that over the years I and many others often face around this time of the year. Tonight, I post this blog again, not to be sassy or facetious, but instead … More How to Talk to Single People, A Guide for the Holidays
This last Friday I attended The Gathering with some of my favorite people. The Gathering experience will seem very unusual when I attempt to describe it, bear with me. But here goes my try at explaining it to you. The Gathering happens each year around Thanksgiving. It’s an evening of swapping hosting ideas, a mecca … More How to Actually Host a Gathering
This weekend my family gathered in one place with a few friends to celebrate my mother’s sixtieth birthday, or what she says is her “30+30 birthday.” Do not hate me, but I myself am not a huge birthday person. I personally do not make a big to do about my own birthday. I don’t know … More Continuing a Legacy
For the past few weeks the same question keeps rolling around in my head like a marble below deck on a ship at sea. The world and our lives seem to be inundated with insurmountable problems. From war torn countries, to famine, to mass shootings, to a lack of education funding; the list seems to … More Do All Problems Have Solutions?
After spending a beautiful, albeit alarmingly cold, weekend at YoungLife’s Clearwater Cove washing dishes for about 150 high school kids and their leaders, I’ve yet to write a blog. So instead I leave you with this: serving is a beautiful, messy, hard, exhausting, necessary, humbling thing. I’ve sat around the table at Camp as a … More A Repost of sorts
Every month or so I try to make time for a grand adventure. This month one perk of teaching meant I got a fall break. Three days off amidst a very busy season of training and workshops, parent teacher conferences, and report cards was a welcome reprieve. Going into this school year I knew it … More Fall Break
Oklahoma State University celebrates homecoming like no other place I know. The grandiose party they put on for homecoming draws thousands back to the small town so many knew as home. The tradition of what was once called “America’s Greatest Homecoming” runs deep in Stillwater. The week leading up to homecoming includes countless events such … More America’s Greatest Homecoming.
One night I found myself sucked into a documentary series on Netflix’s titled The Art of Design. The eight part series followed artists in different fields as they discussed how they see the world through their craft. Though many others I know did not, I found it riveting. Glued to the ideas and creativity each … More How Christoph Niemann’s Witty Art Challenges Me