Category Archives: The Long Story

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A few days ago I mentioned “two weeks, two months” as a kind of framework for my summer.  Two weeks for the school year to officially wrap.  And then, with some overlap, two months before the next school year starts. … Continue reading

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Even If You’ve Got Mail . . .

A few years ago, I made the decision to remove my work email from my cell phone.  It was a great move for me, one that I can’t imagine ever undoing. This past weekend, I removed my personal email from … Continue reading

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Two Weeks, Two Months

Two weeks until the school year comes to an end. And two months until things start back up again. Last week I recorded what I hope will be my last chapel talk ever.  Or at least for a long time. … Continue reading

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25 and Counting

Today I woke to the news that Caedmon’s Call was re-recording their self-titled debut album.  I’ve been a fan of their since that album (though a little later than others).  About five years ago, I went on a bit of … Continue reading

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Deja Nu, Deja Vu?

Five years ago, I found myself in a position where I was a church member without a pastor and a school teacher (at a Christian school) without a campus minister.  In both instances, I was able to step in and … Continue reading

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For the Wonder

Turned the big 4-6 today.  It was mostly like a normal weekend: breakfast, Good Friday service, conversation with family, time with the neighbors, and then a late-afternoon movie. I thought this recent Frazz strip was quite good.  Meaning is a … Continue reading

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On Ash Wednesday

Today was Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the season of Lent for many Christians around the world.  I’m not much of a Lent person, for reasons I’ll get to at some point during this season.  But I appreciate the general … Continue reading

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Out-of-Date Update?

This past weekend I finally made it to the “barracks” of the Others from LOST.  We took a group of students to Camp Erdman for a day camp, our first off-site trip like that in over a year.  It was … Continue reading

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Gas in the Tank

One of the questions you are asked when renting a car is whether or not you want to prepay for gas or if you’d rather fill it up right before you return it.  Over the years,  I’ve settled for the … Continue reading

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Self-Knowledge and Systems

Self-knowledge is almost meaningless if a system is indifferent and unresponsive. That’s one of my big take-aways from the last couple of years. Self-knowledge is a good thing.  Not everything, mind you.  But it’s something.  Observation of what makes you … Continue reading

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