• Isolation

    Why, the isolation that prevails everywhere, above all in our age- it has not fully developed, it has not reached its limit yet. For everyone strives to keep his individuality as apart as possible, wishes to secure the greatest possible fullness of life for himself; but meantime all his efforts result not in attaining fullness of life but self-destruction, for instead of self-realisation he ends…

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  • On Grieving: Part 5

    The night before my mom died my whole family was sitting on and around her bed, listening to her breathe, and singing every song we knew. And, if you know our family and how we had a bluegrass gospel band for twenty years, you know that’s a whole lot of songs. It was a glorious time, I loved picturing her walking into heaven with the sounds of her children singing. Singing, the thing she taught us…

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  • On Grieving: Part 4

    Grief is a wild beast, there’s no telling where it’ll take you, there’s no telling where you’ve been, because there are literally no words for it. There are certain things humans like to explain, to try to make sense of, but there are some experiences that are so deep you can only explain what’s around it, you can’t get to the heart of what it really is. Grief is like that to me. It’s multi…

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  • A Sweat-drop In The Bucket

    I started wondering today as I lay on the floor doing a nice post-workout spinal twist if anyone has ever considered starting a sweat charity. Gathering up sweat for those in need... of sweat. For those who can't sweat themselves. Anyway... I think I could be a regular contributor.

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  • Survival of the Rookies

    IMG_0852.jpg We went on a backpacking trip recently, and lest the breathtaking photos lead you astray, I’m going to lay down the deets of truly what went down.

    First of all, we went to Colorado which is 13 hours from our house, and since we conveniently have a brother living about a third of the distance from here to there we split the trip into two days. We left quite early in the morning but still didn't…

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  • On Grieving: Part 3

    There’s been a strange phenomenon happening inside of my head since my mom died that feels like I’ve been transported back several years. And I think about her and how young she was and it seems so impossible that her body wasted away already. She was only 55 years old, how did her body quit? My parents were always the young and fit, cool parents, everyone thought so, including me. They still…

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  • On Grieving: Part 2

    It cracks me up when I'm reading a self-help book that follows all the self-help guidelines, including Coining A Term, and they spend the first several pages explaining why they're not another self-help book. You can't just say things.

    I’m reading “Mastering Your Mean Girl” by Melissa Ambrosini, and yes, it’s a self-help book. I saw an interview with her recently and she was so bright and cheerful…

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  • On Grieving: Part 1

    I looked up the stages of grief today. There are only five, which remarkably doesn’t seem like a lot to go through. I couldn’t really identify which one I’m in, or really if I’d started going through them yet at all, or if it’s possible that I just went straight to depression.

    Not that I’m depressed per se, I don’t think I’d describe it in that way, however, it may not be that far from the truth…

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  • the Fatal Flaw

    It was the fatal flaw of humanity which Nature, in one shape or another, stamps ineffaceably on all her productions, either to imply that they are temporary and finite, or that their perfection must be wrought by toil and pain.

    – Nathaniel Hawthorne

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  • Oswald Chambers

    We have to receive the revelation that He is here. The reception of the Holy Spirit is the maintained attitude of a believer. When we receive the Holy Spirit, we receive quickening life from the ascended Lord.

    It is not the baptism of the Holy Ghost which changes men, but the power of the ascended Christ coming into men's lives by the Holy Ghost that changes them. We too often divorce what the…

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