Life is a Musical


The funny thing about blogging is that it requires taking the time to write. But here’s the thing: when you write for a living, and do some volunteer writing on top of it, it’s awfully hard to persuade yourself to

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How I’d Fix the Government


First, a brief anecdote. Almost 15 years ago, I was in Mexico, working with a local missions group. One of them (a Mexican, to be clear) asked me where I came from. “Michigan,” I said. Her face lit up. “Ah,”

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Ode to a Paczki


My home town in Metro Detroit was a hotspot for cultural diversity. Most likely it was the 1990s lure of the automotive industry; well-to-do automotive managers and executives gravitated toward the suburbs, and I grew up with African American and

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It’s 2015. Now let’s shut up about Back to the Future II.


I swear, within minutes of the ball drop in Times Square, there were already several posts about Back to the Future II. And, of course, even more this morning. And they all say roughly the same thing: where’s my flying car/hoverboard/self-lacing

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Predictions for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Bloating of Five Subplots

Do yourself a favor and google "Party Thranduil." THAT WHICH HAS BEEN SEEN CANNOT BE UNSEEN.

At some point during the course of the last year, I apparently suffered a severe brain injury. There is no other explanation for the fact that I am looking forward to seeing part 3 of The Hobbit. Actually, there’s a very good

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Content like a fungus


I’ve been spending a fair bit of time on, and also doing information architecture work. The result? What started as a blog post for here wound up being my first-ever post on Medium. Why? Because I’m fully aware that

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Things I Got From My Father


  1. Wavy hair. Horribly, horribly wavy. There’s a reason I never let it air-dry. 2. Introversion. Nothing beats a nice, quiet evening at home. 3. A caffeine addiction. I have an early memory of telling my father that I

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Freedom from what?


I have a number of ancestors who served in various wars; one ancestral second cousin was apparently married to Benedict Arnold or something; another great-great-great grandfather or so was at Antietam; both grandfathers served in WWII; and from a passing

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“The Ballad of Matthew’s Begats” is the most important Easter song you’ve never heard


For never having studied at seminary, I know the Bible pretty darn well. I’m not saying that to brag, or to be all holier-than-thou. In a lot of ways, I can’t help it; I cut my teeth (so to speak)

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One woman starts to watch a TED talk. What happens next won’t shock you at all if you know that woman’s personality.


Confession: I am a very passive consumer when it comes to online content. I subscribe to a select few news sources and blogs via RSS and occasionally even read what articles are posted, but other than that I mostly rely

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