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Monthly Archives: September 2016

I Wish I Were Doing What You Are Doing

But while I travel around working gigs and having experiences that many people feel they desire, something gnaws deep inside me.

Tinder: An Archeological Discovery

Based off the images and captions included, file might have been an inventory of virtual fresh produce.

The People We Love

Do you realize how difficult it is to look someone you love in the eyes and tell them what they mean to you?

Betelgeuse

I still see Betelgeuse on camping trips with friends and family, and I still think of it as mine.

What It Means to Forget

And this scares me. Really scares me. Because our brains are wired for forgetting.

Things You Used to Know

NOTE: In this post, I use a lot of CAPS LOCK. You may worry that this is because I am mad at you. It is.

A Saint for This Season

A Saint for This Season

by | Sep 23, 2016

All human societies make heroes. Christians enjoy a cloud of witnesses to choose from—some ancient and some who bear the complexities of our own times.

I Have a Problem

I Have a Problem

Hello, my name is Matt and I’m a gearaholic.

The Late Twenties

The Late Twenties

Self-exploration and discovery don’t stop at the end of the twenties or upon graduation or after getting married or ever.

The Gang Causes Gabe Moral Unease

The Gang Causes Gabe Moral Unease

That is exactly what It’s Always Sunny manages to do; it takes the depravity we all hold in common and, with a little creativity and a lot of imagination, makes it feel oddly magical.

The Hero We Deserve

The Hero We Deserve

The raven knows that the world is no friend to the vulnerable, and so it finds as many ways as it can to diversify its armor, to outwit its prey, and to outlive its enemies.

I Want To Believe

I Want To Believe

Specifically, I want to suggest that irrespective of the cloak-and-dagger politics it portrays, The X-Files does an excellent job of exposing our secret pleasure in conspiracy theories.

What’s Next, Mandolin Lessons?

What’s Next, Mandolin Lessons?

I went vegetarian almost six years ago. It started as a refusal to put my money into the meat industry and, once I lost the taste for burgers and sausages, it turned into a permanent habit.

A Dispatch from Cologne, 13 Months In

A Dispatch from Cologne, 13 Months In

We joked about casseroles and politeness and the American Midwest. Then he asked me how I like Cologne.

Everything I Needed to Know, I Learned from a Drive-Thru

Everything I Needed to Know, I Learned from a Drive-Thru

The woman in the white sedan will go home, call her best friend, and say: “I started crying in the drive-thru today, and they gave me extra napkins.”

Fiercely

Fiercely

Its branches bloomed with little white, fuzzy pearls that I thought were baby rabbits being born.

People Watching

People Watching

“All the lonely people / where do they all come from? All the lonely people / are they actually as lonely as they look or are they just having a bad day?” – Paul McCartney and me

The West

The West

I’ve never quite understood the call of the West, a siren song so strong that some will risk—and lose—their lives to follow it.

The Pink Shirt Problem

The Pink Shirt Problem

I reach for something on the floor, feel a breeze on my chest, and we both realize why the shirt has been so long closeted. “Oh,” I say. “Damn.”

I Could Never

I Could Never

Here I am, commuting by car into the big city. Here I am, one half of a white couple in an immigrant town. Here I am, trying to live honestly in an unfamiliar place, with imagination and empathy.

I Love My Life

I Love My Life

“When I’m feeling tired, when I’m feeling upset, when I don’t want to get out of bed, you know what I say? I. Love. My. Life.” She paused, looked at us, and yelled, “I LOVE MY LIFE!”

Tales from the Third Shift

Tales from the Third Shift

Third shift at a hotel is a unique experience. I get to see the raw, unvarnished self of people. The truth behind their public façade.

Recent Reasons to Believe in Goodness

Recent Reasons to Believe in Goodness

The sun keeps rising everyday, whether you wake early to see it or not. (Every now and then, you should wake early.)

The Tinder Boys

The Tinder Boys

They looked friendly enough. Cute, too, but that probably wouldn’t be the point. I had suffered through enough bad Tinder dates to abandon all hope of swiping my way into love.

How to Compose a Sermon in 10 Super Simple Steps

How to Compose a Sermon in 10 Super Simple Steps

1. Look up the passages you’ll be preaching on and read them.

The 42,000-Meter Flaming Bull Survival Sprint

The 42,000-Meter Flaming Bull Survival Sprint

Like Bob Costas, who only gets pulled out every two years from whatever coat closet NBC hides him in, the Olympics are full of those sports that no one really cares about until the next Olympics.

My Father’s Meadow

My Father’s Meadow

My father walks the meadow in the early morning.

Water and Blood

Water and Blood

It takes two to tango. If the mosquito gets off scot-free, successful and without need of a getaway car, this robber has engorged itself with three times its weight in blood.

In Defense of Emojis

In Defense of Emojis

Texting without emojis is like talking with your hands behind your back. Certainly possible—but a little less dynamic.