the reality is…

I should probably be in bed right now seeing as I have to wake up in a little less than 6 hours to make the 12 hour drive back to Chicago from the "Commonwealth of Virginia." But instead of falling asleep my mind is running a muck and so here I sit before my computer …

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let the adventures begin

Last night, as I attempted to finish the book I was reading, I found my eyes wandering from the sentence I was finishing to the toddler on the TV screen. One of my wife's guilty pleasures, and mine too, is watching trashy TV. In this case "trashy TV" manifested itself in the form of Toddlers …

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no more runnin…

770 miles later here I sit in an old favorite coffee shop of mine. No, I did not make the road trip just for the wonderful coffee they serve here, it just so happens to be a bonus. This is not to say that there aren't plenty of coffee shops that offer succulent variations of …

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bungle in the jungle

Tonight as I made my way to meet up with some folks at a nearby coffee shop the song of which this post is titled came on to the radio. I have always been a fan of Jethro Tull, judge me as you will, and I have always found within their lyrics some sort of …

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so here goes…

Later today my wife and her family are going to be putting their dog down. SoCo, yes he is named for Southern Comfort, has had a life full of love, but also a life of health problems. It is no shock that his time has run out as he has been struggling immensely for the …

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cynic for hire…

So I just finished watching the latest episode of South Park and I couldn't help but think, wow, thats me. Its an episode about cynicism. Stan starts to see everything as "shit,"  literally. Comedic value of the episode aside it brings to light a reality that I face everyday, the older you get the easier …

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burn it all

In the summer of 1991 I was but a lad of 5 going on 6 when my mom took me to see Backdraft. I will never forget the images I saw at the now demolished DuPage Theater. Romanticized images of heroism took hold of me and seized my imagination for the weeks, months, and years …

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ending unknown…

It is amazing what can happen in a few years. I apologize for being vague but stick with me. No, this isn't some happy nostalgic post, I'm actually at a loss for words. I am just not sure how something can go from epic to nonexistent. But I guess that's the way of things when …

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into the fray

One of my favorite stories ends like this... We are only asked to love, to offer hope to the many hopeless. We don't get to choose all the endings, but we are asked to play the rescuers. We won't solve all mysteries and our hearts will certainly break in such a vulnerable life, but it …

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a bandaid on a broken leg…

I was sitting in class yesterday and the focus of the discussion was on the self care of clergy. Now, this is an important issues in several congregations across America because of the reliance placed upon the professional church worker. But even though I recognize the need the speak about such an issue I wonder …

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