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February 7, 2019

Often I have found myself frustrated with the burdens of life, and the complications of growing up. As a Christian, the thought has crossed my mind plenty of times: death would be better.

As quickly as that seemingly dark thought comes, I brush it away. Christians are supposed to be joyful, and death just isn't! In American culture, death is not usually a socially acceptable topic of conversation. When someone dies, we don't kn...

January 18, 2018

Puzzles are largely a neglected form of entertainment. Though the development and implementation of smart phone technology into our little worlds may have something to do with it (that's another thought for another day), I think they are unpopular with most people because of the amount of work they require. Puzzles take up a lot of space and time. Once you open the box, pour out all of the pieces and try to assemble the frame,...

January 10, 2018

I grew up in the late 1990s and early 2000s, during which time Chuck-E-Cheese was of roaring popularity. Roughly once or twice a year, my parents would submit themselves to it and bring us, whether for another child's birthday or just a sheer lapse in judgement. I remember earning tens and twenties of tickets playing whack-a-mole and impulsively wasting them on small trinkets at the prize counter. Among the rings and disposabl...

January 4, 2018

It is increasingly common with the millennial generation to joke about their responsibilities, their problems, their failures. Within moments on social media, you're sure to find endless content about the troubles of life cloaked in humor. We use it as an lighthearted avenue to show our friends and family what we are dealing with. We intend it to be funny, but is this the most helpful way to tell others about the realities of...

June 21, 2017

I have lived in chronic pain for 6 years. There's a lot to share about those years, so this post could be longer, but for the sake of practicing brevity, I am leaving a lot out (feel free to ask questions).

When I was in high school, I incurred a spinal and pelvic injury that crippled my body to a small degree and my dreams to a large one. I had to give up my hopes of playing on a college drum line and later on found out I woul...

May 8, 2017

Reader, hear me out as I discuss something very uncomfortable for those who need to hear it most: your anxiety is a sin. A very damaging one, at that.

My Story

I have been struggling with anxiety disorder for many many years, but did not acknowledge it for what it was until about 2 years ago, and then did not get diagnosed until January of this year. I fought it for many reasons, thinking that medication would make me seem weak...

May 1, 2017

Last night I was on my way to hang out with some friends, and I noticed a car parked right near the mailboxes at the exit gate of my neighborhood. It was parked haphazardly, the car was off, and no one was inside. It became clear to me that it was the property manager's vehicle, a sweet woman in her 60s. I immediately became concerned that she had been abducted (my mind is usually 0-60 within seconds). I sort of froze and didn...

June 3, 2015

It is easy to say something pleasant and positive to someone. A "Have a good day!" to your cashier at the grocery store, an "It's okay," or a "Feel better!" to a friend, an "I love you and I'm proud of you," to a child, an "I miss you," to a lover. These pleasantries are kind, and they most definitely have their place. But, they only go so far. They are what I like to call "Hallmark Responses," and they often begin when we are...

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