The Crippling Fear

You have screwed it all up. You do not do anything useful and you are too old to try now. All of the decisions you have made up until this point have led to naught. You are an abject failure. Frequent thoughts like these send my head spinning and put me into an inescapable death…

The Road Never Travelled

My father and I went fishing and camping this weekend. Really, we just went camping because it would be a stretch to call what we accomplished “fishing.” It was raining the second morning so we got a late start. We ate breakfast and took our time breaking camp. By the time we were done packing…

The Apathy of Civilized People

“As we sat by the camp-fire the brightness of the sky brought on a long talk with the Indians about the stars; and their eager, childlike attention was refreshing to see as compared with the decent, deathlike apathy of weary civilized people, in whom natural curiosity has been quenched in toil and care and poor…

An Existential Need for Place

Roots are foundational. In plants, roots initially define their place in the world. Roots supply a majority of the plant’s nutrition. In short, roots are the foundation upon which plants thrive. We all need roots. We are all rooted in a physical location and our feelings toward that location are incredibly important. If I hate…

Short Thought Saturday: Live Peaceably With All

“If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” – Romans 12:18 This verse came to me on inauguration day this year. I was depressed. I did not like what was happening in America. It was not so much the actual person being inaugurated as it was the extreme polarization of…

Ode to a Subaru

Does the car you drive define you? I doubt that is true in all cases, but one’s vehicle of choice can often reveal a number of things. A vehicle could expose the driver’s socio-economic status (though not always). A vehicle can also reveal our hobbies. Oddly enough, some people develop emotional attachments to their cars…

Cathartic Expressions

Welcome to my new site! I am publishing this website primarily to have a place to write and share with others. Most of my writing up to this point in life has been for academic purposes with a narrow audience. Now that I am finished with school (for now at least), I want to hone…