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Mind Games

Mind Games

I was out to dinner with a friend the other night. The conversation was taking several pleasant rabbit trails, sushing through a myriad of topics professional, philosophical and personal. In the midst of the thises, thats and others, I heard something that really caught me off guard and I found slightly offensive. “I actually enjoy mind-games.” Sadly, the voice behind the statement was my own. Why would I say such a thing? Did I just announce that I actually like…

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Ear Waves

Ear Waves

There are constantly sound waves pulsing through our heads. The slightest buzz of a bug or the irritating ring of an electronic device or that noise the refrigerator makes when it does whatever a refrigerator needs to do to stay cold: all of these are the result of air that has been very specifically disrupted so that when it strikes our ear drums it produces a pattern that our brains have been taught to recognize and (sometimes) associate with a…

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Circles

Circles

Over the past 12 months, I have visited 22 of the 50 United States. Most of those trips have involved driving in circles; some big, some small, always starting and ending somewhere I called home, even if only for a moment. The anchor point of my circle has recently shifted from the “come and take it” state of Texas to the midwestern farmland home of Hoosier Pride in Indiana. One of the most striking differences between the college town of…

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Book Review: The Rock Creek Series

Book Review: The Rock Creek Series

Kindness is making a comeback. It’s not disguised as political correctness or bathed in religious overtones. It’s just pure, heartfelt compassion for a friend, neighbor or even stranger. It’s unfortunate that it takes a chaotic and at times hostile political and cultural climate for that surface, and still, here it is. On my social media feeds, in news articles, and sometimes even on the streets in front of me. It’s been a while since I wrote a book review. It’s…

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Farewell Sophia

Farewell Sophia

I wrote a love poem today: to my boat. This bothers me more than just a little bit. I’ve spent the last few years moving myself to a much more minimalist lifestyle (truly a “lifestyle” choice) and the thought of being attached to this hunk of fiber and metal is not what I expected. Don’t get me wrong; Sophia has been a great boat and home. And the blog and organization that inherited her name will press on. But as…

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Consider a Gift – We have work to do

Consider a Gift – We have work to do

Dear Fellow Sojourners, As we approach the end of 2016 and look forward to all that 2017 has in store, I just wanted to take a moment to say thanks. Your support and encouragement have made this an unforgettable year.      I am also asking you consider offering a final gift to Sophia Sojourn for 2016.  Immediate needs include travel expenses, book inventory, upcoming renewals of web sites, etc. Any gift of any amount will help offset those costs….

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Giving (and Receiving)

Giving (and Receiving)

Thanksgiving Thursday…Black Friday…Small Business Saturday…Cyber Monday…and then, finally…Giving Tuesday. I don’t know about you but just as much as the consumerism of the weekend gets under my skin, the guilt of not being able to give as much as I would like a kick in the gut that takes what little wind I had left out of me. Giving is hard. Giving when you literally have nothing to give is even harder. My upbringing in the church is yelling loudly…

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I can’t do purple

I can’t do purple

I love you, all of you. But I can’t do purple. We are one nation. It was true before the election. It’s still true and it will continue to be true (unless Texas makes good on threats to secede). I would desire nothing different. “One nation” is a good thing. There may be some fronts on which we are united. Although sitting here at the moment I can’t exactly think of any. We may agree on the evils of slavery,…

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Faces and Spaces

Faces and Spaces

There is a table next to a wall in a large conference room covered in candles and sitting beneath the names of the shooting victims from Pulse in Orlando. My friend, Corie, had just the day before held back the emotion still sitting just beneath the surface of her vibrant heart as she recalled her days in Orlando working at Pulse. Time Magazine ran an article putting a national spotlight on Intervarsity Christian Fellowship’s “purge” of LGBTQ affirming staff. The…

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