• #214
    Apr 22, 2014

    You Should Move Here, Too

    Hill City Sunset
    Some of the Many Reasons I Love Lynchburg

    I chose to move to Lynchburg and have fallen in love with it enough to call it home. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that my wife and I are factors in my sister and some of our closest friends emigrating to what we lovingly call “LynchVegas.” Here are the selling points with which I would counter the Lynchburg skeptics.

  • #211
    Mar 30, 2014

    Marrying Someone Else

    The Responsibility of Someone Else's Vows

    Pastors like to talk about Jesus’ first published miracle happening at a wedding, but I’m not a pastor. I just play one on TV. And pastors like to mention that God attended the first wedding in the Garden of Eden. But I read that story last week, and Jesus didn’t make Eve repeat any vows or have Adam get a ring for his bride. He just brought Eve to Adam.

  • #199
    Aug 11, 2013

    An Unawkward Birthday

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    We didn’t blow out any candles or eat any cake. Nobody sang the happy birthday song—let alone had to volunteer to start everybody singing it. Greg didn’t opened any gifts; and there wasn’t a stack of cards. I don’t think I saw any table cloths. Yet, as we walked back to the equipment sheds, Greg told me, “This may have been my best birthday ever.”

  • #198
    Jul 30, 2013

    Worse Than Riding the Bench

    Training Camp Injury
    The Injury Story Not on ESPN—Yet

    Tonight, I’m choosing not to think about the Ravens’ new playoff chances or their altered offense’s chemistry. Tonight, I’m not going to feel sorry for Peyton Manning working with a third-string center or Chip Kelley coaching without a full stable of dynamic receivers for the NFL version of his Oregon offense.

  • #179
    Dec 21, 2011

    My Biggest Christmas “Letter” Ever

    photo credit: Amanda Farrell
    My [In]Famous Annual Opus

    For the first year since 2004, I didn’t take a week off work this year; and Crystal and I had no vacations together—even a long weekend. So, I had to bring alive a year in which Crystal and I both worked a lot (her cumulatively more than me in terms of both days and hours) and didn’t get a lot of pictures together. I decided to entertain with random knowledge, peripheral touches with our social media streams, and as much as possible about the adventures we did find in the margins.

  • #175
    Nov 5, 2011

    Finding Not-so-random Words on My Screen

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    Writing a Eulogy for a Friend

    So, for the last three days, I’ve been talking to God about it, asking for something worthy of John, worthy of his mom, worthy of answered prayer. Today, I interviewed John for an hour about his mom—a woman I’ve never met.

  • #158
    Mar 21, 2011

    A Weekend Benevolently Adjusted

    Bathroom Book Scene
    Sovereignty and the Silver Screen

    The Adjustment Bureau reminded me of a truth that I’ve found throughout my spiritual walk: the omniscient Chairman (of my worldview) had better plans for me than I had for myself.

  • #152
    Dec 24, 2010

    My 7 A.M. Addiction

    Coffee Substitute

    Hustle is the one thing I can control, the attribute I should be able to consistently offer my team mates.

  • #115
    Oct 12, 2009

    Monterealization, CA

    Monterey Bay Aquarium
    Altruism vs. Adrenaline

    “I was coming to Monterey to see my brother. That’s what I had told everybody.”

  • #114
    Oct 7, 2009

    Band of Ballers

    Continuing Education

    There’s something about the pursuit in a safe environment that I find constantly new and oddly addicting.

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