Bonding With Basic Spanish

It’s amazing how close you can feel to someone when you finally learn to speak even a little of their language. Language differences create huge barriers of understanding between two people, and they’re often compounded by the fact that one […]

Instead of Instagram

I want to share photos from my life with friends. More and more, though, I find it distasteful to share them on social media sites like Instagram and Facebook. Aside from all their other problems, social networks have become much […]

In Praise of Good Old Boys

He drives a truck, makes his own moonshine, and chews tobacco. He’s good with his hands. He’s working on the farm, at the feed store, or at a construction site. He’s got a thick Southern drawl, multiple guns, and dogs. […]

The Joy of Disagreement

There are some people with whom it’s a joy to disagree. A dear friend and colleague is independent-minded, intelligent, creative, opinionated, and maybe a little stubborn (like me). I love her for all these reasons. And it’s for those very […]

Courage: Use It While You Have It

“What do you fear, lady?” [Aragorn] asked.“A cage,” [Éowyn] said. “To stay behind bars, until use and old age accept them, and all chance of doing great deeds is gone beyond recall or desire.” – The Return of the King, […]