Ah, November, that precious time of year when people post annoying Facebook statuses, Americans pretend to enjoy turkey, and US schoolchildren learn about the first Thanksgiving. Most American kids do learn that it was the Wampanoag tribe that the Pilgrims met after disembarking the Mayflower, but we don’t learn (or at least remember) much more … Continue reading Weird History, Part Eight: Stories From Wampanoag Culture That You Can Share at Thanksgiving
Let us resist the urge to spew blame, vitriol, and hateful comments about each other about how one person did or didn’t vote. (And I'm not saying I’m not guilty of this myself). Instead, let’s try listening. Listen to the concerns of others. Even if you wholeheartedly disagree with them. Listen to the reasons behind … Continue reading My Post-Election Plea for Us All
More people have come to understand and appreciate introversion in recent years, largely thanks to the Internet. After all, the World Wide Web is the ultimate platform for introverts to find their voices and demonstrate their talents. But still, misconceptions persist. Sometimes I meet people who insist they are not introverts because they are outgoing … Continue reading Signs That You Are (or Are Not) an Introvert (or Extrovert)
The Avengers changed my life. I enjoy action movies — I consider Die Hard a Christmas classic — but I was hardly a fan of superhero movies before Marvel’s The Avengers. (I grew up in the early 2000s, when most comic-book movies sucked.) After I saw The Avengers, I wanted to be one of them. https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/800/0*gbNrR5q__B_GtxHi.jpg I knew I … Continue reading 10 Running Tips for Beginners (That I Learned the Hard Way)
In honor of St. Crispin’s Day today, I’m bringing this back. Consider playing Shakespeare Mad Libs in celebration! (Unless you’re French…)
Every day in Seattle has been better than before, and I’m sad that tomorrow is my last full day here.
Today after church, Kara and I and her roommate Kolleen went to the underground tour of Seattle, where I saw stone walls/floors, old photographs, and rusty machinery, and learned about the founding of the city. My favorite part, of course, was hearing about the prostitutes. And browsing the gift shop.
BUT … while waiting for the tour to start, we went to what is the greatest toy store I have ever experienced. How awesome was it? So awesome that it made me want to have children so I could have an excuse to buy these toys.
Tonight, Kara and I had dinner at The People’s Pub, and while the food was good and the drinks were delish (whiskey and creme brulee is a new entry on my list…
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I didn't put it in the title, but this is Part Seven of my Weird History series ... even though it might not be that weird... It’s that time of year again--a time of falling leaves, candy, decorative gourds, and contemplations of mortality. People across the world (or at least the Northern Hemisphere) are using the season as … Continue reading Halloween Origins: A Matter of Life and Death
Something that introverts often bond over is a dislike of small talk: the chit-chat that people make with acquaintances, or to keep the atmosphere light and casual. We hate it because it seems artificial and shallow. It doesn’t get to the nitty-gritty of life or the heart and soul of a person. It’s boring (how much … Continue reading Three Reasons Even Introverts Shouldn’t Overlook Small Talk
An excellent post from a friend of mine about trusting in God when things are unclear. I had a similar experience years ago (with snow instead of fog) and this was an excellent reminder of the lessons God taught me that day.
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Welcome to October! For those of us who love the creepy and macabre, this is a favorite month. Even though Halloween doesn’t arrive until the very last day, many people treat October like a month-long Halloween party. Well guess what: this blog is no different. Today, I’m combining my love of creepy with my love … Continue reading Five Scary Animals to Launch the Halloween Season
OKAY YOU GUYS, I HAVE AN EXPLANATION I know that after skimping on a history post in July, I totally failed yet again in August. I was GOING to post this in August, but my Internet went out and I had to wait for the broadband guy to come and fix it. (Fortunately, it didn't … Continue reading Weird History, Part 6: Falling Stars