Walk the Line

Being able to walk in a straight line is not a test for someone that is impaired; it is apparently difficult for any human. In a recent CNN article (see it here), scientists have discovered that some mechanism in our brain causes us to stray to the right or to the left in a zigzag pattern that eventually turns into one large circle if we do not have an external ...

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Full-Court Press

This summer two of my favorite writers, Bill Simmons (a sports writer) and Malcolm Gladwell (author of Tipping Point, Blink and Outliers), came together on ESPN.com to do an email exchange (see it here) covering a variety of topics. One subject they discussed was an article Gladwell wrote for The New Yorker (see it here) on underdogs and how a basketball strategy known as the “full-court press” gives underdogs a ...

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Picture Imperfect

I knew it before I even pressed the button. My sister and brother-in-law’s new house in Laguna Beach is up on the mountain and you can essentially see 60 miles of coastline on a clear day, from Dana Point to Pales Verdes. You can also see Catalina Island, which is 45 miles away when the conditions are right. But when I got in the first night and saw lights for ...

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The Art of Discipline

For as long as I can remember I’ve always been a little obsessive compulsive. When I was younger, I would always have to have my room clean and things in order before leaving for school or it would wreck my day. My brother and sisters would actually play a game where they would move one item in my room and I would come in and pick it out on the ...

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Obedience

Last Saturday morning, Becca and I were leaving from Vail and we went over to my brother’s house to eat breakfast and say goodbye. We were playing with my niece, who is 16 months old, and she started getting a burst of energy. Out of the clear blue, she decided that she wanted to go down the steep staircase on their back porch without help. My brother warned her that ...

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Small Change

Many times people are frozen in a state of inactivity when it comes to making a change in our world because of two things: (1) The enormous scale of the problems we see (2) A lack of ideas of what we can do to help. I doubt the solutions I provide you to these two issues will cause you to think of me as Mother Teresa, but I do hope ...

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Re-minded (Again…)

"Satan does not here fill us with hatred of God, but with forgetfulness of God." -Dietrich Bonhoeffer This last weekend I went on Mission Waco’s Poverty Simulation with a group of youth from our church. The weekend was a great experience overall, but the one thing that stood out to me above the rest is how quickly I forget the things that matter. I so easily get caught up in the ...

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Fake Moon Landing!

I was reading an article on CNN the other day that was talking about the incredible feat of humans landing on the moon and safely returning home, forty years ago last Monday, and something caught my attention. In the article, it said that 25% respondents to a survey in the British magazine Engineering & Technology said they do not believe humans landed on the moon. What? You are telling me ...

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Death and Dying

You are going to die. I must admit I’ve always wanted to start a blog that way. But why is this phrase generally taken as a threat when uttered. Don’t believe me? I dare you to walk up to a stranger in the grocery store and gently whisper to them, “You are going to die.” You’ll have makeshift security guards on you quicker than you can get out of the ...

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