Weekly Web Wanderings: Better Told Police Stories

It’s that special time of the week where I condense the very best of my world wide web wanderings into a single post. As always, you can follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest for all my wonderful web wanderings as they occur throughout the week. Onward to the WWW! BLOG “How the Police are Screwing Up the Story They are Telling.” Donald Miller covers Baltimore’s fallout of Freddie Gray through the lens of story, hearkening back to the NFL’s own storytelling woes. Story translates every […]

Racism & Homophobia & the Rise of Angsty Christians, Part 2

Last week, I wrote about racism and homophobia and the rise of angsty Christians. It’s such a heavy triad of topics, I realized I’d need two posts to say everything. And then Freddie Gray happened. And then the Supreme Court’s gay marriage hearings happened. And then more angsty Christians emerged, and I realized there probably aren’t enough posts in the world for me to say everything as eloquently and effectively as I’d like to say. But I’m going to try continuing […]

Retreat. Rest. Recuperate. Repeat.

This past weekend, I joined my new church on a retreat to the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. I’d been looking forward to the lodge getaway for a few weeks. A chance to connect with some new people in a more intentional setting. A chance to bask in one of my favorite parts of the continent. A chance to wander again. So imagine my dismay when I woke up Friday morning with a scratchy throat. A scratchy throat that escalated to a […]

Weekly Web Wanderings: EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK

It’s that special time of the week where I condense the very best of my world wide web wanderings into a single post. As always, you can follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest for all my wonderful web wanderings as they occur throughout the week. Onward to the WWW! NEWS No, this isn’t a report on some run-off election or dignitary conclave or something. FULL HOUSE IS COMING BACK. And get this: they’re calling the Netflix spinoff FULLER HOUSE. Because the Tanners are, like, doing the communal living […]

Racism & Homophobia & the Rise of Angsty Christians, Part 1

I’ve been burdened by this post for a while. I’ve used a mammoth road trip and a new start in Charlotte as excuses not to write it. Not to talk about it. All of it. I’m going to try today with the first of a two-part’er. The news is usually depressing, and thus I usually don’t comment on the news. Every now and then, though, I feel stirred to speak. I usually say something moderate that either resonates with fellow peacemakers or further […]

My #RunningTo Road Trip Playlist

I spent 282 days on the road in a car without working speakers. Some might have called my predicament tragic. Many folks offered their disbelieving condolences over the course of 26,301 miles. But my speakerlessness had been nothing new. My Mitsy actually hasn’t had operable speakers since 2011. While initially tragic, my car’s thundering silence grew on me. Silence is awesome. You can talk to God, you can talk to yourself, and you can pontificate on all life’s mysteries while the road’s snaking […]

I Wanna Be Nasty Like an Inchworm

It is spring, and Charlotte has grown infested with inchworms. It’s like Georgia with ladybugs, only this is worse. Much, much worse. Oh, what’s that? You think inchworms are so cute? The adorable way they arch-and-stretch, arch-and-stretch, arch-and-stretch? You think inchworms are the BEST little wormies? Even better than Wormies by Jana? Oh no, dear reader; you are wrong. You are so wrong. Inchworms are THE worst. Everyday I walk out my door or across the yard or into my car, and I encounter an inchworm dangling from an invisible thread […]

My 11 Most Memorable States & Provinces of #RunningTo

I saw 48 states and 6 Canadian provinces during my 282 days of #RunningTo. I could tell you at least one distinct moment from each state and province visited, though certain ones were more diverse and memorable than others. And so . . . I compiled this controversial list. To be clear, this top-11 list is not my “favorite” states and provinces. I don’t know how I’d craft such an impossible list. But over the course of my 26,000+ miles on the road, these are […]