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 […]

My 11 Favorite Instagram Images of #RunningTo

I saw some incredible things for 282 days on the road. Met some even more incredible people. Took countless pictures of all those things and people and priceless experiences. For this week’s #RunningTo memorial, I figured I would TRY compiling my 11 favorite Instagram images from my continental road trip. I literally looked at every single picture and picked about 50 candidates. It was kinda devastating condensing this list to just 11 entries, but I feel good about this group. These 11 pictures carry precious […]

My 11 Favorite Coffee Shops in America

After spending 282 days on the road in 48 states, I encountered dozens of coffee shops. I hit plenty of Paneras and Starbuckses from coast to coast, but I visited many local coffee shops as well. The stereotypical writer in a coffee shop that I am, all this coffee shop hopping was actually one of my favorite facets of #RunningTo. They might seem to blend together with all those other buildings further fueling America’s dependence on foreign beans. But you learn so much about a […]

Tenth Avenue North Songs: TMZ’s Top-11 Favorites

Since the inception of this blog, I’ve been doing these little top-11 countdowns. They’ve actually grown to be not so “little,” as my first top-11 Hillsong United countdown remains my most viewed post of all-time. Christian music is one of my many “things,” and I’m beyond thrilled of the increased quality in recent years. Tenth Avenue North represents just one brilliant piece of that musical pie. Tenth Avenue North came onto the music scene a few years ago, and I’ve […]

Hillsong United Songs: TMZ’s Top-11 Favorites, Part 2

One of my first big “hits” on this blog was an innocent little top-11 countdown I posted in 2011. The countdown featured my very favorite Hillsong United songs, and to say it was difficult paring down Hillsong United’s million offerings of awesome to just 11 is a total understatement. To date, that post is far and away my most viewed post here at The Other TMZ. Alas, in the year and a half since that post, Hillsong United has since […]

Brandon Heath Songs: TMZ’s Top-11 Favorites

Over the last year-and-a-half, I’ve counted down some of my favorite things. It began with countdowns for my favorite Hillsong United and Casting Crowns songs. Then I branched away from music, listing my favorite pumpkin foods and books I’ve never read. But another musical countdown involving Brandon Heath is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while. I’m pretty sure Brandon Heath and I are kindred spirits. His third album, Leaving Eden, all but confirmed this reality. If you’ve followed my blog for a while, my #1 […]

TMZ’s Top-11 Pumpkin Foods (A Farewell to Pumpkin Season)

Goodbye, Pumpkin Season. It was such a fun time… It’s been a while since I ranked stuff. What a horrible non-decision this has been, considering my Top-11 Hillsong Songs and Top-11 Casting Crowns Songs remain among my most viewed posts. PEOPLE LOVE LISTS. Lists keep the world in order. Even if said lists serve no relative meaning to your limited existence. Who cares? If it’s a top-10 list of the best doggie outfits this winter season, I’m freaking clicking through […]

Books I’ve Never Read: TMZ’s Top-11 Favorites

I like lists. Lists keep the world in order. Lists tell us what’s the best of the best and the worst of the worst and the medicorest of the mediocre. Top-10 lists are cute, but cliché. That’s why I do top-11 lists. They’re less cute, yes, but also less cliché, which also means more original. Also, I greatly worry what people think of me; I’ll trade cute for non-cliché. I love books, though I’m certain I don’t read nearly enough. […]