Not Good to be Alone

Not Good to be Alone

There are men who’ve done amazing things in isolation.  Adventurer Aron Ralston took a solo hike through Blue John Canyon and was pinned to the canyon wall when a massive boulder rolled onto his hand. After being trapped for days, he eventually opted to break and amputate his own arm. He survived.  Or go back almost two centuries and you will...

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Fighting a Ghost

Fighting a Ghost

There was an old weight room at the place I used to work. It was the kind of room that made you feel stronger when you walked in. Cinderblock walls, dirty mirrors that no one bothered to hang and the smell of oxidized metal. When I first found the space I discovered a heavy bag propped up in the corner. After tracking down some reinforced cord...

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I Don’t Need to Run

I Don’t Need to Run

I live just south of Canada, where every fall, the wind knifes the trees making the leaves bleed. They die and drop quickly leaving a million naked branches crossed like a chainlink fence against the milky sky. Then the white overhead starts to break up and fall on empty flower pots and cars that sit outside because they leak oil. I usually...

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Organ Donor

Organ Donor

I am an organ donor. So someday when I die, they may cut me open. And I hope when they do, they will find the same things on the inside that they saw on the outside. To quote Oswald Chambers, "We are only what we are in the dark; all the rest is reputation. What God looks at is what we are in the dark - the imaginations of our...

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Commercial Toilets and Sea Monsters

Commercial Toilets and Sea Monsters

A former boss once asked me to help fix a toilet (which happened to be in the woman’s restroom). Apparently the water wouldn’t stop running. I should mention at the onset I’m not a plumber. My wife and I swapped out a toilet in our first house and I’ve helped my friend Ken (a master plumber) replace a few residential toilets. By helped I mean...

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Self-preservation

Self-preservation

Self-preservation is not all bad. If you are being chased by a bear or mountain cat, it is helpful. Or securing your own oxygen mask before trying to assist others on a plane that’s going down. Seems logical. But there is another type of self-preservation. It is an inner voice that says, “Every man for himself.”  I was sitting in a lifeboat...

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A Tool or a Weapon

A Tool or a Weapon

The knife. It is a simple form that has been around a long time. It has many uses: opening bags of seed, cutting vegetables, extracting splinters, prying staples, cleaning teeth, sharpening pencils, cutting zip ties, removing gum from hair. But it is also true that the blade has been used to kill many a man. So which is it, a tool or a weapon? It...

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A Bunch of Bull

A Bunch of Bull

We were at a family reunion when I discovered this relic of a carnival game. It is in the same genre as the High Striker (the one where you swing a mallet to ring a bell). You literally grab the bull by the horns and squeeze. It is an awkward movement. I’m not really sure which muscle groups I was using but my rib cage hurt for a few days after....

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Jumping for Joy

Jumping for Joy

The world is a heavy place and there are serious people everywhere. It is true there are many things going on that require sobriety. But what do we do with all the weight? Are we supposed to keep the guard up indefinitely? Instead, I'd like to suggest jumping on a trampoline.  This may sound like an endorsement for denying reality and shirking...

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