Even in Reality, That’s Weird

Caught sight a few weeks ago of a fascinating tv program called Laguna Beach airing on MTV. The show, the latest creation from the lab of reality tv, blends drama and real life by choosing real Laguna Beach to teenagers to be filmed in both their normal routines and certain “dramatic situations.” For one who [Read More...]


I miss swimming. Growing up, swimming with synonomous with existing, or so I thought. You ate, you read books, you played tag, and you swam. That was the substance of childhood. In fact, from childhood-tinged glasses, it was the substance of summer life. Summer life was uncomplicated, and swimming, well, swimming was grand. As a [Read More...]

On Being Home

After six weeks in Louisville, and four in Evanston, Illinois, I’m now at home in Machias, Maine. It’s been a great summer for many reasons. Much growth has been had in the past few months, growth that only come from stretching oneself, trying new things, and generally experiencing the ups and downs of life as [Read More...]

A Moving Speech From…Baseball?!

American professional sports are not known for producing quotable masterpieces. Sure, there’s the occasional Yogi Berra, a man who bears a capacity for wit and wisdom that tugs at the general public. Far more common, however, is the athlete seemingly trained at the academy of the catch-phrase. You know the type. Their sagacity usually stems [Read More...]

It’s True: Reality TV is Fascinating

I admit it. I’ve always been a sucker for a good reality tv show. Not that there have been that many. MTV kicked the whole deal off with “The Real World,” which began airing in my junior high years. From the moment I first saw it, I was fascinated, and for a number of reasons. [Read More...]

A Song You Need to Hear; Or, Ode to the Summer Jam

If you enjoy good music, go to http://www.gotee.com/host.php and listen to the first song in the “player” that automatically cues up on the page loading. The song, “Love,” represents what hip-hop fans know as the “summer jam.” That’s slang for a “fun, upbeat, put-you-in-a-good-mood kind of song that only comes along once in a while.” [Read More...]

Your View of Human Nature Matters, Part 1

Christians are known in the culture at large for being those who believe that people are essentially flawed, that by nature humankind does wrong, and that these wrongs are played out in ways both private and public. This view of human nature is not popular in a time when many believe that people are actually [Read More...]

What Makes a Good Magazine Article?

Being a magazine lover, I’ve had a fair amount of opportunity to ponder this one, and have come up with the following key idea: the article should tell you information about the subject that you cannot find out yourself. It’s a simple principle, but a true one, I think. Part of the draw of Time, [Read More...]

Personal Trainers, Strange Creation of the 20th Century

Has anyone stopped to think for a moment about the role of the personal trainer in today’s society? It’s a rather fascinating occupation, if you ask me. It purports to serve a key purpose: to individually whip a customer into shape. Hiring a personal trainer certainly seems to increase one’s chances of becoming fit. Instead [Read More...]

Lost: Belief in Salvation

One thing has become alarmingly clear through my recent conversations with a number of non-Christians. Unlike those of the past, many people today perceive no need for salvation of any type in a spiritual sense. In place of some questing for wholeness, some search for forgiveness, one finds often vague notions about either 1) a [Read More...]