Thoughts and ramblings from a mostly unfocused mind.

Taking Prisoners

Taking Prisoners

My mind is good at making connections. That comes in handy when assembling a story or trying to hunt down the cause of a bug in software, but it becomes a major hurdle when confronted with something that carries a lot of emotional baggage. The month of May is hard…

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Wilderness

Wilderness

When we were younger, my sisters and I went to a summer camp in Vero Beach a couple years in a row. Kids under 8 could only participate in the day camp, so I was looking forward to going to the "big kid" overnight camp the year I…

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The Time I was Called a Tooth Demon

The Time I was Called a Tooth Demon

In my late teens, I worked as a phone rep in the call center for a Christian television company. The Israelites had ten commandments, but we had two: Thou shalt not shake the snack machine. Thou shalt not grant a refund (or even imply that one might be possible) to…

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Once That, Now This

Once That, Now This

In the late 1980s, my mother was putting herself through nursing school while raising three young kids by herself. Every dollar that came in had a job, and there wasn't much room for reassignment. One day, my middle sister, Kylei, told my mom that her shoelaces broke. Shoelaces are inexpensive,…

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Brighter Than the Sun

Brighter Than the Sun

There were a few complications with my birth that caused me to have what was later diagnosed as mild cerebral palsy. To a casual observer, I would just look like clumsy kid that moved awkwardly. I was also born with polymorphous light eruptions, an allergy to the sun, in Florida,…

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To Summarize Buffalo

To Summarize Buffalo

To the Buffalo Dream Center, specifically the Johns family: Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve the people of Buffalo last week. At times, it was physically and emotionally stressful. Even more, it was incredibly fulfilling to be welcomed to join in the harvest you have been sowing…

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Vampire

I grew up in Florida, the sunshine state, with polymorphous light eruption (PLE), an allergy to the sun. Besides being all the proof I need that God has a sense of humor, this fact is also what caused a particular nickname to follow me throughout childhood and adolescence: vampire. Although…

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Storyteller

At sixteen, I felt a call to speak. The idea terrified me, as I was still ignorant of a lot of social cues and had a habit of carrying around printed sheets of jokes and interesting facts that I could refer to during conversations. (At least I had the sense…

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My Nineveh

Growing up in the church, there were certain stories that were repeated often enough that I could give an overview, potential lessons, and memory verses for each one without the hint of a pause. It wasn't until I began to study for myself that I realized that many of the…

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Old Photographs

Old Photographs

When I first moved to Knoxville, I spent a lot of time with my friend Craig. Craig loved to blast music whenever we drove around. He introduced me to quite a few bands I had never heard of. I wasn't particularly fond of most of them, but he certainly expanded…

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