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Attentiveness and Context: Lessons from the Ozark Mountains

One of the great dichotomies is that of big space and small space. The Norwegian explorer Erling Kagge explores this in his book Silence in the Age of Noise. In his solo crossing of Antarctica, the talks about the absolute silence of the place. He saw nothing living for 50 days. This brought him a …

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Hiking Guadalupe Peak

Why climb the mountain? George Mallory famously replied, “Because it’s there!” which has been called the most famous three words in mountaineering. Not that we get around to ‘mountaineering’ ourselves, but we do hike mountains, and this spring break we hiked the tallest one in Texas, Guadalupe Peak. We wanted to visit Big Bend National …

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In Memory of Rachel Held Evans: Christ in All Things

Given the amount of content available to us in both variety and form, one is often faced with the question how to approach it all. From blogs to podcasts, books and articles, there is only so much time. The solution for myself and many others is that, in the midst of so many voices, you …

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The Fear of Impermanence and the Notre Dame Cathedral

There is but one experience every human being will share and that is death. The death I am referencing is, of course, physical human death. There are many kinds of death aside from this though; the death of relationships, of personal identity, of paradigms, of isms, and of innocence. These are all traumatic extencitions, each …

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Leaving a Part of Yourself Behind – White Sands National Monument

What does it mean to leave a part of yourself in a place, like when Tony Bennett sang that he left his heart in San Francisco? When we say such things, do we mean it metaphorically or is there literally some part of ourselves we leave behind? If it is metaphor, what is the metaphor …

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Beautiful Ireland, Part 2 – Dingle! My Favorite Town

Why is it you prefer one place over another or might call one place “favorite” out of many places? I’m sure there is a psychological answer, some underlying preferences to which we’re prone yet unaware. Or maybe it’s something more inaccessible and mystical; something we just know through and through, needing no assistance from reason …

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