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Life Is Volatile & I Need A Wing Person

September 2, 2018 Long Read, Social Observation

Our brains are constantly distracted as Life grows increasingly volatile. We can’t do this alone. We need a wing person.

Fatth & The Superhero

Faith & The Superhero: Two Sides of a Gilded Coin

Faith compels us to be better people. So do superheroes. Neither gods or superheroes can be proven to exist, but our society clings desperately to both

Monday Motivation

Random Thoughts and Monday Motivation

July 30, 2018 Thought For The Day

Monday Motivation is important when starting out a new week but the perspective one has on a single cup of coffee isn’t always the most objective. Writing a new article first thing on a Monday morning sounded like a good idea when it first popped into my head. #MondayMotivation is always a trending hashtag, after all. Who isn’t looking for a little extra push to get them on their way at the first of the week? Where I hit aRead More

We have 8 cats, Old Man Talking

You Are The Reason We Have 8 Cats

Cats make wonderful pets for people who have the personality to handle them. Typically, two cats are enough for most households. Any more than that and it can feel overwhelming. Four years ago, I agreed to get one kitten. One. So why do we now have eight cats? I am totally blaming you for this.  My dear fiancè’s name is Kat so it really is no huge surprise that there would be cats in our household. Not only is there theRead More

A Moment Of Perspective

This never-ending news cycle leaves us overwhelmed and emotionally exhausted. We easily lose sight of what is most important and our priorities become unbalanced. Then, life hands us a moment of perspective. Update 12 June 2018: It is with great sadness we report that Andrew passed on around noon eastern time today. While there was hope immediately after the surgery to remove the blood clot, he suffered a massive aneurysm this morning and he was not strong enough to recover.Read More

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What Shutdown? 10 Things You Can Still Do

January 21, 2018 Sunday Sermon

While avoiding the politics of a partial government shutdown, the day-to-day for the majority of us is unaffected. Here we are, the United States government is in partial shutdown mode. Not a full and complete shutdown, mind you. Social Security checks still go out. Medicaid still gets paid. FBI, Secret Service, and Border Patrol agents are still working. Air traffic controllers still keep the sky safe and there are still plenty of security people to make the task of gettingRead More

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Rachel Held Evans On Sexual Abuse & Patriarchy In The Church

January 11, 2018 Midweek Sermon

Rachel Held Evans (@rachelheldevans) went on a Twitter rant in response to the standing ovation a Memphis megachurch pastor received after admitting he had sexually assaulted a teenager. Let’s be very clear from the beginning that I don’t know Rachel Held Evans. I know she has authored three books: Searching For Sunday, A Year of Biblical Womanhood, and Faith Unraveled. She’s married, has a baby boy, and her online presence is carefully managed by her publisher. Honestly, she strikes meRead More

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Exclusive: Expert 2018 Grammy Picks

January 7, 2018 Entertainment, Long Read, Music

Grammy® Award nominees represent the best of the previous year’s music but the Old Man found he recognized few of them. So, experts were called in to help. January is here which means that awards season is upon us. 2017 saw a lot of artistic offerings across all the major forms of media, but when it comes to individually evaluating those choices only one area is really practical: music. Sure, I would love to have the time to watch everyRead More

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The Fairness Doctrine We Need Now

January 4, 2018 Long Read, Social Observation

We cannot discuss the inequality in society until we address the unfairness ingrained by thousands of years of history. “That’s not fair!” We hear those words almost every day. If one has children, the sentence is likely screamed rather than merely stated. A sense of fairness is instilled in all of us from a very early age. We all want the same things, the same opportunities, the same tilt in our favor, and the same bending of the rules thatRead More

charles i. letbetter

Reading List: Authors Who Died in 2017

December 31, 2017 Long Read

When authors die they leave behind a piece of themselves in each book, making them immortal. This is the time of year when we see the Internet is filled with a lot of lists, most of which are rather useless. Do we really benefit from re-hashing the year’s top ten disappointments or worst makeup trends? No, not in the least. They’re easy page fodder prepared in advance so that editors can take the week off. I don’t really get timeRead More