August 5, 1962. 44 year-old Nelson Mandela drives away from Durban, South Africa to visit his family in Johannesburg after months of separation. Mandela just returned from an illegal trip across the African continent, raising support for the anti-Apartheid movement he’s been organizing underground for the past seventeen months. The movement is turning violent, and… Continue reading Madiba v. The World: 7 things I learned from Nelson Mandela and the anti-Apartheid movement
I love jaywalking. Not just because breaking rules makes me feel alive (it does) or because I love getting places faster (I do). I love jaywalking because it’s a mini social experiment. A chance to ponder the human condition. Seriously, try this next time you’re at an intersection. (And don’t sue me if you get… Continue reading Why you should start jaywalking.
Today I’m starting a new regular feature called What's Good—A roundup of what I did, enjoyed, and recommend from the past month or so. Each will follow a similar format, and may change as I experiment with what’s most interesting to you. You can expect: A 2020 goal updateBooks/podcasts/experiences I recommendSomething I’m learning Here you… Continue reading What's Good: vol. 1
Christians have a ton to say about relationships. A quick search returns thousands of articles and books guiding young Christians on how to date right—from the classic I Kissed Dating Goodbye to my personal favorite… Texting Mr. Right. Seriously. And if you’ve been around church for any amount of time, you’ve heard them. Popular sermons,… Continue reading Biblical dating isn't very biblical.
Last year, I made a list of everything I wanted to accomplish in 2019. Every idea was recorded, highlighted, categorized, and sub-categorized. I was like the Marie Kondo of organizing goals, and knew I could accomplish most of it by December. 2019 was my year. There were a few normal items on the list: Learn… Continue reading Make fewer goals, get more done.
Reading every day was the best habit I picked up in 2019. Hands down, nothing has challenged me, expanded my worldview, and changed my daily patterns of life more than the books that I’ve read. At the start of 2019, I committed to read at least 40 books in the following 365 days. For some… Continue reading How I read 50 books in a year.
In the past two years my family lost two grandparents. We’ve suffered through tragic physical and mental illnesses. Jobs have changed. People have aged. Relationships got more complicated. All to say, the holidays this year are… different. Not bad, just different. We’re still a very close family. We laugh a ton and share stories for… Continue reading Death hurts more at Christmas. Move forward anyway.