In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register. 4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged … Continue reading Dumpster Diving
Did you know the word “gullible” isn’t in the dictionary? Yes, I fell for that one. I was in 7th grade at Whitney High when an upper classman said that to me with a completely straight face, and then promptly laughed when I said “Really?” Trust broken. My birthday is on March 31st, same as Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Ewan McGregor, former Vice President Al Gore, and … Continue reading Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus
The pain was excruciating. That’s pretty much the only way I know to describe the feeling in my arm when it broke during judo practice. I must have been about ten at the time and pretty busy doing various sports (none of which I was very good at, but enjoyed nonetheless). I was playing baseball, basketball, and taking judo at the Norwalk Judo Dojo. On … Continue reading Keeping the Faith
Waiting is tough. But Christmas waiting has got to be the hardest of all. My mom had a hard and fast rule about NOT getting up before 10am on Christmas morning. When you’re a kid and all of Santa’s presents are just sitting there on the coffee table in the front room, 10am seems like an eternity. We’d get up extra early on Christmas morning. … Continue reading Are We There Yet?
“Beatrice Zinker always did her best thinking upside down.” When I read those words, I knew it was going to be a very good book. As the creator of Disney Nerds, I often get the opportunity to review books published by and about Disney before they ever hit the shelves. And as much as I love reading, it’s one of the very best perks about … Continue reading Upside Down Thinking In A Right-Side Up World
Lawry’s Prime Rib – the BEST prime rib on the planet. The bad thing about finding the best of anything is that if you try it somewhere else, it’s always a letdown. The best theme park (Disneyland), the best TV show (Sports Night), the best Star Wars novel (Thrawn) – no matter what it is and how much you enjoy it, you’ve hit the pinnacle … Continue reading Why Witness? – And What’s “Witnessing” Anyway?
Another week, another mass shooting. It’s gotten so commonplace that something as shocking as the death of 26 people this week at a church service in Sutherland Springs seems almost normal. Hurricanes in Puerto Rico, Houston, and Florida; earthquakes in Mexico; wildfires in Santa Rosa; violence in Charlottesville; and another mass shooting in Las Vegas. And that’s only in the past 3 months. Tragedy upon … Continue reading Why Serve?