A letter to my daughter

Hi ________, I’m your dad. We haven’t met face to face yet, but that will happen very soon. First, I should apologize. We don’t have a name for you yet, but that will come in due time–probably somewhere in between the time you make your way through the birth canal and the time you are…

Couples Dating Couples: A Plea for Awareness

One-on-one dating gets all the press. And by one-on-one dating I mean the tedious carousel of two individuals going out on dates to see if they want to spend the rest of their lives together. It’s sickening, really. The TV shows, the hit songs, the books, they’re all in on this disgusting scam. I spent half of my college years…

Find Out Who Your Friends Are

During the summer of 2007, I worked installing insulation for an insulation company. It was an itchy job and it was hard work, but I enjoyed it. As Henry Ford once said, “Chop your own wood, and it will warm you twice.” That quote works for insulation too. As we worked in the hot summer…

My Ohio Home?

I always considered myself someone who was comfortable with change. So in 2005 after high school, I packed up and moved away from my family and the Great Northwest to start what I thought would be a (relatively) quick four-year stint in Ohio. I would get my undergraduate degree, make a few friends, find a…

The “Unlikable” Social Media Photo

We all know what they look like. You’re browsing through Facebook or Instagram, catching up on the happenings of the day. Oh look, there’s a photo of your cousin….looks like she got a new puppy. You “like” it. Why not?–the like costs you nothing and may engender you a little goodwill for the holidays. Maybe…

Why I Am A Christian

I am not a Christian because my parents fed me something to believe as a child and I have not yet found something better. I am not a Christian because it is culturally acceptable or appealing. I am not a Christian because I think Christianity is merely the best of many options. And I am…

My (Rach’s) Response to the “Dearden Method”

Before reading this, you may want to check out Matt’s post about the “Dearden Method.” Anyone who has known me for long or even a short amount of time knows that I have learned to tolerate Matt’s random questions to just about anybody, and might I add just about anywhere!  Matt does have a genuine…