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…

The “Dearden Method” of social interaction

Anyone who has known me for even a short amount of time knows that I really enjoy asking random questions to just about anybody. The goal of this post–only the second on the blog–is to introduce you to what I will call the “Dearden Method” of connecting with nearly anyone (and I use the term…

Photo shoots

Left to my own devices, this first post would have covered the ins and outs of trapping the western pocket gopher. We would have discussed finding fresh gopher puffs in the early morning, the correct handling of the Macabee steel gopher trap, trap placement within the hole, and how to dispose of carcasses. The post…