Elevating others…

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“You made me the coolest guy, yesterday” are not words one expects to hear at 7 am, much less 7 am on a work day.  Nevertheless, those words greeted me as I attended small group recently.  Puzzled, the look on my face likely said it all:  “What on earth did I do?”  As I sat down on a pew that looked much more at home in a Baptist church, not the second floor office space of a coffee house owned by a church that meets in theatres every weekend, my friend Pedro recounted the tale for me.

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Wisdom for Capitol Hill Interns: Getting the Internship

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It seems like everyone wants to be an intern on Capitol Hill these days, right?  How do you do it?  What does it take to get selected?  The resume is the place to start.  Simply put, the resume has to be perfect; not just good, but “Luke Skywalker only got one shot to blow up the Death Star” perfect.  You’re going to get 20-30 seconds to make an impression, and that’s generous; if you don’t, your resume is destined for the trash compactor with no chance of escape.  One intern vacancy in an office can easily generate a hundred or more applicants, especially if it’s a paid internship.

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Capitol Hill Internships: A place of Wisdom and Knowledge from the Congressional Professionals

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As summer descends on our Nation’s capitol, and brings with it the heat and humility the city annually dreads, a new class of Congressional interns also make their way to Congress for what they hope will be a transformational and life-changing encounter with democracy.  In light of this, by friend Carlos Reyes has launched a new website, Capitol Hill Internship.

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Luke Skywalker, The Joker, and the Path of Whispers

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It isn’t ever day that you get to admit to the following:  I’m working with a documentary project involving  Luke Skywalker.  Last week I got to admit that for the first time, one of the hardest secrets I’ve ever kept in my 30 years.  How in the galaxy could something like this actually happen?  What sort of hyperspace lane had to be navigated to reach such a nexus of “geekwin”?  I simply call it “The Path of Whispers”.

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Dishonoring your story?

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Recently, I came across a a definition of the word “dishonor” that I hadn’t considered before:  “to treat something as ordinary”.  The idea comes from the greek word atimos, which means “to treat something as ordinary” and atimos translates into English as “without honor”.  Diving into the origins of words isn’t a general practice for me, but it does illustrate the importance of language and led to a moment of realization for me.

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This. Is. Bravery.

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Meet Karissa Marcum, one of the bravest people I know.  She and I met when she was a media writer for the House of Representatives a few years ago.  She was asked to interview me for a report that was being done on handicapped accessibility in the Capitol.  Over the course of our discussion we realized we both went to the same church, National Community Church and knew some of the same people.  As I got to know her and share my own story with her, I never expected that she might share her story with me.  Nevertheless, I discovered the amazing things that can happen when someone is willing to step out and “go first”.

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Planetfall and the Wisdom of Kenobi

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“In my experience, there’s no such thing as luck” – Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars Episode IV:  A New Hope

Recently, I attended an event held by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, called PlanetfallPlanetfall is actually a book of composite digital images that an artist created from source material gathered by various NASA satellites used to photograph planets in our solar system.

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Holy Recklessness, Batman!

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You’ve been called to a life of Holy Recklessness… – Andy Pisciotti

Almost five months ago I lost the job that I had on Capitol Hill for almost seven years, tomorrow I start a new job and with it a new chapter.  So you’d think that the night before I’d be thinking about the job that’s coming, right?  Nope, there are some pretty big unanswered questions with that anyway.  Instead, I’m trying to work through the implications of what my friend Andy Pisciotti said to me this afternoon.

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Moses: The Bible’s Dark Knight?

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News has recently reverberated though the corridors of Hollywood that long-time director Ridley Scott (of Alien, Blade Runner, and Gladiator fame) wants to bring a biblical epic on Moses to the big screen.  What’s more, it’s been noted that he would like Christian Bale (Christopher Nolan’s Bruce Wayne) to play the title character.  Interestingly enough, there are similarities between the character Bale played – that made him a star – and the one that Ridley Scott wants him to play…

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Is your story safe?

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Look, your books are safe; while reading you get to become Tarzan or Robinson Crusoe…but afterwards you get to be a little boy again.  The ones you read are safe.” – Mr. Koreander

Above is what I consider to be one of the most though provoking lines from one of my favorite childhood movies, The Neverending Story.  A story within a story, it’s the tale of a young boy and what happens to him when he begins to read a new book, one that is unlike anything he’s ever read, an adventure that he cannot tear himself away from; the story of a land called Fantasia.

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