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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The Evergreen Tavern moment…

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In my favorite novel – This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti –  Bernice Kruger and Marshall Hogan, the reporter and editor of the local paper, find themselves victims of mysterious engine trouble in the small town of Baker.  While stranded in Baker, Bernice walks over to the Evergreen Tavern and chances to meet Kevin Weed: a frequently drunk and semi-employed logger, who is the former classmate and boyfriend of Bernice’s sister’s roommate, Susan Jacobson a character who later holds the answers to an unresolved murder case in which Bernice’s sister was the victim).  Long story short, Weed becomes a critical character as the plot unfolds from that point.  After that meeting, Marshall’s station wagon starts right up, the previous engine trouble having mysteriously vanished.

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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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What do you “make boring”?

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“You make walking look boring!” – a middle school student from Naples, FL visiting DC

A few days ago my Dad brought the FENX back to DC after a many month hiatus to do repairs and add some “special modifications”.  Since then I’ve been spending large swaths of the last few days doing shake down tests as I drive around DC.   Today was no different , as I made my way down the National Mall and back to test the overall range and speed of the vehicle.

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There and Back Again: A Welty Quest, Part II

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As I sat down on this rock, my bag of materials beside me, I stared out at the horizon, lost in time as the surf hit the beach, white bubbles greeting golden unmolested sand.  I found myself looking back in time, to the last time I was here at this place – one year ago…

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There and Back Again: A Welty’s Quest, Part I

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Seven years ago…

I rapidly blink as my eyes come back into focus; the words on the page suddenly becoming clear.  I stare at ancient wisdom, words and ideas of a time gone by, words of wisdom from great men, words I desperately want to grasp and understand with my feeble mind; a language no longer used, the language of the Founders.  I try as best I can to block out the noise around me, it’s that camp song about the Blue Jay, again.  As I feel movement under me, the wheels on the bus propelling me and about 45 other people forward, I realize how uncomfortable the seat is; it sure doesn’t help that the little kryptonite goblin known as joint pain sees an opportunity for mischief .  The fact that everyone is screaming, the fifth verse of the song having reached it’s apex, doesn’t do me good either.  All of these factors come together at once, shattering any concentration I thought I had mustered in an attempt to further my knowledge.

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