Your Talking Wallet

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In the remake of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, the title character is given a wallet by a world famous photographer that he has worked alongside for years.  Inside the wallet is an inscription of the motto of LIFE magazine, Walter’s employer:  “To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.” While Walter has worked at LIFE magazine for 16 years, and been confronted with the motto daily upon walking into work, he never internalized it, never lived it.  Something all the more highlighted when another character tells him “listen to your wallet”…

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Micahel Hyatt’s Platform

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Do you dream of doing something?  Do you have an idea you’re trying to make a reality or a message you’re trying to convey?  If that describes you, Platform by Michael Hyatt is a book you need to read.  While Platform won’t help you create the product or message from start to finish, something the author makes clear at the start, it does give solid advice on how to promote and/or advance that message or product, to grow the audience for it.

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Do Dreamers Dream of Being Present?

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Since returning to DC after the holidays, I’ve spent a total of 4-5 hours in a darkened theater – on two separate occasions – watching the same film.  While this generally isn’t a surprise, what is is it wasn’t a science fiction film, a superhero film, or The Hobbit:  Desolation of Smaug.  In truth it was something most would consider – at least on the surface – all-together different: a Ben Stiller directed remake of the classic film, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

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Words that Linger…

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During a recent church service I ran into someone I hadn’t seen in some time.  The topic of our conversation quickly turned from my assessment of Thor:  The Dark World to the larger ranging idea of truth communicated through myth.  This is where things got interesting.

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Sports and Storytelling

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Growing up in the suburbs outside of Detroit, Michigan, I was never a big sports fan.  Yes, I watched hockey because my brother played in a youth league and Detroit is “Hockeytown” but I wasn’t rabid about any Motown team, even if I have fond memories of watching the Stanley Cup play-offs with DC friends in recent years (and one particularly epic road-trip that involved following the Red Wings for a week).  When it’s difficult to participate in those activities you find other things to do.  Therefore, it is just as surprising to me as it would be to anyone else that I would compare something to my limited understanding of sports and practices within them.  Nevertheless…

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The Death of New Year’s Resolutions…

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It is January, the start of a new year.  Time to make that New Year’s Resolution, right?  Time to resolve to “get fit”,”save money”, or some other vague pie-in-the-sky idea, right?  Wrong.  I was never really big on making New Year’s Resolutions, and I’ll probably never make another one ever again (even Cookie Monster hates ’em).  It isn’t so much that a majority of people fail, but that I found something better.

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Ministry from Misery, in a Hospital…

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In thirty-plus years of hospitals, procedures, surgeries, plaster and fiberglass casts, needles, tubes, and life-long scars, I’ve met and been worked on by many doctors and surgeons.  A majority of them I’ve not really gotten along with or cared for, as they’ve seemed to see me as only a patient and not the human being – or child – I was for many of these experiences that have influenced who I have become.  In the midst of all these doctors and experiences, I can honestly count on one hand the number I have grown to respect: just three.

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Professor Farye and the Freshmen English Test…

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In an age of mass media and an incessant celebrity culture full of reality shows and instant stardom, it’s easy to dismiss the impact of  a solitary individual who isn’t a celebrity or have access to mass media.  The narrative that culture pushes is that if you want to have a lasting impact, you have to have a platform; if you don’t have a platform, you cannot have a lasting impact.   That’s not always so.

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The Word Is Given

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Chained explosions rocked the bay as sparks flew and fire erupted all around as if the very flames of Hell were clawing out of instrument panels.  Pressure seals burst with a deadly hiss as caps became deadly missiles and coolant spilled forth like a flood, leaking everyplace as many screamed in stark terror.  Nevertheless, one manned his post.  Like the “Warriors Three”, the mighty men who stood their ground in the lentil field centuries ago, he stood resolute.    This was supposed to be a training mission, wasn’t it?  What is happening out there? It feels like chaos or vengeance struck us, but the Chief gave me a job to do and I’ll do it…no matter what.  Two voices break through the din and static.  The Chief seems to be talking to the Admiral, something about no power…I’ve got to stay…oh no, something is wrong, this seal isn’t going to stay…my face, it burns…

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Seeing the “Super” in a season of Advent and Hospitals…

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Growing up, I don’t recall celebrating Advent – the four weeks leading up to Christmas day – as much as Christmas Eve and Christmas (if at all).  It has been something embraced more recently (and buying a LEGO Star Wars calendar this year as an intentional avenue has been a huge help).  Nevertheless, it is fascinating to consider that Advent has its origins in Old Testament figures who were looking forward to something they believed in and hoped – had a confident expectation of the future – for but would never see realized during their earthly existence.  Thousands of years removed from the times and events of the Old Testament – and  2,000+ removed from the events that are celebrated during Advent and Christmas – it is an act of looking back to the arrival of Whom those in the Old Testament hoped for but also to His coming again.

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