Wisdom for Capitol Hill Interns: After you say “yes”

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You’ve just walked out of the office into the vast marble hallway; or more likely, you just hung up the phone.  This is the phone call that will change your life; everything is gravy from here on out, right?  You just accepted an internship on Capitol Hill!  If you’re like I was, this was the moment everything began to change – you wanted to do this for years and its happening!  Now what?  What do you do with the time between accepting the internship and the day you start?  How do you keep your feet on the ground during your internship when your head wants to fly off into the stratosphere faster than the Apollo 11 mission to the moon?

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The Man of Steel: One like the Son of Man

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“He will be an outcast, they’ll kill him.  How?  He will be like a god to them” Lara Van-El and Jor-El

Almost from the start of Man of Steel – the new, and 6th, Superman theatrical release – the impression is giving that Kal-El of Krypton is an allusion to Jesus Christ.  It is unknown if this was intentional on the part of producer Christopher Nolan, writer David Goyer, and director Zack Snyder.  I would argue that their intent is irrelevant, because such allusions come froth if one is true to the character.

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The FENX and the Father…

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As I was driving to church recently I pondered what I might do if someone asked me if they could buy the FENX from me.  The obvious answer is “no” – unless there was was a sizable amount of money involved –  but even then I know I would be hesitant.    I started to think about the source of the hesitancy.  First off, the FENX is awesome; who else gets to drive an electric rocket/lightcyle/X-wing cockpit on wheels? Second, I actually need it:  it helps me get around town safely like nothing else can do (as my accident near the Capitol Building this week attests to).  Most importantly though, is where the FENX came from: my Dad made it, for me.  The source of it’s worth isn’t the impression I or others have of it.  The source isn’t even it’s utility and function – what it actually helps me do.  The source is the fact that Dad built it, and everything that went into building it as an expression of love and understanding to meet a legitimate need I had/have.  The creator imparted value to the creation just by act of creating.  As I said in the the NBC video years ago “that car is a constant reminder of my father’s love for me; there is so much love in that car

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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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