William’s 400-meter failure

During the past few months I have been volunteering as the assistant track and field coach at my daughter’s high school. I’ve loved it, and it has been the fulfillment of a dream I’ve carried ever since I first met Pat Stahl, the track and field coach who profoundly shaped my life in high school. […]

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Lions versus Tigers

Who would win in the ultimate catfight between a lion and a tiger? We humans love to ask these kinds of questions don’t we? I once watched an entire documentary that was devoted to discovering which predator would win between a hippopotamus and a Tiger Shark (the hippo won by a slight margin). Sometimes the […]

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The struggle (is real)

So if you’re over twenty, you might not be up to speed on some very important vernacular. Today, in a humorous spirit of irony, young students lament the minor irritations of life by uttering the phrase, “the struggle!” To the uninitiated, those words make no sense at all—especially within the context of doing one’s homework […]

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Summer Reading Program–Week Six

Grace Church Summer Reading Program: Lord, Make My Life a Miracle by Ray and Anne Ortlund. Chapter Six: “Have a close friend” You need a Sherpa to help you get where you’re going. You remember who the Sherpas are right? They’re a group of Himalaya-dwelling Tibetans that are renowned, among other things, for their expertise in mountain […]

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Summer Reading Program–Week Five

Grace Church Summer Reading Program: Lord, Make My Life a Miracle by Ray and Anne Ortlund. Chapter Five: “Put it together with other believers” Do you have a tribe? Although there are some significant gaps in my family’s known genealogy, we do know that we have a close connection to the Cheyenne and Blackfoot Indian nations. Sometimes […]

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