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The Big Move: Boston To Orlando

Werner Kunz, https://www.flickr.com/photos/werkunz/4608613719 In two days, our family is making the epic voyage from our home near Boston, Massachusetts (specifically, the town of Natick) to a new home near Orlando, Florida (specifically, the city of Winter Park). When we moved to Massachusetts in the summer of 2008, we drove a Toyota pickup truck, with most of […]

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Delivery

Toppenhof was a peaceful town in North Vermont at the turn of the twenty ninth. Peaceful, but hard. Everyone got along or else they got shot. Those were the rules, sometimes unspoken, sometimes not. Veritable Brixton was a courier of sorts. People on the frontier needed things delivered and they’d pay good money to make […]

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Story Start—’Tired Old Man’

He walks alone through a small town on a bitter cold night in January. He marches slowly down the sidewalk, dragging one leg, pulling a luggage cart full of objects that look just as worn out and ready to die as he does. He wears a dingy wool cap over oily, lifeless, dirty blond and […]

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Tribes & Villages: 2 Kinds of Community

In my head I divide community into two kinds. Tribes A tribe is a community of people who meet together regularly and share their lives with each other, but who are spread out across neighborhoods and towns. This isn’t a Seth Godin kind of tribe, which would involve people around the world connected by some […]

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Noteworthy Podcasts

A few people have asked lately which podcasts I like to listen to. Here are my three favorites. Discussions by Patrick Dodson (new podcasts every so often) – Patrick lives in New Zealand and works with YWAM. He speaks all over the world, mostly to twentysomething Christians trying to figure out what to do with […]

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How do I know they’re the right one?

Oftentimes I think about advice that people should ask me for, but never do. These pleas for advisement, the ones they should ask me, I’ve always got really wise and life-changing answers for. The other advice questions, the ones they do ask me, I never really know how to answer. I just stand there dumb, […]

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I would get on a plane for yaaaaaa

Wendy, singing: I would take a grenade for yaaaaaa. I would get on a plane for yaaaaaa…

Nate: What did you say?

Wendy: I would get on a plane for ya?

Nate: Nope.

Wendy: Yeah. I would get on a plane for yaaaaaa..

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I would get on a plane for ya

Wendy, singing: I would take a grenade for yaaaaaa. I would get on a plane for yaaaaaa… Nate: What did you say? Wendy: I would get on a plane for ya? Nate: Nope. Wendy: Yeah. I would get on a plane for yaaaaaa… Nate: Nope. Wendy: Oh. I would walk through the rain for yaaaaaa… […]

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This is #2 in a series of New England illustrated postcards I’m working on. This comes from a really amazing photo we took at Cape Neddick Lighthouse in Maine. I just traced over the photo, first lines and then colors.

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Budget Travel, February 2011 and Afar, November/December 2010.