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Today is Veteran’s Day. The veterans in my family include my wife’s grandparents (Eddie & Sunny Storseth), both of whom served in the Navy during World War II; my maternal grandfather, John E. Brown, who served in the military police […]

You’ve no doubt seen the rash of news reports about the recent uptick in teenage suicides related to sexual orientation. A recent study found that, in 2009, 9 out of 10 lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgendered (LGBT) students experienced harassment at school, and nearly […]

I’m a regular listener to the podcast of This American Life, from WBEZ in Chicago. Last week’s episode, “Life After Death” (episode 359) was a repeat of a 2008 episode I missed, and I can’t stop thinking about the opening […]

The dedication page for my new book, O Me of Little Faith, reads: To my grandparents,John and Mary Boyett and John and Cleta Brown,who despite incredible hardships have maintained a strong,inspiring faith and passed it along to the rest of […]

As promised, it’s time for yet another five-sentence scary story contest. This time, you have an entire weekend to submit your story in the comments. For inspiration, here are the links to the previous 5-sentence contests:• The one with snow• […]

You people are super creepy. I’ve done the scary story contest before, but last time around, the stories were not nearly as disturbing as yesterday’s entries. Maybe it’s the Fargo-esque quality of the deep snow. Maybe it’s the clautrophobic feel […]

The conversation since Monday has been excellent, I think. Thanks to those of you who contributed, both from the religious and non-religious sides. Thanks also for keeping it civil. But it’s been a heavy sort of conversation, all this existence-of-God […]

Today is Veteran’s Day. The veterans in my family include my wife’s grandparents (Eddie & Sunny Storseth), both of whom served as officers in the Navy; my maternal grandfather, John E. Brown, who served in the military police for the […]

Congratulations to Ted Slater, the winner of yesterday’s Five-Sentence Scary Story Contest. Honorable Mention goes to Lauren Sawyer, who also had an excellent entry. To recap, I posted a photo of an unknown family standing in front of the world’s […]

Today is Veteran’s Day. The veterans in my family include my wife’s grandparents (Eddie & Sunny Storseth), both of whom served as officers in the Navy; my maternal grandfather, John E. Brown, who served in the military police for the […]

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