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Every year during Halloween my parents do something that, until now, I never really understood. As the sun gracefully sets in the west and the sky burns with an orange hue, they bring in their black cat, Oreo. She does […]

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On September 11th, 2001, our world caught on fire. Everything we knew…our innocent concept of reality–was raped, pillaged, and burned. It was our Pearl Harbor, our “day of infamy,” the singular event that shaped my generation. Today I’ve asked you, […]

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I have a near debilitating fear of needles. They are sharp, painful, and I still don’t understand why impaling myself is the best way to receive medication. The reality is that, in some cases, what’s good for us does not […]

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And you should too. Feeling philosophical around a campfire one night, a friend asked me, “What do you think is the best way to impact the most lives?” I thought for a moment, shrugged and replied, “Suicide bomber.” Martyrs come in all […]

Two “firsts” happened on September 11th, 2001 as my college roommate and I watched those planes crash into the Twin Towers: I actually wanted to kill another human being. I met the religion of Islam. I was still a fire-and-brimstone Christian […]

I’m hesitant to write this post. Honestly, I don’t think I’m ready. As I sit in front of my tiny wooden statue of the Buddha, flanked by two candles, I cannot help but hear a faint whisper saying… “Time is now.” […]