Category Archives: Culture Shock

Empathy for the Hesitant

I’ve been thinking, praying, and processing some pandemic recovery stuff lately. And I feel like I had an epiphany this morning while walking in the woods. I started by praying for a nurse who’s recently been hospitalized for COVID-19. She … Continue reading

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Travels with Charley in Search of America

I recently finished reading John Steinbeck’s travelogue, Travels with Charley in Search of America. I think I heard about it from my friend Alex. The recommendation was casual, however, and it happened quite awhile ago. Anyway, the book sounded interesting enough that … Continue reading

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The Last Week of January

The last week of January was a big week for our family back in 2003 — a week of miracles and transformations and shock. Looking back, eighteen years later, I can hardly believe that so much happened in such a … Continue reading

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Waiting to Unlock Warmth Level 4

I like to think of myself as an outdoorsman. But I’ve never spent as much time outside as much as I’ve spent in 2020! Family gatherings, neighborhood interactions, and church community activities have all moved to the great outdoors. It’s … Continue reading

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