Stories from Germany, Days 5-8

These were the work days. We worked on a building that will someday be a meeting center for missionaries in Germany. My job was mostly cleaning and organizing, but that first day, I did a fair amount of heavy lifting up and down stairs. That was not a cup of tea. There was a retired [...]

Stories from Germany, Days 3-4

This is the second post about my time in Germany. Day 3: Sunday A German church service is longer than an American one. Or it just feels that way because it was all in German and I didn't understand a word of it. Then came the part when our group got to sing In Christ [...]

Stories from Germany, Days 1-2

From March 3rd through March 12th, I took a trip to Germany to help out in the building of a center for missionaries there. The place will be used for training and hosting many people who go to minister to Germans in this beautiful country. I am so thankful for the opportunity and for the people who [...]

emily dickinson – hope is the thing with feathers

'Hope' is the thing with feathers— That perches in the soul— And sings the tune without the words— And never stops—at all— And sweetest—in the Gale—is heard— And sore must be the storm— That could abash the little Bird That kept so many warm— I've heard it in the chillest land— And on the strangest [...]

emily dickinson – a book

There is no frigate like a book To take us lands away, Nor any coursers like a page Of prancing poetry. This traverse may the poorest take Without oppress of toll; How frugal is the chariot That bears a human soul!

Madeleine L’Engle – beauty in children’s literature

Madeleine L’Engle, who lived from 1918 to 2007, was anything but common. In A Wrinkle in Time, the first and most popular book of The Time Quintet, L’Engle’s fanciful nature cannot be missed. She believed that “you have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult [...]

Unfading Flowers – a poetry analysis of “There is Another Sky” by Emily Dickinson

There is another sky, Ever serene and fair, And there is another sunshine, Though it be darkness there; Never mind faded forests, Austin, Never mind silent fields - Here is a little forest, Whose leaf is ever green; Here is a brighter garden, Where not a frost has been; In its unfading flowers I hear [...]

A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L’Engle – a review

A few years ago, I watched a movie with my family that made all of us think "why did we waste two hours watching that?" You would think that, after an experience like this, I wouldn't think of reading the book that inspired the movie. But... something in me decided to pick it up when I [...]

i’m making business cards – which design do you like better?

hello! i'm making some business cards and i wanted to get your opinion on it. just click here and choose which one you like the best of the three designs i created! thanks for your help! (photos from unsplash.com, the most beautiful free photo site in the galaxy) UPDATE - i printed them! i chose [...]

Should a State College Education Be Funded by Taxpayers?

Imagine that you’re an eighteen-year-old. You are eager to learn, make your way in the world, and seek prosperity. This is a difficult task for many of our American youth, particularly minorities. To aid in this, many politicians (mostly on the democratic side) have suggested making state colleges free to attend or, at least, heavily [...]