Notes from the Trail

A la carte: Emails, Saving Barnes & Noble, Giving Decline, Wal-Mart

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The Myth of Proximity

In Christian circles, you often hear the expression of  “doing life together.” In the past few years, German pastor and martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s book Life Together has become an oft-quoted resource as well. Doing life together is the idea of spending quality, intentional time with others in order to encourage one another toward a deeper…

Some blogs to follow

If you’re stopping by more frequently now and are enjoying this thing called blogging, I’m just going to say “I told you so.” Let me offer you a few more enjoyable blogs to follow by people that I know: For some of you ladies, two of my college friends blog regularly at: Snoodlings (Amy) Carpoolqueen…

iPhone prank

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This may be one of my new favorite pranks. I was setting up Carolyn’s shortcuts on her iPhone. You know, the option that allows you to type in a short code, and the iPhone will fill in a phrase for you. I usually use “@@” for a shortcut for my email address. It saves a lot of time.

As I was creating hers for her, a random thought struck me and immediately got me chuckling. I set “at” to become “diarrhea.”

The pic is an example of what happened over the next several hours. When a friend finally texted her about an Instagram Carolyn posted with diarrhea. In it, she figured it out.

When she confronted me, it was impossible for me to keep a straight face. I guffawed. I snorted. She stared. “Fix it,” she said in an uncomfortably quiet voice. I did.

Wes likes repentance

Wednesdays are full days of meetings for me and our staff. It wasn’t so full for one of our interns named Wes this week. Our intern meeting with he and Maggie at 9:00 a.m. was, well, Wes-less. We texted to no avail. Wes just… wasn’t. “Where’s Wes?’ we wondered. It was weird. Staff meeting with…

Bible Reading, Day 214

I’m reading the Reading God’s Story: One-Year Chronological Bible reading plan at at YouVersion. Check it out here. Today’s reading was Nahum 1-3. “Keep your feasts, O Judah; fulfill your vows..” Thought: Purposeful annual repetition of religious events serves to anchor the mind and heart in past divine activity and bring reassurance for the future.…

Learning from gifts

Yesterday I received an amazing gift from Viktor. I’m asking folks around the office to call me “Captain Jeff” now. He collaborated with Carolyn to put my mug shot on a Star Trek figurine. The rest of the day was a delightfully amusing one as I ecstatically revealed Captain Jeff to all the staff and…

The dilemma of where to post creative content on the interwebs

A cultural communication crisis Our country is in the communication crisis. No one knows how to communicate with one another anymore. It’s not just speaking to another person face-to-face. It’s that we all have our own communication preferences. Some people prefer email; others prefer Twitter; others are always on Facebook, and the list goes on.…

From Texas to Tampa

It doesn’t seem like our family can ever travel without being stranded somewhere. Whether it’s a volcano in Alaska or missed flights in Spain, the Nobles have a propensity for flexibility and sleeping in unplanned places. Last year, when Caro and the kids tried to return home from their annual Texas trek, a canceled flight…

Pay attention to Egypt

In Why the Western Media are Getting Egypt Wrong, we see how western media is allowing a powerful movement for democracy in the Middle East to get overlooked because of their deep stupidity and ignorance. This grave misrepresentation of the Egyptian revolution, the credibility and true independence of mainstream Western media is being seriously put…

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