Rigged Game

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This is a little side track from the main theme of this blog, but it involves my own love for slam poetry and other languages. The 4.6 million English language learners in the United States public school system are in trouble, according to poet Dylan Garity. Calling them “good organs in a sick body,” he […]















America the Possible

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Along the way, Americans have wreaked havoc on people and planet. Its an understatement to say the Madison Avenue version of The American Dream hasnt worked out too well for most Americans. The results here strongly suggest that its not going to work out better for people elsewhere. The original version of The American Dream, however, was inspired by The Declaration of […]















What’s For Dinner? (Leviticus 11)

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Lev 10:10-11 You must distinguish between the holy and the common, between the unclean and the clean, and you must teach the Israelites all the decrees the Lord has given them through Moses. Leviticus 11 details the dietary laws given to the Israelites. When someone says “food in the Bible” this is probably what first […]















Poop, Preaching and Pestilence

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I love alliteration, and the above trio of words really does the trick. What could I possibly be talking about? And why on earth would they all start with the same letter? Some things may remain a mystery, but I will try and unmask this one. As I read The Humanure Handbook, planned and built […]















Is This Missions?

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“What exactly will you be doing in Bolivia?” We’ve gotten that question often in the last couple months and still get it here in Bolivia. First, I’ll explain then wrestle with whether or not this is missions. The Job We will be working with Low German Mennonites (LGM) in Bolivia on development issues and improving […]















The Meaning and Making of Place

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Getting ready to move to another country, and in a hurry, creates a certain intensity of nostalgia in everyday experiences that will soon be absent. Just driving down the highway with all our typical American billboards, fast food chains and big box stores makes me realize that i still feel a certain stake, an ownership […]















Welcome to the Planet!

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I’ve already spouted off about Earth Day before. So, you know how I feel. Here’s my rousing speech for the masses celebrating the planet we live on this Thursday. (Warning: Satire ahead! Please put your tongue in your cheek before reading.) Hello everyone! Welcome to the third planet from the sun. Some of you have […]