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Get Away From It All: Why Everyone Should Be a Runner


It’s 2pm on a Wednesday.  We’ve only been at my wife’s grandparent’s house for two days and every minute had been planned out.  Her family is great.  They treat us well.  They take us to dinners and all sorts of fun events.  However, I struggle with a strict schedule.  I need to rest, relax, read, write, etc.  I need time for my thoughts.  Enter my run.

I throw on my shoes and say that I need to go for a run.  I go outside and just start running.  I stay to a straight line so I can find my way back, but I just go.  The leaves are everywhere on the ground.  I hear them crunch under my feet.  It’s to cold at first but after a minute, it’s perfect.  I’m out there.  Exploring, breathing, thinking, clearing my mind.  At about four miles from the house, I’m so far away from anything that bothered me. I’m free.

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Being a Christian in LA: Five Things I Didn’t Know When I Moved Here



When you decide to move to Los Angeles from the Deep South, a lot of people get upset. They comment that you are “moving to the land of fruits and nuts,” mothers force you to watch documentaries about local gangs that will kill you the second your plane lands, and you may even receive a letter from someone in your church suggesting that you should move to Spain instead of Los Angeles because if you do move to L.A., you’ll be forced to provide sexual favors to casting directors for a role (please note, I did indeed receive this letter.)

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