Uber Uncomfortable: when I first began to understand misogyny

I have dozens of strange stories from my Uber driving days. There was the guy who 3 minutes in to the ride told me "not gonna lie to you my man ... I'm a gangbanger." Or the passed-out-drunk off-duty police officer I literally had to help carry from my car to his door at 3 …

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How Yesterday Helped Me Love the National Anthem

The Chiefs game was everything I thought it would be, a raucous, brain-rattlingly loud Monday Night Football extravaganza against our hated rivals, the Denver Broncos. We didn't have a lot of money growing up, and Chiefs tickets were expensive, but someone had given us two tickets and my dad and I were ready to watch …

The 1 Wrong Belief That’s Destroying Everything

I don't know why the moment affected me so much. A Facebook friend shared an article about a controversial topic. In the comments someone posted a Snopes link proving the article false. The original poster replied "oh, thanks for sharing but you know I still believe that article's overall point because ..." etc. Pretty unremarkable. …

Deandre

This summer I had the opportunity to spend a week with foster kids at a camp called Royal Family Kids Camp. 30+ kids who normally don't get childhoods were given a week of unconditional love, fun, & hearing about God. This is just one story, of one these kids. The name has been changed to …

Riley

A fair warning up front: this isn’t going to be a happy story, because Riley’s* life isn’t a happy life. When Riley was 8 years old his parents checked him and his younger brother into a hotel room in Florida, walked out the door, and never came back. He now lives with his grandma and …

Gerardo

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me ... Gerardo* was a legend at Royal Family Kids’ Camp, but being a legend at a camp for foster kids isn’t always a good thing. It takes real dedication to excellence to dysfunctionally stand above 100 abused, abandoned or displaced kids, but Gerardo …