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David Foster Wallace Biopic "The End of the Tour" Captures a Long-Winded Road Trip Conversation on Film

A Movie About One of America's Great Contemporary Writers

I've waited 7 months to see the movie "The End of the Tour." The movie came out on DVD two weeks ago and I immediately bought it, got it in the mail and watched it on November 12th. The trailer for the movie came out in May of 2015 then came out in "select" theatres on July 31st. When it came out in "select" . . .

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November 20, 2015

Why It is Easy to Be Impersonal to the Grocery Store Cashier

On Thinking of Yourself as a Servant

My interactions with the cashier at the grocery store can be awkward. When I use the word awkward I mean "socially uncomfortable and possibly confusing." When I walk up to the cashier's desk at the grocery store, I am normally excited about whatever food I am buying before hearing a perfunctory greeting by the cashier. At this . . .

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November 05, 2015

Prayer Helps Us Overcome Anxieties and Random Phobias

I have a phobia of standing in front of people for long periods of time. It’s a different version of the public speaking phobia. In fact, I am less nervous about speaking in front of people than I am about standing there with no particular task to do. So when my friend John Creger asked me to be a groomsman in his wedding, this fear was the . . .

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October 16, 2015

What We can Learn about Storytelling from 90's sit-com "Full House"

Transitioning From a "Story-Consumer" to a "Story Teller"

Our culture is desperate for storytellers. On a weekly basis we watch movies, television and any number of streaming media because we are in search of a story. I watch at least 2 movies a week. If I let myself, I could make a habit of watching something every night. However, I do not believe we were only created to listen or watch other . . .

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October 02, 2015

Storytelling Serves as Key Part of the Grieving Process

My brother, Daniel, passed away in the summer of 2007. He was working at a Christian summer camp in Andrews. One weekend, he and a group of friends went to an Atlanta Braves game. He and his girlfriend died in Atlanta in a car accident after the right front wheel broke off the Jeep they were riding in.

When a family member dies, people offer . . .

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September 24, 2015

5 Quotes for September 18th

David Foster Wallace

I saw David Foster Wallace's famous "This is Water" speech about 3-4 years ago. Ever since I saw that speech I've been watching and listening to the interviews he gave while he was alive. He's is an excellent conversationalist and critical thinker. And when he talks, he does not sound jaded, he sounds sincere. I've . . .

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September 18, 2015

Music for Study and Work Productivity

Top Four: Tycho, Explosions in the Sky, Moby and Enya

Music makes mental work easier. If you are a student, you might need to review terms for biology in order to pass an exam. If you are writing an essay, you might need music to feel inspired. Doing menial tasks at work can be the same way. Sitting at a desk for 4 straight hours doing work on a computer feels like running a mental marathon. If . . .

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September 04, 2015

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