Nathan Branson

Can a 50 Hour Work-Week and a Weekend Hiking Adventure Co-Exist?

Bryson’s “A Walk in the Woods” Inspired a Weekend Trip to Linville Gorge

I like reading the stories of amatuers trying achieve their dreams. Bill Bryson, a writer from New England, decided one day that he wanted hike the 2,200 mile Appalachian Trail. After a day hike in the White Mountains of New Hampshire Bryson thought “Why not?” This was the beginning of what would become his best-selling book “A Walk in the . . .

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May 23, 2019

Two Reasons that Millennials Could Have Weaker Community Than Their Parents and Grandparents

The Presence of Screens is Becoming (and Has Been) All-Consuming

“I want that when I am 55 years old.”

That was my thought while sitting in a Barnes and Noble coffee shop in High Point, NC about 2 years ago while grading papers. I was watching a group of about 5 men in their 50’s and 60’s all sitting around drinking coffee and talking about the history of the Doors. I could hear them nerd-ing out . . .

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March 05, 2019

What I Learned Working at Branson’s Auto Service

Every Business has a Culture, I Hate to See This Culture Die

My parents decided to close their auto repair and tire business last week, December 21st 2018. My great grandfather JO Branson opened Branson’s Auto Service in 1959. He then handed it down to my grandfather Ed Branson, who then handed down to my father Elliott Branson. My parents have decided to close the business and then put it up for sale . . .

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December 31, 2018

How to Lead a College-Level Discussion

Seven Steps for Leading a Smoother Classroom Discussion

There is a real difference between leading a college-level classroom discussion and participating in a college classroom discussion.

As a literature major in undergrad, professors were constantly pushing me to form my own point of view about a book and be able to confidently articulate my thoughts in discussion. The typical . . .

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October 19, 2018

The Atlantic Monthly Consistently Delivers a Needed Skepticism of Technology

Long-Form Journalism Is Alive And Well

As Americans in the 21st century, we must question what technology is doing to our personal, social and intellectual lives. What is it doing to your identity? What is it doing to your sleeping patterns? What is it doing to your soul? What is it doing to your friendships? Is it effecting our ability to be a happy, free person?

Such . . .

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July 11, 2018

Making the Transition from “Road Tripping" to “Vacationing in Denver”

Four Beliefs That Shape a Restful Vacation

On June 13th, 2018 at 3am, I sat on a plane completely satisfied. I felt thankful as I flew over the mid-west states, back to North Carolina. Sitting behind me were two children sleeping, traveling alone, leaned up against one another. The two women next to me had each found a way to curl up and sleep in their seat for the 3 and hour flight. . . .

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June 27, 2018

Funerals Are the Best and Worst Kind of Reunion

A Reflection on my Brother's Wake Service

There are many reasons people do not attend the birthday party on Friday night, skip the informal college reunion or attend the local concert. Some are spoken clearly in text messages or in a short conversation after work, other reasons are never said aloud. Here are some of those potential reasons people give for not attending an event:

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June 08, 2018