The Ben Franklin Invention That Nobody Talks About…

Working as a Philly tour guide the past five years, you get a sense of the things kids learn in school.  Every time we get to Ben Franklin's house and I ask people to name some of his ideas and inventions, the studious ones tend to name the same things: bifocals, volunteer fire departments, swim … Continue reading The Ben Franklin Invention That Nobody Talks About…

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Seeing the Place of your Youth through the Eyes of a Grown-Up…

If you've ever wanted a surefire way to keep track of how you've changed over time, try leaving the place you grew up in and live 2000 miles away for five or ten years before returning.   Since you don't have an opportunity to remold your perceptions of the places and people there through newer memories, you … Continue reading Seeing the Place of your Youth through the Eyes of a Grown-Up…

My 5 Greatest Discoveries of 2017…

The year behind me was possibly one of the best years of my life.  I got to be in a commercial, co-direct a documentary about missions in Haiti, work as an assistant music director at a Renaissance Faire, and perform in a Victorian holiday caroling troupe while simultaneously visiting every Lancaster County Christmassy event ever … Continue reading My 5 Greatest Discoveries of 2017…

Making it in the Real World: Reflections from a Year Post-Grad…

A educated bachelor party

Eleven months ago today, I sat through a somewhat dull speech in a giant auditorium wearing an awkward square black hat, and bid farewell to my four-year excursion through the theater higher education system.  As is customary for such an experience, there was a sense of both relief and uncertainty. What's next?  Will a degree in the arts actually help me … Continue reading Making it in the Real World: Reflections from a Year Post-Grad…

The “Secret” to Success that You May Not Hear in Church…

The Beatles in their younger years

Thanks to messages from pastors such as Joseph Prince, we’ve heard this message a million times: “Christians should be the most skilled, talented, successful people on the planet”. But I’ve objectively started paying attention to successful people, and have come to a shocking conclusion: most of the rich, talented, resourceful people in the world are not … Continue reading The “Secret” to Success that You May Not Hear in Church…

What an Andy Griffith Movie Taught me About Church…

There was only one class that I can think of that I abhorred during my time in university: Media and Society.  And this was not because the tests were hard, or the professor was irritating (though I did initially believe this), or even because they docked me a letter grade for apparently being absent when … Continue reading What an Andy Griffith Movie Taught me About Church…