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Planned Parenthood

Intentionality is the name of the game. People who know me on a deeply personal level know I hate abortion. It’s not this heightened, emotionally charged hate that gets misconstrued; it’s more focused by nature. It affects more people than many realize, and it’s not something that can be reset as much as it seems…

The Essence of Color

In the fall of 2012, I took my second creative writing course in college, and it was a night class, def one of my favorite courses in college. It may have been ten or eleven of us in the class, and it was such a cool group of people to be apart of; very diverse…

The Enigma of the Church: The Pastor’s Kid, part 2

Emotions are weird. How they are expressed can be even stranger. I don’t typically express my emotions visibly. I tend to think through my emotions and feelings. I deconstruct my emotions to the depth of what’s going on internally. I can be highly emotional internally. How it’s expressed is typically through small group conversations or…

The Enigma of the Church: The Pastor’s Kid, part 1

In 2002, My dad became a pastor, thus thrusting my sister and me into the unique perspective of being Pastor’s Kids or PK’s for short. I was 9 years old at the time. There wasn’t a drastic change because our dad was always in ministry, at least throughout my formative years. However, being a PK…

Mindful Soul

If there is one trait, I take from my mom, both of us are highly random. Our conversations can go off on these weird tangents in an instant. For example, in December last year, we talked like usual on the phone, and I dropped this observation. I said, “You know, if I didn’t grow up…

Storytelling through Food

I’m a believer that stories aren’t complete without food or music. My affinity for food is on the same platform as my affinity for words. Food has a way of connecting people than merely just words. Making food is my sibling passion to writing. Outside of the Bible, writing and cooking are practices that help…

Constrained by Time

One of my favorite stories comes from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Now I’ve seen multiple reenactments of this story(Scrooged) and a spin-off(looking at you, Matthew McConaughey in Ghosts of Girlfriends Past). My favorite of them all is the one done by the Flintstones. This has a lot to do with nostalgia. What I like…

The Depth of Names

As a person who likes to write, and likes words in general, I’m always looking at the depth and meaning of words. A specific word that shapes our identity is our name. I’m pretty sure most of us can relate when someone says you look like ___ (some other name that’s not yours) and they…

Unintended Enigma

Almost a decade ago now, my favorite teacher of all time gave me some unique insight into how I was/am perceived at times. She had said, “Alonzo, you tend to intimidate people.” Me being curious, I asked how so, and she continued with, “No one knows what you’re thinking.” I replied, “I can see that.”…

Excellence

8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9 Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then…

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