Airline Cramps: The feeling a traveler gets while airline options shrink, ticket prices rise, quality of experience lowers, and there seems to be nothing you can do about it. Airlines are not the same monsters they were just a few years ago. 9/11, war, a crumbling economy, and inefficient business models started a domino effect in the airline industry that decimated a lot of smaller carriers. That started the race for airline mergers. Today, four…

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I am the Blob: How We Have Become Media Monsters

April 21, 2014

Do you remember the classic horror B-movie The Blob? A giant amoeba-like Blob, curiously akin the 1970’s gimmick-toy, Slime, crashes to earth from outer space and terrorizes a small town in Pennsylvania.  The Blob enveloped and then ingested everything it came in contact with. How do you defeat an all-absorbing blob?  Steve McQueen and the other townspeople had to run away as fast as possible. It was a terrible movie, but could be terribly entertaining…

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The Via Lucis: Breathe

April 18, 2014

Earth hath no sorrow that heaven cannot heal. -Thomas Moore   Philip sat across the table from the most influential woman in Hierapolis. The wife of the Proconsul, the governor of the region, Nicanora, led by the invisible arms of the Holy Spirit, had come to the Apostles’ door. Now she studied his ancient face. As he looked deep into Nicanora’s eyes, Philip remembered the words Jesus spoke to him fifty years ago. “Hurry, Philip!…

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The Via Lucis: Touched

April 11, 2014

  He either fears his fate too much, Or his deserts are small, That dares not put it to the touch, To gain or lose it all. James Graham- Marquis of Montrose   Jesus had walked from the invisible realms directly into the disciples’ gathering. One minute, the gloomy upper room was filled with the polluted rumblings of men who had given in to a soul-crushing despair, and seconds later, those same men sat in…

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The Doofus Traveler: Wreck-less Car Renter

April 9, 2014

Wreck-less Car Renter: This over-confident person foolishly rents a car while on vacation, without a lick of sense in what they are about to get themselves into. If all goes well, they’ve probably only scared a few locals and their fellow passengers. If things go wrong, they can go terribly wrong including, but not limited to, owing thousands of dollars, recovering from serious injuries, or smashing into farm animals with their economy rental car. Imagine…

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The Wonder Voyage Idea

April 7, 2014

The whole thing started in January 1999. While Prince sang that it was time to party, I was entering into one of the most depressing seasons of my life. After 10 years of full-time church work, I was unemployed, emotionally shattered, and having a mid-life crisis at the ripe old age of 30. I did not know where I was going in life or what the future held.  My wife, Cheryl, who had a good…

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The Via Lucis: Holy Ground

April 4, 2014

The Christian life- and especially the contemplative life- is a continual discovery of Christ in new and unexpected places. Thomas Merton When they came upon the lone figure in the stone-paved alley, he was kneeling and mumbling incoherent words. He trembled while staring into the heavens above the darkened city of David. His hands, fingertips lightly touching the ground, were splayed outwards like a man surrendering his head to the blade. The two disciples from…