One of the most mismatched names in the world of Travel Curiosities. Don’t be fooled by the name. The Corner Shoppe Mall is not the place you go for a pair of shoes or a TV for your apartment. This is the place to go if you are looking for a dead stuffed boar or coyote. As their website proudly proclaims, the Corner Shoppe Mall is taxidermy king of the south. A family-run business for…

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Bru na Boinne, Ireland

April 15, 2015

  Is this a gateway to the Celtic Otherworld? A few miles northeast of the Hill of Tara, the folkloric seat of the High Kings of Ireland, sits the Stone Age tombs of Bru na Boinne (the Palace of the River Boyne).  Bru na Boinne, one of the world’s largest Neolithic sites, was discovered late 1800’s by a group of stone workers. By chance, they unearthed the spiral etchings at the entrance of the Newgrange…

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Notes from the Valley: A Spiritual Travelogue through Cancer

April 6, 2015

The night Andy talked to me about his death will always be one that stands out in my memories. Andy McQuitty is both my friend and pastor. He invited me to talk with him only weeks after receiving a grim medical diagnosis. He had Stage IV colon cancer with an 8% chance of survival. To most, this news would crumble all hope, yet Andy was as calm as I had ever seen him. Throughout the…

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The Via Crucis: The Unveiling

April 5, 2015

Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy upon me. Death has been swallowed up in victory Where, O’ death, is your victory? Where, O’ death, is your sting? Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy upon me.   -from The Via Crucis by Shawn Small

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The Via Crucis XIV: Entombed

April 4, 2015

Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy upon me. There have been times in my life, Lord, where the loss of control has ensnared me with dread fear and tormenting anxiety.  My inability to dictate the circumstances that have affected my life (such as health, finances, or the decisions of others) has created in me a madness that hides in my head like a stinger.  But You always remind me that if I trust in You and…

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The Via Crucis XIII: Taken

April 3, 2015

Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy upon me. I can think of too many times when I have kept You hidden from those that needed a word of Your love.  Forgive me for my times of cowardice, and fill me with Your Spirit.  Let true boldness be an integral part of my character.  Open wide the gates of opportunity to share Your truth, and help me to embrace those You love. Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy…

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The Via Crucis XII: Finished

April 2, 2015

Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy upon me. Lord, to know that even death could not take You causes my heart to swell with faith.  I ask You to make me as an ambassador of life.  I want to reach the physically dying and those who are wasting away spiritually.   I want abundant living waters to flow from me, and I desire true life to be a byproduct of my obedience.  In a world dark with…