Posts Tagged ‘freedom’

From Portland to Amsterdam via Seattle

From Portland to Amsterdam via Seattle

August 7, 2013  |  Big Picture, Blog, Thoughts, Travel  |  No Comments

As the plane rounds onto the runway from the tarmac and the engines started to rev to full acceleration, it begins to hit me: I’m leaving America. In the past month, I haven’t had time to think or feel anything. It has felt so surreal. Saying goodbyes to friends hasn’t felt like long goodbyes, but more of the sort of goodbyes said before a long vacation. I want to come back to Portland, but I want to come back more confident, secure in myself, what I do, much more experienced, and having crafted my talents into something more extraordinary. I want to have stories to tell, knowing that I have lived this God-given life to the best of my abilities.

I don’t know where this journey will lead me, but I’m happy for that. We spend so much of our life looking for answers, for some direction and guidance — but my life has always been lived in the tension between doubt and faith. Of the two, I lean more on faith because it is more beautiful in the mystery it holds. Do I really want to know exactly what will happen to me in five years? Isn’t the surprise what makes it beautiful?

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The Future of Sudan

The Future of Sudan

November 20, 2010  |  Blog, History, Politics, Travel  |  No Comments

The story of Sudan is a complicated story, so it’s no wonder many are unsure what exactly is happening in Africa’s largest country. It has been an embittered battle fought on many fronts composed of many different tribes, languages, and religions, and lasting for decades. Since 1955, two civil wars have been fought between the north and south. The second ended after 22 years of bloodshed with a peace agreement in 2005, granting Southern Sudan autonomy for six years. On January 9th of 2011, a new chapter will be pressed with ink-stained fingers....

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At the Lunch-Counter

At the Lunch-Counter

May 21, 2010  |  Blog, History, Politics  |  1 Comment

In this past week, Rand Paul, the Tea Part candidate, and son of wealthy Texan congressman Ron Paul, has been in the news for winning the Republican primary for the Kentucky Senate seat. He has since gained more press for stating that he favors 9 out of 10 titles of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The one he questioned is Title II of the Act, which prohibits private business from discriminating on the basis of race, religion, or national origin. Basically, he believes that the Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina (which became a landmark event during the U.S. civil-rights movement in 1960) should have never been told by the Federal government to serve Black customers. Doing so would infringe upon Woolworth’s Constitutionally-enshrined freedoms. He does say however that he will not support any efforts to repeal the Civil Rights Act, and that he is not in favor of any discrimination of any form....

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