Mindblown: a blog about philosophy.

  • They Killed the Biggest Bear

    I pointed Harley’s face towards the creek at the edge of the woods, speaking into her ear with quiet intensity. She lowered her head, wriggling away from my grasp. Then the lights came on. Her ears shot forward. Her eyes froze. Her hackles stood up. Growling,  she strained against me, but I did not let […]

  • Identity

    “We all live in agreement with our perceived identity.”  Think about that for a moment, Heaven-Warrior, if you dare. Think about that all day long. Tomorrow, think about this: To all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. John 1:12, ESV Have you found the truth for you […]

  • Expert

    Do you ever have those moments when someone compliments you for an achievement, and you honestly struggle to acknowledge that your achievement is significant? ‘Sure, I hung a door,’ you say, ‘but I really wish I knew how to fix that electrical problem.” I always have these thoughts about my wilderness skills. I met a […]

  • More & More

    I kicked my feet up on the iron railing, leaning back and back in the plastic chair until I could see the largest patch of sky possible. It was 8:43 p.m. in a bustling tourist town. Dena and I had found the creek that ran behind our hotel and had dragged our chairs near its […]

  • 10 p.m. in the Pennsylvania Wilds

    The forest is black. Not chilling black like the entrance to a cave, but a certain soft, comfortable black that comes from a hundred shadows widening into one. All is silent except for rushing water, and for a dozen tiny voices piping an invitation from the creek, “Knee deep! Knee deep!” There is a rabbit-hole […]

  • Gullible

    They say people who have seen real-life miracles become gullible–believing everything they hear. I’d say that’s a small price to pay in exchange for heaven vision.  

  • Trail Blazers

    Trail blazers. They are the women who hold their daughter’s hand and skip across the Walmart parking lot at mid-day. First to look into a small one’s eyes and say, “I made a mistake. Could you please forgive me?” First to trade old habits for new. First to say, “Yes,” when they’d have rather said, […]

  • Fullness of Joy

    “I should be eating this with a spoon,” Susan laughed, eyeing her gelatinous smoothie with some suspicion. “Jesus told me to bring you one, but I didn’t. Sorry.” I said. She tipped her face towards me, half amused, half curious. “Seriously,” I insisted, “I walked past my pot and spoon on my way out the […]

  • Spring

    Spring. Shy. She peeps her head from underground. Is stung by ice-cold wind. She retreats. Undecided. She knows no ‘normal’ day-to-day. Bubbling with life, then frozen. Just wait. Colorful. Bubbling azure, budding red, cautious golden. Treasures with a time limit. Don’t blink. Tempestuous. Clouds of darkest grey, swirling, destruction. A sudden deluge of rain. Soon […]

  • 5 Ways You Can Make Life Easier for Peeps with Social Anxiety

    I asked the babies, “What should I do if I say something very embarrassing in front of everyone?” “Run away,” declared the 8-year-old. “Cry,” from the 6-year-old, with empathy. “Get very mad and stomp my feet,” stated the 4-year-old, calmly, as if there was no other option. Hi, my name is Kara, and I have […]

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