Category: Christianity

Medium Rare turns 300: Writing at a grace pace

Medium Rare turns 300: Writing at a grace pace
This is the 300th Medium Rare blog post. With each milestone (100th post, 200th, 250th) I reflect on a couple questions. “Why keep writing Medium Rare?” or “Where’s the finish line?” Here’s what I said in the earlier posts. Why do it – Writing is the one thing I could spend my entire life trying to master and, even... Read more »

Just a city guy working a farm shift

Just a city guy working a farm shift
Ever have that moment when you wake up, open the laptop, click on Zoom and think to yourself, “Yep. I’m ready to work on a farm.” Now, don’t get me wrong, this forced work-from-home arrangement started out great. No commute. Optional pants. But I feel like I signed a deal with the devil. He sold me... Read more »

A (somewhat) brief history of milk

A (somewhat) brief history of milk
Our church held communion over Zoom. Pastor Joe was on-screen reading the Lord’s Supper. I had the fridge open, looking for some grape juice. I couldn’t go too Catholic with actual wine. And orange juice feels disappointing without pancakes. So I continued scanning the shelves. My eyes finally locked on a mason jar full of raw farm-fresh milk.... Read more »
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The wonder of saying yes and letting go (part 4/finale)

The wonder of saying yes and letting go (part 4/finale)
Back in early March, I  don’t know if it was optimism or skepticism, but I was holding onto a ray of hope that Covid-19 would be overhyped. The talk of sheltering at home, self-quarantining, maybe this would last for a couple of weeks, but then everything would blow over. Go back to normal. Note: To catch up on... Read more »

The wonder of saying yes and letting go (part 1)

The wonder of saying yes and letting go (part 1)
They say you miss 100 percent of the shots you didn’t take. And that our biggest regrets in life aren’t over the mistakes we made but, instead, the moments when we were too timid. Didn’t take any risks. These chapters were never written because we met life with a fragile No instead of a trusting Yes. And... Read more »

Kierkegaard finale (or "Why your hobbies matter now more than ever")

Kierkegaard finale (or "Why your hobbies matter now more than ever")
I clicked the blue publish button. Closed the laptop. Walked down the foggy street to that little bar in Rosario, Argentina, right by the Paraná River. Søren Kierkegaard was still there, jotting down notes on a napkin. Note: This is a work of fiction/philosophy. For this post to make more sense, I recommend starting with the first... Read more »
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Chicago, Argentina (Kierkegaard Intermission)

There’s a little bar in Rosario, Argentina right by the Paraná River. The Paraná River starts in Brazil, carves south through Paraguay, then makes its way east through Argentina emptying into the Rio de la Plata. It’s the second-largest river in South America, trailing only the Amazon. I’ve never been to Rosario. Never been to the bar... Read more »

It's a Wonderful Life at the Music Box Theatre

You haven’t seen It’s a Wonderful Life until you’ve seen it at the Music Box Theatre. It doesn’t matter if you’ve watched this movie every year on TV or own it on a dusty VHS tape, everyone who enters the Music Box Theatre’s annual showing for the first time is starting at ground zero. And man, I couldn’t... Read more »