Inspiration can come from anywhere. For Dr. Benjamin Tee, it was a scene from the second Star Wars movie, The Empire Strikes Back. “There was a scene when Luke Skywalker lost his hand, and towards the end a robot surgeon repaired his hand, complete with full sensations. And I really wanted to recreate this science … Continue reading Out of Touch
What Are You Waiting For?
“A year from now, you will wish you had started today.” Karen Lamb I've probably shared this quote before. It’s been my favorite for a long time now, as it never fails to provide me with the motivation to break out of a rut, start a project I’ve been putting off, or rededicate myself to … Continue reading What Are You Waiting For?
My daughter and I have taken to watching a new Netflix show called Floor is Lava. It’s a reality competition based on a game many can identify with. As kids, my brothers and I would pretend the floors of our house were covered in lava (or quicksand, or shark-infested water) and would role-play various adventures … Continue reading Sure-Footed
What a wild ride the past few weeks have been. I haven’t written since May 27th, and while I could blame the gap on being busy (who hasn’t been?), the truth is I just haven’t been able to find the words. So much has happened in our country this year that has shaped each of … Continue reading Reaction/Response
Do Unto Others
When Chris Kyle’s daughter Ava received a new kitchen playset, she invited him to come for a meal at her restaurant, Ava’s Kitchen. The dutiful dad agreed and soon after he posted a review of his visit. The Instagram post went viral. So I tried to support another Black Owned Business for lunch today. It’s … Continue reading Do Unto Others
On March 12th, just as the coronavirus pandemic began impacting the United States, an all-too-familiar scene played out in Hiram, Georgia. In the wine aisle of the local Sam’s Club, a man in a motorized scooter bumped into the shopping cart holding a child. The parents confronted the man, who tried to back away from … Continue reading Character Study
A Change of Course
As a young Star Wars fan, I diligently saved each week’s allowance in order to add to my collection of action figures. I had all of the most popular ones like Han Solo, Princes Leia, and Darth Vader, but my favorites were always the more obscure characters. Many of these were hard to find, and … Continue reading A Change of Course
What Are You Looking For?
Rebecca was nineteen, but had the intellect of an eight year old. She was clumsy and uncoordinated, often having trouble putting her clothes on correctly. She could not navigate around the block or properly use a key to open a door. Her grandmother described her as having “no sense of space.” She wore thick glasses, … Continue reading What Are You Looking For?
Close Encounters of the Human Kind
This weekend, I ventured out of the house to pick up a new washing machine. We’d been trying to get by with an older unit that was clearly on its last legs. Because laundry for five is a never-ending process, we finally went online and ordered a new one. Lowes made it easy, and I … Continue reading Close Encounters of the Human Kind
Open for Business
All around the world, doors have closed. The doors to schools are closed. The doors to churches are closed. Restaurants have closed their doors too. Every day, more and more businesses are closing their doors, many of them for good. Inside those still open for business, employees are being told to keep their distance from … Continue reading Open for Business