Christians, Authority, and Trump

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“Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always be gentle toward everyone.” -Titus 3:1-2 This quote … Continue reading

Why I March (WMW)

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I will be marching at the Women’s March on Washington on January 21, 2017. We all have our own reasons for marching. As for me, I feel that this election cycle and incoming administration have further marginalized women and minority groups. … Continue reading

It Broke Mine Too

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Trump keeps insisting that he never intended to imitate the reporter, Mr. Kovaleski’s, disability; supposedly he’s used similar body language in reference to other people throughout his life. But here’s the thing: Even if that were true (which, if you … Continue reading

Activism Potluck

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Welcome to my Activism Potluck! We’re facing a number of challenges in the US, but there are lots of organizations dedicated to overcoming them. Probably none of us can afford to support all of them by ourselves, but together we can … Continue reading

My Final Word on Trump: Part 1: Sexism

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“To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.” ― Theodore Roosevelt, … Continue reading

The Christian Liberal

Introduction: Wherein I introduce the basic philosophy behind my Christian beliefs and a broad overview as to why I believe liberal ideals best support them. On the Issues: Wherein I break down some common points of contention between the Religious … Continue reading

Surviving Gluten Free in Tokyo

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Eating gluten free in Japan is immensely difficult, as I wrote about at length. It’s my hope that the following lists will help other people with Celiac Disease and gluten intolerance to navigate Japan’s difficult culinary landscape. Please note that … Continue reading

Japan’s New Nintendo 3DS

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The “New Nintendo 3DS” was released in Japan on October 11, 2014. Three new buttons have been added: a direction stick on the right side and two new triggers. Additionally, the 3D has been improved with a wider viewing angle, … Continue reading

JR East Pokemon Stamp Rally 2014

30 Pokemon Stamps and Goal Postcard
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Japan can be awesomely eccentric in its hobbies. One of my favorites is stamp collecting — by which I mean rubber stamp impressions, as opposed to the kind you put on letters. The hobby is believed to have originated in … Continue reading

The Internet Is “Real Life”

Gamer using "voice over IP"
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I’m sick to death of hearing about “real life” as opposed to interactions taking place online. Take this article for instance, about why Japanese culture is so ubiquitous on the Web. A major premise of the article is that “people … Continue reading