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How To Change A System
June 21, 2018
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Another Tim Ferris prompt: What are bad recommendations do you hear in your profession or area of expertise? You can only change the system if you stay in it. I hear this a lot both in the church world and in the arts world. There is this idea that the only way change happens is from within. By playing by the rules (or selectively and gently breaking just a few rules. That if you stand outside of the institution you…

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Your Queerness Is A Gift
June 19, 2018
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“Why would anyone choose to be gay or trans? We’re hated and denied rights. It’s terrible.” “Yes, I’m gay but I’m just like you! I want the same things.” “I’m just a normal guy. Yes. I’m trans but I’m exactly the same as you.” In the quest for equality; for access to medical care, for the right to get married, for laws to be passed ensuring our ability to rent and buy houses or to purchase wedding cakes many of…

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Fountain Pens and Setting Boundaries
June 14, 2018
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Another prompt from Tim Ferris: What is an unusual habit or an absurd thing that you love? I don’t think it’s all that absurd but other folks seem to think it is: I love fountain pens. Like a lot. They are pretty much all that I write with. My favorites are the Lamy brand with Noodlers ink. I have more pens than I probably should. I tend to buy a new one at the start (or the finish) of a…

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Documentaries, Magazines, Speaking, OH MY!
June 12, 2018
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There’s been lots of stuff happening in my life lately that hasn’t made it on to this here site so I wanted to share a bit about what I’ve been working on! Here’s the tl:dr version (with links)! If you want to know more about each thing, keep reading: A short documentary was made about me I’m being published in Geez Magazine I just did a speaking gig at the Children’s Hospital about transgender health and have several other speaking…

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Learning To Say No
June 5, 2018
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Another prompt from Tim Ferris: In the last five years, what have you become better at saying no to (distractions, invitations, etc.)? What new realizations and/or approaches helped? Any other tips? I have a couple of answers to this one: My initial thought is that I’ve gotten better at saying no to things I don’t want to do. I used to feel like I had to accept every invitation that came along whether that was for a coffee date with…

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Cartoon bandaids and a lost boyhood
May 31, 2018
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It’s silly. I know it’s silly and still I do it. I’m in Target, getting some stuff that I need. I go to the bandaid section and I stand a stare looking carefully at all of the cartoon options. I know that I could just get the regular bandaids, or something with just a bit of color, but I want the cartoons. I look for characters that I like, that will make me happy, that remind me of my childhood….

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Transgender youth at overnight camps and retreats
May 29, 2018
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When I do trainings about transgender youth in particular (but sometimes LGBQ youth in general) one of the main questions has to do with overnight retreats/camps and lodging. As in “what the heck do we do with these queer and trans kids overnight”? On the one hand I get it: we all want to protect our kids and make sure that camps and retreats are safe places for them. But there’s another reason: We also want to protect our churches/camps/institutions…

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Learning From Failure
May 24, 2018
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Continuing with the Tim Ferriss’ prompts: How has a failure, or apparent failure, set you up for later success? Do you have a “favorite failure” of yours? There are two things that, at the time, I considered major failures in my life. 1: The break up of my marriage and 2: getting laid off from my job. My marriage ending was just devastating to me. I had put all of this pressure on myself to have a good marriage and,…

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Where Is The Spirit Leading
May 22, 2018
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A sermon for Pentecost based on Ezekiel 34 and Acts 2 Lately I’ve been reading a book by Tim Ferris called “Tribe of Mentors”. In it he asks over 50 leaders, across all sorts of fields of expertise, the same eleven questions. Their answers range from the enlightening to the silly. One of the joys of reading this book is the repetition of the questions has caused me to reflect on how I would answer the questions. One of the…

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Positively Impactful Purchase
May 15, 2018
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Another prompt from Tim Ferriss’ book: What purchase of $100 or less has most positively impacted your life in the last six months (or in recent memory)? I think the Best Self Journal has been the biggest game changer in my life in the last year. Clocking in at about $32 this thing rocks my world. Each journal is set up for 13 weeks. You set three goals to achieve in those weeks along with a bunch of action steps….

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