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Present Tense

It’s the most challenging place to live in, The Present. Dwelling in The Past and fretting over The Future have become my most natural states. But The Present? I almost forget it’s here. I have spent the last several blog posts depicting scenes from my past. But this is not the only time I spend hanging…

Scenes from Alaska

As my last series of posts has come to an end, I no longer have an excuse to drown myself in nostalgia as I write the occassional blog post. I do, however, still get to bombard you with pictures from one of my favorite activities in the world: Family Vacation. So here’s to a wonderful week this past…

English Lesson to End All English Lessons

I’ve reached the one-year mark of my return to this side of my heart: the American side. It’s probably time to stop writing about my English lessons now (some time has elapsed since the last one) though I’m not certain I ever will. Because I am convinced nothing compares to living as an…

Touring My Hometown

After a year of traveling (that ended almost this day last year) in which I hopped cheap planes at the last minute to reach remote places like Santorini or Barbastro, I forgot how to find charm in the place least remote to me: my hometown of San Antonio, Texas. This past Labor Day weekend I got to bring four of…

What I Know Now

A couple of months ago I was assigned to write a story for ChristianityToday.com. What I knew then: There is a musician named Candy Christmas. She started a ministry for the homeless called The Bridge. She has an album coming out in August. She lives in Nashville. What I know now: There was a whole lot more to the…

Keep It Classy: English Lesson 12

Class distinction was by far the most confusing, interesting and difficult lesson I learned in England. I’ve been hesitant to address this issue. Social class for many Western societies is a touchy subject, but as with this entire blog series, I’ll state my observations, not accusations. I believe after 11, 300-word posts I have earned…

My Family's Travel Quirks

Let’s pretend I posted a new blog this week by giving you the link to a guest blog I wrote. http://ashley-chatterbox.blogspot.com/2010/07/lucado-family-travel-quirks.html My friend Ahsley is running a summer-themed guest-posting series on her fantastic blog, and here was my contribution. I hope to hear a few…

Couldn't Care Less: English Lesson 11

I’ll let David Mitchell in the below video do most of the talking for this English Lesson post. Thanks to my English native friend Ben who sent it to me with the blog in mind. I have always wondered why we say “I couldn’t care less”…. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v…

Link Time

A true blog post is brewing. You know, the ones where I write insightful things about feeling like a cavewoman as I attempt to go on dates via bicycle. But until then I’d like to share a couple of ministries I’ve come to love recently and hope you will too: revolvetour.com: Ok, I’m…

He Fancies Me, He Fancies Me Not: English Lesson 10, Part II

I mentioned in Part I that I had much to learn about the English intricacies of dating because it’s just that: intricate. I’ll explain by contrasting it with the American rituals–a seeming polar opposite. In the States, any outsider can determine whether girl and boy like each other: Scenario A…Boy flirts with…