Author: Ryan Rasmussen

Last week I started listening to a new podcast (or at least new to me) by NPR called How I Built This. Now before you start assuming certain things about me because I referenced NPR, know that I’m not a vegan and I don’t drink espresso or drive a Volvo. Of course I have no problem with Volvo-driving, NPR folks. I mean, more vegetarians in the world means more steak for the rest of us! Am I right!? (I know that was cheesy. I couldn’t resist.)

Recently I went for a run. To be clear, I’m not a good runner. I typically log about a ten minute pace, with a good day inching closer to the 9:30 mark. That said, I can mostly go forever if time allows. Running, for me, is a chance to disconnect. It’s an opportunity to stop thinking or stressing about life’s day-to-day responsibilities and disappear for a while. My running ritual starts with strapping up some Nikes, throwing on my head phones, and racing through the neighborhood next to mine; the one with the big, expensive houses and nice sidewalks. 

Yesterday I had a brief phone conversation with a homosexual man who attends my church. Yes, you read that right, I have gay people at my church. Yes, you read that right as well, I said people. As in more than one. Plural. If that bothers you then there's a chance this post in it’s entirety may set your hair on fire (is that a real expression?). 

“Elephant slaughter at tipping point”

“Men sue drug maker after developing breasts”

“She dodged bullets in her father’s lap”

“No safe place to run for war refugees”