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This post is by Lauren. I’ve never seen an avalanche in real life, but I found this video of one.  (The description says this guy survived, so no worries.) avalanche! Apparently these huge masses of snow can reach 80 mph in only 5 seconds!  One minute you’re just skiing down the mountain, the next minute there is tons of snow billowing all around you, completely submerging you, and there’s nothing you can do about it!  You can’t stop it, you can’t run away from it, it just happens.  Snow engulfs you.  Your body disappears, dwarfed by the massive blanket of…

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Straw or gold?

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This post is by Lauren. I’m no poet.  If the human mind roughly consists of math and art, mine is 85% math, and the art side is used to figure out new ways to make life even more logical.  Believe me, I have tried to write poetry.  I end up focusing most on making sure the rhyming words rhyme and the meter is perfect. I wish I was better at metaphors and analogies, but I’m just not.  Paul draws a great metaphor in 1 Corinthians 3:9-15 about “building” the church.  I read it the other day, and to be honest,…

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“Tell me about yourself.”

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This post is by Lauren. You know those annoying assignments you had to do every year in school where you were asked to summarize yourself in a poem or a collage?  They were so cheesy.  Why is every teacher obsessed with poorly drawn pictures of our siblings and hobbies?  I think it’s because they wanted to help us figure out how we identify ourselves.  Identity is a huge part of how we act, make decisions and perceive the world. During a discussion with a friend recently, I realized that our identity is often the reason we all struggle with something…

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