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Compassion And Consequence [#TheEichLife no.88]

Sometimes consequences are important. But compassion matters all the time.

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Test Driving The Dream [#TheEichLife no.87]

Below is a list (in no particular order) of things that – at some point in my life – I thought I wanted (and maybe a few that I still do). The Batmobile Long heavy metal hair To look like a member of the Beatles A ticket to a Michael W. Smith concert (circa 1991) […]

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Free TV [#TheEichLife no.86]

11 years ago – right before flat-screen TVs hit an affordable price point – I decided to buy a television. I had a little bit of money and wanted a much bigger screen than I’d ever had before. It was time to go from a 19-inch television to a 32-inch TV. I was going to […]

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You Are What You Read [#TheEichLife no.85]

Comedian and podcaster Marc Maron has stated on several occasions his belief in the importance of an older sibling so that each of us can discover “good” music. (NOTE: I wholeheartedly agree – though some must look elsewhere when their older sister is obsessed with Celine Dion and ballad-era-only Chicago.) But the same concept applies […]

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Hold My Hand [#TheEichLife no. 84]

Stephen and Kevin were a few years ahead of me. They were misfit in the parochial middle school, wearing long jackets and hairstyles the handbook didn’t validate. I knew they were trouble, but also knew enough to realize that kids like that had access to things I didn’t. And I was too naïve to worry […]

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On Heat [#TheEichLife no. 83]

The heat is overwhelming. It makes it easy to make excuses. I spent most of July 4th spread out on a pool float, drifting over and over the same square inches. (Even the pool water was hot.) The day was unproductive, but it felt justified. Because… heat. I tried to run the lawn mower. The […]

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From The Beach [#TheEichLife no.82]

On my first beach vacation as an adult I got a little carried away and set out swimming over the waves. I was overwhelmed by the vastness of the ocean, the never-ending skyline. I was savoring the experience when I was interrupted by a shrill noise. It sounded like a whistle. I thought to look […]

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Ride Your Bike [#TheEichLife no. 81]

It was a sunny Saturday. The summer heat hadn’t sneaked into those rays of sunshine yet and the light streamed into the windows, illuminating dust in the air as I stood above a pile of laundry to fold on the living room couch. The breakfast dishes were in the sink and the TV turned off. […]

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From The Window Of An Airplane [#TheEichLife no. 80]

I don’t usually get the window seat. But boarding today brought a bit of a surprise as I scooted past my row-mates and found my assigned position up against the side of the airplane with the plastic cover just waiting to be pushed up. I am so unused to this position while traveling, I forgot […]