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Protected: Palm Sunday in Berchtesgaden (Pt. 1)

Hello Family! I realized the pictures and video clips I wanted to show you were too big to email, so I’m trying this out to see if it might be a better method for future use. There are so many things I want to tell you about our time in Berchtesgaden so far, but for this post, I’ll limit it to just the events of this past Sunday. Our hotel offers a great breakfast buffet in the downstairs dining area every morning. The dining room has giant picture windows that look out over Berchtesgaden’s train station and to the massive peak...

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Why I Hate to Love The Online World

Look Her Up On “The Facebook” My first introduction to Facebook, still called “The Facebook” at the time, was in the fall of 2004. I was 21 years old and just starting my fourth year (of an eventual six) in college. In the social-network-behemoth’s early years, only students with valid email accounts from approved colleges and universities could have Facebook accounts. Zuckerberg’s own school, Harvard, was first, then MIT, Columbia and the rest of the bonafide Ivies. More schools were added in small batches over time, creating a temporary sense of validation for the student body of each newly...

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WFU Press releases The Shack and Conor O’Callaghan reads “Swell”

I piled into the back a minivan with my parents, my sister and my sister’s daughters last Friday and made the 6-ish hour drive from Atlanta to Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The destination was Wake Forest University, specifically a small book release party commemorating the publication of The Shack, a collection of poems and essays by various Irish poets who had come to the university over the years when invited by my Uncle Dillon. Many of these visitors would stay in a run-down, bare-bones little cabin that Dillon and his wife, Guinn kept just across the boarder in Virginia’s Blue...

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Torres, Self-Titled: Album Review

Album: Torres Artist: Torres Year Released: 2013 Of all the albums I’ve listened to in 2013, only one has clung to my consciousness and literally haunted my dreams.  The album, Torres, by Torres, the musical pseudonym of Mackenzie Scott, is emotionally and audibly raw to the point where it is sometimes painful to hear, and yet, the album reaches such subtle and delicate heights that the heartache it conveys feels somehow beautiful, true and strangely invigorating. Don’t let the opening track, “Mother Earth, Father God”, fool you.  Torres is not trying to be Tori Amos or Sharon Van Etten or Cat...

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Atlanta Band “Wolves” at The Masquerade: Live Show Review

As an Atlanta native, there is nothing I like so much as to see my hometown contribute something legitimately good to the cultural landscape.  With so many of my favorite bands coming from Brooklyn or L.A. or remote mid-western locations, I sometimes feel guilty that I don’t know more of the emerging musicians in my own city.  In an attempt to change that, I made a short trip to The Masquerade last night and heard the super-talented new band Wolves. Although they had four musicians on stage last night, Wolves is essentially a duo, made up of Kyle Dreaden,...

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