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I think, therefore I don’t know.

I’m studying Ludwig Wittgenstein this summer with a group of friends (a seminarian’s idea of fun). Ludwig was a philosopher born in 1889 who wrote about almost everything, including language and how it creates, interprets, and engages reality. He writes from an alternative philosophical foundation to Descartes’, “I think, therefore I am.” — I just … Continue reading

The Tyranny of Timeliness

In a culture obsessed with timeliness, there is something especially freeing about three little letters: ish. When I have plans that start at 8ish, or I tell a friend I’ll meet them around 3:30ish, my posture shifts from rushed, hurried, and anxious, to a joyful sense of adventure and journey. When I don’t feel the … Continue reading

If you’re trying to find out what’s next…

“If you’re trying to find out what’s coming next, turn off everything you own that has an OFF switch and listen.” Listening. That’s what I’m doing this week. For what, I’m not sure. But I do know that right now my life is loud. REALLY, REALLY, REALLY LOUD. So loud it hurts. And I’m terrible … Continue reading

What’s in your lunch box?

I’m on a plane, en route to San Francisco, and there is a kid in front of me hysterically screaming – for significantly longer than is acceptable or appreciated as far as plane etiquette goes. It’s an early flight, cabin lights turned off, completely dark outside, almost everyone on the plane sleeping…until this screaming episode. … Continue reading

Up, Up & Away We Go

Two of my favorite movies (Up & Away We Go) perfectly describe our morning – a hot air balloon ride!!!  I would have given you a heads up that this was happening but we didn’t tell my mom until after we safely arrived back on the ground.  Her exact text response after I sent her … Continue reading

Wineward Ho!

Today we started the day at Gundlach Bundschu, the oldest family-owned vineyard in the United States.  If you’re wondering, you pronounce it GUN – LOCK – BUN – SHOE.  They put this little symbol on all of their wine corks to help you remember…get it? One winery down and 12 bottles later, we headed back … Continue reading

Stressed vines make great wines.

The first winery of the day, Hess Collection, is tucked away up in the mountains (like no cell phone service tucked away).  Growing grapes in the mountains is a much more nuanced task than in the valley and produces a much greater variety of wine. Donald Hess owns three wineries in three different countries and … Continue reading

Weary Traveler…

(written Tuesday at 9:30AM) Traveling by train is unique.  Every person on board has a different story about how they got here, where they’re going, where they came from, and why they decided to travel by train as opposed to the faster, more efficient forms of available transportation. Each meal in the dining car Phil … Continue reading

Journey West to Wine.

(I’m just getting internet now…but here’s a post I wrote yesterday at 3:30PM) I am embarking on a 50+ hour journey from Naperville to San Francisco BY TRAIN.  With my dad.  Once we arrive, we’ll spend three days on wine tours in Sonoma/Napa Valley before flying back to Chicago on Saturday (just in time for … Continue reading

Living a Better Story Seminar

Donald Miller, a favorite author of mine, is hosting a seminar in Portland at the end of September on living a better story.  Learn more about the seminar by going here: http://www.donmilleris.com/conference. Or by watching this video. To read my entry, in storybook form, download the PDF: Sam’s Storybook. Thanks for reading.  And Enjoy!

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