My Contact Info on Social Media

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Ranked in order of awesomeness. My Google+ Profile My Google+ Page for CoffeeSwirls I'm working toward making this the new site for by blog, but Google+ isn't designed to be blogging software per se. At least not with the bells and whistles you'd expect from a blogging platform. My Church's Google+ Page, which I am humbled to be allowed to administer. Orcut? Never used it. Pinterest? It was a moment of weakness. Facebook? Don't get me started. If you really want to stalk me, I guess you can do it here. But my FB profile is full of stupid pictures and unanswered game requests. Twitter is dead to me.  
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Website Changes Coming Soon

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Note: This post is lengthy. I also think it is worth reading.  I'm the author, so take that with a grain of salt. So this blog never really got back up off the ground. After a cursory glance, you might assume that Doug has just fallen off the face of the earth. Or that he has forgotten how to write. Or that he has become antisocial. Or... well, you can fill in the blank. Truth be told, I'm writing as much as I ever have. No, that's a lie. I used to be on a frantic pace back in the day. I haven't, and I couldn't match that pace again. And therein lies my problem. If I can't bring CoffeeSwirls back to it's former glory, what's the point? I am…
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Defending our Pooping Areas

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I went for a walk today. On my way back, I passed a home that had a small fenced in area for their dog. It had to be just for the dog, because it was too small for any other use. So it was a small dog pooping area. As I walked by, the dog inside the fence let me know that that was his area and that the sidewalk I was on was taking me way to close to his pooping area and if I were to try to enter his territory, there would be serious repercussions. I crouched down at the fence and put my hand toward him so he could smell me. He sniffed and howled at me again. So I told him he was doing a…
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The Minnesota State Fair

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Let me begin by saying I am an Iowan. I like Iowa. I understand Iowa. The Iowan traditions are familiar and comforting to me. We ask kids to tell a joke before they get candy when trick or treating. We don't allow the good fireworks, but the cops (mostly) know to look the other way the weekend of July 4. And we have the state fair by which all other fairs can be judged. There, I said it. I got into a facebook discussion with one of my sister's friends named Gianna after the Iowa State Fair had concluded. Apparently, she took offense to something I said about how the Iowa State Fair is far superior to all other fairs as if that just isn't factual. I understood her local…
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My Testimony

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I was interviewed at church this last Sunday, and as I promised through Google+ and Facebook, here is the audio. I come in at the 32 minute mark, so don't feel compelled to listen past about 31:45. The sermon title is "Living God's Grace." http://waukeecommunitychurch.com/podcast_item/26/119/Living+Gods+Grace+%28Titus+2_11-15%29.mp3
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Happily Ever After

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I'm starting to think that everyone needs to define for themselves what "Happily Ever After" looks like. Write it out someplace and refer to it frequently. Update it as you find new things and new contexts. Share it with those you love the most and let their own "Happily Ever After" story and your story influence each other. If you are married, you should have already done something along this line of thought already. If you are unmarried, perhaps hurting, this is still important, but revealing your deepest longings to another person may need to come incrementally. And sometimes it might just come gushing out, leaving you overly vulnerable. But if you are going to reconnect with others, eventually you will need to share yourself with them. Yes, this requires…
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Sleep Update

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I'm a little nervous writing this now. The last time I told someone that I had a good night's sleep was the last time I had a good night's sleep. Two nights ago, I got almost six hours. And that was great! Last night, I think I got closer to seven. But I'm not sure. My legs aren't as wobbly today. I don't feel any nausea from exhaustion. I caught myself smiling this morning. God is good. Please don't stop praying for me.
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Sleep Deprivation

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I got some world rocking news about two weeks ago. And just like so many other aspects of my new life, I can't get into the news here. You'd think I was with the CIA or something. Well, I haven't had a good night's sleep since then. I'm talking half the sleep I would normally get, compounded by two weeks. Yesterday I had my first successful nap in that time, and I have been exhausted, and trying to put up a brave front. I think the breakthrough of the nap came when I realized that I need to do some serious forgiving for somebody who is not interested in apologizing or even acknowledging any wrongdoing. It's hard, but I believe that is what I need to do. So if you,…
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