Why did I have to learn calculus?

Why did I have to learn calculus?

In elementary school I won a mathematics award. It was around second or third grade and it was for being math student of the year, or something along those lines. This would be the highlight of my mathematic career. In eighth grade I wasn’t allowed to attend algebra at the high school. Instead, I was…

Saddle Up

Saddle Up

“Soy habla un poco Español,” I said in unaccented, broken Spanish. The man behind the counter just looked at me and nodded, continuing to speak in the rapid-fire language I couldn’t understand. Over the years I’ve spent a lot of time traveling through Central America. Thanks to immersion and Duolingo, I’ve picked up a good…

Advent Living: Hope

Today is the first Sunday in Advent. That means today is the first day of the Christian calendar and the beginning of the season preparing for Jesus’ birth. It’s a big day. Our advent theme is A Practical Guide to Advent Living. We’ve got a sweet devotional book available for download. Our goal is to learn…

What We Can Learn About Writing From Tinker Hatfield

What We Can Learn About Writing From Tinker Hatfield

Abstract is a documentary series that features creatives in various fields. The second episode focuses on Tinker Hatfield, Nike’s VP of Design and Special Projects. Tinker has worked at Nike for years and created fifteen to twenty versions of the Jordan line and brought the Back to the Future shoes to life. What does designing…

Wild Wonder

Wild Wonder

I grew up watching rockets launch. In elementary school, teachers would march us outside to stare up at the sky and look for launching shuttles. At night, people would pull over and get out of their car to look for the orange glow reaching toward the heavens. Orlando is about fifty miles from Cape Canaveral….

Below the Surface

Below the Surface

“You’re going to the hospital,” my wife said. She was right, I needed to go. A few years ago my chest began to tighten. I ignored this pain and went about my day while the work piled up. Five days later, the pain in my chest was too strong to ignore. After eating dinner, I…

130 Year Old Sushi in Tokyo

130 Year Old Sushi in Tokyo

On a side street in Ginza — Tokyo’s wealthiest district — just around the corner from a supercar gallery is Sushiko Honten’s modest store front. We enter to a small sushi counter that is full of patrons. The light-wood interior is equally modest given the high-end neighborhood. Sushiko Honten is Tokyo’s second-oldest sushi establishment. The restaurant first opened its…