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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…

Why Aren’t We Singing?

Why Aren’t We Singing?

The lectionary is a schedule of scriptures that some churches use to move through the Bible. A group of pastors and scholars sat down a number of years ago to create a three-year schedule that allows churches to experience nearly the entire New Testament. First Church uses the lectionary. The scripture that we focus on…

Oh My Okonomiyaki!

Oh My Okonomiyaki!

Our first day in Japan, my wife and I visited the amazing Himiji Castle west of Osaka. The castle was built in the fourteenth century by people used to walking everywhere. Living in the suburbs of Florida, I am not conditioned to walking everywhere — let alone at elevation. We arrived back in Osaka with tired legs…

Facing Fears

Facing Fears

Years ago I ran towards a ledge and jumped. I plunged forty-five feet into the water below. Then I blacked out. We’re told to face our fears from a young age. While in the Bahamas, I took that advice to heart and attempted to conquer a fear of heights. I jumped off the cliff and…

Lost in Vermont

Lost in Vermont

Living in Florida, our seasons consist of summer and slightly cooler summer. Fall is when the humidity drops low enough to open a window. This usually occurs sometime in November. Carla is from Northern Virginia. She grew up experiencing colorful leaves and brisk air. Five years of endless summer in Florida, while nice, began to…

You’re Not Going to Read This

You’re Not Going to Read This

I grasp the hyperbole of titling an online article, “You’re Not Going to Read This”, but the statement is true. We don’t read, we consume. And when we consume, we are not fully comprehending information. I have always enjoyed reading. Diving into a great story is like entering another world and exploring all that it…

“How was your hurricane?”

“How was your hurricane?”

After living through a hurricane, life plays out strangely. People are a little dazed and shell shocked. We’ve all gone a little crazy preparing and now we’re all going a little crazy in the aftermath. In my case, it was willing to risk driving across town with zero traffic lights to get a pizza from…