Nothing shocking about Miley Cyrus

I’m usually so wrapped up in my own solipsistic existence that I loathe to spend much — if any — time on the perennial parade of narcissism found in the various vacuous award shows that seem to populate our culture like a seeping skin infection.

Consequently, I am often late to the ball when it comes to certain pop culture “moments” that arise from the aforementioned. More often than not, that’s a good thing.

Last Sunday evening I was lounging around at my house, absent-mindedly skimming through my Twitter feed with a flick of thumb when I noticed repeated posts referencing Miley Cyrus and the MTV Video Music Awards.

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This is where we are right now…

Let me explain…  no, there is too much. Let me sum up.

Usually I try to do these during the late Spring/early Summer—during those long lazy days when spare time is abundant—but our Spring was packed, and Summer even more so. Like I said, I can’t explain everything, and even just summarizing would prove time-consuming and long-winded.

The main thing I can say is that our life is very complicated right now. Very busy. A lot of things going on—not just with Candace and I—but our children as well. The days hurtle past from Mondy to Friday, that the sweet leisure of the weekends is gobbled greedily by us all.

How’re we doing, you ask? Pretty good, I guess.

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The dumbest smart kids you know

Stupid Girls

Is it just me, or are kids getting a lot stupider in some ways — and yet more intelligent at the same time?

This nascent generation — ranging from middle schoolers to post-graduate twenty-somethings — show so much potential in their ability to master burgeoning technologies. Unfortunately for our future, the ways they’re getting dumber are far more important for their dignity and happiness.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not turning into an angry old man who’s ranting about “kids these days” — telling them to turn their rock and/or roll music or get off my lawn — rather there are some troubling tendencies that have emerged, tendencies that make me concerned for their intellectual and emotional well-being in the long run.

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Barton looks to build upon success

Coaching at a school with decades of dominance spanning back to the early 1930s, Overton’s second-year man Josh Barton joined an exclusive club during 2012’s improbable district championship and playoff run. Barton is one of only three Overton coaches all-time to win at least a share of a league title as well as achieve a postseason win in their first season. It’s an honor he says is not lost on him.

“Overton is a school with an excellent athletic tradition, a tradition of excellence in all sports, and football especially,” he said. “It’s an honor to part of such a great tradition, and to be a part in helping this generation achieve success both on and off the field of play.”

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Loving my “invisible” neighbor

I don’t know about you, but right now my Facebook wall is being blown up by posts about some guy named Pastor Jeremiah Steepek. The story is that a well-intentioned incoming minister posed as a homeless man to teach a lesson to his new congregation. It’s quite a great tale, and one that would make anyone think twice about themselves and how they treat people.

Unfortunately, it’s a complete fabrication. There is no “Pastor Jeremiah Steepek” in charge of a “10,000 member” church “somewhere in Tennessee.” It’s a modern parable, equal parts urban legend and Internet tall tale. Nevertheless, the lesson of Pastor Jeremiah Steepak remains utterly relevant.

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