Posts by BRANDEN & JAMES

Our society has changed

Our society has changed…for the better. When I write blogs, I try to write from the heart rather than backing up my “claims” with a ton of research. I try to relate my opinions and world views to personal experiences. Some of you may have read the first sentence and thought, “Our society has changed…

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Charity Work

Charity work is so important. James and I do a fair amount of charity work for various causes: HIV/AIDS, autism, animal rights, healthy eating for children, human rights alliances, and homelessness to name a few. The reasons we do it are various. There are the obvious reasons: 1. We are personally connected to the cause.…

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Proud

Proud. What does it mean? No really. Proud is an adjective meaning: “a high or inordinate opinion of one’s own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct, etc.” Many of us use pride as a noun, or proud as an adjective in both a positive and…

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Superiority Complex

Superiority complex. What is a superiority complex exactly? We had a conversation with a lovely couple as we were sailing away from Papua New Guinea the other day. It was a conversation about Papua New Guinea and the many trials it has faced in its time as a young nation. The gentleman was saying to…

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Adelaide

Adelaide. “City of Churches” as it’s aptly named AND city of serial killers as James likes to quip. Don’t read too far into the reference of serial killers, because these are isolated incidents and it’s more of a running joke at this point than anything else. Adelaide is an incredibly safe, laid-back city with friendly…

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No Place Like Home

There’s no place like home. Was the phrase coined in the ground-breaking film about escapism and regret called Wizard of Oz? No, it actually first occurred in a song adaptation from an opera published in 1823 called Home! Sweet Home!   Having spent years of my young adult life rebelling from “the nest” and wanting to establish independence from…

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What’s Going On?

What’s Going On? I remember the Marvin Gaye song so vividly. Some songs are timeless because they have a universal message whether that be a message of love or heartbreak or a lesson we’ve all had to learn at some point. The song, What’s Going On? is relevant again because history keeps repeating itself. I…

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Gay Christian

Gay Christian. Twenty years ago the two terms would never be seen next to each other. Today it’s a different story. This blog is about my twenty plus year struggle with the church and how I’ve come to reconcile it through the help of God. Ironic, isn’t it? Perhaps. Perhaps Not. I remember being a…

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Death

Death. We all know what it is. We are all aware we will die someday. (Except for maybe Betty White and Jesus-they seem to be hanging on for the ages). Whilst we are constantly aware of death, some of us from earlier ages than others, find it difficult to realize that death is a part…

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Las Vegas: An Australian’s perspective

Las Vegas is a unique city. As an Australian living in the USA, I found many similarities between the lifestyle I was used to in Adelaide and that of living in California, but Vegas is something else. First of all, Vegas is situated in the Mojave Desert in the very southern part of the land-locked…

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