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  The Thousand Year Journey Jedidiah Jenkins offers up some inspiring wisdom for those of us seeking deeper meaning in life: Follow Jedidiah on Instagram

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Never Fall Silent

Never Fall Silent As we are graced with a new leader who believes members of the LGBT should not be treated equally and has promised to do whatever he can to undo the progress we have made, I think back … Continue reading

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Muslim Refugees, Christianity and the Future of Freedom

  Muslim Refugees, Christianity, and the Future of Freedom Vetting, the process of reviewing refugee candidates before they come into the U.S., should be a concern for all of us.  In this essay I will discuss why, but above all … Continue reading

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In Search of Self

In Search of Self Over the years I’ve learned that the most potent of personal feelings can be the most consoling and relatable to other people who are going through their own hardships. So without even knowing it, you can … Continue reading

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Ubiquitous

Ubiquitous After nine years of living in my own self-created prison, locked away deep inside of myself, a place darkened by self-hatred, denial, fear, shame, and many other things, I opened the steel door that had long been my burden … Continue reading

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In My Own Words

**Note: this essay was written in 2012, I no longer identify under the label “gay”.  The word has too many restrictions, connotations, stereotypes and unintended meanings. July 2, 2012 In My Own Words It is fundamentally important to understand that … Continue reading

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If You Could Only See

(Please note that this piece was written prior to the Federal Supreme Court decision ruling it unconstitutional to deny same-sex couples the right to marry.) For a very long time, I’ve wanted to be able to write something that spelled … Continue reading

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Here and There, Now and Then

January 29, 2012 It’s no secret that I’m unhappy with my life. Clearly, I need to do something about that. What isn’t so obvious to me, is what I need to do. I’m unhappy with my personal life and I’m … Continue reading

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The Erosion of the Sagacious American Intellect

January 1, 2012 I once said that I would write an atheist manifesto, but this is not it.  However, religion and atheism is the subject of this writing.  If you don’t like the idea of subjugating American religion and ridding it … Continue reading

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Self-Reflection: To End A Cold, Damp Day

September 18, 2011 Self-Reflection: To End A Cold, Damp Day If ever there was something that I could call my own, something that I could say was my niche in life, this would be it. What I’m doing right now, … Continue reading

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The Man In The Mirror

July 17, 2011 “The man who never learns to face himself, will never know what it means to be free.” The Man In The Mirror I ask myself why it bothers me so much that there are groups of people … Continue reading

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Two Journeys, One Life

March 27, 2011 I was born on the 14th of November 1985 to Catholic German Americans. On one August night in the year 1996, a black hand would descend upon me, leaving behind a scar that would forever alter the … Continue reading

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Keep You: Part Two

March 19, 2011 You are so shy and so quiet, never wanting to be noticed.  Painfully introverted, you carry out entire conversations in your head, conversations you will probably never honestly have.  Your lips moving, but the sounds never come … Continue reading

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Keep You: Part One

February 27, 2011 You grew up out in a rural part of the state of Missouri.  You consider yourself a small town guy, you know a lot of people, but you hold onto a few close friends.  Most of the people you … Continue reading

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Through My Eyes

November 29, 2010 “Because everywhere I go there is a world that doesn’t understand.” I would give up the rest of my life to show you how it feels, to make you see life through my eyes. If even for … Continue reading

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A Letter on the Intrinsic Threads of the Human Heart

October 2, 2010 Dear Whomever, For half a decade I have been sharing my deepest and often times my darkest thoughts with anyone who has wandered onto my path. I have shared my life, my private thoughts and my most … Continue reading

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Awaiting Daybreak: Regression and a Nation Asunder

It is fundamentally important to understand that I believe in human progress. That we, as a nation and a species, must always put one foot in front of the other, hold up our heads and march forward. Always against the … Continue reading

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Walk With Me

July 15, 2010 I was born on American soil, of German-American blood. With that birth I was guaranteed certain civil rights. And then one day I learned that one of those rights was no longer mine to claim. It has … Continue reading

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To Die In A Closet

“It never ceases to disappoint me how someone will be your friend, if only you will stand in the corner with a bag over your head. How can you call someone a friend if they embrace you in private, but … Continue reading

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Depression and Iron: A Love Story

February 28, 2010 Many years ago I picked up a barbell for the first time after watching my brothers do the same. It only weighed between 10 and 20 lbs, but this one instance would lead to many more for … Continue reading

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The Audacity of Individuality

March 21, 2010 Ever feel pressure to conform to the standards of a social group in which you are forced to be a member? Well, I have and in multiple social groups. This writing is only about one of them, … Continue reading

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A Little Something on Self-Acceptance

December 8, 2009 I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt that I love who I am and what I am as a person, as a human being and as a man. And while I say that I accept … Continue reading

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At Peace With Goodbye

June 2007 Remembering you is never enough to smother the flame above my heart, memories of what has been will never be suffice to subside my desire to touch you one last time. Photographs of you do your presence no … Continue reading

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Knowing the Road Ahead

May 2007 Knowing the Road Ahead By the time I wake up, the sun has already begun to rise and cast its morning rays through my southeastern window. The sun is warm as it passes through the glass and onto … Continue reading

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The Great Rift of the Global Soul

February 2009 One of the greatest things that I have ever learned was from some of the most meek people in the world… monks. Again and again like the waves lapping against the shore of my mind, I am awakened … Continue reading

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