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My Fellow Inmates

My Joseph Journey – The Inmates

I have always been a people watcher, but no mall, school, airport, or ComicCon could ever prepare me for the characters I'd get to watch in prison. [...]

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The Prevarication of Privacy – Part 2

"Privacy" is highly valued, but is it highly valuable? We've seen how the family unit breaks down under all the efforts to keep a personal sense of privacy, even in that relational context. This was not always the way. In most of the past, marriage, childbearing, and the broader social dynamic were far more intimate. They lived life together. [...]

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The Prevarication of Privacy – Part 1

Something inside knows we're being deceived. In this fast-paced world of email, smartphones, and even WebMD, we can accomplish most of our needs without ever seeing another human face. And our spirits grieve something lost. [...]

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Raya from the Song of Songs

Raya’s Dance – Analysis and Conclusion

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Raya's DanceThis story depicts a culture drastically different from modern America and much of the Western world. It tells of a people [...]

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Raya from the Song of Songs is praised for her beauty

Raya’s Dance – 4: Her Praises

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Raya's DanceEveryone roared their jubilee and Dôdi beamed proudly as his wife panted, making her way over to him. She bent over and [...]

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Raya from the Song of Songs strips to dance

Raya’s Dance – 3: She Dances

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Raya's DanceDôdi watched as Raya approached the monolith and paused before turning to face the crowd. She waited for the abundant [...]

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Raya preparing to dance for the crowd

Raya’s Dance – 2: The Challenge

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Raya's DanceAkka’s laughter rumbled Dôdi out of his reverie. “Little brother, you have done our queen a [...]

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Raya watches as others dance

Raya’s Dance – 1: Watching the Dancers

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Raya's DanceDôdi reclined on a blanket with his new bride in his arms. Raya was four days out of the veil he’d removed on the [...]

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