Satanist clubs

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When I write articles, I use Google like an additional source. I confirm locations, check the definitions of fancy vocabulary words and find older articles I want to reference. This wealth of resources was kept from me yesterday by a poorly planned FedEx delivery. I wrote an article from a wifi-less, empty condo, because I needed to sign for a package at my old address.

Around 9:00 AM, I packed up some amenities (microwave bacon, vitamin water) and headed over to the cave. All I knew was the package could come between 9:30 AM and 8:00 PM.

I spent the morning waiting for a knock (which came at 12:15 PM) and writing. My back and butt didn’t appreciate sitting on a pillow on the floor, but my brain loved the break from internet influences. For the first time in a long time, I was fully focused on my current project, and I felt good about my editorial decisions and writing speed.

The moral of the story is that it’s nice to be forced out of your comfort zone. Also, always update the address on your deliveries. After all, it’s possible to build a wife-free paradise on your comfy couch if you shut down your computer’s capabilities.

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TOP RELIGION READS

Silicon Valley’s hippest church is going public, BuzzFeed News

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The myth of the midlife crisis — and what that can mean about faith, Sojourners

God and the games, Religion News Service

JUST FOR FUN

I’ll leave you with a delicious image: a warm churro sandwiched between two halves of a chocolate-covered donut and topped with frozen yogurt. That decadent delight, called a churro dog, awaits me this weekend at Chase Field in Phoenix.

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