The 1000 Words series worked for a while, hopefully I've drummed up something else that might work, might be more personal, might be easier/more fun to write, might make you more aware of what I have going on day in/day out around here. Maybe that's why I don't blog often, because I read so many good ones I don't feel I can keep up. I only remember one thing she wrote one time that I did not agree with, and it was that papaya tastes like feet. But what she wrote about the damage many short-term mission trips can do to a long-term mission? The series should be required reading for all short-term mission trip leaders. Still trying to find a good way to get myself to blog regularly. For a few years now I have followed a blogger called Jamie, The Very Worst Missionary. The title itself should already indicate something. It's refreshing, it's honest, it's courageous, and it's firsthand perspective of what it's really like to be a missionary.Jack Gray is a producer on Anderson Cooper's AC 360 show on CNN, but many people know him from his humorous Twitter account.
This is an interview with Jamie VWM about her experiences and missions in general. So why am I returning from a months-long blogging silence to blog about another blog? Although I really have failed entirely as a blogger, it doesn't mean I have failed as a blog reader. She started a conversation online that so needed to be had. Although I do enjoy her writing and learn much from what she's contributed to the interwebs, her style might not float your boat. Now, I would stop short of saying I recommend you read her blog.Rae Renzi's writing is smooth and at times predictable, yet, it is enjoyable. She made her characters very believable in their surroundings in their own weird way. The main character, Joy, had the same problem she was trying to fix for the Departed.The relationships within the story are quite convincing given the scenario. Ego Surgeon was too predictable, you knew the relationship was definitely going places but I didn't care for the "timed" meetings and surprises. One could possibly imagine on what to do and what to say when you could be in the "in-between". The ending stopped to suddenly for me, but, I tell you folks it is a good read. The story had a problem in the beginning and then moved on solving that problem with a slight mystery air to it. The tale opened up with Joy Abercrombie, on her first day observing in the OR, watches an all self-absorbed surgeon stepping in as a replacement for Dr. Ego-mania radiated from him as one observer whispered to Joy "Ego swamp here." As he started barking orders, Joy watched the patient being wheeled in and stepped closer to view over a nurses shoulder. The patient was her boyfriend Craig, where earlier in the day he promised her that he would be home when she got there.The story continues when after Craig's death, she realizes she can see his spirit and can actually talk with him.He had serious labor issues with his eight-year-old sister, but his experience there started his love of TV news which exist to this day.He writes lovingly and humorously of his family, especially both sets of his grandparents, with whom he spent a lot of time.