Welcome to my professional page. I’m Stephen McDonald. I am, in no order of consequence: a writer, a photographer, an explorer, an Americanist cultural and historical scholar, a Progressive Christian and a devoted father a much beloved daughter. (Maybe the best for last!) This page will include my thoughts, queries, musings and links to my … Continue reading Introduction to My Latest
https://youtu.be/G9laQ5E5kSw I recently bought a drone, more specifically, a DJI Mavic Air. I love it! Today, I needed a "mental health" day and spent a cold, quiet but joyous day at the park. Enjoy!
https://youtu.be/t7Xr3AsBEK4 I remember watching this powerful TED Talk by Sherry Turkle while I was taking a religion class one summer and, lately, I have been thinking of this talk again. I am wondering if I am "done" with social media. Recently, this started with a follow I made on my Instagram account--I know! I followed … Continue reading Social Media Overload
Jimmy Carter was President when I was born. He was the Sunday School teacher who wore sweaters when it was chilly, carried his own bags and had no real discernible ideology other than a commitment to peace. As a child, I don't ever remember hearing, "That might be how President [George H.W.] Bush talks but … Continue reading “The New Colossus” in the Age of “Shithole Countries”
Good day, all! I'm celebrating another small victory, or perhaps large victory. A little more than one year ago, I set out to return to school and complete my degree with the ambition of continuing onwards to law school. Last weekend, I took my Law School Admission Test, or LSATs. Three hours of problem solving … Continue reading It’s Really Happening.
https://youtu.be/hhANTymDIYk When I saw this on the news, I was as stunned and speechless as many of you. And before the smoke even clears, the political debate begins with wild accusations and even crazier conspiracies. I was a freshman in college when the Columbine shooting happened. When the Sandy Hook shooting happened, and, yes, … Continue reading Las Vegas and “The Mindless Menace of Violence”
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Another school year begins! I'm excited and glad to be back this term. Work-life balance has kept me pretty busy over the summer; that and studying for my LSATs, which are now only a few weeks away. Im sitting here in a campus dining hall, in my mid-thirties, and remembering just how depressed, sad and … Continue reading Back to School!
Why do I keep the Serenity Prayer on my blog? The Serenity Prayer is a constant reminder of the three things the God can provide: Peace, Strength and Wisdom. That through the Lord Jesus Christ - through the strength, serenity and wisdom that His teaching provides - are all things possible. I have returned to … Continue reading A Great Semester … Summer time!!!
Welcome to my blog! I am Stephen, also known as "Bear", or here as "The Non Trad Dad", and here is where I chronicle my journey as a working professional, a father, a writer, an ordained minister and a returning non-traditional adult student. I have re-matriculated at a local college where I first began my … Continue reading Introduction: About Me and My Blog