Author Archives: Lincoln Brunner

Open-Enders — Questions that Make Your Interview Count

Even the best interviews often start off a bit awkwardly as you’re getting to know your subject and discerning his vibe. Depending on the subject, you can find a hundred different trails to success. One good way to turn an interview … Continue reading

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Wienermobile crash causes heartache

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Choking back tears, local processed meat lovers outside Pennsylvania’s capital bid farewell to an old friend — the local Oscar Meyer Wienermobile. The Wienermobile crashed outside a popular local deli on Sunday afternoon, just after lunchtime. Efforts to … Continue reading

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Hobby Lobby and Christian conscience

In a 5-4 decision this morning, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that family-owned companies cannot be required to provide insurance coverage for certain contraception methods. Justices ruled in favor of two corporations, Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, that argued that the Affordable … Continue reading

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World Cup holds up mirror to life

The collective yawn that usually greets the World Cup on these U.S. shores has given way to real live celebration and excitement. The shots of fans in Chicago hollering about shots in Manaus thrill the hearts of fütbol fans everywhere. You … Continue reading

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A cup of narcissism to go, please

As I sipped my coffee the other morning, the earth-toned cup sleeve burbled a soothing affirmation: “You are here not to shrink down to less, but to blossom into more of who you really are.” What a sweet little me-fest: … Continue reading

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Heroes in the land

“The godly people in the land are my true heroes! I take pleasure in them!” – Ps. 16:3 (NLT) Imagine if you could bring nine people you consider heroes into the same room and let them share their stories. They … Continue reading

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Everyone has a purpose

My wife’s grandma, Vera Lamb, died recently at the venerable age of 89. The funeral, held last week on a rainy morning in rural Minnesota, celebrated the life of a woman who had raised nine children, lost an infant daughter, … Continue reading

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Life and death stories are the best

I talked to a statistic today. He’s doing well, all things considered. My numeric friend has an office two doors down from mine. A few days ago, he survived a heart attack caused by full blockage of his “widow-maker,” the left anterior descending coronary … Continue reading

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Cultivating great story sources

Yesterday Jim talked about two really important story questions: “Is it interesting?” and “Is it important?” If you don’t have those two going for you, find a different angle. Or story. But where to find good examples? The ocean of … Continue reading

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Miracles and searching for truth

Piggy-backing on Jim’s blog yesterday … Several years ago, I attended Sunday worship at a church in Kolkata, India. After the service, the pastor asked us Americans to stay a while and pray for whoever asked. I wasn’t standing there … Continue reading

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