It is happening today: the election. And it is a big one, but it is not the ultimate election. Important decisions will be made one way or the other, but either way they will not be the last to be made. The outcome of this election will not be the final word on any of these issues that lie before us today.

A lot of people have a lot riding in this election. They have hopes and dreams and fears that they hope will be realized (or not) all based on who sits in the Oval Office come January 1…


The Problem

Every four years it comes around and brings out the masses, stirring up conversations surrounding the main players which have been preparing for years for this moment. Of course I am not talking about the Olympics, but the general election for the USA.

And let’s be honest, you knew right away what I was talking about. There is so much boiling over on social media and all over the place with the state of the country, our future direction, and who will be at the helm. And with all that noise, I am sure that you do not…


Why Do I Want Four Kids?

This will be the last of the trilogy of blog posts related to the reasons surrounding my wife’s and my decisions on kids. Previously I wrote pieces on why we want children at all as well as why we decided to have them at a relatively young age (even though historically we are still a little behind the ball!). This post will probably be the shortest, as it is probably the most variable of the decisions that we have made regarding children and therefore is very specific to us and our situation. …


Why Have Children Young

This is also a point of conversation when it comes to a lot of people in my peer group. As the decades have progressed, couples have started having children at a later and later point. I understand that there are reasons to have children later in life, but I would argue that the benefits of having children as early as possible is better for you and the children. The below reasons, though, are my own personal reasons as to why I chose to have children young and I would not make them prescriptive for anyone even…


We live in a world today that views children with more and more skepticism. Not children themselves, but the act of actually having children. While nationally a large portion of people still want children, the age at which women are having children has been increasing for decades and more and more couples are deciding to simply not have children at all.

And while I personally know a good number of people who desire children and have had children while they are young, the older I get the more I find myself the odd one out when it comes to people…


Be prepared for a little bit of a ramble, but I feel I had to continue this thought to its end even if it might seem disjointed.

I came across this quote a while ago:

“If a man has not found something worth dying for, he is not fit to live.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

The whole quote was something to ponder, but a single aspect of the sentence struck me: finding something worth dying for. The whole idea is a value statement. If you find something worth dying for, then you are essentially saying,”I find this thing so…


Picture having a conversation with a new acquaintance. You get onto the topic of politics and all related topics. You find out that the person you are talking to is pro-life. And then later in the conversation you also find out that they think it would be a good idea to repeal and replace medicaid, which you are convinced tangibly helps a lot of people. Before the righteous-indignation starts to bubble up in your chest, I want to ask you a question: Are these two things mutually exclusive?

Not being a literary guru or hermeneutical savant, I’m sure I will…

Collin Selman

A Christian, a husband, a father, a blue-collar intellectual, an engineer, a carpenter, a gardener, and who knows what else in the future.

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