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Guest Post: Austin Graff on Ridding the World of Stranger Danger One Airbnb Stay at a Time

With headlines about police brutality, religious extremism, and police being targeted, it’s easier than ever to stay within your own circle, never branching out. More than ever, kids are growing up with a strong sense of “stranger danger.” Scripture clearly commands, “‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these” in the book of Mark, but how can we live this out today? It was on a recent Airbnb stay that my wife and I started to dig into this topic.

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One of life’s enduring questions: “Where’s the bathroom?”

If I were queen of the world, I’d have free, clean bathrooms on every corner. Because that’s what a spacious world would be like. And because those of us with bladders that won’t hold a TSA-sized bottle’s worth of urine take lots of detours — and miss lots of life looking for bathrooms.

Okay, admit it.  How many $3 lattes have you bought just because you needed a bathroom and didn’t want to be accused of using Starbucks’ bathroom without buying anything?

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An evening from scratch

Some SPACIOUS friends had me and my husband over for dinner recently. I’ll call them C & D, because if I gave you their first names you’d all be messing with them saying, “Can I come over?” and they’re normal people with jobs and lives to maintain; they can’t cook for all of us. Which is why we thought it was special to be invited for homemade enchiladas with green chiles straight from Hatch,  New Mexico.

Of course the fact that we are aficionados of Hatch chiles helped us get invited in the first place. 

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