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About NR

Welcome to Necessary Roughness!


NR started out as a travel blog, but as time permitted and destinations grew, political and religious commentary ensued. I try to post on average once a day when I’m not home. At the end of each business trip, if I’ve stayed in a new hotel, a critique of the hotel will be posted.

You Might Like NR If:

  • You feel true Christianity isn’t represented by the most recognizable people who claim to be Christians.
  • You don’t trust politicians to act according to your best interest rather than theirs.
  • You have a fascination with unintended consequences.
  • You like the occasional travel pictures, hotel reports, and church visits.
  • You enjoy a chant once in a while.


Pseudonyms are allowed, but no one’s to be “anonymous”. Conversation is to be polite. All comments you submit become my property, but I promise not to deliberately misrepresent anything you write.

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Guest Writers

Screenshots of guest bloggersOn occasion, I will “trade posts” with another blogger, giving both of us exposure to different audiences. If you’re a confessional Lutheran who wants a shot at a more diverse audience than the normal Lutheran blog, let me know.

I hope you find this enjoyable and occasionally informative and intriguing.

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