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About N. C. Harrison

NC Harrison is a son, seminarian, strongman and brother, sometimes but not always in that order. He received his Master of Divinity in July 2013 and now wonders if he is ready to make his way in the world. He would mostly like people to remember his smoked shoulder, barbecued ribs and char-broiled burgers.


  1. Beautifully written piece!

  2. Jonathan Beatty says:

    Very well written.

  3. A great read–really enjoyed this!


  1. [...] to little more than smoke and mirrors.  When I watched Daffney in her last matches, though, I thought of my own injuries, the surgery scars on my knees and shoulders from football and wrestlin….  As I wondered if she experienced the same hurts, I began to feel a little closer to the first [...]

  2. […] As a powerlifter, by my original training for football and by long-time inclination, I have always been very good at the squat. It is nothing for me to go into a training session, load a rather ridiculous amount of weight onto my trapezius and shoulders with almost no warm-up period whatsoever, and then proceed to hit an effortless, mostly pain-free rep max with it. I did so tonight, in fact, and found myself having such a good time that I just stood still for about ten seconds, a quarter ton perched archly on my rear deltoids, and then squeezed out five extra repetitions with that weight. For me, it was the strength training equivalent of eating candy. […]

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