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How did you feel when Charlie Sheen left the show? Do you stay in contact with him?

It was kind of a bummer, but I didn't really worry about it back then. I wasn't following the news or listening to what people were telling me. I love both Chuck and Charlie. I can understand where both were coming from. Charlie's situation: he lived in a bubble, a total glass jar, and everyone knew everything about him. It's such a strange life, and not human for a person to be able to live like that. Basically, the way I see it, he gave society what they wanted to see in a celebrity: that's what society, in the end, wants a celebrity to be. They want this spectacle, they want this huge train wreck of a life so they can say, "I am not so bad." It makes them feel better. I have tons of respect for Charlie. I love him to death. We talk on the phone every now and then.

What is the biggest challenge facing your generation?

It's the challenge every generation has: the desire to serve yourself and put yourself in front of everyone else. The desire to do what you think is best.

What else would you want CT readers to know about you?

I have gone to Christian school all my life and I learned all the stories. I don't know if it was me or the fact that my home life wasn't Christian. Maybe God wanted me to go through those things to have a more powerful testimony. I don't know. I feel though that I am now on a crash course. I have been missing out and don't want to waste any more time. I feel so driven. All the other stuff is going to fade away. What is going to last for eternity is where we stand with him. It really is the only work in life.

Maria Cowell is a former reporter and editor for newspapers in Los Angeles and Glendale, California. She is currently a marketing professional who blogs at

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