Category Archives: Writing

Things I’m Reading

I read an essay yesterday that changed my life and today I will read something-or-other that will probably change my life. A few words tacked together which will alter my paradigm of understanding like tectonic plates, sometimes with the seismic

Things I’m Reading

I read an essay yesterday that changed my life and today I will read something-or-other that will probably change my life. A few words tacked together which will alter my paradigm of understanding like tectonic plates, sometimes with the seismic

Bird Migration

Can you hear them? Behind still-green leaves of old trees, coming on ancient v’s, over wide quiet lakes over steaming cities and licorice asphalt and the Blue Ridge like great stalagmites, from the sky. Over early frosted cotton and rotten

Bird Migration

Can you hear them? Behind still-green leaves of old trees, coming on ancient v’s, over wide quiet lakes over steaming cities and licorice asphalt and the Blue Ridge like great stalagmites, from the sky. Over early frosted cotton and rotten

Technicolor Meaning and a Naked, Inexhaustible Fury

“Once, driving around the lake by our house we stopped and looked at the sunset, a December sky. He [Carl Sandburg] spoke of the ‘gunmetal sky’ and looked for a long time… For I could feel what was going on

Technicolor Meaning and a Naked, Inexhaustible Fury

“Once, driving around the lake by our house we stopped and looked at the sunset, a December sky. He [Carl Sandburg] spoke of the ‘gunmetal sky’ and looked for a long time… For I could feel what was going on

More from the Journal

I’m marrying off my best friend this Saturday at 10:00 am. We are all full of love and anticipation. The preparations have left me little time to write, but standing on my soap box for vulnerability, I share yesterday’s journal

More from the Journal

I’m marrying off my best friend this Saturday at 10:00 am. We are all full of love and anticipation. The preparations have left me little time to write, but standing on my soap box for vulnerability, I share yesterday’s journal

Book Release: Questions of a Curious Nature

A few weeks ago I issued an update, mentioning that I’d had the pleasure of editing a book for a my pastor and dear friend, Matt Orth. Well I am excited to announce the book’s official release. You can find

Book Release: Questions of a Curious Nature

A few weeks ago I issued an update, mentioning that I’d had the pleasure of editing a book for a my pastor and dear friend, Matt Orth. Well I am excited to announce the book’s official release. You can find

NOTICE 3.25.13

For personal, professional, and creative reasons, I will resume regular blog posts on May 1st. I hope these words from Ira Glass linger with you in the meantime: Love and inspiration to you,    

NOTICE 3.25.13

For personal, professional, and creative reasons, I will resume regular blog posts on May 1st. I hope these words from Ira Glass linger with you in the meantime: Love and inspiration to you,    

Humbling Beginnings and Blog Awards

Starting a blog has challenged me in numerous ways. It’s been humbling, mostly. Many times, I’ve made that final correction in editing a post and thought to myself, “Oh yes, this is the one!” This is the fabulous post that

Humbling Beginnings and Blog Awards

Starting a blog has challenged me in numerous ways. It’s been humbling, mostly. Many times, I’ve made that final correction in editing a post and thought to myself, “Oh yes, this is the one!” This is the fabulous post that

Notes on Style: The Year of Magical Thinking

In The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didon recounts the year following the sudden death of her husband, a tragedy compounded by the admittance of her only daughter into the ICU for a case of pneumonia gone wrong, and later,

Notes on Style: The Year of Magical Thinking

In The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didon recounts the year following the sudden death of her husband, a tragedy compounded by the admittance of her only daughter into the ICU for a case of pneumonia gone wrong, and later,

A Poem For My Lover on Valentine’s Day

Your Heart, Praise God I wish I could visit your heart like a museum, pry open your sternum with my hands, exposing the bumbum bumbum shining and red and pulsing with your life. I’d knock gently with a fingertip, wherein

A Poem For My Lover on Valentine’s Day

Your Heart, Praise God I wish I could visit your heart like a museum, pry open your sternum with my hands, exposing the bumbum bumbum shining and red and pulsing with your life. I’d knock gently with a fingertip, wherein

Sermon Take-Away and Spiritual Thoughts on Writing

Saturday I was sworn into a secret, underground writing club. Very exclusive, and every bit as mysterious as it sounds. Our first meeting inspired me greatly, and I walked away sensing I’d just participated in something for which I was

Sermon Take-Away and Spiritual Thoughts on Writing

Saturday I was sworn into a secret, underground writing club. Very exclusive, and every bit as mysterious as it sounds. Our first meeting inspired me greatly, and I walked away sensing I’d just participated in something for which I was

A One Year Reading List for Someone Who Wants to Write Better

We all read a few classics under the careful guardian of American education, didn’t we? Even though I might recall a rogue title, I can’t seem to remember the fluid genius that made those books great. I remember a couple

A One Year Reading List for Someone Who Wants to Write Better

We all read a few classics under the careful guardian of American education, didn’t we? Even though I might recall a rogue title, I can’t seem to remember the fluid genius that made those books great. I remember a couple

Ode to a Great Writing Teacher

In late August I received a letter from my Alma mater requesting that I “candidly assess” the classroom performance of a former professor. With love, I offered the following response. To the Promotions and Tenure Committee, concerning the promotion of

Ode to a Great Writing Teacher

In late August I received a letter from my Alma mater requesting that I “candidly assess” the classroom performance of a former professor. With love, I offered the following response. To the Promotions and Tenure Committee, concerning the promotion of