This year has been amazing. Almost a reward for surviving 2007-2012 without any felonies. More »
I’m calling it the “Epic Trip.” It’s aptly named because this is my first international travel experience and I’ll be taking two months to visit four countries. Doing things halfway isn’t in my nature, so here goes! More »
I love the way sunlight tries to make its way through tree leaves…
It either passes between the leaves or marks its blocker with brilliance — lighting ablaze each leaf thwarting its path. Wind, on the other hand, pushes leaves out of its way, or goes around when it cannot. More »
At an unassuming building just one block away from all the hubub of Roswell Rd., I parked my car in the sparsely populated lot and did my best to avoid getting wet between my car and the door. For a Mediterranean restaurant, I had expected more noise, louder music, and tables that are both too close together and too small for the many dishes required for a robust meal. I was surprised. More »
The Year of the
Dragon Roller Coaster.
This past year was full of extremes: rampant illness and remarkable health, rudderless uncertainty and crystal clear clarity, temper tantrums and long hugs, ruts of consistency and drastic change, debilitating sorrow and euphoric joy. 2012 was a roller coaster, and just like the amusement park ride, I had a front row seat. Unlike a roller coaster, however, I’ve not ended at the same place I started. More »
Perspective. That’s really what we’re looking for. It’s what we need in order to make sense of what we see and hear. It’s what is required if we’re going to effectively change any of the things that are disturbing. My hope is that this provides a little perspective, and may serve as a catalyst to kick off some frank discussions about solutions. More »
It wasn’t long ago that bread could be called “friend,” but that was before it tried to kill me. More »
I’ve never heard anyone refer to themselves as a “round-peg”. If “pegs” are mentioned, it’s always in reference to how we don’t fit and are simply the ever-present square-peg. More »
I began this project with the notion that I would take and/or select one photo each day and write a paragraph to go with it. Soon, very-very soon, I realized that I had not yet developed the discipline to sit down and do this every day, so it became more of a ‘once a week’ venture. It’s a little long, but I hope you enjoy each and every one of them. More »
I just had Wordle.net analyze this blog to see how frequently particular words are used… and I must say, this is one that I’d like to print, paste to my mirror, and begin each day reading. (Click the thumbnail below to go to Wordle.net and view the full-size version.) More »
I just watched this movie, The Way, with Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez playing a father and son (perfect casting, if you ask me). 😉
While I admit to having a bit of wanderlust, I can’t say I’m ‘lost’ or understand what the father was going through entirely (beyond the worst kind of grief a parent should ever have to go through), but what the son said… “it’s out there, and I need to see it”… that I get. More »
We don’t make sense.
And I mean this in the most affectionate way possible… but we don’t.
We need only pause and reflect on things that we do regularly, out of habit or ‘tradition’, to come to the same conclusion. More »
With all the political fervor, discontent, disillusion, and general despair going around, you’ve probably heard (or even said) “if you don’t like the job they’re doing, vote them out.”
First, this is a nonsensical statement.
Second, we can develop a better plan. More »
…or, “How we’ve got this whole ‘goal’ thing backwards”
…or, “How to avoid a mid-life crisis”
First, let’s talk about checklists. Most of us have one, many of us were given one and expected to live by it. At first glance, there’s nothing inherently wrong with it… but, I maintain that most life-checklists play a big part in creating unhappy people. More »
The going explanation for Jesus’ visit in a physical form was to accept the burden of paying for our terrible behavior. I definitely get that, but here’s something else to consider: perhaps there was something tangible in it for Him as well. More »
And honestly, you don’t even have to work that hard.
I promised to share some things I’ve learned along the way, so I’m making good on my promise. These are just 7 of the things that I wish someone had mentioned a decade ago… not that it would have necessarily made sense at that age, but I’d love to have been given a fighting chance, you know? More »
…we just don’t know what it is anymore.
“Life isn’t as complicated as we make it, but it’s more complicated than TV would let on.” ~JE
That’s right. I said it. Just like any other lifestyle decision, monogamy is a choice.
Unfortunately, many of us haven’t actually made most of our lifestyle choices, and this one is no different. We may expect it from our partners, but most have never really committed to it themselves… and many won’t. More »
I’ve noticed some things about people who are truly happy with their lives. The first thing is that they’ve been an active participant in deciding what kind of lifestyle they want and have put out the effort to design it. Sometimes they succeed, sometimes they don’t… but being an active participant in making lifestyle decisions has actually affected their happiness. More »
Eating is something we all do. It comes very naturally to us. So why do we seem to think it’s so complicated? Well, it’s not. There are really only about six guidelines you need to keep in mind in order to make eating simple again. Allow me to explain… More »