My big old stack of books

Well, I had fully intended to make book reviews a regular part of this here blog. And eventually I will. But a long weekend of travel with Third Day kind of slowed things down a bit. It never [...]

Powerful and effective

When I was a kid, I wanted to be powerful. The world’s strongest man, Paul Anderson, was the special guest at my church one Sunday. He pounded nails into a board with his bare hands. He [...]

Falling often

I turned 40 earlier this year. To commemorate the occasion I’m doing a series of posts highlighting valuable lessons I’ve learned in my time on this planet. “Gutta cavat lapidem non vi sed [...]

Influences: Rhinestone Cowboy

One of my very earliest memories involves me and my brother, along with a couple of our neighbors, dressed up like cowboys and singing along to Glenn Campbell’s “Rhinestone [...]

Get a (literary) life, part 1

Yesterday I talked about the problem with the “10,000 hours” thing and how it might be better to begin with a little reverse thinking before diving into the actual work. To figure out [...]

My first violin

This is an essay I wrote about a year ago, hence the reference to a recent move. It’s based on an exercise in Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird. I thought it might be fun to share it with [...]