in our poverty

candles

I Have a Good Life

I turned fifty years old this week. Wow. The years go by so quickly, and I can’t remember a time that I ever imagined myself being fifty. It seems odd being fifty—maybe because I don’t feel fifty. Obviously I haven’t posted in nearly two years. Less...

Scolded

More Than You Can Think Of

It’s been so long since I’ve posted, it seems like I don’t even know how to string words together anymore. I’ve been sitting on a phrase for quite a while now, probably well over a year, that I scribbled down on a yellow sticky note. I...

wishes

When I Make Wishes…

Well I have to go a-travelling again. As I’ve noted before, I really don’t like travelling without my family—and I am terrified of flying. So every time I have to jump on a plane and go somewhere far away, I get pretty emotional and philosophical. I was...

Puzzle

Three Months of Pieces

I must have started six or eight posts since I graduated this past December, and I haven’t been able to finish a single one. I keep thinking of a quote I read years ago, by Louie Armstrong, that goes something like this: “If I don’t practice...

trainstation

I can see the light…

I just finished the final revisions to my Master’s portfolio, and my Orals are set for November 28. After that, just one more major paper and I walk the line. There’s light at the end of the tunnel, and I don’t think it’s a train.

gaming system

Gaming the System

This is a post that has been brewing since the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, and recent events plus a conversation I had during vacation brought it back to the forefront of my thinking. After Katrina, I read a news article about some folks who were none...

perfect union

Come on, people. Really?

After the congressman in church, I wasn’t in the most receptive mood a few does later when I was handed a copy of a speech by Texas Governor Rick Perry. An excerpt of the speech that left me perplexed and a little torqued off (but, sadly,...

oxygen

Standing Beside a Bed

To make a brief aside from my vacation posts, I was looking through some notes tonight, and found some unfinished thoughts from last December, shortly after my friend Ryan passed away. Looks like I was thinking of a follow up to my Flyin’ Ryan post, but...

capitol

A Congressman Walks Into a Church…

I was at a church and after the sermon was done and things were winding down, a guy got up and said that there was a special guest speaker there to speak for three minutes about his (the speaker’s) faith; a sort of personal testimony. The...

brain

I think my brain has successfully rebooted

Wow. In terms of workload and time resources, this year has proven to be a bit challenging. I’ve very much missed the act of composing posts, but in a rarity for me, I’ve simply been too tired to sit and write anything beyond work and school....