pot of gold.

So I’m taking an online writing class. We (the Youthworker Circuit) signed me up for it, hoping to find a couple of nuggets for expanding our invisible empire of Wesleyanism. It may yet yield something;[…]

oh, there I am.

Ummmmmmmmmmmmm. Sorry about that, if you were following along closely. I took an unscheduled leave of absence from blogging at the end of last spring. I encountered a bit of life change that threw me[…]

flag man ahead

When we moved to the small north Georgia town of Ringgold 5 years ago, we were surprised to discover what a throwback community it was. We’ve lived in and are both from small towns, but[…]

this doesn’t matter a bit.

Except that it was amusing. Both of my boys are delightful goons, but very difficult to wake up in the morning. As a result, there is no one method of waking them that works for[…]

winding down

You know, once all the wheels have come off of the bus the ride isn’t nearly as scary anymore. Slows right down. I had to break dress code a week ago. As my friend Jake[…]

up Big Frog

It’s been two weeks since my last post and this one will technically be out of order with the one that follows it in the next couple of days. During this whole experience I’ve really[…]

the cumulative effect

I used to be a pretty avid kayaker until an underwater concussion knocked the interest out of me. I’d arrive at church with my boat in the back of my truck and take off for[…]


My entire adult life I’ve lived in relationship with feeling dirty in degrees. A humid rainy day with too much running around results in your hair getting a little plastered and a little more sweat[…]

don’t forget to separate your colors

Pro tip: if you’re going to wear the same thing for an extended period of time, turn down all offers to jump on a trampoline on Day 2. Today’s point of awakening was that I’ve[…]

the emperor’s new clothes

I thought I’d go ahead and lay out my ground rules for interacting with life for the next few weeks. Since I started this direction in late January, I’ve essentially been auditioning my clothes for[…]

over the waterfall

Tonight I’m going to be speaking in my church’s Ash Wednesday service, partly because I’m a staff person usually active in church calendar services, but also partly just to give them a heads-up about the[…]

fasting in need

I’ve always struggled with Lent. Here I could rattle off a dozen meaningless practices of Lenten fasts to make a point and probably even coat them in enough amusing and engaging sarcasm that I’d distract[…]

the confession of strangers

So I’m on my way back to Chattanooga from Dallas. The thing about the Chattanooga airport is that it’s awesome to fly out from but there’s genuine difficulty in returning to it. On the way[…]

crafty, and just my type.

So my mother-in-law sends a cryptic email to all of us kids this year, indicating that she’d like for us each to make her something from our individual talents. She went on more specifically, naming[…]

death on two wheels

I hate it when I have to get rid of a motorcycle. I’ve never had what you’d ordinarily think of as a “nice” motorcycle, but I’ve always loved whatever bike I had at any given[…]

how to make cake

Grey (6) had an appointment at the doctor today so Penner (4) and I had the house to ourselves. Penner finds an odd freedom in his older brother not being around and it manifests itself[…]

the rest of the story

Late last night I posted a response to a out-of-full-context quote in my Twitter feed. This morning I heard from my friend and, after having taken his 140 characters to task, felt it would be[…]

the new me

Hey, welcome to the new me. I’d know it for a while. My blog has been, since its inception, attached to my band’s website. At the time, the band was the only iron I had[…]