Still Here

still-here Contrary to what my infrequent posts would suggest, I am still here. Life overall has felt somewhat helter-skelter, and a number of activities (such as blogging) are struggling to get much attention. Throw in guitar and exercise and reading, and I’m starting to wonder what I actually am doing with all my free time!

Back on the topic of blogging, my friend Blair recently described some of his battle the process. While not exactly the same, I affirm the battle of any creative process.

I love to write. I want to write. But the act of stringing words together in meaningful ways is taxing, and my account balance seems low at present. Metaphors aside, I just don’t have much to say lately.

Actually, that is a lie.

I do have a fair bit to say, but the level of energy demanded to meaningfully move unformed thoughts into polished prose has been beyond me lately more often than not. This isn’t even a statement of struggle or seeking for sympathy. Life is filled with good things, and I am quite grateful. This is simply a declaration that writing is hard. I’m no Ann Voskamp. Seth Godin does not live here. Max Lucado is at another address

Call me lazy. Say I’m tired. Conclude that I have lost motivation. Some of these may be true. But I am still here.

And for today, I’m content to leave it at that.

Back at It

Some time ago, I entered a block of vacation time. In my eagerness to “take off”, I neglected to let you know! 😉

I will touch on some of the details of holidays in tomorrow’s Thursday Thanks. For the moment, just allow me to state…

I-am-Back

Gone Camping

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Within the hour, I am headed out of the city for a week at a Bible Camp that is very dear to me. Part of the beauty of the week is a fast from the Internet and from text messages.

See you on the other side!

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Sixteen years ago, I married my sweet Shannon. On that day, I loved her as much as I knew how. I love her more today.

The marriage journey is an intense one, with both delight and difficulty. Whatever the season, it is a profound pleasure to walk with this dear woman.

Thanks to her for the joy of life together.

Thanks to others of you who have walked with both of us.

July 4: What Could’ve Been

My American friends — and millions of American strangers — spent the day celebrating their national holiday. Here is Stephen Merchant to share how great July 4 could have been.

Monday Adrenaline Rush

Some have theorized that this video is a fake — it may well be.

It scares me all the same, and it should get your Monday adrenaline flowing!

World Cup 2014

World-Cup-2014-Brasil-logo-03Today kicks off World Cup in Brazil. This creative piece of animation, depicting famous goals through the years is a decent way to get ready.