I’ve been editing The Fiddler’s Gun for the last month or so and in my spare time I’ve put together a website that I hope to use to provide some further insight into the publishing process. It’s a work in progress but I think I’ve got it looking and working well enough to call it [...]
In my tattered copy of a book simply titled Good Poems (selected by Garrison Keillor), this page is one of many that are dog-eared (gasp!). I think I remember a librarian in fifth grade telling me that this was the unpardonable sin, so each time I feel that crunch of paper fibers beneath my thumb, it [...]
“Do it again.” Three words that make kids laugh and make parents go insane.
This past Easter Sunday morning, I was making a big pancake breakfast for my family. Tricia (my wife) was having a nice sleep-in, and Sophia (our daughter) was patiently awaiting her feast. A few years ago, I put together an Easter playlist [...]
I picked up my banjo this morning to practice. Lately I’ve been working on speed, and correcting deficiencies in my technique that have crept in as a result of tension. The first thing that happened was my plastic thumb pick snapped in half when I put it on. With an irritated sound which could easily [...]
I recently attended the Festival of Faith & Music at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Famed painter Makato Fujimara was there to present at the initial keynote session and he did a fine job setting the stage for the weekend’s proceedings.
Within his message, mostly tuned in to the passage on ‘extravagance’ found in Mark [...]
There is such a thing as an ERB test. Don’t ask me what those letters stand for, but they are the standardized aptitude test currently used in the school where I work. I, personally, just love to call them the “erb” tests. As in “herb.” As in parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. As in Peaches [...]
A society which rejects a moral imagination (the artistic aspiration toward right order in the soul and right order in the commonwealth) will not necessarily abandon imagination altogether (though the way modernism has treated the fairy tale, that has sadly happened to some extent in our culture). Instead, we will turn toward [...]
I see myself in Moses, and in Gideon, arguing with God. “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh?,” asks Moses. “How shall I save Israel? My family is the poorest, and I am the least,” said Gideon. And to both God says, “I will certainly be with thee.” After that argument-ending statement by [...]
Heaven knows why it has taken me so long to write a little something about this album, the newest EP from friend and soul sister, Julie Lee. Julie and I met several years ago at a friend’s house and found immediate ease in conversation and a unique connection; sparks of light and magic hung lightly [...]
On second thought maybe I won’t start Twittering. Not yet. Not unless someone can convince me that it’s more than just…
“… the telegraph of Narcissus. Not only are you the star of the show, but everything that happens to you, no matter how trifling, is a headline, a media event, a stop-the-presses bulletin.”
From Nicholas Carr, [...]