100 Things I Know #9 – Time Doesn’t Come Back

Much about time is mysterious, and there are clues that time perhaps does not work as we think it does.   Perhaps past, present, and future are all ever present in some fashion quantum physics hints at, but as of yet, this is not a reality we experience.  Our experience is one of moving forward, of …

100 Things I Know #5 – Meaning Will Not Be Found. It Must Be Made.

Though we stumble upon moments when our lives cohere and suddenly all the our experiences make sense, and these moments often feel as if we’ve discovered an empirical reality that was there all along, the truth is that these moments are moments of our own story-telling, moments we have made. There are facts, and then …

100 Things I Know #14 – You and I Have A “Ness”

I mean –ness as in “a suffix denoting a state or condition. An instance of this.”     Darkness.   Likeness.   Kindness.   Lightness.   Flower-ness. Jeff-ness.   You-ness.  The particular quality of a thing or person. This is my way of saying each of us has been crafted uniquely.   Our particular mixture of DNA, circumstance and environment, cultural expression, personality …

Listening to God

Read the post first, then click the image and listen to the song.   It will make more sense... Listening to God is a strange idea. Seven billion people on the planet, all of them living and dying with needs, cries, joys, dances, and wars full of cruelties worthy of front page banner headlines.   We …

Tetrameter Fragments

So I've been experimenting with various ideas about what to do with the tetrameter that I've been writing each morning for over two years.    For the moment, I've decided to pull fragments out and create panels experimenting with text and texture.  I've got lots to learn visually, but it feels like there's potential here. …

Poetry Tuesday: We Need, We Men and Women, Wanting Much

WE NEED, WE MEN AND WOMEN, WANTING MUCH We need, we men and women, wanting much; A breakfast bun, a hand nearby, a breath, And quicker answers to the mad questions Buzzing our quiet times, distracting us. From nothing we came, but what does that tell us? What nothing is nothing, what kind of nothing …

Faith and Art: What is the Heart of the Matter?

What is at the heart of the conversation between art (in all its form and expression) and the faith of the Christian (in its multiple and varied flavors)? Here we go again…for more than a decade I’ve been leading an annual discussion with undergraduates at Abilene Christian University concerning the intersection between the real world …