100 Things I Know #13 – Grace is Necessary, Present, and Uncontrollable

Grace is necessary. We can achieve by ourselves, thank you very much.   If we’re in need of repair (which we are, given that Something Is Wrong), we can also fix ourselves.   We have capacities to control both positive and negative energy, and for good or ill, most of the time, we are the responsible party.   …

100 Things I Know #15 – Negative Energy Does Me No Good

Granted, some people argue that negative thought can smoke out the problems, prevent illusionary thinking, and generally give a more realistic view of the world. However, negative energy and negative thinking do me no good. Faith, belief, inspiration, and hope all lead to better outcomes than thinking a thing can’t be done.   My mental playlist …

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 …

It’s Already Been Done: A Particular Lie

At any given moment, there are millions of artists and craftspeople working around the world, making things that may or may not have any pragmatic use (depending on how you define pragmatics), and for most of human history, those artists worked in small corners, unnoticed except by the few. Not so today, thankfully.   An explosion …

On Living Longer Than Dad

­ I have now lived ten days longer than my father. As we flew to Hawaii on Friday, April 12, I was thoughtful of another date: July 23, 1988, was Jimmy Joe Berryman’s 19,707th day, and his last. April 12, 2013 was Jeffrey William Berryman’s 19,707th day.  All that day, I reflected on the fact …

Artistic Desire, Artistic Torment

So my friend wrote a comment on my post entitled "An Artist's Prayer" that read something like this: "How do you know the difference between artistic desire and artistic torment? It seems one and the same some days." Honestly, I'm not sure what she meant in asking the question, but given my mood today, it …

Learning to Work on Your Work

So I went from full time to half time to all-the-time.  From lots of people everyday to hardly any people any day.   From interactions with people focused primarily on what some would call "spirituality" to interactions based on whatever happens to be flying around the human experience at the moment.   From intense Biblical …