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A Slow Bloom and the Young Search for Value

Christopher looked every where. He looked beneath his bed, under his desk, and behind his dresser; nothing. He even moved the clothes pile on the floor of his closet. Still, he couldn’t find what he was looking for.

“Ah,” he thought confidently to himself, “There’s one place I didn’t look! Surely it must be there!” He darted off towards his Disney branded Mickey Mouse T.V. and its matching red stand to give them a quick look behind too. Nothing. Nada. Absolute zero.

Christopher let out a long and frustrated sigh as he plopped himself into his little red desk chair in obvious defeat. Read More »

Social Hitchhikers’ Theater Act 2

The cell chimed a while before I could audibly zone in on its catchy Pearl Jam ringtone and track it to an innocent looking pile of jeans and socks hurriedly tossed onto the living room sofa. I could faintly hear a polyphonic version of “Yellow Ledbetter” struggling to escape an avalanche of fresh denim and cotton. I dug through my laundry and managed to rescue the call before it was demoted to voicemail. I simultaneously looked down and thumb-flipped open my cell; I immediately recognized the caller. Read More »

ASBO Jesus on Loving Neighbor as Much as Self

If you haven’t discovered The Ongoing Adventures of ASBO Jesus, serendipity is yours!

ASBO Jesus Cartoon

… think about the above cartoon for a bit this morning.

Find, Affirm and Own Your Axis Mundi

Axis Mundi. It is a strange pair of words. Esoteric sounding? Yes. Perhaps it paints a shamanistic image in your mind? Maybe. Is it Buddhist? Yes, though it would definitely be articulated with a different language, culture, and custom. The same sort of contextual articulation would apply to a plethora of Indigenous Tribes, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. In fact, Axis Mundi, as a concept, is universally present in all of religion. We all search for our own Axis Mundi. Read More »

Reflections of a Peacemaker by Mattie J.T. Stepanek

I highly recommend that everyone pick up Reflections of a Peacemaker: A Portrait through Heartsongs by Mattie J.T. Stepanek. Mattie died at age thirteen from dysautonomic mitochondrial myopathy, a neuromuscular disease. Mattie spent most of his time writing his Heartsongs, which are collected in Reflections of a Peacemaker. I have yet to find anything as inspirational as Mattie’s Heartsongs. Thank you, Mattie.

The Divine Liberation of the Utterly Helpless

“When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.” - Romans 5:6

Have you ever been in a situation wherein you were totally and utterly helpless? Have you ever experienced a moment in your life when you knew that you could do nothing to change the outcome? Have you? Have you ever been trapped in a moment when nothing you could do, say, or think would affect, effect, or even influence the conclusion? I think we have all been there at some point in our lives. If you have not already been in such a predicament, you will be someday. I promise. Why would I heap such a rotten sounding promise upon you, my friends? Well, because it is true. Read More »

A Tired, Worn, and Travel-wearied Leather Rita Botta

Filip loved his religion. He was the kind of man who needed tangible boundaries, real rules to live by.

His was a life lifted directly from the pages of his daily planner. His was no ordinary daily planner! It was a Small Italian Genuine Leather Rita Botta, and it was bursting at the seams as it valiantly attempted to envelop all the oddities Filip had shoved into it during his daily travels between home and office. The Rita Botta could have handled all of the expected norms: a notepad, calendar insert, contact page, and the occasional business and/or credit card flap. Its most formidable challenges, however, came in the form of an oversized black comb, TI 30XA, zip-disk, 7′ wooden crucifix, and 10 - 15 paper-clipped pages torn from “The Screwtape Letters.” Read More »

Our Journey’s Primordial Silence is Genesis

Main Entry (Merriam-Webster): Pri•mor•di•al » Pronunciation: prI-’mor-dE-&l » Function: adjective » Etymology » Middle English, from Late Latin primordialis, from Latin primordium origin, from primus first + ordiri to begin — more at PRIME, ORDER 1 a : first created or developed : PRIMEVAL 1 b : existing in or persisting from the beginning (as of a solar system or universe) <a primordial gas cloud> c : earliest formed in the growth of an individual or organ : PRIMITIVE <primordial cells> 2 : FUNDAMENTAL, PRIMARY <primordial human joys — Sir Winston Churchill> - pri·mor·di·al·ly /-dE-&-lE/ adverb. Read More »

Translucence Follows the Morning

An era is ending; clouds are spent and parting. Bright blues and yellows are claiming atmosphere. Translucence follows the morning.

Social Hitchhikers Theater: Act 1

“What are you waiting for? If not now, then when?”

I wasn’t really sure what to say to Dave, in response to his inquiry. He had a forceful way about him that seemed honestly persuasive, initially, but quickly became demanding, even domineering. He meant well, and that was the source of my problem. How do you tell someone to shut the hell up when you know they are right? Read More »