Archive for July, 2009

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Lightning Strikes

Check out this cool gallery of lightning strikes.


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In the book, Sam Gamgee sings this on the “Flight to the Ford.” Here, this is Tolkien’s voice singing.

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Magician Daniel Chesterfield

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More About It

Interview with Nate Wilson. How many publishers give away 500 books?

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Many won’t be able to look past the seeming randomness, loudness…weirdness. But I love it and find myself strangely alone in loving it I expect.

Imagery, revelry, metaphor, simile, cusp-testing are all included and can’t wait to read it so I can read it again.

I sat through one lecture of Nate’s in 2006 and it made a profound impact on the way I think about life. I’ve listened to it a few times and this book reminds me so much of it. Life is a story. It’s a poem (and you’ll have to read it to gather the context):

To exist in this poem is a greater gift than any finite creature can imagine. To be so insignificant and yet still be given a speaking part, to be given scenes that are my own, and my own only, scenes where the audience is limited to the Author Himself (scenes that I often flub), to have been here with my frozen nose, to have been crafted with at least as much care as a snowflake (though I’m harder to melt), and to hear and feel and see and taste and smell the heavy poetry of God, that is enough.

Exhaling, I feel the thaw. I should be in the car driving. We’re late, and kindergarten waits for no man.

– from Nate (or N.D. as he goes on paper) Wilson’s Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl: Wide-Eyed Wonder in God’s Spoken World

[on July 15th, I posted a trailer video of this book]

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My First Business Card (circa 1981)


My Current One


I’ve decided to not put my picture on my business card anymore.

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Clay shooting with a bow

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boy_woods1This article is chock-full of very important bites of information that pierce my parenting soul. Read it.

The natural world offers children an opportunity to think, dream, touch, and play out fantasies about how he or she imagines the world. Nature brings a capacity for wonder and a connection with something real that is endlessly fascinating and largely outside human control.

Al Mohler on Nature-Deficit Disorder.

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Weak faith will as surely land the Christian in heaven as strong faith; but the weak, doubting Christian is not like to have so pleasant a voyage thither as another with strong faith. Though all in the ship come safe to shore, yet he that is all the way seasick hath not so comfortable a voyage as he that is strong and healthful.

William Gurnall, The Christian in Complete Armour

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Me (addressing a pertinent situation with Lincoln): People who steal often go to jail.

Linc (nervously):”There’s none jail for three year olds…. Had told me.”

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Very good advice from Zach Nielsen.

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And my finger just hit Amazon’s Buy It Now button again. One click. We’ll start reading Friday night.

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Me (walking toward the table): Who wants the bowl with the most brownies and ice cream?

Karsten: Not me!

Haddon: Not me!

Lincoln: Not me.

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If we look externally there is a difference betwixt the washing of dishes and preaching the Word of God; but as touching to please God, in relation to His call, none at all.

William Tyndale

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