"In the beginning was the Word..."
I love words.
I think that makes sense because I love Jesus, The Word
. It probably doesn't hurt that my Grandpa
was once a pastor and always a poet. I don't imagine myself becoming a pastor at any point, but I do write poetry (haiku
and sonnets and other forms, as well as free verse), stories & silly little plays, and I dabble in human-computer poetry generation
I love my wife.
We were married on August 9th, 2003, and with all due respect to you other married folks, our wedding was THE BEST. She is my best friend, and our years together have been, and continue to be blessed and full
I love my 3 daughters.
They are my mission and my passion. They are amazing little people, smart and funny and beautiful; I'm pretty sure I'm learning at least as much being their father as they are being my children. Oh, and I'm a stay at home dad, which is the greatest job there is.
Also. I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 1999, just before I turned 17. I don't love that so much, but I have been blessedly free of major health-related issues, considering.
A brief glimpse of my theology, such as it is. God is Love, and He is a wonderful mystery. And I believe the only way to make preaching Jesus (and Him crucified) mean anything is to live like Jesus, too. So: if you're more concerned with constructing a better theology than with constructing a world that looks more like the one Jesus talked about, I'm pretty sure you're doing it wrong.
I love music. I was born into a musical family, and I'm pretty sure my red blood cells are shaped like quarter notes. The piano is my first love, but I have also dabbled at one point or another with the guitar, ukulele, oboe, trombone, tuba, and xylophone. The piano, though... give me a good recording of piano music and a quiet place to be, and you will see what contentment looks like.
For what it's worth, I dig "popular" music, too. The Beatles (obviously, Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, Andrew Bird, She & Him (its true, I've got a soft spot for Zooey Deschanel), and so many others.
I love to laugh. "A cheerful heart makes good medicine" --
funny things make me laugh, and fortunately, Dr. Seuss was right: "From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere!" But you've gotta be paying attention. My way of paying attention includes lots of comics & webcomics (Calvin & Hobbes cannot be reread too often) and silly pictures on the interwebs, of course, but mostly enjoying the company of other people who love to laugh.
I love "stuff" less and less each day.
Let's call it like it is: I'm a minimalist wannabe. I was born into a society obsessed with stuff, and I'm trying to grow out of that. Thoreau
put it nicely: "Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify, simplify! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb-nail.
" And again, it's all about paying attention. Mindfulness, awareness of self & others, and a connection with God are three of the keys to simple, but full
living, and I do my best to work on all three.
I Bleed Scarlet & Gray.
What can I say? My dad played a few years of football at Ohio State, so it's inborn. I know it's not exactly the nation's favorite team, but I don't care, and no matter what happens on any football fields, the OSU Marching Band really is the best damn band in the land
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