Category Archives: The Long Story

Temporary Vocational Stretch Update

The 2016-2017 winds down this week.  It doesn’t quite feel like it, though.  Instead, things are kind of heating up.  These last few weeks of the semester have been a blur.  Lots of cool moments: baccalaureate, the yearbook dedication (what?!), … Continue reading

Posted in 2017, Faith, The Long Story | Leave a comment

“Libraries in the Kingdom”

Jamie Smith, author of You Are What You Love, started his summer vacation with a brief reflection on the books that have been piling up in his office . . . and life.  The post, which you can read here, … Continue reading

Posted in Books, The Long Story | Leave a comment

Like Leaving the Piano in Ohio

Douglas Coupland prefaces Bit Rot, his most recent collection of essays and stories, with this: When the pioneers crossed North America from east to west, the first thing to be thrown off the family Conestoga wagon was the piano, somewhere … Continue reading

Posted in 2017, Books, The Long Story | Leave a comment

Temporary Vocational Stretch

Because of changes and restructuring at work, I’ll be taking a temporary vocational stretch in the fall.  The conversation has been mostly in-house at this point, which is fine by me.  It will require me to work on some of … Continue reading

Posted in Teaching, The Long Story | Leave a comment

A Song of Lament and Praise

What a last couple of weeks it has been!  The highs and lows of life can be so tightly woven together that they bleed together in weird and subtle ways, where every praise is also a prayer request.  Here’s a … Continue reading

Posted in Faith, Music, The Long Story | Leave a comment

Reaching 42

The coolest thing about 41 is that it’s a prime number.  The coolest thing about turning 41 was that I had a good weekend with a great overlap of the sacred and the ordinary (Holy Week and a good weekend) with … Continue reading

Posted in 2017, Comics, Teaching, The Long Story | Leave a comment

Checking the Settings

Yesterday Michael Dougherty of The Week tweeted what I am assuming is his version of a “new year’s resolution,” and I like it a lot. Process setting. System setting. Ritual setting. Not goal setting. Don’t get me wrong.  I have … Continue reading

Posted in Internet, The Long Story | Leave a comment