Category Archives: The Long Story

Self-Knowledge and Systems

Self-knowledge is almost meaningless if a system is indifferent and unresponsive. That’s one of my big take-aways from the last couple of years. Self-knowledge is a good thing.  Not everything, mind you.  But it’s something.  Observation of what makes you … Continue reading

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New Year, Old Threads

Happy 2022!  Here’s hoping that it doesn’t take a long time getting used to the new date (last year was a small struggle with that). A couple of fun comics today about the change from one year to the next.  … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Best: The Presents You Save

Something about today’s Nancy by Olivia Jaimes seemed particularly fitting.  Part of that is because my old “professional” journal ended yesterday, which means today was the start of a new one.  I get almost 7 months out of each one, … Continue reading

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Twenty Years of Fellowship

Turns out that it’s been 20 years since the premiere of Peter Jackson’s take on The Fellowship of the Ring.  Truly difficult to believe that much time has passed.  So I’ll just leave this right here:

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Question to Questions

I ended yesterday’s post with a question: what’s a leader for?  It’s more of a thought-question, really, as I think that leaders are important, vital.  At the same time, how things play out when leaders aren’t around can be quite … Continue reading

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Twice Bitten, Thrice Shy?

Two years ago, I was serving on two search committees.  One was for our high school’s Christian Ministries coordinator, a position that had been vacant for two years and that I had helped step in to partly fill.  The other … Continue reading

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A Bit on Meaning

I’ve been thinking a lot about  meaning these last few weeks, these last few days in particular.  It seems to me that meaning comes from many different sources: God, family, friendship, and work, to name a few.  It also seems … Continue reading

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The Times of Your Life

Yesterday was “Christ the King” Sunday in many churches across the world (though many other churches across America probably celebrated Thanksgiving early instead).  As I understand it, the day is a comparatively recent addition to the liturgical calendar.  The Sunday … Continue reading

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“Rooftop to the Basement”

Twenty years on and I still feel there’s something deeply precious about this song.  Precious maybe isn’t the right word.  It captures something real and particular and fragile.  It’s a good marker and reminder for me.

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Like Yesterday, but with Better Resolution

Looks like U2 will be dropping more goodies between now and the 20th anniversary re-release of All That You Can’t Leave Behind.  Here’s a cleaned up clip of the band performing “Beautiful Day” from Boston in 2001.  The heart-shaped stage … Continue reading

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