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4 Decades, Part 4 – 30 to 39 years

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

I’ve reached the fourth and final decade in my recollections on turning 40. (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) In this latest ten years are some of the biggest moments, largest risks, and most unexpected cherished memories.

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Death to Funerals

Monday, August 20th, 2012

On a recent hike with one of my best friends I mentioned my distain for funerals and he nodded knowingly. You see, he turns 40 this year – and I’m only a year away – so deep conversations are more prone to brush up against things like mortality. But when I elaborated he realized that my commentary was not something he expected or knew I felt, so he stopped me and said… “You really ought to blog about that.”

So. Here I am.

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Don’t Shit-on, Fertilize

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Our little man is now two and a half and his vocabulary grows exponentially. My wife and I both make an effort to call things what they are and be specific and his little parrot mind locks all these new words away, categorizes them, and spits them back out correctly when we least expect. Click to continue »

Best Pictures of 2011 – Part 2

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

This is part two of my favorite pictures from 2011. While the first five were world photographs, this group is more personal. I either took them, or was part of their capture.

And like the last time, I’ll comment on why they matter to me.

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Newsflash: Marriage is Hard

Monday, August 30th, 2010

This weekend my wife and I celebrated our 12th Anniversary. It’s simply shocking to think that I’ve been married for twelve years, and even more amazing, that my wife has been able to put up with me! We had a wonderful time away from our kids, both the furry one and the one in diapers, and had the chance to really celebrate.

We laughed a lot. In fact, it felt like two people excited to be dating. And all of this got me thinking about the changes of our last few months and the strangeness of marriage.

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GOD & DOG

Friday, May 1st, 2009

I’ve been around churches long enough to hear people say being a parent teaches you how God sees us. But the more I think about that the more I think it’s wrong. I say… if you wanna know how God sees us, get a Dog.

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Look, don’t touch…

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

I’ve been struck by something recently.

We live in a beautiful country, with amazing things to see and road access to breathtaking parts of the outdoors.  And unlike most of the rest of the world’s beauty, we’ve never had ours spoiled by bombing raids or cleared to make more paper.

Yet we’re encouraged to stay away.  To avoid actually experiencing it first hand.  Conservation has turned the corner and become restriction.  And I’m not just talking about our most visited national parks –

The full moon happened right around my Birthday this year and it inspired me to take a midnight hike with my dog.  Reading that probably sparked one of two responses in you:  You think it sounds like a great idea.  Or you think I’m stupid.  Either way… humor me…. Click to continue »