stand up mother take a bow cause you still make her cry*

for so long people in our lives have more power then they should.  i release that .

*Sam Baker – Say Grace


the american human condition

though he was a russian novelist Tolstoy could not have put it any better:  “There are no conditions of life to which a man cannot get accustomed, especially if he sees them accepted by everyone around him.”


NP: Sufjan Stevens – O Come, O Come Emmanuel

These are a few of my favorite things….*

Really just a list of MY favorite albums to listen to this year.

#10 – Sun Kil MoonAdmiral Fell Promises












#9  Mary GauthierThe Foundling












#8 Ray LaMontagne & the Pariah Dogs – God Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise.












#7 Laura MarlingI Speak Because I Can












#6 Tallest Man On EarthWild Hunt












#5 Frightened RabbitThe Winter of Mixed Drinks












#4 The NationalHigh Violet












#3 Shearwater Golden Archipelago












#2 Mumford & SonsSign No More












#1 Anais MitchellHadestown












* My Favorite Things – Rogers and Hammerstein

now we’re swallowing the shine of the sun*

Sunday evening we got together with some good friends to mark the one year anniversary of a dear friends death.  I won’t go as far as to say it was a celebratory feast but you couldn’t know David without getting a smile on your face.  He’s been honored with websites, book dedications and many of painful tears, and yet remembering him is important.  He was a pastor and he loved his people well.  Miss you man, have the gloves ready to play catch.

*The National – Runaway

everybody has a dream that they will never own*

when i was a child there was a new adventure everyday.  as i’ve grown up there have been many days that the adventure was forgotten about.  my promise today it to keep looking for the adventure.  i’ve got the most amazing person to share it with…..

Words that make me melt.  Piper, hold my hand in the parking lot.  No! Piper! Hold my hand in the parking lot.  Ok happy, ok.

*Over The Rhine -The Laugh Of Recognition

shine on all the churches they all love less and less*

love this song, it’s a take off of “this little light of mine.”

i spoke this week about how much i abhor “but theology”. you know how it goes…Jesus loves you BUT you got to quit sinning, God loves you BUT you got to give more so we can do his work, “I” love you BUT you’ve got to be willing to see it my way, i’ll let you all come up with your own BUT theology. if jesus had but’s in his theology then his love wasn’t unconditional. maybe the rich young ruler did walk away but bottom line jesus still loved him. i’m just tired of the buts and from this point forward it’s labeled “BUTT Theology”

*Joni Mitchell – Shine