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The Best Gifts Come with a Bow

I am truly blessed to have a handful of really great friends.  I am even more blessed to have a handful of really great friends who are also great artisans.  I am equally blessed by the fact that those friends are truly generous.  Recently, one of these great friends stopped by my house with a little gift.

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It’s a 70′ hickory bow, custom built just for me.  A light draw, it sports a 25 lb pull, with a custom cedar grip.  The tips on this Cedar Lodge Archery original are hand-carved purple heart.  The bow is even monogrammed on the belly with my last name (not shown) and one of my favorite Bible verses.  The bowyer was kind enough to pose with the bow so that I could show it off.

Thanks Prof!


Posted by on July 11, 2010 in better living, free, friends


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Oh the Sounds We Saw, and the Sights We Heard

Last Friday was  a special treat for TWGW and me; We loaded up the beggarmobile and set off for Van Buren, Arkansas.  Friday night, we were treated to a performance by the Quapaw Quartet.  The intimate audience of about 20 people gathered down front of the Van Buren Fine Arts Center auditorium to listen to the quartet perform some select works from Shostakovitch and Brahms.  Both composers’ work is relatively unfamiliar to me, and so it was a real treat to uncover the surprises in store as the musicians poured their energy into the show.

I especially enjoyed listening to Shostakovitch, noting the heavy influence the modern classical composer has had on movie music throughout my lifetime.  Listening for the themes that drifted in and out of the tunes was like an audio version of Where’s Waldo, and it thrilled my spirit.

I went into listening to Brahms with a preconceived notion of what to expect, and I could not have been more wrong.  There was so much energy and vibrance in the selection that it almost made me squirm in my seat in fear that the performers would die of exhaustion before our very eyes.  If I took anything from this performance it is a renewed interest in classical arrangements for small ensembles.

The acoustics in the Van Buren Fine Arts Center were amazing.  Upon entering the auditorium, I immediately noted the absolute quiet that surrounded me.  Once the musicians took the stage, the clarity of their performance was astounding.  For a brief while, I closed my eyes and bathed in the notes that washed over me, marveling at the sounds of their fingers striking the strings of their  instruments.  Needless to say, I was impressed.

Saturday brought some shopping at a few of the local shops.  The purchase of an antique razor,some fine locally grown and spun icelandic wool yarn, and several used books highlighted the day and made for a pleasant outing.

Sunday, we were treated to an art exhibit, highlighting the works of  talented up-and-coming young artist, Christa Nishmuta.  Christa is the type of artist who really paints and draws from the heart, imbuing a sense of deep spiritual connection with her medium.  It’s always exciting to see young artists and the enthusiasm that they show in their work, and Nishmuta is no exception.  She has a lot to be proud of in her work.

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The overall theme seemed to be one of flight, featuring many butterflies, dragonflies, and birds.  It almost gave me a sense that she’s in a place of great excitement in her life–soaring, as it were.  Christa has a keen eye for the details that matter and an excellent sense of technical precision in her hand, her work ranging over a course of styles and excelling in every area.  It was a real visual treat to take in her show.  Prints of her work are available for purchase.  If you are interested in learning more about her work, just let me know, and I’ll put you in touch with her.

“I like to think I use my art to connect with people, the places they go, loved ones, memories, or simply pictures in creative spaces that are pleasing to look at. I usually paint because a person inspires me and I think of them while I paint. That painting is an expression of that emotional connection. I think we are all created with these connections and art provides us with an imaginary place to share.” –Christa Nishmuta


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World Premiere!

I’d like to take a moment to announce the world premiere of The Biggest Blockbuster of the Summer! This June, a friend and I filmed a short 5 minute movie in my backyard, and now we’ve put it up on the internet for ridicule prosperity and fame!  Without further ado, I present to you, The Fountain.


Posted by on August 9, 2008 in fiction, film, friends, internet, pirates


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My Fanfic Moment Chapter 2

This is Chapter 2 of a fan fiction piece I’m working on.  I don’t own the copyrights to the characters, and it’s just an exercise in fun to help me spread my writing wings a little.  It’s all in good fun.  I should, however, warn you that there is some course language and some very not-nice things said in this chapter; While not true to me, this type of language is true to the characters as they have been developed by the “real” writers.  So, if you are easily offended, please, give this one a miss. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 22, 2008 in fan fiction, fiction, friends, writing


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Well, now, uh, Lancelot, Galahad, and I, uh, wait until nightfall, and then leap out of the rabbit…

I found this on the internet. Apparently, these guys spent the whole day setting those pillars in concrete to prevent people from parking on the sidewalk. Supposedly, this picture was taken at the end of the day when they were cleaning up. How long do you suppose it took them to notice where they parked?

Speaking of getting caught with your pants down, my friend Cylis has an amusing anecdote to share.


Posted by on May 19, 2008 in friends, humour


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Due to popular demand

Ok, so after posting pictures of the world’s greatest wife shaving her legs, several of the guys from over at the B&B have demanded equal time for my legs. I don’t know for the life of me why they would want to even imagine that, let alone see it, but without further ado, you can see the infamous photo after the fold.  Warning, this image is not for the faint of heart.

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The Finer Things in ’08

Happy New Year!
May 2008 be better than ’07.

This time of year always brings on retrospective looks at the year that passed, and hopeful thoughts on the year to come. Quite frankly, I get sick of hearing all of it. Yeah, so there were some bad times in 2007. There were some good times, too. It all balances out. 2008 will largely be like all the years that preceeded it. It being an election year, it will no doubt be frought with controversy and public discussion of problems that will likely never be solved.

It occurs to me that our system of starting a new year on January 1 is largely arbitrary. Why not start the year on, say, the winter solstice, or perhaps the first day of Spring? Actually, starting on the first day of Spring makes a lot of sense to me. Nature is starting to bloom, the weather is warming up, everything looks more promising in Spring. Instead, we start the new year in the dead of Winter. No wonder no-one is able to keep their new year’s resolutions? All vigor and motivation is sapped out of them as they shiver and curse the cold.


A thought on the finer things.

The holiday season is always hectic, whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukka, Kwanzaa, or nothing at all. The stores are filled with people rushing around trying to figure out what gift says, “I don’t know you very well, even though we’re related, but I care about you and hope this is roughly equal in value to the non-personal bauble you purchased with me in mind.” Those who are out just trying to do normal everyday shopping tasks, become frustrated and their aggrivation becomes contagious, making for a rather unpleasant outing for all.

What causes all this? Well, it’s really quite simple. We, as a people, have lost touch with the finer things in life. I know, that sounds cliche’. It is true, though. Sometimes we get so caught up in what we can accomplish and what we can acquire that we forget to be thankful for what we have done (or avoided doing) and what we have been granted. God is good. God grants us a great many blessings and freedoms and we should remember to always embrace that.

My wife and I lead a lifestyle that many don’t understand. I work full time and she is by and large a housewife. She does babysit my nephews for a few days a week for minimal pay. Do not think for one second that she doesn’t work for a living. She is one of the hardest working women I know. Cleaning up after me is 2 full time jobs alone. Putting up with me is 3. We are working to get ourselves out of debt and we sacrifice a great many things in pursuit of that goal. It’s easy to complain about that sacrifice. Creature comforts are nice, and doing without them can be downright unpleasant. However, we still have fairly comfortable lives. The house we live in is paid for. The cars we drive are ours. We have food on the table. If we didn’t have food, we have family and friends who would be willing to feed us. Life, as they say, “is good.”

We have friends who live an intersting lifestyle as well. The husband built their house with his own two hands, and they homeschool their children. They are very open to DIY living and make many of the things they use on a daily basis. I applaud them and their choice to “go against the grain.” It’s a spirit such as theirs that built this nation and I can only hope to find the courage to emulate them more. They have truly figured out what the finer things in life are.

So what are some of the finer things? Here’s a short, non-inclusive list in no particular order:

1. A good leisurely shave.
2. A walk in nature.
3. Knowing you’re doing your best.
4. A firm handshake.
5. New socks.
6. A warm embrace from one you love (and who loves you).
7. A good movie.
8. A good read.
9. A quiet place.
10. Family
11. Friends

So, as 2008 rears it’s head and you start your quest to make it the best darn year ever, remember, it’s not about finding happiness from without, but from finding contentedness within.


Posted by on January 2, 2008 in b and b, friends, holiday, personal, quality, shaving

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