Monday, December 12, 2011

Ummm . . . okay

"I'm gonna be on the cover of body building magazines."
-Ryan Dowell

Sunday, December 11, 2011


"In the giving it becomes clear that we are chosen, blessed and broken not simply for our own sakes, but so that all we live finds it's final significance in its being lived for others."

"(We) know from experience the joy that comes from being able to do for another person. You have done much for me, and I will always be grateful to you for what you have given me. Part of my gratitude, however, is the result of seeing you so happy in giving me so much. It is so much easier to be grateful for a gift given in joy than for a gift given with hesitation or reluctance."

- Henri J.M. Nouwen, The Life of the Beloved

This book is written in the from of a letter from Nouwen to one of his best friends, a man who does not share his faith. It is an incredible read for those who already believe in Christ. Nouwen (along with his disciple, Brennan Manning) writes in a poignant manner that identifies with the pain of the human condition while staying focused on our capacity for joy, love and hope. I'm loving the way this book speaks to me and it's reigniting a flame that's been a little dim lately. 

Brokenness Put Under The Blessing

"I never realized that broken glass could shine so brightly."
-Leonard Bernstein's Mass

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Dreaming of a White Christmas

On a pale, moonlit night, it's amazing how much the desert sand and stones can resemble snow.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Is That All?

"I've already got Jesus, now all I need is friends and money."

-Kamar Chafi

Friday, December 2, 2011

Beer Tasting

With Colin Noonan. He thinks he's funny.