Saturday, February 25, 2012

Revise us

Steinway artist Randall Atcheson gave new flourish to old hymns at The 2012 Christian Writers Guild conference. He also sang with gusto if not giftedness and practically danced on the piano, delighting worshippers with his colorful tie and matching socks sprouting out of checkered loafers. He embodied joy.  Best of all, he rewrote the lyrics for his audience of writers.  Revive us again became Revise us again and wouldn’t we all like that?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Tree of Life -- the movie

Order The Tree of Life from Netflix, light a candle and take a comfortable seated position on the couch. As a gripping meditation, Terrence Malick’s 2011 film The Tree of Life is a stunner.

 The drama of the human family plays out against dramatic visual imagery that paints the bigger picture.  Set to classical music and an original score by Alexandre Desplat the film poses God’s question to Job—where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?—but without words.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Writer's Block

Come out of that crawl space
you formed in your head
glide past with purpose
your unmade bed.

Cut swath through the clutter
of  loved ones’ play
shrug them off kindly
lay claim to your day.

Sit down in the sunbeam
that shines on the floor
move pen across paper
behind a closed door.

Thursday, February 2, 2012


I just put The Motion of the Ocean by Janna Cawrse Esarey on my Nook. I discovered this adventure story in a bookstore in Antigua. Esarey lives in the Pacific Northwest where young professionals and people with salt water in their veins seem to converge. She gives us a generous peek into the cruising lifestyle along with some well worded wisdom on relationships (she was honeymooning with the boat captain).

One of many passages I could relate to was a discovery she made as she was being tossed in the air by a storm.