Running To: Leaving California and Hitting the Road

Running To: Road Trip

Last week, my beloved wanderers were let into a secret. They were among the first to learn of my dramatic future-to-be. Today, I thought I’d clue the rest of humanity into my momentous decision. I’ve been hinting at the news for a while. It’s been a hard decision six long months in the making. A decision I finally confirmed last weekend. I’m leaving southern California this summer. Soon, I’ll be packing up my Mitsy and hitting the road like so many times before. Only this time, I have no idea if I’ll be coming back — or where I’m even going. Before I say anything else, I’d like to post a video — because, well, videos are fun. Especially when four-wheelers spontaneously vroom-vroom in the background. My wanderers have already seen this creation via … Continue reading…

On This Good and Not-So-Good Friday

Born on Good Friday

27 years ago, I was born on Good Friday. I spent that Easter Sunday of 1987 in a blessed hospital, though the specifics are a bit fuzzy. I haven’t celebrated a “true” Good Friday birthday since I was 5 years old, and I won’t celebrate another Good Friday birthday until I turn 84. This year, my mid-April birthday fell closer to Good Friday than it has in the last decade of Good Fridays. Over the last 24 hours, removed from the ritualistic confines of “church” for the first time in a long time, I’ve been pondering the significance of this day. Wondering whether to blog about it. Today on Good Friday, Christian bloggers around the world are blogging. They’re blogging about Jesus and sin and death and how the “Good” in Good Friday … Continue reading…

I’m an Enneagram Type 4: An Introduction

Enneagram Type 4

The first time I heard of Enneagram, I thought it was spelled “Anyogram.” I thought it was a board game. I figured the objective was to make up “any” word you could along with a faux-definition for it. Alas, Enneagram is quite different from Anyogram, the board game currently not sweeping the nation. Enneagram is actually a personality model that defines the human race into nine particular “types.” I’ve become such a sucker for personality stuff, so I quickly set to determining which of the nine types I was. Even before taking the short test, though, I knew. I’m an Enneagram Type 4: “The Individualist.” I am sensitive and introspective and expressive and dramatic and self-absorbed and temperamental. I am good, and I am not-so-good. “I am … Continue reading…

The Weekend WOW: Nannas on a Plane Edition

Weekend WOW trout

Throughout any given week, I strive to share silly serious smile-inducing vulnerable simple new things on my Twitter and Facebook. At the end of the week, I condense the very best of Internetdom into a WOW-tastic blog post I call The Weekend WOW. And what a wonderful WOW-tastic week on the World Wide Web it was. + WOW what a silly tweet: But really. DO HIS PAINTINGS MEAN NOTHING? It’s sad Wile E. Coyote is only remembered for his violence against road runners, & not for his brilliantly realistic paintings of tunnels. — Michael Cheshire™ (@JourneyMike) April 12, 2014 + WOW what a serious tweet: Donald Miller hits the nail on the head again. Will never forget this little nugget as I delve deeper into Memoir Land… … Continue reading…

Who are your favorite people to follow on Twitter?

Follow on Twitter

Twitter is awesome. I was skeptical at first. Isn’t this just a watered down Facebook? I wondered. Yes; yes, it is. And that’s why Twitter is awesome. It’s just so much easier to handle than Facebook. Twitter has also done wonders to help me edit my own thoughts into more manageable, pithier pieces. For today’s post, I only want to know one thing: who are your favorite people to follow on Twitter? You can take the humorous angle or you can go super spiritual on me and tell me who’s daily uplifting your soul. I’ll give you guys a few of my favorites from both sides of the silly/serious coin, and I hope you’ll also share some of your favorite fellows and fellas to follow. … Continue reading…

What Makes You an Incredible Friend

Incredible Friends

You’re an incredible friend. You’ve loved me when I’ve often struggled to love myself. You’re an incredible friend. You’ve texted me and called me and otherwise checked on me when I’ve never asked you to do so. Especially when I’ve secretly needed your love but felt too ashamed or needy to ask for it. You’re an incredible friend. You’ve asked me to coffee or concerts and shared in lively lovely conversations with me when the silence of isolation has nearly engulfed me. You’re an incredible friend. You’ve told me stories and jokes and make me smile when many frowns abound. You’re an incredible friend. You’ve joined me on adventures to foreign and familiar locales alike, and you’ve made me appreciate life’s moments, mammoth and small, … Continue reading…

What Makes Me a Horrible Friend

Horrible Friend

I’m a horrible friend. I only want your friendship for your kind words so that I can feel affirmed. I only want your friendship for your favors so that I can do less work or spend less money. I only want your friendship for those one-sided conversations that make me feel less lonely as I completely neglect your goings-on. I’m a horrible friend. I hate texting you and calling you and otherwise trying to squeeze you into my weekly self-absorbed schedule. I’ve ignored your texts and calls and bothersome voicemails. I only want your friendship when it’s convenient, which might be once a week or once a month or maybe even once a year. I’m a horrible friend. I forget your birthday and I forget your … Continue reading…

Song Altars: “In the Dust” by Brandon Heath

Song Altars: In the Dust by Brandon Heath

Throughout the Old Testament, the Israelite people constructed altars. Altars not so much for God as for themselves. They built altars in places where God had delivered them, so that whenever they passed back across those particular locations, they could see the victorious altars of yesteryear and remember. Remember the victory, remember the Victor. Last summer I helped construct my own physical altar while hiking a Pacific coast trail with some beloved brothers. Several months later, I unwittingly passed that same altar and remembered. Today, I start a new blogging series called “Song Altars,” featuring pivotal songs I’ve encountered along my journey. You might call such songs the “soundtrack of my life.” Here’s one that first hit me in the fall of 2012 during an uncertain … Continue reading…

The Weekend WOW: Stormy Seas Edition

Weekend WOW trout

Throughout any given week, I strive to share encouraging, inspiring, calming  things on my Twitter and Facebook. At the end of the week, I condense the very best of Internetdom into a WOW-tastic blog post I call The Weekend WOW. And what a wonderful WOW-tastic week on the World Wide Web it was. A stormy week, actually. + WOW what an encouraging tweet: This past week has personally been one of my most trying weeks. There is, however, a comfort and a distinct healing in the journey. The healing isn’t in the arriving, but the going. If we aren’t going, we are dying. — Storyline (@Storyline) March 27, 2014   + WOW what an inspiring blog post: “Why We Should Welcome Hard Times” by Mike Foster on Donald Miller’s … Continue reading…

I’m Not Growing Anymore

Downtown Fullerton City Street

Tonight, I sit alone. It is a night not quite unlike many prior Tuesday nights, secure within my favorite coffee shop on Earth. I am sitting by the window, the only such seat in this confined space, and the view downtown is lovely tonight. Just like every other Tuesday night. Coming to this coffee shop has been a weekly tradition stretching back many months living in this wonderful city. It is a freeing night to catch up on reading blogs and writing them too. To read and to write and to recharge, late into the refreshing downtown night. And yet, tonight on this particular Tuesday night, I sense a distinct difference, a sure and certain shift from all those other inspiring Tuesdays. What once was … Continue reading…