The Cross and the Crucible

Metal is everywhere. Music, skyscrapers, you name it. I have known a few welders, and they are knee deep in the stuff. They certainly can tell you a thing or two about making things with metal. The same thing goes for blacksmiths. They still exist these days, albeit in smaller numbers than in the not…

The Craftsman

Landscaping. It’s what I do for work. I have done it on and off over the course of four years. Where I am at presently I have learned much. In facing elements… I have had a lot of time to think about things (since any yard and how to attack it becomes quite routine). One…

Terror and Tenderness

It’s about that time of year again. Where grandmas will be making pumpkin pie. Jack O’Lanterns will be smiling with their goofy ghoulish grins. Many a man and lady will meet their vampires and not know witch way to turn, or were to wolf, lol. Fall is fun. For many Halloween is fun. It is…

Coals and Corrections

When I was growing up, around Christmas time I often heard the kids around me talking about Santa. Always faithful to ruin the jovial imaginations of Santa were the words from mothers and fathers chipping in to say “If you aren’t good Santa will give you coal.” I wanted to be a black-hearted pirate in…

The Shadow and The Spirit

When I was a boy I had a dream. I remember it well (even though I was only four). In this dream I saw myself in white clothes like the kind Indiana Jones would wear. There was an essence of glowing light around me. I was climbing a mountain to get a treasure, or to…

Dating and Dollars

If you haven’t had that relationship quality and satisfaction that you always knew was out there, and you could never figure out what the heck was going on… Please, tune in for a few moments. I have something to say. It blew my mind when I realized it. How much would you like to know…

Naaman

How would you feel after coming a long way to see a Doctor for a nasty condition; knowing that the Doctor was a specialist in it, and instead of giving you some amazing new experimental pill for it — he proceeds to tell you straight faced while you are looking at him with a dead…

The Enemy

There goes an old saying: “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”…

The Small Voice

Look around you. What do you feel? Here… in this present moment. What are you observing? Are you observing yourself? Frankly, it can be quite strange when you realize that you can think of yourself outside your own body, and your own head. In that place in this moment what do you hear? What tones…

Love

Love. I have come to know that there is no other word that is spoken of as much or as greatly. I have come to see that there is no other word that evokes more opinions than this term (other than religion or sexuality at this cultural moment in time). It has almost lost its…