Sunday, August 1, 2010

Beginning of a Novel

He hid in the back of the church, looking up at the cross. The mass of people around him and the noise of hymns being sung faded. It was all too overwhelming--too much for his young mind to take in {at once}. So he focused on the cross.

This giant, wooden cross had always been there. It was there during the Easter pageant when the men put on makeup, the ladies waved palm branches and a plastic baby Jesus occupied center stage. It had been there when he was caught racing down the center aisle and took the beating of his life for it.

The boy had been there many times before--or at least he felt like he had.


It is time I started writing again. I need to write about life--to celebrate the mundane, the exciting, the happiness, the sadness, the good and bad. The point is that I am not getting any younger and my thoughts are not becoming any clearer. It is time I started writing again.

Although I recently heard there is enough content generated every day to fill the NYT for the next 19 years, I feel there is a significant lack in quality. There is more content, more words and thoughts are put into the world for consumption or just to exist unread by no one except the author.

Writing is an art form in my mind. It is to be approached with humility and with a dedication to the craft. At the risk of sounding pretentious, I think it is something too many people do without giving thorough thought to what they are attempting to communicate. I feel the same way about communication in general. Many words are spoken--very little is communicated, very little truth is presented and precious little understanding is gained.

Friday, May 30, 2008


"Everybody's working for the weekend." It's a cheesy 80's song--okay, I kind of like it. Especially when Chris Farley danced to it on SNL back in the day. If he wasn't so out of shape, he would've had a legitimate shot at winning that dance-off with Swayze.

Well, it's time for the weekend. I actually enjoy my job and most weekends are pretty uneventful for me. Hopefully, this one will be a little more exciting.


Thursday, May 29, 2008


I'm starting to feel a bit like Doogie Howser typing this blog--for you younger readers that don't remember, he always kept an online journal on this huge computer he had in his room. Anyway...

This morning I went on a quick five-mile run around Prairie Village. The toughest part was getting out of bed at 6am, but after that I really enjoyed the run. It's a great way to start the day--I feel like I have more energy afterwards and I don't have to worry about working out tonight.

On Saturday, I'm planning on running nine miles, which will be a bit more challenging. But, I'm looking forward to it. I need to decide in the next week whether or not I'm going to run the 10k or the half marathon at Hospital Hill in KC. I think I could do the half--I might never walk again, but I could probably finish it. We'll see.

Have a great Thursday, everyone.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008


Well, this is my first post. I've never Blogged before, but I'll give it my best shot.

As far as Blogs go, mine will probably be a disappointment for millions of its readers. I've seen some pretty elaborate ones with photos, thought-provoking stories and humor sure to appeal to the lowest common denominator.

Alright, I'd better get back to work. Have a great day everyone!