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Rands In Repose: Up to Nothing

I always enjoy what Rands offers up to us in his blog and, for me, this is one of the best posts he’s written yet. He talks about the art of doing nothing and the discoveries that come from just wandering around and letting your mind go… The moment I walk into a bookstore I […]

Shifting focus

  My original goal was to limit this blog to writing about the South and Southern literature, but I’m easing that restriction on myself. This blog will be my general outlet for creativity in general. It will include my photography and other types of work, too. I hope by easing the parameters I set for […]

Still kickin'

Sorry guys. I know it’s boring here. I don’t blame you if you’ve moved on, but I’m still kicking. I’ve had a ton of work projects on my mind lately and not a lot of time leftover for fun reading. Most of my reading has been from magazines. I did read Hugh MacLeod’s “Ignore Everybody,” […]

Finding joy in the ordinary

Life isn’t always exciting and sometimes you’re better off kicking back and finding joy in the ordinary. Sometimes our lives are stimulating and filled up with trips to the beach and amusement parks. More often than not, we stick closer to home or just stay at home. Life is better when you can find joy […]

Oxford American

If you aren’t familiar with Oxford American magazine you should definitely get to know it. The print magazine is gorgeous and brings real joy to checking the mail and the Web site has undergone some major revisions lately. If you are a fan of all things Southern, go there now.

A sideways view of optimism

A quote by Owen Wilson: I think of myself as a doom person. I’m a worrier. But I like the idea of being an optimist. Maybe I’m the kind of optimist who deep down knows it’s not going to work. Courtesy of IMDB.

Community

The evolution of community, and the occasional need to go back to the old days, has been on my mind lately. To help my thoughts percolate, I began by taking a look at the definition of Community, courtesy of the American Heritage Dictionary, 4th Edition (courtesy of the iPhone application iTunes link): Community: 1a.A group […]

Laugh Live Learn Love

Laugh Live Learn Love Originally uploaded by beelers I have this piece of art crafted of ceramic and clay that I bought a local gallery. It has four great lessons burned into it. Live You can’t help but live until you die, and if you aren’t busy living then you’re busy dying. At least that’s […]

Seeking sociology

I recently enjoyed reading “Blink,” a book by Malcom Gladwell. I’ve been reading similar books for professional development at work and I’m finding how much joy any writing even distantly related to sociology brings to me. A guilty admission: I never really understood what sociology was when I was considering what to major in at […]