Daily Thought

Over the last couple weeks, I started a habit of writing one line in a small journal every night. The line is usually something I was thinking about several times during the day, but occasionally it's just a random idea or question that popped into my head while I was trying to think of something…

Christina Rossetti

Right now I’d like to highlight a favorite poetess of mine, Christina Rossetti. I dug out her verses from among the poetry shelf in my room, and rediscovered how much I enjoy her topics and talent. Many children are introduced to her classic “Who Has Seen the Wind?” poem, although she’s also famous for “In…

In Defense of Country Music

Country is a musical genre that is popular to hate, although many country artists have enjoyed wild success. While choice songs such as Rascal Flatt’s “Life is a Highway,” the Zac Brown Band’s “Chicken Fried,” and John Denver’s classic “Country Roads” are relatively popular, the average person will claim that country music is not their…

Always Carry Flowers

As I was walking through town to the library, I passed a young man and woman on the sidewalk. The gal asked if I would like a flower, and held out a handful of small, colorful blossoms. Well, of course I would, so I took one, thanked her, and wished them a good day. It…

Thoughts: Taking a Creative Break

A concept that's been pinging around my mind lately is that art, as a creative process, is a leisure activity. A meta example would be this blog, which I started in a moment of bored free time, and is something I keep up when a moment of inactivity causes me to recall its existence. Another…

Rock and Ice (Part 3/3)

I meant to have this published a week or two ago, but here we are now. Alex Honnold’s “Antarctica” was nowhere near the South Pole. Instead of the “frore moor” that the polar explorers confronted, Honnold chose to challenge himself in the balmy Yosemite National Park in California, USA. Honnold himself said he likes to…

Rock and Ice (Part 2/3)

All striving done and “life’s set prize” attained: Not geographic goals, but greater far The pinnacles of leadership you gained.          -William Shakespeare This is part 2 of a 3-part series about contemporary solo-explorers. Our most recent heroes come into the limelight in late 2018. At that time, those who were keeping…

Rock and Ice (Part 1/3)

Remember the poem I wrote about helping penguins? Well, I seriously do love Antarctica. After being intrigued by the semi-recent tale of Henry Worsley, I discovered a host of frozen lore and legend centered on one mighty continent. The history of Antarctica is truly inspiring, but what's more amazing to me is that there are people…