Thursday, April 30, 2015

Life....and Death

Unfortunately, my life has been touched by several loved ones who have taken their life recently.  Its one of the things that goes with coming from a state with a high suicide rate and well...just living in this cruel world.  A few weeks ago, a friend I grew up with took his own life.  This morning, an old favorite single, Rhett Miller's song, "The Believer, (For Elliott Smith) popped into my head."  Elliot Smith was another favorite singer who took his own life. Rhett's tribute to his friend is poignant, if you listen closely.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

On Kent Haruf

Kent Haruf February 24, 1943 – November 30, 2014
One of my favorite living authors is unfortunately, now one of my favorite deceased authors. Kent Haruf, was quietly mesmerizing in each of his five published novels (I can't wait to read the sixth which will be published this Spring.) Haruf's books take place in fictional (but based on his decades of living in Eastern Colorado) Holt County. Haruf has the same quality of many of our greatest writers of taking characters and turning them into complex beings.

The following article published by Granta this fall is a beautifully written article by Kent Haruf.  If you get a chance, please read this too.

Haruf's Novels were:
The Tie That Binds (1984)
Where You Once Belonged (1990)
Plainsong (1999)
Eventide (2004)
Benediction (2013)
Our Souls at Night (to be published in 2015) 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

YouTube Video of the Day: Elvis singing "How Great thou art" and Elvis's father at the end.

For this Sunday morning I leave you "How Great thou Art" by Elvis.  This video was released shortly after his death and is worth watching....Elvis's father's appreciation for the fans at the end is touching.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Quote of the Day: Brady Udall

"Whether we like it or not, polygamy is not only a part of our past, it’s part of our present, our scripture and theology, which both suggest it will be part of our future. If we are to respect our heritage and be honest about who we are as a people, we must acknowledge polygamy’s place in our church and culture. And when we see a polygamist family among us, we must remember we are looking in the mirror; we are looking at ourselves."
 Brady Udall. Found here:  
Brady is the author of "The Lonely Polygamist," one of my favorite books I've read in the past five years.    

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Quote of the Day

"To recognize our bias toward error should teach us modesty and reflection, and to forgive it should help us avoid the inhumanity of thinking we ourselves are not as fallible as though who, in any instance, seem most at fault. Science can give us knowledge, but it cannot give us wisdom. Nor can religion, until it puts aside nonsense and distraction and becomes itself again." Marilynne Robinson from "When I was a Child I read Books."

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Oh, Hello

Instead of cleaning and organizing, I thought I'd procrastinate by writing for a few minutes on my blog.  Since the advent of Facebook and Instagram, my blog has suffered but there's something about the blog that leads me to think its not an obsolete social medium, although its not as immediately gratifying as Facebook, Instagram, or even Twitter.  Blogging is, and can be an online Journal, diary, essay, etc. Blogging can be whatever you want to be but some how feels more intimate than Facebook even though anyone can read my blog or comment on it (I'm looking at you, Russian spammers).  Anyone can and should be a "writer," because there's something liberating about creating, even if its just a little dribble about blogging.  Anyway, I guess I should write a little bit about the past three months, but maybe tomorrow.......