away with you, menubar!

October 31, 2008 | 1 Comment

This is part of an ongoing series called Blinders where I explore some of the ways I streamline my computer workflows to minimize distractions. My digital life took a turn for the better this week. Here’s a peek: Nothing special? Look pretty boring? Exactly. I was able to put the final piece in place toward […]

artist's way reflections: week 9

October 29, 2008 | Leave a comment

I’m posting my reflections earlier this week because some of this material has been sticking with me a lot. To mix it up, allow me to offer a few quotes from the chapter that captured, and troubled, me: The need to be a great artist makes it hard to be an artist. The need to […]

human capital

October 28, 2008 | Leave a comment

Each of us possesses amazing resources of knowledge, wisdom, and creativity. Our organizations need to learn to respect, nurture, and accomodate this wealth of human capital. We need to learn how to liberate the power of peers to create extraordinary organizations. Unfortunately, the way most companies are managed today, they fail to make use of […]

head to head: comparing scrivener and storymill

October 27, 2008 | 16 Comments

Stretch your fingers and prod your imagination — NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writers Month) commences at the end of this week. For the would be novelists out there, I thought it might be helpful to offer a comparison of Scrivener and StoryMill. (Update: you also might be interested in a more recent post where I compare […]

the artist's way collective: week 9 hub

October 27, 2008 | Leave a comment

Only four more weeks in The Artist’s Way Collective! Today we being week 9 focusing on Recovering a Sense of Compassion. Please share your thoughts in the comments below. (If you aren’t participating, feel free to share your reactions too.) If you are using your blog to process your experiences, please leave us a link.

artist's way reflections: week 8

October 25, 2008 | 2 Comments

This week has been filled with one of life’s creative blockades — half of our family has been sick. So, I don’t have time to offer a reflection. But for the sake of consistency, here are a few quotes from the chapter I found helpful: “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein (pg […]

have a creative november

October 24, 2008 | Leave a comment

As the weather turns cooler and people hunker down for the winter, I guess their energies are refocused into some creative pursuits. There are two shared creative projects coming up in November. Are you considering doing either of these? NaNoWriMo – November is National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to write a 50,000 word […]

the gospel illusion

October 24, 2008 | 2 Comments

The idea that one can or could at any time separate out by some process of distillation a pure gospel unadulterated by any cultural accretions is an illusion. It is, in fact, an abandonment of the gospel, for the gospel is about the word made flesh. Every statement of the gospel in words is conditioned […]

for your commute…and soul

October 24, 2008 | 2 Comments

For those looking to rotate some new content onto your play list, I give you some of my favorites of late. And if you’ve had your coffee, you might notice a theme here… For my Explosions in the Sky or Sigur Ros loving friends I’d suggest you give a listen to Joy Wants Eternity. They […]

inaugurated eschatology

October 23, 2008 | Leave a comment

And this means, as is well known, that his theology has the character of inaugurated eschatology, that is, of a sense that God’s ultimate future has come forwards into the middle of history, so that the church is living within — indeed, is constituted precisely by simultaneously within! — God’s new world and the present […]

a local, worshiping community (a missiology for the west)

October 21, 2008 | 7 Comments

(This is the final post in a series reflecting on David Bosch’s six distinctives for a missiology of Western culture. See the introductory post for a little background.) in the context of the secularized, post-Chrsitian West our witness will be credible only if it flows from a local, worshiping community. Of all of Bosch’s six […]

the artist's way collective: week 8 hub

October 20, 2008 | 6 Comments

Could it be possible that The Artist’s Way Collective is starting to draw near to the home stretch? Today we being week 8 focusing on Recovering a Sense of Strength. Please share your thoughts in the comments below. (If you aren’t participating, feel free to share your reactions too.) If you are using your blog […]

macbook pro: first impressions

October 17, 2008 | 3 Comments

There is an Apple store about five minutes from my house. I don’t end up there as often as I expected I might, but it’s been very convenient for times when they, oh…say, totally redesign their laptops and I want to see them in person. Yesterday, I swung by the Apple Store on my way […]

artist's way reflections: week 7

October 17, 2008 | 1 Comment

I haven’t posted any reflections on The Artist’s Way for the last few weeks. Please don’t tell anyone. Like others, my interest has looked like a taffy machine moving in and out of engagement with the process. Some of the reflections from the reading this week have been helpful to me, especially when it comes […]

a memory a day…

October 15, 2008 | 5 Comments

I’m working on my memoir. Let me be clear…I have no grand ideas about publishing my life’s reflections. I’d much rather encode my soul in fiction rather than bare it for the likes of you. (No, not you…I mean that other person who is reading this right now.) As a writing and growth exercise, I’ve […]

blog action day: poverty in austin

October 15, 2008 | Leave a comment

For Blog Action Day, my friend Bob Carlton (let’s be honest…he’s everybody’s friend) invited me to join a parade of Austinites to blog about the issues of poverty here in Austin. I have to admit I have regretted it a bit. Like Julie, we’ve only been here for a few months. And what I’m really […]

the artist's way collective: week 7 hub

October 13, 2008 | 2 Comments

Take a deep breath…The Artist’s Way Collective is past the halfway point. Today we being week 7 focusing on Recovering a Sense of Connection. Please share your thoughts in the comments below. (If you aren’t participating, feel free to share your reactions too.) If you are using your blog to process your experiences, please leave […]

laity (a missiology for the west)

October 10, 2008 | 6 Comments

(This post is part of a series reflecting on David Bosch’s six distinctives for a missiology of Western culture. See the introductory post for a little background.) A missionary encounter with the West will have to be, primarily, a ministry of the laity. I suppose one might argue that the laity are being given more […]

revisiting the kindle

October 9, 2008 | 6 Comments

It has been nine months since I received my Amazon Kindle. It has been a great device, and I blogged some initial thoughts here, as well a post on Creativityist about how it has been helpful for research. While the Kindle has been a convenient way to read literature, both classics and contemporary, it’s main […]

1326wpm!

October 6, 2008 | Leave a comment

Maybe I need to temper my recent ravings about Slife. Why you ask? Because according to Slife, I can type at about 1326 words per minute. I’m a decent typer…but not that decent. This morning I was working on a project in Scrivener. I wrote 7 paragraphs, and according to Scrivener, 420 words. Later in […]