Recent Reading: Anatomy of the Soul

I’m assigning this as reading for everyone

January 4, 2021

2020 was a difficult year…that’s a common, and usually undisputed, refrain. I won’t dispute it either, but I think 2020 was as much of a revelation of our ills as it is the cause of it. Culturally, we’ve experiencing growing isolation, anxiety and discord for a few years. The pressure of 2020 pushed those to […]

Favorite Books of 2020

A series 16 years running...except for the last 8.

December 30, 2020

It looks like I missed a year or, um, eight, since I last posted my favorite reading of the year. Thanks for noticing… In some ways, reading has felt more labored this year, with all the other things going on. Like many others, I’ve felt restless at times and struggled to stay engaged with reading. […]

Moving into a New Season

I’m beginning training to be a spiritual director

September 23, 2020

It’s been right about two years since my last Sunday with the church we started in Austin. We recognized our family could not thrive health wise in Austin. It was a somewhat fast, and very hard, decision. But it was the right one as we have seen improvements in our family. And the church, of […]

A Simple Workflow for Book Exercises

You know...those parts at the ends of chapters you usually blaze past

October 18, 2017

I have a goal to read at least 52 books every year — an average of a book a week. I’ve met that goal every year since 2004. I love to read. I also love to say I have read…that long list of books I’ve read probably makes me feel a little too good about […]

Is Rogue One for the Kids?

It's absolutely for my kids

December 21, 2016

My first exposure to anything Star Wars is a crystal 1977 memory of a church parking lot. I was six. We were picking up my older brothers as they returned from camp. We stood at the back of a station wagon. Someone pulled a novelization of Star Wars from their luggage and showed the cluster […]

iPad, meet Scrivener

You too, iPhone

July 20, 2016

In February of 2010, the iPad was newly introduced. I was full of curiosity, intrigue and yearning. They weren’t available yet, but I was concocting all the reasons I needed one worked into our limited budget. My first round of self (and spousal) convincing led to this post: Ten Mac Apps That Would Give Me […]

My Puny iPad Mini Utopia

She might not look like much, but she's got it where it counts, kid

March 17, 2016

I may or may not have referred to my iPad Mini as my fourth child yesterday. I love the thing. It’s not often that we are separated by more than a wall or two. Two recent developments find me using it more and finding it more useful. They have been like nitro injectors for my […]

My Flawless Quick to Sleep Routine

No promises it will work for you

February 18, 2016

There have been more than a few articles about how screen time before bed time disrupts your sleep time. I’ve read many of them. Determined to not have my precious sleep time disrupted, we got a Kindle Paperwhite a year or two ago. The technical terms fail me here, but the type of lighting on […]

I’m Not Saying Blogging is Better

But its better for me

January 27, 2016

Late last month, this post popped up in my timelines: Iran’s blogfather: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are killing the web. And yeah, I first saw the link on Facebook, so that might seem contrary to the title. But it resonates. And I saw the article circulate enough to know that I wasn’t the only one. […]

The Only Proper Way to Eat a Bagel

Repent of your former ways

February 4, 2015

Our house is gluten-free. I am not. When I’m out somewhere and eating something that wouldn’t find it’s way into our home, I make the most of it. Let’s talk bagels, for example. Here’s how you should eat them: The bagel should be sliced and toasted. This isn’t a donut. It needs some crunch, some […]

Seven Podcasts I Subscribe To

Six of them I'd recommend to you

January 7, 2015

Alton Browncast Alton Brown is known for clever and thoughtful shows on Food Network, and his podcast is clever and thoughtful as well. It is primarily interviews, and most of them with people in a food related profession, but not all. But Alton is clever and thoughful enough that I enjoy listening to him to […]

This Aeropress Recipe Is My Favorite

..and my best

June 26, 2014

Alongside sweet little baby Jesus, Christmas 2012 marked the arrival of an Aeropress in our home. It became my primary brewing method, and my old Starbucks espresso machine was downgraded to the bottom cabinet shelf. Sometimes I’d make a great cup, and the next time I might as well have gone to the 7-11 down […]

When Good Intentions Collide

A workflow for writing and thinking and stuff.

January 7, 2014

Let me tell you about a few good intentions that are ever present in my life: 1) I think it’s a good thing to write words, sentences and paragraphs everyday. That’s not to say I do it, but I have good intentions about it. A few years ago, I even started a website called 501Words […]

Getting Started with WordPress

Read to the end if you like free stuff

September 4, 2013

A few months ago, the ever talented and tall Ryan Irelan reached out to me and asked if I’d be interested in creating a screencast series for Mijingo about WordPress. I’d already watched a few of the OmniFocus related screencasts that Ryan himself had made, and I recognized he was putting together quality work. I […]

So I Had This Idea…

and its about to ship.

August 8, 2013

There is tragic flaw of ambition that I share with many others. It leaves my own ideas lying dormant while squashing the dreams of others. Based on my highly scientific rough guess, it plagues 39% of all regular internet users. For readers of this blog, I would estimate it (highly scientifically) to be much higher. […]

Five Things

June 2013 Edition

June 10, 2013

Five things I’m into right now: Dispatch app for iPhone: I’ve tried some of the alternative mail apps that have made their way to iOS — Sparrow, Gmail, Mailbox. In each instance, though, I’ve find my way back to the built in Mail app. But after a week of trying Dispatch, I think I’m making […]

Breaking the Evangelical Mold at an Austin Church

A story about my friends at Vox Veniae

June 10, 2013

On Friday, the New York Times website published this story about Vox Veniae. I preach every two months or so at Vox Veniae, and I’m proud to call them friends. Read the article, watch the video that accompanies it, and you’ll see why. (Discerning eyes may even recognize my hind quarter around the 1:10 mark […]

Family Road Trip Hack

It's not such a new idea, really

June 6, 2013

I try not to write about the details of my life that reveal just how cool I am. I don’t want to appear to be all braggy and stuff. But, in this case, my cultural transcendence is relevant to the point, so here goes: We bought a minivan three years before our first child was […]

Speaking Notes on the iPad, Revisited

The ongoing saga...

May 6, 2013

A few years ago, I wrote about how I use my iPad in place of paper notes for speaking. Tablets and apps have come quite a way since then, and I’ve experimented with a number of setups for this. Scrolling through a Pages or a Google Doc seems to be the most awkward way to […]

Getting Cozy with Ulysses III

More like Yes-lysses

May 2, 2013

A few years ago, I took a good look at Ulysses as a writing app, and even wrote up a review. It was one of those apps that took some digging in to get a handle on, but the more I did, the more I saw how I might put it to use for larger […]