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January 2006

American Idol: Can Simon Cowell Really Judge Talent?

Against my better judgment (and sense of self respect), I found myself watching the first two days of American Idol. It’s a contagious disease. Actually, it’s not that bad until you get down to the last 10 or so contestants and the majority of them don’t have the look or attitude to make it in the music industry. Which brings me to my point. It’s obviously Simon’s show. Of course it’s literally his, but he also commands the screen with his presence and opinions. I’ve been watching Simon as he watches and listens to the contestants. He has such black […]

The Cost of War

In 1998, John Mark was about 16 years old. I was 21. He was in a different world. John Mark was hell-bent on joining the Marines as soon as he was old enough. He had dreamed of becoming a Marine for years. It was probably his greatest ambition at that time of his life. I saw him racing toward military service, and I was worried. I have never been the type of person to even consider joining the armed forces without a draft. Bloodshed is something I don’t want to see or cause, if I can help it. Violence is […]

a pleasant shade

these overcast skies chase fears of burning heaven from my eyes the overbearing gleam can blind a mind so dull as mine and the dazzling brilliant blue an agonizing hue forever etched behind my pupils as eyes like mine seek to crawl away and hide rather than to find a crystal clear reflection of what i thought i knew and should i come unglued, perhaps, before the light’s subdued offer up a prayer, a wish, or something misconstrued perchance in undeserving kindness i’ll receive your palm, upraised before my eyes perceive whichever token destiny has chosen me to leave and […]

Homer, Tolkein, and Jordan

Granted, Homer was required reading in sophomore world lit., but The Illiad and The Odyssey are forever burned into my literary consciousness, not to mention my soul. Grand, larger than life tales of adventure, colossal battles, and mythical heroes litter the ancient landscape. Homer took a collection of myths and wove them into a historical tale worth believing. Two years after Homer, I found myself reading The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. It was my girlfriend’s (now my wife) doing, actually. She had read The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. I had little to no interest in Tolkein […]

2006: A Pledge to My Wife

we began this new year in intimate embrace a symbol of the coming year for to you i pledge my love afresh and write to tell you what to expect this year i draw near nearer than before this year i am unfettered by the chains that bound me before this year i will humble myself and allow myself to be known this year i will seek your heart as a treasure without price this year my pursuit will be marked by persistance, endurance, and unyielding resolve this year the yearning swells inside for hearts to touch as delicately as […]