Category: the big idea

Good Morning Ballard

The new morning routine (subtitled, “toast crumbs on granite”). Breakfast, coffee, sunrise. Even when its overcast and gray, the skies are pretty amazing. I needed this.

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looking northeast from Pilchuck

You’ve been quiet lately. How are you?” asked a new friend

New job, more responsibility, more overtime (at 31, I’m finally making more than I was when I was 22 – thank you Social Security Administration for that awkward factoid); great forward momentum with my band, new studio project, great opportunities coming up; insurance reimbursement for the break-in means I’m rebuilding the home studio, some work travel coming up, some big family events and reconnecting with old friends back in MD all in the works… I have been quiet, but its going well and I’m getting a lot done, much to the dismay of my knees. » Continue Reading…

Jesse James Johnson, Jackie Lee's, NE DC
Though he passed on over two years ago, I’ve been thinking about Jesse James a lot lately. I don’t remember the exact chain of events, but somehow shortly after I started showing up at blues jams around DC at the tender age of 19, I fell in with Jesse James and The Raiders. Looking back, It was one of the best things that ever happened to me. » Continue Reading…

descent
Descending out of Captain Point (5500′ above sea level) the other day, in a fairly easy stretch of doubletrack between two rocky, rutted washouts, while sneaking in the longest glances at the scenery I could afford to take in… I had a brief spark of an idea. Simply put, “faith = humility”. The ability to let things stand on their own. To relax the ego, the control (or worse, the attempted control of outside observation). The more humble (within reason) you can approach something, the less likely you are to take unforseen complications personally (or melodramatically); the more comfortable you are with the chaos of possibility just… working out – no matter what that means. Whether you want to extrapolate that out into the realm of God, the Universe, formal theology, or society in general… whatever. Not an amazing revelation by any means, but you never know what kind of things you’ll find alone in the wilderness. » Continue Reading…