Selah, Larry Norman

In 1999, I went to Creation East with my good friend, Jim.  Despite the dirt, the heat, the sweat, and the camping, I was focused on one thing (besides volunteering) and that was seeing the founder of Christian rock, Larry Norman, in concert.  My dad is a huge Larry Norman fan, so growing up IContinue reading “Selah, Larry Norman”

Christian Rock Pioneer Larry Norman Dies at Home

The family of Larry Norman announced today on that the singer passed away on Sunday morning after a lengthy battle with heart problems. Surrounded by friends in his last days, the pioneer of Christian rock died peacefully with his wife and brother by his side. Norman was originally in a secular group called People,Continue reading “Christian Rock Pioneer Larry Norman Dies at Home”

Heath Ledger, You’ll Be Sorely Missed

1979-2008 When I first saw Heath Ledger in The Patriot, I realized that Australia’s greatest national treasure was now in the United States. Playing alongside screen legend Mel Gibson, Ledger held his own as Gibson’s patriotic son fighting against the British for American independence. Then there was A Knight’s Tale. I didn’t really care forContinue reading “Heath Ledger, You’ll Be Sorely Missed”

Sharon, the Oklahoma Rose

On April 13, 2004 the official state flower of Oklahoma became the “Oklahoma rose”. Since Sharon was an avid gardener, it is only appropriate that this blog entry be titled after one of Oklahoma’s most beautiful roses, Sharon Hart. UPDATE 1/10/07 @ 2 PM EST: Jen’s mother, Sharon Hart, was ushered into the arms ofContinue reading “Sharon, the Oklahoma Rose”

Harry Potter and the Big If

According to an interview with the Daily Mail,  Harry Potter series author J.K. Rowling says she might write another book in the series.  This book, however, would not focus on Harry Potter as the main character.   The article quotes her as saying, “”If – and it’s a big if – I ever write anContinue reading “Harry Potter and the Big If”

Sometimes Christmas Is Sad

There’s a song that joyously states, “It’s the hap-happiest time of the year!”  Bright ribbons, shiny lights, smiles and everyone shouting, “Merry Christmas!”–it seems like the entire world’s on Prozac.  It’s Christmas–glitzy, shiny, sparkly, happy, wonderful, friends, fellowship, family, presents, love, and so much more.  Christmas comes with high expectations, many of which us normalContinue reading “Sometimes Christmas Is Sad”

An Ode to the Leader of the Band

Yesterday singer/songwriter Dan Fogelberg, 56, died from prostate cancer on Sunday. Some of your are probably scratching your heads thinking, who is this guy? (He was popular in the 70s & 80s with a nice folksy voice in the veins of James Taylor.) Still others will be shocked by this statement–I am a Dan FogelbergContinue reading “An Ode to the Leader of the Band”

Holiday Shopping Turns Deadly

Photo from AOL News Nine people are dead; five more are wounded, two critically.   Those aren’t the numbers we went to hear this holiday season–we’d much prefer to count down the days until Christmas, measure cups of varying ingredients to bake Christmas goodies, or see how many presents are ours under the tree.  Yet theContinue reading “Holiday Shopping Turns Deadly”


  Shame Distorts how I see myself and how others see me It’s like seeing myself in a shattered mirror In shards of glass dispersed randomly Throughout the room in a thousand little pieces Shame It’s tripping over something you know is always there You fall down, down, down, and can’t make it stop OnceContinue reading “Shame”

A Difficult Day

Today has been a sad and difficult day for me. Last night my grandfather took a nasty spill and has fractured his hip. In order to put him back together, he needs a hip replacement. Unfortunately because of his age and weak heart, surgery would kill him. It’s hard not knowing what’s coming next… It’sContinue reading “A Difficult Day”