Category: illustrations

  • The positive impact of negative feedback

    You are probably a creative. If your principle source of income is the result of stuff that comes out of your brain more than work that you do with your body, you’re a creative. I work with a lot of creatives. Designers, writers, speakers, filmmakers, marketing geeks, thinkers, tinkerers, teachers, pastors… and everything in between. […]

  • The Lies We Buy Into

    Laying in the grass in our front yard last night, Paul and I were chatting about his 9th birthday. His birthday turned out great. Since his party is this weekend we just did the family thing on his actual birthday. After dinner, he blew out the candles on his birthday cake and opened his presents. […]

  • Simple Pleasures

    SAN DIEGO, CA – A 36 year old man was seen in front of his Rolando neighborhood home this morning playing in the sprinklers. Wearing only his pajamas and an ear-to-ear grin the man could be heard giggling for blocks. Neighbors reported that the man is also seen regularly walking with his dog, baby, and […]

  • Authorship

    My favorite podcast, The Moth, has a closing tagline that I love. “Live a story-worthy life.” Each of our lives are story-worthy. Most just choose not to tell it. Inner discourse interests me. Each of us tells ourselves a first-person story about ourselves all day, every day. (Though sometimes a persons inner-dialog is really in […]

  • Checkpoints

    “Why don’t I just take off my pants? This is getting ridiculous.” These words rank right up there with some of the dumbest things I’ve ever said. I’d lost my cool and was about to pay the price with even more frustration. It was November 12th, 2001. I’d just completed a 6-day trip to Germany […]

  • Three Kinds of Dreamers

    There are three kinds of dreamers. Dreamers who go for it. Dreamers who love their dreams but keep them in the five inches between their ears. Dreamers who live in regret of dreams unfulfilled. The only difference between the first one and the other two? The first person is dumb enough to go for it.  […]

  • Death by information

    We have objectified the accumulation of facts and ideas. Likewise, we have marginalized the importance of applying learning to our everyday lives. Like any objectification, this endless accumulation of information is deeply rooted in a perversion. Dozens of times per week people suggest books I ought to read or movies I need to see or […]

  • Do Do Do… Why Do I Do What I Do?

    We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is […]

  • What about daddy?

    This is the best rice commercial in the history of the world. Reminds me of this story. And I think it even sheds some illumination on the father in Luke’s story. Yes, the son returned home. Yes, the son had done wrong. But the father’s heart had changed, too. It doesn’t matter how far you’ve gone. […]

  • The Fulcrum is Jesus

    Sometimes I sit in church with the realization that for a lot of folks they think this is the center point of their walk with Jesus. As if, somehow, the fulcrum of the Christian life is attending a worship service? We’ve been raised (Christian language: Discipled) to make church that “can’t miss” thing of the […]