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I am Joe. Born to Texans in Mississippi, I've spent the majority of my life on the Gulf Coast, somewhere between New Orleans and Mobile.

I started blogging in 2004 as a way to document my seminary experience in New Orleans. Now I write about faith, education, politics, and their convergence in our lives. My wife and I are walking through the adoption process, so that’s bound to come up, too.

One Word 265: 2019

One Word 265: 2019

For the last 10 years I’ve tried to participate in One Word 365, started by Alece Ronzino. Most years I choose the word “light,” although I’m sure picking the same word over and over is against the rules. I haven’t been much of a blogger for the better part of a decade now, although there was a pretty decent four year run while I was in seminary.

Those were easy days. Pushing out ten, fifteen, and twenty page papers was a regular affair. A blog post was nothing. For the last few years, though, I’ve spent all day, every day staring at spreadsheets, contact management systems, and emails. When I got home, I read through students’ assignments and entered grades while still paying attention to my email. There was little time for personal pursuits (although teaching is a personal pursuit).

I plan to return to woodworking this year. There’s a nine-foot pew in my garage that needs refinished. I’ve got a vintage oar that I’m sanding down and repainting for home decoration. More ideas are swirling around in my brain, so we’ll see how that goes.

But my goal for 2019 is to write more. I’m not on the schedule to teach this spring, and as Shelley and I work through the adoption process, I want to start getting my thoughts out through a medium beyond Twitter. I’ve spent the last decade working through a curriculum for new churches in my head, never actually writing any of it. It’s time to do that.

If 2018 was about flexing my photography muscles, then 2019 will be about writing more intentionally. Wish me luck, and stay tuned for more.

Adoption Update I

Adoption Update I

Adoption

Adoption