Let Me

Anna B Resting at Grand Canyon

Lord, Let me be a place of rest for the unexpected traveller. A hot breakfast. A long talk over hot tea. The name of a friend in the next town and a package of cheese sandwiches for the road.1 ### Brandon Blankenship, Alabama (c)2015 Brandon L. Blankenship, Image “Anna’s Canyon Rest” See Guillebeau, Chris, Happiness of Pursuit, Page 208. ↩

For the Lack of Ten Men

The ancient cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed because they lacked ten righteous men. If you don’t know the story, the God of Abraham condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to absolute destruction because the wickedness in the cities had become great and exceedingly grave. Eating while others hunger. Sodom’s wickedness and the wickedness of the cities that had grown up around it was that its citizens exaggerated their own importance, had more than enough to eat but didn’t share with the hungry, pushed all of their work off onto others…

Say Her Name

An older gentleman just walked up to me and asked, “when is the last time you called your wife by her name?” I couldn’t remember but I’m sure it had been a while. I call her lots of things – but not her name. The gentleman said, “when you get home, before you go to bed, call your wife by her name. Your wife is not just some faceless person you share a house with. She has a name.” Strange encounter. I thought it was stupid but I tried it anyway.…

Right Here. Right Now.

Be here now couple on bench

Here is the number one gift I can give Donnalee. Be with her. Easy to say, hard to do. Not hard because she is hard to be with. Quite the contrary, there is no better day than one spent with her. I am the problem. I have a hard time just being with her because there are so many other places to be. It is nearly impossible to be here now when you think there is somewhere else to be.    -Guru Singh The times that this phenomenon has become…

A Word To Newlyweds (or Those Who Are About To Be)

Newlyweds piggybacking on the beach

Maybe so many marriages suck today because they started wrong. I can’t think of a single married couple that I have been close to that didn’t start the same way. Newlyweds. Get as much house as we can get. Get a car, no, two cars. Both husband and wife (or at least one of them) working as many hours as they can get. Grab a movie here, dinner there. If this isn’t you, please comment below and share your experience. Consider this alternative: For the first year of your marriage,…

At least infinity stands off

At least infinity stands off, makes room in the back of the closet for another pair of shoes, an old umbrella, our clutch of tight memories.  Years to list become, like a baked cake, no longer separate, but melt, mesh, cohere into the sweet taste of shared lips.  -Jon Ciliberto Thanks to Georgia poet Jon Ciliberto for this poem celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary.  During the AJC Decatur Book Festival, several poets set up a booth and demonstrate their talent.  Since it was the weekend of our anniversary, we shared a…

Around the West in 30 Days – Recap/Wrap-up

western trip 2014

We are home. Work has begun. The trip is now a memory. Everything is so normal that I’m struggling with the feeling that the trip never even happened. Is that how Susan, Peter, Edmund, and Lucy felt when returning home from Narnia? Unlike Jules Verne’s characters in Around the World in 80 Days, we were not mistaken bank robbers, hounded by the police and thwarted with unbelievable obstacles along our journey. We did take in some overwhelming and heart stopping sights. We did make it back a little before deadline.…

Around the West in 30 Days – Days 22-23

alabama sign

OKLAHOMA, ARKANSAS, TENNESSEE, MISSISSIPPI, ALABAMA Ok. I have no idea what day it is really. I’ve lost all sense of time and direction. What city are we in now? Are we sleeping in the tent, the car, the cheap motel or something with sheets? I’ll drive. No, you drive. Where are we? Get out and take a photo, we’ll figure it out later. Do we have to? Yes. It’s the law. Brandon thinks I’m making up ailments. “There is no such thing as travel fatigue.” Yes. Yes, there is. I…