Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Eating Beans on the Front Row: The Weekly Hodgepodge

Shout out to From This Side of the Pond for the Hodgepodge questions.

What's one thing that's still the same about you as when you were young(er)?
My love of music.  It's really strange because I wasn't a musical child growing up.  I showed no aptitude for music at all and sung the "daycare version" of every song (enthusiastic, but loud and off key).  Not until I was a teenager did I show any musical prowess at all.
What's more important-history or science? Why?

"Jhona's Paradise" painting by me 
I think both are important.  We need to know accurate history so that we do not repeat the mistakes of the past, or so that we can recreate the successes of the past.  Science helps us to think analytically.  Science also gives  us a glimpse into the creativity of God.  I think about the intricacies of a flower.  My photographs try to capture them and my paintings can never capture them all, yet its Creator knows them all.

Lima, kidney, string, garbanzo, black or pinto-your favorite bean?
Sugar snap peas or snow peas.
What's something people come to your town to do?
Attend college at Jacksonville State University.  People also come here to join the Marching Southerners.  If they're smart, they get out of Dodge when they graduate.
When was the last time you were in a meeting? Sum it up for us in five words or less.
The last meeting I was in was a church business meeting.  I cannot sum it up in five words or less because the words I would use are not fit to print.  Thank you and amen.
What special event would you like a VIP pass to attend?
I don't know if this counts, but I would like to sit on "lesbian" row at a taping of The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson.  Relax, it's not specifically for lesbians, it's just a set of front row seats where pretty girls (and some unsuspecting guys) sit.  They just call it that as a joke  Yeah, I know I don't qualify to sit there, but I'd be able to actually see what was going on if I did sit there.
I would also like VIP seats to an Atlanta Braves game...really, I'd like front row VIP seats to a lot of things.  I've gone to many concerts, Gospel meetings, and sporting events and not sat close enough to really see (or get good pictures of) what was going on.  Would be nice for a change.
What's one piece of advice you'd give a writer?
If you're pleased with what you write, other people's opinions really don't matter.  Yes, you want people to read your work and like it, but putting too much of other people's expectations and not enough of your own heart into your work makes for a miserable (and dull) writer.  That is why my first blog was a failure.  It was a very edited, fearful, timid version of who I really was.  Not good.
Insert your own random thought here.
Can't think of anything, so I'll share a song that's been in my mind:


  1. You make me smile! I listened to the song you posted and it is so beautiful! The words are so moving and I will pray for you. I'm grateful you're blogging as you want to. I enjoy your blog! I am blessed to see that painting every morning. It reminds me of how I felt when I stepped into the woods and found that beautiful pond that was so surrounded by God's brilliant creation. It overwhelms me still!