“This beach, so soft, firm and vast, was like the cheek of God, and somewhere two eyes were glittering with pleasure and a mouth was smiling at having me there.”

Yann Martel – Life of Pi

Welcome to my living memoir. I’m glad you’ve taken the time to drop by. You’ll notice this is not an ordinary blog. While I’ll try to analyze and comment on current events relevant to my life, there will also be many posts that refer to past experiences – events that have helped, and continue to shape, my personality and beliefs.

This blog’s genesis lies in a persistent, prickling, yet pleasantly irritating desire to give an account of the paths I’ve walked, bringing me where I am today. I am an individual possessing faith and doubt, in unequal measures most days, and this blog is my way of lending a voice to my life story.

“If we go over the ground together once again, can we at any rate get the problems into a clearer perspective? Perhaps we can help each other. The thoughts that one thinks in the privacy of one’s own head tend to be elusive – and often prove nugatory or false when one attempts to bring them into the light of day. The possibility that someone might be listening makes us all more coherent. After all, we learnt all the words we know in the first place only from talking to each other.”

Michael Frayn

I believe that to live is to grow and change, to engage in relationships, and to rub shoulders with those who are willing to contribute experiences and insights; therefore I encourage you to leave your comments about any of my posts.

I started The Cheek of God, as a class project in the Spring of 2008.  I have been married for 23 years and have four kids.  And I love writing about every one of them.  I also write tidbits about my lovely wife on occasion.

I am currently back in school pursuing degrees in English/Creative Writing and Philosophy.  I also work full-time and try to get out on occasion and have fun as often as possible, poking a little fun at myself along the way.  It all keeps me very busy.

I occasionally write about my weight loss surgery, other health dramas, and my battle to quit smoking.  And I occasionally dip into the realm of religion and faith.

I am the total package, my friend.

Take some time to look around and let me know what you think.  I’d really appreciate your opinions on the blog.



13 thoughts on “Huh?

  1. I love it! you are very poetic and profound with just enough and not too much drama. Love you big guy!

  2. As little drama as possible is my policy.

    Thanks for your comments, girlfriend.

  3. Anytime! I hate drama. mebe that was the wrong word to use. specially since I have been labelled a “drama queen” by my family. It seems to be the running joke anyway (the one I don’t like). in short .. this is my policy …

    *Life is your project. Simplify your project*

    Anything that does not simplify your project, is therefore ousted. terminated. defunct. dismissed. broken off. cut off. dealt with & done.

  4. I love this idea of a memoir on a blog. It’s similar to what I’m doing, finding myself through blogging, and seeing myself unfold in other people’s eyes, or is it ears, or is it stories? Whatever. The internet has opened this vast conversation among us all, and the surprise is that the conversation takes us deeper within ourselves. Thanks for your comment and praise on my blog. I hope to learn more about you and your work and share more internet energy in the coming months or perhaps years.

    Jerry Waxler
    Memory Writers Network

  5. Thanks, Jerry.

    Yeah, this blogging thing is new to me. I’ve known about blogging, interacted with a few, and made a couple half-hearted attempts at blogging in the past. This is the first time I’ve taken the task seriously, and it’s a lot of work! But, I’m lovin’ every minute of it.

    Peace to you and here’s a glass raised to your very cool site.


  6. I’m glad I found you.

  7. So I’m really new to this blogging thing and have no idea to e-mail someone through it so… all of the pictures on my flickr stream are randomly generated. It is one of the things I put onto my blog through the widgets.

  8. I think it is important to know the minds of the great thinkers of the century. Everyone should be able to think “outside the box.” You have to weight their thoughts against your own opinion and values. As you are “circling the wagon” don’t forget where home plate is. Who you are and Whose you are – a created Child of the King. One who is always there for you, now matter how high the hills or how low the valleys.

  9. OK, this is the pleasant surprise of the year. I followed the link from a comment you left over at my blog and find another parent who enjoys the writerly arts and doesn’t mind throwing in a few quotes from Nietzsche.

    More to come…

  10. Thanks for stopping by the other day. Looking forward to getting to you know you through your writing.

  11. That is great that you are back in school. My degree is in English/Creative Writing and while I don’t use it for my “real job,” I am really glad that I have it. Can’t wait to read more on your blog.

  12. sorry if i already asked you this but are you madanonymous?

    1. No. Sorry. I am a bit mad, but hardly anonymous . . . 😉

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