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2011 Year in Review

2011 is nearly gone, and I as think back over all that has transpired in the last 12 months, it feels like a whirlwind of so many things that it doesn’t even feel like it happened. So I thought I would take a few moments and look back over some of things that actually did…

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The Grind: On Atrophy and Discipline

The last 4 months have been an absolute blur. Most of the time I have trouble keeping track of where the time went, how fall so quickly turned into winter, how Christmas has come and 2012 is bearing down upon us with breakneck speed. When life moves that fast, it can bring things into a…

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Merry Christmas

Megan and I had a craft night a few days ago, and decided to make up some handmade Christmas cards. I decided to riff off another card I had tried my hand at, but this time with a more tangible aspect. It was fun and I think turned out quite well.

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Gone But Not Forgotten

Acrylic on canvas with some magazine and book cutouts. The quotes were dug out randomly from a book I’ve never read I found lying on a shelf in our apartment, and I thought they captured a sort of tension between the carefree and the task of grappling with some of the most essential aspects of…

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Quotable

Adoration is primarily an act of faith – the act of faith as such. God is not just some possible or impossible hypothesis concerning the origin of all things. He is present. And if he is present, then I bow down before him. Then my intellect and will and heart open up towards him and…

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More Spam Fun

Every so often I like to go through the spam filter here at deviantmonk.com and amuse myself with some of the varied and failed attempts by robots to clutter up my site with links to places that will more than likely bring one’s computer to a crashing halt. While the vast majority are obvious link-bait,…

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New Camera

So for the last year or so I took on a bunch of freelance projects for the specific purpose of saving up some money to get the Canon 5D Mark II. Over the past few months, because of all the things going on with me, that kind of got put on hold, but was also…

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Raindeer

This year I decided to make Megan an early custom Christmas card, since right now every day seems to blend together and dates and times seem to not have as much veracity to the calendar as in the normal times of life.

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Pronunciation is Important!

The renowned Carthaginian general Hannibal is perhaps best known for his infamous crossing of the Alps to begin his invasion of Italy, but while reading Richard Miles’ Carthage Must Be Destroyed: The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Civilization, I was made aware of an incident that is, in my opinion far more robust in…

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Raw Thoughts On Stem Cells, Suffering and Spiritual Growth

The last few months have been kind of rough. I’ve gone through three intensive rounds of chemotherapy, the last of which was meant to eradicate my immune system so I could get a stem cell transplant. Not an easy process. I certainly don’t intend to bore you with all the details, but it has involved…

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