Allow Me To Introduce… Mike

Allow me to introduce Mike. It was almost on a dare that Mike suggested in a recent comment on this post, that I write about something on his blog. I figured, sure. This could be fun! Specifically, Mike proposed that I call him names. Now, I can think of several people who might enjoy such an invitation and to be honest with you, I AM one of them. As I consider past interactions with Mike a slew of names come to mind.

Let us start with ‘father’. It will not take long reading Mike’s blog before you realize that this man loves his children beyond his own earthly capacity. The openess and honesty with which Mike communicates the pain he has experienced as a result of his divorce and its impact on his children can be rather unsettling, but it makes Mike the kind of person I would likely seek out should I ever find myself in a situation even remotely simliar to his. He knows of that which he speaks.

Next would be ‘craftsman’. In fact, I like referring to Mike as my second favorite carpenter… and that’s not second to Norm Abram either. You can take a look at some of his work here.

Let’s see, father, craftsman, oh yes… ‘musician’. This guy can can tickle the white off the ivory. He has some samples of his music here.

For the record, Mike and I do not always agree on issues, but that said, I can always count on an honesty fom Mike that often arrives to the conversation like an out of control freight train, but through Mike I have also seen signs of grace that afford me a glimpse of his Lord.

Allow Me To Intoduce… Tim

Continuing with the introductions, allow me to introduce Tim. Tim blogs over at apprentice on the Way. Tim’s is a blog that I have only fairly recently begun reading. Even so I feel a connection with Tim albeit not an obvious one. I like the sunny south and Tim is partial to the numbing north. Tim plays the guitarin public — whereas I can make even my dearest friends and family realize how late it is with just the mention of getting out my banjo. All that aside, I love Tim’s heart. Reading Tim’s blog you will quickly get a sense of what Tim finds important and what he can get worked up about.

In addition to having a look at what keeps Tim tickin’, I highly recommend reading Tim’s excellent work of recreational fiction that he is publishing one episode at a time on his blog. The story is called ‘A Time to Mend’ and is clearly written by someone who has experienced sorrows and joys of journeying through this life with family and friends of many flavors. If you follow no other links from this post, please follow this link to A Time to Mend: Episode One.

Allow Me To Introduce… Rachel

When I first decided to do this I knew Rachel’s blog Velveteen Rabbi would be one of the first I would recommend. Her writing is intelligent, clever and captivating. I would like to point you specifically to her post entitled Facing impermenance. I have read this particular post many times and it never fails to move me deeply.

Rachel lives a very productive and busy life. She is a cofounder of inkberry, a poet, a rabbinic student and a hospital chaplain. Her writings about her hospital work are among her best. I’d like to leave you with a quote from Velveteen Rabbi that I think serves as a representative taste of her style and a peek into her heart.

That illness and death provide doorways into holiness and grace. That we have obligations to those who leave, and even greater obligations to those they leave behind. That sometimes there is nothing we can do to ease one another’s pain — but doing that nothing can be the most important work in the world.

Allow Me To Introduce…

I am a regular reader of several blogs. At last count my Bloglines account tracks a total of 80 feeds. About a half dozen or so are non-blogs such as comics, but most are regular peoples’ prognostications, ponderings and pontifications. I have seen other bloggers devote regular entries to pointing readers to blogs that they have found interesting, informative or entertaining. I think I may begin doing the same.

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