The Tragedy of Smeagle

Like Bilbo, I too pity Gollum. His is, perhaps, one of the most tragic stories within the realm of Middle Earth. However, it’s interesting to hear what could have been–especially from the words of J. R. R. Tolkien himself.

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I Cann’t Goodbye

Everyone has something that they’re not good at. Maybe they have two left feet when it comes to dancing. Maybe their voice cracks when they try to sing tenor. Or maybe, they have fingers made out of butter and can’t catch a football. One of the things that it feels like I’m horrible at, is goodbyeing.

I wish I was joking, for I have created many awkward situations, involving staring, silence, mumbled words, and hasty retreats. I, who call myself a wordsmith, seam to stubble and act like an oaf, when it comes to saying the words to end a conversation. I can start a conversation with ease. Greet with a jolly good handshake or hug, but when it comes to goodbyeing . . .  Continue reading

Business Wastes Time

Last Monday, I was driving home from a football game. After having an amazing time laughing and joking with a neat family from my congregation, and cheering for their son–witnessing the Bulldogs defeat the Tigers! I was hungry, and thinking of all the things that I needed to get done tomorrow. I figured I could save some time, if I made a quick stop to the bank that night to load my portable ATM with some cash–then, I would have more time tomorrow to do the other one thousand things that I had planned.

Under the cloudy, dark sky, I pulled into town, and inserted my debit card into the bank’s ATM. Being in a rush, I was planning where I was going to grab a fast-food dinner, as I was clicking options on the screen.

Dairy Queen, I decided, as I grabbed the Jackson and my receipt before driving away. Continue reading

God is not Interested in Mutant Sheep and Puking Goats

“A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I am a father, where is my honor? And if I am a master, where is my fear? says the LORD of hosts to you, O priests, who despise my name. But you say, ‘How have we despised your name?’ By offering polluted food upon my altar. But you say, ‘How have we polluted you?’ By saying that the LORD‘s table may be despised. When you offer blind animals in sacrifice, is that not evil? And when you offer those that are lame or sick, is that not evil? Present that to your governor; will he accept you or show you favor? says the LORD of hosts.” (Malachi 1:6-8, ESV)

The book of Malachi takes place about 100 years after many of the Jews had returned from the Exile. Yahweh had allowed them once again to dwell in their Promise Land. The temple had been rebuilt, and so had the walls of Jerusalem. Under such men as Zerubbabel and Nehemiah, the Jews had outwardly rebuilt portions of their nation. However, the majority of them had not restored that which had caused them to be exiled in the first place–their hearts. Continue reading

Watch Out for Yellow Landmines

Sometimes, life can be like a banana. It can be going well, sweet even. A source of nutrition that makes you feel good and healthy, and gives you the potassium that you need.

But sometimes, life can be like a banana peel. Not like a peel in real life, but in cartoons or Mario Kart racing. A peel that you step on, and slips you up. Even if you try to avoid it, you may slip on another peel that you hadn’t seen from the lack of attention.

In the midst of life are struggles; they come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. Bills, bullies, peer pressure, poison ivy, flu, cancer, etc. No matter who you are, you have a struggle of some sort.  Continue reading

Tips from a Novice Botanist

There are many fun things to do in this world! Playing basketball, riding rollercoasters, eating toast while playing crochet on top of a unicorn. One such hobby that I truly enjoy, is messing around with plants–excluding poison ivy.

I highly enjoyed being a handyman during my high school and early college years–getting the chance to help older ladies with their gardens and getting to trim hedges and rose bushes for them. Sadly, I wasn’t able to dabble too much in this hobby during my later college years, regularly traveling home and back during breaks not providing the best atmosphere for raising plants. But this summer, now graduated and living in a more stable environment, I’ve been able to try my hand at botany! Continue reading