There's a place in the middle of every journey. In the stereotypical hero's journey, you usually find it hidden away somewhere shortly after they “cross the threshold.” In the Lord of the Rings, it's Tom Bombadil's. In Narnia, it's the Beaver's home. I loved the Redwall series growing up, and about halfway through every book there was a great feast. Hawkeye's farm house in the second Avengers movie. You can find an example of it in just about every great adventure story.
(Originally posted 10/2/2018)
John Mark McMillan has a knack for writing albums that give language to my current spiritual condition. They all have this melancholic, from-the-fringe undercurrent to them that really resonates with me. (Surprise, surprise, right?)
(Originally posted 9/17/2018)
I brewed beer this weekend.
According to my notes (yes, I keep a brewing journal), I last brewed in the spring of 2015. Remember that whole lying fallow thing?
But I wanted to write about it because there's something deep and spiritual about brewing beer, or partaking of any ancient craft for that matter. Since deconstruction, I've become fascinated with the human story. Probably because I'm looking for some other ground to anchor myself to, or trying to see where I fit in the unfolding saga of humanity. Actually, that came out in a dream interpretation once.
I know, I know, I'm not sure “garden” best describes what's going on there, either. Despite my best spring fever intentions, other aspects of life have pushed the garden down to the “you can't create new time” section of my priority list. That section has grown fairly crowded during the early years of parenthood, unsurprisingly.
But there's an important truth there, that sometimes you need to let things lie fallow for a stretch of time.If you don't, you can work the ground to dust.
Looking for older thePhilBritton jams? Find them over at my Medium publication. There wasn't an easy way to import them into here, and I wasn't going to copy and paste 32 stories one by one. So for all things from April 2018 and earlier, head over there!