Archive for April, 2008


Since getting some disturbing news from a friend, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the people in my life.  As I tend to have moments of deep introspection, this has been some intense thought. I’ve been looking at the people who are truly important to me and the places they hold in my life.

Karl – my oldest friend and the person with whom I am closer than anyone else. It’s odd that he and I would have ever become friends, because the setting in which we originally met was not conducive to our ever getting to truly know one another, and certainly not conducive to building a strong bond of friendship. Yet we did, and that friendship has been of the most important in my life.

Sam and Cyn – family. My friendship with this couple is comfortable and reliable. These people are family, be we genetically related or not.  I can’t imagine not having them in my life. I don’t get to see them as much as I would like, but I know they are always there for me.Â

Rick and Elizabeth – family of a different sort. One is the sibling you hated in childhood and love as adults. The other is the strange cousin you fight with when you’re together, apologize to immediately, and miss when you don’t see one another.

David and Chad – I started out as friends with David. We have almost everything in common; we even come from the same small town. He is one of the dearest people I know. His husband Chad became my friend just because he was with David. That didn’t last. Though we have little in common, we found that we really like one another. I know I can count on both of these friends no matter what.

Keith – I’ve only known Keith for less than two years, but in that time he has become one of the most important people to ever enter my life. Not only do I like him and enjoy spending time with him, but I have no doubts of my ability to count on him. This someone I know would never willingly or knowingly do anything against my best interests.

I sometimes can’t believe how amazingly fortunate I am to have these people in my life. Now….if only things can be worked out so that we don’t lose one of them.



Posted on April 5th 2008 by James

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I still exist

I really need to work on keeping this blog more current! I’m going to try. No promises other than that I’ll do what I can. (Not that many people read this thing, so most of this is directed toward myself.)

Lots has been happening lately, most of it insane. <g> My job continues to be far too much stress and responsibility for far too little money. My work on ADF’s Clergy Training Program is going much slower than I would like…but still faster than what other people are doing. I guess I continue to expect too much of myself.

In a couple of weeks I will be flying to California to visit my friend Karl. We haven’t seen one another in several years, although we talk three or four times a week. (Being on the same cellular network has its advantages!)

Okay…just got some bad news, not sure how to react to it. I’ll post more later.

Posted on April 4th 2008 by James

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