Create something.


Create something every day.

I set my camera on my nightstand every night to remind myself every morning to take one photo every day – not a cheap one-off that I can snap with my phone, but to take a shot with intention.

I’ve been doing this for a week and and a half now and in such a short amount of time I’ve been able to combat the mental exhaustion I usually get from working so late. I’m able to sleep earlier and better, I get up refreshed in the morning, and I’ve begun to look forward to creating again.

We are all made in the image of a Creator and are anointed to create as He does. Use it to make the world a better place, even if just to show the beauty and worth of everything around you. Nothing is boring.

Create something. Every single day.


to the stars

@ambientnotes – “To the Stars”

#Fender Standard #Telecaster ->
@midnight30music M30 Overdrive (Allen Bradley Resistors)
BOSS DD-7 Delay
@tcelectronic Transition Delay
MXR Carbon Copy Delay
Midnight30 Serenity Reverb
TC Electronic Ditto Looper
-> Fender Hot Rod Blues Jr. NOS (Eminence Patriot Series “Red, White, & Blues”)
Filmed with a Canon 60D + 40mm f/2.8.
Less soup and wash, more straightforward strumming providing the foundation for a spacey melody line. This is my first #ambientnotes with my new Telecaster. It’s got a high end that shimmers. As quickly as this came together it was quite fun to dream up. I hope you all enjoy it.
#Telecaster #Fender #guitar #melody #music #ambient  #newguitarday #pedalboard

who says i’m wack?

sorry, it’s been a while. i do intend to keep up with this.

i’ve mentioned before the pitfalls of my job. while i enjoy the work itself, it does take its toll on me mentally and emotionally. i’m sure some of you understand. the hours don’t help, either. i’d appreciate the prayers – i’m trying to get moved into day shift, not just so i can have a decent personal life but so i can continue to be involved at church during the week. i do miss that quite a lot.

i just came back from a beautiful wedding of dear friends. justin, kate – thank you for letting me (and my better half) be a part of your special day. i couldn’t be happier for you both. love each other always.

i didn’t set a timer for this one, by the way. i’m just writing. Read More

be the one that’s mending the camel’s back


There’s too much negativity in the world that it’s a disservice to others and ourselves to do nothing but add to it.

It’s something that I keep having to check myself on, but I find I spend too much energy finding things to be irritated about. It’s one of the things I struggle with at work and why it’s so, so, so important to keep God in mind. I’ve noticed that as I do all of these repetitive tasks, I find myself getting angry over conversations that happened years ago, especially when I knew I could have said or thought something better back then.

“Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.”

Philippians 4:8-9 (MSG)


lights will guide you home and ignite your bones

It's not who I am underneath.

Just a doodle I cooked up at dinner. Think nothing of it.

I’ve discovered cardigans this week. You don’t care. I do. They’re some of the most comfortable things I’ve ever worn.

I’ve started to wonder why I don’t celebrate my own progress. I still don’t know why, but I’ve decided to. I’ve decided to be at peace with the fact that, until I shuffle off of this mortal coil, I am a work in progress and I need to treasure every step forward I take. Read More

quiet arithmetic.

amber waves of grain


I did a lot of driving today – not to any particular wear, but I had serious cabin fever and I didn’t want to spend my day off inside. My trip to the Rockford area takes me through quite a lot of country road.

I’ve complained sometimes that the drive gets monotonous, and that gets difficult when I’m tired. Then again, I spent so much time commuting to and from work that I usually took those drives either really early in the morning or a little less early. Since switching shifts I don’t really see the sun rise anymore, nor do I get to see it set.

This time I just left the music off, pulled over to the side of the road, and just watched it for a bit before taking this shot. I admit I warmed it up in Afterlight just a little. This is much closer to what I actually saw.

I’m saying nothing profound. Don’t look for the imagery. You can, but you’re looking for something I didn’t really put there. Then again, isn’t that how inspiration works sometimes?

Time’s up.

I fooled around and fell in love.

Should I have included a pair of Toms?I pulled up wordpress, leaned back, and realized that I’ve become that guy at Starbucks. I feel like I should be writing a screenplay right now just to complete the image. I don’t think that my edits to the above image are vintage enough.

I decided that I would start writing again about nothing. Once a week. I don’t think that’s such a tough commitment to make. Spending eight hours in a warehouse with no windows, performing repetitive tasks, and hearing “(Insert name here) please report to the Activity Center” ad nauseam over the PA system are draining any creative energy I have left.

My answer to that, of course, is to force myself to ramble on wordpress and write about whatever for five minutes. About three and a half minutes just passed.

It’s actually a little frustrating because ideas come all the time. I have a story I want to write. I have riffs and incomplete lyrics recorded on my phone. I have ideas for videos. I still take pictures. I just never do anything anymore.

Five minutes a week to write?

I think I can do that.

Time’s up.