25
January

Spiritual Winter

Josh Taylor carrying a guitar in the snowIn the Northwest on the rare occasions we see snow, it’s called a “snowstorm”.  As of this year, it’s near the end of January and we’ve hardly seen a flake.  There’s a guy at work from the Midwest who loves to joke about our snowstorms.  News crews all over the place.  The TV constantly showing accidents of people who don’t know how to drive in snow.  We call off school and church.  The city becomes a standstill, except of course work, which gets great PR from the brown trucks stuck in snow on the news.

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18
January

Embracing Community

Back of two guys with a cup of coffee sitting on the steps of Pioneer Square in Downtown PortlandObsession.  A few years ago I’d just finished music school, and was pumped to keep learning.  I’d devote several hours each day to music.  I had the whole practice routine down.  Warm-up, practice scales, practice a new riff, work on a worship song, work on a jazz song, practice sightreading, and work on recording and band stuff.  And I kept at it for a while going strong.  But then one day after playing an hour, boom it me…I realized I was alone…alone practicing my guitar…I couldn’t concentrate.  I had to figure something out a better plan.

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11
January

Finding Identity

Sometimes I go through life feeling like Homer Simpson fumbling around throughout the day.  Guys know how this goes.  Look at a girl at the store a bit too long or a scene on TV, “Doh!”  They offer donuts at work “mmmm…donuts”, but then I eat too many, “Doh!”  Then I drop something on my toes and exclaim, “@#$%!”…”Doh!”

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4
January

New Beginnings

A lady holding up a glass within a wine-tasting classNews Years.  The time when people start take down decor, socialize, and make resolutions.  Me?  I’m going to recover from Christmas.

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