you know those people who use words and change your LIFE? enter exhibit one: http://www.thelongbrake.com/blog/ aka: LOVE in the key of longbrake. i get jealous when i read this kind of stuff, like who is this guy that he is stinking incredible with words, and what is being affirmed so religiously inside of him that whispers, "speak, share, capture THAT with your language, it is your gift." i don't know this longbrake character, i don't know what that means or what to think, but i have heard about him. i've read his blog because he posts comments on relevant.com a lot. and i post comments on relevant.com a lot, too. why? well, mostly because i think i have some wisdom to share to some men-loving men. and those same men-loving men respond to my comments so i keep on writing them, thinking, some d a y... anyhow, i don't care where you are, or who you are, or what you have to share, but sit down with yourself, and affirm what it is you have inside you, and give language to that. it's incredible: i see wendell berry a few times a week, and just small tastes of his language reminds me to be incredible intentional about my own. and i have to practice listening, too, because wonderous human beings like wendell and longbrake are all around, we're just not hearing what they are saying.
and what they are saying is life changing. let's listen.
and share our own voices, too.
"And so I ask you, what do you love? Do you love photography? Are you taking photographs simply because you love to tell a story without words? Do it more and more. Keep creating. Are you cooking food that speaks of the beauty of God and the earth? Send me a box of goodies. Just kidding. 135 29th Ave. E., Seattle, WA 98112." Longbrake (and on that note, i want a box of goodies, too.)
"What We Need Is Here
Geese appear high over us,
pass, and the sky closes. Abandon,
as in love or sleep, holds
them to their way, clear
in the ancient faith: what we need
is here. And we pray, not
for new earth or heaven, but to be
quiet in heart, and in eye,
clear. What we need is here." Wendell Berry