the über-private blog of Joel

the über-private blog of Joel "L" Watts

John L Lewis welcomes me to #PA

John L Lewis welcomes me to #PA

Bows in my #beard

Bows in my #beard

nominations for oddest Contemporary Christian music… #Godspot

I remember hearing this when it came out and then after a long separation, hearing it again.

I have an interview today with the local paper. I’ve done that before. No biggie. But, this time, it is with someone who usually interviews people later in their life who have made some lasting impact on the community or State. She wants to interview me (her youngest, I think she said) to tell my story of escaping fundamentalism. Which means I have to now spend a few hours talking about this portion of my life, doing my best to walk the tightrope between emotion and narrative, knowing that many of my former friends and “church family” will get to read about themselves in an unflattering light - not to mention my current church family reading about me and some very intimate, dark, moments. At least I have a long drive after this to detox. Right now, tho, my insides feel like that bear. 

I have an interview today with the local paper. I’ve done that before. No biggie. But, this time, it is with someone who usually interviews people later in their life who have made some lasting impact on the community or State. She wants to interview me (her youngest, I think she said) to tell my story of escaping fundamentalism.

Which means I have to now spend a few hours talking about this portion of my life, doing my best to walk the tightrope between emotion and narrative, knowing that many of my former friends and “church family” will get to read about themselves in an unflattering light - not to mention my current church family reading about me and some very intimate, dark, moments. 

At least I have a long drive after this to detox. Right now, tho, my insides feel like that bear. 

http://twitter.com/artistic_ideas

There are a lot of paintings on this twitfeed I wish I could paint and some that I had best not

Did The Pope Just Challenge The Church’s Position On War?

No, he didn’t. I’ve maintained for a while that the Just War Theory was always meant to be rhetorical. In other words, there is no such thing as a Just War. 

I would so be Catholic if I could. One day, I would like to be a Catholic Priest…  

The “ground” is complete but I want to add something unique and pretty much out of my control. I’ll have to do so once I return from Pittsburgh.

The “ground” is complete but I want to add something unique and pretty much out of my control. I’ll have to do so once I return from Pittsburgh.

My church loyalties | The Christian Century

Me too

I like this type of whatever it is I do. I like the crimson red-on-blue

I like this type of whatever it is I do. I like the crimson red-on-blue

I don’t know if I should be sad or happy when I see bookmobiles traveling the messed up roads of southern West Virginia. It’s not like they read them anyway.