the Artist

the Artist

I must have heard the creation story a million times. I imagine the magnitude, power, and importance of it slips my mind because God makes it seem so easy. Speaking things into existence and then seeing they are good? I wish my creative endeavors were that simple! The creation story in Genesis may seem like low hanging fruit for a message about the artist but I think this can undermine the actual situation. Genesis 1:1-2 reads: 1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form,…Read more
The Dancer

The Dancer

by Jon Tschanz I have a secret: I dance in my car. And I know you do, too. Recently, I asked a group of people if this was true of them. You know, just to make sure that I wasn’t the only one and every person started to shake their head in unison—an abundance of yeses! What is it about being in a car that gives us the false sense of security that no one can see us? Then we remember, “Oh wait! There are these things called windows and people can see…Read more
The Gardener

The Gardener

The year is 1996. It’s September and only a couple of months remain before the release of the movie Gridlock’d, featuring Tupac Shakur. Some said it was his biggest breakthrough as a actor. Others believed he had finally perfected his craft. Tupac would not live to see the release of that movie. The Hip-Hop legend was tragically shot to death. He was only twenty-five. In one of his last interviews (an interview in connection with the movie), he spoke of his life as a rose growing out of the concrete. His words were exactly this: “If…Read more
The Runner

The Runner

Funnyman Stephen Colbert once interviewed Harvard Professor Daniel Lieberman on what makes human beings unique amongst other creatures. As classic Colbert cracked jokes about gluteus maximus (why these scientists go on the show and think they can just explain things without Colbert slicing and dicing their words is beyond me), Lieberman went on to explain that running was one of those uniquely human qualities. Before you go there, I understand that your golden retriever runs and that cheetahs are fast as hell out there on the Serengeti. What these animals can’t do, however,…Read more
The Writer

The Writer

The mysterious graffiti artist, Banksy, meets a guy in a Pub in London. The guy tells him a story. Banksy writes it down. It goes something like this: Once upon a time, there was a king who ruled a great and glorious nation. Favorite amongst his subjects was the court painter of whom he was very proud. Everybody agreed this wizened old man painted the greatest pictures in the whole kingdom and the king would spend hours each day gazing at them in wonder. However, one day a dirty and disheveled stranger presented…Read more
The Musician

The Musician

Back in elementary school I had a friend who would, every day before the bell rang, switch on the radio and we would sneakily listen to a couple of songs before we went home. For my ears, though, they would soon be listening to sounds, words and drums that were so intriguing that I knew I had to hear more! From that point on I could not get enough. This was the first time I heard rap music. It started with Tupac, Biggie and then moved to Wu-Tang, Eminem and Jay-Z. Then there…Read more