Desert of the Wise: A View-Master’s Journey

Desert of the Wise: A View-Master’s Journey

The sandy hills roll like waves in the moonlight. Four sets of footprints follow the silhouettes of six along a ridge. Two of the travelers ride on tapestry-covered platforms atop shaggy humps, and the third walks, rope in hand, with his lanky animal.

The desert is quite cool tonight, and calm. Except for the faint grumbles of the camels. I think they’re aware of my presence, but their masters pay no heed. The heavily-robed strangers appear focused, intent.

Every few minutes it seems, the short one riding center points just above the horizon. His camel jerks its head and stops. A heel kick in the side and a “hut-hut!”, and the beast is moving again.

The short one speaks a language I don’t understand–it’s too fast. He points again.

I see now what he’s aiming at. It was staring at me this entire time. No, it was shining. Leading. And the interesting grown-ups with long beards and funny hats are definitely following it. Continue reading “Desert of the Wise: A View-Master’s Journey”

Santa, Please Bring Me a Kindle

Santa, Please Bring Me a Kindle

The debate can heat up fast. Will electronic books (i.e., eReaders) replace ink and paper? Opinions of publishers, authors, book retailers, and readers span all camps on the mountain. And because of that, I’m not going to waste your time with my opinion, because to be honest with you, I don’t know the answer. I don’t think anybody does. But if you are considering an eReader, I’ll share my foray into these gadgets. Continue reading “Santa, Please Bring Me a Kindle”

Coincidence or Divine Conspiracy?

Coincidence or Divine Conspiracy?

The Twitter message popped on my screen.

“Are you and I really neighbors?” it read.

I glanced at his profile, noting the location of Golden, Colorado. Hmm. That’s where I live. Before I could reply, an email from Facebook lit up my inbox.

“Brock…I live in Golden. You too?”

One month earlier, he had added a comment to one of my October blog posts, The Curl. He said the post was being highlighted in The High Calling online community’s October edition of “Around the Network.” Quite the honor given that The High Calling is among the top 50 Church blog sites on the Internet (as ranked by the “Top 100 Church Blogs” at churchrelevance.com, Sept 2010).

It gets better. Continue reading “Coincidence or Divine Conspiracy?”