Running Away

There’s an apparently famous woman named Twyla Tharp (I think she looks like what would happen if Abraham Piper and David Duchovny had a kid)  who once said “art is the only way to run away without leaving home.”

We’ve talked a little bit on here about the reasons we don’t have TV. Honestly, most of those reasons can be consolidated to these two:

  1. We want to be dually countercultural and anti-TV (which inevitably leads to a pride/repentance/pride/repentance cycle the likes of which would make Samson blush…we’ll address this later)
  2. We fully believe that famous woman’s quote

Our home is great. It’s small, but we love it. Sometimes though it’s nice to leave, if only in our minds. The easiest way to do that (since we don’t have a “Cessna learjet” fund in our Dave Ramsey plan) is to create an adventure…to become an artist.

Art can come in any form. This blog is art. At times it could be misconstrued for a 3-year old’s finger painting, but it’s still art. Jen’s craftiness? Art. My sports blog? Art. We tell stories and make things and write words…and we do it because it feels blissfully satisfying to make something, step back, refine it, look at it, tweak it, send it off, and say “I did that.” Then we get emails that read: “you misspelled 7 words and I think your underlying theme is about as interesting as PBS at 3 AM” and we say “I did that, but I wish I hadn’t.”

We haven’t really gotten emails like that. Yet.

I write and Jen crafts because we each enjoy our respective work to the point that we get lost for hours on end in our own strokes and white-outs and strokes to cover up the white-outs. And even if nobody ever said, “hey, this isn’t boring, I actually like this” we would still come back and create some more. Or go away and create some more…whichever you prefer.

What is your favorite form of art?

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I'm an aspiring freelance writer and blogger (which doesn't make a ton of sense when you think about it). I started a blog called Our Marriage Project and one about OSU called Pistols Firing. I love both of them, and I love my wife. And I love Kevin Durant, Explosions in the Sky, Tim Riggins, Blue Moon ale, Twitter, and the state of Georgia.

19 thoughts on “Running Away”

  1. A friend passed this blog along to me. I find you to be completely egotistical and out of touch with any part of society just like our current President. I feel as if you believe you are someone that you are not and failing miserably at attempting to be that person. It is the people like you and Obama that are wrong with America.

    1. Hi there Captain Peppy,

      Everyone around here's ragging on you for your perspective but I think that's unfair. I don't think you have a perspective.

      Kyle Porter = Barack Obama. I love this. This isn't a point of view, they're just some words put together in a sentence to make an inflammatory (in red states) half-remark, not a cohesive idea. Screw cohesive ideas, you're above them, Will. It takes balls to say so, so I congratulate you, sir. You clearly have some big sweaty man-testes.

      Kyle Porter believes he's someone who he's not? Who does he believe himself to be and who is he in actuality? Seeing as how none of us have heard of you, we're dying to hear what I'm sure are some very accurate and incisive reflections on Kyle Porter's character…if that's his real name, you'll have to tell us for sure. Is he a spy?? I'm dying to know!

      We're so happy you've chosen to share your carefully considered musings on a thing you glanced at for five minutes. Keep 'em comin!

      Your's truly,

      Danny Glover.

  2. Will: Evidence on the "egotistical" and "out of touch" claims would be helpful, though good luck coming up with any. What person(s) is this couple trying to be, and how exactly are they failing at this? (If you want to pick either Kyle or Jen to make your case, rather than them as a couple – which is what this blog is about – feel free. Though again, good luck with making your case) I understand your frustration with Obama. Really, I do. Wholeheartedly. That being said, to compare a newly-wed couple journaling their journey of the first year of marriage, to a presumably incompetent President, is, how can I say this nicely….ignorant. Thanks for visiting the blog though. Hopefully you read a bit and leave inspired. Or at least leave with a better attitude.

  3. I tried to make a little move out of Will Bradley's comment; when it renders I will post it…

    In the meantime…
    And wow – egotistical? Which are you, Will Bradley? The pot or the kettle?

  4. In defense of Will Bradley, Kyle did admit fairly early on in the blog that his anti-TV stance leads him to pride. I don't think it would be a big stretch to say that it boosts his ego too.

    As far as out-of-touch with reality goes, I'm pretty sure Kyle's top topples over at the end of the day.

  5. Will Bradley, you could not be more wrong! Jen and Kyle and two of the most amazing individuals you could ever meet. Comparing Barry to them is just crazy. Barry's forms of art include but not limited to shopping (healthcare), swimming (read swimming in the oil infested Gulf) and playing believer (read Mosque at ground zero).

    If you have such a problem with these guys why do you read their blog?

  6. Will –

    First, you’re right. I AM egotistical. On a daily basis I AM someone I don’t want to be and I AM failing miserably in my attempts to be the person I WANT to be. I AM what’s wrong with America.

    But I’m saved, by grace, through faith and I have to submit to the Lord’s greatness on a daily basis. Otherwise, I’m exactly the person you described.

    Second, as far as “being out of touch with society”…according to John 17:14 that's good news for me!.

    Third, thank you for reading, and contributing, we appreciate it.

  7. Each day that I read this blog, I am thoroughly impressed. Jen and Kyle are impressive but I am impressed because every time I read this blog, I am thrown over to Jesus. I am reminded of Him and his desire for what marriage should be. My standards for my future husband and myself have been risen because of the example set by you guys. My roommates and I are always reminding each other to read the blog daily, and then we discuss. (Okay, so we might be weird?) (We don't care.) Thank you for writing. Please continue to make art and share it with us. Thank you for letting our God use you two. Thank you for being transparent about your pride, transparency is the best way to lead others to Christ, it shows our need for Him. You guys are awesome. More than that, God is SO SO SO good.

    1. BTW, Kyle and Jen (Kennifer, for all intents and purposes), you seem to get a BEVY of comments such as these that exhort and encourage you in this project. These are all good and true and right, and I rejoice in the fact that God's doing work through you both and through a blog for other people such as Monica……..however, let's not get carried away. Remember your default mode as sinful human beings is to glorify and make much of yourself. Don't let the Enemy invade this good thing.

      You can count on me to bring you back down to ground with all us other earthlings. Just consider me the thorn in your flesh to keep your humble, aight?

      Glover OUT

  8. We have taken it, in fact, I've taken it twice and we've taken it once together…

    Your glass is awesome by the way, it's really great to see how everyone has different views on art and what they're good at.

  9. I think it might be appropriate to quote my Grandmother at this time:

    "If you don't have nice to say, don't say anything at all"

    If the world could just follow this advice…

    P.S. Don't confuse this with not giving constructive feedback-that's totally different. What you said, Will Bradley is equivalent to a 3 year old throwing a shoe at someone in a playground.

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