I am a Renaissance Guy in the sense that I know a little about a lot. 

     I am a teacher with a B. A. and an M. A. in English.  I know, I’m some people’s worst nightmare. 

     I am an amateur musician with eclectic taste in music.  I play the piano and the guitar.  I listen mostly to classical, jazz, folk, and bluegrass, but I will listen to any music if it is good.

     I am a husband and father, currently between 40 and 50 years old. 

     Most importantly I am a follower of Jesus the Messiah.  My spiritual journey has lots of interesting twists and turns.

      I write about all the things I am most interested in–literature, spirituality, music, history, genealogy, and politics. 

     The picture at the top of the front page is a detail from a painting by Grant Wood called Stone City.

20 responses to “About

  1. Pingback: Famous Renaissance People « Significant Pursuit by Renaissance Guy

  2. Hello! Thank you very much for your comment on my blog! I totally agree with it. Anyways I also think Pascal’s argument is useful to show skeptics that believing in God is a reasonable choice that they should at least consider. From there they can move on.
    Thanks again, and God bless you!! Hope to see you around again!

  3. thewienerdogblog

    Are you a Phil Keaggy fan? If not check him out!


  4. I recently saw him in concert. I’ve been a fan for a long time.

  5. I know Phil. I ate sushi with him in Nashville during GMA. He is a right nice guy.

    Anyway, you have an interesting blog…

  6. Hello

    I hate to do this but a muse made me

    Tag your it…

    Please forgive me.


  7. Longing for Holiday

    I’m tellin’ my blogging friends to run out and buy a new book: reasonforgod.com
    Let me know what you think.

  8. Longing for Holiday

    RG: Have you heard of “The Shack?” A wildly popular piece of fiction? I just did one of the 5 negative reviews out of 200 or so on Amazon and wonder if anyone else with some degree of theological sophistication has come accross it. Let me know.

  9. Greetings,

    I am a graduate student at the University of Texas and I am inquiring about using an image which was on your organization’s webpage. The following address has a clip art image of a child reading a book out and I am inquiring about using this image one time for a school presentation about parenting.


    Please let me know if I am able to use this image and how you would like me to acknowledge the author in the credits page of my presentation. If there is another person I should contact about this matter, please let me know.

    Thanks for your time.

    Amy Roetzel
    Doctoral Student
    Human Development and Family Sciences

    University of Texas at Austin
    Seay Bldg. 2.418
    1 University Station/A2700
    Austin, TX 78712-0141

    P: (512) 471-1740

    F: (512) 475-8662

    RG: The image is a free clipart piece. I sent the website to you in an e-mail message.

  10. Thanks for your comments! I’m also a guitar playing baby-boomer… some bluegrass, but mostly traditional country, blues, and some folk.

  11. Greetings,

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  12. Hey there, I stumbled onto your site, and I must say I deeply appreciate your thoughtful and articulate points of view. Please keep up the fantastic work. If you get a chance, please feel free to stop by my own site, http://wellsy.wordpress.com. If you’d like, perhaps we could exchange links. In any case, I enjoy reading your thoughts, and I’ll stop back in the future.

  13. You’ve been tagged to help write the next chapter in a random short story:


  14. I’ve only just discovered you. But I sure do like what I see.

  15. Hi. I just added your blog “My Own Pie” to my blogroll, and I was hoping you could do the same for me. My Blog is libertaraian2010.wordpress.com.


  16. Where are you? Are you okay?

  17. Hey, thanks for posting my blog on your blogroll. However, the address has been changed: http://www.gairneybridge.wordpress.com

  18. Hope you don’t mind RG that I put you blog link on my blog roll??

  19. Hello,

    I was wondering if you accept guest post for your blog. If you do, I would like to submit a few. I’m a recent college graduate, with an English major, looking to build out my portfolio. I can write on a wide variety of topics and am sure you would be happy with the quality. Please email me back if you are interested. Thank you for your time.

    - Kathleen Hubert

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