where I came from, where I am now, and where I am headed

my life in pictures

books I am reading


Targum meaning translation, references the various language transliterations of the original Hebrew Torah, which were commissioned and created by Temple elders. The Aramaic and Palestinian versions printed here are acknowledged to be the oldest and most widely used renderings of the ancient language translations of the original Hebrew.


Norman Maclean writes that he is "haunted by waters,’ the experiences of a young man who found that life was only a step from art in its structures and beauty, which he found in reality, and so leaves a careful record of family life, the differences between two brothers and the family that tried to help. [one of my favorite movies]


"How could someone be so twisted? So evil?" Go inside the heads of the kinds of people you know, perhaps all too well, but can never understand. Are some people born to be bad? Psychology and brain imaging. Research with intriguing family history puts both a human and scientific face to evil. [I am always searching for the “why” people do such bad things.]


Written after his wife's tragic death as a way of surviving the "mad midnight moment." Reflection on the fundamental issues of life, death, and faith in the midst of loss. “Only torture will bring out the truth… only under torture does he discover it.” [one of my favorite authors]

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story behind “The joy of the Lord is my strength”
To start with, my middle name is Joy and I often go by cJoy on social media. While contemplating the next fork in the road, and pondering this “book thing,” I came upon two clues. First, you have to look up to see the Lord, and in doing so, you get insights and strength for the journey. Focusing on the daily mundane keeps your focus fuzzy. (the second insight is coming)

it’s not a simple story - i’ve tried to write it multiple times (learn more)

how I got to this point