Month: December 2009

Often Awesome: Episode I

Often Awesome The Series is a web series about my old friend Tim and his B2B Kaylan’s battle with ALS. It’s a story about love, friends, strength and courage. Tim is looking for 2000 views by New Year’s:

This show will help us make an impact on this horrible disease and raise money for ALS TDI, the group who will cure this disease and, possibly, save my life and others like me. The cure is within our sight. Now it’s time to fight. Plea…se, send this link to your email contacts, facebook group, myspace list, whatever. The more the hits, the more awareness and money we can raise for research!

There is to be a new episode released every two weeks, and I’d like to show them here on our blog.

For more information about Tim and Kaylan’s fight visit :

If you are interested in funding research, please make tax deductible donations to the ALS TDI at:

Me love Bigfoot

I just nearly soilled myself reading Toronto illustrator Graham Roumieu’s Bigfoot: I Not Dead. Our friend Allie had his book prominently displayed in her home, and, at first, I pegged it for overly precious, indie “graphic novel” nonsense. I was so wrong.

It is basically short personal essays by Bigfoot about his life, and it’s hard to pick a favorite. Bigfoot is a beautiful, beguiling and terrifying creature; equal parts innocence, sweetness, stupidity and blind rage. And hunger. Bigfoot is very hungry. The illustrations are rough, beautiful messes, conveying the tender soul of Sasquatch writ in bloodstains and squiggles.

I don’t normally laugh at loud when I read things, no matter how funny. But I was laughing so hard I could hardly breathe. Apparently I was “giggling,” which Steph has never heard me do.

I’ve just ordered all three of his books. Recommended for “mature” readers, who don’t mind the occasional F-bomb and beheaded bunny.

And good news! Bigfoot’s on Twitter.

Don’t remember swallow lawn flamingo but sure happy it out of system.

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Happy Birthday Baby Jesus 2006

Here at ARLT we dig deep. We give and give and then give a little more. One more from the archives.

2006, my first year back in Charlottesville. Listening to this one, I realize that I was at least a little lost that year… Oye’s “Last Christmas” is almost too sad to take, and talk about making a song your own. Wow. But this year, I skipped over “Another Lonely Christmas.” Didn’t want to hear. May never listen to it again. How wonderful it is, three years later, to be able to look over my shoulder and sing my songs to a certain someone… (You know who you are, you are my sexy Christmas baby mine.)

♦ Bright, Bright the Holly Berries – Fred Waring and The Pennsylvanians
♦ Welcome Christmas – Califone
♦ Christmas Time Is Here (alternate vocal take) – Vince Guaraldi
♦ Warm December – Julie London
♦ Santa Claus, Go Straight to the Ghetto – Belle & Sebastian
♦ Child’s Christmas In Wales – John Cale
♦ Someday At Christmas (Alternate Mix) – Stevie Wonder
♦ Dig That Crazy Santa Claus – Oscar McLollie & His Honey Jumpers
♦ The Christmas Boogie – The Davis Sisters
♦ The Christmas Song – Jimmy Smith
♦ I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm (Psapp’s Lady Remix) – Les Brown And His Band Of Renown
♦ Another Lonely Christmas – Prince
♦ Driving Home for Xmas ’95 – Saint Etienne
♦ One Christmas Catalogue – Captain Sensible
♦ When I Get Home For Christmas – Snow Patrol
♦ Last Christmas – Erlend Oye
♦ Sexy Christmas Baby Mine – morphine
♦ Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis – Tom Waits
♦ Santa Claus is Back in Town – Elvis Presley
♦ Santa to the Moon – Sonny Cole
♦ Christmas on the Moon – Troy Hess
♦ God Is My Santa Claus – Hank Snow
♦ Gloria (In Excelsis Deo) – The Tryfles
♦ Le Twist Du Père Noël – Les Chaussettes Noires
♦ Thanks For Christmas – The Three Wise Men (aka XTC)
♦ The Bells Of St. Mary – Bob B Soxx And the Blue Jeans
♦ Merry Christmas You Suckers – Paddy Roberts
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Wrapping Things Up

Christmas is fast approaching! James and I will be splitting our time between lots of ‘ville’s (Charlottesville, Gainesville and Centreville) plus one, ‘boro. We’ll be spending ample time with each of our families and attending two weddings between now and New Year’s Eve.  Tonight I finished up my present wrapping and made these fun vintage-inspired hand lettered tags for gifts:

Here are some pics from around the house:

God loves us where we are, but He loves us too much to leave us there

A faith that costs nothing and demands nothing is worth nothing.

– Martin Luther

Interesting blog post I stumbled upon today via a Facebook update from my friend Sam. Its about a forthcoming book, Already Gone, which focuses on the claim that 2/3 of those young-adults who have grown up in evangelical churches are leaving.

It would be too recursive for me to write on a blog post about a review of a book, but I leave some choice quotes to entice/provoke you to read the article:

I get too many things in the mail from churches that say, ‘Come just the way you are, you don’t have to change.’

While God loves you where you are, he expects you to change. We don’t put the fear of God in our churches, we don’t have that respect. We’ve made Jesus our homeboy. He’s not our homeboy, he’s our Saviour.

They (young people) have written church off as a moralistic bad guy that wants to keep them from enjoying their life.

God isn’t a vending machine of good gifts. This (joining the church) will not be the easiest thing you have done.

I think there is a hunger where entertainment is the approach to worship. It doesn’t really satisfy. I think there is a richness in the ancient traditions that speaks at levels where contemporary music fails.