What follows could be a rough translation of a clay tablet found near modern Yeman, or it could be the product of some rube’s boredom. You decide on the authenticity of this unusual document, which mourns the dangers of laziness, and offers a solution which modern audiences will likely find familiar.


1 The words of The Scribe, son of Levi, Shepherd of The Hills.
“Slumbering, slumbering!” says the scribe, “Slumbering, slumbering, how the world slumbers through all the night watches!

What securities do the people gain by a sleeping guard,

Who sees dreams and not reality?

The sun sets and the eyes fade and lack of attack is false security,

Then those who feel secure imbibe their precious ales,

And bring about a waking sleep for cheerful heart.

Yet the rival troops are gathering in the dark,

And the thieves lurk out of sight knowing the guards will rest.

The slumbering guards will groan in their sleep,

Only briefly, before they are over come.

And the celebrants will perish with a sleep-joy cheer,

Thinking their destruction a part of the feast!

Slumbering, slumbering! Is there no hope for the slumbering?

2 Slumbering, slumbering!” Says the Scribe, “Slumbering, Slumbering, how the world slumbers though the day progresses!

What comfort can a wife provide,

Who sleeps and dreams of idly all day?

The sun rises and her eyes stay dull and her children run unchecked,

Then her house turns apathetic, sinking into a bog of drudgery,

And take to calling idleness a vocation.

Yet the rivals are gathering in the fields, tilling ground for grain,

And the scholars scoff at the dull, neglected youth.

The dreaming wives will stumble in the light,

Barely blinking, before they are overcome.

And the children will perish with a dull-joy cheer,

Thinking their destruction a children’s game!

Slumbering, Slumbering! Can there be hope for the slumbering?

3″Slumbering, slumbering!” Says the Scribe, “Slumbering, Slumbering, how the world slumbers though the sun is setting!

What can a man of craft or art design who slumbers at the table,

Who sleeps though there is light for labor?

The sun sets and his eyes are closed and his tools lay untouched,

Then his canvas stays blank, his foundations unleveled,

And labels his laziness craft

Yet the rival men of art are calling for deeper, stronger arts,

And the painters wait to take the sleeping artist’s easel

The snoozing craftsman’s muse will fade there with the sun,

Ignored, before they are overcome.

And the creations will perish as unimagined things,

While the creators call their nothings things.

Slumbering, slumbering! Is there no hope for the slumbering?”

4 “Slumbering, slumbering!” Says the Scribe, “Slumbering, Slumbering, how can the world awake from slumbering?

For the guards, and wives, and husbands slumber,

And the towns, and children, and crafts all slumber,

The sun and moon and stars all slumber,

And eyes and heads and hands all slumber,

Yet there is hope for those who slumber,

A way to stir the mind and heart and head and hands,

A gift of G-d from time of old, a modest bean both dark and bold,

A metaphor for human soul, and the conclusion of the matter:

This bean is taken from a modest bush,

Then purified by fire for a finer taste,

Then ground into a powder for service to the LORD,

Immersed in water boiled pure

Then taken as a slumber cure.

So husbands take this rich brown brew,

To keep a wakeful hand,

And keep your house well stocked of it,

And brew it for you wives.

And wives will keep a watchful eye, and guide her children well,

And children will be taught to watch when they are called to guard.

Book Blurbs (Biblical Preaching by Haddon W. Robinson)

Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages (1980) by Haddon W. Robinson is a text designed to lead students through a course of effective preaching. In the preface, Robinson opens with a mild disclaimer and says “If I can claim any qualification, it is this: I am a good listener” (9) and says that years of teaching and listening to sermons has informed the text. Namely, “What to do and what to avoid.” (10). 51J7VPEW75L._SX200_

Written clearly and plainly, the text offers advice for sermon development and effective presentation.

Robinson, Haddon W. Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages. 1980. 6th ed. Baker Book House: Michigan. Print.

Book Blurbs (Coffee: Epic of a Commodity by E. H. Jacob)

Coffee: The Epic of a Commodity by E.H. Jacob (1935), translated by Eden and Ceder Paul (1998) is an economic history of a popular product. Jacobs begins with a story about some Arab monks who observed the energized manner of goats, and from these goats discovered coffee and it’s regenerative effects. From this Islamic monastery, Jacobs traces the life of coffee as a commodity until 1931, when trade forces compelled the Brazilian government to burn vast quantities of coffee.

epic of a commodity

epic of a commodity

In the post script, Jacobs writes that, “Much that I had intended to include has slipped through the meshes of my net, because its inclusion would have confused the general impression, and because it was a refractory element. Not every interesting fact can be woven into a comprehensive survey like the present.” (pg 283).

Jacobs, E.H. Coffee: The Epic of a Commodity. 1935. Trans. Eden & Cedar Paul. New York: Skyhorse Publishing, 2015. Print.

Book Blurbs (Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain)

In the Preface to Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, Anthony Bourdain writes, “What I set out to do was write a book that my fellow cooks and restaurant lifers would find entertaining and true. I wanted it to sound like me talking,” (xv). Throughout, Bourdain maintains this conversational style, and takes the reader on a day trip through his experiences with food, with cooking, drug abuse, and a number of the little things that formed the Chef he grew into. Kitchen Confidential


Bourdain, Anthony. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly. Updated ed. New York, NY: Harper Collins, 2007. Print.

Book Blurbs (Evangelpreneur by Josh Tolley)

In Evangelpreneur (2015) Josh Tolley discusses entrepreneurship in the context of Christianity, and defines an Evangelpreneur as “someone who lives his or her life with the focus of spreading God’s kingdom and will through the empowerment He created in free enterprise” (4).by Josh Tolley

The purpose of the book, writes Tolley, is to “look at why I believe being an Evangelpreneur is God’s purpose for believers and how we start down that path” (5). First, Tolley outlines the purpose of entrepreneurship and free enterprise, and offers practical advice with business realities. Next, he he discusses the lies that keep people from entering business, and outlines the risks and benefits of entrepreneurship.

Tolley finishes Evangelpreneur with sections on doing business, doing church, and doing life. Throughout the book, Tolley uses biblical and modern examples to elaborate his point, while discussing more current issues of debt within Churches, and the importance (and inseparability) of Faith in business.

An educational and convicting read, it is written in a way to encourage and admonish Christian readers, while still being accessible to non-believers.

Tolley, Josh. Evangelpreneur: How Biblical Free Enterprise can Empower Your Faith, Family, and Freedom. Dallas: BanBella Books, inc., 2015. Print.

What Americans can learn from other food cultures


Food and culture are wonderful things.

Originally posted on ideas.ted.com:

Food feeds the soul. To the extent that we all eat food, and we all have souls, food is the single great unifier across cultures. But what feeds your soul?

For me, a first-generation Korean-American, comfort food is a plate of kimchi, white rice, and fried Spam. Such preferences are personally meaningful — and also culturally meaningful. Our comfort foods map who are, where we come from, and what happened to us along the way. Notes Jennifer 8. Lee (TED Talk: Jennifer 8. Lee looks for General Tso), “what you want to cook and eat is an accumulation, a function of your experiences — the people you’ve dated, what you’ve learned, where you’ve gone. There may be inbound elements from other cultures, but you’ll always eat things that mean something to you.”

In much of China, only the older generations still shop every day in the wet market, then go home and cook traditional…

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Kickstarter Campaign

I’ve started a Kickstarter campaign to bolster my publication expenses. Since it’s pushing the one year mark, I thought this would be a suitable way to herald the full turn around the sun.

Here’s the Kickstarter page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lovwrite/publication-past-and-future

Suspense Excercise II

Howard Dow Jones commanded his own tank. He had dreamed of commanding a tank since he was a child, and his dream became real only after a lifetime of hard work. At twenty-seven years old, Howard Dow Jones left his wife and children in Georgia, and went overseas to fight in the same wars that had inspired him to serve. His children, a little boy named Edward and little girl Bernice, loved their father and had dreams of their own: Bernice dreamed of being a pilot while her brother dreamed of commanding his own tank just like his father. But their father will not see them pursue their dreams. Howard Dow Jones will not see them grow, or marry, or graduate, but will return from the war to find his home burned down and his wife and children cinders.

Suspense Excercise I

This story will end with a boom 100 words from now:

We were working on the set for Macbeth, discussing “The Scottish play” and superstitions when our new-hire, Mac, said he didn’t believe in curses. “Hell,” he said, “gods, demons, all that is bullshit.” And he began insulting the superstitions and ended saying: “May those little dreams, the spirits, all meet the same fate as that wretched king Macbeth.” When he said this, the men hanging drops shouted “Watch out! A rack is falling!” We all ran, but Mac tripped and fell on the microphone. And that pole stuck in his chest? That is the boom.


“I’d like them to understand what it feels like to attain the child’s dream of running one’s
own pirate crew-what it feels like, looks like and smells like in the clatter and hiss of a big city
restaurant kitchen.” From Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
A strangely accurate reduction of restaurant work, and an explanation as to why I insist on joining the crews of Food Services.

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