January 29, 2004




Our church is starting a Friday night church service coming next month. It's specifically designed for a younger generation, so the pastor in charge asked my brother to lead worship. Jon and I have played together for years and we have an awesome band...including Tim Hathaway (pictured with Jon) on bass, Daniel Hathaway on drums, and Ryan Jones on lead guitar.

You've gotta come out and support us...you never know, you might enjoy yourself! :) The service starts Friday, February 6 at 7:00 p.m. in our church's East Campus Living Room. Our sound engineers are so excited that they get to turn the music up. We'll be singing songs familiar and unfamiliar, but it'll be great...we've had so much fun just rehearsing.

Let me know if you need any further info. Hope to see you there!

Me :)

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Alright already!

For those of you who have been bugging me to upload pictures to my site (and you know who you are ;-p), here are some pictures. There! Now you can stop harrassing me. :-)



The top picture is at The Huntington Gardens--one of my favorite places--with my little cousins Hannah (brown hair) and Elizabeth (blonde). We just had high tea together and were walking the grounds. It was quite fun.

The bottom picture is Daron Ball, my brother Jon, me and Abby (Daron's wife) at their going away party. Sorry for the grainy film quality. I think it was really dark in the room.

So, there you have it. Two semi-recent photos of me.


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January 23, 2004

My Dear Friend


If you value quality music, then you like good jazz. My dear friend Lisa Harriton has been touring the valley and various parts of the world (sometimes taking me along for the ride) performing original and standard jazz songs. She's truly amazing as a composer, arranger, singer and pianist.

All that said, Lisa is performing Monday, Februrary 16 at the Tangier Restaurant in L.A. If you can make it, go. You won't regret it.

Here's to good jazz!

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Who the heck is Portia, you say?


Several people have asked me who Portia is. Portia is quite possibly my favorite Shakespearean character. She exists in the play Merchant of Venice, which is a phenomenal story from which lines are still quoted. She is a more typical Shakespearean heroine, and I love how he wrote his heroines.

It's difficult to give her background in few words, but I'll try. Portia is a free-spirited, young woman bound my her father's dying wishes for her marriage. While she is more of an independant thinker, she remains loyal to her father's careful stipulations. Soon, she falls in love and finds a way to make it work under her father's guidelines. At this point in the story, we see how truly resourceful and quick she is.

She proves quite skillful in the area of argument as well, encouraging greater adherence to the spirit of the law as opposed to the letter. Her arguments in court are fabulous and she become responsible for saving a man's life. She makes the law work for her.

If it's possible to have a literary role model, she'd be mine. She's gracious and just. I love that.

So, that's Portia in a nutshell. And the reason for the name of this blog. We need more modern-day Portias.

I would strongly encourage you to read the play and/or watch it to get the whole story. I'm sure you'd recognize where many of our phrases come from.

Bye for now!

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January 22, 2004

My First Post


Upon the constant nagging of two friends *ahem Kristin and Melissa* I have finally ventured into the realm of weblogging. This site exists because I'm sure everyone wants to know more about my life. I mean, who wouldn't? :P

I began an online magazine a while back that I edit, manage and write for. However, it is not the appropriate forum for talking about trivial or otherwise random musings of mine. So, this is the perfect arena to do so.

Hope you enjoy! Don't tell me if you don't. :)


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