I’m starting with a less than flattering self portrait – but it tells a lot about my work in recent weeks. An editor I enjoyed writing for several years ago (in Florida) contacted me recently to see if I was available for some freelance work.
“But I’m in North Carolina now,” I said.
“Not a problem,” she responded. “You can do the interviews by phone and get the subjects to send you photographs.”
Now I love sitting down and chatting with people to learn their stories, and I enjoy taking photographs to support the articles… but I’m not a fan of talking On the phone. I am, however, a huge fan of paid work, and it must be going well because this week I’m in the middle of my third article. I got the high-fidelity headset for the “RealMenConnect” podcast interview last month, and it works wonderfully for hands-free conversations where I can talk and take notes at the same time.
The next picture is from our garden. The late freeze may have spoiled the hydrangea blooms, but it’s June now and the day-lilies are beginning to take off. Our plan is to have some color all summer long, rather than one big splash and then done.
Of course, with the garden there’s no telling what’s going to happen from day to day. I was feeling great about my oregano, for example, until I looked out on the deck one morning to see a fat squirrel sitting in the middle of the pot, pulling out the last of a healthy crop!
Then there’s the ongoing adventure of great food! I haven’t done a classic “foodie post” in a while, but that doesn’t mean I’m not still committed to amazing food experiences several times a week. It doesn’t take much extra effort to make dinner memorable – especially with my customized herb garden on the deck.
Fact is, eating out has become increasingly disappointing, right along with the escalating cost. I enjoy cooking, I love to serve Rebekah good stuff, and I’m grateful we have such a wonderful kitchen in our home.
Finally, our daughter, Naomi, captured this fun image (first in gallery) of our grandchildren yesterday. I’m not sure how much of their ebullience translates via this post, but believe me it’s something special.
This week in my men’s Bible study we spent a long time talking about the spiritual quality of childlikeness that Jesus encouraged in his followers. This image of David and Beks helps me to connect the dots.
My prayer today is that the day by day experience of each of our lives will be a continuous devotional excercise, where every experience, every image, will teach us more about the length, the breadth, and the depth of God’s creative and faithful love.
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.