I’ve been trying to tell stories since I started a school newspaper produced on tractor-feed paper in the dot-matrix printer at my dad’s office back in 5th grade. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

I’m committed to posting something here at least weekly. It might be a poem, an essay, a link to something I’ve published elsewhere, a musing on current events, an interaction with someone else’s work, a photograph, a snippet of thought from a larger project, a song, a recipe—who knows?

Right now, I’m in the midst of a full-time job, a half-time pursuit of a graduate degree, parenting four daughters with my wife, and being a serial entrepreneur of non-remunerative community enterprises. As such, I’ll make no claims to the quality of work you’ll get here, but I hope you’ll enjoy the ride.

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Musings on life and ministry from a poet, essayist, reviewer, sometimes teacher & speaker.


Justin is a writer & poet, cook, hiker, husband, dad, nonprofit employee, etc., from Chattanooga, Tennessee.