About

Hi, I’m David. This is my blog. And, in part, my story.

Ultimately, the blog is about nothing but my life, in all its various and myriad forms. It’s not a religion blog or a space blog or an entertainment blog, but, at the same time, it’s all of those things, because all of those things are part of my life.

Going through my tag cloud, some of the words that stand out are:

NASA, space, books

I worked for nine years as an education writer for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, a job which I loved quite a bit. It was a huge honor to be a very very very small part of the NASA team, and a privilege to help inspire students with what we did.

I’m the co-author, with astronauts Owen Garriott and Joe Kerwin, of Homesteading Space: The Skylab Story,published in 2008, and, with Heather R. Smith, of Bold They Rise, a history of the early space shuttle program, to be published in 2013.

I’m also a member of the National Space Society policy committee.

improv, humor

I’m an actor in the Face2Face improv troupe which is, bar none, the best live entertainment you’re going to see in Huntsville with me in it. In fact, It’s Just Lunch named us as one of the best date ideas in Huntsville.

Also, I like to laugh, and to make people laugh.

church, God, Religion and Spirituality

I am involved with Flint River Baptist Church in Huntsville, but consider myself a member of the church at Huntsville, rather than any particular congregation. I’m currently taking a class to become certified to do scriptural-based counseling. Until recently, I also did Bible storytelling for children.

I consider myself a heretic in the best possible sense of the word. I read voraciously but almost randomly books about theology. I believe firmly that God is love.

newspapers, mississippi, huntsville

I’m a former newspaper reporter and editor, and while I’ve not worked in the industry since 2002, that fact is still very much a part of who I am.

I am a graduate of the University of Mississippi, and spent a total of 10 years living in the Magnolia State. As with newspapers, the fact that part of my life is in the past doesn’t mean it’s not relevant to the present. I still have a greater sense of the character of place in Mississippi than I ever have in Alabama.

I currently live in Huntsville, Ala. I was born here, graduated from high school here and have now spent easily the majority of my life here. It’s home, and I’m proud of it.

Music, movies, lyrics, books, Lori McKenna

Music is huge to me; it’s another frequent topic on the blog, and I’m constantly posting songs, tweeting lyrics, etc. I’m a bit of a movie buff, and enjoy reading. I used to do entertainment writing at my college newspaper, and I’m enjoying getting back into writing reviews and other entertainment stories more frequently on the blog. In particular, I’m a huge fan of the amazing singer/songwriter Lori McKenna, and stuff about her pops up pretty frequently on the blog.

iphone, technology

I’ve been a Mac user for over 20 years, and an iPhone user since the third day they were available. I’m a bit of a snob about it, but really try to keep that in check. I’m debating whether I need an iPad. Apple aside, I’m a fan of technology in general; being a space buff makes me also a bit of a futurist.

writing

Being a writer is pretty integral to my identity, and, really, if this blog is about anything in particular, it’s about that — the subject matter varies from post to post, but, ultimately, they all come down to me wanting to write about whatever’s going through my head. Increasingly, I’m focusing more and more on the craft of writing, and thinking about it more seriously.

So, basically, that’s my blog. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy it.

“The stories in my pockets are the best I’ve ever lived … What we’ve got here is a good true thing.”


Opinions on this blog are purely those of the author, and do not represent the beliefs or policy of any organization with which I am involved. Or, for that matter, likely anyone else.

The title of the blog is from a Sarah Masen song of the same name.

19 Responses

  1. Wow…way to go with your “whatever”. Some people never get to it.
    I am very pleased to meet you.

  2. Thanks!

  3. Wow — congrats on this all!

    I, too, am divorced and now realizing that all that time waiting was worthless — that living starts now. Yet, the aftermath of my divorce is a soap opera (one that I’m blogging about, in fact…), which is only preventing me from fully embracing it.

    Oh well. All part of the journey, I guess. Congrats on yours, and I look forward to reading your posts!

    (and btw, the side-by-side revealed what I’d expect: MUCH better sans mullet…) ;)

  4. Mikalee — Thanks, on all counts! Sorry to hear about the painful speed bumps on your journey, and hope the road ahead takes you to unexpected exciting places!

  5. Hi David, nice to meet you!

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration – WOW!

    I don’t suppose you know any really cool things about planets and space?

    hit me up if you do!

    Leigh :)

  6. Not sure how I stumbled across your blog..it’s only 6am in the morning here in a dark, foggy and autumnal England…I’m up with one of my little guys who at 5.30am this morning said “Mum…I simply CANT wait another minute for the day to start”… LOL so..it did! :o)
    Cept he’s now relaxing watching TV and I figured I’d “do something” – and that “Something” turned out to be finding you and your blog. Two random people in my life this morning…at 4am a complete stranger broke down in the lane outside my house…poor guy..it was freezing! He was surprised when I opened my bedroom window and offered him a phone and a cuppa.. :O)..and now you. I have taken some great ideas with me from having a look at your blog..and reading about your life.. Time for “whatever” starts now I think!!! Take care, and thank you! Sacha.

  7. I think making time for ‘whatever’ is catchy…I’m on my road to doing anything and everything I always wanted to do but didn’t…again another divorcee, but a difficult marriage and a messy divorce has given me great perspective of what is truly important in life…to live…!

    Loving your blog!

    Incognito x

  8. Ah how I understand the awakening to live TODAY. Though divorced myself, it was in my spontaneous move to TN (where I had never stepped foot prior to) that I have decided to soak up all that is presented to me along the journey. What a wonderful freedom and joy that comes with embracing what each day presents. Looks like we will be living TODAY together through our writing.

    Great blog!

  9. Just don’t give up, the right person is out there. Let them find you. Whether it’s now or ten years from now. Just live and have fun.

  10. Leigh — I’m more of a human spaceflight person than a planet person, but I help with NASA education stuff online. Looking for student-type stuff or adult stuff?

    Sacha — Thanks for coming by, and for reading. Godspeed with your “whatever”! :-)

    Incognito — Yeah, funny how much of us are in the same place after divorce. Nothing like having your whole world fall apart to make you realize how much world is still how there.

    Shayna — Bravo on a great attitude. I admire your spontaneity!

    Booksphotographsandartwork — Thanks!

  11. Thanks.
    nice to meet you

  12. Hi David,
    Great blog! You mentioned that it has evolved over time – what changes did you make? How did you know that your direction was the right one?
    Thanks!
    A

  13. I started the blog around the time I got engaged to someone, an engagement that only lasted a few months afterwards. At the time, I had a blog where I wrote about news and topics that were of interest to me; I started this one as a companion to hers, which was more about day-to-day life.

    Since then, I’ve abandoned the other blog, and broadened this one from just writing about life to being a place where I can also basically write essays about whatever’s on my mind. Essentially, it’s my writer’s notebook, where I can do whatever free-form writing I want.

    As far as the direction being the right one, that’s relative, I guess. The traffic has increased over time, but I have no illusions that it’s going to be a “successful” blog by any objective standards, but I really enjoy blogging here, so that’s the standard that matters to me.

  14. I recently published a link to your post regarding e-readers (Sunsets vs. Hot Chocolate) in one of my posts. Way to go, you’ve got a great blog going!

  15. Hi David,

    Great blog! You must be acquainted with Eu’genius’ Banks…and you must be quick on your feet to maintain a spot in F2F. Congrats!

  16. Yep, I know Gene quite well, and am blessed to do so.

  17. Most folks do not extremely need freedom, as a result of freedom involves responsibility, and most folks are scared of responsibility.- Sigmund Freud

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  19. Not sure how I stumbled across your blog..it’s only 6am in the morning here in a dark, foggy and autumnal England…I’m up with one of my little guys who at 5.30am this morning said “Mum…I simply CANT wait another minute for the day to start”… LOL so..it did! )Cept he’s now relaxing watching TV and I figured I’d “do something” – and that “Something” turned out to be finding you and your blog. Two random people in my life this morning…at 4am a complete stranger broke down in the lane outside my house…poor guy..it was freezing! He was surprised when I opened my bedroom window and offered him a phone and a cuppa.. :O)..and now you. I have taken some great ideas with me from having a look at your blog..and reading about your life.. Time for “whatever” starts now I think!!! Take care, and thank you! Sacha.
    +1

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