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.
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.
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.
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.