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Santa's Naughty & Nice List for Me and My Twitter Friends

Santa’s Naughty & Nice List for Me and My Twitter Friends

I wanted to give a shout-out to my Twitter friends simply because we are all involved in an ongoing effort to take over the world, to connect with infinite others, to write endlessly, to broadcast (or podcast), and to sharpen one another like so many infomercial knives that can cut through shoes. In light of...
Wheat Three Kings: A (Rightfully) Lost Christmas Story

Wheat Three Kings: A (Rightfully) Lost Christmas Story

Wheat three kings set out from Kansas, following a great glowing¬†scythe¬†in the sky. When they arrived at Bethlehem and beheld the Christ-child, they bowed down in worship. But they were dismissed by Mary when they presented their gifts. “Wheat germ? What kind of gift is that for a child?” she said, tears welling up in...
"A Light Goes On": A FREE Holiday Art + Music Compilation for the Naughty & Nice

“A Light Goes On”: A FREE Holiday Art + Music Compilation for the Naughty & Nice

My friend Sam Billen has orchestrated yet another fantastic holiday project this year. It’s called “A Light Goes On,” and it is a synthesis of art and music that pairs musicians’ Christmas songs with visuals that likewise celebrate the festive season. It features works by the ever whimsical and wonderful Half-Handed Cloud, Japan’s The Tenniscoats,...
Christmas Chrome: Audio of CTJ & His Sister Alyssa at Ages 6 and 2, Respectively

Christmas Chrome: Audio of CTJ & His Sister Alyssa at Ages 6 and 2, Respectively

If you really follow my blog (I don’t, but you might), you’ll know I ran this exactly a year ago today. But I figure a rerun is acceptable on occasions such as these, when new parenthood has left my eyes bloodshot, my brain beleaguered, my hair prematurely gray. I exaggerate: Baby Evie is a delight....
CTJ Adds Extra Ham to Bethlehem: New Christmas Cartoon

CTJ Adds Extra Ham to Bethlehem: New Christmas Cartoon

Yes folks, that is indeed She-Ra masquerading as the Angel of the Lord. A good enough reason for me to say “Fear not!” unto you. The shepherds and cow below belong to a nativity scene my family used to set out each December when I was a child. I often played with the figurines as...
I Met My Wife Because I Made a Christmas Record: Download the LP for FREE

I Met My Wife Because I Made a Christmas Record: Download the LP for FREE

In the summer of 2004, my friends Matt and Rebecca Fillingham gave me a copy of a Christmas album they made together as husband and wife. Being perpetually nine-years-old in my mind, my 25-year-old self listened to it and instantly replied, “I want to make a Christmas record, too!” That fall, beginning in early October,...
When Baby New Year Arrives, Diaper Full

When Baby New Year Arrives, Diaper Full

Yes, it’s gross. It’s disgusting. But in my heart I am still an 8th-grade boy. Plus, it feels like an accurate picture of every New Year when it arrives. Sure, it’s innocent and brand new. But it is already loaded with hopes, dreams, and expectations. This is one diaper I never intend to change. I...