Out of the Ordinary

I have always gravitated to things that are a bit out of the ordinary, or strange, say certain critics. I like unusual color combinations, quirky individuals, and forward thinkers. I recently saw a male and female image of something called a Thorn Bug. It was uncommon to my experience, and when viewed in an expanded light, quite beautiful in its own extraterrestrial sort of way.

It isn’t so terribly surprising, then, that some may think of it as strange for a twenty-first century man to sit down and write out the entire King James Bible by hand. For me it has been, and continues to be a lovely and irresistible calling. Now having finished scribing the book of John, I dive headlong into the Acts of the Apostles.

Certainly as the months unfold and it becomes spring again, this endeavor will be behind me. In the meantime there will be bindings to stitch and form. There will be eight volumes for which designs must be artfully selected and agreed upon by Laura and me. We will each mourn the completion of this project that has felt like a great film epic for lo these many years. Even the spectacle of Ben Hur finally wound to an end. The lights came up. Patrons filed out into the evening. I remember sitting in an empty theater with just my big sister beside me where popcorn and Goober’s boxes were strewn all over the floor. The credits rolled and finally the Lion roared. It was now really over.

People have asked me what I will do next. I haven’t shown my hand just yet. But if you like to play the odds, you should bet that it will be something out of the ordinary.

As published in the December 2012 issue of "St. Peter's Press," the monthly newsletter of St. Peter's Presbyterian Church in Spencertown, New York. With the Gospels now complete, the Acts of the Apostles begin.