Hollison Journey

“The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.” – Don Williams Jr

Praise and Worship Wednesday: Lead Me To The Cross

Lead Me To The Cross by Brooke Fraser (Hillsong United)

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Julie and Julia

Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously by Julie Powell

julie and julia Just a quick note, this was not the version I read. I read the re-release – the one where the book cover looks like the movie poster. Not that it matters.

Ok, so a couple of things you need to know before I review this book:

1) I read the book after I saw the movie.

2) Interest in the movie led me to some Web sites before I read the book. I learned infor about Julie Powell that was not in the book (but is now in her second book).

Ok, now that you know the background info, here we go: I didn’t like it.

There. I said it.

I really enjoyed the movie. Amy Adams was enjoyable as always and Meryl Streep is fantastic in almost everything I see her in (excluding wacky Kevin Bacon movies). I laughed a lot and it was an uplifiting story.

The book depressed me. It’s amazing how close the movie followed the book, yet managed to be 10x more optimistic and cheery than the book. Where the movie showed Julie’s struggles and her ability to overcome, the book just seemed to whine. There is so much complaining and whining and nervous break-downs, I could barely stand it. The curse words she uses (frequently) in the book were grating too. I get it, you’re frustrated and upset. But really? Even if that is how you talk in real life, it seemed like overkill in print.

The other thing that rubbed me the wrong way about this book was the knowledge that Julie Powell cheated on her husband during this time. This is mainly annoying to me every time she mentions how wonderful her husband is or how patient he was during her project. I know the book doesn’t tell the whole story of their relationship and maybe he was horrible and Julie just decided not to tell those times. Not that it excuses her behavior. It was hard to read her glowing compliments of her husband knowing all of that.

I usually enjoy books more than the movies, but this time, it’s the opposite. I don’t know what I would have thought of this book if I had not seen the movie or known more information before reading it. I’m pretty sure I still wouldn’t have liked the negative tone and the overuse of bad language. But who knows.


Fall Into Reading 2009

FIR09Medium Katrina at Callapiddler Days has an awesome challenge called Fall Into Reading. Basically, you come up with a list of books you want to read between September 22 and December 23 (get it, the Fall season?). Since I keep a list of books to be on the lookout for at bookstores/libraries, I figured I’d just narrow that down to ones I really wanted to knock out before December 23.

I like this idea because I am all about having lists and goals. I decided to be realistic and only pick 12 books. I could probably do more, but I don’t want to set myself up for failure. Honestly, that still might be a challenge.

Some Most of these I have never read, but some are books I want to re-read: (in no particular order)

  • Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  • Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
  • Little Men by Louisa May Alcott
  • The Once and Future King by T.H. White
  • Fieldwork by Mischa Berlinksi
  • Everyone is Beautiful by Katherine Center
  • The Spear by Louis DeWohl
  • I Was Told There Would Be Cake by Sloane Crosley
  • Fear and Trembling by Amelie Nothomb
  • Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
  • The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs
  • Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O’Nan

And yes, I might add more. But these books are my goals.


Praise and Worship Wednesday: Alive Again

Alive Again by Matt Maher

**Matt’s new album, ALIVE AGAIN, released yesterday. Go buy it on iTunes! **

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What’s on Your Nightstand? September 2009

Nightstand5 Minutes for Books always has the best things to participate in. One of my favorites is the monthly “What’s on your nightstand?”

First, let’s look back at last month and see if I made progress:

The Soul of Baseball: A Road Trip Through Buck O’Neil’s America by Joe Posnanski – Finished!
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society
by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows – Finished!
Rooftops of Tehran
by Mahbod Seraji – Currently Reading

I also added Same Kind of Different As Me, recommended by Nicole and Athena.

This month:

Rooftops of Tehran by Mahbod Seraji – see above. I’m about halfway through.

Rebecca by Dauphne DeMaurier – Somehow I made it through 16 years of school without reading this book. I thought I’d give it a try

Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold – I’ve seen this book on people’s lists and in people’s hands.



I had hoped to be posting about a Red Raider victory this morning, but that just didn’t seem to be in the cards. There was some positives about the game: namely, the fact that we did not fall apart when mistakes were made. They bounced right back and made good plays. This is a huge improvement over years past and could definitely be a benefit later in the season. I really wish this game had been played in late Oct/Nov like it should have been. I think we would have seen a very different game.

Anyway, I’m not real sure what to write this week, so I thought I’d take requests. Anyone have something they want me to write about? Questions for me? Leave a comment and I will do my best.

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And you thought your last move was hard…

This is crazy. And cool. And sad (that it closed in New York at all).

Entire Church Moves From Buffalo, NY to Norcross, GA

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7 Quick Takes: September 18

I try not to post two things in one day, but it’s Friday, which means 7 Quick Takes! Be sure and scroll below for my book review of The Soul of Baseball


1. I have an itch. I blame Kandis. She posted about a DIY project and then had the nerve to link to a fabulous DIY Web site. I spent hours last night in front of the t.v. perusing the Web site and being inspired. The problem? I am no where near as creative as I think I am. When reading these posts and hearing the work so of these people did, I’m thinking “Yeah, right.” However, the itch to create hasn’t gone away. Maybe you’ll see a few DIY posts from me in the future.

2. I just used the word peruse, and it reminded me of the fact that the word peruse doesn’t mean what a lot of people think it means. You hear it a lot in terms of  “I went to Barnes and Noble and perused the fiction section.” Uh, that would be nice, but not likely. Vocab lesson of the day.

3. The church I work for is going to be buzzing today because this the annual Garage Sale weekend. Not helpful for my DIY itch. I’m going to avoid it as best as I can (I’m writing this before I go to work, but thanks to the magic of scheduled posting, it’s posting while I am at work).

4. This weekend is a family barbecue for a side of the family I haven’t seen in a long time (some I’ve never even met). Should be good and entertaining.

5. I had every intention of starting a new book this week. I guess it’s possible I still will before the week is over, but it’s not looking good. Maybe next week when my LT commitments are fewer.

6. Tomorrow is Talk Like A Pirate Day. It is also the Texas Tech/Texas game. Could this be an omen? Here’s hoping! Wreck ‘Em Tech!

7. In case you don’t remember why this game is a big deal, let’s look at what happened last year, shall we?

see more quick takes at conversion diary hosted by jen


The Soul of Baseball

The Soul of Baseball: A Road Trip Through Buck O’Neil’s America by Joe Posnanski

soul of baseball This book was loaned to me from my dad, who borrowed it from his friend Dennis. It’s making the rounds of the baseball lovers. Buck O’Neil was a player in the Negro Leagues and became the first African-American coach in Major League Baseball. In his later years, he spear-headed the effort to establish a Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, and after it was built, served as the honorary board chairman.

Joe Posnanski is a Kansas City sports columnist that traveled cross-country with the ninety-three-year-old O’Neil to different speaking engagements and events, all while telling him stories and letting Posnanski see America through his eyes.

This book is great for any one who truly loves baseball. If you don’t love baseball, I think you would still enjoy the stories that Mr. O’Neil shares and his views and opinions. He was a charming man and had a great wit about him.

I marked some of my favorite quotes in the book, and I thought I would share.
The book opens with one of the best descriptions of Houston weather I’ve ever heard:
“We were in Houston in springtime. We sat in a ballpark under a sun so hot the seats melted beneath us. There is something honest about Houston heat-it comes at you straight. It does not drain you like the Washington humidity or try and trick you like dry heat in Phoenix. In Houston, the heat punches you in the gut again and again.”

Joe and Buck attended a Cubs-Astros game in Houston and Buck made some comments about the game:
after Roger Clemens hit a single: “Did he do it? Did he do it? What you say? That’s what I’m talking about, Roger! You go! That’s baseball!”

after a fly ball was hit: “No need to cheer that one, folks. Tha’s an easy out.”

to a hitter complaining to an umpire after striking out against Greg Maddux: “Sit down, young man. You’re not the first to man to strike out against Greg Maddux. You’re not the best man to strike out against Greg Maddux. Just sit down.”

to a pitcher who kept walking people: “Throw some strikes, dummy.”

It’s a good read and a good glimpse of what it was like back in the days before Jackie Robinson.



Go read this post by Jen at Conversion Diary and take to heart what she says:


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