Paul Michael Jones

Microaffections and endless mansions



My mind is an endless mansion. It’s easy to get lost in there. Maybe you can relate. These are confusing times, and as I attempt to decipher the mountains of misinformation and the writing on the wall, I have found myself retreating inside the many rooms inside my head. Some people think I’m crazy. That’s okay. I’m secure in my […]

Sudden loss and sincere friendship



Years ago, my younger brother and I flew to Canada to visit our grandparents. We both knew that our grandpa’s health was declining, and we wanted to spend some quality time with him and our grandma before things took a turn for the worse. One day, during our visit, we were sitting at the dining room table, enjoying a savory […]

Unicorns in Alaska



As I begin writing this on a wintery January night, I am blessed to meditate on how 2021 has gotten us off to such a swell start. It’s just after midnight, and I feel like Gandalf in “The Lord Of The Rings” where he’s sitting in a chair, smoking a pipe and mumbling about riddles in the dark. Something tells […]

Adieu



When I was a teenager, I prayed that God would make me into a man like Elijah. As I scoured the scriptures in search of someone I could relate to, Elijah rose to the sky in a chariot of fire. In the midst of my adolescent quest for identity, everything about Elijah resonated with me … as if we were […]

Christmas Beer



There is beauty to be found in broken things. Christmas has always been a time to connect with my family at a deeper level. Growing up, my friends would oftentimes say that our family had deeper conversations than they were used to. That was a compliment … I think. Over the years, those conversations (especially at Christmastime) were frequented by […]

Star of Wonder



Next Monday is the winter solstice. It will be the darkest day of 2020 and will possess the longest night of this year for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. Yet, the promise of light is still bright. The luminescent planetary bodies of Jupiter and Saturn will align in such a way as to appear that they are almost […]

A tale of two coffeehouses



I like coffee. I think most Homo sapiens enjoy the soothing, yet invigorating, black nectar of the bean gods. It’s how we sane people start our day. Last week, I partook of the sacred offering at a snazzy new locale. Yep, I was one of “those people” who bought a cup of jubilant java at the Pleasant Perk Coffee House […]

The fleas of unforgiveness



There’s nothing quite like having an apocalyptic plague of fleas descend upon your homestead in the midst of an already torturous year. It really is a wonderful opportunity for enriching your personality, deepening your character and experiencing unparalleled levels of personal growth. It’ll magically transport you back into a medieval mindset where you’ll want to throat punch random people in […]

Golden dung



Did you know that you can make thousands of dollars by selling your poop? Well, now you do. Apparently, good poop is hard to find these days, and some medical communities are willing to pay top dollar for a small fecal deposit. Some estimates show that you could make up to $50 per poop donation. That there is some golden […]

The gift of interpreting tongues



On Sunday, I took a break. In case you hadn’t gotten the memo, taking breaks is vital for human flourishing. If you just want to survive life, then please … feel free to work yourself to the bone until the day you die. But if you want to thrive … then learn to take breaks. So, on my monthly sabbatical […]


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