A Journey to Simplicity: Isaac Kenneth Music Review

Sometimes you just need to journey down a quiet road going anywhere; to wander—and to wonder. Sometimes you need to feel the breeze in your hair and the sun on your skin and just pause: breathe the air of simplicity and forget the hurry of the world, just for a moment. If that’s you right now, you’ve come to the right place.

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Last week, my good friend, Isaac Kenneth released his first music album, highlighting the beauty of a life embracing simplicity. He talks about a place that’s quiet; a place that’s safe. It’s a place that feels far away from a lot of us—a place some of us may have forgotten exists. But it’s still there, and his music has a way of transporting you to that world.

Letting Go: The Practice of Choosing Happiness

We talk often of choosing happiness. Countless blog articles, podcasts, and other resources exist on the subject, but what does choosing happiness really look like? How can you actually do it?

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It sounds so easy: Just choose to be happy! Just choose. That’s it. No further explanation—as if merely deciding to be happy is all it takes. It’s no wonder we get frustrated when it doesn’t work out like that—at least, not for long.

7 Characteristics of an Incandescent Romance

Strong, lasting relationships are underrated in our society. It’s not uncommon to see young people who like the idea of dating more than they actually like being in a relationship. Why? Because relationships take work. Sometimes you have to make sacrifices—and that’s one aspect of love we don’t like to face.

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We like things to be comfortable. Easy. Predictable. All of which relationships aren’t. The minute a challenge arises, or the other person does something to hurt your feelings and you realize they are imperfect, the solution our culture presents is to run away. And that solution works great—if you don’t want anything to last, ever.

On the Purpose of Beauty

What is the purpose of beauty? Every day, we’re surrounded by a kaleidoscope of enrapturing glory—magic and wonder. Questions and mysteries await us at every turn: the fabric of the universe. But what is the point of it all?

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Some would say wonder is a useless pursuit—and perhaps it is, for Wonder in itself does not profit, nor is it incredibly practical. It accomplishes nothing in terms of money or shelter, and yet Wonder touches a deeper part of us: the essence of our nature; our desire to explore, create, and understand. If all we live for is profit, then wonder—beauty—is absolutely and utterly useless. And life is astonishingly empty.

Letting Go: The Practice of Choosing Happiness

We talk often of choosing happiness. Countless blog articles, podcasts, and other resources exist on the subject, but what does choosing happiness really look like? How can you actually do it?

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It sounds so easy: Just choose to be happy! Just choose. That’s it. No further explanation—as if merely deciding to be happy is all it takes. It’s no wonder we get frustrated when it doesn’t work out like that—at least, not for long.

When Music Speaks

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“Music expresses that which cannot be said, and upon which it is impossible to be silent.” -Victor Hugo

When Music Speaks

I believe that one of the greatest gifts God has given to man is the beauty of music.

A melody can move hearts and stir emotions like nothing else can. Memories of growing up. An Oldies favorite mom would sing when she was making breakfast on Saturday mornings. Sixteen years old and driving solo for the first time, with the windows down and the radio cranking. The hymn that was played at grandma’s funeral. A special tune from that first date with your soulmate. Times of unspeakable loss, of supreme joy and pleasure, the subtle sweetness of quiet ordinary days we used to know…can all be mysteriously carried in a simple song.

Using Setting to Maximize Emotion

On Wednesday, I talked about how to tell when you’re doing a good job with showing vs. telling in your novel. I discussed the reasons why showing is powerful. Today I want to talk about ways that you can use the settings in your story to maximize emotion.

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Most of the time, we see emotion as something that comes from inside the character, and while that’s true, the end result is always to create emotion in the reader. Setting can be a great tool for doing this. Settings create feelings. A character (or reader) may have an emotional reaction to being somewhere or seeing something. As a writer, you shouldn’t overlook this.