“It is a truly wise man who does not play leap-frog with a unicorn. ”
Ben Franklin

I am married to a writer. A good one with note-worthy perspective and a penchant for a nice turn of phrase.  She stores up metaphors like… well, I’m not really sure, but she’s a darned good writer, nonetheless.  Once, when we were dating, she wrote me a letter that was punctuated with the complimentary closing “Ciao” (used curtly in the Italian form for “good-bye,” not “hello,” as was made abundantly clear by the context of the correspondence).  Good writers, I mean the really good ones, can convey such finality with the proper word usage.
We are friends with a rodential type known who actually answers to “Hamster.”  He has a red and blue target tattoo that represents some significant symbol from the Second World War.  I’m not sure what it means, but if he wrote about it you’d say, “WOW! That’s inspiring!”  He reviews horror films with such beauty that you might actually be inspired to take a date–not the blind kind but the kind that you’d really want to take home to Mama–to a Sunday matinée of Saw 13.  Right after late service at your local church no less.  Though these films are not my particular cup of tea, his art stirs up desire.  Not a lot of people do that.
There are a few others that I like to read in this blog-world–the preacher-man in Colorado, the quiet mother in Canada, the Hoosier foodie (among others).  They are real writers, with real books that you can really purchase (and should). I’m sure I’ll introduce some of them from time to time, along with other friends who make photo-booth art, paint enormous pictures of Jesus, or play in the mud
I’m keeping this space small for a while.  I’ll write things here I’m not ready to broadcast or publish, and it’d be frog’s folly to try.  This site will not be connected to search engines, and I will not blog-hop all over the good green earth leaving comments so that other’s can stumble across this space.  It’s not really the intent.

I would like to keep this space in the spirit of share-and-share-alike.  Certainly I’ll write here, but I also want to know what you are reading, writing, and learning.  Show me your art.  Let me hear your music, read your books.  Leave me a taste of what God is doing in you.

I hope this can be a place where we can vet those things that God is doing in us, whether through Scripture, prayer, writings, readings, musings, sculptings, or paintings.  I hope this can be a place where we discuss the handiworks.
I would love your input because, really, I’m just trying to figure this whole thing out before I land high-centered, impaled on the horn of a mythical creature.


For those of you who may know the back story, this may run a little like the common guild did from time to time… that is to say, very, very, loosely.  If you have something you want to share (music, art, writings, etc.) email me at seth.m.haines @ gmail. Grace and Peace.

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10 Responses to Welcome

  1. Ok, Seth…since we’re among friends, may I dare admit the FIRST thought I had upon first glance of your header was, “Whatthehell’sup with the frog?” Forgive my French, although I’ve never understood that expression for excusing profanity.

    Of course, upon reading, it made PERFECT sense, so as can often be the case, first impression was fleeting. Now I’m paranoid I’ve used too many commas in that sentence and that Real Writers With Actual Published Books will judge me (and rightly so).

    S i g h…are you sure you want me in this small circle of literati? Am I the comic relief?

    * * * * * *

    I love the premise of your site and I do look forward to hearing the thoughts of the Mysterious Invisibles who’ve been invited to join you. This is organic blogging, thinking and sharing in community, without the noise that’s so rampant today (and to which I’m all too often guilty of contributing).

    I think I shall like a frog’s folly.


    • sethhaines says:


      You are welcome here for many reasons, comic relief included.

      “Laissez les Bons Temps Rouler.”* Pardon my French.

      *Let the good times roll. It’s the only French I know. It’s a Louisiana family deal…

  2. Scott says:

    I think that I’d like to try to play leapfrog with a unicorn…just once anyway. Maybe we could be friends. Love you friend!

  3. Matt Brock says:

    Just the other day i was wondering why exactly why and how the Common Guild died. It doesn’t matter now. A pollywog passed away and now you are resurrecting a Bullfrog with a nasty gaze. This is all good. I don’t know how i may contribute yet, but i will do something. Perhaps i can talk about how much i wish i could right good.

  4. LORA Lynn says:

    Yup. I knew it’d be a good idea. Well done, sir.

    • sethhaines says:

      Thanks, Lora Lynn.

      I am hoping to theme the majority of posts/art around two separate themes a month. I hope there will be theological exposition here, though it will be lay driven and hopefully more at a 10,000 foot level. Given our personal understandings of the themes, I hope to hear/see relating stories/music/art. This coming month (November) I hope to discuss (a) the Local Church, and (b) food. I’m looking for collective input so if anything strikes your fancy, please feel free to let me know.

      Again, thanks for dropping in to my experiment. I hope it’s restful and fun.

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