Because Coffee Always Makes Sense

If you know anything about me at all, you know that I love coffee. I love everything about it. It started off with an innocent fixation with certain second wave coffee vendors that shall remain unnamed. Soon I started seeking better coffee, and then buying it in bean form, and finally moving to various methods of brewing it, such as the Chemex or the Hario V60. I was hooked.

It wasn’t long before I began to venture into the arena of home roasting, using an air popcorn popper, with excellent results. This is where I have maintained my coffee enthusiasm… Until recently.

Coffeelogical Logo 

During the summer, I decided to see if others liked the coffee I was roasting as well as I did. So I started passing around a few samples, and the feedback was great. So I began to seriously consider launching my own coffee roasting company. And the result is Coffeelogical.

As this idea took off, I wanted a place where I could write and blog about coffee specifically, and display pictures of coffee and brewing methods, and more. But I also wanted to have the freedom to talk about other things as well, things that I like to talk about while drinking coffee, like God and theology. So coffee… and theological discussions… Coffeelogical.

As I was describing this to my wife, and before I could explain the meaning of my new name, she asked, “Coffeelogical? Is that because coffee always makes sense?” Why, yes it does. So we have a double meaning to the name as well.

Hobonichi Techo Cover – One Star Leather

Carrying Your Daily Planner In Style

A few weeks ago, I shared that I was giving a paper planner a shot for 2017, specifically the Hobonichi Techo. And so far I am really enjoying it.

One Star Leather Hobonichi Techo Cover

Back in 2016, I discovered One Star Leather on Etsy, and picked up a knife and pen pocket sleeve called the EDC1. It has become the slip I carry daily in my pocket, and has developed some beautiful character. So when I decided that I wanted a leather cover for the Hobonichi Techo, One Star Leather was the first place I checked. And sure enough, he had one.

In fact, it was structured as a “build your own” kind of deal. So I did just that. And it’s a beauty! I wanted a classy look, so I selected the Black Horween Chromexcel for the exterior, a chestnut Hermann Oak bridle leather interior, and golden thread. After adding a pen loop and a bookmark, I feel that this is the perfect setup.

Why I’m Giving The Hobonichi Techo A Shot

Finding The Right Tools To Make Life Easier

Recently I made a simple change to my daily routine that will have a significant impact on my day to day life. I decided to give the Hobonichi Techo a try for 2017.

Hobonichi Techo

I know what you are thinking. What is a Hobonichi Techo? It’s a planner. But it’s also so much more than just a planner.

The Hobonichi Techo (pronounced “tetch-oh”) is one of the many variations of a daily calendar created by Hobo Nikkan Itoi Shimbun, or Hobonichi, a Japanese company that has become very influential in their market around the world. I have been eyeing their calendars for the past few years, but have never made the choice to purchase one. Until now.

What makes the Hobonichi Techo stand out is its versatility. It functions as a daybook and planner, but does not have the constraints of the typical planner. For example, it has no time markings, except for noon. You can break the page down into whatever sections you need. It also functions as a journal, if you want to use it for that, a task list, a sketch book, and much more.

It’s also an attractive option because it uses a high quality paper from Tomoe River, which holds an ink better than many other papers, and is even fountain pen friendly. And, since the binding is designed to lay flat when open, it is very easy to write in, making it much more user friendly than many other planners.

And, to top it all off, it’s affordable. I purchased my Techo from Jet Pens, with a pretty decent cover, for just under fifty dollars. That’s a lot cheaper than other planners I considered, even Amazon. That said, you can definitely dress it up with many different aftermarket products.

However, none of these reasons are why I decided to try it out. My purposes are entirely different. And, I hope, more valuable as I consider my life, and my use of time.

Top Posts For November 2016

Reviewing The Month On

As I review this month’s top posts, I’m listening to Christmas music. I have a hard and fast rule that I don’t begin Christmas music until the day after Thanksgiving. At that point, it is pretty much on all the time until Christmas arrives. And I love every minute of it. The Christmas season is the part of the year I love the most.

Top Posts for November 2016

With the season being so hectic, though, I find that I have less time to spend writing. That’s always the case in December, and I always feel a sense of frustration that I am unable to maintain the schedule I want. On the other hand, I know my time is needed elsewhere. And that is okay.

Here is a brief rundown of some of the things that November and December hold for us. From Thanksgiving to Christmas, our church holds a Thanksgiving service, hosts a community concert, goes Christmas caroling in our community, presents a children’s Christmas program, and a Christmas Eve candlelight service. That’s on top of our normal services and programs. And this year’s Christmas series is called Birth Of A King, where we look at each of the nativity accounts in detail.

As a family, after Thanksgiving Day activities are over, we decorate the house for Christmas, celebrate the season with an Advent Night every week, and enjoy several Christmas parties. It’s a very busy season. And when you add the kids’ school activities and sports on top of it all, it makes for a crazy month. And yet, it remains my favorite time of the year.

Top Posts For October 2016

Reviewing The Month On

I love this time of year. The leaves are turning, the air is cooling down, and it is a beautiful time of the year. The holidays are just around the corner, and there is kind of a lull before that busy season begins. This is perhaps my most favorite part of the year.

Top Posts For October 2016

Usually, this time of year presents an opportunity to slow down a bit, before things get crazy again with the holidays. This year hasn’t really been that way. We have been kind of busy with some family stuff that has kept us pretty crazy. One of our kids had a health scare, and we thought for a while we were facing Crohn’s Disease. After more testing, we have eliminated that as a concern, but haven’t yet identified the problem. It very well may result in some dietary changes.

That is something I have been faced with as well. My diet will be changing drastically in the coming weeks. My doctor recommends that I move to a completely gluten free and dairy free diet. That eliminates almost everything that I enjoy eating, but should result in improved health, for both my daughter and myself.

Those challenges have kept us pretty busy, but I still have managed to set aside the time in order to stay as consistent as possible when it comes to writing. This is an outlet for me. Writing, whether on this site, one of my other sites, or even in my journal, permits me to voice my thoughts, and change or refine them as necessary. I love writing, in whatever form it may take. I have even found myself experimenting with poetry again, which is something I haven’t really done since high school and college. Who knows, some of that may eventually find its way here…

Top Posts For September 2016

Reviewing The Month On

Fall is in the air. The temperatures are dropping, and so are the leaves. And I’m ready for it. I enjoy summer, but autumn is my favorite season, especially when I can see the aspen trees in Colorado turning yellow. And that is where I am right now.

Top Posts for September 2016

With fall comes a bit of a slower season for me. Summer activities are winding down, and we will have a couple of months of lighter activities for a change. Our big activities for church have all happened, and football season is almost over, and so I will have the chance to focus on a few things with a bit more focus.

One such item is my preaching schedule for the coming year. This month will hold a couple of days where I get away and pray over Scripture, seeking God’s leading on where we need to go in the coming months. I already have been laying out some plans and ideas, but will earnestly seek God’s leading and confirmation on those in the coming days.

Another area of focus will be catching up on some reading and writing during October and November. I am headed to Colorado this week for several days, and I have a half dozen books with me in the van. I plan on finding a nice spot to hang the hammock and sit and read for a while. This will also allow my time to focus more on this blog and get back up to speed. That is something I really need to take the time to do, and it will happen this fall.

I’m looking forward to seeing what the coming weeks hold. In the meantime, I’m watching to see what else God may be holding in store for my family and me this year.

Top Posts For August 2016

Reviewing The Month On

Football games. Cooler weather. Turning leaves. School is in session. Pumpkins. And a whole lot more is just around the corner. Fall is just about here, and summer is heading out the door.

Top Posts for August 2016

September will be a busy month around here. Between our family activities and our church activities, there is a lot going on. I hope that I can keep my sanity through it all. In early October, I will be attending Wilderness, a retreat for ministers in the mountains outside of Colorado Springs. This is something I generally try to fit into my schedule each year. I missed it last year, and I regret that. I am really looking forward to the opportunity to stop and take a break for a few days.

Even though I know that should happen on a regular basis, it can be hard to do. The daily life seems to keep us busy all the time, doesn’t it? And, unless something big happens, we don’t usually make the effort to step back and take a break like we need to.

That is one reason I consistently post the top posts from each and every month. It is an opportunity to step back, and see what has happened, and where I need to go from here. I take an even bigger view of things on an annual basis, and run a weekly view as well. Those things help me keep my perspective, at least in this one area of life.

For this month’s top posts, I want to take the same approach that I did last month. Each month, it seems like the same few posts consistently make the list. I am glad that my content is continually making an impact. But those same old lists get pretty boring. So, again for this month, I am listing out the next seven posts, in terms of traffic.

  1. A New Bible Reading Plan – 9 Months Later
  2. How To Gain Insight By Hand-Copying The Bible
  3. Tips For Becoming More Consistent In Your Bible Reading
  4. Trying A New Bible Reading System
  5. Classic Bible: My Favorite Passages From Judges
  6. ICR’s Days Of Praise Daily Devotional
  7. 2016 Bible Reading Plans

I found this to be a very different list than last month’s, and the fact that every single one of them is centered on the topic of Bible reading or devotional reading is very interesting to me.

My personal favorite post from the month of August was from a conversation that I had while in Arizona, on our mission trip in July. It’s called Slow Down And Listen: Wisdom From An Apache Elder. I learned a lesson that I hope to not soon forget.

I am praying that you have a great month! I look forward to seeing what God brings in the weeks to come!

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