Friday Night Post #3

I’ve had a hard time staying on track this past week. I’ve been a day behind in life as well as on the blog, so this weekend will be about catching up.

I’m working on improving the “Resources page.  I’m asking you all for resources relating to faith, self-care, trans* existences, and POC existences.  What do you read? What are your go-to educational resources?  Have you read/seen/listened to anything lately that’s changed your life?  I’d love to know about it.  Leave a comment on this post or message me through the contact page.

I’m still in the process of trying to find a new name and a new look.  I’ve narrowed down a couple different themes, but the name will really help to determine which one I pick.  If you have any suggestions, let me know.

Thanks for reading ya’ll!

❤ Taj



Sunday Night Slowjam: Orange Moon– Erykah Badu

This week’s Slowjam is brought to you by the one and only Erykah Badu.  Enjoy!

I should have put what follows in a Friday Night Post, but I didn’t:  

I may not get to a Monday post this week.  Haven’t had a chance to work on a piece this past week and I don’t want to post something for the sake of posting.  You know?  I want to keep it as quality as I can.  So, enjoy the slowjam for now and look for some poetry on Wednesday.  

Happy Sunday ya’ll!

The Friday Night Post #2

Wow!  What an exciting week here in my blogosphere.  Thanks for all the positive feedback surrounding this week’s posts.  I’m feeling the love, which is not something often said when covering “dangerous” topics in this wild wild web.  I really appreciate your support.

Things you might notice in the next few weeks:

1) As part of my blog re-energizing project, I’m searching for a new look for this sight.  This layout has served me well, but I think it’s time to change it up.  I haven’t found anything that speaks to me yet.  When I do, the change will come.  Be on the lookout.

2) A new look deserves a new name.  “A Light in the Distance” is supposed to convey the idea of hope in the dark, which was fitting when I first started this blog back in 2011.  I deleted the original and started this one with the same name in its place.  It felt right at the time.  Now, as things evolve, so too must this blog.

As I said, these changes will not take effect for some time.  Just don’t be surprised if, upon your next visit, everything is green (I won’t make everything green).

Keep checking back for these updates and new material.  If anything, stop by for the Sunday Night Slowjam. This week’s will be a really good one.

Thanks all!

❤ Taj

The Friday Night Post #1


I just wanted to let you all know what’s been up.  It’s been a while since my last post, and life shifted in many ways that required my attention.  I left in the midst of some really hard times and it’s been a struggle to keep up.  I had to think hard about everything I was doing and, naturally, some things got lost in the shuffle–this blog being one of them.  Now that I’ve finished my first year of grad school and have taken the time I needed to focus on those important shifts (which I will discuss more in later posts), I’m once again feeling that invincible spirit I had before I left California.  I’m excited to come back to this with energy and a renewed spirit.

I’ve come up with some format changes that will hopefully keep you as interested as they will keep me engaged.  I want to be posting more, but since there’s only one of me, I can’t commit to long posts every day.  My graduate student’s schedule will not permit that.  So, I will do one longish post each week and have some shorter posts throughout the week.  Here’s the schedule:

Sunday: Sunday Night Slowjam.  I have a deep affection for slowjams.  Seriously.  For whatever reason, I find them inspirational and moving.  They very well speak to the heart of the human condition.  Ok, that may be going a bit far.  If anything, they’re nostalgic and as fun as a merry-go-round.  I’ll post my favorites here on Sundays nights.

Monday: The Monday posts will follow the format of previous long posts.  Some Bible, some philosophy, some personal reflection.  I’ll do my best to mix it up.

Wednesday: Poem based on a lectionary text.  These will be short and sweet… or not sweet depending on the text.

Friday: Friday Night Post.  These will be more of housekeeping and accountability posts.  Don’t expect one every Friday.  I will make them as I have announcements that don’t quite fit with the other content.  They will always be labeled as “The Friday Night Post” with a number so they are easily identifiable.

Hopefully this will keep it fresh.  As always, I welcome your feedback, questions and suggestions. Get to me through the comments or the contact page.

Thanks for sticking with me ya’ll.  You make a guy feel special!

❤ Taj