Weekend Swell

Finding restoration in the most surprising of places: Art. Beauty. Music. Learning. And yes, podcasts.


Hi, I’m Dan.  A private thoughtful introvert who wants to open up to the world about these connections that are fireworks in my brain.

For a while I was Dan who was desperately deconstructing the way things were supposed to be. All the rebar in my concrete foundation was seemingly jackhammered out one by one.  With a re-ignited view on the country, my church, my family, I looked down and realized I couldn’t stand still.  It was unsettling, and still is.

But I found restoration in the most surprising of places:  Art. Beauty. Music. Learning. And yes, Podcasts : ) .

Artists always show something of themselves in their paintings, and this helped clarify why human institutions are so… human.  Art history suddenly explained church history, where every movement was a reaction to the previous. Abstract artists ask us to consider if some of the lines we thought un-crossable, might serve us better with a little leeway.  Human stories packaged as podcasts erase aloneness and spark further conversations.

I could go on… and I am, that’s what this writing adventure is all about.

I’ve had to stop looking in the same place for all the answers, but instead look outside for others asking the same questions.  And that’s who I am writing to.  Thankful for the voices that gave my soul such cool water, I’m reflecting mine back into the world’s pool – ripple or no – because the act of creation itself is healing.

You will hear me talk about the church from time to time.  That’s because she raised me, and even when you wrestle with your upbringing, you don’t disown your mother.  In some ways it’s family business, but I’m finding everyone has “business” in their family and it helps to know we’re not alone.

Oh, and one more thing.  When our picture-perfect evangelical daughter went to college and informed the world she is queer, another box was broken, so you’ll hear about some of that here too. Just enough to make traditional readers call up the prayer chain, and the already inclusive say, duh, what took them so long.

My end game here is beauty in honesty, creating connectivity as other artistic voices have for me.  It’s about stories, so please drop me a line to let me know if this sparks something in you.  (weekendswells (at) gmail.com).

I’m comfortably married (don’t worry I convinced my bride that was a compliment) and the parent of 3, like totally awesome California teenagers that I avoid bragging about.  Writing and painting and music all smooth the hard edges from days of engineering at a local software company.    The rest of my life is spent playing, watching, or traveling to soccer games.