First, the name "Man O' Clay." My pseudonym comes from the Genesis narrative; man was made from the very ground. And just like Job, and every other son of Adam, I need to be reminded of my humble origins.
That's good to think about before I type anything. It's also good to think about as I live and move within my home. I'm a husband to a wonderful woman, and she is the mother of our two children. I'll write about them a bit, and reflect on what it means to be a man who is striving to be obedient to God's plan.
I'll also reflect on Literature and teaching. I teach Literature, and books have been one of my passions for a very long time. I grew up with parents who read to me, and it was the two of them who introduced me to the worlds of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. My taste for words written by those two men simply grows with my age - as does my taste for the man who inspired them both, George MacDonald. So in college, when I had to choose what to study, I chose classes that had to do with books. Yet it was a course in sociology that introduced me to a work of art that led me to major in English. The work is a speech, but nonetheless a piece of art in itself.