Friday, July 30, 2010

Meet The Blogger: Cheek of God

Name: Brian



Age: 41

Kids #, age & sex: Four kids, ages 16, 12, 10, 9

Marital status: Married for 19 years this year.



1. How many years in your current relationship: 23 years


2. Have you ever been divorced?: No


***If so how many times?:

What do you do for work: I work in the mix/pre-production department at Edy’s Grand Ice Cream.  That’s Dreyer’s to those of you west of the Rockies.  Yes, I eat ice cream every day . . .  



Education: Currently pursuing a BA in English & Philosophy with minors in Communication and Religious Studies


Blogs you contribute to: This one, and The Cheek of God


Religion: Reverently Agnostic

Political affiliation: I am a recovering Republican

Basic philosophical leanings (liberal, conservative, confused): I am fairly moderate, though I lean to the left when pressed . . .

What is your motto in life?: sapere aude – Latin: “Dare to Know” or “Dare to Discern”

Who has had the most influence in your life?: Wow. Probably my kids. They inspire greatness . . .

Why did you start Blogging? I began my blog as a project for a class titled Research Methods for Professional Writers. It was initially about memoir writing, and my own attempts to write a “living memoir.” It blossomed from there . . .

*What is the most favorite post you have written on any blog you contribute to?: So many to choose from! Probably the one about my Unibrow: http://thecheekofgod.wordpress.com/2008/11/01/the-taming-of-the-brow/ or this one where I finally give up smokinghttp://thecheekofgod.wordpress.com/2010/06/30/the-elephant-in-the-blog/



Tell us in 100 words about your current relationship: My wife and I are in the process of getting old together. Which is sort of cool. We know how one another ticks. What makes us happy or sad or frustrated. We’ve been together longer than we’ve been on our own, so every day is a bonus, a chance to not only relax in one another’s familiarity, but also to strive to make the effort to learn something new.

BONUS or OPTIONAL: Tell us something we need to know about you that we haven't covered above. 50 words or less: I had weight loss surgery in 2002, lost over 200 pounds, and have kept it off all this time. I’m less than half the man I used to be. Amazing . . .


Shelle Edit: I have known Brian for awhile now.  I happened on his blog because someone referred him on a list of their must reads everyday.  I don't even remember what post it was that day, but I do remember coming away from his blog magically enthralled.  He's completely poetic when he writes, it's as if you can feel the words pulling you in and taking you on their journey.  Brian just took on his adventure to stop smoking...we continue to wish him luck, because if he takes smoking back up again, he's ultimatum is that he'll have to give up his blog, which would be way to tragic.  Much love your way Brian, thank for all you do for me and this blog! 


Brian-The Cheek of God

7 comments:

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

I love these. It's so much fun to hear what you guys say about yourselves.

I know a few people that have had that surgery and I'm so happy it was successful for you!!! But I'm even more proud of your new venture to quit smoking!

So help me if you light up again and have to give up blogging... I'll come to your house and throat punch you, I swear I will.

Off to twitter and facebook this post!

And that UniBrow post has to be one of my favorites also, probably for totally different reasons then yours though :)

Thanks for playing along with Meet The BLogger Brian!

♥Georgie♥ said...

I love these get to know/interview posts! off to check out Brians blog....

T said...

I know, it's been said - but I also love these getting to know you posts...

best of luck with that smoking - that is some SERIOUS motivation there!!!

Bossy Betty said...

Loved these answers!

Anonymous said...

One of my favorite contributors here. He is an amazing writer, and is always courteous here, even when disagreeing with someone else.

On his personal blog (and here), he has amazing gifts of wisdom, insight and self-perception, and the writing skills to express all of that in ways that are deeply moving and profound.

~L

Nolens Volens said...

One thing that wasn't covered...why/how did you come up with the name for your blog?

tysdaddy said...

@NV: The title is a line from my favorite novel, Life of Pi by Yann Martel . . .

"“This beach, so soft, firm and vast, was like the cheek of God, and somewhere two eyes were glittering with pleasure and a mouth was smiling at having me there.”

It's about being alive right where you are, and it has always resonated with me.

Thank you all for your kind comments. My mind is blown . . .

WE BELONG