Courtney T. Ball

Category - Life

The Strange and Lawless World of Danny’s Place

(True stories, but names changed so as not to soil anyone’s image.) When I was in high school, one of my best friends, Tim, started spending a lot of time with a kid named Danny who lived down the street from us. At first, my other friends and I couldn’t understand why. Danny was a weird dude. Then we realized that Danny had lots of toys and...

Things I’ve Learned as a Beginning Writer

You’re going to listen to this guy? So far, every stage of my adult life has meant getting schooled all over again. Marriage, parenting, graduate studies (okay, that is school all over again), first real job, starting an organization, natural disaster and rebuilding, and now, suddenly I’m a writer. At least I tell people I’m a writer...

Thrill of the Crash

Last week I was riding my bike to Matthew 25 for a meeting. I needed to cross First Avenue, a busy four-lane street through the center of town. As I rode down the sidewalk on the north side of the street, I watched for a big enough break in the traffic for me to cross. I’m a bit lawless and impatient when I ride my bike in town. I ride on...

The Eyes of a Young Artist

Once when I was a boy of six or seven years, I went through a period of drawing faces. I don’t remember what sparked it; maybe we were making self-portraits in school. In any case, it led me to conduct an experiment in which, for a time, my young life took on the embarrassing task of imitating art. Now, an adult who views portraits drawn by...

Don’t Hold Back; Be Like Sydney

There are plenty of people around you who will tell you what you can’t do. Don’t be one of them. Your job is to prove them wrong. I know it sounds cliché to suggest that you chase after your dreams, but I’m dead serious about this. If you don’t go after them, no one else will do it for you. Okay. So there’s the direct message I want you...

Things Will Go Wrong

“Now, I’m going to tell you what could be the most important thing to discuss with the bride during wedding planning.” He had my attention. As a young new minister, my first wedding was coming up, and I was clueless. Luckily, the Lead Pastor had officiated at hundreds of wedding ceremonies. Having taken copious notes as he talked me...

Love Over Darkness: How a Beheaded Priest Becomes the Patron Saint of Lovers

Photo by my friend Hannah White; check out her website. Valentine’s Day is upon us, and lest we forget, marketers have made sure to place flowers, hearts, and chocolate wherever our eyes may rest. It’s a time to celebrate romantic love! And as much as I hate the commercialism attached to holidays, I must say that I do still like to celebrate...

Cold Cheeks for Lolo Jones

So, in case you haven’t heard the news, Lolo Jones has joined the U.S. Olympic bobsled team.  There has been some hoopla over whether her popularity rather than performance is what helped her land a spot on the team, but I have a different ax to grind. Back in 2012, my father invited my brothers and I to attend the Drake relays with him in Des...