MEET JOHN

about-john

Hi. My name is John Blase.

Most credos I’ve read start with the words I/we believe. I won’t do that, or maybe better put, I can’t do that.

My credo, if it can even be called such a thing, rides piggyback on the slithering black curved back of the lovely question mark.

I don’t have many answers, but I do have questions…

Why is it that my father raised me on a diet of the King James Bible and western movies that, as it turned out, was magically delicious?

Why is it that I live out West and love out West but I’ll always be from the South?

Why am I most at ease in those in-between moments of dusk?

Why am I a storyteller who, unlike a historian, must follow the trail of compassion wherever it leadeth?

Why do I not equate talking with thinking?

Why do I try to not run yellow lights, ever?

Why do I prefer the words melancholy to organized and ache to closure?

Why do I put all my eggs in the basket of grace, a grace that if its grace at all will one day drive me to my glass-clearly-knees as I whisper simply amazing?

Why do I cry every time, every blessed time, when Linus says lights, please and gives his that’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown speech?

Why do I feel in the very marrow of my bones that contrary to wildly successful first lines, it actually is about you…and me?

47 Comments

  1. RupZip on July 5, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    John…could you please drop me a note at rupzip at gmail.com?
    Thanks
    David Rupert
    Editor
    The High Calling

  2. Leah Downs on October 26, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    most humbling and moving writer bio I’ve read. love your description “slithering black curved back of the lovely question mark.”
    I wish I could say I don’t run yellow lights. But I DO prefer melancholy and ache to organized and closure. And I most definitely cry every time I hear Linus’ speech.
    I’ve said it before…LOVE your writing.

  3. Denise Scott on November 24, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Life is about you and me…

  4. mary s on December 3, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Sir, you are new to me but thankful to find you. We have “friends” in common and the only thing that holds this old bird together is God’s grace which I was very very late to come to in my Christian life. But it continues to be the comfort in my daily struggle. Thanks for maintaining your site and I look forward to your book with Brennan Manning whose Ragamuffin Gospel blessed me many years ago. I am interested in knowing the move from Dirty Shame to your present blog.
    Blessings

  5. S. Etole on August 8, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    I left a comment for you on your post, “Missing the Meatness,” but I think it may have gone to spam. I have been a paraplegic for 45 years and found your insight deeply touching. Few realize what it’s really like “to be led where you do not want to go.”

    • Dr lynn on March 12, 2017 at 8:50 pm

      Such courage and I love the line “led where we don’t wish to go”
      God bless you
      As one who has suffered long (40years)
      I understand a bit of what you speak

  6. rayhollenbach on September 25, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Hi John:
    Could you please drop me an email at ray dot hollenbach at gmail.com? I’m an editor for SermonCentral.com and ChurchLeaders.com. I’d like to ask permission to re-post one of your pieces. Thanks!

    Ray

  7. Lynn on November 9, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    My first time here. Just stumbled on your site. I love what you said here. My thoughts exactly.

    Keep writing.

  8. Hampgal on November 10, 2012 at 3:17 am

    I’m thinkin’ you’re Irish also?
    “Why do I prefer the words melancholy to organized and ache to closure?”

  9. Rhodara Shreve on November 19, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Just found you on Ann Voscamp’s blog by a link she had….oh my goodness sir. I write poetry too but I have to tell you, yours takes my breath away…..bless the Lord for this gift and may you keep breathing words to a dying world. R. Shreve

  10. Teresa Thornburgh on December 5, 2012 at 4:26 am

    Is it too late to request a poem from a photo for Christmas? Please email me a tthornburgh at cox dot net. Thanks!

  11. Sue on January 10, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    I am late in discovering John Blase, but discover I have – and have spent much of the morn reading – and weak with knowing. Whew. I believe in your search for tenderness you would appreciate (youtube) Ben Kyle’s ‘Mercy’. You, Mr. Blase, are a gift.

  12. jamieahughes on January 25, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    John, I’m with In Touch Magazine. We currently have the pleasure of working with the amazing Winn Collier and found your blog through his suggestion to scope out “A Deeper Church.” Would you be keen on writing for us? Poetry and/or non-fiction? If so, please let me know here, and we’ll exchange emails via message. I look forward to hearing from you!

    • thebeautifuldue on January 25, 2013 at 3:57 pm

      Hi, Jamie. I’d love to submit some poetry to your magazine. Thank you for asking.

      • jamieahughes on January 25, 2013 at 4:06 pm

        Most excellent! Please send me your email address at magazine AT intouch.org.

  13. Diana Trautwein on March 16, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Don’t know why I’ve never clicked over here before this. It took a link at Emily Freeman’s place today to get me here. You are scary smart and creative, John. Just plain scary. (in a wonderful way)

    • thebeautifuldue on March 16, 2013 at 4:46 pm

      Diana, I’m indebted to Emily for directing a few folks, including you, to this specific spot. Thanks for your words…and some days scary in the not-so-wonderful way too.

  14. Linda Chontos on March 16, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    I’m here from Emily’s too, and just as she promised, am all weepy.

    • thebeautifuldue on March 16, 2013 at 4:46 pm

      Nice to meet you, Linda…thank you for stopping by.

  15. Judy S on March 18, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Just another “Emily” traveler also, and the first of the morning coffee just seeping in, after another sleepless night, and I find this….quietly amazed and humbled by the grace. Glad to have found you and look forward to more.

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  17. Lorretta @Dancing On The Dash on August 31, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    I found you through your sunflower field and I am glad. Kudos and blessings.

  18. leighla93 on September 6, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Such a poetic “About Me”. First one I’ve come a cross. I am now a fan. 🙂

  19. Michael Olan Webb on September 16, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    John. I am windblown. Thanks for so many things. I was looking for more info about Brennan, and found you. His parting gift to me, I guess. (I didn’t know he left…on my birthday, no less!) Thank you for the 9/10/13 tribute to the unmet uncle. You already know me, I see.
    Michael Olan Webb

  20. Holly Michael on September 19, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    John, after our meeting at the AFCW Conf., you asked me to send you my ms. Crooked Lines, but I don’t have your email. Can you email me: hjmichael at sbcglobal dot net so I can follow up? Thank you!

  21. Susan Irene Fox on January 7, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    John, I have a special request and would like to email you. Would you be willing to email me at fox_susanirene@yahoo.com so I can email back the details? I’d really appreciate it.

  22. jamieahughes on June 3, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    John,

    Jamie Hughes from In Touch magazine here. The email address I had on file for you is coming up snake eyes. Is there a way you can send me another one? We had an idea we’d like to run by you. Thanks!

  23. Megan E. Evans (@MegEEvans) on July 14, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    This has inspired me to write a different “about me” page – one more true. FYI and thanks.

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  25. Charles Gilmore, Jr. on October 26, 2014 at 3:10 am

    Dear Mr. Blase,

    I just discovered “The Beautiful Due,” and I love your writing. I look forward to more posts. Thank you for sharing your God-given gift with us.

    Gratefully,

    (The Rev.) Charles Gilmore, Jr.

  26. annepeterson on October 31, 2014 at 11:42 am

    I’m here after reading a post by Sara, The Mundane Faithfulness. Loved your poetry. May I ask does it flow from your head to the paper, or must you do mining?

    • thebeautifuldue on October 31, 2014 at 2:28 pm

      A little bit of both, Anne. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment!

  27. Raúl Cruz on April 1, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    I’m not an editor but I think you’re the cat’s pajamas.

  28. pilgrim125 on April 2, 2015 at 12:56 am

    Found this site via a poem on the Mundane Faithfulness blog. Very moving. Thank you for sharing your poems and heart.

  29. Renee on March 23, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    I just want you to know that I have been following your blog for over a year now, and I love your writing so much. Your authentic and creative way to share your thoughts and feelings is so refreshing. Thank you so much.

    • thebeautifuldue on March 23, 2016 at 2:57 pm

      Thanks so much for letting me know, Renee! Have a wonderful day.

  30. LivingFree on March 26, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    How is it that I/we have in common what seemed to me to be two different sides of my own life. I’m happy and blessed to have introduced to you today and anxiously anticipating more God moments!

    • thebeautifuldue on March 26, 2016 at 6:24 pm

      Thank you for taking the time to comment. I’m glad you stopped by!

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  32. Linda Larson on January 19, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    I have been following your blog and poems for several years. They are so beautiful. Do you have anything published in a book? I’d love to purchase it.

    • thebeautifuldue on January 20, 2017 at 3:10 am

      Coming soon, Linda. I’ll let you know when and how to order. Thanks so much for your comment! ~ John

  33. Dr lynn on March 12, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Seeing all of this makes me very happy for you my friend

  34. Stephen Kamm on March 16, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    John: I’m an admirer of your writing. Very much so. I’m recalling a poem of your with the line, “that’s just cruel” in it, and I can’t find it. If the poem spring to mind, with no sleuthing on your part, would you mind reminding me of the name.? If this is breaks the camels back of things to do, totally get it. No worries.

  35. Gary Hopkins on May 8, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    Just read your article IN TOUCH. The counted one, and it really hit home! You the man? Thanks be to God ,
    and may He continue blessing you and yours!
    Gary

  36. Lynn on May 20, 2017 at 5:58 am

    My sweet new friends. I love this actually…truly.
    PS I ran a yellow yesterday..tell me how to NOT slam on the brakes?
    Love to your Family

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