My name, Benjamin Charles Johnson, is derived from the men on both sides of my family. "Benjamin" was the name of my grandfather on my mother's side and is a name I've always had an easy time connecting with. My grandpa, Ben White, died when I was only five years old, but I have a … Continue reading Becoming Charles
My wife and I enjoy hiking, which has led to some memorable stories. Once while we were still dating we went on this trail near Clemson, SC. It was in the middle of autumn, so not a lot of hikers had been on the trail and the path was not clearly laid out. I was … Continue reading Flowers in the Thorns
...oft in woe, Onward Christian, onward go. Fight the fight, maintain the strife, Strengthened with the Bread of Life." There have been way too many hashtags on my twitter feed this past month: #Dallas #PiedmontParkHanging #PhilandoCastile #AltonSterling #Baghdad #Bangladesh #Orlando These acts of violence are unfathomable. To watch people's lives gunned down on camera and … Continue reading “Oft in Sorrow…”
....in one of those places that are only supposed to be on postcards. A hand-built, wooden house, vibrant green acres fenced by groves of trees, and the only way in or out was an old dirt road. Yep, I was in the country; sitting under the shade as speckles of sunlight broke through, eating a … Continue reading I Was Sitting Outside….
....with injustice. Growing up, I always wanted things to be fair. If you were good and played by the rules, you should be rewarded; and if you were bad and broke the rules, you should be punished. That reasoning made sense, and everything in my life seemed to support it. From my home-life, to school, … Continue reading I’ve Always Had A Problem….
This was written by C.C. Waller, a recent graduate from the University of South Carolina and one of my good friends. C.C. wrote this during a very rough period his senior year of college, but doesn't have any platform to share it, so he asked if I would post it on my blog. I … Continue reading (Guest Post) The New Normal
....was going to be "trainwreck." The whole reason I began blogging again was to figure out what exactly was going on in my life. To say I am not where I thought I would be may be a bit of an understatement. Living in Greenwood, SC, working at a paper, going to a BAPTIST church … Continue reading I Thought the Title of 2015….