Just Jim, standing over the new Yamaha G-7 at Monte Vista Church.  Photo by Donna Ahrend (that's my sister!).


There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as if everything is.


    ---quote attributed (probably incorrectly) to Albert Einstein (but I like it anyhow)



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A Plumber Fixes His Pipes Jim Ahrend  | Jun 25, 2013

Some of you may get the analogy.  How could it be that someone who builds websites for so many other people manages to ignore his own site so badly? It's pretty ironic, ya gotta admit. It's like the piano tuner whose piano is out of tune.  (I'll admit to that one also!)


But I would assert it is more than laziness.  I think deep down there's a good reason why I ignore my own website.  It probably has more to do with my refusal to take myself seriously.  And that, in itself, is not a bad thing.  In my own defense, perhaps we all take ourselves a little too seriously.  I know I do.


Last month I got a call from Mel Minter, a writer for Albuquerque the Magazine, and someone I saw frequently at musical events.  Said he wanted do interview me for an article.  My first reaction: avoidance!  That generally works, but it didn't work with Mel.  He wanted his interview, he wanted his article. (He assured me it would be painless.)


So, the new July 2013 edition of Albuquerque the Magazine has a little article on page 224 of yours truly.  But the real story for me has been that it forced me out of denial, into a place where I had no choice but to tell my story.  Why are we resistant to telling our stories?


My bio page is new, but the story is old.  I tried re-inventing myself, but failed.  I am who I am.  I am not what I do, but I am my story.  Stories are how we learn about one another.  So, read my bio.  It's my story; it's who I am.  Writing it was, well, intentional, and just a bit arduous.  In fact, I think I'd rather have a root canal.  But, there it is.


So thanks for arriving at JimAhrend.com, and I hope you get what you came for.  I hope that for everyone.  And to Mel Minter, thanks.