Who?

My name is William Matthew Jackson Simmons:

  • I grew up in Whiteville, NC (and edited significant portions of its Wikipedia entry), and went to college at North Carolina State, where I was part of that odd breed of liberal arts majors at a land-grand school.
  • I roasted coffee for a living for six and a half years.
  • While a terrible athlete myself, I love sports, and consider baseball the preeminent of all games.
  • I tell long rambling stories with only partial regard for their fidelity to the truth.
  • I’m a self-confessing provincial.
  • I will get in a fight with you over barbeque.
  • I drink cheap beer and expensive whiskey.
  • I like reading old books, having old wood to burn, and talking to old men. I’m an old-school humanist.
  • I didn’t get an airplane until I was 29, and hated every second of it.
  • I’m trying my best to build a library.
  • I like to garden.
  • I’m doing all that I can to walk the fine line that lets me easily move back-and-forth between the blue collar and intellectual worlds.
  • I am a traditionalist, orthodox Christian of somewhat complex and confused beliefs that I am trying to work through. A fuller description of my beliefs, as well as some resources for Christian life and practice, can be found here.
  • And I’m married to an awesome lady who puts up with all of this.

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