Too Much to Ask?

Posted in : poems,stream of consciousness/random

Want you to be interested,
Do you think you are?
Because I know that I can be
More than in-tune with your heart.

To my depths I know I can
Put you before my own,
My life is not as if I just
Sit arrogantly on a throne.

I know that it’s not about me,
Neither is it about you;
However when we live our life,
His love through me will exalt you.

Confident I can put you before me,
I’m hoping someone’s out there who
Is, to their depths, as I to them,
Int’rested in my mind and my thoughts too.

To you, whoever you are.

–Travis J,
August 7, 2011


It Ages Me

Posted in : poems

It says “lay up treasures that will be in Heaven”
For that’s where a believer’s heart should be,


Also to forgive—seventy times seven—
But from this repeated torment will I ever be free?


I do not doubt—and my soul’s for sure cravin,
And I tire of their lack of transparency.


The thing is I started to open up, great things we were sharin,
Distrustful, yet didn’t mind getting lost in their sea.


Does physical separation mean disconnection mean sufferin?
Their quickness to abandon me cuts and ages me.


I’m tiring of their tiring and their complacency-havin,
It seems that to remain untied is my gray destiny.


It causes my hope to be broken and my mind to start askin:
“Why, why should I continue with classic chivalry?”


It hurts, and I’m tired, and my heart tires of stayin—
Tears fall and I pray, but the fear kills the romantic in me.


–Travis J
7/24/2011 – 7/25/2011



Desert (Part 3)

Posted in : about life/the Christian faith


(click here to see the previous portion of “Desert”…)

Part 3

Yes, I do believe there is a supernatural power in the Words of “The Bible”. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe that. I just wish people would understand more that it’s more about an underlying internal thing than necessarily an outward, letters-and-words and book-pages thing that we so often think. It is the IDEA of this higher form of love that is from God, and is why Scripture exists.

Now, why I originally wrote this blog: I finished a read-through of the Bible this past December or January, I can’t remember. I’d read through it in its entirety three times before, including the New Testament another three or four times, and I have just always liked to read a little bit every day, ever since I was about 13 or 14 years old. So I’ve put it down for about 6-7 months now, and I’ve got to say, my life is like a desert.

There are ways the words of the Bible strike in your heart and get you to thinking. And the way that you see, in your own life, the things come to pass as they are described in the Bible in similar ways—it’s just mind-boggling how much what the Bible says is so true, in your everyday dealings with life, with people, and in your own mind and heart.

The only thing I can figure is that as humans, we have short memories, and we’re easily led astray—off whatever path. Since we’re so weak, we do constantly need to be reminded of God’s character. It just gives you a better insight and perspective of the world, the things around you, the PEOPLE around you, your own circumstances and everything. I’ve got to get on a daily reading thing again, of the Bible.

My biggest thing that I must personally bring to mind to myself, often, is that we’re not SUPPOSED to be databases where we read the whole Bible, memorize it, and then when you can recite any section, you have somehow “arrived” as a human being at some sort of Christian-Nirvana. It takes a constant refreshing of the principles and concepts by which God rules and how He works; and a refreshing of the message of love He displayed and translated down into our small, human heads; and a refreshing of then how we are to live that out once we are reminded of it. Since we are so weak, we have to do be reminded of these ways of God. We can’t just read it in the Bible once, store, and assume we can mentally call upon it and remember it all the time.

Think about it: For those of us who grew up in church, we all learned and were told, “You better read/know/memorize your Bible.” And of course that is not a bad thing. But the thing is, you can get caught up in REFERENCES and “where it’s AT” in the Bible, instead of the IDEAS that the words stand for. Don’t get caught up in the WHERE of the words of the Bible, get caught up in the WHY of the words in the Bible. A lot of people have the Bibles on their smartphones these days. It’s really not a big deal to be like, “hey, let me have a minute to look up where this is in the Bible.” That’s the easy part. The “memory game” and “where it’s located” doesn’t matter so much as the MESSAGE you want to tell someone and the point you want to make to them or discuss with them. Spend your time setting up a context for the point you’re about to make and the intent of it and all, instead of getting caught up in saying WHERE IT’S FOUND IN THE BOOK.

Well, this blog post was all over the map—sorry if it seems a little scatter-brained, and lacks a certain polish or brilliance. I’ve really just wanted to post these things for a while now. Hope you enjoyed or learned something.

God bless you.

–Travis J
Originally written on either 7/16/2011 or 7/17/2011, can’t remember; then finished and semi-polished on 7/18/2011 and 7/20/2011


Desert (Part 2)

Posted in : about life/the Christian faith


(click here to see the previous portion of “Desert”…)

Part 2

I’m in a drought. I feel like I’m addicted to the Word of God. The way I see it is, yes, that book called the “Holy Bible”, as we know it, is from God.


I’ve now been placed in the “silly people that believe a stupid myth because they’ve been told to believe it” category. Well, judge me that way if you want—it’s your brain, judge as you see fit, but at least let me explain. See,

– the “Word of God” is the Bible.

– the Bible is a book.

– books are made up of pages with letters in order that mean stuff.

– the letters group together, and when read, stand for and communicate ideas.


See, it’s not that we are saying that the literal pages are mystical or magical, or that the English letters themselves are powerful/magical.

For those of you that aren’t aware, the Bible was NOT originally written in English. Jesus was not a white man. And Jesus did not say, “The King James Bible is the only way to believe.”

…just so you know.

Rather, men (again, who were NOT WHITE—CHRISITANITY IS NOT A “WHITE MAN’S RELIGION”, IT IS NOT “AN AMERICAN RELIGION”), as they lived in their times were inspired to write the things that they experienced, and they did it from an honest spiritual prompting as they see fit and everything. These men were Middle Eastern/North African/Asian men, that composed the Bible, just so you know. It wasn’t all “white JeSus caRRyIn a KinG JaMEs ENgLish BibLE”. It was from entire other cultures and time periods of which we are not familiar. Jesus did not sit down and write the King James English Bible in a few days—let’s make sure we’re aware of that, everyone, let’s make sure our understanding is a little bit deeper than that..

Many authors composed many pieces of writing, in those ancient times and places. Fast forward to our times—and it was early New Testament church COUNCIL MEETINGS that decided which pieces of writing are going to be grouped together and included in the bundle that will be known as the Bible. It was a man-made council that decided this. And that grouping/bundling is what we have today, known as “The Bible”.

Now as I eluded to earlier, it is not that God literally verbatim (except in a choice few sections where He did say to authors, “Write this-and-this”) produced the words that are in “The Bible”. Men shared ideas. Men wrote down experiences and ideas they had. It is THESE ideas, these messages, these internal things that we cannot see that are the heart of the Christian faith. It is not that the physical paper pages are mystical and holy, it is not that saying the words with no heart have some sort of power. It is ideas, internal heart intentions and motivations, and concepts that are power. Letters/Words/Symbols are all just used to help us REFINE OUR UNDERSTANDING OF these ideas that are from God, and are the ways in which He set up the foundations of the world and how everything functions. It is these ideas that God has shared with mankind that are the source of His goodness, His perfection, and His—as we over-say all the time—His LOVE. It is these ideas of love that are not of this world that are most powerful.

You see, left to our own devices, and the ways of the world, we will act selfishly and in our own best interests. It is the IDEA of love for someone else above our own good that cuts against the grain, and is from God. The Holy Scriptures provide us with those ideas.

Part 3 (preview)

Yes, I do believe there is a supernatural power in the Words of “The Bible”. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe that. I just wish people would understand more that it’s more about an underlying internal thing than necessarily an outward, letters-and-words and book-pages thing that we so often think. It is the IDEA of this higher form of love that is from God, and is why Scripture exists.

(to be continued…)


Desert (Part 1)

Posted in : about life/the Christian faith


Part 1

People talk about whether or not we should still follow the command given in the Bible that talks about, “Do not forsake the gathering together [as a local body of believers, for worship]”, and people debate “Whether I regularly attend a local  church or not makes me a ‘real Christian’ or not.” I’m not here to fight that battle. That one’s gonna be waging til the end of time, I presume. On one hand, we’re always gonna have the “bed-side Baptists” that claim they can live out their faith without necessarily going and attending a local church once or twice a week. Then on the other hand, we’re also gonna always have the 80 year-olds sitting in pews as their one “act of church” every week. And, by God, they wouldn’t dare dream of MISSING A SERVICE, but they don’t ever give much thought to living out their Christian faith in a real and in different ways sometimes—and Heaven forbid—on another day of the week besides Sunday only.

I’m not here to comment on those or fight that battle, like I said. But closely related to the “whether or not you HAVE to ‘go to a church each week’ in order to be a ‘real Christian’” debate is a debate about how important it is to read the written Word of God regularly.

Now a lot of times, just saying the phrase “Written Word of God” causes eyes to roll and ears to shut off because people consider it hokey to believe that a book that has been reproduced and that we read now in our times and whatnot, is actually from an omnipotent God or Creator of the universe.

I’m not here to debate the theology of all that, this time, as much as I love doing that. Like, I really do like to do that. But I’d like to mainly share an experience. It’s how I look at things, and hopefully you gain some sort of insight from it:

Part 2 (preview)

I’m in a drought. I feel like I’m addicted to the Word of God. The way I see it is, yes, that book called the “Holy Bible”, as we know it, is from…

(to be continued…)


Strive and Arrive

Posted in : about life/the Christian faith,poems,stream of consciousness/random

I’m tired of these butterflies,
They’re in my tummy–not the skies.
Not gonna lie, was terrified–
Almost did it, almost cried.

But then I got the iron chest,
The kind you get and need no rest.
The drive kicked in, to be the best,
Cannot lie though, up still I messed..

You get that gulp that’s in your throat,
The tears stay in, they’re back and choked.
You do your thing and don’t emote–
All the while the flame gets stoked and stoked.

Just want to be there and arrive,
For that feeling and swag I’ll strive and strive.
Crazy though my team I’ll drive,
Still I’ll wake up and be alive.

–Travis Jones,

1:00-ish AM, June 10th, 2011


I usually never do “memories” things, but I graduate in three days..(Master’s degree version)

Posted in : about life/the Christian faith,stream of consciousness/random

Ok, I usually never do “memories” things, but I graduate from graduate college with my MBA in three days–I’d like some reminisce time. So I’m tagging EVERYONE:


Leave one memory that you and I had together.


(if you’ve already left a memory, don’t worry about doing it again–unless you wanna leave another ^_^)


Tyler people! ETBU people! Family people! CHS people! Friendly Baptist people! Dallas people! New Covenant people! Random-people-I-met-online! GuideStone people! UT Tyler people! Brookshire’s people! Everyone else!


Even if you weren’t tagged!


I don’t care!


It doesn’t matter if you know me a little or a lot, anything you remember. Don’t send a message, leave a comment on here.


Leave one memory that you and I had together.


(if you’ve already left a memory, don’t worry about doing it again–unless you wanna leave another ^_^)


Next, re-post this in your notes and see how many people leave a memory about you, repost as “memories” if you want.


Thank you for joining me in my shallow attempt to satiate my emotion, which I rarely do ^_^ God bless.



Childlike ^_^ (Eminem face, even back then)


Comments left by other people on this post, from original facebook Note on my “Travis J” facebook:

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Amy Weakley Dushuanack My favorite memory of you is the character voices that you can do (especially the creepy old man). I am so proud of you! I wish you the best of luck on all of your endeavors!!
May 5 at 10:06am · Like
Elise Barrett I dunno about my favorite, that’d be hard to pick, but I miss our delicious meals in the Ornelas lobby followed by readings of horrible fanfiction. You’re one of the coolest people I know.
May 5 at 10:13am · Like · 1 person Alex Daniel Hester
Alex Daniel Hester I’d either have to go with Elise on that, or with Pineapple Express w/ Jonathan McDaniel
May 5 at 10:21am · Like
Adrian Jackson Jarrett library! haha! i agree with Elise….u r pretty cool! lol =)
May 5 at 10:21am · Like
Elise Barrett Oh, and don’t forget Jalapeno Tree… RUN LIKE HELL
May 5 at 10:21am · Like
Elise Barrett So… if that’s a picture of you as a kid… the anime hair is REAL? 0_0
May 5 at 10:21am · Like
Charles Harris I just remember that you and I both transfered to CHS in our Jr. Year and didn’t really know anybody. So you were my first friend I made at that High School.
May 5 at 10:46am · Like
Ashleigh Endicott theres way too many memories to name!! Staying up late studying, working on papers, Kane’s horrible class, finkerwinkle, and our adventures of Beal this semester!! Cant believe we did it!!! Its be fun the whole time having classes with you!!!
May 5 at 11:02am · Like
Tyler Foster One of the memories that stick out the most is when we were at CASL my freshmen year and it was Travis J Eura C Miles III and Chance were just acting the fools that trip
May 5 at 11:27am · Like
Denise Tijerina Well I don’t really remember how we met or exactly what interactions we had together, but I know we had some and I remember also thinking that you were a really nice guy and good to talk to.
May 5 at 11:28am · Like
Karla Schroeder Lambert I remember meeting you…DeAnna Hodge introduced us and you visited at our house one night. Congratulations on your accomplishment! I hope we see you again soon.
May 5 at 11:34am · Like
Kayce Gilbreath done!! umm library with or without Zane’ Gruznina when we were learning questionable phrases in Latvian… and the birds and the bees…haha
May 5 at 11:35am · Like
Julie Templin Ethics Match! Both years! Walking around after the dinner downtown. You were always fun to hang out and talk with. Josh always called you the blond basketball guy–it still makes me laugh. 🙂 Congratulations on your graduation!
May 5 at 11:36am · Like
Candice Hamilton Painting you up for the basketball game! Lol
May 5 at 11:40am · Like
Chad Thorpe I remember barely knowing you at ETBU but having some great political discussions on facebook. I’m still waiting on you to run for office… congrats on the graduation!
May 5 at 11:54am · Like
Lee Parker I remember when you, me and Eura had a Chappelle’s show marathon when you were sick.
May 5 at 12:03pm · Like
Kayla Hunt This is too easy! I have two two-word phrases for you: Thanksgiving karaoke + no ID. xD
May 5 at 12:09pm · Like
Mark Joseph Johnson haha, I remember whn it was nicks birthday, and he and i got into a massive argument, and i wasbout t go home to my grandparents, and i came back in to get the present i brought for nick, you became the peace keeper that night, oh man the old days when nick and i would argue. lol
May 5 at 12:12pm · Like
Bill Mills I remember when you arrived at ETBU in a hurry to graduate even before you got started well.
May 5 at 12:13pm · Like
Bill Mills I remember when you thanked me for helping you graduate early just in time to help minister to your family in a time of sadness.
May 5 at 12:14pm · Like
Allan Thompson not a memory, Travis, but a prophecy that if you keep growing in Christ and using the talents He has given you in abundance, then you will have a significant impact for the Kingdom. Be true to the way He has wired you, and glory in giving Him glory.
May 5 at 12:21pm · Like · 1 person Justin Niksich E. Texas Baptist
Katie Calicutt Cute pic 🙂 congrats on graduating!!! Um we never actually met although I’m sure we have crossed paths one time or two considering its Tyler lol. I think we started out as myspace friends back when that was the cool thing to have Haha and I remember you liked a pic on my profile with a girl and guy lookin at each other from opposite sides of the same mirror. Idk y I remember that but I Do :).
May 5 at 12:44pm · Like
Kim Orpin I remember when we were at church camp at Lake Texoma. You wouldn’t talk to anyone since you were so shy back then, but Lauren Parish and I were determined to make you our friend. So we were the two annoying bouncy girls that would constantly talk to your face. Awkward, but so entertaining!
May 5 at 12:48pm · Like
Rebecca Rinehart Oooh, lab monitor…notebook….culture exchange….good hugs….fantastic hair….business school (you’re brilliant :P)…..THAT SOUNDS LUCRATIVE. 😀
May 5 at 12:52pm · Like
Kendall Clary I’ll never forget having you in our ETBU 101 group. We had the best one of them all!
May 5 at 12:56pm · Like · 1 person Justin Niksich E. Texas Baptist
Jordan Summer Gibson do i even need to tell ya mona!? cause its like the saaaammme!!!!!
May 5 at 1:12pm · Like
Keisha Collins Last year when we made the human ‘T’ at work for the Rangers. Goodtimes 🙂
May 5 at 1:18pm · Like
James Christian Bruce
Let’s see……..How about the time you, me, Brandon Johnson, Heather and Stacey, in our freshman year, were all in the Feagin lobby trying to watch the “Prince of Egypt” movie and it seemed like Heather just wanted to just keep talking and having a good time while the movie was going on. Brandon was getting fed up with it b/c he was trying to watch a movie without any disturbances. So, for his sake, I finally utterred the words, “Shut up, Heather!!!” I can’t remember if that’s verbatum, but you get the concept.
May 5 at 1:31pm · Like
James Christian Bruce Once again, I would like to congradulate you on all of your accomplishments. It takes a lot of determination and will-power to do what you have done.
May 5 at 1:33pm · Like
Debbie Warbington Rogers I always saw in you a student who was not scared to dream !!
May 5 at 1:50pm · Like
Alene Misz’Mook Banks I remember that used to always wear that bandana on your head on campus and I used to tell you how cute you were.
May 5 at 1:52pm · Like
Earl Williams I remember your senior year at CHS you were in my philosophy class.I was hospitalized with an infected toe when I returned to work my foot was in a cast and you and a couple of other students said you were praying for me.I did”nt tell anybody at the time but my prognosis was not good.The Doctors were fearful thatI would lose not only the toe but possibly the foot too.Obviuously prayer changes things.
May 5 at 2:14pm · Like
Dameron Mr Maestro Growe Hot! Tub!!!
May 5 at 2:25pm · Like
Dameron Mr Maestro Growe Is that a belt?!?!
May 5 at 2:25pm · Like
Dameron Mr Maestro Growe Demon flower!
May 5 at 2:26pm · Like · 1 person Raven Minter
Brittany Reynolds
I don’t really have a memory with you because I just met you this year and we haven’t hung out.. but I do know that because of you I am going to ETBU(: and I am so thankful for that. Because of you I learned to listen to God and go where he wanted me, not where I wanted to go. I know we have had great conversations. Best one….”brown rice is good for you right??” Noooo lol but yet EVERYTIME you eat it you tell me. Andddd about that unspeakable person, and you telling me everytime he is on the radio or your singing his songs. Miss you at church!!
May 5 at 2:26pm · Like
Jacqui Saling The only thing that stands out to me is freshman year. We didn’t even know each other but I thought you were a little weird and my roommate thought you were so cool. Turns out we were both right.
May 5 at 2:41pm · Like
Hannah Rigg You didn’t tag me, but I will never forget that night when you, Nate Russ, and I laid on the hood of your truck and looked at the stars. Freshman year was so long ago, but you’ve always been such an awesome man of God, Travis. I’m so proud of you. I know Graduate School is difficult, but it’s encouraging to know that someone my age has been there and done that!! Love you, man.
May 5 at 2:52pm · Like · 2 people Pamela ReNee’ Stamper E. Texas Baptist , Nate Russ
Hannah Johnson i was not tagged i will not write a memory…
May 5 at 2:58pm · Like
Hannah Johnson and you know i have good ones!
May 5 at 2:58pm · Like
Yaziri Orrostieta Your dedication, hard work, and funny jokes from Quantitative Analysis! You will go far Mr. Travis J – you have all the qualities or a leader- with the main one being your passion for success! 🙂 Keep it up!
May 5 at 3:03pm · Like
Steven Beeson playing mario party makes me just want to “scratch your eyes out
May 5 at 3:09pm · Like
Lilia Rita Miller wow I am super behind. Well I think we have had our fair share of memories. Playing soccer with a few kids in EL Coyote, your graduation, letting you eat half my lunch for about half a school year. Aw hell you should move to Houston with us to make new ones or let me know if you ever do that CHS thing. 🙂 You are an awesome kid!
May 5 at 3:23pm · Like
Travis J ‎(thank y’all for the comments so far, y’all are making me reminisce like crazy, and this is so fun to read these things–KEEP THEM COMING.
And just for the record, I DID tag all of y’all. I tagged EVERY one of my facebook-friends. I just had to then go back and un-tag people because facebook only lets you tag 30 at a time in Notes.)
May 5 at 3:28pm · Like
Robert Wilson The time we got together for homecoming and had the Aladdin theme and who could forget the times we played Mario Kart there was so much trash talking and laughing:) oh how its so fun to be with friends.
May 5 at 3:35pm · Like
Ioana Lia I still very well remember how we met. At Sucevita. I remember when you asked me to eat bread with jam and sausage. Haha…funny moment. 🙂 Anyway, NICE memories from Suceava!! [hug]
May 5 at 4:06pm · Like
Vicki Arnold Morgan Best memory ever:……being a PRECIOUS, WONDERFUL FRIEND TO BAILEY!
May 5 at 4:41pm · Like
Terry Fyffe Interviewing you for the very tough job as a lab monitor.
May 5 at 4:46pm · Like
Holley Crum When we were in Mexico together it was a great time. I miss you alot Travis! I hope you have a great graduation and I am so proud of you I know your dad is too! MAY GOD JUST KEEP ON BLESSING YOU!!!
May 5 at 4:53pm · Like
Sarah Alaine Jeter matress surfing in merle during etbu 101
May 5 at 6:25pm · Like
Ashleigh Don Adventures in Mexico!
May 5 at 7:17pm · Like
Rebecca Leigh Hughes colonial hills!!!!!! thats my memories:)
May 5 at 7:47pm · Like
Matthew 絶望 Huffman
The first memory that comes into my mind is when we travelled 20 years into the future in which corporate feudalism dominated the world. We had many dire moments but we remained adamant in our determination to survive. After finding out that are future selves were high ranking members in one of the most evil corporations in the world, we set out on on a journey to destroy them. Our paths eventually intersected with a rebel group from even further in the future called Titor’s Force. We came up with a plan to eliminate our future selves and although I had no qualms with it you were despairing over what you would become. Then, at the pivotal point in the battle with ourselves, you declared that we could not be defeated since they would not exist if we were to die. That’s when they dropped a bombshell, the grandfather paradox didn’t exist and that the many-worlds interpretation of space and time was correct. This meant that we hadn’t travelled in time but into a parallel universe in which they were free to kill us without consequence. Fortunately for us we managed to defeat them. Afterwards, with Titor’s Force and our new knowledge we were able to discover a way to return to our world. We managed this and returned to the point at which we had left but in the process you lost your memories of all the events in the parallel world. I wish you had retained them so that we could discuss the plot holes of the events we lived through. Oh well. Such is life.

In all serious though I would say that there is not one defining memory I can think of that shows how awesome you are Travis. Well, maybe biting at me. For you permeate awesomeness and thus all events involving you lead to a good ending.

Lastly, I can not help but noticed you tagged Travis Jones. I wonder what he has to say about you.
May 5 at 7:49pm · Like · 2 people Justin Niksich E. Texas Baptist , Travis Jones
Manuela Molina jaja!! i remember you and your awesome b-ball skills ! 🙂 ajajaja and i enjoyed watching all of you guys games 🙂 ♥
May 5 at 8:07pm · Like
Kate Bonner Repost- GRRR …YO YO YO!!!!…’m charging $5 fee per professional reference.. HA HA! personal references are negotiable starting $25 up. :-D)
May 5 at 8:27pm · Like
Joshua Bradley Johnson I love those late nights when we would play endless games of bball. Thanks so much for all the fun. Good luck with life after school.
May 5 at 10:42pm · Like
Cindy Hyden Caid
I got to know you mostly because Cuz Georgie liked to invite you and Nick to my house, because you like to eat and I like to cook! Then the most fond memory I have is the whole WEEK I got to cook for all you guys and George and Jessica in Orlando. Universal Studios was great~I finally got to see my homeland ~ Whoville! Getting our mug shots at the dinner theater was fun too. The only bad part was you getting sick on the way home.
May 5 at 10:59pm · Like
Cindy Hyden Caid oh, don’t forget the iced coffee and Nick’s blue Slurpees!
May 5 at 11:00pm · Like
Jessica Alexander Well for starters, I do believe I’ve only spoken to you once in my life. Minus the times before when we’ve been introduced multiple times..but that doesn’t really count.

I do recall “officially” meeting you at Smashburger with Miss Ruthie, Lakin, Ethan and Linda and my mom and sis. Definitely ate some food, had some good laughs, talked about movies, saw your well-designed business cards..yeah, good day indeed.
May 5 at 11:06pm · Like
Donna Savage hot tea.
May 6 at 2:19am · Like
Annalise Wighaman lol meeting you at church with Graeme 🙂 and i was like woah that is travis! lol. 🙂 and you and Graeme acting like you guys were together lol oh yea that happened lol. 🙂 but i’m kinda sad we didn’t get to hang out!
May 6 at 9:36am · Like
Cindy Carlton Hodge I remember going fishing with you DeAnna and Brandon at Lake of the Pines one time when Mom and I went up to visit DeAnna in college. We just caught a few small fish but everyone had a good time.
May 6 at 8:18pm · Like
Kileen Gaddis I remember this funny looking little blonde haired kid of my cousins and then he grew up to be this handsome young man with a great personality and great with little kids, but I guess thats because you are still one. Congratulations on graduating!!!!!! I’m very proud of you!
May 6 at 11:21pm · Like
Joshua Excellence I remember adding u as a friend on facebook!
May 8 at 9:03am · Like
Whitney Collins I remember meeting you at a ETBU bonfire at Brian Jones house. haha.
May 8 at 9:30pm · Like
Claire McCaslin JC…what the __!
May 8 at 10:57pm · Like
Jim Hallford who are you again? (jk) no brainer -lego rock band almost all night long
May 8 at 11:19pm · Like
Joy Casey Nelson Travis, David and I want you to know that we are so proud of you for many things. First and foremost is that you love and honor God with your life. You are a wonderful light shining in the darkness. Secondly is that you have been steadfast in keeping your eye on the goal of education in order to achieve those things set before you. We love you very much and look forward to spending time with you.
May 9 at 8:03am · Like
Daniel Wilkinson Your gamecube, my house, pizza, Very Fine, and countless hours of good times… Late night basketball scrimmages at CHS, former students young and old… Dominating Portland together — oh wait, you haven’t moved up here… yet… 😀
May 10 at 10:39pm · Like
Jeff Kyle tour of LA including all you can eat Korean BBQ in K-town, Hollywood, Bev Hills, Santa Monica Promenade and Pier, and you graduating to the big leagues of sushi by fireside at Bar Hayama. we’re both proud of and excited for you cuz! congrats!
May 11 at 8:37am · Like
Frank Roberts dawgpiles – basketball, and everything in between.
May 11 at 8:45am · Like
Jacalynn Paige Hathaway Badda** DANCE party on the table after the wedding! Lol by far best night ever!!!:)
May 11 at 9:34am · Like
Katrina Peek
I remember the first night of drills for the national guard that I went to and I was having a rough time adjusting and I called you to ask you to pray for me. You helped me remember the big picture and why I joined the guard in the first place and although I didn’t stay in- that phone conversation really helped me out. Thanks. You’ve always been available day or night when I needed a friend to talk to and to encourage me.
May 11 at 10:49am · Like
David Lee Saenz mexico! you me and luke!
May 11 at 11:19am · Like
David Lee Saenz and dave chapelle
May 11 at 11:20am · Like
Betsy Fowler you and nick dressing up as power rangers! and nick was the pink ranger! lol
May 11 at 12:34pm · Like
Ashlyn Brown you coming to my house with Brandon during the summer!! You’re now a part of the fam 😉
May 11 at 3:05pm · Like
Andrew Decker There are so many, but I think the most recent was you teaching my sunday school class. You can do it again any time.
May 11 at 3:30pm · Like
Ariel A. Yawn I remember that you were Nick Jones’ older brother and for some odd reason wanted to add me on both your profiles. So far I haven’t regretted adding ya and you’ve been a pretty level-headed guy to joke around with from time to time. I have to say that Nick is pretty lucky to have a bro like you…tho… I still see the lil bastard as the lil brother I never had. Share him! 😛 lol Later man.
May 11 at 10:03pm · Like
Lori Billings I remember these 2 cute little boys that would come up to my parents house to visit and play nintendo games with my little boy..Can’t believe all 3 of you “little boys” are now all grown up into wonderful young men!!
May 12 at 10:27am · Like
Amber Morris Travis, All memories with you are good– You are a great guy and you just make people feel at home. I mostly like when you exclude me from things tho;)p hahahahaha
May 12 at 10:45am · Like
Phillip Martin I didn’t ever really get to know you…but I remember when you were hanging out in our dorm cuz the power went out and Sergio was dancing and being crazy.
May 12 at 10:53am · Like
Jarryn Dickenson And she’s hot!!!!
May 12 at 10:54am · Like
Stacy Cosmic Pixiedust Self The “Great Debaters” and pizza at our house and the Ethics trips.
May 12 at 11:08am · Like
Stacy Cosmic Pixiedust Self Dr. Self shares my memory as well. Also adds that you were an exceptional student with a bright future. All his best, he sends to you as do I.
May 12 at 11:09am · Like
Nathan Allen You, Me, Nick, and Justin going to Dave&Busters, then watching The Hangover and eating Whataburger in our hotel room in Dallas.
May 12 at 11:16am · Like
Krystle Angelle Harrison I had a class I dont remember if it was OT or NT with Travis J, seeing him in the library at etbu working, and homecoming king!
May 12 at 11:16am · Like
Jamie Johnson Hurt hmmm probably working on the homecoming float for our club/group or whatever ! it was alot of fun ! that is something that i miss about etbu is all the memories and great friends you make and all the events that they do.
May 12 at 11:22am · Like
Tiffany Rowland I guess It would have to be the day i was sitting in the Caf. eating and you and Brandon came over there and you just sat down and started eating with me like it was normal for you to do that 😀
May 12 at 11:25am · Like
Stephanie Conrod haha I only knew you as the guy on the Business Hall picture wall of past graduates and thought it would be cool to meet you, then finally did at the bonfire 🙂
May 12 at 2:59pm · Like
Adeline Araba Roberts i saw you around tyler and i said hi yea, good times. hahaha!!
May 12 at 4:12pm · Like
Stephanie Evon Scott I remember having fun with you and Bran many times!”How you do doing?” (Wendy Williams voice) Cute baby pic btw..
May 12 at 7:10pm · Like
Kyle Thorn I remember playing on CEO with you, and the first time I ever called you a conservative man whore
May 12 at 11:35pm · Like
Moquita Mone’t Quinan When you gave me advice about my terrible ex boyfriend. You were great and you really opened my eyes:)
May 12 at 11:50pm · Like
DeAnna Hodge Courthouse Marshall, TX. You were the best friend ever when I needed you most.
May 13 at 12:00am · Like
Hannah Johnson okay okay since i was tagged! i will never forget our many trips together! Canada, colorado, florida, mexico, and even all stuffing into nathans little apartment in baytown for Lilia Rita Miller wedding! but our canada/colorado trip was Amazingly fun! you are such an awesome friend (even if i never name a kid after you)!


SoC 3 La Vida Post-Escuela

Posted in : stream of consciousness/random

The breath I released
The sigh I relieved,


I can finally think,
I can finally breathe.


No more anxiety–no more if you please.
My sanity’s back, in place, retrieved.


No more thoughts of these “A’s” and these “B’s”–
It’s now only just mind your “Q’s” and your “P’s”.


These breaths in my chest, with no trouble, they’re heaved,
To this freedom forever, forever I’ll cleave.


–Travis J
May 3, 2011 1:15 AM


2011 Resolutions (re-post, from January 2011)

Posted in : about life/the Christian faith,stream of consciousness/random

(Editor’s note on April 24, 2011, this is a re-post of my 2011 Resolutions that I made this past New Year’s. I don’t think I had ever really, officially, done these before in my life. For years now, I honestly make it a daily goal to meet goals–long and short-term–so I don’t often have a lot of things I’m “trying to work on”. But I do have some, and thought I’d officially post them. Sorry if this bored you–I just wanted a reminder)


2011 Resolutions

1 ) Love, and ALLOW myself to be loved, both

2 ) Plan less

3 ) Spend more money

4 ) Do NOTHING more often

5 ) Read less TEXTbooks

6 ) Read more REAL books

7 ) Talk to more strangers

8 ) Be more impulsive

9 ) Feel more

10 ) Care less


With these, I really tried not to include “check-points” or business-related benchmarks or anything. Like, I didn’t want to say stuff like

Have such-and-such many clients in my web-design company“, or

Decide on career“, or

Complete that-and-that type of marketing“, or

Complete this personal project” type of things.


I didn’t want to post those here…otherwise those’d take up all 10 slots 😛 .


As always–comment even if you weren’t tagged, it’s fine.


Travis J,
December 31, 2010 at 6:43pm


(Editor’s note on April 24, 2011, also, please comment here on my blog, whether you were or weren’t tagged when I put this on facebook, even if you did or didn’t comment on facebook, or even if I don’t know you–I really don’t care 😛 . Just post a comment if you feel so compelled)

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Kirsten Hallford Broussard WORD. 🙂 ….talk to more strangers…give more of your attention to people. that’s on my list now. awesome list, cousin.
December 31, 2010 at 6:49pm · Like
Josh Bronstad You planning to plan less? Hmm interesting lol
December 31, 2010 at 6:59pm · Like · 1 person
Daniel Wilkinson Well, first he had to plan to plan to plan less before he could plan to plan less. Now that he’s done with that, I expect that he’s planning less…

1) I love you, Trav.
January 1 at 5:44am · Like
Steve Hallford Hey Nephew; Love the list. My resolutions seem to always go in one year and out the other…
January 1 at 11:49am · Like
Bailey James Morgan yes yes and yes.
January 2 at 2:08pm · Like
Bailey James Morgan Miss ya by the way
January 2 at 2:09pm · Like
B.j. Watts ‎”Man! I don told you to stop workin so dang much”— words to my father. He has calmed down a bit since then. I think he finally gave in to my advice. Planning less? Your body & mind will thank you for it.
January 2 at 7:06pm · Like



Posted in : poems

I’m just so confused,
Sense it makes not;
I’ve run out of steam,
My insides are rot.


I thought I gave up,
Thought I made it clear–
“This is MY mind heart and life
You’ve place no longer here.”


The ones that’re closest–
They’ll never believe,
I meant what I said,
I’d no more to bleed.


It just makes no sense,
And time is so cruel.
If I’d relayed this to them,
I’d be simply a fool.


Why should it feel good..?
Promise that it does not.
Thought this was all over–
‘Nuff with this thickening plot.


It is not quite pain, nor grief nor fear.
Worry, itself, doesn’t begin to explain.
It’s black shroud and confusion–
Lack of information leading to pain.


The tears are dried up, it’s my stomach and mind that hurt.
Don’t know what to pray, don’t know what to say;
Making no progress, yet not sinking deeper;
I’ll give Him my confusion, day-to-night, night-to-day.


Travis J

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Steve Hallford likes this.

Annalise Wighaman really good 🙂
April 18 at 8:16am · Like
Cindy Hyden Caid Beautifully shared….I wish I knew how to help you with your conflict, but I know the Lord will help you sort it all out.
April 18 at 9:54am · Like


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