Posted on January 28, 2009 by Matt

This is a brief explanation, as to how i came about my name

To follow a winding and turning course
To move aimlessly and idly without fixed direction

I am a transient at heart, always looking for the next adventure, to the undiscovered country. At times I feel that Yoda’s description of Luke can be applied to me, “This one a long time have I watched. All his life has he looked away… to the future, to the horizon. Never his mind on where he was. What he was doing.” Honestly I hardly consider this an admonishment, it seems like a compliment to me. While such thoughts bring about passion and desire, the problem is they tend to move one to not focus on the now

“to follow a winding course.” The course, the road, at times this is more important then even the journey itself. Better to be stuck at two roads for some time not knowing which one to travel then to be halfway down the wrong one. Long have i cogitated the paths of life:

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

A meanderer will take this path every time. He will not compromise, will not hesitate, nor retreat in duress or fear. Jesus talked about the importance of choosing such paths, claiming that the easy road leads to destruction. And how much vileness is even on the righteous path, that Jesus said he had come to bring a sword of division, and enmity between family members and even the established forces of this world

Now it is necessary sever some ties from this definition of meander; for while i tend”to move aimlessly and idly” I do know my direction. “No man having put his hand to the plow and looking back is fit for the Kingdom of heaven.” I may move aimlessly at times, but this does not mean that I don’t know my direction. “not all those who wonder are lost.” I am about my Father’s business…wherever that happens to take me.

Dilettante: (google it for pronunciation)
A dabbler in an art or a field of knowledge
A lover of the fine arts; a connoisseur

I would like to think of myself as something of a 21st century Renaissance man. I enjoy writing poetry, short stories, books, blogs, and essays. I have been known to dabble with oil pastels, have acted in plays, am a skilled orator and preacher, trained in horticulture, can play the guitar and the trumpet, and even have taken classical singing lessons. I am trained and skilled in Philosophy ( most notably: metaphysics, epistemology, medieval, free will, modalism, and natural law) theology, (most notably: Christology, hamartiology, bibliology, and ecclesiology) history, (most notably: Church History, art history, and Roman) and psychology (most notably: developmental)

But this is just the begining of my vast assembly of skills, accomplishements, and joys that would grant me the label of connequier, I collect books, comic books, and manga. I have been to europe two times and returning again for the third time this summer. Ive been snow and water skiing, rock climbing, done long distance swimming, rock diving, surfing, long boarding, hiking, camping, snorkeling, and parasailing. I was all league in basketball in highschool and can play competatively, tennis, street hockey, aggressive inline skating, baseball, bowling, darts, pool, and i played on my colleges nationally ranked football team. I collect knifes and guns and am proficient in the use of each of them.

I am an avid gamer and ranked in the top 1,000 in the world in at least two games. I love every type or style of music from classical and musical to rap and punk and funk. I love every genre of movie and style of cinema.

I have created my own dishes of food, though am really not a very good cook. I know how to drive any type of car, have flown a plane, can operate a tractor, cutting torch, and welder. Have worked scrubbing toilets, mowing lawns, serving food, bagging groceries, and lead a staff of 180 people at a camp.

I enjoy flowers. I love anything that is colorful and anything that is soft. I love people, but have misanthropic tendencies and often act as a recluse.

I have filled roughly 8 journals full of random meanderings of thoughts, scriptures, my own proverbs, stories, archetectural ideas, and still drawings.

I have preached the gospel on two continents and turned hundreds of sinners from their paths. I have weapt at the rubble of the twin towers in New York, driven across the country solo, swam in the pacific, atlantic, and in the Mediterranean. I have french kissed a french girl in france. Wondered about trafalgur square, been in art musems, in Washington DC, Paris, Rome, Barcelona, and London. Have marched in protest at our nations capital, stared at mount rushmore, was humbled at the sight of the sistine chapel, and been lost in both vast cities and forrests.

I am a servant of the most high God. He has given me hope and adventure. I have all the passion and intensity of a great lover but have never loved any woman. My name is Matthew J Coombe. I am a seeker of peace chasing the elusive mayfly know as love. I am the Meandering Dilettante and these are my meanderings…


  • Heather on February 10th, 2009

    I like the construction. Its not cocky… it helps people understand what you have accomplished in your life and how it has helped shape who you are today. Its your website.. dont be afraid to talk about yourself. :]

  • website on May 26th, 2012

    How come you dont have your site viewable in mobile format? Can not view anything in my phone.

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