good in every day

EverydayWhen days were lonely and long during my time at Dallas Theological Seminary, I remember sitting in my room and starting a list of "things I want to do" and "things I want to learn". The list was pretty long, but it soon became my go to method for pulling myself out of the doldrums.

This "good in every day" game is similar. I sometimes think about it when I am making an entry in my written journal - the one I keep of things not fit for print - and pretty soon I have more than enough thoughts to be jotted down. It's worth the time to do if for no other reason that to see value in every day.


TBT - Voyagers

TBTThe journey of Voyager has always fascinated me. I guess it's because it's one of those events - like the moon landing - that was particularly memorable. It has consistently been in the background of my life since 1977, when I was heading into my second year at Washington Bible College. There are other, better, and longer documentary about the construction and journey of this spacecraft, but this one gives a good short summary of the little spacecrafts that could.

 


legacy

Legacy

“Yet man dies not whilst the world, at once his mother and his monument, remains. His name is lost, indeed, but the breath he breathed still stirs the pine-tops on the mountains, the sound of the words he spoke yet echoes on through space; the thoughts his brain gave birth to we have inherited to-day; his passions are our cause of life; the joys and sorrows that he knew are our familiar friends—the end from which he fled aghast will surely overtake us also!

"Truly the universe is full of ghosts, not sheeted churchyard spectres, but the inextinguishable elements of individual life, which having once been, can never die, though they blend and change, and change again forever.”

-H. Rider Haggard, King Solomon’s Mines


turning to the book

Bookworld2I thought about an interesting incident the other day and how we can still be tied to the ways of the past.  I was driving around with my sister and niece and was telling them about an orange-breasted bird I had seen moving through the bushes in the back yard. At first I was thinking it was just a robin, but then I realized the bird’s breast seemed to be a bit more orange than a robin’s and I was also thinking that its body was more brown. It just didn’t appear to be a robin.

My sister said it was a Baltimore oriole and I hadn’t thought it might be a female.

And I responded with “I’ll look it up in my bird book when I get home.”  My sister said she would look it up as well – and even my niece said she had a bird book, too.

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Excuses

DoghomeworkYes, I have been delinquent in posting to the blog. I was thinking about this the other day when I went to post something and realized that the days had escaped me since the last entry.  I instantly felt guilty.

I think everyone is quicker to offer excuses than accept responsibility for their failings. I even cringe at the thought that I have been irresponsible when it comes to my online home. Like most, it’s easier to offer excuses than it is to accept responsibility.

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you know

BlahNot only is the use of "So..." irritating to my ears in the course of conversation; the use of "...you know..." is almost as distracting.

It's found in conversations where someone is trying to explain something and they pepper the explanation with "...you know...". It seems to happen when their mouth gets ahead of their brain. They seem like they don't want to wait for their brain to catch up so they just insert a "you know" to get from one point to another.

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the teacher who couldn't read

It's an interesting story. It interested me so much I decided to link it to my blog. It's a tale of a boy Challenge who grew up thinking he was stupid and couldn't learn how to read. And throughout his life he found ways to escape his shortcoming - even to the point where he taught school for 17 years.

There are many lessons to be learned from the life of this man: things from believing we are what we believe ourselves to be, to trying to ignore the handicap we have to the point where we try and normalize life by devising ways to escape the ability to respond to the challenge our shortcoming places before us.

Enjoy...

"I was a teacher for 17 years, but I couldn't read or write..."


dumping the fb

I'm going to leave this here for those who want to think about this.

Yes, You Should Delete Facebook

After testimony of Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg before Congress this past week, I began to wonder if maybe I could do without this program.

Granted it does supply a good deal of information, but after reading this guy's article about getting rid of Facebook, I admit I'm thinking about giving the program the heave-ho.

I particularly like his observations about how Facebook has made us lazy in our relationships.

Fbquote

 


TBT - Moving On

TBTIt's never easy - but at times it's necessary.

What is? Changing jobs.

That's what is currently happening with me. After five months of working full time at home for a contractor, I decided it was time to find something else to do. A tip from a friend put me in touch with another contractor, and in a few days I'll be joining another group doing what I love to do - technical writing.

 

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64 to 32 to 16

March -- that time of year when the seasons begin their dance from winter to spring. Great time. Love to watch the changes in nature

But there's another "dance" that catches my attention during this time of year.  It's a madness -- March Madness.

It's the NCAA Basketball Tournament -- and it's my favorite sports event. After the regional tournaments have been completed, the NCAA takes those results and calculates who will attend "the Big Dance".  And then it gets wild.  People pick the teams they think will win at each level of the tournament. In four days, the first two rounds are played and the field of 64 teams is reduced to 32, and then those 32 are reduced to 16 teams.

My niece got me started, then we encouraged my sister to get involved. We each have our favorites. Mine is Villanova. My sister is a great fan of University of North Carolina (UNC). The only thing I know about my niece is that she HATES Duke. Vehemently.

So it's down to "the Sweet Sixteen". Next weekend, the 16 will become "the Final Four". The following weekend two games will determine the two teams to play in the Final Game.

It's simply madness! I love watching it - and I get mad sometimes when the team I may have picked get's beaten by the team I didn't pick. But, man, is it fun!

Bracket


rebels farewell

RebelsFour years of great animated entertainment. Like saying "goodbye" to a friend, it's hard to accept when so many memories are part of the relationship without any possibility of having any future opportunities.

Following the completion of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Disney produced a second spinoff series focused on and featuring the world of Star Wars. The story featured the adventures of orphan Ezra Bridger who encounters a group of rebels trying to live with and frustrate the efforts of the Galactic Empire in and around his home planet of Lothal.

His acceptance into this "family" brings to him an awareness of the Force, developing powers through the Force (through his Jedi master, Kanan Jarrus) and his growing participation in the rebellion and ultimately the defeat of their presence on and their enslavement of his home.

Like The Clone Wars series, Rebels provides the viewer with a deepening of knowledge into the Star Wars story line through the characters created for the story. Their presence in the world of Star Wars allows the characters to interact with well-known characters of the stories such as Darth Maul, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Asokah Tano, Darth Vader and others. It made them "believable" - and allowed the viewer to recall facets of well-known characters from a different perspective.

Why is this such a big deal?  Well, episodic stories which are rich in characters and events that are woven together adds to the depth of the story.  And people like to feel a part of things by means of knowing; the more one knows the richer the experience.

I hope Disney will bring new animated adventures with new characters and quality stories. Ezra and his world will be missed. One good thing is that I can always slide a DVD into the player and watch the entire series over again.


keep looking

Observation

Observation - one of the three important steps in Bible study. It's one that many people neglect, but if one is to understand, one must first see completely before understanding. I have written about my experiences with Dr. Howard Hendricks and his course on Bible Study methods, but I'm finding that observation is a skill that can be constantly improved. I remember a story that Prof. Hendricks once shared with the class about the experience of a student charged with observing a fish to improve his powers of observation. Here's a video version of that story: