Guitar in the dirt

I love ministering to children. The other day I sat in the dirt. Two 3yr olds listened, danced and sat in my lap to “play guitar.”  I love ministering to children. 

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Blind Jokes

Blind Jokes

I met a lady today that is legally blind. She had an array of puns and “sighted” humor as we talked. This is how my friend “Uncle Rodney,” totally blind since the age of twelve, lived his entire life. Rodney had the best blind jokes. Humor is one way of dealing with a difficult situation. It could be that is their “method” of dealing with the horror of sightlessness or just maybe, their humor comes out of happiness. Laughter is good medicine. 
Uncle Rodney could recite this poem without even looking:
One bright morning in the middle of the night,
Two dead boys got up to fight.
Back-to-back they faced one another,
Drew their swords and shot each other.
One was blind and the other couldn’t see,
So they chose a dummy for a referee.
A blind man went to see fair play,
A dumb man went to shout “hooray!”
A deaf policeman heard the noise,
And came and killed those two dead boys.
A paralyzed donkey walking by,
Kicked the copper in the eye,
Sent him through a rubber wall,
Into a dry ditch and drowned them all.
(If you don’t believe this lie is true,
Ask the blind man — he saw it too!)”
–Wikipedia
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Goal: submit to the list 

While waiting for my wife to choose an audiobook for her long drive, I was perusimg the ginormous magazine rack.  There I discovered a magazine about how to be a better writer.  In the magazine I saw a list of places to submit writings and poems. Not all of them earn you money, but they all have solid recognition according to the article. I figured a good way to improve my writing for my podcast and personal  blog would be to try and submit something to all of these listed. There may be some that aren’t feasible – but I’m going to do my best! 

The list can be found in the magazine: The Writer of June 2015. Page 46.  Check back in and see how I do! 

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Knots

No special emotions recently. I thought Mothers Day would have been more difficult but thinking about my Wifey and amazing daughters kept me busy. I did seem to avoid reading the long (usually emotional) Mom posts on Facebook. I also took some extra time to call my Dad. Life is a gift that is so brief.  A Chinese proverb says, ” ‘youth’ is wasted on the young.”    There is so much I want to accomplish but don’t find the strength. I struggle between wanting to be driven and focused like my wife and wanting to be mesmerized by the wonder and magic of a row off ants like my 7 year old. I love my three ladies. 

While sitting with Mom at the nursing home I learned to tie Orthodox Prayer knots. I recently showed someone the beautiful knots and realized I had forgotten some of how to do it. In honor of Mom I reviewed and practiced this meditative skill. It brought me shalom and beauty during a difficult time in my life. I love and miss you Mom. 

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Book idea: Was Jesus manly?

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Great show and podcast launch

well, the Martial Ats Extravaganza canned food drive went really good. Almost 250 pounds and $450 was donated. I launched the podcast and we had a great show. A few schools didn’t show up to perform and we had a total of 55 people including performers. Overall we had a great time and helped a lot of people. Next show should be even better!

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Tears of joy: teenagers

Today I was honored to see hundreds of teenagers at Episcopal high school packing food for the hungry. I don’t really know why but I was really emotionally moved by so many teenagers working together to help other people. when I got there to pick the food up, there are hundreds of teens, equipment, supplies, loud exciting music, bells ringing every time a box was completed and lots and lots of cheering!! Over the course of two lunch periods they packed 10,140 meals for the hungry.

It almost felt kind of weird but I really did have to fight back tears multiple times. It is amazing what can be accomplished.

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