I introduced my friend Shomari on the podcast today. We committed to a weekly podcast even though we don’t really know what we are doing yet! LOL. That’s ok, I know we have good info to share and we both are inspired to help others. Better to be a Warrior in a Garden, than a Gardener in a War.
Yeah, trying to revive some old stuff, create new things and regurgitate some old stuff that was good. Podcast. I really want my podcast rolling again. It helped give me a central location for my thoughts and ideas and kept me focused on the larger picture. So please be patient and pray if you’re a praying kind of person. Thank you.
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.
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!)”
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!
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.