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For Auld Lang Syne

31 Dec

We’ll take a cup of kindness yet…

And thus we come to the end of this part of our journey.  Earlier this year, I moved my blog from the domain name of the same to WordPress.  It was a time of regrouping and reflecting on just exactly what I wanted the blog to be.  So, having made that determination, or at least having developed a plan, tomorrow I’m moving back to the domain.

This site will remain as an archive.  But if you’ve reached here by mistake, and if it’s after midnight on December 31, 2010, head on over to The Write Side of My Brain.  You’ll find me there.

If you get there early, please be patient.  The official launch is 1/1/11.

Happy New Year!


Thanksgiving Day

25 Nov

A quiet morning at my parents before the house awakes.  Thinking and reading before the chaos begins.

I’m in the process of revamping the blog and will detail those changes soon.

In the meantime I’m preparing my heart for Christmas by rereading the Gospels and maybe digging into the Messianic prophecies of the old testament.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Rest in Peace, Jill Clayburgh

6 Nov

Jill Clayburgh, an Oscar-nominated actress known for portraying strong, independent women, died on Friday at her home in Lakeville, Conn. She was 66.

Read more:  New York Times

Jill Clayburgh
April 30, 1944 – November 5, 2010

Soon I Will Be Done…

26 Oct

Mahalia Jackson
October 26, 1911 – January 27, 1972

When the Oceans Rise and Thunders Roar

21 Oct

Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
~ Psalm 46:10

My lunchtime walks down to the Richmond Canal Walk are therapeutic.

The exercise is good since I’m currently in that season where getting to the gym is not a matter of committment, but a matter of time. It’s great that it’s open 24-hours. But I’m not inclined to give up another two hours of sleep, especially since these days I’m lucky to get five hours.

When the weather is good and my work day permits, I walk from my office down to Brown’s Island and back. In addition to the exercise, it gives me time to clear the cobwebs from my mind.

On days like today, it also gives me the chance to be still. I don’t do that very often. Certainly not often enough. Even when I’m “relaxing” at home, I’m at the computer answering emails, writing blog posts, editing the magazine and the television is going in the background just to allow me to keep up with the news.

I find myself struggling to find that quiet time, alone with myself. More importantly, alone with God.

When the morning is rushed, the bills are due, the child is sick, the wife is heading out of town and I just don’t know how I’ll get through the day, just the very act of getting away is a reminder that I need to be still.

I’m a worrier. Always have been. It’s genetic. I’m constantly playing out scenarios in my head that if this happens, then I can do that. But, more often and not I find myself at the point of not being able to figure it out. And that’s frustrating.

So on my walks like today, at least when I’m listening, the Lord says to me “How many times do I have to tell you that I’ve got this?” Not in so many words. But yes, the reassurance is there that God is in control. And I know that, while He doesn’t work things out the way I’d plan them, He’s never failed us. Never. In times of sickness, or money trouble or family crisis He’s always been there. My problem is that I’m just not quiet enough to recognize that.

Today was one of those days. Walking down the steps of my building I said “Lord, I know I haven’t been spending enough time with you.”

Here’s His answer:

Hide me now
Under Your wings
Cover me
Within Your mighty hand

When the oceans rise and thunders roar
I will soar with You above the storm
Father you are King over the flood
I will be still and know You are God

Find rest my soul
In Christ alone
Know His power
In quietness and trust

When the oceans rise and thunders roar
I will soar with You above the storm
Father You are king over the flood
I will be still and know You are God

Still, Hillsong United

Shhhh! Let’s keep it down…

Rest in Peace, Tom Bosley

19 Oct

Tom Bosley, The actor perhaps best known for playing Richie Cunningham’s Dad on Happy Days has died at the age of 83.

Happy Days Star Tom Bosley Dead at 83
Thomas Edward “Tom” Bosley
October 1, 1927 – October 19, 2010

Rest in Peace, June Cleaver

17 Oct

Barbara Billingsley, 94, dies; actress was model mom on ‘Leave It To Beaver’
The Washington Post

Barbara Billingsley, whose portrayal of June Cleaver on the sitcom “Leave It to Beaver” helped define the suburban TV mother of the 1950s and who lampooned her wholesome image in the movie “Airplane!” as a prim older lady who is fluent in “jive,” died Oct. 16 at her home in Santa Monica, Calif. She was 94.

Read more.

Barbara Billingsley
December 22, 1915 — October 16, 2010

So, what else is there to buy at CVS?

16 Oct

I’m clearing off my desk and am reminded that my coupon for 20% off a purchase at CVS is good only today and tomorrow.  Then I read the fine print.

This coupon excludes sale merchandise, discontinued merchandise, milk, bread, alcohol, gift cards, lottery, money orders, prescriptions, postage stamps, pre-paid cards, tobacco products, newspapers, and magazines.

I guess as a drug store, they’re used to all of the disclaimers that normally accompany prescriptions.

But seriously, I can’t find much outside of that list that gives me reason to go to CVS.

Retired Extremely Dangerous and a fun, action packed movie

16 Oct

Frank Moses make Jack Bauer look like a school marm.

Seeing movies in the theater is a rare treat for the wife and me.  But with our youngest off spring off on a weekend camping trip we took the opportunity last night to see RED. 

RED is a story about a former black-ops agent who is being targeted by a high-tech assassin.  Frank Moses is ably played by action man Bruce Willis.  But completing the story are his team of Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren and John Malkovich.  Malkovich, in the way only he can, has several scene stealing moments.

Completing the cast are Mary-Louise Parker, Karl Urban, Richard Dreyfus and my favorite Ernest Borgnine.

I won’t spoil the plot other than to say lots of people get themselves all blowed up.  And more than once you’ll find yourself asking “how the heck will they get out of that?”

I don’t know if people like this really exist.  But, for our sake, I hope they do.

Pardon the pun, but the movie’s a blast.

A Long Expected Movie

15 Oct

At long last, The One Ring reports that The Hobbit will begin filming in February.


(Los Angeles, October 15, 2010) The two films based on “The Hobbit” are now greenlit and will begin principal photography in February 2011, under the direction of Peter Jackson, it was jointly announced today by Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Operating Officer, New Line Cinema, Alan Horn, President and Chief Operating Officer, Warner Bros. and Steve Cooper, co-Chief Executive Officer of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc..

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