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It’s been awhile…

It is crazy to think that nearly 5.5 years ago, my last Mazda MPV (mini-van) died. (transmission…again.) For those who have wondered, and I know there aren’t too terribly many, that was at least one of my brain’s excuses for not not playing out locally since then.  

Other factors have been involved:  Daughter #1,  starting a new vocation, laziness, other distractions, daughter #2, writer’s block (?), burnout (?), etc.  And even though I probably could have fit some if not all I needed in terms of sound equipment into the Moby (the white whale mercury sable), it was convenient to use the difficulty of transporting pa as excuse enough to not pursue any new venues or gigs. 

And now, just after Christmas, we finally got rid of Moby and got the family mini-van.  Swagger Wagon?  I wouldn’t go that far.  It’s white, too.  But it beats the crap out of Moby.  And it could carry lots of sound equipment….

It’s not like I’ve been productive in writing.  It’s not like I’ve made any progress in my guitar technique. In fact, it’s more than possible that what skills I possessed have atrophied. 

But I’ve been thinking about it lately: writing, I mean.  And here I sit in a potential venue wondering what it would take to book a gig.

Would anybody be interested in that?  Would I be interested in that?  Stay tuned…

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Posted by on January 21, 2012 in Uncategorized


For lack of better terminology…


I know there’s another blog post on here somewhere about this particular topic.  I’ve been just outside of a couple of interpersonal skirmishes lately that have got me thinking about it again.

I’m not trying to call anybody out and I’m not trying to passive-aggressively correct anybody.  Frankly, neither of the situations have much, if anything to do with me, and I really doubt that anybody in those situations will end up reading these words anyway.

Nobody really likes to talk about it; unless you’re talking about somebody else’s vice.  Of course, talking about somebody else’s sin makes one feel judgmental or hypocritical, thereby exposing oneself to further scrutiny.  Because of this, even the concept seems to have been obscured a bit.  It’s often difficult to discern at times, especially when pride, preferences, and personal convictions collide in the real world.

This is my own indicator:  Anything that causes separation is suspect.    Does a personal conviction cause the breaking of fellowship with friends? family? church? workplace? God?

Sometimes breaking fellowship is necessary.  Even if  there is sin involved.  A physically/emotionally/spiritually abused/exploited spouse/lover/friend/church member/kin needs to get the hell out of there.  This, not only for their own well being, but for education/edification/correction of the abuser/exploiter.  It may not change the abuser/exploiter’s ways, but hopefully it will be a hint along the way of the need for better interpersonal interaction.  Spiritual/emotional bullies need to hear (sometimes repeatedly) that they will not be allowed to continue to be so.

But if you find yourself moving out of every relationship, maybe it’s time to consider the common denominator.  When conflict causes relationship stresses involving family, whether within, or your family’s relationship to others, motivations need to be scrutinized that much more meticulously.  You are not your own.

No matter how justified or persecuted you feel, no matter how you consider yourself a prophet or spiritually gifted with discernment, the fruits of the spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control+ couple more: grace and forgiveness) trump personal convictions and preferences every time.  If not, then you need to deal with the other P: pride.

And she’s a bitch.

Pride is a bitch because she tells you that you don’t need anybody.  You don’t need that wife that’s always nagging you.  You don’t need that parent that keeps meddling in your life.  You don’t need that church that is unwilling to change for your personal revelation.  You don’t need that job that doesn’t appreciate your hard work and dedication appropriately.  You don’t need that fair-weather friend that only communicates when he/she wants something from you.  All you need is her.  Your pride. Your dignity. Your convictions.

But when you’re left with only her, she’s still a bitch.  She’s frigid cold, but she’ll burn you up.

We were not made to experience life alone.


Posted by on January 9, 2012 in Uncategorized