Saying Goodbye to TOYS R US

Posted by on Mar 20, 2018 in RandoMusings

My son and I during our last visit to Toys R Us before the liquidation annoouncement…

I have had a longstanding relationship with toys and their power.

Yes, their power.  They have it, or at least children grant it to them. Toys give children—-and the emotionally underdeveloped of all ages—-a sense of control in a world that feels beyond them.

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The Planner Debacle of 2017 : January 19, 2017

Posted by on Jan 19, 2017 in Faith, Hope, and Love, RandoMusings, Water Project, Writer's Diary

Right now life is good. I try to savor every day. I have a beautiful wife, a wonderful son, a job I enjoy, and I feel like I am where I’m supposed to be.

It’s a very good feeling, and I am soaking in it.

With things going so well, I can only assume that they would get better if I would become even more efficient, so for 2017 I decided to get a planner—not a new app or a Google calendar, but a real tangible planner.

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No More Medicating?

Posted by on Aug 29, 2016 in Addiction Recovery, Faith, Hope, and Love, RandoMusings

Sometimes, things just don’t go our way. It’s a hard fact that we all accept, because that’s the way things are, and that’s not gonna change.

Oftentimes, when it rains, it pours. Unpleasantness, happenstance, and bad beats come in waves. That first thing doesn’t work as it should, and undoubtedly the second, wholly-unrelated, thing fails just the same. And a third thing that wasn’t even on your radar—-well, that went wrong, too.

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Monthly Post: I’m Pretty Lousy at Blogging.

Posted by on Dec 15, 2015 in RandoMusings, Reviews & Recommendations

As I exit the fall season and enter winter, I’ve been looking at my strengths—those things toward which I am naturally inclined or which I can do well. In an unironic twist, I have realized blogging is not one of them. In fact, doing something daily for an extended period of time really is not in my wheelhouse, regardless of how good it is for me.

Maybe that’s why it’s so important.

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Already Caught in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Hype Machine…

Posted by on Sep 15, 2015 in Offsite Content, RandoMusings

Once again, I am getting sucked into a marketing malstrom. Once again, it is for Star Wars. I’ve been here before. In 1999. In 2002. And in 2005 (though, I did dodge the 2008 Clone Wars fiasco).

Oh well, we are who we are. I have been skeptical of J.J. Abrams’ take on the space saga of a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away; and frankly, I still am. Disney’s other powerhouse franchise machine, Marvel, continues to leave me disappointed with nearly every outing. But Star Wars is Star Wars, and as a fan of the prequels, I have to excited for this one, right? (since, according to pretty-much-everyone: it has to be better)

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Hoping Against Hope

Posted by on May 8, 2015 in RandoMusings, Writer's Diary

Each morning of the workweek begins the same way. I awaken and do a brief metabolism-boosting, heart-rate increasing workout, eat a fast breakfast, and head for the bus stop. Once on the public transit behemoth, I have 40-50 minutes to spend at my leisure, which usually serves as quiet time with the Lord. Whether using the ride for prayer, Scripture memorization, or staring out the window savoring creation, the time allows me to calibrate myself toward the cross for the day to come.

Recently this has been a challenge. For those who don’t know, my life in the last month has been anything but easy. I will not go into the details, but between my jobs, writing, and navigating other hardship, things have been a picture of the old adage: when it rains,it pours. My hope is that April showers will lead to a blossoming May, but this has not been the case thus far. My prayers and Scriptural engagement have been necessary for my survival; and yesterday, while praying for my wife and household, I felt a surge of hope that the coming summer season would be a time of unprecedented flourishing in our lives, beyond expectation.

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