Blogging is a Moving Meditation.

BLOGGING as a MOVING MEDITATION: Liminality's thin passage untangles as it weaves, fits in the ineffable nooks and crannies of my heart's prayer wall, like the cracks in pavement, mile markers on the road, windblown whimsical napkin poems written in eyeliner.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Jersey Smirk


The Jersey Smirk.
Every culture has one and any one with skin and a heart beat understands them, no matter what language.
Call it what you like....  evil eye, eye horns, furrowed brow, raised eyebrow, pointed stare, or my favorite..... “THE GLARE”... (which, i’ve learned is Texas love in the summer.... with the sun glaring down at you with a burnt toast smirk)
Growing up in the North East, in a neighborhood that was of Irish/Italian descent; that look came with a litany of cuss words, flailing arms with pointed specific fingers and occasionally a SHILLELAGH! 
My “look” or “glare” was pointed out twice in one week, by two very astute individuals ... (meaning two of my friends that know me well and STILL love me)
I hadn’t quite looked at that until today when i saw the same “Jersey Smirk” in another. I’m sure no one in the surrounding perimeter would have even slightly known why i suddenly started uproariously laughing.
i’ve heard it said that “Jersey doesn’t have  An Attitude .... it just has Attitude.
Yup, i’d say that’s true, considering Jersey has to contend with an older brother called New York.
However, there is a social tick, called the Jersey Smirk, which is a term that  i just coined and will be adding to the Urban Dictionary shortly.
The “mild version” is the “are you #$*%(^ kidding me” ...  Look.
In it’s more “reserved” form, it very quietly states “that if you don’t stop that, you will die a very slow death” in a relatively short span of time.
If it’s in full form, it will tell you .... Where to go, the most direct way to get there in grave detail and perhaps provide assistance as how to get there physically.
I was reminded today that I “ain’t from around these parts” once again.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

An Open Letter to Joel Osteen

An Open Letter to Joel Osteen

I have to agree with most of this "letter"....

When i hear the "everything will be rosy", schpeal i quickly roll my eyes. My typical response to that type of "theology" - Tell it to the Martyr's and get back to me on it!


Friday, July 01, 2011

I've been thinking a lot about screwing up and failure over the past few weeks and i was looking for something and ran across an old sermon that i had taken notes on....... and this is what i found.

Notes from sunday morning...   (singing “How great thou art”)
What are we looking at................................  the problem or the Person of Jesus.
Numbers 13: 25-33
surveying the land.......   (Giant’s) 
Caleb means Bulldog- tenacity! 
“Failing Forward”
Failing backwards:
Insulating yourself from failure.

-Blaming others
Repeating the Same mistakes
expecting to continually fail
accepting traditions blindly
being limited by past mistakes
thinking i am a failure
  • quitting
                    Make all the mistakes you want, just do them once.
Failing Forward:
-taking responsibility
-learning from each mistakes
-knowing failure is a part of progress
-maintaing a positive attitude
-challenging outdated assumptions
-taking new risks
-believing something didn’t work
-persevering
(moses did you bring us out of Egypt just so we could die)
They couldn’t go into the promise land unless it was complete faith in God.
40 years, water, manna, shoes didn’t wear out.   They learned to know who God was- so it was easier to trust.
Seven things that failure is Not...........
(to err is human - to forgive is divine)
  1. people think failure is avoidable- it’s not.
  2. People think failure is an event- it’s not.
  3. People think failure is objective-it’s not.
  4. People think that Failure is the enemy- it’s not.
  5. People think failure is irreversible- it’s not
  6. People think failure is a stigma- it’s not.
  7. People think failure is final!- it’s NOT.
Caleb said give me the hill country- because it was the hardest space..... @ 80....... still was a fighter.
the challenge- the question is not.....
Will i make mistakes or will i fail-  but
“what will you do after you make mistakes and after you fail.”
Proverbs 24:16
For a righteous man falls seven times and rises again...........
Psalms 34:19
Many are the afflictions of the righteous; but the Lord delivers him out of them all.