28
December

The Year of the Lord’s Favor

Formations in a view from Mount Saint HelensBack toward March or so when Messenger and I had started dating, we sat outside of Vita Cafe in North Portland and talked about things going on in life and church.  She kept saying that it was the Year of the Lord’s Favor with total optimism.  Cynical me.  “Don’t they say that every year?”, I responded.  Wrong thing to say…

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22
December

The Week Before Christmas

House with Christmas lightsHere are some Christmas thoughts put into poetic form about my life in the shipping business and events in the world.  Enjoy.  :-)

 

 

 

Twas the week before Christmas when all through the warehouse
Every creature was stirring even the mouse
The children are nestled all snug in their beds
While buzzers are blairing right above our heads

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15
December

Losing Bitterness From Christmas

Berries with snow The shootings at Clackamas Town Center really make one think about their own mortality.  In fact I have a couple of friends who just left before it happened and I thank God for that.

[Note: It seems I can’t even keep up with everything, since I wrote most of this before I heard of the even worse atrocities in Connecticut and and China.  It’s too much to process at once.  However the Clackamas shootings really hit home, because it was in Portland.]

Why would someone do something like this at Christmas time?  It’s crazy, but the thing is though most people wouldn’t go shooting people, many do carry bitterness.

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8
December

Song Story-Fascination

HAn arial view of the Rocky Mountains during my trip to Kansas Cityow do I spend Christmas?  Rather than snow, lights, cocoa and raindeer sweaters, my Christmas is sleepless nights with loud machinery and lots of facepaced processing.  Apparantly Santa wears a brown delivery uniform around here and we’re the elves.

While working all this overtime, I hardly have any time left to work on music or writing.  I meant to have my CD out by now, but there was a bug in the mastering and it’s taking a while to fix.  But while we wait I’ll share one song from the album you can download to your mp3 player as my Christmas gift to you.  Newly mastered!

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1
December

Working With a Purpose

A scene of the industrial district in North PortlandWorking in shipping after cyber-monday is a bit like working at Wal-mart on Black Friday except your get overwhelmed by boxes rather than trampled by crowds.  All I can say is I’m sore now, but the check will be nice next week.

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