How Did I Get Here?

April 25, 2012 at 11:05 pm (Contentment, Devotional, Philosophy, Religious Commentary, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

“My people have been lost sheep. Their shepherds have led them astray; They have turned them away on the mountains. They have gone from mountain to hill; They have forgotten their resting place.”
     In the Hebrew, it seems to indicate that the term “resting place” means quite simply, “to rest; place to lie down.” Now that all sounds harmless enough until you’ve accidentally fallen asleep on the bus. Or a train in Austria. Or had to spend the night on the street. If you’ve done those things, perhaps you are better acquainted with the significance of the implications of “resting place.” When you rest you are completely vulnerable. Anything can happen. And how can you stop it? You’re in a REM cycle! It is in sleep that we are the most susceptible to harm. Now that I have sufficiently alarmed you, let me ask: Read the rest of this entry »

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Or I Could Be a Rolling Stone…

May 9, 2011 at 9:58 pm (Uncategorized)

I’m weary of school. I’m tired of writing papers. I don’t feel like being meticulous in the corrections of my work. I don’t want to give 10 references for an 8 page paper.

Yet that is where I am and what is requested – nay, demanded of me.

Sometimes I get jealous of where others are. Jake is traveling this year, Rachel is going on a six month mission trip and Randy is going to be setting foot on six different countries in the next 2 months. Helping out churches, playing guitar, meeting people and being…free. Read the rest of this entry »

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Red Light Camera Tickets: Where Does the Money Go???

March 18, 2011 at 11:29 pm (Community, Murrieta, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

About a year ago, my brother was living in Phoenix. He was offered a job fresh out of nursing school, in the CV-ICU (cardiovascular intensive care unit) at Good Samaritan Hospital. Working on the CV-ICU floor is an intense job to step into directly after graduation. It is so intense that the roof of the hospital has an elevator that went straight to his unit. Moving away from family, friends and fiancee was very difficult for him and since I’m quite close to my brother, I found myself constantly searching for opportunities to visit the always sunny, often scorching, city of Phoenix.

During one of the many trips I made out there, I noticed that there were cameras along the side of the highway to catch people going over the speed limit. Okay, whatever it takes to keep people safe. But as we drove down the freeway I noticed how frequently (not to mention drastically) the speed limit changes were. They changed every few miles. 75 MPH. 55 MPH. 60 MPH. 50 MPH. Are you kidding me?!? Read the rest of this entry »

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Finding My Way – Manic Style!

February 12, 2011 at 12:13 am (Academics, Contentment, Education, Future, Life Propelling Forward, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I am consistent in a few things in life:

1) My love for God and those He’s placed in my life (though I do fail at times)

2) My coffee consumption

3) Wasting time on facebook

4) My tendency to debate for the sake of debating (or boredom…)

5) Persistently, perennially, planning my forthcoming prospects

6) Love of change

Without a doubt there are more, but these are the few that come to mind. I’m just going to expound upon the last two. Right now I am exhausted, but I feel I’ve been neglectful of this site so I’ll tell you what I’ve been thinking about the past five days. I’m working through my student teaching and as I do I find myself continually planning for the imminent future. I’ve been looking at schools, advanced degrees, fellowships and various career paths. This was how my week played out.

MONDAY: I decided that teaching was not a field for me to be involved in for more than 10 years. I am just past my 10 year high school reunion mark, so it is still fresh to me how quickly a decade can pass. That being the case, I decided I had better pull it together and come up with an exit plan, to be meticulously implemented sometime within the next 10 years. Read the rest of this entry »

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9 Reasons I Am Thankful I Am Not An Elementary School Student

January 27, 2011 at 9:47 pm (Education, Life Propelling Forward, Student Teaching, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

1. I can slouch in my chair all I want.

2. Ending sentences with prepositions is where it’s at. For substantiation on that matter, check out:

3. I have extreme difficulty raising my hand quietly before speaking (seriously, ask any of my profs).

4. Having both feet on the ground when I sit is a near impossibility.

5. Chewing gum in class is what makes me feel like both a kid and a (slightly rebellious) adult.

6. I already did my time asking permission to do EVERYTHING. Read the rest of this entry »

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Meeting the Mayor

January 23, 2011 at 9:02 pm (CA, Community, Murrieta, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , )

Today I met the mayor of Murrieta.

I was meeting a friend for coffee at a local independent cafe, Village Java (, when I noticed in my peripheral vision a small throng of adults gathered outside the doors. Nothing too unusual.

Except two of them were holding video cameras and another was carrying a mic.

Already this mellow Murrieta afternoon was looking a tad more interesting.

This most conspicuous group made their way to the cafe bar and my friend and I heard the gentleman with the mic reassure the staff saying, “Oh it’s okay. We have permission.” Permission to do what?

Then this most unusual band of adults made their way toward me. They asked if I would be willing to answer a few questions about Murrieta. Read the rest of this entry »

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Observations from the Sun

January 16, 2011 at 11:41 pm (Completion, Devotional, Philosophy, Religious Commentary, Social Change, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

A very wise man once proclaimed: “What has been is what will be and what has been done is what will be done and there is nothing new under the sun.”

There is a huge part of me that would like to believe that this is a false statement. I’d like to think of humanity as progressing. I’d like to think that if I could look back in time 1,000 years, I would be able to perceive INTERNAL human progress in our present day and age. Obvious inventions have come about that have transformed our outer lives, but according to Solomon, whether your point of comparison is 50 years or 5,000 years, the same scenarios keep repeating themselves. The problems may look wildly different, the settings have changed, the lifestyles are unrecognizable, yet the philosophical issues that are at the root of this ceaseless cycle of all humanity are identical no matter how much time has gone by. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jesus Gets Frustrated Too.

December 9, 2010 at 9:58 pm (Religious Commentary, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Have any of you ever had this moment? A moment where you saw a person (or a whole group of people) mis-representing God and what the heart of Christ really is?

As I walk through this life, I’m certain that I’ve been an unknowing recipient of this sentiment. I fail. I totally screw up. And I certainly don’t have to look hard to find examples of the Word of God being pulled grossly out-of-context or someone claiming to come in God’s name, but mis-representing Jesus and leading many people astray. Read the rest of this entry »

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