New Look

Gave the blog a new look. It was time for a change. I figured : New Year. New Theme.

There is something about having a new normal. Although it can be rather minor, changing like this can give you a new perspective. But if you feel like you are in a rut, sometimes minor changes can make a major difference.

Blogjot #10

I promise I’ll get better about updating! I have been so scatterbrained lately it’s hard for me to sit and write decent blog posts like I used to. I don’t think “my muse” has left me, I just haven’t exercised my writing muscles in a while and they are just a little atrophied. But I have a few blog posts lined up and ready for you to read in the next couple of weeks and hopefully I will be able to keep it up.

What’s new with me? Teaching full time again at church. For about 6 months now, I am teaching weekly in my Bible Fellowship (sunday school) class. It’s nice to be able to be teaching the Word again, it’s something I love.

Not much is new on the job front. I have a BIG opportunity that I am waiting to hear back from that I would love to be do. It would be a big change for me as I would move away from Texas. But I would be discipling and doing ministry which I know I’m called to do.

Blogjot #9

I need to start blogging again. I used to do it 6 days a week, with some good content about me and what was on my mind. I remember it being mentally liberating as I got all these crazy thoughts and ideas out of my head.

I am a reflective person by nature, so blogging was an enjoyable experience. But I took a break thinking it was only going to be a couple of weeks to a month, and it turned into an indefinite hiatus.

Before moving forward however, I want to thank those faithful few who has kept reading my blog and liking the few posts that I have made. You are greatly appreciated.

So here’s to starting anew. Wish me luck.

About The Laws

I have made a couple of changes to the blog. First, I added a new page above called “The Laws.” Second, I deleted all the posts I had made about the laws. I am in the process of writing a book (maybe just an ebook) about the laws. This was the only thing I felt that could give the Laws justice. A short blog post could never explain or define a law and why I feel it’s important.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to give you an update about this book, but right now it’s still in the planning and organization stages.

Problems with getting obsessed

…is you miss out on things that you normally love. I was so caught up with watching all 173 episodes of Deep Space Nine, that I really didn’t have time to do anything else. I really love reading, and I haven’t been able to read what I want too much for some time now. As a Master’s student at DBU, I had to read a lot, but not really what I wanted. Now that I have graduated, I have been able to, but I have been getting caught up in other things that I haven’t gotten around to reading.

That all changed yesterday. I picked up Rendezvous with Rama a few days ago, and read the entire book in a day. I forgot how much I love to read. I definitely am planning to pass on Netflix and instead pick up a book and get caught up on all the books I’ve been wanting to read.

Here is what is on deck for me:
Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream
The Monkey and the Fish
Soul Purpose

…and maybe a few books from my List of 50

Have any other suggestions?

Paris & Versailles Report

So as I mentioned before, I spent almost three additional weeks in England. That wasn’t completely true. During my time over there I took some time and travelled to Paris for two days. I planned this from the beginning. I figured that if was going to be over there for so long, I should take the time to go to mainland Europe. I took a lovely train ride through the chunnel to Paris. I originally had only five sites that wanted to get and I was going to take the “Metro” (subway) between all the sites.

First was the Eiffel Tower, which was an amazing spectacle to see. I planned my trip pretty good as the first thing I saw as I walked onto the streets of Paris was that beautiful tower. I couldn’t believe what my eyes were seeing, actually seeing the Eiffel Tower with my own eyes was amazing. I couldn’t stop smiling the rest of the day. As I got closer it was kinda scary how big it was, and as I went up into the tower I couldn’t believe how big and beautiful Paris was.

Next on the agenda was the Arc de Triomphe and a lovely walk along the Avenue des Champs-Elysees. It is known as “the most beautiful avenue in the world,” and it didn’t disappoint. Much like on the Westminster Bridge and Thames River Banks, there were many street performers and vendors. During my walk, I got to see several cool performers, but none as cool as these break-dancers. Along the Champs-Elysees was also some great store and shops that I was able to go in and browse around. Champs-Elysees was a convient road for someone trying to see as much of Paris as possible because a couple of miles down the road was the Obelisk of Luxor which was just before the Jardin des Tuileries.

The Tuileries was a nice park where I was able to sit down, relax and soak in Paris. I also got to have the first opportunity to people watch. I always enjoy people watching and I’ve been told that people watching in Paris is the best. It didn’t disappoint, there are so many different kinds of people I was able to creep on. But I didn’t get to spend too much time, Paris awaits.

After my quick break, I travelled to on the other side of Tuileries which lies the Louvre. The Louvre was the “third” site that I visited and someplace that I always wanted to visit. In fact, #87 on my Bucket List is to see the Mona Lisa at the Louvre. But I was pleasantly surprised with many of the other attractions there. The Assyrian Winged Bulls, the Winged Victory, Egyptian sculptures, all the amazing painting that I’ve only seen in books, and one of my favorites, the Venus de Milo.

After the Louvre, I made a quick trip to the Norte Dame Cathedral, then a authentic French dinner, then back to the Eiffel Tower where I relaxed in the Champ de Mars until nightfall. The Eiffel Tower at night is just as beautiful as it was during the day. Every hour on the hour they put on a light show (as pictured above) that all you can do is stop and stare.

My second day wasn’t in Paris, but instead Versailles. What a great decision that was. Despite some rain and sore feet, Versailles was breath-taking. I was told by three people that “if there is one site on mainland Europe that you should visit, it’s Versailles” and they weren’t joking. This palace was one of the most amazing places I’ve ever seen, everything is so over the top. I couldn’t stop but be amazed at everything. Wasn’t too impressed with the Trianon palaces, but the trip to the Hamlet was worth the trek to that part of the grounds, the chateau was interesting as well, but the seeing the gardens and fountains made the entire trip. I could spend all day exploring the gardens.

Going to Paris was well worth the train tickets, hotel room, metro tickets, sore feet, 2 days worth of walking, everything. The best part is I only saw just a couple of sites and if I wanted to return, there is still so much I can go back to see.