Glimpse a Fun Night!

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Jer and Tez give you 30 seconds of smiles from a fun night in southern California.  

We wish you all such joyous moments in your own lives, even now. And please, share them with us!

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A New Way To See Time: Self-Help Made Easy as 1:23

Here’s a fun and very easy way to bring some more meaning into your life- to help you stay focused throughout the day on things that matter to you.  Here goes!

Let certain times throughout the day remind you of things you’d like to be reminded about.

Many of you may already know of a couple of these.  11:11 (when seen on the clock) is often a time to “make a wish.”  I’ve changed it to: “say a prayer.”

1:43 means “I love you,” of course.  So when you see 11:11 on the clock, say a quick prayer.  When you see that it’s 1:43 think of someone that you love.

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Here are some more to help you get started, but I do recommend making them your own, and making your own.  It can serve as a great way to be reminded of important, fun, and even meaningful things throughout the day.

12:12 – you might feel blessed for seeing this meaningless time.  🙂

12:34 – …five, six, seven, eight – time to check what comes next (in your day).

1:01 – is my favorite number, so when I see it on the clock, I feel lucky.  What’s your favorite number?  How would you see yours on the clock?

1:11 – Trinity.  The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  Remember your faith.

1:23 – seeing the sequence – what could it mean to you?  The start of something, what have you yet to start today?  What did you start but didn’t finish?

2:02 – twice as important as my favorite number… what about you?

2:46 – who do YOU appreciate?  Think of that person and maybe say a prayer for them.

3:33 – Think of three things for which you are thankful.

3:57 – odds … what’s something odd about yourself that you are proud of (or that you’d like to change)?

4:41 – four people in your life with the same single purpose.  What’s that purpose?

7:14 – my area code – what’s yours?  Think of home and what you love about it.

11:11 – say a prayer.

Get the idea?  Have fun with it, and be sure to stop back here and tell me some ways you’ve incorporated this into your day!

Eight Books to Begin a Personal Library for Young Men…

The list was originally going to be for young people regardless of sex, but when considering the different books, I kept getting different results when the intended audience was a female versus a male.  Perhaps a list for young women will someday follow.  For now, Enjoy these selections!  They’ve been quite formative in my own life.  I can hope that they will be so for you as well.

01.  Big Fish (Daniel Wallace)/ Fathers and Sons (Ivan Turgenev)

Both books deal with father/son relationships and both are excellent introductions to our ideas about ourselves and the world we live in.  “Dreams are what keep a man going,” Wallace writes, and boy isn’t he right!

02.  1984 (George Orwell), Brave New World (Aldous Huxley), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Ken Kesey)

I list these three as one only because I believe that they truly ought to be read as a group of books (not all at the same time, but in succession, or at least while holding the others in your mind).  Distopia novels are crucial for the understanding of not only the dangers of government and tyranny—more important today than ever—but for getting a handle on the source of that tyranny: the human condition.

03.  House of Leaves (Mark Z. Danielewski)

This book has the ability to open new doors.  It offers a chance to see a book as something different and unique in itself: seeing the book as a work of art, and not merely words on pages.  It’s a fascinating tale complete with virtually every element to intrigue and tantalize the mind.  Open the front door, enter the House, and, to fully enjoy this work of art, firmly close the door behind you.

04.  Generation X (Douglas Coupland)

Coupland’s words are just as relevant today as they were when he penned them.  Finding your place in this society, finding your own own.  Or perhaps not finding, just knowing the search is there.

05.  The Stand (Steven King) [Alternative: The Gunslinger (King)]

One of the first books to really suck me in.  Widely considered to be one of King’s all-time best and certainly guaranteed to keep you moving through the pages.  What’s better than an end-of-the-world scenario by one of the preeminent writers of our time.

06.  Lord of the Flies (William Golding)  [Alternative: Robinson Crusoe (Daniel Defoe)]

I was tempted to put this with the distopia novels, for certainly it does have a toe or two in that camp, but I think the issues in this book retain their own worth as a commentary on humanity, government put aside.

07.  Notes From Underground (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)

Notes is one of Dostoyevsky’s shortest novels.  Its brevity offers itself as a nice introduction to Russian literature (must-reading for all), but the story contained therein is anything but short on wisdom, insight, and challenges.  I’m currently in the process of re-reading this masterpiece and though I can’t say that I understood it completely my first time through, I can say that I wasn’t the same after reading it.

08.  A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess)

Like House of Leaves, Clockwork introduces you to the power of a book to create an entirely new (yet real) world.  Burgess has a keen understanding of Man, revealing the turmoil and conflagrations of growing up in a society that pretends to not need you, and that we, in turn, pretend not to need.

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Note: The number of books left off this list is painfully present in my mind.  Forgive me.  Some titles:

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Screwtape Letters, Man’s Search for Meaning, The Good Earth, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Everything Is Illuminated, Heart of Darkness, Night, Farehnheit 451, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, The Stranger, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Augustine’s Confessions, Hard Times… and so on.