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from catsoul :
12.12.18. hi. I don't think that I could stay awake until 11 pm. I don't know how you do it. I wish I could stay awake at night past 8 pm. Peace. =^..^=
from dangerspouse :
You look like the Gorton's Fisherman's goth brother! I like it :)
from catsoul :
12.3.18. hi. Sorry to read about Carol's older brother passing. I so get about not getting to know people. I like to know people on a deeper level. I don't like the bullshit talk so many people do. It is so, so fake to me. In my little world, I don't let a lot of folks in. You expressed that so well. Peace. =^..^=
from catsoul :
10.6.18. Hi. I read a book by Tim in college for a class called, "Crying." I found it very interesting. Have you read that one? Peace. =^..^=
from catsoul :
9.25.18. Hi. That is a good task to work on. I too plan to cull out more books. I have book shelves that are overflowing in the basement. I hope to cull around 300 books during the Winter months here. We got a quarter inch of rain here today, so I did not rake. My odd neighbor to the South did rake. Apparently he isn't concerned about that fungus from wet leaves that goes to your lungs. Randy has told me so many times the long name of this, but I can not remember. Anyhoo, peace. =^..^=
from catsoul :
9.18.18. Hi. Oh my, you ate fruit & bagel with cream cheese!! What is your body going to think of that? Hahahaha, have a good day man, it will cool off, it did here over night. Peace. =^..^=
from catsoul :
8.29.18. How exciting, family down the block!!!!!! You know, just sayin', just going down there to see how it is going would be a great thing to do for you. Bring your thermos of coffee and a lawn chair, and chill a bit. If they need some help, they will ask you for it. Oh again, how exciting for Carol and you. =^..^=
from whystinger :
Great picture Jonny. Looking relaxed and well. A happy birthday to you also.
from catsoul :
Happy Birthday to YOU!!!!!!!!!!
from catsoul :
8.1.18 hi. Alan Taylor also wrote an excellent non-fiction text about the American Colonies. I read that and very much enjoyed it. Learned a lot. Peace. =^..=
from catsoul :
7.26.18 Such beautiful pictures from your walk about. That flower is huge. Peace. =^..^=
from whystinger :
I need to purge books too. I have trouble purging books and other things that I like, including books that I have read before. I have a few books that I have read multiple times. Sorry to hear about the van, I have to say that $700 for four tires and a ball joint is not too bad. Four tires alone for my truck will be about $800+. Like you, I woke way too early and I don't know why, but I wake up too hot, sometimes sweaty. If it happens often, ask your doctor about it. I laughed and said if woman go through menopause, I must be going through womanopause. Then I found out there is such a thing, andropause...
from catsoul :
7.17.18 I so hear what you are writing about purging books. A year or two ago, can't remember how long ago, I spent all Winter going through books. I managed to purge/give away closee to 500 of my books. I am thinking/planing that I am going to have to do this again this Winter. It was one of the harder tasks I have ever done. I didn't feel to good about doing this, though after a few months, I realized that I was actually feeling good about doing it. I have to start going through my stuff in general again. I am going to start with the clothes I used to wear to work. Thank heavens I wasn't into not buying shoes or purses. Good Luck, maybe start with a small number of 25 books. Peace. =^..^=
from catsoul :
Wow. Thank you. You know, some things are just meant to be. I so hope it all works out. I will be keeping positive thoughts for it to happen. How exciting. Makes me happy when something good comes to people who over the years I seem to like so much, even though I haven't ever met you. Take Care. Peace. =^..^=
from catsoul :
7/7/18. hi, I can't wait to read about the long story about them buying a house down the street from you. Carol is probably so excited. I would be if my son, his girlfriend, and our granddaughter bought a house here on the Island. Oh boy!!!! Peace. =^..^=
from catsoul :
7/3/18. I thought about writing. I do write everyday when I sat and thought about it. I started writing in 7th grade. I write from my soul and passion. Thanks for asking. Writing is part of my being. Enjoy your time with Beth and her family. Peace. =^..^=
from catsoul :
6/30/18. Hi. Way to hot around here on this side of the pond, as Randy says. Who knew you had air conditioning! Have you ever missed a day writing in your paper diary or on the computer? Curious Sue apparently just needs to know this. Peace. =^..^=
from catsoul :
Very sorry to read that you are not feeling the best. Just take care of yourself. The lawn will keep. Peace. =^..^=
from catsoul :
hi. I am sure you remember this with a baby. Nap when the baby naps, go to bed when the baby goes to bed. I had Laila here also at 11 weeks too. Peace. =^..^=
from catsoul :
hi. Trees do talk to us. =^..^=
from catsoul :
Thank you for your note - missed you too. Peace. =^..^=
from catsoul :
Adorable picture of your new grandchild. Enjoy your walk today. Peace. =^..^=
from catsoul :
howdy do J., So glad to read that you are going walking now. Now you can take more photos, I think your photos are beautiful. Peace Out. =^..^=
from catsoul :
I hope that you wrote this. It is so, so good. Wow, life right? Day in and day out. =^..^=
from catsoul :
I just love your cardinal photo. You take great photos you know. Peace Out. =^..^=
from catsoul :
hi, I am looking forward to putting up the hummingbird feeders in about 9 weeks. That is something to look forward too. I know how you like to feed and watch the birds, so do I. Take Care. Peace Out. =^..^=
from whystinger :
I thought i would just say hello to a fellow book junkie!
from peace4allboy :
I know the feeling of being book obsessed. I love books too! I had hundreds of books downstairs in my basement and was running out of room so I had to make some changes. The first thing I did was switch to purchasing only Digital Books online and no longer bought the Physical Hard Copies. I admit this was hard to do the first year but then it gets much easier. Then I bought a couple 2 TB (Terabyte) hard drives so that I could store my digital books that I purchased online on one drive and backed them up on the 2nd drive. It's amazing because like a Half-a-Million books can fit on one drive the size of my hand! Less than the size of 1 single physical book! No more worrying about space! Then the Physical books that I had on the shelves I started to read them one-by-one and once finished reading the book I would give it away or donate it to Goodwill. I discovered that I had lots of books but most of them I never had time to read in their entirety -- maybe skimmed a few chapters or so. So I figured it was time to read them cover-to-cover. This made it easier to get rid of them when I was done reading them because I felt a sense of completion after reading the whole book and felt I gave it the proper respect and so it was much easier to say goodbye and donate them when I was done! After a few years of doing this I finished all the books on my shelves and now have a ton of space in the house and now I have a nice digital library that makes it easier to find what I want too because all the books are organized in folders and I can search for any book I want and find it in a few seconds. Anyways -- good luck and keep up the great diary!
from catsoul :
Whoopie, Happy Birthday Carol. I wish her a peaceful and wonderful year!! Take Care. =^..^=
from catsoul :
Thanks for asking about Taffy. She will be going to the vet tomorrow to be put to sleep. The last few days have been heart wrenching for her. She needs to be at peace from her pain. I will miss her so much, though I have had many beautiful years with her. =^..^=
from whystinger :
I thought that I had left you a note the other day. Thanks for the note. I appreciate the input and wanted to make sure it wasn't me being paranoid...
from raven72d :
Thank you~! And I hope your 2018 is a great one!
from catsoul :
Wishing you, your wife, and family a peaceful new year. Take Care. =^..^=
from dangerspouse :
I was quite surprised to read you'd picked up the Hitchens book. I thought he'd be anathema to you. I myself quite enjoyed the essays therein, although I have to admit being rather queasy (to say the least) about his political and nationalistic positions following 9/11. For me, that was more than a bit of a betrayal of the man I pictured him to be previously. I'd be curious to hear your thoughts on the essays once you finish it. And by the way, as my apologies for the lateness of this but I've been away for a while: my condolences for your loss of Rudy. People without pets don't realize how much they become Real Family to those of us with them, and how much it hurts when they leave. I hope you find at least some succor in memories.
from raven72d :
Thank you!
from whystinger :
Schlesinger!
from catsoul :
hi. I just wanted to let you know that I read what you write everyday Johnny. I enjoy the pictures you take. I enjoy listening to you tell me(us) listeners about the books you read. I remind you to always try to live in the moments we have and be joyful. I do read and hear what you write. Peace Out. =^..^=
from catsoul :
hi. Cool shirt man! You look good. Take Care. Peace Out. =^..^=
from whystinger :
I am truly sorry to hear of your loss of Rudy. I still miss our pets from our marriage and I would have asked to keep one, if my job did not involve so much travel. Non-pet folks don't understand how big a part our animals play in our lives. About your doors, I would encourage you to get a few estimates. I'm not saying it is too high and I am not seeing your estimate, but I had a new entry door installed, the porch re-screened, rotted wood replaced, many things repaired and siding removed from the garage to replace rotted wood and re-installed all for $3,000. Another estimate was for about $2500, but that guy seemed flaky. I think you may be able to save money. Go to Lowes or Home Depot and see if they can give you an estimate.
from catsoul :
I was worried about you yesterday because you didn't write anything. I feel for your loss of Rudy. I talk with my dogs and kitty all the time. Take Care. =^..^=
from catsoul :
So sad for you all. Rudy will be so missed. You have your memories of when he felt better. Thinking of you two. So very sorry for your loss, he was family. Take Care. =^..^=
from catsoul :
I hope that Rudy will be ok. =^..^=
from catsoul :
I love, love the pics. Peace Out. =^..^=
from catsoul :
My husband got upset about me mentioning retirement fund, so I decided and deleted that entry. His words were something to the affect that if he had extra money to put into a 401K he would have. Though thanks for your note, I truly appreciate your thoughts. Peace Out. =^..^=
from patheticness :
I'm just curious, what do you mean when you say, "In the death flow". Are you dying? Do you have cancer? Or do you just mean you are older and that much closer to death? Forgive my curiousity.
from whystinger :
Nuclear annihilation... while it seems unlikely at times, I think it is a very real threat and I do worry about it. I believe it is a real threat.
from patheticness :
Hi, I'm searching for new readers and some old friends. Only have one reader since I've password locked and it shouldn't matter but I'm lonely here and looking for words of wisdom from others who may feel same ways as I do. Your profile caught my attention. If you are interested in reading me, let me know, give me your email in my notes or something and I can email the password to you. Thanks! I may just lurk at your diary on occasion if ok with you?
from patheticness :
Hi, I'm searching for new readers and some old friends. Only have one reader since I've password locked and it shouldn't matter but I'm lonely here and looking for words of wisdom from others who may feel same ways as I do. Your profile caught my attention. If you are interested in reading me, let me know, give me your email in my notes or something and I can email the password to you. Thanks! I may just lurk at your diary on occasion if ok with you?
from patheticness :
Hi, I'm searching for new readers and some old friends. Only have one reader since I've password locked and it shouldn't matter but I'm lonely here and looking for words of wisdom from others who may feel same ways as I do. Your profile caught my attention. If you are interested in reading me, let me know, give me your email in my notes or something and I can email the password to you. Thanks! I may just lurk at your diary on occasion if ok with you?
from catsoul :
Good pic of you. Take Care. Peace out. =^..^=
from catsoul :
Josie is sooooooo cute. She is soooooo photogenic. Nice pics grandpa. I love the Spring ahead. Sorry it messes up your sleep pattern. =^..^=
from catsoul :
Hi, thanks for your note. I remember helping my mom's mom with her wash in Bemidji, MN when I was a child. She had a wringer machine. Then we hung out on clothesline. We then had poles we lifted up the lines in the middle. She also did alot of ironing. Oh, do you have any books about Joni Mitchell? I used to have her book of poems, which I am unable to find. Have a good night. Peace Out. =^..^=
from catsoul :
Thanksk for the info and site. Appreciate it. Rudy looks so comfy cozy there in his chair. Take Care. =^..^=
from catsoul :
Hi. I watched one of your book videos, and I noticed you were wearing a hoodie. What does it say on the hood? Where did you get it? I love hoodies, I wear alot of bandanas and hoodies. One can never have too many. Too bad you don't live closer, you could have had chicken dinner with me. Take care. Feb. is almost over and C. will be home soon. =^..^=
from catsoul :
2/17/17 Good Morning. Congrats on the boy grandchild. Love his name. Sounds very historical. Watched one of your book videos. One book rang a bell, about another biography I have. I think you might like this since you mentioned Bryant. Title is: "Queen of Bohemia: The Life of Lousie Bryant" author is Mary Dearborn. There you go. Take care. =^..^=
from catsoul :
Good Morning John. You wrote awhile ago that Rudy was having a not so good day. I hope he is doing better. I was just wondering. Sadie also has her good and not so good days. I wish they could live forever and stay healthy and playful. I know wishful thinking. Have a good Feb. 1st, glad it is such a short month. =^..^=
from strawberrri :
Oh thank you for replying, that's so kind. Although I've been here since October 2001 I only have about 1200 entries. I could try to copy and paste each entry into a livejournal (I found an old livejournal I used to read that was last updated in 2004 and all her entries are still in it). More concerned that there are a couple of people on my buddy list who very sadly have passed away, although one (theswordsman) died in 2011 and miraculously his diary is still available to view. Unsure if he maybe had gold membership and through a glitch it survived, or whether it might disappear in a puff of smoke soon. I worry for the future of this website but thank you so much for replying to me.
from strawberrri :
Sorry for the random note. Did Andrew ever get back to you about fixing diaryland? Some people's diaries from my buddy list who haven't written for a few years are now "this user doesn't exist" and can't be accessed. I have 14 years' worth of entries and wondering how on earth I can back them up somehow...
from catsoul :
Sorry to read about how tough it is on Carol. Randy being a charge nurse, I understand so well. So how close to being able to retire is Carol? Take Care. =^..^=
from catsoul :
hi. I enjoyed your book video on American Transcendentalism. I can't spell worth shit, so forgive me. I am asking if you would send me a list of those book titles and authors you talked about. If you want to send it to ambereyesforyou@yahoo.com Thanks so much. Oh, are we going to get a tour of your new kitchen? Toodles. =^..^=
from catsoul :
Josie is so cute. I also read to Laila so much. Always looking for great books. We have started writing our own stories now. The first one we titled it, "The Fox & the Princess." Love your pics. =^..^=
from catsoul :
9/25/16...Cute pic of Rudy. Sorry to read about his issues. I have to get Sadie, who is 12, out by 5 am so she can poop, so I understand. Anyhoo, the grosbeaks have arrived here from farther North now. Take Care. =^..^=
from raven72d :
Thank you! I'll get to the library! Much appreciated!
from catsoul :
Thanks for the note. I just needed to write about it so that I can forget about it. I don't dwell and live in the moment. Keep cool, we have a "hot" day going on today. I froze 4 ice cream buckets of water to put out so the squirrels can lay on them. =^..^=
from catsoul :
Such an adorable pic. I love to play and it looks like they are having an awesome time. =^..^=
from catsoul :
Thank you, you are very, very kind. My door is always open also. =^..^=
from whystinger :
Jonny, one of these days I am going to put together a list of books that I want and see if you can find them! Cheers brother!
from dangerspouse :
That's a very sweet picture. You're lucky to have such a devoted wife.
from trapeze-act :
I didn't know anyone still read this. Drunks are truly awful.
from catsoul :
Cute pictures of your granddaughter. Laila loves to go shopping also, especially to the grocery store. Take Care. =^..^=
from msjessica :
How great is the new Drones record! X
from whystinger :
Hi J. A friend is pusthing me to read the Old Testament and I think I shall give it a try. He feels that the O.T. is mainly history and lessons, while the New Testament is direction on how to live. I see his point and agree with him. Any thoughts?
from catsoul :
You don't drive me crazy. I want to know the brand of oatmeal or do you make rolled steel oatmeal or whatever it is called. I love the bird pics. Take care. =^..^=
from catsoul :
Love your bird and wildlife pics. You must be about a week ahead of us for birds arriving back. I am also watching for the little chipmunks to emerge. Have a good day. =^..^=
from raven72d :
Excellent! Thank you for telling me! A new Beth Orton album is something to look forward to!
from whystinger :
I think I will go back there today. It is a non-denominational church, https://real.life. I've worked two "church plants" and found that to be rewarding and would love to find another church plant, but this church is good. I still feel that the first church plant worked with is home and I do miss the people - it is growing large and fast. This new one, in Florida is good but has a lot of piped in video sermons. Still, they reach a lot of folks
from whystinger :
Checked out a different Church today. Was pretty good!
from trapeze-act :
I'll have to look for "Consider The Lobster And Other Essays" by David Foster Wallace at the library. The title has my attention!
from catsoul :
hi...for the past two years I have been going through my books and either giving them away, donating to libraries and now dropping off boxes of books at GoodWill. It is very freeing. I have started to do this now with my clothes that I haven't worn in years. I retired in 2010 so I have alot of clothes to shed. It is a tough go, but very freeing. I have gotten rid of over 300 books in the past two years. You just have to start with a small number. You can do it. Take Care. =^..^=
from catsoul :
Glad your wife is flying out today before the big Winter storm. Keep busy and the time will go hopefully faster. I know the feeling you are talking about when a spouse is gone for awhile. Take Care.
from dangerspouse :
Thank you.
from dangerspouse :
Another great picture. Was the moon rising or setting there?
from catsoul :
great photo of moon and crow
from dangerspouse :
That's a very pretty picture of that finch.
from catsoul :
I have been a reader of John Irving forever. He sure looks great for 70. Thanks for posting that. =^..^=
from raven72d :
You're right--- finding good paper for the ink can be a problem! But I love the way fountain pens feel when I write with them. I'm a great fan of letters!
from catsoul :
howdy do, hey with all those books you need at least two dehumidifiers. Also, I laughed when my husband said that you should get a Kindle. I don't have a Kindle because when I read I want to hold the book and turn the page. I like to underline in a book. You went so fast in the video that when I saw a book that looked interesting, I couldn't read the title or author. I did recognize alot of covers of the books, hence I have read those books. Have a good week. Take Care. =^..^=
from elberry :
Enjoyed your last poem....
from whystinger :
Great pics, reminds me of when I lived in Michigan! I too have sold books I wished I would have kept, but I still have not moved towards re-purchasing them. If I did, I would start a list and send to a few used book stores. I wonder if there is a better way?
from catsoul :
Pretty pics and a great day to be out. Have a good week.Take Care. =^..^=
from catsoul :
10/26/15....howdy. Randy is a charge nurse at a rehab. facility. He started out as a medic in the army for 7 years based in Korea. Then he earned his nursing degree in Wisconsin. Yes we do live on an Island. There is a channel that runs around the Island that goes into Dexter Lake. The Yellow River flows through Dexter Lake then hooks up to the Wisconsin River which then flows into the Mighty Mississippi River. There is a small land bridge over the channel, which is how we get here. Thanks for asking. Busy outside today since 7 am raking. Now in for a lunchbreak. It may snow here Wednesday night. Take Care. ~Sue =^..^=
from catsoul :
hi there...Mogwai is played on the Sundance show, "The Returned." I had to watch season one reading subtitles. It was in French first. Anyhoo, I read your writing today and there was a connection because of Mogwai music. Pretty neat. Glad you are feeling better. Oh, the second season of "The Returned" is on Oct. 31st. =^..^=
from whystinger :
I hope you and the wife feel better soon.
from dangerspouse :
Have you read any of the "Lord of the Ring" series before, Jonny? I'm curious to know what you thought (or think) of them. I hope your wife feels well again soon, along with yourself.
from dangerspouse :
Thanks for the return note, Jonny. In retrospect I probably came across as a bit of a pedant with all that blathering. For someone following the "Beat" style of broadcast, you do just fine. As long as you're happy with the results, that's all that matters. Rock on.
from dangerspouse :
If I could just share with you a professional tip or two, if only because in your "Introduction, etc." video of 9/27 you mention early on, and more than once, that you're not quite comfortable making videos because of your introverted nature. It's quite natural even for extroverts to feel self conscious when they first start recording themselves. A few things you might want to consider: 1. Writing out a script and practicing it til it's almost rote is the single best thing you can do to make yourself relax on mic. It will also keep you from meandering off subject and initiating long pauses while you think of something to say, which can up the stress factor. If you don't want to write out full copy, keep a cheat sheet in front of you with a list of topics, and a sentence or two under each topic detailing specific points to make. Either way, do some practice run-throughs til it's smooth and comfortable. 2. When you look at the camera, imagine it is your wife or friend that you're speaking to and adjust your tone accordingly. In other words, speak to just ONE person, not an audience. "Conversational tone" has been shown time and again to be the most effective one for engaging listeners. Sounding stiff, like you're reading or lecturing off-the-cuff, is the least effective. 3. Do a mic and camera check, particularly as you are using the small condenser mic on your camera. Record a minute or two, watch it back, and see if the lighting is good (it was in your Intro video, but very murky in the book review video), see if you need wider or tighter angles, and listen if the mic needs to be closer or farther from you. 4. Try, really try, to project your voice - and enunciate. Take a breath and speak from your diaphragm, and don't use all your breath before taking the next one. You slip very often into "vocal fry", an indication you need more air to keep your vocal chords vibrating fully. Remote mics amplify this effect, with their limited frequency sensitivity. I hope you take this all in the spirit they're given. They're not criticisms, but as a professional radio announcer who trains others in on-air performance, I thought I'd share some of my insights with you. I think particularly if you just focus on point #1 above, it will go a long way towards making you more comfortable regardless of how introverted you might otherwise be. Good luck, and all the best with this.
from whystinger :
I too, did not do much so far today...
from whystinger :
Yes, reading the bible is a real blessing, but even more so when it is a modern version and I can understand it better. Either that, or I need to read the older versions a lot more and learn the older languages.
from catsoul :
Good to know about Rudy. He is so lucky to have you and your wife as his doggie mom and dad. Have a great rest of your week. Take Care. =^..^=
from catsoul :
hi....what is going on with Rudy. He looks like he doesn't have alot of hair on his back half. I hope that he isn't hurting. We don't want our little fur babies to be hurting. Thinking healing thoughts going his way. Take Care. =^..^=
from whystinger :
I am back reading the bible again, using the one here in the room I am renting. Need to go buy one. This one is ancient and difficult to read. Hope all is well with you and yours. Love the pictures, Dog and books!
from catsoul :
Happy Birthday to You.....Take Care. =^..^=
from catsoul :
8/6/15....I got excited when I read that you are drinking tea now. OMG one of my favorite teas is TAZO "Passion." It is sooooooooooo delicious. I could drink it and drink it. I use artificial sugar though. The main ingredient in this tea is: hibiscus & rose hips with passion fruit. It is a sweet tea if you like this. Now after writing this I am going to make myself some of this yummmmmmmmy tea. Maybe you will try it. I am a big tea drinker and there are a few more that I could recommend to you. I sit and drink tea and watch the birds. Take Care. =^..^=
from kseniacole :
Hi, have you received any help or correspondence from anyone at diaryland yet? My emails have gone unanswered since the beginning of the year as do those of my friends of which I have referred (and are gold members). There doesnt seem to be any lack of response to accept payment for the membership, but other than that, zilch, nada, nothing, its a shame, I won't even refer people anymore because I myself never hear back from them.
from raven72d :
I recall Andrew as having sold Diaryland to a bigger corporation, but I think he still runs it for them--- at least the last couple of notices about things at the site still seemed to come from him. I'll have to see about archiving some things; I haven't done that in a while. I recall that back around the start of the year there were problems with posting things... It's time to archive things, though, and I'll let you know if I have any problems. Meanwhile--- I hope things are going well for you.
from browndamask :
praying for an uneventful surgery & speedy recovery. i had mine out four year ago - got c diff in the hospital & nearly died. very freak circumstances!
from catsoul :
7/20/15...Glad to read that the gallbladder will be gone soon. As for eating a feast, dream on. Wait for awhile. Go easy. Best wishes. =^..^=
from whystinger :
I am thinking of seeking a volunteer opportunity. I thought of finding a local NAMI chapter, but didn't consider the library. That is an excellent choice! I need to find a new church due to the move, so I also thought of trying to find a "church plant" to volunteer with. My former church was a plant and it was planted and grew! That was awesome to watch. Cheers
from dangerspouse :
I always wondered what Santa wore in the off-season. ;)
from catsoul :
6/18/15....Glad they figured out what was hurting your body. When? The sooner the better I would imagine. You don't want to get pancreatis complications. Rest. Thinking the best outcome for you. Take Care. =^..^=
from jondavid2010 :
Thankyou for your note. I'm sorry I haven't followed your blog, or any online diary, for a few months. It is good to hear from you. Thankyou for the hymn and scripture.
from catsoul :
6/4/15...soooooooooooo cute the pics of your grandkids. Enjoy the day! Take Carel =^..^=
from whystinger :
Some of us still read your diary. I am still in the process of living in temporary housing and can't get on Dairyland regularly to read or write...
from catsoul :
hi it is me again....5/28/2014. Thanks for the long note. You know what, ok I will tell you. Hostas are great plants to have. They like the shade, and/or full sun, whatever you have. They come up year after year. There are a few varieties. I have planted alot of them. After a few years I have to split them. I only fertilize them about 4 times a season. It is just a suggestion. I think they look so pretty around the base of trees. It got to 86 degrees here today. I don't like the heat with humidity, but I won't whine because I remember when it was 40 below with a wind chill. Anyhoo, have a good 4 days off with your wife. My granddaughter is going tomorrow. Take Care. =^..^=
from catsoul :
So what did the neighbor say about the tree and is it one of the trees on one of your pics? Just wondering is all. I know so much about my neighbor across the road. Sometimes we really talk and sometimes we just bullshit. In fact yesterday we talked about what we might have changed in our lives so far. It wasn't about what we regret, it was about is this something that if we had done it differently would our lives have been changed for the better. That was a very enlightening talk. His wife is up until Monday and so we all sat around his kitchen table and talked. I thought about it even when I came back home here. Then when my husband woke up I asked him about if he would change anything in his life so far. He told me that he wishes that he had met me sooner in his life. Bless his heart. So do you have tulips? Take Care. =^..^=
from catsoul :
5/13/15...Bless your heart. Yes I am alright. Just been busy with outside work and just too tired to do any writing. Thank you for checking on me. Waves to you from the Island. Take Care. =^..^=
from msjessica :
over a long time now, you are a spotaneous source of smiles/light. thanks! (and i almost said "i wouldn't call it love just yet" but that would be buying into a hollywood definition of love.... so certainly, yes, there is love in that situation. thank you for your kind words) xx
from whystinger :
I am returning. Hope all is well with you and yours.
from catsoul :
Love the pic of the two of you. Books are awesome at any age. =^..^=
from dangerspouse :
Awwww. Good Rudy! ("If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." Will Rogers)
from raven72d :
3 below zero! That's...amazing. Weather like that is one of the few things I don't miss about the northeast!
from catsoul :
2/16/15...hi the note section is working now. I haven't given up on Diaryland. I just won't. I figure that if someday I go back to writing longhand I will, just not yet. Anyhoo....stay warm over there in Michigan. Oh and Saturday will be here real quick, don't you know. =^..^=
from dangerspouse :
Hey Glorycloud, I think the "Notes" function returned as of a few days ago. It did at my place, and a few other diaries as well as far as I can tell. Why don't you try leaving a note somewhere to see if you're able to also. Good Luck!
from raven72d :
Those are both wonderful! I think you'll enjoy them. And--- I hope your Christmas season is going well!
from fragilegirl8 :
Good picture of you and your granddaughter. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas.
from whystinger :
Yes, I have locked down and am not currently writing. I hope to be back up and running in the future. Hope you don't mind, but I still read your diary when I get a chance.
from catsoul :
Have you ever thought of getting a treadmill? Now there are treadmills that incline for even a better workout. Sorry if I sound like a commerical. =^..^=
from jondavid2010 :
I think you would really, really like Woodkid, based on some other musicians I know you like: http://jondavid2010.diaryland.com/141129_86.html
from dangerspouse :
Hey, I know you don't like me but: Happy Thanksgiving! It seems from your entries that you consider many things in this world to be decaying, or at least heading to some swift and gruesome end. But I hope on this Thanksgiving your spirits are lifted by thoughts of the positive things in your life. Your faithful wife, perhaps. The books you find comfort in. Your extraordinary photography skills. The beautiful landscape there in MI. Whatever it is, may thoughts of it bring you peace today. And may it also bring you a nicely cooked turkey. Don't let THAT decay before its time :)
from raven72d :
Thank you!
from fragilegirl8 :
Thank you for the note.
from whystinger :
When I had my motorcycle running, I used to give thanks when I rode. I would go for a long weekend ride, put the music on and I would be over-taken with joy and the beauty of the world and my life and would give thanks and praise. Then the motorcycle accident happened. It was a day where I had given a TON of thanks to God. My transmission locked up due to a problem known to the manufacturer, recalled and the repair was botched by the motorcycle dealer. The transmission locked up at about 60 - 65 MPH. I knew I was in serious fucking trouble. The bike began to skid on the back tire and that is very hard to control. My mind began to race and I cannot believe the thoughts that raced through my head. "God, I CANNOT let this bike drop at this speed, not with my wife on the back." I managed to skid for about 115 feet (I later measured it.) before the bike went down (at a much lower speed) and she was thrown off when the bike spun. We were bruised and had some road rash, but we were "so lucky" because it could have been worse. Friends later would be amazed that I kept the bike up that long (as well as I was amazed). One friend declared "it wasn't you that was piloting that bike during the skid. God had taken over." My wife and I both felt that God had protected us during the mishap. I still get a lump in my throat when I think about God piloting the bike. I might have been sitting there, but God was steering us. I always felt that I was protected because I had been so thankful to God that day and lately. Yes, I still thank God for the different things in my life. I need to remember to give thanks more often. I think if more folks would give thanks and praise instead of anger, they would have a better life. I also believe that God wants us to be active participants in our lives, working to solve problems. Peace be with you!
from jondavid2010 :
Thanks Jonny. Good word.
from jondavid2010 :
Thankyou, Jonny. I've seen a lot of friends who go through a phase where Calvinism almost becomes more important than Jesus upon their affirmation of TULIP. But it was through scripture that I came to affirm the five points, not the other way. It was actually the obsession and distraction that I've sen Calvinism become to some that kept me away so long. But just because Calvinists can err does not make the theology untrue. It has been very humbling for me to accept that.
from fragilegirl8 :
Cool. Thanks for sharing. :)
from fragilegirl8 :
Wow is that your basement you always speak of? I use to have tons of music magazines in the 90's I got rid of most of them. I only have a couple left that have Trent Reznor on the cover.
from catsoul :
he is so cute
from catsoul :
Just a stunning photo, love it.
from whystinger :
Beautiful butterfly picture! Did you take that?
from jaysthoughts :
Just checking to see how many diarylanders still actually check their notes and stay active.
from catsoul :
9/7/14....the many places you have lived sounds like a mirror to what my husband has gone through. He enlisted in the army at age 17 and was a medic there for 7 years when you just drifted. He has had a dad who was an alcoholic and then multi step dads also. It was just amazing to read about your life. Thank you for sharing. So glad that you met Carol and have a home with her. Take Care. =^..^=
from msjessica :
thank you x
from fragilegirl8 :
Happy birthday! Enjoy your time with the family.
from catsoul :
8/13/14...Love the picture, she is sooooo cute!! Take Care. =^..^=
from lobo21 :
I agree, we are toughest on ourselves in light of our imperfections. I guess in this life we can only hold onto the blessed assurance we have in Christ and our identity as a child of God. Hold on to the comfort the Lord gives you in your days and nights. Take care. David
from lobo21 :
I agree, we are toughest on ourselves in light of our imperfections. I guess in this life we can only hold onto the blessed assurance we have in Christ and our identity as a child of God. Hold on to the comfort the Lord gives you in your days and nights. Take care. David
from lobo21 :
I agree, we are toughest on ourselves in light of our imperfections. I guess in this life we can only hold onto the blessed assurance we have in Christ and our identity as a child of God. Hold on to the comfort the Lord gives you in your days and nights. Take care. David
from whystinger :
Moloch by Henry Miller. Wow! I have read two of Miller's books. I didn't know that his books were banned in the U.S. for years. I should read more Miller! I should also get you a small list of books I am looking for in case you find them. They are mainly automotive tech books.
from fragilegirl8 :
Oh ok.... I was just curious. I went to a sale a couple of weeks ago of a collector and author that passed away. They had books there that dated to the 1700's I believe they were religious books one being the book of Psalms.
from fragilegirl8 :
I have been meaning to ask you. Do you ever go to estate sales to search for books? If not you should. I always see lots of books when I go to these kinds of sales. estatesales.net
from fragilegirl8 :
I know how you feel. There was a beautiful oak tree just down from my house. I would guess it was at least 200 years old. Now it's down to nothing from people cutting on it.
from catsoul :
6/12/14...so sorry about your tree. I agree why do they do that. Mother Earth needs her trees and so do we. =^..^=
from jondavid2010 :
Haha. My mistake. 88 kilograms.
from catsoul :
5/30/14.....hi...I thought of you when I made the decision to go through three bookshelves full of books which I haven't read any books from for 19 years about. I thought I should call you and say, do you want any of these? Anyhoo....one way to move those chipmunks. Aren't you worried of mites, fleas, and other things when you are transporting them? Just a passing thought. Take Care. =^..^=
from fragilegirl8 :
Cool....I am following.
from fragilegirl8 :
Awe...I'm sorry about the bunny. There is a bunny that lives in my yard that I see sometimes outside my bedroom window. I have always loved them. I had a couple as pets when I was a child.
from catsoul :
5/15/14...You are a great bunny friend and to all creatures. Thank you. =^..^=
from weatethesea :
Your reading history entry was so interesting. I really enjoyed reading it.
from weatethesea :
I forgot to mention that I archived all my older entries, like you suggested. And I'm glad I did! Now I can see everything.
from weatethesea :
Hi Jonny, thank you for your note. It has been a while! But it doesn't feel like it. I remember writing that last entry so vividly, like it was just a few weeks ago. Time is a little bit strange. I'm glad to know you're still writing here!
from raven72d :
Yes--- Herz is someone who came to mind! I liked "Making Things Better" a lot. Glad to hear you like Brookner--- she's a fine writer. I'll have to look into her own life to see if there's anything autobiographical. I tend to think there is--- she left home against her parents' wishes to go to university in Paris, but ended up living alone at the Courtauld, teaching art history.
from jondavid2010 :
Gosh I'm backpedaling now... wrong word choice. Ironically, what I mean to say is that i only meant to be brief. I appreciate your comment.
from jondavid2010 :
In case the last comment sounded prickly, I don't mean it to sound that way. My intention was to be trenchant, not abrupt.
from jondavid2010 :
That's a very interesting thought. I'm going to ruminate on that a little. Two questions, though: 1 - Doesn't it seem to you that the texts at the end of Acts 2 and 4 are describing the radical generosity of the early church as a good thing? You seem to be implying by the reference that later experiences make those chapters cautionary, but their context seems to very clearly be describing their actions as a pure manifestation of the Spirit among them. 2 - I had always interpreted the need of the Jerusalem church as being a result of persecution, not their radical generosity. It doesn't seem to me from Acts 2 and 4 that the church is bleeding money, but sharing it. I think the commentary makes a good point to consider, but my initial response is that it seems to be making a practical or pragmatic interpretation out of a spiritual phenomenon. As for your other comment, of course the early Christians didn't all literally give everything away. The beginning of Acts 5 makes it clear that it was voluntary, and implies that it was unusual. I think what is clear in Acts 2 and 4 is that common ownership, not the giving away of all property, was the normal state of affairs. That isn't the same thing, and I don't mean to imply it.
from jondavid2010 :
Besides in your dreams, do you speak in tongues?
from catsoul :
3/21/14....so starts the read-a-thon. I don't feel so bad when I see your stacks of books. I have stacks and shelves of books. You take care and remember to eat while your wife is gone. =^..^=
from fragilegirl8 :
Congrats! :)
from catsoul :
3/15/14....Congratulations....a little granddaughter. Love her name. Now the fun begins. You should go with your wife to see her. Take Care. =^..^=
from jondavid2010 :
"where there is individual ownership of property there can be no true church" - quite a thing to say. I wrestle with this idea every day. I am not as convinced as this statement sounds, but it is at the least something with which we must be confronted when we read the book of Acts, even if we don't come to this conclusion. I assume it is a quote. From where did it come?
from raven72d :
Only a rare hawk to be seen here, but lots of waterbirds on the nearby lakes. And crows in the evening.
from raven72d :
I hope Ash Wednesday went well.
from fragilegirl8 :
Cool hawk pics. I see a hawk just about every day driving rual roads to and from work. I saw a Bald Eagle coming home from work last week. That was the first time I have even seen one in the wild. Also I just started putting out bird seed. I guess it gives me something to do to get my mind off of things.
from fragilegirl8 :
Thanks you...
from jondavid2010 :
Thanks for the note on face to face discipleship. It can be tempting to spend my whole week with my face in a book. It's easier. But a good combination of solid teaching with real relationship is necessary for healthy growth.
from whystinger :
Check out a product called "Natural Calm" magnesium supplement. You mix it with hot water and drink it like a tea. Seems to help me. They say magnesium helps the brain relax for sleep.
from jondavid2010 :
That's an encouraging entry. I've been reading Foster's "Celebration of Discipline", and he references a lot of the same people you did in your note. Thanks for sending me in a good direction.
from jondavid2010 :
I am going to find that work "the dark night" today. I keep coming across people that refer to it or write about it recently, but have not read it directly.
from jondavid2010 :
"Radical Christian Communities" by Thomas P. Rausch, S.J. - Please let me know how this one is.
from whystinger :
I should send you the titles of a few old car books I would like to own! I will find them someday!
from catsoul :
1/28/14....nice pic of a rosie goldfinch.
from whystinger :
WOW!
from jondavid2010 :
Elijah loves snowy owls. They are his favourite bird. The spine of Faeria's bird watching book broke open to the snowy owl from him opening it there so often. His second favourite is the chickadee. He first saw a snowy own at our local zoo a couple years ago, but I doubt he remembers.
from catsoul :
1/26/14....I am right there with you man. That owl is so awesome. I watch the hawks and eagles around here all the time. There is a hawk that sits in the pines and feeds on the smaller birds that feed at our feeders. I hear a barn owl frequently. =^..^=
from whystinger :
Book junkie!!! You are aybe more afflicted than I am. I am a book junkie too.
from jondavid2010 :
i'm glad you're posting here again.
from jondavid2010 :
I'm posting at jondavid again.
from jondavid2010 :
Thanks for both those quotes. Very encouraging. I added them to the end of the sermon notes in the journal, and quoted them on my FB wall as well.
from movingsands :
that's a beautiful picture
from jondavid2010 :
in case you notice that I deleted your note - it is because it included my name.
from jondavid2010 :
i also differ with Wright on justification. John Piper has also written a book about this. http://www.desiringgod.org/books/the-future-of-justification Piper is another one of my favourites.
from jondavid2010 :
No, I did notice that you'd stopped writing. I sent the note when I saw you had returned, since you had new posts today. I assumed that meant you were writing again. I read yours every time I post, and have for years (except for a few months a couple years ago when I took a break myself).
from jondavid2010 :
Please let me know how that NT Wright book is. He is one of my favourite authors.
from jondavid2010 :
My January 6 entry is something I'm trying out. You record a lot in your journal, but as we've discovered, I pick and choose quite a bit. I thought maybe if I made a log like this weekly, it would give more context and fill in the pieces in between. As I've said, it is for my kids. I don't want them to have an unbalanced reading, either.
from jondavid2010 :
Today's entry (the 26th) comes from some of the notes I've made as I considered your questions.
from dangerspouse :
Thank you for that. It was big of you to say. I hope you and your wife have a very Merry Christmas.
from dangerspouse :
My my. Such an indignant blast in response to one little sentence! Aren't you compelled to eschew the vice of Wrath? I could practically see the froth building around your mouth as you flailed away at me there. Bravo, "Christian".
from dangerspouse :
Thank you for the link to your LJ home. I hope you don't mind an abject, recalcitrant atheist like me reading it :)
from dangerspouse :
Hey Glorycould - I happened to catch NPR's weekly program "On Being and Faith" this morning, and the host was interviewing Walter Brueggeman. Parts of the conversation reminded me of the thrust of many of your entries, so I thought I'd pass along the link in case you wanted to listen also: http://www.onbeing.org/program/prophetic-imagination-walter-brueggemann/475
from jondavid2010 :
Well, thanks for the verse. When I do finally get to writing a response (which will be an entry), I hope you'll come to better understand that it does not apply to me. I am far from having all men speak well of me. On the contrary, I have spent most of my ministry career collecting hostile enemies. I just don't happen to spend as much time with them, and certainly don't like writing about them very often.
from jondavid2010 :
Hey Jonny, just wanted you to know I'm still thinking of and considering your questions seriously, but simply have not had the time to consider them carefully enough to write about them. It is coming soon. I have not forgotten.
from fragilegirl8 :
Why is is hard for you to focus when your wife is off work? I am curious. I am kind of the same way and not sure why. I am able to focus more and get things done whenever I am home alone. If my Mom or sister are home even if they are in their rooms I can't seem to get things done that I want to do.
from jondavid2010 :
Remember that I've been in the field of disability services for eleven years, so I'm familiar with the sort of things Marla is dealing with with these men. They are not suave, deceitful gentlemen. They are teenagers with developmental disabilities. Even if I were not to tell people of the danger, it is the sort of circumstance where people would already be on guard. But yes, I passed on the relevant info.
from jondavid2010 :
I have those same questions of myself. At the same time, I recognize that the gospel is good news, and Jesus was well loved by sinners (though not self-righteous ones). The church in Acts had favour among the people. This isn't to say that the verse from Corinthians is any less true. The question still remains with me. Jesus told us not to be surprised when the world hates us. But I do not think it is necessarily going to be manifest in outright hatred all the time, from all people, under every circumstance. It reminds me of the handful of times that I've had people in my life that I care about, not Christians, suddenly explode in anger after two or three years of knowing them, just blow their top and throw a fit about how much they hate that I'm a Christian, and then the friendship ends. Painful memories. Anyway, I'm still considering your questions. As for the violent men, yes I have already warned the appropriate people (everyone with children, and our church leadership), however, the circumstance isn't necessarily that severe, since they are literally watched by trained staff 24-7. They can't be outside the same room as their staff, ever, so it isn't as big a threat as it may first seem. But people are aware, yes.
from whystinger :
She is 58, I am 54. Hard for me as earlier, she HAD to have sex and very frequently. It is pretty sad if she doesn't want sex anymore. Another let down in the marriage.
from jondavid2010 :
Thanks for clarifying. The written word doesn't always portray tone and intent perfectly. I will read your posts as friendly, and get back to you soon. I don't know if you'll recognize the name, but good old friend Soren is in town visiting us this evening. that makes me happy. Talk to you soon.
from jondavid2010 :
Please forgive my delay in answering your recent post. I've been responding to you during my office hours, but don't go online much during the weekend, so you *probably* won't hear back from me until Tuesday. When I respond, I will answer your direct questions directly. In the meantime, you should be aware that your tone comes across as either sarcastic or passive-aggressive, as though you've already made assumptions and judgments before I've answered the question. Are you wondering about the answers to these questions, or are you trying to make a point to me? If it is the second, I'd rather you made it directly, but otherwise I am happy to answer your questions.
from jondavid2010 :
1 - I have gay friends and will continue to have gay friends. 2 - Homosexual sex is sin according to the Bible, and of it I do not "approve". 3 - People who live an unrepentant life are not Christians. 4 - Yes, fruits of repentance are the evidence of a regenerated heart. 5 - I do not feel it is necessary to write in my journal all of the justifications for why I do or do not believe someone is a Christian every time I meet one, and therefore you would not have the context to make such a judgment. 6 - My journal is not primarily a theological text. I write several pages of theology every week for my work and my personal Bible study. As I have written this journal for my children, I have also kept all of that theological writing for them as well. In this journal I write about my life, what I do, and what happens around me. Even that, of course, is incomplete. I do not feel it is necessary to write about every person who has come to my church, been offended by my preaching about sin and scripture, and left, not to return. I assure you this has happened frequently, but I do not consider it a mark of pride or something worth dwelling on. No openly unrepentant person is part of our congregation. However, they are part of my life, and in fact I seek them out. You may have confused the two.
from jondavid2010 :
I don't actually preach about social sin very often. My many responses may make it seem like I'm upset. I'm not, because i noticed you said something like "just curious", but I am surprised. This is something that is very, very important to me, and in fact often separates me from other pastors in my church communities, so it is a surprise to be questioned about it, and matters deeply to me that it is understood how important to me it is.
from jondavid2010 :
Also, there are many who do not choose to live as they do, all over the world. Choice is a privilege that only a tiny minority of the world, such as your family and mine, have, at least when speaking of anything compared to what most North Americans would simply assume for themselves.
from jondavid2010 :
The one extra part of the pattern that we include in the sermon eval that isn't in the one you mentioned is "God's redemptive action", before repentance and faith. Other than that, it's pretty much exactly what you wrote, including the proclamation of Christ's death and resurrection every week.
from jondavid2010 :
Yes, I preach against sin, personal sin, in every message."Should not every sermon preach the doctrines of salvation-sin-repentance-faith in Christ-lifting up the Cross of Christ?" - yes, absolutely. The name of our church is Look To The Cross For Victory. We preach The Cross explicitly from the time people arrive to the time they leave. We share communion every week, after even another shorter message following the same pattern you just described that's even on top of the main one, that also follows the pattern you described. We have a sermon evaluation form that is filled out by the leadership team every week that essentially says that same pattern, to hold myself and the other preachers accountable to not allow one week to go by without us proclaiming Christ crucified and resurrected. I'm actually surprised that you'd ask.
from jondavid2010 :
I hope you didn't misunderstand me. I'm not suggesting that there is anything at all wrong with a middle-class lifestyle. My concern is the way in which cultural assumptions within the church separate people from each other. I mean absolutely no value judgment on any lifestyle by it.
from jondavid2010 :
We are very, very aware of how privileged we are to choose a life as simple as ours. Healthcare is paid for, yes. I imagine we probably wouldn't be able to afford insurance if we lived in the states. Just last week I had an ambulance ride, overnight stay in the emergency room, an X-Ray, a VQ scan (gamma nuclear medicine, similar to a CT), and blood tests, and we didn't pay for any of it. We wouldn't be able to live without a vehicle in many American cities, but public transit is amazing in CapCity (as it is in most Canadian cities). Post-secondary isn't paid for, so we are putting money away. However, if our kids go to school in Canada, they can expect it to be less expensive than it would be in the states. Our old-age pension is far from guaranteed, though. It's a pyramid scheme quickly failing, as baby boomers (lots of them) use the money that younger workers (far fewer of us) are paying in, it's looking like it may run out before those younger workers retire. So we need to put money away for that as well. But living more simply allows us to be more generous with our time and our money. I work fewer hours (four days a week), and have more time for my family and volunteer work. Without a car or cell phone, we have extra money for giving away, as you say. No television or entertainment system is a net positive for our children and family life. But it also means we live differently from the common Christian culture. When we hang out with Christians from other churches, and they just assume we can all go hang out at an Olive Garden, they don't realize that they are asking us to spend our entire month's "going out" budget in one afternoon. Those assumptions are unfair not just to us, but to anyone who lives with less, and seeks to enter church community. If our culture assumes a certain income and lifestyle, we keep people out by our own privilege. That's wrong.
from dangerspouse :
Happy Thanksgiving to you also! Thanks for the response :)
from dangerspouse :
Is that a black and white photo of the hawk, or is was that just the color it was outside then? Beautiful bird, and pics.
from dangerspouse :
You know what's weird? I learned only last week that the bird is named after the cardinals of the Roman Curia, not the other way around as I'd imagined all my life. It's kismet, I tell you! Nice picture :)
from dangerspouse :
Thank you for the note at my place. I hope someday - while you're still earthbound - you find lasting relief from your malady.
from dangerspouse :
Can I ask, why are you so tense and anxious? It seems, from your entries at least, that your life is one of placid contemplation and little else. Is your angst purely derived from worrying about what you see as the earth at large succumbing to Evil, or at least Evil as you define it?
from fragilegirl8 :
I think it would be good just to be around other Christians. I haven't been to church in the past 2-3 months. But I still go to home group from time to time. I feel like being around other Christians is good for me, even though I don't feel like going most of the time. I hope you figure it out and I hope the Lord leads you in the right direction.
from fragilegirl8 :
I think going back to church is a good idea.
from newschick :
is Simpatico Coffee really good? I looked them up...they ship for free.
from raven72d :
Excellent! It's a lovely book. I hope you enjoy it! Have a great weekend!
from fragilegirl8 :
Beautiful sunrise
from fragilegirl8 :
If you were not interesting. I wouldn't be reading you.
from raven72d :
I'll take a look. He's a favourite poet of mine.
from raven72d :
Yeats is always worth reading.
from fragilegirl8 :
Looks like your town Holland, Michigan made Yahoo's List of prettiest towns in America. http://homes.yahoo.com/photos/prettiest-towns-in-america-2013-slideshow/
from fragilegirl8 :
Thanks for the prayers...
from jondavid2010 :
Hello Jonny, Just wanted you to know that I'm taking a month away from the Internet starting very soon. Except for one brief check in about a week, I'm going to be away from Diaryland until September 7. I'll read again after that.
from jondavid2010 :
In the strictest sense, I don't believe a Christian can be an anarchist. We believe in a sovereign power, to which we must submit. However, the goals of an anarchist can be very similar to the goals of a Christian. For that reason, I think that a certain type of idealistic, justice based anarchism could be accepted by a Christian in a political sense, but not a philosophical one.
from jondavid2010 :
Hey Jonny, I am going to be away from computers during your birthday. So here is a ten-day-early happy birthday for you. I look forward to reading again when my family returns from our vacation.
from jondavid2010 :
I'm interested to know what you discovered that caused you to not be able to sit under Reformed doctrine preaching. Did you come to accept an opposing view, or a broader view?
from fragilegirl8 :
Thank you for the note. I am struggeling with unbelief now.
from jondavid2010 :
Let the water and the blood, From Thy wounded side which flowed, Be of sin the double cure; Save from wrath and make me pure............................Those are my favourite lines in the song, some of my favourite from any hymn. There is so much in there.
from jondavid2010 :
Thanks for the note. I believe I understand the spirit from which it came. And I agree with most of what you wrote. As for the children ruling over us, well yes there are times when their rebellion has set the tone in our home. And I do not believe they are little angels, certainly not. Also, I believe that an abdication of my responsibility as father to discipline my children would be as much a sin as taking it too far into control or authoritarianism. But the truth is that the majority of the time in our home is not as I describe here, good or bad. Most of what I write is only short vignettes highlighting notable episodes. And since I do want to share this with my children one day, I try to be very honest about my own failures as much as my joys. So much of what you read of times when Faeria or I become overwhelmed or frustrated is an exception, not the rule. But if your note means that what I'm writing makes it appear as though that is happening all the time, I will probably write about it less. I don't want that to be the tone of the journal.
from dangerspouse :
Thanks very much the considered responses. I don't share your beliefs, but I do appreciate you taking the time to respond so thoroughly to my note. For what it's worth, regarding the last sentiment you expressed: I was raised by Jesuits, with all the theology and dogma that implies. My turning to atheism was probably *because* I read and studied the Bible so intently, not despite it. But again, thank you for the return notes.
from dangerspouse :
I hope you don't mind my asking this, as it's motivated by real curiousity and not derision. When has there NOT been "war, and the rumor of war" along with widespread affronts (usually of a sexual nature) that always seem to portend a divine smiting? And why are we never smote? When the Pill was legalized, the same wringing of hands and dire prophecies were made, and...nada. Not to mention the fact that America is hardly the first to condone - or at least, not condemn - same sex coupling. Why wasn't wrath visited on us when other nations dared give official sanction to this first, years ago? Was He waiting for America specifically? Or is this the sort of divine judgement that Harold Camping came up with when the world didn't end in 2011, ie: "it's a spiritual judgement, not a physical one"? And I've always wanted to ask this - again, please don't take it amiss: why do well meaning detractors of gay marriage/sex so often point to Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13 as the reason(s) for their objection...and ignore every other stricture in the book. I even saw one guy with one of those two passages tattooed across his back (I guess his Lev 19:28 was accidentally erased. Do none of the strident righteous among them work on the Sabbath? Ever gotten remarried? Eaten the Shellfish Deluxe at Red Lobster? I honestly have always been somewhat aghast at the selective following believers always seem to evince, and how the knee-jerk "You just wait and see, bub, THIS time He's gonna be so mad we're all gonna get it!" And...then there's always a next time after that and a next time after that and a next time after that which will court a lightning bolt from on high. Is there any sort of disconnect between what you read in that book and what really happens in the world outside its pages that will convince you that the Bible is just not a good predictor of things like Divine Judgement? Or anything else, for that matter? I hope I didn't put this in so forward a way as to seem pugnacious. You seem like a very nice guy and you take great photos. But this has been festering in my brain for some years. Seemingly innocuous stories I report on-air sometime caroom in really odd ways once they're out there, usually spurred on by people wedded to one unyielding dogma or another. I always end up wondering what kind of reality they've constructed in their minds that it is so at odds with observable fact (not to mention, generally accepted societal norms). But I've never mentioned it to anyone before.
from iadorecarre :
I love dragonflies.
from jondavid2010 :
I took a break from reading DL for a while when life became a little demanding about a month ago. I'm back in a rhythm again, reading your posts regularly starting today.
from newschick :
beautiful flower! thanks for bday wishes. :)
from fragilegirl8 :
*Maybe
from fragilegirl8 :
Make God is trying to speak to you in your dreams?
from musikoid :
Sorry I flew off at you (or in reference to you on JonDavid's notes page) a while back. Not sure if you remember me from earlier (2008) but I have a lot of impulse control and boundary issues. Did not mean to butt into your conversation or be so sarcastic. Please accept my apology (if you in fact know what I'm talking about.) Thanks, brother. God bless.
from fragilegirl8 :
I think you should go to church. Or if not church then maybe some other weekly get together with other Christians.
from fragilegirl8 :
Thank you
from fragilegirl8 :
You are right.
from raven72d :
I have all my journals carefully boxed away. I won't ever destroy them. I was trained as a historian; I can't destroy source documents. I'll probably leave them in my will to my nephew, with instructions to keep them safe.
from tobehis :
"Here's to all the lonely people..."
from fragilegirl8 :
First part of your entry reminded me of a CD I have been listening to lately about condemnation. You can hear some of it if you do a youtube search for "No Condemnation glory gathering" by Katherine Ruonala.
from jondavid2010 :
That NIV Application Commentary (Wilkins) served me very well when I preached through Matthew about three years ago. Very good book.
from koorikaze :
Thank you so much for the note. I prayed and though it didn't seem to at first, it did work and I'm finally out of that darkness. Thank you for reminding me of our Eternal Light.
from jondavid2010 :
What a strange book to give you to say thanks. Did they hand pick it for you, or did you choose it? If they know what you believe and chose it for you, that's almost comical.
from jondavid2010 :
Bart Ehrman - while I do not agree with most (if any) of his conclusions, or believe what he believes, I respect him as a brilliant mind. I audited a class of his on Early Christianities (his words). My favourite book of his is his most recent. I don't remember the name, but it was in defense of the historical Jesus. I don't agree with his version of the identity of the historical Jesus, but I find reading his arguments and perspectives challenging in the best way.
from fragilegirl8 :
You are spreading the Good News on Diaryland.
from jondavid2010 :
I don't think I've ever heard your conviction on the NKJV before. Are you implying that you believe it is somehow more inspired than other translations or languages?
from fragilegirl8 :
Happy Birthday to your wife!
from jondavid2010 :
Thankyou. I will take a look at that.
from jondavid2010 :
Honoured by the repost. Be well.
from jondavid2010 :
How can we apply this? We have no opportunity to ever give up on ourselves, our neighbours, humanity, or the world. God's work in and through us is never complete, and his purposes will be accomplished. There is no one so obscure that God cannot work his will through them. Abram was obscure. God created the whole world from void by his word. There is no one so oppressed or offended or forgotten that God cannot still call them his and work through them his will. God chose an imprisoned slave, Joseph, to lead the world through a deadly famine. There is no one so vile and corrupt that God will not show his grace by calling them his own and working his will through them. Jacob wrestled his whole life with God, yet God pursued him relentlessly as a bloodhound until Jacob became his own. We have no excuse. The value of anything is not in our imputation, but God's alone. Neither our family, our neighbours, nor our enemies are ours to judge or control, use or discard. All are given their value by God alone, and only he may judge or use them as he wishes. Such value may be entirely invisible to our natural eyes. God delights in using those whom we would assign the least value. Those who he calls for his purpose become agents of blessing, healing, restoration to all around them. As God is the one who gives value an purpose to his own Creation, so to do his people also give name, purpose, and blessing to the Creation of which they are a part. As Adam named the animals, as Abram interceded for unrighteous Sodom, as Joseph saved foreign and carnal Egypt from famine, so do all who are of God's family. We apply the message of Genesis every time we humbly serve the least, the most alien, even our enemies, sacrificially and in love. We participate in God's mission of turning the void toward his purpose when we submit our judgment and corruption to him, and instead act according to blessing, grace, forgiveness, and peace, especially when it seems least deserved, especially for those who seem least able to receive it.
from jondavid2010 :
God is the ultimate dumpster diver. From waste and detritus he creates his whole world.
from jondavid2010 :
I believe the most personally applicable doctrinal theme of Genesis is God's sovereign will and glory demonstrated in his choice of the most obscure, least likely, misfit people and chaotic circumstance. From these chaotic and misspent lives and circumstances, he creates order, purpose, and value. By his word, he creates form and purpose from the void in Genesis 1. Under and by his authority, a man created in his image names all the rest o the animals in his creation in Genesis 2. By the seed of sinful humanity he will destroy the evil one in Genesis 3. Chaotic and violent humanity is unmade, judged, and redeemed through the flood. God does what he wills with his own creation. What was made from a watery void may be unmade and returned to a watery void, yet he may turn it all back according to his purpose from the void, a he wills. While humanity consistently devolves toward violence and chaos, God consistently turns the seemingly random and unlikely mess back towar redemption and peace. Abram is plucked our of his family and culture an remade a patriarch of faith. Barren women produce sons, the ancestors of the Messiah. God chooses and uses second born sons and second married wives. Abram is a liar, possibly even a pimp. God patiently reveals his will to Abram over a lifetime, slowly turning him into a blessed man able to bless others. Jacob is a also a liar, a runaway, and a sneak, and may even dabble in witchcraft and superstition. God pursues him to the ends of the world, despite his rebellion. His own wickedness toward his brother becomes an opportunity for God to demonstrate grace, forgiveness and reconciliation. Joseph, the youngest of eleven brothers, is taken from the depths of hopelessness in prison and slavery, up to the highest position of authority and power. His life foreshadows the history of Israel, and the plan of salvation. Through the once enslaved and imprisoned Joseph, God blesses all the starving and impoverished nations of the world. In a reversal of the reconciliation story between his father Jacob and uncle Esau, Joseph is also reconciled to his brothers in his generation through radical forgiveness. (more to come)...
from jondavid2010 :
Yeah I originally thought to send it to you because you said several times you'd been reading a book on Genesis 1-11. I'm not even close to bored of it. I'll look up the book you mentioned in your note.
from jondavid2010 :
Well, I'm glad it meets your approval, or at least lack of vehement disapproval ;) It'll be a textbook soon.
from fragilegirl8 :
Thank you for the verse.
from jondavid2010 :
You talk about your dreams a lot. Did you know that most people don't remember their dreams most of the time. It seems you do. Research says that statistically, creative people remember their dreams more than others. Are you aware you are dreaming when you dream?<br> Also, I've wondered if you've read my book on Genesis? I'm about to finish my bachelor of theology in the next month, and am thinking of expanding the Genesis book for a Masters.
from fragilegirl8 :
Never heard of Kruder Dorfmeister, but just listened to one of their songs. Pretty good...
from jondavid2010 :
Oh we definitely do believe in discipline and instruction of our children. We believe our job as parents is to teach our children right from wrong. And bedtimes are pretty firm, one of our most firm rules in fact, for the reasons I described in the entry. Last week was definitely witness to a lot of this with Elijah, but it wasn't the story of the entry. This as a different situation. While we do instruct and correct our children, we also need discernment to know when, why, and how. It's right to correct willfull disobedience, but you can't discipline away a little boy's fear. So we responded to the situation as it was. What's great is that we have had no bedtime issues since that night. It had been five nights in a row of trouble. But after our evening on the couch, Elijah went straight to sleep. And we've had no trouble the two nights since. Re. 2013-01-14
from fragilegirl8 :
did the user/pass work this time?
from raven72d :
Happy 2013!
from fragilegirl8 :
No problem...done
from fragilegirl8 :
I thought I sent you the new username/password?
from lobo21 :
Merry (albeit late) Christmas Jonny, and have a terrific and very blessed New Year!
from jondavid2010 :
Merry Christ Mass, Jonny.
from jondavid2010 :
You're a handsome fella.
from dangerspouse :
Oh my god, how much money do you make playing Santa every year? What a great pic!
from jondavid2010 :
I appreciate your posts on suffering God
from jondavid2010 :
Encouragement on a blue Christmas - http://jondavid2010.diaryland.com/121217_4.html Will you be seeing "On the Road"?
from jondavid2010 :
You're welcome. I hope you enjoy it.
from silverluna :
I also love the entry on Dec 7th. I need to read Jack Kerouac more.
from silverluna :
Hello. Just wanted to comment that it's nice to see pictures in your diary. Did you take them?
from fragilegirl8 :
I see alot of hawks in the area where I live. Not sure if they are the same as the one in your pictures you have though. But they look the same.
from jondavid2010 :
Consider it a Christmas gift. It's only 64ish pages, stapled anyway, so 'tis no trouble but the postage.
from jondavid2010 :
mailed!
from jondavid2010 :
I'm printing your book on Genesis right now. I'll get it in the mail asap. Probably today.
from lust- :
Yes. Kerouac is amazing. Have you seen the On The Road movie, yet? It's not out in my neck of the woods, but definitely on my list once it finally gets here. Have a good one!
from newschick :
it was on globalisation in ireland. :)
from raven72d :
Thanks!
from jondavid :
2012-11-14 - sanctification... - I love this entry. I feel it describes you and your journal well. It helped me understand and remember in my more conscious mind why I read it.
from jondavid :
Faeria has begun writing again. oct0ber.diaryland.com
from koorikaze :
It's normal for God's children to be weary and homesick while here. The world is a sinful place, more so than before. And as a tangent, you are an excellent photographer and live in a beautiful area.
from molley819 :
Love your music...some of the music I listen to.:) I love the new cd by Cat Power. Have you heard it?
from fragilegirl8 :
Sorry. Had to lock up. Email me and I'll give you the password if want. Don't want to post on here.
from fragilegirl8 :
Very nice fall pictures.
from jondavid :
Almost everyone in my journal has a fake name. The man I call Conor is a guotar player and singer/songwriter whose speaking and singing voice and style sound exactly like Conor Oberst.
from jondavid :
Hey Jonny. A project of "filling in the gaps" that I've just begun has been largely inspired by a lot of questions you asked me a few years ago about my earlier stories. Starting today, in addition to updating jondavid2010 daily with new writing, I will also be updating this old journal of mine (notice no 2010) with writings that fill in the gaps between 2004 and 2010. These are the first years of my life with Faeria, who I met on Diaryland, before our twins were born. This will probably be a daily project for a few months, because I've found a lot of old writing. If you want a summary of that period, read the jondavid2010 entry for October 18, 2012. Thanks for reading - Jondavid Birss
from jondavid2010 :
I wrote a book on Genesis 1-11. I'll mail it to you, if you send me your mailin address. You can put it in my notes, or If you want to keep it confidential, email it to jondavidbirss@gmail.com, and than put in my notes that you did so.
from jondavid2010 :
ON P.POLS - Legolas visited Bill Pol's church a few times when he left us to find another congregation. I think he may have even met p.Bill, but I'm not sure. He went there first on my recommendation, based on your recommendation, so look at that, you've influenced our world. Legolas went searching for a church with a preacher more rigidly Reformed in his theology than I. He joined a Reformed congregation, and after about a year ended up returning to us. It's been an interesting journey. We're glad to have him back. Now that he's returned, he acknowledges that my preaching is closer to Reformed than he would have admitted before. I'll look Bill Pols up sooner or later for a coffee. And I'll make sure to write about it when I do. ON GEORGE ELDON LADD - am not a dispensationalist, either. I didn't know anyone considered GEL one, either. I'm still developing in my eschatology, but I believe I'm probably closest to an amillennialist view. I find much to agree with in NT Wright's books. I enjoy them immensely. I've been most recently enjoying his New Testament commentaries, but I will have a laugh whenever they blatantly show his Anglicanism, as they sometimes do. This was especially so in his commentary on the pastoral letters. Wikipedia calls GEL a historic premillenialist. I had never heard of this. It compares and contrasts it to dispensationalist premillenialism, which it says is something different. Shane (from my journal) is very interested in George Eldon Ladd, and will soon be lendin me the very book you jut recommended. I'll also look up those other books, they sound like exactly what I'm interested in right now. ON JONDAVID - you've shown interet in my old journals in the past. Just wanted you to know that I've unlocked my oldest journal, and will be updating my Jondavid (without 2010) journal with some of my previously unshared writing from 2004-2010, when Faeria and I were first married, began to enter full time ministry, and moved to CapCity.
from jondavid2010 :
Hey Jonny. I've been interested in George Eldon Ladd recently. Have you read him? Also, I've come to really, really like N.T. Wright in the last year, especially Surprised by Hope. I'm wondering what you think of him as well.
from koorikaze :
I'm sorry I've been absent for so long. Sending my condolences to you both. Also, it is surreal how you can spend so much time with others and yet, never truly know their real self. Still, all will be revealed to those who believe in Christ.
from fragilegirl8 :
Sorry to hear of your mother-in-law's passing.
from jondavid2010 :
Ha! I found you! You're in New Mexico, visiting family, and doing fine. I searched three separate social networks for you, Jonny. I care!
from jondavid2010 :
I don't think I've ever seen you miss a day, but I haven't heard from your diary in almost a week. Are you okay?
from fragilegirl8 :
My cat is nine years old this month. That's 52 in cat years.
from koorikaze :
I wanted to thank you for the suggestion. I am looking into either borrowing it from the library (if they have it) or purchasing it after our yard sale. Also, yard work is quite tedious but sadly, after the fall of Adam and Eve, we have to work the ground in some way. I hope your day becomes a little brighter, my friend. You are quite wise, your writings are not going to waste at all.
from koorikaze :
The books you listed all sound like excellent reads, but one really stood out. "The End of the Beginning: Revelation 21-22 and The Old Testament" Sadly, while I do get the general point of the book of Revelation, many of the numbers and descriptions confuse me greatly. Do you think this book might help?
from koorikaze :
Oh my, I'm much behind in reading your entries. My dad can't read well, even with strong glasses, so you are quite blessed!
from jondavid2010 :
Happy 60th. When was your birthday?
from browndamask :
enjoyed 8/19/12. agreed. we are lazy.
from fragilegirl8 :
Happy Birthday :)
from tobehis :
I'd never heard that last verse before...but if we really took those words to heart and just "took it to the Lord in prayer" I'm sure we'd be a lot better off.
from tobehis :
I've always wanted to go "out West" and see the sites...especially the Grand Canyon. You'll have to be sure to tell us all about it!
from fragilegirl8 :
Poor Rudy! Most dogs eat bugs and aren't scared of them. I guess the dogs in the south are more used to it.
from fan4 :
Personal letters may have become less common, but I wouldn't say that they're rare.
from fragilegirl8 :
I do have 2 books that are like biographies: A Treasury of Steven Foster and Bobby Jones On Golf. I was going to try to sell them though. I saw the first edition (1946) Steven Foster book for sale online for about $64. Not sure about the Bobby Jones book.
from raven72d :
Books do fill my apartment. Couldn't live without them!
from fragilegirl8 :
You are welcome. No problem. There are more books in my attic, maybe when the weather cools down I will try to get them.
from koorikaze :
You are exactly right about nursing homes. Families should at least try to take care of their own. Sometimes there are situations where a nursing home is the lesser of the two evils, but mostly they are used for convenience.
from talktogod :
Hey, there. I'm trying to get back and touch base with people on D-land. I just read the hymn, "Would Jesus Have the Sinner Die?" That was quite beautiful.
from fragilegirl8 :
May I have your email address? I got some books out of my attic recently. Most of them are from the 1930s-1960s. I thought of you and would like to send you one if there is one you might be interested in. I want to compile a list of the books when I get a chance to email to you.
from tobehis :
I found "Dark Night of the Soul" by St. John of the Cross. Is that the correct book?
from tobehis :
I'll try to remember to see if the library here has the book you recommended. ~ I've been meaning to sit down with my concordance and do a search on "joy" in Scripture, but haven't had time yet. When I get to it, I'll share it in my diary.
from tobehis :
To be honest...often I don't have that joy, either, and I wonder, "Where is the joy?" Because I know it's supposed to be there.
from tobehis :
I was actually asking you about John 10:10b because I wondered how YOU lived it... To me, "abundant life" - or "living life to the full," as some translations say, means living a joy-filled life, having a life of purpose and meaning. Other places in the Bible it talks about the joyful life of the Christian. And I just hadn't seen that in your diary.
from tobehis :
You're probably wondering why I'm asking such random questions. :-p
from tobehis :
OK, so that's what the commentary says...How does it apply to your life?
from tobehis :
What do you think of John 10:10b?
from raven72d :
Books are key--- the key part of my life.
from tobehis :
Sounds like that was a very interesting dream.
from tobehis :
I also took a nap from 2-4 today. Didn't sleep very well, though. :-(
from fragilegirl8 :
The Brown Thrasher is the state bird of Georgia.
from tobehis :
7 days is a LONG time not to leave the house...I think I'd go crazy!
from tobehis :
That's good. Do you get a free book every time you go to the book nook?
from tobehis :
I hope you hear from your LJ friend.
from tobehis :
I care about the Resurrection... It is the central point of our faith - without it, there would be no such thing as Christianity.
from lobo21 :
I am once again humbled by your words. It is great to hear when one stands by their beliefs and knows why they believe what they believe and are not following the path of millions that lead to destruction. Bless you as you live each day in the Spirit. david
from tobehis :
That latest picture is good...it could be a photo on a book cover for the author.
from weatethesea :
My husband and I live in Austin, which is the perfect place for us. I've only been to Houston a few times. Thanks for the message.
from lobo21 :
Hoping your leg feels better soon.
from weatethesea :
Where did you live in Texas? I ask because I'm there now. Also, you might like to know I did archive my old entries because I thought I might like to read them too. Reading old diaries is always a little embarrassing for me, is that so for you too? Maybe it has something to do with growth. Or maybe it's just because its easy to be embarrassed when you're under 30. I like the list of essentials, though I've never read anything by Kerouac. Seems like a good list to keep tacked to the wall (I love tacking lists to my walls - here is another good one: http://www.woodyguthrie.org/newyearsrulins.htm )
from tobehis :
That is some nasty-looking snow!
from weatethesea :
I'm not sure why I don't have an archive of my older entries; I guess maybe I just never thought of it. I used to have an old journal on diary land that I wrote in everyday from ages 15 to maybe 19? Or 20? Anyway, it is embarrassing to read, as I'm sure this one will be in a few years too. Ive destroyed old journals too, but only because of that.
from tobehis :
"Great is Thy Faithfulness" - It is so comforting to know that God is faithful, even when we are not.
from koorikaze :
What a lovely hymn. Thank you for posting that, I needed it.
from weatethesea :
Thanks for the link. I love having a list of blogs to read everyday, but a lot of the ones I used to read are now defunct. So yours is a nice addition!
from lobo21 :
I truly appreciate being added to your list. Even more the list of book titles you have and continue to acquire are amazing. I agree with your view of being tainted by our cultural perspective. Can you recommend a good book for someone on the simple side in understanding our role in being the body of Christ? Thanks.
from tobehis :
The pictures you post of the area where you live are gorgeous. Does the lake get very warm in the summer?
from lobo21 :
hello, having stopped by every odd day give or take an even one, and enjoyed your entries, would you mind so much if I added you to my favourites?
from tobehis :
Hopefully there will be some grandchildren soon. :-P
from fragilegirl8 :
Those breakfast pictures are making me hungry. :)
from tobehis :
Good picture. Are those your kids?
from weatethesea :
We don't know each other, but I like reading the things you write. Something I've been meaning to do more is try to objectively record the things I do day to day, like you do here. I wonder, do you have a specific reason for doing it? Or maybe you just like to. Just thought I'd leave you a little note.
from tobehis :
Thanks for the note. I know that if it's God's will I marry, then He will bring that man to me. Knowing all of that and actually putting the waiting into practice, while watching all my friends marry and have kids, is hard sometimes, though.
from tobehis :
"All Hail the Power..." Great song... although there were quite a few verses in there I didn't recognize.
from fragilegirl8 :
:) Thanks for answering my question.
from tobehis :
Just noticed I said "attrack" instead of "attract" in my last post. Sorry. From the pictures you've posted, you have a gorgeous setting to watch birds.
from fragilegirl8 :
How did you know your wife was the one for you? I noticed you married not too long after meeting.
from tobehis :
Ah, so you're trying to attrack the woodpeckers... like putting birdseed in a birdfeeder.
from tobehis :
Lovely woodpecker. What's in the cage (or do I want to know)?
from fragilegirl8 :
Thank you for the note! I hope your Christmas was wonderful and I hope great things for you in 2012. :)
from tobehis :
beautiful picture of the lake!
from tobehis :
It's a sad world, huh? ~ May I add you to my buddy list?
from tobehis :
"Christians" can be pretty unloving sometiimes, that's for sure.
from koorikaze :
Merry Christmas to you my friend, and may the New Year be kinder.
from raven72d :
Merry Christmas and a Happy 2012 to you, too! Joyeux Noel!
from tobehis :
Found your diary on the recent public entries page. After reading your comments about church attendance, I was left with one verse in mind: "And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching." (Hebrews 10:24-25, NIV) Feel free to stop by and read me sometime!
from raven72d :
Thanks for the encouragement! I appreciate the thought. I'll be exploring options, including teaching at a local CC and teaching overseas. I think I have some skills that may be marketable.
from raven72d :
Thank you!
from jondavid2010 :
good words on Adam and Eve.
from jaysthoughts :
I too love words as well too also. As well.
from fragilegirl8 :
:) Great pictures! Ya'll definately look like brother and sister.
from fragilegirl8 :
I know how you feel. I had a colonoscopy about 4 years ago. Not a fun experience.
from hitch-hike :
which county are you in around west michigan? i was born & raised in kent county!
from trapeze-act :
I've never met anyone else who listened to Flying Saucer Attack except the person who showed me their music.
from jondavid2010 :
The alarm sound is on my ipod, though. Later in the morning, I usually enjoy some roots folk and bluegrass.
from jondavid2010 :
I wish I had a good answer for you. Alas, it is only the buzzing of an alarm set early in the morning, which I turn off as fast as I can.
from trapeze-act :
I heard about it through my boyfriend's father...he's on the extreme end of Christianity. Doesn't celebrate any holidays because they are all pagan in nature, apparently. That's what the book is about, and it's about how a lot of church services and things we get from church are pagan in nature. For example, the person standing in the pulpit talking to everyone instead of everyone engaging in conversation, is more of a pagan way of preaching. I haven't read it or anything, and I really don't know if I agree. The idea of it all makes me feel like I'm doing something wrong and disobeying God by liking Christmas. It's really ridiculous and confusing.
from trapeze-act :
Have you heard of Pagan Christianity?
from jondavid2010 :
It's mostly notes from my personal devotions - like talktogod. It's for my church. Do you want to read it? I could send you a link, but I'd ask you to not spread it around, or let any of my readers know about the Diaryland blog.
from jondavid2010 :
Do you mean that you found my public blog? If so, that's some good detective work. Cool. Or do you mean that you read this one? If so, thanks!
from fragilegirl8 :
Beck's "Sea Change" is a good album.
from fragilegirl8 :
I bought the book Cold Mountain at a thrift store not too long ago. I have yet to read it. I have other books I want to read first.
from trapeze-act :
I really enjoyed reading your most recent entry! No one likes to live in the past but it's really entertaining reading about it.
from trapeze-act :
All is well with baby, thank you for the wishes. How is life "in the flow of existence"? :)
from fragilegirl8 :
Your wife is a mystery. It seems like if she didn't want to travel then she would not have mentioned the coworkers husbands surprising them with vacations.
from jondavid2010 :
BTW, I think you asked me a question about 6 months ago, about what Bible College I attended. I only kept the detail from you because I don't want my identity discovered, but since realized that your interest is more in my theological leanings. I grew up Charismatic, right in the middle of the "cutting edge" of the Charismatic stream from about 1979 until 1990. After that, the church I attended began to lag behind the most Charismatic of the Charismatic. Anyway, I had some fairly significant encounters with Scripture, Reason, and the Holy Spirit in Bible College, and left a lot of that upbringing behind. For a while. I am currently most influenced by the writers and preachers of "New Reformed" Christianity, like John Piper and Mark Driscoll. Funny thing is that I don't really like either of them personally. But I love their writing. I also devour Bonhoeffer, who is reformed as well. Though Leg, my intensely reform roommate would tell you that I'm a Calvinist, I never would. Even if I do *mostly* agree with *most* of TULIP, I'm cautious with taking on the label. Unfortunately, many Calvinists have not been good examples for their doctrine. I hesitate to be named among them. I love Jesus, and only want to be identified with him. Grace and Peace
from jondavid2010 :
Hey, I'm reading again. Nice to read you again, Jonny.
from fragilegirl8 :
Wow....your long lost sister. How exciting. What a great Christmas gift. :)
from fragilegirl8 :
Downtown Holland looks like a nice place.
from fragilegirl8 :
Good questions...Makes you think.
from dinahsoar :
Wow! Just read "My interests" and was completely blown away! Amazing how many resonate! I, too, love Thomas Merton, St. John of the Cross and much of your litany of interests. Then I read some of your entries. I admire your courage, proclaiming the King! Amen and amen!
from fragilegirl8 :
Thanks! :)
from fragilegirl8 :
Would love to see the pics of the old Doors record. I used to be a Doors fan.
from fragilegirl8 :
Sometimes you can find old friends on Facebook.
from lobo21 :
Thank you for the reminder of continual prayer while we still have the opportunity and to live each day we are given because you are right, there will come a day of reckoning. Be blessed.
from koorikaze :
Looking at that picture reminds me that I need to take time in solitude and talk to the Lord. Once I do, my soul will be tranquil like the lake.
from lobo21 :
Thank you for your note. I agree. Seek and put our trust in the Lord. Take care
from lobo21 :
I've wandered in many a time. Not sure I've stopped to say hello, but I will do so now, and to say Happy Birthday. I've wandered many a time where my good works are, and also what is Jesus doing in my life and does anyone see him shining through me? I pray lots too, hopefully I'm on the right path and we'll all meet the Lord in the air soon. Be blessed. David
from jondavid2010 :
Happy Birthday tomorrow, Jonny. I'll be celebrating our babies at their baby shower as you celebrate your birthday.
from jondavid2010 :
Thanks for your journal. I look forward to the day that I'll have the time to just enjoy books like you do. If you ever have recommendations for me, let me know. I highly value the recommendations of the well read. If you ever have any doubles of volumes, and you want to unload the "other" one - I'd love to add it to my own library. I hope this isn't presumptuous. Anyway, blessings. I'm still paying attention.
from jondavid2010 :
Your entry suggested that you were reborn 40 years ago :)
from jondavid2010 :
Happy 40th birthday, Jonny. I look forward to the day we meet and celebrate this birthday together. Jesus is King.
from talktogod :
Loved the Merton quote. Very good.
from fragilegirl8 :
I just came across this: http://www.gracegems.org/C/Smith.htm I am not sure it is the same man that wrote my book or not.
from fragilegirl8 :
Check out my entry from 7-28. I was wondering, since you collect books, if you know anything about the author Rev James Smith. I believe his books were published in the mid 1800s. I couldn't really find anything about him online.
from fragilegirl8 :
Thanks & my cat did come home.
from talktogod :
"America's God is Dying" is brilliant!! I added it to my "favorite diary" list!
from jondavid2010 :
I bookmarked it. It looks really good. I have a friend at Regent right now. I'll ask him about it. I'll also share it with Leg.
from jondavid2010 :
Got your note. I appreciate the challenge. I hoped to look at it by now, but am simply unable. I'll look at it soon, and look forward to it.
from jondavid2010 :
The Old Testament is all about Jesus!
from jondavid2010 :
Luke 24:44-48 44 Then he said to them, ‘These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.’ 45Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, 46and he said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Messiah* is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, 47and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48You are witnesses of these things.
from frankie123 :
don't forget a room of one's own, that's one of woolf's best
from koorikaze :
He is already standing with help. He is quite strong for his age. He is a wonderful blessing. I hope you have a blessed day my friend.
from jondavid2010 :
You are in the flow if being alive. Well done. That makes me happy.............Your entry reminded me of "To Be Alone With You" by Sufjan Stevens.
from sofachild :
You are 58 and preparing for the last curtain to drop? Are you going to wait for that curtain for the next twenty years? No disrespect to you, and I apologise for any ignorance for things I may be unaware of, but I have become attached to your words and the you that I imagine from them. Fifty eight is so far away from the finish line.
from jondavid2010 :
Dude. Did you read my last entry? You're writing to me.
from jondavid2010 :
I've been enjoying your photos a lot. The six day old twins have made time for reading your entries hard to find, but I still have time for photos.
from abitoffaith :
Hey there. I tried to send you an email with the pass for my journal, but it came back. Where can I send it?
from talktogod :
I got added by abitoffaith, but the diary is locked.
from jondavid2010 :
Thanks for that link. I read the letter to Charlie that I think you intended. As I come up on the last days before my twins will be born, the state of the world they are entering is really making me sad. God is good. He will hold them.
from talktogod :
Thanks for the tip on the pens. I currently use the Uniball Grip. But only because I couldn't find the other Uniball that I liked better. I'll give this Optiflow a try. I'm really picky about pens, too.
from silverluna :
Wow that's a collection of pens! I've also realized the longing to write on paper again. Now that you mentioned it I am going to write a letter to my friend and mail it to her. She likes to write letters too, so I know she will write back. I've always had problems with writing in pen, because all the mistakes I make. but I've been picking a pen up more and more, maybe it's because I don't have a pencil around. Anyways, enjoyed your entry. :)
from jondavid2010 :
Even though I've journalled for years, and for years at a time, I still don't feel I've quite "got it". It seems the best journalling I've ever done has been when I simply have made a habit to journal, no matter what, on a daily basis, even if I don't know what the use of it is.
from jondavid2010 :
blog81955706 neer was a diaryland diary. I just moved it here so all my writing would be archived together. It's dark, disjointed, and short (not many entries). It was also only the beginning of my learning to write regularly. I recently read through it all, and decided that it does give a little bit of context to my later more regular writing (jondavid.diaryland.com), but not enough to justify sharing it. It's a prequel, but jondavid is the real beginning.
from talktogod :
Nice family picture. How did the wedding go?
from jondavid2010 :
http://jondavid2010.diaryland.com/histchurch1.html is the answer to your question. If it DOESN'T answer your question to your satisfaction, please message me with follow up questions, and I'll answer them.
from jondavid2010 :
I started answering your note, and it just got longer and longer until I just made it an entry. I'm being very cautious about giving names of specific places for several different reasons, mostly privacy, so I tried to describe it as well as I could so it could be known without a name. My theology of God and salvation now is probably closest to that of a New Reformed believer, though I am cautious to give myself that label. I am not a cessationist. I believe that all believers have the Holy Spirit, and that he is alive and well and working among the church today, including in signs wonders and miracles. I believe that God alone is Sovereign. I believe in the gospel, and in preaching the gospel. And in living the gospel.
from talktogod :
Thanks for your prayers! Happy Father's Day.
from jondavid2010 :
I'll look your friend up. We may have actually met him already. Funny - I had actually decided recently to hide obvious references to where I was from, just so that the journal could remain anonymous. I've changed it on my profile now, and I'm going to erase your note. This will be our little secret.
from jondavid2010 :
I read the entries you sent me. Life isn't over for you, Jonny. There are plenty of entries left to write.
from jondavid2010 :
My mom was in that movement, too. She lived in a home called House of Daniel in Vancouer.
from jondavid2010 :
Ralph Waldo Emerson - interesting guy. Thanks for the thoughts this morning. I felt honoured. Besides Faeria, I didn't think anyone I hadn't met would ever read so thoroughly or with such interest. I'm going to write a response to it in my journal tomorrow. I'm going to try to clear up some of your questions. I read a few pieces of the entry in church this morning (I hope that's okay), and then we prayed for you. May I repost segments in my journal for my response?
from talktogod :
Man, I love when libraries have used book sales! My wife hates it though...Heh.
from jondavid2010 :
A band you might like - Saviour Machine A happier band you might like - Flaming Lips
from jondavid2010 :
I've caught up with your last couple of months. Have you been so sad for a long time, or is it just this season? Remember the joy of your salvation. I prayed for you today. Are you still in Deuteronomy? It is one of my favourite books in the Bible. I used to struggle through the law books, until a couple of years ago. I was reading through the entire scripture straight through, and something just clicked inside me when I got to Deuteronomy. I slowed right down. I found all the references to Deuteronomy in the rest of scripture. Clearly, Jesus was familiar with all of the Hebrew scriptures, as any Jewish boy would have been at that time. But I like to think that Deuteronomy was his favourite. His teachings on the mount sound a lot like a "new" Deuteronomy (sort of how Deuteronomy is kind of a "new" Leviticus). He quotes Deuteronomy a lot in the Gospels. So . . . wovenhand. My roommate (who I call Leg in my writing) introduced me to him a couple of years ago. He knew that I really like Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen (and Tom Waits), so he tossed me some wovenhand, and I loved it. But I never listened to them again. I only heard them when he listened to them every couple of months, and I'd mentally place them in a queue to check them out. So when I saw him on your profile today, I thought, it's time to give him some attention. I'm listening to all the songs on wovenhands website right now. Until we meet on the other side, if not before. -Birss
from jondavid2010 :
Wake on Tuesday and pour myself coffee Read the Bible while it’s getting stuffy Global Warming it’s not No, Last Days makes it hot Divine Judgment will raise it past 90
from talktogod :
That's one wicked looking plant you're standing in front of. What is that?
from fragilegirl8 :
Do something special/unexspected/different for your wife. I am sure she would appreciate it.
from fragilegirl8 :
Do you not have any desire to see this beautiful world that God has created?
from talktogod :
Very nice. I've never heard of "Black Tambourine." I like it.
from talktogod :
I think I know what you mean about getting old. I look in the mirror and see a 52-year-old, overweight, out-of-shape body, but in my mind, I'm still 18 or so...I'm just me, like you said.
from talktogod :
Good thoughts on being a Christian in America. I'm sometimes a little frightened by it. I believe that I am a Christian, based on the words of Scripture. But I could be living better, or more in the power of Christ. I definitely believe that we are not saved by works but by grace alone. But that is through faith, and, according to James, if that faith does not produce works, it is not saving faith. It's a fine line. But I believe that I have done many of the things that Jesus speaks of in Matthew 25 over the course of my life. My wife and I have always been fairly generous with our blessings. Of course, we could always do more. Blessings, brother!
from coldwars :
Quite frankly, I can't wait for the day when people start savaging for food and supplies. People's true selves will come out and we'll all see each other for who we really are. I'm not saying I won't be one of them, but atleast we'll all be completely free.
from coldwars :
You can feel free to check out/add my LJ: buccinator. I find myself torn between writing in it over my diaryland. There's more picture and media on my LJ though. Thanks for being my blog friend!
from journey2one :
Thank you for the note! :)
from talktogod :
"Wonderful Grace of Jesus" I have wonderful memories of singing that hymn in my church choir when I was a youth. The men's part was great fun!
from talktogod :
Have a blessed Christmas, Jonny!
from fragilegirl8 :
O Holy Night is my favorite Christmas carol
from talktogod :
Do you think there will be books to read in heaven? Or will we know everything that there is to read?
from coldwars :
I though he seemed pretty interesting too! After reading the Oswald's Tale: An American Mystery (the one you recommended), I looked Mailer up and read about him. I'm always looking for new types of authors to read, and I'm glad I found one. I'll be sure to keep an eye out at thrift stores! And I'm not sure what I'm going to do now that school's over. I'm currently looking for a job, just got done putting in an application for an assistant position at the local kennel. It's not really my field, but I thought it would look better on a funeral director's resume over being a cashier at a cafe. But I also want to finish some projects and books I started during college that I never had time for.
from coldwars :
Norman Mailer is the same guy that wrote that book about WWII called The Naked Dead (or something), right? Is it banned in the US? I haven't been able to find it. Just curious if you knew.
from talktogod :
Happy Thanksgiving, friend!
from coldwars :
Nice photo. I like how the reflection blends in to the actual landscape.
from talktogod :
Beautiful photo of the swans!
from coldwars :
I'm not sure if it's my place, or if it will even help, but it's not about how we get here. It's about deciding what we're going to do with the life that was given to us.
from talktogod :
I've listened to David Jeremiah before on the radio. I like him, but I don't think he fully espouses the Doctrines of Grace. At least partially Armenian...
from talktogod :
Nice pictures on 10-19! I especiall liked the road under the canopy of trees.
from coldwars :
Thanks for the recommendation! I actually did check it out at the public library, and look forward to reading it!
from talktogod :
I love "There Is A Fountain." You have some extra verses that have never seen included in the Baptist hymnal. Cool. That's not unusual, I have found.
from coldwars :
Antioch, Tenn. It's like 15 south from Nashville, Tenn.
from koorikaze :
We all deal with depression at one time or another. It is only natural for us as human beings.
from talktogod :
Declawed cats should not be allowed outside. They can't defend themselves. Bad pet owners!
from koorikaze :
That is one of my favorite songs to sing in choir! On a side note, I hope my notes are not annoying you.
from koorikaze :
You should not care what others think, my friend. I enjoy reading your entries.
from koorikaze :
What a beautiful picture! It fills me with peace.
from talktogod :
Wow. Look at all those books! You're my hero... My wife would never let me do that.
from talktogod :
Beautiful pictures on Friday!! Wow.
from coldwars :
I hope you enjoy Grendel. I remember it being a pretty good read.
from talktogod :
I like Blonde Redhead. Good stuff.
from joy-in-god :
Hi! Glad to get an update from you! I've locked my online diary because I want to post details of my engagement & wedding! My username: happy Password: joy God bless! @--J---
from trapeze-act :
Here's to speedy healing.
from joy-in-god :
Hi! Haven't caught up with online diaries in ages! I will keep you in prayer. That's a lovely photo you uploaded by the way! @--J---
from artgnome :
I know it's not fellowship, exactly, but I am reading and praying for your healing. Be blessed and well.
from talktogod :
I'm praying for you to be well.
from talktogod :
Right there with you, friend. In fact, my devotion yesterday included an article that stressed the importance of Scripture reading in our churches, a practice that seems to be falling by the wayside. Just curious...do you subscribe to, our have you heard of Tabletalk Magazine?
from poolagirl :
Your son and is wife make a lovely couple!
from poolagirl :
Your frog photo is amazing! You could make postcards, Jonny!
from fragilegirl8 :
i will. :)
from trapeze-act :
Well thank you. :) I love my life, it's just a total drag sometimes, but that's to be expected, naturally! Especially being, I suppose, in the "prime" of my life, that growing up stage. Early 20s phase one, haha.
from poolagirl :
I believe that all creation is good - the flea, the human, the cockroach. We all serve a purpose.
from trapeze-act :
In the last week the world has changed a lot. A pastor and his wife in San Diego were told they can't hold bible studies in their home without a $10,000 permit.
from talktogod :
I agree that rapture theology is nonsense. I also believe what you believe about the Church. I think forcing people to "join" a church is silly. Of course, I now believe that the institutional church is mostly wrong, anyway...even though I'm still part of one.
from poolagirl :
You take great pictures, Jonny!
from talktogod :
I love your walls. My Grandmother's house had exactly the same wood in her walls. Looks almost identical to me. Good memories!
from trapeze-act :
Nice study. Ha, I have that lava lamp!
from fragilegirl8 :
In the picture is that the basement where you write?
from trapeze-act :
Not rough, just slightly frustrating. Happens while growing up. :) Thank you for reading.
from poolagirl :
Great shot of the birds! Huzzah to you!
from fragilegirl8 :
Right now I have my heart set on going to the Pacific NorthWest (Oregon)...I would one day love to visit Europe (England, Ireland, Scotland), to see where my ancestors came from.
from talktogod :
A glorious Resurrection Day to you, friend!
from talktogod :
I like Neko Case. The new album is pretty good. I got it from Rhapsody a couple weeks ago, and have it on my mp3 player.
from poolagirl :
I am thinking of you, Jonny. I am holding you in my thoughts and prayers (the way a pirate can pray). We are the same age. I know we have a lot of years left. Carol is your angel and she won't let anything bad happen to you. Just know I am thinking of you, okay?
from joy-in-god :
Very stunning picture. It gives me a lonely feel, though! @--J---
from poolagirl :
Nice to see a smile on your face, Jonny! And Rudy's too! What a great picture!
from talktogod :
I know that my redeemer lives. I love that hymn. Have you ever heard Mark Heard's recording of that? Are you even familiar with Mark Heard? It can be found on a pretty old album/cd called "At the Foot of the Cross." He only does about four of those verses, though. Mark Heard, by the way, has met our Redeemer face to face.
from poolagirl :
I'm glad my theology is simple.
from broken-in-nc :
It amazes me how people can read many books at one time.
from minstrelite :
Just happened to catch the first part of your entry - I had a summer job once in Michigan City, and I ran a 15-K race at Lake Michigan that summer. Only time I've ever been out there, though - that was in 1979.
from talktogod :
Matthew 7....good words, friend. Good words.
from talktogod :
Well, thanks a lot for that!! Hehehe...in all seriousness, I've felt that way all along. Even though I'm pretty ignorant when it comes ti economics, I have felt that this situation is much worse than we realize. Much, much worse. I fear that socialism is the only possible outcome. And with all these government bailouts and the recent rumors of bank nationalization, we are well on our way.
from poolagirl :
I'm saddened to think you view yourself as crazy. I don't see that at all.
from poolagirl :
Maybe you could volunteer somewhere. You would get out of the house and it's a great way to meet people. Maybe find some friends. You sound so lonely, Jonny.
from poolagirl :
Why has the world rejected you?
from joy-in-god :
I wish some of the cold could be donated to Australia, Melbourne's suffered days of terrible bush fires lately, more than 180 people have died. It's a good thing it's been rainy down here in Sydney! How was Carol's eyesight check? @--J---
from poolagirl :
I went to Briar Cliff University in Iowa.
from poolagirl :
I think we were put on this planet to make a joyful noise. I think sorrow is a human invention. That's just me, Jonny. I could be spot on or dead wrong, but as long as I am here enjoying my spin on the planet, I am not really too worried. I got a degree in theology in 1973 and have studied different belief systems and theories for years. My dad was Dutch Reformed (from Iowa) and my mother was Roman Catholic. That made for an interesting childhood. I graduated from a Catholic high school AND a Catholic university, and those experiences guided me along some really interesting journeys. Boiling down all of that, I believe we are all children of God regardless of what we read, say, or do. God is expressed everywhere at all times in all things regardless of what he is named or not named, believed or not. God doesn't stop being God if someone doesn't believe. God is love, joy, compassion, and understanding. God does not create what God is not. Therefore, angst and unhappiness are products of our own doing. Some have chosen to use the powers of creation to bring about corruption and what many call "evil." And we have the power to change that if we wish. My Christian friends have called me simplistic and have assured me that there will never be a place in heaven for the likes of me. Their condemnation of me leads me to wonder just how Christian they really are. Is is their job to go around and find fault with my goodness, my happiness, or my personal connection to God? It has been my experience that people who point fingers and damn others usually have large messes of their own to fix. It's easy for people to condemn me, and many have. But you know, Jonny, I just keep loving them. It's my birthright to love and be happy. Call me Pollyanna...but that's just the way I am. I know my life makes a difference. That's why I'm here. Does any of that make sense or have I muddied the waters with all this rambling?
from poolagirl :
The American dream means different things to different people. To me, it means the right to be happy.
from talktogod :
I'm not sure it's possible to think too much while reading the Bible. Some would simply call that "meditation." I believe, rather, that it's shameful to read the Bible without thinking at all, which it is obvious that a lot of people do.
from talktogod :
I don't know...I kind of like the "old hippie uniform" myself...
from poolagirl :
Happy birthday to Carol!
from poolagirl :
You seem so sad, Jonny.
from poolagirl :
I cannot believe how supposed "men of God" could be so heartless. I worked in a church for almost ten years, and I know how people can be once they get a taste of power. It's sad. I have been inside churches exactly twice in the last three years or so to attend memorial services, and that's quite enough. We are very different, you and me. And yet we are very alike. Voracious readers and curious thinkers. My theology espouses all the wisdom makers of time - including Jesus, Buddha, Allah, and all the other beliefs that teach love and compassion as the core.
from poolagirl :
Are you an active member of any church? Just curious.
from poolagirl :
GREAT pictures! What is the tree in the top photo? It looks like a weapon!
from poolagirl :
You must have a massive library!
from poolagirl :
Is that a Yorkie in the chair???? How sweet!
from poolagirl :
What a beautiful family!
from talktogod :
I got books today, too! Hehehe...you're getting deep theological books, and I'm getting books about the Red Sox. Hahaha....
from talktogod :
I agree somewhat with your take on marriage. I believe that my wife and I are getting closer to that ideal, although it didn't start out that we. Our initial relationship was based largely on physical attraction, although there was some stronger link between us. I do believe that God brought us together. As for you...perhaps you should write a book, friend. Have you considered that?
from joy-in-god :
Jonny, that's a lovely hymn. How was your new year apart from your nasty cold? Did you spend more time with your Also, instead of copying & pasting more than 1400 words from an entry, could you give me the website? That'll avoid slower uploading when others want to read my notes page. Thanks! Get well soon! @--J--- 6 Jan 2009
from joy-in-god :
Jonny, that's a lovely hymn. How was your new year apart from your nasty cold? Did you spend more time with your Also, instead of copying & pasting more than 1400 words from an entry, could you give me the website? That'll avoid slower uploading when others want to read my notes page. Thanks! Get well soon! @--J--- 6 Jan 2009
from talktogod :
Merry Christmas, my friend!
from minstrelite :
Just stopped by to wish you a Merry Christmas, and to hope things are going well for you. God bless you.
from fan4 :
Merry Christmas!
from joy-in-god :
Hi Jonny, nice to hear from you again, & thanks for elaborating. It must've been very difficult for you when things didn't work out the way you expected in America! So you & your family live in Holland now? Like you, I'm looking forward to serving God in His kingdom but right now, I'm concentrating on serving Him on earth where there're many more people who have yet to know Him! My church organises several activities where non-Christians are invited. During these activities, there's fun, but there's evangelism too. One of my friends told me lately that she's close to accepting Christ as her Lord! Praise God! What made you accept Christ as your Lord & Saviour? @--J---
from fan4 :
I didn't know there was a song 'bout blessings. Thanks for sharing.
from fan4 :
I have a suggestion for you: Count your blessings sometime.
from fan4 :
You're not angry with me?
from fan4 :
I'm sorry, I shouldn't have bugged you with all those comments tonight. I read what you wrote to Joy, so I know part of where you're coming from. Still, I've gone through periods in my life where I couldn't appreciate anything. People bugged me all the time, God's wonders failed to impress me....that was very miserable for me! I don't want to go through that again.
from fan4 :
Have you ever been happy 'bout anything? What's up with your constant doldrums?
from fan4 :
"I do not need food since I live on hidden manna." You're human, aren't you? Humans need food and water (and other stuff) to live. I hope you're not a suicidal guy.
from fan4 :
It's not true that there's never anything worth watching on tv. Your bleak look on life is very depressing.
from fan4 :
Rudy's cute. :)
from joy-in-god :
Hi Jonny, thanks for elaborating! I'm sorry to hear you're avoiding 'the world' at the moment. Our world is imperfect, because we as humans are imperfect. There is ugliness mingled with beauty. As Christians we await the Lord's return but we should also keep on doing His works by witnessing to other non-Christians, & supporting Christians, yes? So you did theological studies because..?
from joy-in-god :
Hi Jonny, nice to know your name at last! What sort of books do you collect and what do you write? As for me, I live in Sydney. I study Speech Language Pathology at uni & I work as a therapist with kids with autism, I try to talk to others about God whenever possible, & I give talks to the kids at church occasionally. @--J--- 17 Dec 2008
from fan4 :
Thanks for adding my diary to your favorites. :)
from joy-in-god :
Hi! I just came back to Sydney from a trip to the rural area of New South Wales! I've caught up on some diaryland reading (finally) & congratulations on your son's engagement! When's the wedding? How many children have you got? It must be really exciting & busy making plans! @--J--- 16 Dec 2008
from fan4 :
I like your tree. We have Jeff as a mutual friend. :)
from joy-in-god :
Thanks for adding me too! I look forward to reading your updates about you & your family & your relationship with God! @--J--- 4 Dec 2008
from joy-in-god :
Hello! I'm a buddy of minstrelite & talktogod! I came across your online diary & I'm very amazed by the number of books you've read! It's also very encouraging to know you, & many others out there, are willing to talk about their relationship with God! I'm also a Christian & always seeking to grow in faith & do more for God by the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Do feel free to drop by my online diary for a read too! @--J--- (2 Dec 2008)
from talktogod :
I wanted to let you know, I got the book "Pagan Christianity" in the mail today. I can't wait to read it. And when I get through, I may give it to my pastor.
from talktogod :
Thanks for quoting the Heidelblog. I found that site and bookmarked it for myself. Awesome place!
from talktogod :
I love that hymn that you posted today (November 10). I need to look that one up.
from abhorgod :
challenging your beliefs means shattering your ego, not diversifying your interests. im not saying that there is not life afetr death, that would be ignorant, to claim certain knwoledge either way. its fair to say though, that there probably is not a god, and there definitely isnt an Abrahamic god who sent jesus christ down to save us from our sins. It isnt up to me to convince you of that, the information is out there. Open your mind, open it wide. Take mushrooms, what do you have to lose o.O.
from abhorgod :
your son has given you some interesting books. he's probably trying to tell you something without having to say it himself. ill break it down - life isnt about discovering god, its about discovering yourself. one of you exists, and it isnt god. enjoy the books, ask your son for some mushrooms, or if you really want to go deep. DMT.
from minstrelite :
I hope you don't mind my leaving you a note tonight, being as I have been avoiding you only because I lost my temper that one time, and in a very bad way, with foul language even, when I was frustrated with the way things were going. I just read your entry, and I believe I might be able to help. When your wife is not thrilled in comparison to your enthusiasm regarding certain Christian books (or books at all, for that matter), it is not that she is disinclined to share her feelings with you, and in fact the opposite is most likely the case. The woman, in the general case, is much more likely to feel the need for intimate contact with the man at certain moments, and is by her nature much less inclined to share the enthusiasm that the man has in a subject that doesn't pertain to her directly, and that might, in her mind, even exclude her. This is me speaking, of course, and not the Lord, but I speak this from enough experience that it just *might* be applicable. Also, while you are correct in discerning that it is unusual for a Christian to spend much time in the Word, you might take heart in the fact that there are some Christians who spend a *lot* of time in the Word. And you and I are among them. The problem, as I perceive it, is that our intellects are so competent in comparison with the relatively dull intellects of most, that it is just as easy for us to spend time in books unrelated to the Gospel, or even in other superfluous intellectual affairs, as it is for us to pursue our true calling as teachers of the Word, which is what God has called both you and I to do. Like as not, your wife does not share that calling, nor can she identify with it. In point of fact, you might be only dimly aware of it yourself. But the dimness of your awareness is only a function of your isolation. I fully understand and abbor the warping of one's perceptions that occurs when one spends too much time in the world of books and concepts, and when the person one ought to be closest to is perceivced to be most distant. Under my current circumstances, working from home as I do, it is not uncommon that days and weeks will go by before I ever even leave the house. However, where you and I seem to differ is that, despite whatever the circumstances of my life might be, I embrace the principle of waking up each morning with a smile on my face, and doing my best to see the good in everybody, and lifting the spirits of all those who are around me, that they might now that a Christian is not a troubled person, but a person who transcends the limitations of his circumstances, through faith. That is why I became so frustrated earlier. It seemed to me that you were extracting only the negative of what was in my reality, or possibly any reality, and you were not observing the commitment with which I struggled to maintain a positive attitude throughout all the trials of life. James 1:2-4, and Romans 5:1-5. I am sure you know these Scriptures as well as I do. It is heartbreaking to see a Christian caught in the trap of focusing too intently on what is real in this world, and not sufficiently on what is to be in Christ, in the kingdom, in that Day. Colossians -- you know the Word at least as well as I do. "Set your affections on the things that are above, where Christ sits at the right hand of God, and do not set your affections on the things of the earth." I paraphrased, but the idea is clear. Our focus needs to be on the hope and promise of the good things to come, and not on the wretchedness of this carnal realm, because all that is carnal will burn, and all that is spiritual in Christ Jesus will endure. I feel badly that I became so angry with you, and with such venom, but it frustrated me to perceive that you were focusing too much on the negativity that there is in this world, and not sufficently on the joy, the goodness, and the glory that is in the kingdom to which we both belong, and to which all of us, as brothers and sisters in Christ, belong. Also of course, I have a problem with my temper at times, so that needs to be confessed and cannot be denied. If you would take a suggestion from me, it would be to take your wife to a nice dinner, or at least rent a movie, or bring her flowers, that it becomes clear to her that in no way do you expect her to share your enthusiasm about something that she only sees to be an obstacle toward her intimacy with you; but that rather, you are acknowledging her needs to be harmonious with you on a level that is completely independent of your intellectual interests. I hope this makes sense to you, and I hope I am not out of line. It is not just that I happened to read your entry tonight, but that I have been thinking about this off and on throughout the past three months, and hoping that through some means you and I would connect again, for it is not good to have disconnection within the Body of Christ, and our God is a God of reconciliation, not of rejection. (2 Corinthians 5 comes to mind.) The Proverb says that "he who isolates himself seeks his own desire, and intermeddles with all wisdom.) I forget the chapter and verse, but the point is that I have a hunch that both you and I have to some degree been doing that. In fact, to what extent I have missed the mark even tonight, to that same extent I have been isolated, and have allowed my discernement to become corrupted. But we are not called to that. The challenge is that men like ourselves will accept and respond to our true calling, that in that Day we might stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ in confidence, holy and blameless in His sight. I hope this had made some sense to you, and I really do feel badly for my earlier explosion, but to the extent that I am able, this is my witness to testify to the truth. Praise His Name: Jesus.
from silverluna :
wow I love the picture! the trees look like a nice spot to relax. :)
from talktogod :
Good job staying married for 30 years. My wife and I will celebrate 23 next Sunday (the 12th).
from mattyperry :
Hello Glory Cloud. I have been reading your diary for sometime. I am sorry if you feel low sometimes. You write very well. Take care.
from talktogod :
Nice picture, dude! Love the bandana. Say...you look a lot like me, except I don't have nearly as much hair in the back. Hah.
from talktogod :
I've added your entry for 9/26 as one of my favorite diaryland entries. Brilliant.
from talktogod :
I like the Bukowski poem. I read some of his stuff when I was in college.
from talktogod :
Ooh. You're going to Boston?? I love Boston. We were up there in late July of this year.
from talktogod :
Loved the writing on the work of the Holy Spirit. That's what I believe, too.
from jedidiah77 :
hey, i found your diary form talktogod....I like, I like, will keep a eye on it you dont mind.
from talktogod :
Nice pictures! Is that where you live?
from yihatepeople :
What a great note you left me. I am a believer, though I don't deserve to be. ps I don't really hate anyone.
from talktogod :
Wow. That book review was stunning. I've never even heard of the book. I'm not a big Barna fan (him and all of his polls), but this sounds like he may have more going for him than I thought. However, I also, along with the reviewer, always caution about "throwing the baby out with the bathwater." If we got rid of everything "pagan" about our traditions, we would have to dump Christmas and Easter. Of course, I've long been a proponent that the "church" needs to stop celebrating Christmas on December 25. Refuse the commercialism. I think Jesus was born on Yom Kippur. The Day of Atonement. The Atonement for the sins of the world...born on the Day of Atonement. Thanks for that review. I need to check that book out.
from talktogod :
Although some might find your entries depressing, or worthy of "screaming in pain," as you said, I find them interesting. Believe it or not, I kind of understand where you are coming from. I'm still working, but I can imagine that, if I weren't, I might be feeling a lot the same. I sometimes do feel that I'm just biding my time, but I also feel that, since I'm still here, God isn't finished with me yet. He still has something for me to do.
from silverluna :
now 7/11's entry sounds nice. Sure you can write about your books. How about writing your thoughts on different things you read in a book? or maybe start a book study of some kind? You love books. Maybe you can share that with others. I know I would enjoy it. I've had some trouble reading because of the content of some books. I don't want to confuse myself with other's wrong opinions. Anyways, just a thought for you...:)
from talktogod :
"...few professing Christians today know anything about the Bible or historical Calvinism." Friend, you nailed that one!! I couldn't agree more.
from minstrelite :
You must have amazing reading skills. I could never read all those books...
from talktogod :
I've heard of Religious Affections, too. I'll look for that one.
from talktogod :
I would like to join your club of sad sin-sick sinners who need the Lord to save them from themselves. Wait. I think I'm already in it. You said exactly what I feel much of the time.
from minstrelite :
Hey there -- I'm not at all certain how that happened. Sometimes I inadvertently delete a buddy while I'm in the process of shuffling the deck. I put you back up.
from talktogod :
I recently ordered a copy of Freedom of the Will, by Jonathan Edwards. I'm going to attempt to read it. Edwards is one of my theological "heroes."
from fan4 :
hi
from talktogod :
I haven't seen those words (He Leadeth Me) in a very long time. Thanks for the reminder, my friend! Great hymn!
from trapeze-act :
Hey, I enjoy reading your entries. You have some dandy taste in music yourself. I haven't come across too many people who enjoy The Swans.
from talktogod :
I'm going to check out this Denis Johnson. I'll see if I can find anything at the library first. By the way, in answer to your last note, it is difficult to find a preacher who speaks simply the biblical truth. Even my own pastor, whom I like a lot, blurts out some statements occasionally that are mostly the stuff of opinion. And sometimes just flat out wrong.
from talktogod :
I agree with you 100% on the TV preachers. Never did like them. The guy on Seventh Heaven is more believable then those guys.
from talktogod :
Two children. Rachel, who is grown and currently in a probably marriage-bound relationship, and Stephanie, who begins high school this coming fall. Also three cats and a dog. :-)
from talktogod :
My musical interest...hard to pinpoint because it's so varied. I've heard Aphex Twin and liked what I heard. Weird stuff, but I like that. I like things that are different. But I like some of the "pop," too. Listening to Horrorpops right this second...love them. I like worship music like Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, the Newsboys, and Third Day. Right now, on my mp3 player, I have Alice Cooper, Arcade Fire, Augustana, Blackmore's Night, Blonde Redhead, Charlotte Martin, The Choir, Chris Tomlin, Dropkick Murphys, Deanta, The Fiery Furnaces, Foo Fighters, Horrorpops, Imogen Heap, Iron and Wine, Kill Hannah, KT Tunstall, Ladytron, Leonard Cohen, Loreena McKennitt, Mellow Drunk, Muse, Newsboys, Plumb, Robert Plant w/ Allison Kraus (amazing album, that one), Rush, Sarah Brightman, Skillet, Snow Patrol, Steve Green, Tangerine Dream, The Green Pajamas, A Compilation of old Sun Recordings, The Weepies, and the Soundtrack to Sweeney Todd, the movie. I don't think there were any in there that you mentioned, but you mentioned Pearl Jam, and I like them (in spite of Vedder's singing), and I appreciate the writing of Tom Waits. I also have Coldplay, Keane, Mike Doughty, and Muse on my phone's mp3 player. There are many other groups/individuals that I have records and cds of.
from minstrelite :
Sorry about that -- I answered the question you'd asked Jeff because I forgot whose notes page I was on!
from minstrelite :
I'm classically trained, but I had a steady jazz gig for eight years, and also have done a lot of musical theatre. There's a link to my Music MySpace on my diary, and three of my songs there.
from talktogod :
My full time job is at a retail logistics freight company at the DFW Airport. I am the night dispatcher, working 10p-6:30am. My wife is a project manager for a media company, and makes approximately three times what I make. I enjoyed your list of interests, by the way. We share some musical tastes.
from talktogod :
I was born on a Southern Baptist cradle roll, and have pretty much been that all my life. I can't remember a time when I didn't go to church or didn't love God. Somewhere in all those years (I'm 50 now), God transformed me into a Christian. Hard to say exactly when that happened. I know that would bug the heck out of some evangelicals. After graduating college with a music degree in 1980, I went straight to Seminary to get another music degree. During that time, I began to question a lot of the traditional beliefs that were taught. I remained SBC, but to this day, will not just accept something just because it's what we are supposed to believe. If the Bible doesn't teach it, I don't take it as solid truth. There are a lot of "gray" areas that many people teach as hard fact, and I don't like that. I also became a believe in the "Doctrines of Grace" (more commonly knows as Calvinism) during my seminary years, thanks to one professor. I hold to that doctrine today, even stronger than before. Since then, I have held part time music minister/worship leader positions at several different churches, and have been at my current one for a little over 7 years. I like to think about theology, and read about it, but, sadly, my reading habits over the years have dulled my senses (I read a lot of fiction). I'm interested in the Reformed Doctrine books you keep talking about. This was a long note, but I hope it gave you some good info about me. Grace and peace!
from minstrelite :
I've never had a problem understanding your writing. Also, all of your entries are appearing now.
from minstrelite :
You must be a fast reader. I'm actually going back and editing some of the older entries, mostly because of overkill. Also however there are some major spiritual issues (as well as minor issues with tense and pronouns.)
from minstrelite :
Mostly San Francisco Bay Area Peninsula, when I'm working, anyway. Otherwise I usually hang out in one of the Central Valley towns. My dad was career Navy, and I don't really have a home town, because he had us moving around all the time. I graduated from high school in Stockton in 1971, but I'd only been there since my junior year. About your diary archives, I can read as far back as February 22, 2006, but no further back.
from minstrelite :
I think I understand your question. What happened with me is that DiaryLand actually prompted me to divide my archives into two or more sections. I suddenly got a message that said: "Your archives are getting too long!" Then it asked me if I wanted to divide them, and where. But as for my very early entries (I've been here since 2002), I deleted them after a while, although I saved almost all of them to a text file first. (DiaryLand also gives that option.) So I don't really know if those entries would have disappeared on their own. I hope that answers your question. By the way, I graduated one year after you did, about fifty miles away from the town of your high school.
from yihatepeople :
have a nice day
from minstrelite :
I can relate to that. I'm constantly putting things into my writing that I think are funny, but that some people take seriously.
from minstrelite :
Off the top of my head, I think it's a good thing if you and your wife don't need to talk to each other every day. You've been married 28 years, so obviously something's working. This of course is a perception filtered through the subjectivity of my own experience, however. I am also an Introvert, and I tend toward hermitage. However, once I like someone, I tend to start talking *too much,* which is often my downfall. I'm sure I burned my ex-wife out with my constant conversation, which is one reason why she left me after seven years. It is a positive act of restraint for me to resist the temptation to talk too much.
from minstrelite :
Interesting thoughts. I'm going to add you if you don't mind.
from talktogod :
The entry on the Trinity was brilliant, my friend. Thanks for that.
from talktogod :
I love your writing. It makes me feel alive. Plus it is intellectual, at least more so than most of the drivel that I find on D-land. And the books you read intrigue me. I might have to look into this "Reformed Dogmatics," and see if my feeble brain can handle it.
from talktogod :
Read your diary this morning, thanks to the "recent public entries" feature. I quite like that! Your list of interests in your profile piqued my interest greatly! We share some common interests, I think. I look forward to reading. God bless!
from calmish :
Happy Birthday!
from calmish :
Wow, you buy so many books! How many do you have? Do you think you'll ever get through them all? lots of love, Jo xx
from calmish :
Don't despair! Things always get better and you always make it through the bad times, then you can look back and be thankful it didn't last. Do the things that make you happy more often, it might help. Lots of love, Jo xx
from uridium15 :
when i grow up i am going to be a gay fiddler. (bonus answer: i told this to my friend and he said to me "no, you mean: when you grow up you're going to CONTINUE to be a gay fiddler.")
from calmish :
I'm sorry you're feeling so down. Have you tried any natural remedies to help lift your mood? St John's Wort seems to help a lot of people. I find anti-depressants helpful but wouldn't recommend them, I think its better to try natural remedies first and make drugs the last resort. Hope you start feeling better soon. Lots of love, Jo xx
from calmish :
Sorry to hear about your foot! I hope it heals soon and you feel better mentally, maybe you need a vacation? lots of love and healing thoughts, Jo xx
from angelgg :
dude, have you tried talking to the angels, they can help with alot of things!!!
from calmish :
If you haven't already you should definitely listen to Placebo's newest album Meds, it's amazing. (sorry for the randomness) luv jo x
from calmish :
U have good taste in music, Placebo are one of my favourite bands. Have u heard Manic Street Preachers? They are my all-time favourite, I saw them live, they are amazing. luv jo x
from calmish :
Sorry you've been so ill, i hope u feel better soon. xx And I don't think you should worry about going to hell, I don't know you in the real world but just from reading your diary I can tell that there is too much goodness in you for you to ever go anywhere besides heaven, luv jo xx
from calmish :
hi! you probably won't remember me but I used to be yashka86 way back in 2003 and read you're diary, then you went away, and then I stopped being yashka86 coz I went into hospital and then into a homeless hostel and then...well anyway! I just wanted to tell you that I have a diary under the name calmish now and I just found you're writing again and have added you to my favourites. I hope you don't mind. All the best, luv jo xx
from thevina :
ok...that sounds good. You'll give me an account no.?
from thevina :
so I guess I should get used to reading the livejournal entries. you like that format better?
from thevina :
I think Rufus' music is condusive to getting high...but can still be enjoyed without mj...I forgot that his CD came out this week...today? My NPR station loves him- plays him and all his family- I'll have to go see if the local CD store got him in.
from thevina :
?what happened?
from thevina :
their loss my gain
from thevina :
you're unlocked! see, I noticed.
from indie-snob :
Hello there! I just added a review for a Grandaddy show I saw last week and thought you may be interested. I have a bunch of other concert and album review here too, including an Cursive (both live and a review for The Ugly Organ). Check it out, thanks! (I also think it's really cool that you're a middle aged religious man who keeps up with current independent musicians. I must say, I don't know of many people like that. Kudos)
from jbeckham7 :
Hi! I do feel its end times soon too. All the signs are coming very strongly. Like the wars, immorality and stuff.
from srch4balance :
Hi GC...I just got your note asknig for the password...I don't feel comfortable leaving it here in NOTES, but if you give me an email addy to contact u with, I'll send it that way.
from felicezombie :
yeah Im taking a diaryland sabbatical for the time being...I'll be around lj. You can also find me on my diaryesque project: http://www.cobal.org/sigilkitty/diary.html
from becann04 :
oh yes, I just read your last 2 entries (actually read them instead of skimming them), but I want to offer some encouragement, (it's something I know God has blessed me with as a spiritual gift)... One of my favorite verses is James 1:4--"Perseverance must finish it's work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." It's hard to understand sometimes, but if I didn't face the fluff I go through each day, God would never be able to reveal Himself to me and draw me closer to Himself, and henceforth perfect my faith in Him!! God is with you daily, you can surely count on that, and don't forget, He's just trying to draw you closer to Him, so just fall in Love with Him all over again.
from becann04 :
WOW!! First off I am just thrilled to find a Christian brother online, I know many but not one with the unique feature of over 1000 entries!! That was really a key reason of why I read your diary, I think that's impressive that someone can stick with diary-ing for that extensive amount of time. I really think it's a splendid example of your obvious consistent desire to the Lord...to be able to stick with Him as He sticks with you for that extensive amount of time, and much longer!! Hope to hear from you, and I'd love to continue chatting through notes!! Check out my diary, it only has 3 entries, but I just discovered Diaryland this week!! Psalm 27:4
from thevina :
I had to lock my diary- but do email me for super easy unlocking instructions. thanks
from yashka86 :
Hi! Thanks for reading my diary and leaving me that note, it made my day! I didn't think anyone actually read my diary, nice to know thats not true. I hope you are feeling better, you sounded really down when you were talking about being left out by your wife and her mother. I get that a lot when my sister is home from uni cos she bonds with our Mum more than I do and it can be really lonely. Anyway, I'm curious about your job. You work in an egg processing place but what is your actual job? Bye for now :)
from barefootsage :
I graduated from Lexington Theological Seminary in Lexington,Kentucky (in 1977).
from barefootsage :
3 books by Walker Percy (a Southern existentialist Catholic) that you might really enjoy: 1.Love in the Ruins (a novel) 2.The Second Coming (a novel) 3.Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book
from papersnow :
i moved my diary to papersnow.diaryland.com - the cista-diary won't be updated anymore. -cista
from barefootsage :
I came across your archives first and was excited by the theological references I saw.Then I went to your profile and ended up more excited.You and I have a lot in common.I don't think I will be able to read over 900 entries though!
from yashka86 :
Why do you always refer to yourself as waiting for the end of your life? Have you any dreams or ambitions which you would like to fulfil before you die?
from leegro :
congrats on your anniversary. so inspiring that you've been together so long. i could only hope and pray for others(and myself) to take example after you.
from felicezombie :
yeah, I had a situation with someone recently which made me feel like I couldn't really express myself over there, at least under that user id. I may create a new lj diary though. And I'll be keeping this one again.
from thevina :
I'm glad the sun is out!
from dolly15 :
Questionnaire 1. Why did you start your online diary? 2. What motivates you to invest your time in your diary? 3. A diary is generally classified as a personal thing. Why do you choose to express these thoughts to an audience on the Internet? 4. Are you always aware of your audience when you write your entries? 5. Who is your audience? 6. What does the design of your diary say about you? 7. The Internet is regarded as a place where you can be anyone you want to be. Do you think that you use your online diary to express and portray yourself in ways that are not possible in real life? 8. Do you take any measures to protect the confidentiality of the people that you write about in your diary? 9. What do you think about private on-line diaries? 10. What interests you in other online diaries? 11. Do you correspond with any other online diarists? Do you think that you are part of an online diary community? 12. Do you use any support services offered to you by Diaryland? Any other comments. Thank you for your time. k
from hometownboy :
I've locked everyone out. It's something I have got to do. I get weird mail about it, like some people think it's cool, or made up, or wonderfully entertaining, or they start to pity me... it's like, it's all this shit I don't want to deal with, even though it was my fault for creating a diary in the first place. I don't want to stop having a diary, so I have to lock it. I just made up a name and put it in the people list under the lock thing, and then I made up a password. I'll give you a hint: it's my mother's name. But that's it.
from felicezombie :
we wound up having a good valentine's day after all...I went out for a couple of drinks, and when I came back, he was there with flowers and chocolates and apologized, then we went out to a nice restaurant...it just had a bit of upheaval early on ;-)
from felicezombie :
I wont lock you out...actually, since there's the new private folder feature for gold members, if something is too personal that I dont want it to be public, I just put it there...sorry if the last entry was vague, Im not purging my buddy list here, just on aim, and I have a lot of dland folks on my Aol Instant messenger list...
from sassyoreo :
hey you probely dont know me but i read your diary and i liked it so keep typing
from felicezombie :
Thanks...yeah, the boy tells me that he thinks I look good with it, the big frustration is that it was cut *so* short, that it will take me six-eight months to get down to where I want it. (It was down to my back before, now it doesn't even reach my collar...) but we bought some manic panic and are going to put some blue streaks in it this weekend, so I can at least have some fun with it ;-)
from thevina :
for what its worth and at the risk of sounding insincere...i do pray for you as well with the assurance that our Father is listening and answering
from leegro :
although i do hate taking up space with two notes, i just want to encourage you that i'm praying for your health and that you are a very gifted writer. God bless huge, and as you know, God is so faithfull with every single detail in your life. Man you rock, your journal has been in some form mentoring me and encouaging me that when I get to your age, I can still trust in God and be passionate to assure that my relations and offspring will as well.
from leegro :
wow, most excellent taste in music and very inspiring writing. be blessed.
from felicezombie :
hey there, thanks for the email...yeah, my dad is actually a retired professor. He taught English (as well as theatre and journalism) for about forty years. He now runs a bookstore/theatre space in Pennsylvania...
from stealthkitty :
Thanks for the note:)
from felicezombie :
hey there...thanks for the note and thanks for reading :-)
from thevina :
Well, i am going to add you to my list of favorites...If you disapprove of the minor association please let me know...otherwise...great diary! thanks for sharing the juice (love of good tunes & thoughts)
from waterfall2 :
Foursquard churches love God with thier whole heart.. are concerned with thier members and worship whole heartly.. with everythig with in them.. they are not satisfied with just being ok. The want to get closer..and closer. I'm sure theres one in your city. Try them out. Another one is Assemblies of God.. them too are like that. Your thirst for God is God given so we search out for him more.. of course you know this.. its a good thing to want more...it good!! Waterfall2
from waterfall2 :
Dear Glory Cloud, Thank you for reading my entry :) Did you read any of my old stuff? I am a christian...born again..filled with the Holy Spirit. And I have a awsome testomny too. But as you can see.. I fail alot in my walk. I've back sliden before but I'm back on track.. God has not let go of me .. I'm still in the palm of his hand. Praise God. Christina ps. some of my entries are rated adult. sorry but its mostly forwarned in my subjects.. just skip them.
from johnhenry :
Sweet glorycloud, They Might Be Giants are a good band, too. I see nothing wrong with a lttle sax here and there, do you?
from mel839 :
floating!

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