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So Long, 2014

December 31, 2014 3 comments

Today is the last day of the year. Where has the time gone. It seems like just the other day that we were beginning 2014.

It’s been an eventful year. I have two Juniors, one in high school and one in college.

Lauren got started in nursing school. That, plus a boyfriend of four years, has kept her busy.

Andrew became a starter in football and has had a successful academic year as well.

Andrew and I went to all of Tennessee’s home football games but one. It was another good year of fun together.

Jan had knee surgery recently. She’s still in recovery mode, by looks to be healing.

Work has been busy, with a tremendous amount of growth and a great deal of change.

I was able to meet Bill the Cycleguy this year as he vacationed nearby. We had breakfast together, as well as a good visit.

All in all, 2014 was a pretty good year. I’m looking forward to what 2015 will bring.

How was your 2014?

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The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

December 30, 2014 2 comments

It’s that time of year when many folks are taking a break from their regular blogging entries.  They are naming their top posts of the year and listing their top commenters.

Me?  I’m doing something a little different.  I’m going to list the good, the bad and the ugly of the year.  My top three posts.  Three bad ones and one absolutely awful one.  So here goes:

The Good

The number one post this past year was not even one I wrote during 2o14.  In fact, I wrote it in May 2013, so it won’t be long before this one is two years old.  The top viewed post of the year was Why I Get Sleepy In Church.

Next was How I Walk/Run 20,000 Steps Everyday.  I haven’t been doing as well lately with some tough times with Andrew’s and Jan’s knees.  Then, of course, there are the holidays.  But I’m still going at it pretty strong and I’m going to pick it up over the next week.  I have a half-marathon to train for.

The final of the “the good” is God’s Not Dead: A Movie Review.  I honestly almost didn’t remember writing this one.  It was a very though provoking movie, but not really a good post.

The Bad

Here was one that hardly anyone read: Why You Need A Life Plan.  People probably ought to seek that advice from someone else.

The next two were virtually ignored and had the same theme:

An Introduction To Philemon

Paul’s Prayer For Philemon

The Ugly

Nothing to see here.  I was sick and called a few sick days on the blog.  Sick Day Part 2 was pretty bad.

Do any of the posts from this blog stick out to you from this past year?

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My 10 Most Anticipated Movies Of 2015

December 29, 2014 9 comments

If you have been a follower of this blog for a while, you know that I like movies.  I really like all kinds, but I focus primarily on action, sci fi and comic book movies.  At least when it comes to my favorites.

2015 promises to be a big movie year.  There are several I am looking forward to.  It’s hard to pinpoint which I want to watch the most, so I’ll list these somewhat chronologically.

Furious 7 is up first.  It’s the latest in The Fast and The Furious franchise.  The main reason I look forward to this one is because Andrew loves these films.  I would like them but they are something that he and I enjoy watching together.

Avengers: Age of Ultron is up next.  I’m a huge comic book movie geek.  I collected comic books all the way through college before finally giving it up.  These movies allow me to be that same kid that fell in love with comic books in 1973.  This movie is highly anticipated and the trailer looks great.

Mad Max: Fury Road comes out shortly after the Avengers.  I was a huge fan of Mel Gibson’s original run.  I haven’t read too much about how they update this, but I like the concept and I like Tom Hardy.

Tomorrowland is a bit of a mystery to me.  It is based, somewhat, on the area at Disneyland.  It is co-written and directed by Brad Bird who brought us The Incredibles.  What I have read about it seems fascinating, so I’ll give it a whirl.

Terminator Genisys continues the Terminator franchise.  Arnold will be making an appearance, so I have to check this one out.

Next up is Ant-Man.  Marvel did a great job bringing a group of obscure characters to the screen last year in Guardian of the Galaxy.  I have faith that they will take a tale about a guy who can shrink to the size of an ant and turn it into a gigantic success.

Spectre brings back James Bond in the fall.  I have loved James Bond movies for over 30 years now.  The last few have been among the best.

November will bring the final Hunger Games movie with Mockingjay -Part 2.  I haven’t seen part 1 yet, but I will soon and look to see them bring the story home with this one.

The grand poobah of geek movies will come out on December 18.  Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be the first film under the Disney leadership.  J.J. Abrams is directing so, yeah, I’ve got my geek on over this one.

Finally, I am looking forward to Mission: Impossible 5.  Say what you want about Tom Cruise, he does a pretty good job with these films.

Not quite making the cut, but some that I will see in some form or fashion are: Kingsman: The Secret Service, Divergent: Insurgent, Paul Blart 2, The Fantastic Four (though I think this one may stink), The Man From UNCLE, and  London Has Fallen.

What movies are you looking forward to in 2015?

Merry Christmas

December 25, 2014 1 comment

I’m taking time off to celebrate Christmas.  I hope you do the same.  I wish you all a very, merry Christmas.

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Christmas Eve

December 24, 2014 Leave a comment

I’m taking some time off to spend with family celebrating the birth of our Lord.  I hope you have a wonderful Christmas time.

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New Thoughts On Festivus

December 23, 2014 2 comments

Today is Festivus and today marks the annual Festivus post.  Of course, Festivus is a fictional holiday created during the heyday of Seinfeld.  You can check it out for yourself if you need more history on it.

My friend, David, and I usually get together for lunch and celebrate together.  The only things we don’t have is an aluminum Festivus pole to commemorate the event, but we may some day.

Festivus is a bit of a joke for us, a bit of levity during the stress of the Christmas season.  However, I had some thoughts about it this year.

Airing of Grievances

One thing that marks Festivus is the traditional airing of grievances.  This actually doesn’t sound much different from any other day.  We certainly, as a species, love to complain.

We who follow Christ should strive to be different.  We should do all things without grumbling or complaining.  What if we spent more time airing all of the good things that happen in our life?

Feats of Strength

George Constanza’s dad wanted to compete in a wrestling as a feat of strength.  What if we turned this on its ear as well?

What if, instead, we took Joshua’s words to heart?  What if we strove to be strong and courageous to honor the Lord?  What difference would Festivus and Christmas be in our lives?

Festivus Miracle

The description of Festivus includes a Festivus miracle.  The problem is  that we have miracles in our lives daily.  Living itself is a miracle.  We take our lives for granted.  Let’s open our eyes to the miracles the Lord allows into our lives and celebrate them daily, not just one day a year.

Yes, Festivus is a joke.  We don’t have movies, though we have one TV episode that highlights it.  Let’s use it to drive us close the Lord, even though it has nothing inherently to do with our faith or the Christmas season we celebrate.

Do you give any thought to Festivus?

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10 Things I Like About Christmas Week

December 22, 2014 2 comments

If you didn’t know by now, it’s Christmas week.  Thursday will be here quickly.  The world will slow down for one day and then many of us will be back to work on Friday.

This happens to be one of my favorite weeks of the year.  It is chock full of all sorts of things that make me happy.  Here are just a few.

  1. A short work week.  I love my job and I love to work, but I certainly love to take periodic breaks, Christmas being one of my favorites.
  2. Festivus.  Yes, it’s a made up holiday (more on that tomorrow), but it is so silly that I enjoy it.
  3. Cradle to the Cross.  My church sets up for all of us to arrive and participate in the Lord’s Supper each Christmas Eve.  It’s something that we enjoy each year.
  4. Pigeon Forge.  We take one last trip through Pigeon Forge, and sometimes Gatlinburg, looking at all of the Christmas lights.  We usually stop for a couple of treats and listen to Christmas music on the radio.
  5. A Christmas Story.  Of course, TBS shows this classic for 24 hours straight.  We love to catch one of them together.
  6. The true Christmas story.  We will pause to read and think about the core of this holiday.  You can’t have Christmas without Christ, can you?
  7. Food.  There is going to be a lot of good food this week.  I can’t wait to eat some of it.
  8. Gifts.  My love language is gifts.  I love to open presents.  They don’t have to be big or anything.  If it’s something meaningful to me, then I will love.  Hint:  Underwear doesn’t mean much to me.
  9. Movies.  Christmas always means getting a slew of new movies to watch.  I love it.
  10. Doctor Who Christmas Special.  I like to end my Christmas with this special.  In fact, our Gallifreyan doctor will be meeting up with Santa this year.

These are just a few of my favorite things about this week.  How about you?

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