Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

My Facebook Policy

Dumb thing happened on the way to the internet...

I'd post an opinion on Facebook and low and behold, people would argue with me. I thought what is up with that. So I posted this on my wall recently and got quite few positive comments. Seems others feel the same way I do. The internet is not for arguing. ;)

Okay, let's go over my FB policy again. Overarching metaphor: My FB wall is my front porch. Some evenings I go out and sit in my rocker, enjoy the weather and wave at the passersby. I'll have a tall cold glass of sweet tea and a book on my lap. Occasionally, I'll say hello to folks and invite them to join me on the porch for a glass of iced tea. Sit awhile. Chew the fat. Talk books.

When I post something, it's me saying hello. You can nod and keep going. Not offended. You can wave and compliment the nice yard and pretty flowers. That's always nice. You can stop and visit, have a glass of sweet iced tea. If you choose unsweetened, I understand. Not a problem. The problem is when you insult my choice for sweetened. Or tell me your choice is better. Or start commenting negatively about my yard and flowers. I just invited you to my front porch and you're gritching?

Now some people will say, what do you expect? Commentators are gonna commentate. I say, sit on your dang porch and have at it. Some people will say, he only wants people who like sweet iced tea on his porch. I say, nope. I want polite neighbors. Some people will say it's unrealistic to share your iced tea and not expect some push back. I say what the heck are you talking about?

So, I'm going to try again tomorrow. Most days it works out great. But sometimes I get some gritchers. Well, what's great about my front porch? I can detour people to another street. They'll never again have to walk by my house and have to decide whether they'll nod and walk on, wave and say hi, or sit and chat awhile. Because if one can't be neighborly, they don't need to be my neighbor.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

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Friday, March 25, 2016

The Living Parable of a New Kind of King

Text: Matthew 21.1-11

We’re coming to the close of Holy Week. For the Christian, this most sacred of weeks started with Palm Sunday. That’s when we celebrate our Lord’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Many of us waved our palm branches this past Sunday in honor of Jesus’s victory parade, if you will, as Messiah.

We sang “Hosanna!” which means “Save us now!” and we learned it was in fact a war cry of sorts. The people were calling out to God, echoing the words from Psalm 118.25-26, “O Yahweh, save us! (Hosanna!) O Yahweh, grant us success! Blessed is he who comes in the name of Yahweh.” Because surely the one who comes in the name of the Lord will save his people from despair.

Entering Jerusalem in this manner, accompanied by these shouts of praise and petition, was not an accident. Jesus knew exactly what he was doing. He was creating a living parable. He was acting out a message about his person and his purpose. He had something he wanted to communicate and he did it in grand style.

My brother pointed this out to me in a devotional he wrote recently for his church’s website: “Instead of just entering the city with his disciples as he had in times past, this time Jesus chose to stage a drama to make a statement. Drawing on the history of the Jewish people from the time of David, mixing in imagery from the prophets, Jesus proclaimed the he was God’s king and chosen one and ruler over his kingdom.”

A drama. An enacted parable. A teaching tool.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Twitter Round Up

Follow me @resaliens on Twitter.
Some silly tweets from this past week. Some are mine, others I've retweeted. Puns, one liners, clean humor - all fair game. :)

  • I'd like to lose weight but I don't want to get caught up in one of those "eat right and exercise" scams.
  • I'm called a Master of Suspense because
  • I think I'm going to use the word skedaddle more often.
  • Ban pre-shredded cheese. Make America grate again.
  • An editor wants to publish you for exposure? What other venue lets you only get exposure while everyone else gets paid? College basketball.
When I found out there will be another Indiana Jones movie, I came up with some possible titles:
  • Indiana Jones and the Early Bird Special
  • Indiana Jones and the Missing Dentures
  • Indiana Jones and the Golden Walker
  • Indiana Jones and the Titanium Hip Replacement
  • Indiana Jones and the Mysterious Face Lift
  • Indiana Jones and the Age of Depends
And finally, I tweeted out a 25 part #TwitFic serial of a flash fiction piece I wrote a few years ago. Took me all day! I'm gonna have to find a scheduling app for Twitter if I do this again. If you want to catch up on the experiment, visit #TwitFic and scroll from 1 to 25. :)

For whatever reason, this tweet in my serial was the most retweeted:

  • “And the recursive function took care of our earlier grammatical problems. Even the predictive parser is operating properly.” #TwitFic 06/25
Until next time, keep tweeting!