Musings from a liberally conserative, extroverted introvert, optimistic pessimist, idealistic realist
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April 23, 2008 by SH80
Right now, my insides feel like the computer desktop screensaver with the pipes that twist and turn at all angles in a breakneck pace. While I stare blankly at the onscreen pipes that overwhelm my senses, my innards twist and flail with contradictory feelings that overcome my sensibilities. I’m trying to understand my feelings but keeping pace with the thoughts that come and go is difficult. I’ve always thought of myself as a living contradiction in terms…an idealistic realist...
April 18, 2008 by SH80
One year ago today, I proposed to my wife. So, in a nostalgic moment a year later, I'd like to retell our story that I wrote one year ago... "Yes! Yes! Yes!" is what the love of my life said when I asked her to marry me. Why B&N?  I recreated our first date together. On our first date, I had 4 cards waiting for Tenille. The first card had a #4 on the outside, and on the inside, I told her she had 15 minutes in B&N to find 3 books which we'd share over 1 cup of coffee (3+1=...
April 14, 2008 by SH80
I am on a continual journey of self-discovery and growth through reading (from the bible, from devotionals, from literature (both nonfiction and fiction)), through listening (to others and their experiences, through family and friends, through sermons in church and online, through counseling), through writing (out of my own thoughts and experiences, out of my own reflection), and speaking (with my wife, with family and friends, with others). I believe that growing and stretching my fai...
March 9, 2008 by SH80
Our home is adorned with clocks. (If you know me and you've been to our home, you know what I mean...as I sit here on the couch already tired from a lost hour of sleep, I am within view of seven clocks.

We have big clocks, little clocks, wall clocks, clocks on stands, digital clocks, analog clocks, clocks with arabic numerals, clocks with roman numerals (Did you know that all roman numeral clocks use IIII instead of IV?), not to mention cell phone clocks, answering machine cloc...
March 9, 2008 by SH80
Our home is adorned with clocks. (If you know me and you've been to our home, you know what I mean...as I sit here on the couch already tired from a lost hour of sleep, I am within view of seven clocks.

We have big clocks, little clocks, wall clocks, clocks on stands, digital clocks, analog clocks, clocks with arabic numerals, clocks with roman numerals (Did you know that all roman numeral clocks use IIII instead of IV?), not to mention cell phone clocks, answering machine cloc...
March 3, 2008 by SH80
 

It is said that “patience is a virtue.”

A virtue is defined by the dictionary as “a good or admirable quality or property;” and a virtue is described in the encyclopedia as “a character trait valued as being good.”

Patience is defined by the dictionary as "1) the quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like; 2) an ability or willingness to sup...
March 3, 2008 by SH80
A little over a year ago, I shared a shortened version of the following story with my date. Shortly thereafter, I blogged the story in its entirety, and I posted it on another blog site. Since I've started using JoeUser, I thought I'd post it here. So, I share with you the story of Boots...

A couple of years ago, I built a house in a rather undeveloped neighborhood. There were a few homes that preceded the one I had built scattered about the patch of land waiting to be covered with new homes....
March 3, 2008 by SH80
I’ve almost finished reading the book, No More Christian Nice Guy by Paul T. Coughlin. I too was once a Christian Nice Guy (CNG). I thought that I had to forego my own desires and longings to satisfy and appease others. My misguided view of Jesus led me to believe that I always had to turn the other check instead of standing up for myself. For the longest time, I thought Jesus was passive and peaceful, and for me, this meant avoiding conflict…even to my own detriment…which ev...
March 3, 2008 by SH-80
I spent the other evening in what would be considered a “traditional” church. After having attended a “traditional” church the previous week (after getting bottlenecked in unusual Sunday morning traffic, thus missing the opportunity to walk in late as usual to my not-so-traditional church where people don’t stare at you in disapproval if you walk in late wearing jeans with holes and open-toed sandals), I’ve now been in a “traditional” church twice ...
July 14, 2007 by SH-80
Welcome to my blog site where you will find random musings and writing pieces that I have developed over a period of time.

Personally, I am a 37-year-old, divorced and remarried, Christian father of two children, and an educator by profession.

After attempting to do things my way for a peroid of time in my life following my separation and divorce, I have allowed God to work His will in my life; for I believe that He has a purpose for me, and I believe that He is not finished with me. Join ...