Not Alone

Amazing quote…

A man alone is a neighbor of God.

–From the film, Baran

 

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Mental Illness and the Christian Church

The Church can be a very sorry companion for the mentally ill, but also can be the greatest source of hope

Someone sent this article to me, and I found it short, but so beneficial, that I had to share it here.

Looking at the world through a glass, darkly

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Brandon W. Peach writes about many topics, but his understanding and experience with mental illness and the Church’s broadly (but not always) ill-conceived overall response to it–as well-intended as it may be–is more encouraging than anything else.

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Kurt Cobain’s birthday this past Thursday–he would have been 47

I wonder how the rest of the band members feel on this day (February 20th). I wonder how his family feels. I wonder what it was like to have the stomach pains that he endured, created or given.

Do they drag out the old sad stories? Do they work extra hard to keep them put away?

I wonder how Neal Young feels about Cobain quoting his song at the very end of his life:

“My, my, hey, hey,
Rock and roll is here to stay
It’s better to burn out than to fade away
My my, hey hey”

I wish he had stayed with us.

And he didn’t fade away.

 

Connecting Dots

He doesn't know a way out, but knows a way IN, Precious...

Figuring OUT

 

Sometimes I connect dots, of which I do not know whether they are supposed to connect.

I have to try. If I don’t, how can I make any sense of “supposed to”?

*Warning* If you require only happy posts, this one is not for you. It does have light at the end of it though.

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All things grow

If I was crying,
In the van with my friend,
It was for freedom
From myself and from the land

I made a lot of mistakes…

I made a lot of mistakes…

You came to take us
All things go, all things go
To recreate us
All things grow, all things grow
We had our minds set
All things know, all things know
You had to find it
All things go, all things go

–Sufjan Stevens, Chicago

I never knew how much I wanted freedom until I really knew I didn’t have it. Truly having firsthand knowledge of working for The Man, not having the luxury of going where I want and when, now knowing if it will get better, and the cycle of keeping all of that going; the searing sadness and the nameless gnawing of not following what I felt tailored for, somehow; to live abundantly and freely instead of being stared down by…something else.

I must have my freedom. I have a Recreator working in me–even when I don’t feel it.

Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”

–Revelation 21:5

Toddler Courage – Sonoma wine, Thanksgiving, & Jack Daniel’s Honey

This past Thanksgiving my family visited the Kunde Family Estate Winery in Sonoma. It was a beautiful place and we really enjoyed it. I was excited to see the “Biodynamic” growing policy signs around the property. I’m proud to be clued in on that and participating in that kind of business. But what first got me bent on visiting Kunde Winery was hearing about their caves.

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Impressions from Pearl Jam’s Lightning Bolt Tour

Once upon a time, I could control myself

My first take on Pearl Jam’s Lightning Bolt Tour in Los Angeles

My wife wanted to go see Pearl Jam. After a long and “very rigid search” for tickets, we made it in.

Keep on rockin' in the free world...

Our view during the last encore

I’ve been a fan for so long I was excited to see them. I will write more later but I just had to revel in the nostalgia a bit.

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Mind is a Parachute

“Your mind is like a parachute.”

–Andy Argyris

It only works when it opens

Your Mind is a Parachute

Like a parachute, it works when it’s open. It saves you’re life when it opens. It turns your enemies (gravity, wind resistance) into your best friends.

If it stays closed, you will perish.

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Usefulness of Frailty

Usefulness of frailty

Blessed are the shallow
Depth they’ll never find
Seems to be some comfort
In rooms I try to hide

Exposed beyond the shadows
You take the cup from me
Your dirt removes my blindness
Your pain becomes my peace

Frail, Jars of Clay

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CHARGE! Attitude in the American West

I’m starting a new category on MyBrainBlinks for those moments that make me want to get up and face a Leviathan.

This movie clip is so awesome, I think I need to watch it regularly. If you haven’t seen Silverado, it’s a fun movie with an awesome cast.

Emmet (Scott Glenn here) had just been beaten, kicked by a horse repeatedly, and practically left for dead. Pretty bleak situation. But on Danny Glovers update, he just rips off his head dressing and reaches for the second amendment.

Concussion?…ain’t nobody got time fo’ that!!

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