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1/7/2017 Recap

Today was a cold day.  In fact, the temperature didn’t even rise above freezing and tomorrow is going to be just a pinch better.  Thank the Lord I was fully prepared for this weather.

Other than that, nothing of significance happened today.  With that said, I’m going to leave you with one of my favorite songs, “Such Great Heights” by Iron and Wine.  The lyrics are below the video…

 

I am thinking it’s a sign
That the freckles in our eyes
Are mirror images and when we kiss
They’re perfectly aligned

And I have to speculate
That God himself did make us
Into corresponding shapes
Like puzzle pieces from the clay

And true it may seem like a stretch
But it’s thoughts like this that catch
My troubled head when you’re away
When I am missing you to death

When you are out there on the road
For several weeks of shows
And when you scan the radio
I hope this song will guide you home

They will see us waving from such great heights
Come down now, they’ll say
But everything looks perfect from far away
Come down now but we’ll stay

I’ve tried my best to leave
This all on your machine
But the persistent beat
It sounded thin upon listening

And that frankly will not fly
You’ll hear the shrillest highs
And lowest lows with the windows down
When this is guiding you home

They will see us waving from such great heights
Come down now, they’ll say
But everything looks perfect from far away
Come down now but we’ll stay


If it’s the Lord’s will, well see you tomorrow.

Mike 🙂

1/6/2017 Recap

Today was a very cold day.  As I mentioned yesterday, the threat of winter weather came upon us and it actually snowed.   It will be gone be tomorrow, but that cold air will remain with a daytime high of 32°F.  This is a bad time to be single…

Speaking of my singleness, on one hand, I like it…maybe even love it.  The freedom alone is worth being single.  On the other hand…nevermind.

Take care of yourselves and we’ll see you tomorrow if it’s the Lord’s will.

Mike 🙂

1/5/2017 Recap

Remember when I mentioned being chosen as a Neighborhood Watch captain?  Well, my City Counselor asked me to emcee a Neighborhood Watch-sponsored banquet.

Yikes!

Reluctantly, I agreed to do it.  Who knows how this will turn out for me.  I’m excited and nervous at the same time.  Keep me in your prayers about this one.

Other than that, the state is preparing for a possible weather event; it’s all but certain that there’s going to be a winter storm on tomorrow.  With us being in the Deep South and being used to mostly mild winters, you can imagine how that news got over.  Fortunately, I have my groceries, meds, and other necessities, I’m as ready as I can get.

The question remains will it actually do something or as usual it’ll be another winter storm bust for us?

Tune in tomorrow and find out, and if it’s the Lord’s will, we’ll see you then!

Mike 🙂

1/4/2017 Recap

I forgot to write yesterday’s Recap, but to tell you the truth, nothing interest happened.

Well, on to the next Recap…

1/3/2017 Recap

Today I had an early morning meeting with a potential new client.  Without going into too many details, the initial meeting was more successful than I had ever hoped for.  Everything is not finalized yet so I will remain cautious.  Still, I feel this project will be a huge step in the right direction.

Later on this afternoon, the council member for my district contacted me.  She politely informed me that I will be the Neighborhood Watch Captian for my community.  I could not have picked a better time to restart my anti-anxiety meds.

Bottom line, today has been a very blessed day for me.  I don’t know which direction the Lord is taking me with big changes in my life, I’m going to fasten my seatbelt anyway.

It’s gonna be a wild ride!

If it’s the Lord’s will, we’ll see you tomorrow 😉

Mike

1/2/2017 Recap

Today was a very rainy day.  I mean it came down in buckets…big buckets at that.

I had a phone conversation with a former girlfriend of mine.  It was full of reminiscing and laughter.  During that two and a half hour conversation, it was agreed upon that we would have a date this evening.  Needless to say, I was excited.

Date time arrives.  No call.  No text.  No instant message.  Nothing.

Yep, I got stood up.

No worries.  While I was disappointed, in reality, it was a mixed blessing:  My Aburn Tigers were playing the Oklahoma Sooners in the Sugar Bowl.  So at least I got to see my team play for the last time this college football season.  Near the beginning of the fourth quarter, I received the following text from my former girlfriend…

Do you want to kill me now or later?  I am so sorry about tonight.  I will call you in the morning.  Hopefully, we will have power.

Well, I can’t say that I didn’t hear from her.  I refuse to text her back because didn’t have the emotional strength to converse with her at this point.  I may respond tomorrow.  Or maybe not.

By the way, Auburn lost the game 35-19.  When it rains, it pours, huh?

Lord willing, I see you tomorrow 😉

1/1/2017 Recap

The new year has arrived.  Whoopee.

Nothing major occurred today; I pretty much went on my daily routine.  However, I truly wish I had a church home where I could attend Sunday morning worship, especially with New Year’s Day falling on a Sunday.  Being unchurched for five years has its pros and cons.  Let’s see what 2017 will bring in that area.

One of my best friends wants to come over next week with his so they can fill out job applications online.  I don’t mind helping people because there are times that I know I need someone else’s assistance.  Thing is, this particular friend has the tendency to engage in more online activity than previously mentioned and that bugs the hell out of me.  Well, I have a week to prepare for this.

Finally, I’ve had a high number concerning my blood pressure.  I’ve taken my medicine and watched my sodium intake.  I truly believe this may be the result of stress from certain friends and one particular client.  I also believe the stress may be stemming from me deciding to deal without the aid of medication, so I truly need to contemplate on my next step.

If it’s the Lord’s will, we’ll see you tomorrow. 😉

Mike

Seriously…Can Anything Be Done?

A gunman killed 10 people at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.  The shooter is identified as 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer.

I really hate it when tragedies such as this occur.  Obviously, my heart and prayers go out to the victims and their families.  However, when crap like this takes place, we hear the buzz phrase “Looking for answers”.  The media also rolls out a bunch of talking heads singing the same old song, but with different lyrics each time.

Look, I’m not an expert at anything, much less on the issue of gun violence.  I will admit that I do find it a bit unsettling when I see non-law enforcement personnel walking around strapped.  Still, as progressive as I claim to be, I don’t think a more strict gun control legislation will be the panacea of this problem.

I believe it’s more of a mental health issue.

I mean, think about it for a moment.  Why on earth would a mentally stable person want to kill someone in such a dramatic fashion?

Sure, some of the blame could be placed on certain things; entertainment tends to glorify scenes such as sex and violence.  Even then…in my most humble opinion…if one could be so easily influenced, then that individual already had some underlying issues to begin with.

I’m not going to present you with stats and figures concerning mental illness; shucks, I can be emotionally unstable at times myself.  However, I do support some type of mental evaluation prior to the purchase of a firearm.  It can’t hurt anything, right?  No one’s 2nd Amendment rights would be violated providing they would submit to the evaluation.

Eh, I don’t know.  Maybe I’m truly speaking about something I don’t know anything about.  Sadly, there’s probably going to be another shooting tragedy before the close of the year.  Yet, we’ll get the same old song and dance, same old displays of outrage and same old arguments about gun control.  After a couple of weeks or so, it will be back to business as usual.

Oh well.  This cranberry juice is delicious…

Safiyyah Cotton: A Victim of Circumstance or A Lack of Motivation?

Below is a video about 22-year old Safiyyah Cotton, a worker at McDonald’s who earns $7.50 per hour.

I saw this video on my timeline on Facebook, and let’s just say I hope none of these folks fall on hard times anytime soon…

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