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Today I am starting

Today, Labor Day, September 3rd..I am starting something new.

I am diving deep into something that has been stirring for a real long time.

I was reflecting on the journey with my mom yesterday at the beach. Family has become the number one reason for my own strength and success. Doing things better for them and for a future family of my own. If today can be about more than just Pumpkin Spiced Lattes( although top 5 most important things this is number 5) let it be about gratitude for people in your life. Stay tuned..

labor day

Spin

My life be spinning in circles.
Risk is the theme and so is follow through.
Diplomacy is the skill but so is power
Love is the game but so is lust.
Rust is the result, but so is fat
And sorrow, and sad, and endless
Mad!
The sight of these eyes is not satisfied,
It is filled with lie!
So color me new,
Who am I trying to fool?
I am lost in the lust it takes
To call you mine–
One whisper of your name,
Drives me insane!

Shine Along

Nephews, people, family, work, traveling, saying goodbye to my best pal Benji( still friends though) and just getting back into editing because this Mac is BACK!

Shine Along should really end: To Be Continued. There will be more to express and more to digress. We are to fight for light. Fearfully and wonderfully made we are. We are all feeling the confusion with the election time. God holds the answers and we are His ambassadors.

Fantasy Football Podcast

This may seem a little random but why not involve you in my train of thought for my Fantasy Football league. Since fall 2007 I have been in a league with my friends in Kansas City(and now we are all a little more spread out now). And only just last year did I start making a weekly podcast video to make an attempt to understand football but mostly to poke fun at life, football and people in the league. I have made most of these videos private because most people just tuning in don’t track with the inside jokes but because 80 some people follow this blog maybe you would like to see some of them.

This is the most recent.

This is my favorite from last season. The league starter/owner/main man stepped down as commissioner.

Shoreline Awards One Year Anniversary

The timer is off by just a day. The day is really Monday April 29, 2013 and in light of today is much celebration.

A year ago at this time I was receiving honor for a poem I wrote called “It Hurts So Good.” I made a video with my good friend Eric Hanson. Eric helped film me as we drove to Longview Community College( Lees Summit, MO). I will leave the story to the video and the awesome one liners that we crafted along the journey. The poem won first place in the school’s annual writing contest and publication called Shoreline. To this day I still don’t have a copy of the magazine and I am also in search of the gift card I lost that was the prize money. These two bummers do not compare with the first contest for writing I have ever won! Enjoy!

It Hurts So Good( written originally March 2009)

It hurts so good

To get us understood

Why, under the hood

Of this car, parts broken

Are hidden, the quasar

Guitar out of this planet

We want to escape this

Current stipulation,

Your Oregon Trail

Keeps our stomachs

In travail, dropping

Off dead bodies

Decaying the

Smell that kills,

Steals, destroys

Our ploys to get

Well.

It hurts so good

When you text me

How real the pain

Came to be, when in

One hour the victory

Was a high tower,

And remnants of

Tearful fractions

Of time spent

Aspires to dispel

Into thin air,

Like mount Everest

We have given our

Very best to stand

On top of the world,

We have wielded the

Sword, aimed for the

Academy Award for

Best original screenplay

About pain and running away

Like 17 Year old

Girlfriends that

Let the tension

Become the lesion

And tears made

Up the fall, that

After it all, Ender

Would save us all,

The brilliant dance

Would change our

Romance.

Aspiring to be free

I never saw it away

From me, huddled up

In a stoic apartment

Getaway, scribbling

This story as lived

By today, dividing it

As the bible of Ruckus,

What commotion has

Brought it to this?

It hurts so good that

You took your cookies,

Our goodies, your

Priorities out the door,

Your shoes not on

This floor, the upstairs

Boxes, your shoelaces

In remote places,

The laceration spaces

Reserved in need of

Graces aggravated

Against consciousness

It hurts so good when

She broke it off in the

Dead of winter, I was

Aflutter to respond

To her voicemail,

But it ended in jail,

With no money for bail,

I set this ship a sail

Toward a new ocean,

An eccentric commotion,

Stirring inside this affidavit

Written with strike through

Letters effect, to reject is

To collect what could

Never be fathomed,

Turned loose like

A bad phantom

We all want to change

The national anthem to

Be less free, less open

Ended to getting branded

And Wounded.

It hurts so good

When August blew

Past us and porch lit

Sunsets would get

Dim, set on letting

Go, but choking on

Tears that abrasion

Never scarred so

Easily, that sweet

Sweet summer

Would end eventually.

The midnight affray,

The vision of a new day

The empty white box

Counting the loss, a

A simple toss into

The river, taping over

The sliver in time dedicated

To her.

It hurts so good to know

That every contusion that

Keeps us up all night, will

Only shine bright and bring

More light to discoloration.

That sometimes confusion

Is the best place to start

The conversation.

Houses can be rebuilt to

Feel more like home

And on that Day when

He meets the groan, it

Will be made known that

I didn’t shy away, coy

In dismay, hid like a boy,

But rather I stood a

Better man, that my striving

Was not in vain, that from

Day one it was made plain

That death to all this pain,

Would make my soul sing,

And crossing over into

The heavenly ring, would

Cover multitudes of

Seemingly contorted

Pain.

It hurts so good to know

That every inch of God

Consciousness will make

Up for all this nonsense,

That golden roads and the

Endless placid river, we

Will see the giver—of life,

Of joy, of endless banqueting

Delights and He will stand

With all might and the bearer

Of our blind sight, The Man,

The Mission, The scar, here’s

My life so far, I embrace the pain.

Movie Reviews: The Best Of 2011

May I say, years ago, in my reading of Story I was prompted to check out every single movie he mentioned. Not exactly every kind but as many as were in caplocks as possible. This is my compiled list of my subjective favorites. This is not an extensive list of all the movies of the year, that would take way too long. These are my recommendations for you.

1. The Next Three Days( Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks, Lennie James)

From Academy Award winning Paul Haggis comes a very different, desperate side of Russell Crowe. What I like about this film is the nuance in Russell’s exterior. He plays a different guy that is more human and more vulnerable then he has been in the past. We are used to seeing Him dominate in Gladiator or in L.A. Confidental. I am used to seeing him as a tough renegade. He is rather normal and desperate in The Insider But here 10 years later he plays an average teacher who becomes bent on Don Quixote’s rational reasoning of what is a man’s reality. It is a reality that you create. So his sense of justice and plea to rescue his wife who is framed for murder. It sure comes out in a way that I enjoyed very much so.

2. The Switch (Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston, Michael Robinson, Patrick Wilson And that Jeff Goldblum guy)

Just a fun, sincere comedy from Alan Loeb(my new favorite screenwriter). Jason Bateman in his 17 movie credits since 2006 resurrects himself with the neurotic wally in this movie and Jennifer Anniston is all but wildly adorable. What I most appreciate is the candidness in these characters and the all but to human George Castanza paranoria that Jason adapts to, very well in fact. This movie made me laugh and cry in one setting, a must see.

3. Thor: God Of Thunder (Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins)

It has its moments of chease, like all the Avengers have brought to the screen but the spiritual metaphors and imagery in this film made me appreciate it all the more. Can’t say much more, just enjoy this one. And the gatekeeper, he’s the best.

4. Tree Of Life

I guess technically this was the end of 2010 that I saw this I will have to say that this artsy representation of the decay of man’s existence gave me a wind of life and a wind of inspiration. Its not so much the acting but the imagery and the scene arrangement that I really appreciated the most.

5. The Descendents

George Clooney plays the beached male that confronts loss in a way that I have not seen in a while. We are so used to the single womanizer of Up In The Air  Or Out Of Sight but its easy to forget those past cliches when you watch this film. Everyone has to confront death and there current reality mixed with your lack. Your kids can not become what you have imagined and no book is read to tell you how to deal with your wife dying or your kids not liking you but facing it, that is hard and that is real.I give this two big thumbs up, a must see. Just be aware of some volatile language.

I guess I am stopping at the top 5, but more of these to come. And Green Lantern was the worst movie of the year, just for the record.