Lost My Enterprise, Have My Juliet

Lost My Enterprise, Have My Juliet

This goes out to my wife, who I adore, on our thirty eighth wedding anniversary.

I have been in my new home for a few months.  I have been settling in and enjoying my new residence and location. Yesterday I came to a somewhat sad realization but at the same time it affirmed to me what really makes me happy and what is most important in my life.

If you’ve read my previous post (Star Trek In A Band) you know that I have an affection for the original Star Trek TV show.  And you would know that what I liked most about the show was the comradery of the crew, the all for one and one for all attitude, the common goal of the core characters, the brothers and sisters in arms.

When I was young, and still to this day, the brothers in arms attitude in a band was one of the things that attracted me to music.  I thought I had found it in one band when I was much younger, and have been looking for it ever since. Continue reading

One Simple Word

One Simple Word

Romans 13:8-10

Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity.

Paul breaks it down to one simple word, love.

And he’s not talking about wanting to go over and boink the neighbor.

He’s talking about simply respecting another life.

King Solomon talked about the folly of pride and vanity.  Paul is taking that further.

“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  By neighbor Paul means every human life, everyone is your neighbor.

It’s a simple concept but don’t confuse simple with easy. Continue reading

The LOVE Of Money

The LOVE Of Money

1 Timothy 6:10

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

I think this verse is one of the most misquoted verses of the Bible.

I know as a child and a teenager I often misquoted this verse and I remember my grandmother correcting me.

Most people paraphrase this verse especially when trying to make a compelling case against corporations, profits and capitalism.

They will leave out the one key word.  They will say “Money is the root of all evil”.  But if you read above, you will notice they omitted “love”. Continue reading

What Is Christmas Spirit?

What Is Christmas Spirit?

This year is the first time I can ever remember not having much Christmas Spirit.

Honestly I’m not really sure what Christmas Spirit is so I thought I would write about it to see if it helps me figure it out.

I guess most people would say Christmas Spirit is the feeling of joy and the spirit of giving.

I know when I was a kid Christmas was the most anticipated time of the year.  The joy and the spirit of giving wasn’t the reason for the excitement, it was the joy of getting.

I was a kid and that’s what Christmas was all about.  It was the one time of the year (besides your birthday) that you got gifts, nice gifts.

But it wasn’t totally about me and what gifts I was going to receive.  I also loved the family getting together, the lights, the trees and the special once a year food.  (Steamed shrimp, yum / fried oysters and oyster pie, yuck)  Christmas Eve was the only time of the year my grandma got out her fine punch bowl and filled it with ginger ale and scoops of orange sherbet.

I grew up but hung on to the love that I had for Christmas. Continue reading

One of My Most Favorites, Eric Clapton

One of My Most Favorites, Eric Clapton

I have written about some of my favorite artists but today I wanted to write about one of my most favorite artists (if there is such a thing as most favorite), Eric Clapton.

I want to write about the honesty in his work which I am sure translates into him as a person.

A few years back my wife bought some CD’s at a yard sale and among the many that she brought home was Eric Clapton’s “Pilgrim”.

When I first reviewed the CD insert I looked at the credits.  I noticed it was all electronic programmed drums.  That instantly turned me off.   But when I finally sat down and started listening to it I liked it and it quickly became one of my favorite Clapton albums.

One of my favorite songs on “Pilgrim” is “River of Tears”.  At first I couldn’t believe that “River of Tears” was programmed drums. Continue reading