Twinkies and Candy Bars

Twinkies and Candy Bars

Isaiah 55:1-2

“Come, everyone who thirsts,
    come to the waters;
and he who has no money,
    come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
    without money and without price.
Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
    and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good,
    and delight yourselves in rich food.

 “Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy?”  That is a question we all should ask ourselves every day, and then we should honestly answer it. Continue reading

Twinkies and Candy Bars

Twinkies and Candy Bars

Isaiah 55:1-2

“Come, everyone who thirsts,
    come to the waters;
and he who has no money,
    come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
    without money and without price.
Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
    and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good,
    and delight yourselves in rich food.

 “Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy?”  That is a question we all should ask ourselves every day, and then we should honestly answer it. Continue reading

How Little Time

How Little Time

Last winter right before Christmas I witnessed something that happened right outside my window at work.

Around 4:00 PM as the early darkness of winter was making its way into the day I heard an ambulance siren.  It’s not unusual to hear these sirens.  Normally they are on their way to somewhere down the road.

But this day it stopped right outside my window at the company across the street.

I could see an employee standing outside signaling the ambulance to stop and showing the paramedics where to go in the building. Continue reading

Is Your Lunch Hour Sacred?

Is Your Lunch Hour Sacred?

Is your lunch hour a sacred time for you?

My lunch hour has become my writing time.  It’s one of the few hours through the day that I am left alone.

Most employees in an office environment use the lunch hour to get out of the building and get some lunch.  That’s not a bad idea but for me it’s very difficult to go somewhere and get food that is healthy in less than an hour.  Plus it can get pretty expensive eating out for lunch every day.  You might be able to get a quick meal for five dollars but it’s going to fatten your belly and clog your arteries.

Even at just five dollars a day it adds up.  If you work the normal 250 days a year that comes to $1250 on cheap, crappy food.

But that’s everyone’s choice. Continue reading

I Practice, Practice, Practice

I Practice, Practice, Practice

It’s been a while since I wrote a piece about my endeavors in home recording.

I’ve been turning out a new song idea about every two weeks, sometimes a little more frequently.

I’d could turn out more songs but I am limited by the constraints of time and other responsibilities.

I work eight hours a day, five days a week.  I have a family and a house to take care of and I am practicing every day.

Over the past 10 months of exploring, learning and doing home recording I have established my days to work on song writing and recording.

Usually I write on Saturday nights between 10:00 PM and 1:00 AM.  That’s when I have a long enough stretch of uninterrupted time to work with all the ideas I have made notes about during the week.

If I am lucky I get the song’s basic tracks and arrangement laid down. Continue reading

Wasted Words, Wasted Time

Wasted Words, Wasted Time

The other day while I was at my real job, the one that pays the bills, I was listening to one of the younger employees talking on the telephone with a supplier.

All that he was trying to accomplish was to simply verify that the supplier had received a copy of a purchase order and insure there were no issues with the purchase order.

As he makes first contact with the supplier he gives his name and the company name which is the professional thing to do.  But then he begins to tell the person on the other end of the line the saga of how this purchase order came to be. Continue reading

Waiting For The Print Icon

Waiting For The Print Icon

The other day as I hit the print icon and then sat there staring at my computer screen waiting for the print menu to pop up I thought “How much time do I waste just sitting and staring at this computer screen?”

I wasn’t thinking about the time at home when I may be wading through the stagnant waters of Facebook.  That’s time I can stop and say enough and turn it off.

I was thinking about the time that I spend at work sitting doing nothing for two to three seconds while I wait for the print menu to pop up.

It’s such a small piece of time the you can’t decide to multi task. (To me multi taskings is saying I’ll do two things at the same time and give marginal quality to each task.) So you just sit there and waste two to three seconds of your life every time you click the print icon.

Next I did what I always do when I think of something like that, I run the numbers. Continue reading