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Does anyone else find it's a bit early?

Well, it finally happened this weekend: I saw my first signs of the Christmas invasion! Shannon and I went to the Statesboro Youth Ballet's performance of the Nutcracker and on the way there, one of those adhoc Christmas tree tents was set up along the road with a huge banner advertising for people to get there tree there. Maybe I being closed minded, but shouldn't we wait until we're finished with one widely celebrated holiday before we steam roll into the next?

Anyway, for those of you gearing up for the holiday shopping rush, here's a gift that's great for Monday mornings, and here's a gift that's great when the family comes home for the holidays! (speaking of soap, how lazy do you have to be for this?)

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Ever dream of being a rock star?

For all you rockers out there, this one's for you!

For anyone else chasing your dreams, I say go for it!

(Because, after all, there are dreams and then there's dreams.)

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Choose Life (Post 101)

(I've just past the century mark for posts on dw!)

This morning, I sat reading for a little (w/ CHall's "Sweep Me Away" for bgmusic). Several things struck me, and I thought I'd share the readings. It wasn't much, but I just sat thinking, let the words soak in for a bit. (And after a full, little rough weekend, it was meaningful.)

He (Jesus) called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life?" (Mark 8:34-37)

"Choosing life seems like the reasonable thing to do. If given the choice why would anyone not choose life? It seems foolish to choose anything else, to choose anything less than the best. It remains a mystery to me that we often find ourselves choosing what diminishes life and leaves us less than we were before. But we are often unaware of the consequences of our choices until later, sometimes much later.
"Jesus always invites us to choose life by forsaking our way of life for his way of life. It is never an easy choice. Choosing to walk with Jesus in a culture that ridicules faithfulness and glorifiies violence is to choose a way with cost attached. When you choose to walk with Jesus in a culture that rewards those who take for themselves before thinking about others, you may end up feeling someone has taken advantage of you. And yet, as the decades pass and we look back, it is clear to see that those who sought advantage by taking advatage have in reality lost life. Those who chose to walk with Jesus in the hard decisions and in the good times have discovered richness to life beyond price. At times it may seem that the cost of choosing life is too high, but when you stop and think about it, choosing life is the only reasonable choice to make." -Rueben P. Job

"Spirituality is about seeing. It's not about earning or achieving. It's about relationship rather than results or requirements. Once you see, the rest follows. You don't need to push the river, because you are in it. The life is lived within us, and we learn how to say yes to that life." -From 'Everything Belongs' by Richard Rohr

"Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart to revere your name. I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever." (Psalm 86:11-13)

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Did you vote?

In the wake of Tuesday's elections, I thought it'd be fun to do a little election-day recap.

But I'm not that into politics...

(I mean, I'm a socially aware and informed voter, but no one in their right mind should ever look to me for definitive election coverage because of my political savvy.)

So instead, here's a little something from news media you can trust.

Also, this week I (currently sitting at number two in the fantasy football league) am facing Dan (currently sitting at number one) in our own little version of OhioSt-Mich. With that in mind, I'll present you with this amazing little game for those of you who'd like to take your dork factor to the next level. (I'll sit this one out, thanks.)

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