Becoming a Quarter-Centenarian

Today is the day I become a quarter-centenarian.

This is of course not to be confused with becoming a quarter-centaurian. But then again since a centaur is a half man-half horse creature of mythology, I guess that would have made me a 1/4 horse-3/4 man or vice versa.

So welcome me to my 25th year on this planet…and sorry to all those for whom it has been a very LONG 25 years.

Oh, and if I were a centaur today, this is how it might look:

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Quote of the Day

No problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it.”

~Albert Einstein

The Christmas Story…5 Days Later

Nearly 25 years ago, on a cold and dreary December night, a child was born.

The soon-to-be parents wandered from hospital to hospital but found no one to take them in. No place to lay their heads.

Finally a place at a hospital of Baptists in the small town of Nashville, TN gave them refuge and delivered their child.

The nurses, and even the doctor, were taken aback by the newborn baby boy, as they said he appeared to radiate in a way they’d never experienced…and ne’er expected to experience again.

Little did they know that this boy was special. He held within him a part of the Divine. He, in fact, was the essence of God.

Unlike a great (and similar) story of long ago, this boy grew to be proficient in the ways of piety and bigotry. He lorded over all those he deemed sinners, condemning them to wallow in the refuse of their pitiful lives. He taught that “salvation”, “propitiation”, and the forgiveness of those sins could be attained–through a simple equation (which he made to seem quite complex indeed).

The radiance he possessed on his day of birth left him.

He grew cold and dark…

…until one day, when something stirred deep within.

It was a familiar feeling. It felt as though it had always been there, yet was hidden away from consciousness.

This feeling grew stronger and stronger until he could barely stand it any longer.

He had remembered the radiance of the divine within him!

This surreal journey of discovering his true self yielded the knowledge of the greatest secret in history…a secret kept hidden for generations and generations…

This radiance, this divine, this Life that was within Him was not unique, elite, or exclusive…it was within everyone!

No, he didn’t go about from place to place working miracles or healing the sick as you might expect in such a story. (For again, this story is still quite different from another similar story of long ago).

Instead he groped about, continuing on this journey of discovery, with an open mind and an open heart, interacting and sharing life with any of whom an intersection occurred…but missing plenty of opportunities along the way as well.

And so he grew and changed, stumbled and wondered, made progress and fell down, and then found himself laying on the floor, at 1:00 in the morning on the 23rd of December, writing a silly little parody for his blog.

Tomorrow will be a new day for the boy of our story, now grown into a man with a wife and some dogs and a mortgage. He will surely make mistakes in that day, judging when he could Love, cursing when he could bless, and maybe even flicking when he could wave…but one thing remains; one thing drives him; one thing makes him no different at all from anyone else…he knows that EVERYONE shares in the divine life and there is nothing we need to do to “receive it”…not even say a little prayer.

We simply must choose. We must choose to change our minds. We must choose to LIVE in the truth of who we really are and not the lie of who we only believe we are. And THAT is where this story and that similar story of long ago are the same. Both the man “born” many years ago on December 25th (ok, not really on December 25th, but whatever…) and the one born many thousand years–and 5 days—later had the same dream…

That people would know the truth [of who they are], and that truth would set them free.

But set free from what? Well that is the question I leave for you…

(I’ll give you a hint, it’s not from some place called Hell.)

*Note that all that crap about the wandering and the cool night and the nurses and the radiance is mere fabrication…but it made me feel special nonetheless. Oh, and no offense to my twin sis who was obviously born at the same time, actually 1 minute earlier, but could not be worked into this story. Oh well, you’ll live sis. You’re still special to me. Merry Hanuquanzafestimas*

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Don’t Forget the Schwetty Balls

Don’t forget to whip out those tender Schwetty Balls at your Christmas dinner and parties this year…they’re even a tasty New Year’s Eve treat too:

Check out my post on my other blog, The Fun Times Guide to Living Green, which also includes this video and gives some ideas of what to do with all those upcoming holiday leftovers (and wasting them is NOT on the list).

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Sexify Your FireFox

Since you spend so much time in your web browser, why would you not want to enjoy looking at it?

Who wants to deal with clunky themes that break FF extensions, require multiple browser restarts, and get updated before you can even get it tweaked the way you want it?

Enter Personas for Firefox. This gem of an extension is lightweight and unintrusive, allowing you to theme your browser window with ease.

Personas is a prototype that builds upon the ideas that:

  • themes today are too hard to find, install and use
  • graphic designers should be able to style the browser without having to code
  • browsers can be more than just desktop software, they can include online components
  • people just want their computer to be a little more fun and personal

All the themes I’ve played with look VERY nice. Check out the snowman or reigndeer themes to keep you in the holiday spirit.

[HT: LifeHacker]

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From Me to My [Male] Readers

This is my Christmas gift to all of my male readers.

If you subscribe to my feed, I’ll give you two…and I won’t ask how you’re planning on using two.

If you subscribe AND leave a comment, you’ll get two of the the super duper upgraded version, which includes the “Wear This to Bed:” option.

Merry Christmas.

P.S. As my friend Rick noted to me in an email, I’d hate to see the lady’s version of this gift :-/

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Dog Found…Is She Yours???


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Originally uploaded by JSDavis82

UPDATE: The owner saw one of my signs, called me, and is now reunited with their doggie. Hooray!

This female dog just followed my two dogs and I home from our walk.

She is grayish in color, I think she looks like she’s a pit bull, seems to have recently given birth, and has a pink collar with faux diamond studs on it.

The collar also has part of a leash that apparently tore off, leading to her escape.

Currently she’s on a 25 foot leash in my front yard in Hermitage. I gave her food (albeit large breed puppy food) and water of which she barely touched. This makes me think she hasn’t been missing for too long.

If this is your pooch or you know who she belongs to, give me a call at 310-7031.

If You Want to View Paradise…

For the last three months or so I have NOT been able to get a song from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory out of my head…

3 MONTHS!?!

That’s a long time to have a tune stuck in your head. I’ve just been randomly breaking into song with (and in my best British accent–for some reason):

“If you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it…[forgotten line]…there’s nothing to it.”

Yesterday, however, FINALLY brought some insight into this madness. I was pondering some recent conversations I’ve had with some friends just before the wife and I headed for lunch at Cinco de Mayo when it hit me like a ton of bricks.

Here’s what I realized…and it’s not all that dissimilar from the actual lyrics themselves.

Everything in life is a choice. No, scratch that. While many things are not choices…like cancer, death, etc…the way in which we react to them is always a choice.

That said, “If you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it…there’s nothing to it”.

In reality, there is one thing to it…a decision. A decision to not let our well-being, self-worth, identity, etc be wrapped up in our circumstance. At any moment, at any given time, in any given circumstance, we can choose to be in paradise.

Maybe more on that later…

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Better Off Naked Than Moral

“He who wears his morality but as his best garment were better naked.
The wind and the sun will tear no holes in his skin.
And he who defines his conduct by ethics imprisons his song-bird in a cage.”

Two friends of mine, who know not that the other even exist, both posted this same poem-esque thing yesterday.

This has been just an excerpt of it. Check out both Lacey and Jim‘s posts for the rest.

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