Friday, July 24, 2009

Something to Ponder ... Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done."

-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Something to Ponder ... Robert Orben

"Most people would like to be delivered from temptation but would like it to keep in touch."
-- Robert Orben

Book Review - The Noticer by Andy Andrews

I finished my copy of The Noticer in just a few hours. That in no way indicates the truth and thought provocation within its pages. As with any good novel you are drawn in from the opening paragraphs. Unlike most novels, this is more than a good story. Andrews uses the story to disperse the truths about life that he has learned and passed along in various forms in his other works.

I can easily see this book being used in small groups, one on one accountability, and even as a way of personal reflection. I myself am planning on working through it with my teen aged sons. I see it becoming a good conversation starter. It's the kind of book that will make a great gift for birthdays, graduations, promotions, and any other life event.

The truths that Jones brings out in the lives of the other characters fit into all our lives at one time or another. I found my self pondering how these apply in my own life even as I continued to turn the pages. There are plenty of books to fill your time, this one is a keeper. Add it to your "to read" list and plan on getting your own copy. You wouldn't want to have to return it to the library when you are done.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Something to Ponder ... CS Lewis

"There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, ''Thy will be done,'' and those to whom God says, ''All right, then, have it your way.''-- C. S. Lewis

Time for some fresh air ...

Recently we opened the family cabin for the first time this year. Part of the process along with sweeping and setting things up is propping the door open and opening some windows to allow the fresh air to flow through it. We then typically leave two windows open about an inch so that when we return to use the cabin it has fresh air.

That's what this blog feels like. Facebook and Twitter updates are cool and I will continue to do that, probably even more than a lot of formal posts here. However, those don't quite cut it when you have more than 2 sentences to share. I'll be starting with a new batch of "something to ponder" posts and throwing in some other toughest as well along the way. One of the things I beat myself up over previously was the lack of regularity in posts. I've decided that its not a problem if I don't have a feature posts every day. I will still do the link dumps and who knows what else. This cannot and will not be a chore.

With camp coming up my web access will likely be limited, but that's OK. I look forward to breathing in the fresh air and blogging again. We are open for business ...