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The late night blogger

February 4, 2009

’cause that’s what I am.  apparently.

This week I am struggling a bit with some insomnia.  I’ve just been laying in bed for 2 hrs. without success and decided to get up and go ahead and write this blog.  Often times, this blog will probably contain a review or critique on some sort of media that I have taken in.  A friend recently commented to me that it seemed from my twitter and facebook that all I ever do was go to meetings and watch movies.  I thought about this and decided that was largely true.  I enjoy entertainment and I enjoy the process and patterns behind really good entertainment.  So, write about what you know, right?

Last night I finished a profound book.  It’s entitled Peace Like A River by Leif Enger.  This book effected me deeply.  I’m actually having trouble putting into words just exactly how it has made me feel.  First off, there’s the way Mr. Enger writes.  It’s nothing short of fantastic.  His prose flow together like poetry – liquid words on the page; I picked up this book nightly to read, half because the reading itself was so enjoyable.

The story is pure and simple.  You are immediately drawn to each of the characters.  Somehow, and this is the magic that writers have, you feel deeply for each character in this book.  I say feel deeply, because though you love each of the main characters, there are others you do not love, but you still feel as deeply about them – truly magic.  I don’t want to go off and sound like some sort of romantic, blushing school girl (though perhaps I’ve passed that point already) but I can’t recommend this story highly enough.

Here’s a taste, I think the author won’t mind as it will probably get you to go buy the thing yourself:  The year is 1962. The narrator is Reuben Land, the son of Jeremiah. Here’s the story of his birth when he almost died—or maybe did die.

I was lying uncovered on a metal table across the room.

Dad lifted me gently. I was very clean from all that rubbing, and I was gray and beginning to cool. A little clay boy is what I was.

“Breathe,” Dad said.

I lay in his arms.

Dr. Nokes said, “Jeremiah, it has been twelve minutes.”

“Breathe!” The picture I see is of Dad, brown hair short and wild, giving this order as if he expected nothing but obedience.

Dr. Nokes approached him. “Jeremiah. There would be brain damage now. His lungs can’t fill.”

Dad leaned down, laid me back on the table, took off his jacket and wrapped me in it—a black canvas jacket with a quilted lining, I have it still. He left my face uncovered.

“Sometimes,” said Dr. Nokes, “there is something unworkable in one of the organs. A ventricle that won’t pump correctly. A liver that poisons the blood.” Dr. Nokes was a kindly and reasonable man. “Lungs that can’t expand to take in air. In these cases,” said Dr. Nokes, “we must trust in the Almighty to do what is best.” At which Dad stepped across and smote Dr. Nokes with a right hand, so that the doctor went down and lay on his side with his pupils unfocused. As Mother cried out, Dad turned back to me, a clay child wrapped in a canvas coat, and said in a normal voice, “Reuben Land, in the name of the living God I am telling you to breath.” (2-3)

Christians don’t usually deck their doctors. That’s part of why the book works. There’s faith in it, but not like your usual faith. More strange, like the Bible.

That bring me to the two points that most attract me to this book:  The first is the “realness” or absolute honesty and integrity of the characters.  I mean integrity in the sense that the characters are who they are, through and through.  It’s also really real.  This is no dream, fantasy or some escape into a world that’s too good to be true.  There is great pain in this book.  but also great faith.  not the fake stuff you see in (forgive me) Left Behind or Fireproof (again, sorry, this is not the place to rag on those stories).

The last thing that I want to say is that this book truly ends well.  Many movies, books, and ideas start off really well, but true greatness comes from ending well.  Life is a journey, but there is also a destination and it is of great value.  If you don’t end well, the journey may be for nothing.  I am glad to say that this book ends well.  A true feat, but any standard.  I haven’t found a book that has moved me this much in a long time.  I wept at the end and immediately wished I’d never read the book just so I could have the experience of reading it for the first time again.  This book is powerful and wonderful and will remind you of why we read in the first place.  Get it.  You won’t regret it.

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Fasting update,

January 25, 2009

Sometimes it’s difficult to start one of these blog posts because I’m not really sure I have anything to say.  Wow, with a beginning like that can you even wait to see what I’ll right next!?

HungryThe fasting has gone well thus far.  Mostly, I’ve been drinking these meal-replacement shakes twice a day and then making dinner for myself.  I’m very proud of the fact that I made some pulled-chicken (with Sonny’s bbq sauce!) in the crockpot the other night and used the leftover chicken stock to make a soup.  It was actually pretty cool and quite frugal of me if I do say so myself!  One of the problems has been that because I exercise great restraint for most of the day I feel the need to overindulge myself at night.  It me reminds me of that Muslim holiday where they don’t eat at all during the day but then get jacked up at night… only, I’m pretty sure I’m not having as much fun as they do and I don’t want to kill all the infedels.

Dark Knight Poster

Dark Knight Poster

Anyway, I also went and saw The Dark Knight in IMAX yesterday and I must say that the IMAX shots themselves were awesome.  Several of the exterior shots flying over Gotham and Hong Kong were done this way and it was so much more immersive than the traditional 16:9.  The movie, has so many amazing points to it I believe it totally deserves the press, accolades, etc. that it has received.

The movie is also very dark.  Hence the title, I know.  But it truly was a dark film which is unusual for an action/comic book movie like this and once I got home I had to put in the very cheesy, over-the-top The Mummy to lift my mood.

Anyway, there you have it.  I have successfully updated my blog a little bit, which really is something I wanted to do and both of you that read it now need to make sure you’re updating your blog as well.  Also of note, I added pictures to this post and doesn’t that make everything more interesting!?  Give it a shot!  I only wish that I could expand the margins on my center column here where I write, because it feels to crowded right now, but I don’t think the free wordpress.com will let you change that.   Alright, that’s all I’ve got right now.  Peace out.

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What’s in a blog? (And a progress update)

January 5, 2009

So, my first morning routine is complete and if you are pessemistic than  it was pretty much an utter failure.  I prefer to be an optimist so I’m going to look at it as a great first try/learning experience.  I did actually get up (obviously, cause here I am) though it was an hour later than planned… I also did everything on my list of things to do including this here blog, but I spent less than the optimal amount of time on the workout… yeah, that’s gonna take some… work.

But I did attempt it and I feel that having at least done that, I will do better each day from here on out.  How are you doing on your resolutions?

Also, I’ve been thinking about what this blog will be like and what I’ll include in it.  I read quite a few different blogs and some of them are topical and some of them are just personal stuff.  I think this will be more like the latter.  Just a place for me to put up my thoughts/reflections and Jack Handy expressions for the day.

“If God dwells inside us like some people say, I sure hope He likes enchiladas, because that’s what He’s getting.”

But more to the point, how deep do you go on a blog?  How much of your life do you share with the world and how much do you keep private?  I have a couple friends who are ridiculously (and I think that is the appropriate descriptive word here) honest in their blogs about anything and everything that happens.  I have still other blogs that I thoroughly enjoy and it is always surfacy, fun stuff.

I’m thinking my own blog will be somewhere in the middle and if I’m in a deep mood, that’s what you’ll get, but if I’m not, I’m not going to spend time trying to create something that isn’t there.  I guess that leaves us with a stream of consciousness (slightly modified) block of text from my head on a regular basis.  This may appeal to you and it may not, but then you don’t have to be here.

I, however, do still have to wite it.  It’s one of my “resolutions”. 😉