My Pirate Monk Friends

Lucky to know
Brothers like those
Who speak into my life
Helping me avoid strife

Blessed to be tight
By men in this fight
Understanding and walking
Through battles, some daunting

Fortunate to call them
Friends – a true hidden gem
Hoping what I give back
Is at least reasonable payback

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Hoarding-Someone Has To Do It

Hoarding, the show,
Is fun to watch
But don’t let it happen to you
For if you go potty in a paper cup
Your really close friends will be few
How do I know this, you may ask
It’s because I have a TV
And this little show is a real special gift
From our friends at A&E

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Creation Haikus

[1]
Mountains peering down

Clouds roll not touching the ground

Fir trees provide scent

[2]
Life gets difficult

Yet this one constant remains

God’s gift is not plain

[3]
I shouldn’t let doubt

Anger or fear control me

Creation abounds

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Anatomy of a Flight

Sit

Buckle

Relax

Rush

Lift

Sail

Rest

Eat

Work

Read

Rest

Descend

Land

Unbuckle

Rush
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Really. Bad. Toilet. Paper.

Matt Dortch:

Golden oldie here. One of my favorites.

Originally posted on Live from the third floor......:

I knew it the minute I put the new roll on the holder. This new toilet paper was, well, crap. I sat down on the floor of our half-bath and immediately wished I could go back. Back to Target to select the cushiony, double-rolled brand with the adorable little teddy bear.

But I couldn’t go back now. For one thing, I had thrown the receipt away and you know how Target is about that.  Secondly, and more important, I had argued and lobbied to my wife how I just couldn’t justify spending that much on something we just flush away. I put together a compelling, ten minute discussion as we moved up and down the aisles – a compassionate speech that was meant to persuade both her and anyone within earshot that toilet paper is bad for the environment and that by spending that much we’re just falling in line.

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Proud (In The Name)

I’ve:

homeschooled children
nursed the sick
loved the unlovable
served the unservable
hugged the undeserving
prayed for the worst
prayed with the best
lived with less
been a true friend
fed my family
fed their family
fed multiple families
listen to stories
colored pictures
painted tables
picked out furniture
drawn with sidewalk chalk
cried
grown
matured
laughed
created
forgiven
persevered

I’VE SEEN ALL OF THIS TAKE PLACE.
But it wasn’t me.
I am proud of who has shown me, my wife.

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Had I Known….

…I would have…

studied more, practiced harder, shared frequently, listened better, hugged longer, eaten healthier, slept less, not watched, played intently, held tighter, read louder, pulled closer, worked less, pushed further, vacationed more, prayed fervently, viewed keenly, trusted greater, laughed extra, worshipped intensely…

But, I didn’t know…

So, I missed…

opportunities,
moments,
chances,
open doors,
hours,
days,
weeks,
months,
years,
growth,
challenges.

And who can say what else? I cannot.

Restore the damage caused by the locust? He can.

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