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NEW APPROACH TO THIS POST

Ok, so, let’s be honest…I dropped off the face of the earth when it comes to this blog.
Here a few reasons: time (lack of it), facebook is more convenient, I’m integrating Twitter.
(pause)
I don’t have a ton of time for this post, but I’m going to try something new… the rest of this post will be taken from my status updates on Facebook. If we’re friends on Facebook, then chances are ood that you’ve already seen these.  Buuut, since my blog also serves as a ‘yearbook’ of some of my life, I’m using updates here to keep that concept going… facebook cuts off the ends of some (the older the posts get).

Here goes…

June 20 at 11:19am Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, is pleased to announce the birth of Jacob Grayden Smith (6lbs, 12 oz), born at 9:59am. Total labor: 8hr & 6 minutes. 🙂 🙂 The meet/greet at Holy Cross will be available when Greg says so, so please wait for an update.

June 22 at 9:33am Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, just watched this clip of people ‘paying it forward’. A friend of mine has a cousin in this piece. Wow. It’s so refreshing to see people’s kindness.  http://tinyurl.com/mdjots

June 23 at 9:23am Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, is not a Father, but wants to thank Gunner for his post about fatherhood… whoa… gonna go on a limb and say that maybe everyone should read it? You tell me. http://rawchristianity.wordpress.com/2009/06/21/i-am-a-father/

June 24 at 1:04pm Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, has a LOCAL market update: a healthy inventory for SCV is between 2-3k homes for sale. As of this week, there are only 780 active listings in SCV (all price ranges). If you’ve been waiting for the ‘bottom’, I think we’re hovering dangerousl

June 24 at 5:36pm Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE just got HOOKED up!! 4 workers, 3 hours, $75=the cleanest her house house has EVER been! If you don’t mind the foreman singing 80s love songs like he means it, lots of cleaning fumes and the cleaning crew being 3 hours late, then she can

June 26 at 12:37am Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, l-uuu-uu-uu-vs working at Keller Williams VIP Properties. (that’s right, Very Important People Properties’?). Even after an 18 hour work day, her KWVIP reflections yield love! She attended her 1st sales meeting… it opened with the ple

June 26 at 12:22pm Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, STRONGLY suggests that you give your A/C a test run today…tomorrow is supposed to be blazing in SCV. Find out early if your AC needs service (hard to find repairmen on the weekend). 🙂

June 27 at 10:49pm Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, just got back from 30 fantastic hours with the Harveys! Highlights include: 1 mini-van road trip with Z & T only (Yes please!!!), 1 Surprise retirement party for Grandpa Harvey (hilarious), 100s of laughs (mostly courtesy of Kristin, Ken,

June 29 at 9:58am Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, was A-mazed by this ‘Living Photography’ (from the early 1900s, looong before pixel generating software). http://www.oddee.com/item_95004.aspx Google for the whole gallery and closer shots… amazing….

June 30 at 11:19am Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, is glad to be able to answer your long asked question ‘What is Kent Dresdow doing these days?’. Feast, my friends… http://christusnostrumvita.wordpress.com/

July 1 at 10:33am Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, would like a FB option that says ‘Sam Neylan acknowledges this’. The ‘Likes This’ thumbs up is somewhat limiting. Yes. A flat hand that says ‘Sam Neylan acknowledges this’ would be appropriately comparable to the real life head nod accompan

July 4 at 9:56am ·Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, just went to Kevin Mather’s blog. He’s a Copperhill Community Church guy and a TMC grad who was cycling with a group of guys and was hit by a car and is in critical condition. Please visit his blog (for what happened and upda…tes), pray for him, comment if you feel inclined. He’s married too, so please pray for her too. http://kevinsrecovery.com/blog/

July 5 at 10:16pm Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE’s Sunday highlights: cool new communion style @church, lunch w/Wendy Simpson (love her!), Yogurberry, attended her 1st ever WNBA game at Staples with Holly & roomie A (FYI-the Sparks ladies foul alot), talking to Staples usher who will also

July 7 at 9:31am Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, just had a FANTASTIC customer service experience (once she got to upper management)! Conclusion: all charges refunded on the credit card. And, bonus: her blood pressure never spiked and she did not sin in the process. 🙂 Baby steps.

July 9 at 1:19am Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, has a new phase: ROBEKS.

July 9 at 9:01am Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, passing on another well said post from Chuck Hooten. If you are one who likes music, who leads people through music in ANY capacity, who loves God, or who has wondered about those who do, this read is worth the 2-4 minutes. Thanx Chu…ck. http://chuckhooten.wordpress.com/2009/07/09/thoughts-on-a-commonly-used-phrase/

July 10 at 1:01am Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE is wondering if she mentioned how much she loves working at her new brokerage, Keller Williams VIP Properties? Oh. She did mention it? Huh. Ok, well, good to know.

July 11 at 3:16pm Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, gives yet another reason why the Invisible Children are so cool. Saw this on their blog http://behindthescenes.invisiblechildren.com/post/138214152/i-want-it

July 11 at 4:57pm Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, recounts a recent conversation with a colleague/rep trying to earn her business. REP: “Sam, do you believe in the law of attraction”. SAM: “No, I would not say that.” REP: “What would you say?” SAM: “I’d say I believe in God’s Sovereignty.

July 12 at 11:03pm Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE’s sabbath rest included: church, helping out a friend for fundraising for son’s MS event, a trip to AT&T with Jonathan (the best customer service rep ever), a pedicure, dinner sitting across from Cesar Millan (you know him and love him, more

July 13 at 8:47am Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, is now taking your suggestions for your favorite iPhone apps. Specifically for Twitter, Bible, Real Estate, and any of your other favorites that you think Sam needs to have. Please include the app name and why you recommend it please! Br

July 13 at 3:22pm Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, wants to remind you of the power of one…one who stays committed. Change: one person at a time … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GA8z7f7a2Pk&feature=related

July 14 at 11:46pm · Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, just saw a free screening of the movie FOOD, INC. in Pasadena, sponsored by Chipotle. Mostly a good movie (depending on your world view). Probably a movie that everyone should watch and at least discuss.

July 16 at 7:06pm Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, can’t remember who was wanting the ant killer suggestions? Well, whoever your are, google this mixture: Borax, sugar, water. (ex mix 1 cup warm water with sugar and borax (tablespoons of each: just a little bit more sugar than borax). Pu

July 17 at 11:22am Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, got a ‘Quotes’ app. Interesting. In flipping through some, it’s amazing how many great quotes are really just eloquently worded lies that perpetuate a Godless worldview. The app has become a game: to filter each quote through the grid of Sc

July 17 at 10:14pm Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, had waaaay more fun working the registration table (at WDW) than she thought she would. Mostly because it was a mega reunion with SO many cool people that she hadn’t seen in years! Here’s to Saturday’s reg-table reunions (SRTR)!

July 20 at 9:58am Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, wants to share this recent article about how Kevin’s church has made it known to the onlookers that they’re Christians by their love (for kevin). http://www.the-signal.com/news/article/15712/ And, thanx to Kevin’s chu…rch for using technology to help mobilize all the people who want to/do help during crisis and rehab! Way to not waste Kevin’s accident!

Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, is listening to Pete Huttlinger’s album ‘Naked Pop’ …MAN he’s good! Check him out http://petehuttlinger.com/ or sample his stuff on iTunes. If you dig some of the best guitar finger work ever, then you’re going to want to be a part of thi

July 21 at 8:40am Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, is inviting you (all 800 something FB friends) to vote for a burrito creation her friend Wendy created for Chipotle. Wendy and & Sam go way back… they were badminton partners in high school…that about says it all. Wendy is fu…n, hilarious, smart, creative, a mom, a wife and has one of THE best laughs… come on, won’t you give her a quick vote? http://mychipotle.com/#/view_submission/63085

July 22 at 8:35am Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, just re-read Piper’s post on ‘Why I Tweet’. Whoever you are (and if you exist in this world with all the ever changing technology, which I think you do…if you’re reading this update then I know you do), I encourage you to read it. http://ow.ly/hIAw

July 22 at 5:17pm Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, totally thinks the iPhone is like an In ‘n Out menu… all their goodness is not advertised on the front marquis. You have to know someone and get tipped off about a fantastic secret menu item that will change your life. Well, the REAL-TO

July 23 at 10:09pm Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, invites all SCV residents to a garage sale at the Brocks on Saturday (7/25). START TIME 6:30am. GOAL: sell it all! Some items: couch, bedroom set, bakers rack, porch swing, household items (candles, dishes, linens, etc), books, baby crib

July 25 at 6:45pm Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, would like to thank everyone for coming out to the garage sale today! HUGE success. AND, now a bonus ‘for sale’ item…a neighbor donated a collector’s item that will be sold on Ebay unless there are any takers prior. … Are you interested? A HUGE larger than life sized 3 dimensional Pixar Sulley. See link http://www.nnanime.com/events/0209pixar/029-PixarJDRF.jpg

July 27 at 8:21am Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, is reminding all potential SCV buyers that the $8k tax credit is only available if you CLOSE escrow BY 12/1/09. As of today, there are only 707 ACTIVE listings on the market in SCV. Pending/Back up listings=1,026. Buy low, sell high. 🙂

July 27 at 6:24pm Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, is wondering how she is JUST NOW hearing about this website!?!?! There’s a little something for everyone …. http://juststopandthink.com/index.php Thanx to Mike Butler for the website!

July 28 at 1:57pm Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, is taking up Brad’s Sunday challenge to ATTEMPT to count our recent blessings. Scratching the surface: Docusign, mom (hilarious family, in general), iphone, Keller Williams, Holly, Dinks, Blue Mountain, clients/clients/clients, Horner’s Bib

July 29 at 12:20pm Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, is gut laughing at this … especially if you know Holly . http://failblog.org/2009/07/22/weapon-choice-fail/

July 29 at 3:17pm Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, usually politically lays low (on-line) cuz there are often too many uninformed & unnecessary opinions shared (hers included). HOWEVER, courtesy of Mike K, this made her laugh out loud http://www.slideshare.net/dpakman/first-pitch-breakdown-1781375

July 31 at 12:05am Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, had to work so she didn’t get to watch the live SYTYCD results show which is why she DVR’d it…but alas, no need to DVR it since some FBers used their status as spoilers. Can’t we all agree that you have to wait till the next morning befo

July 31 at 6:52pm Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, laughed HARD (really hard) at lunch when she heard the server repeat Holly’s order back to Holly, “So, ranch dressing, tossed in ranch, with ranch on the side? Is that right?”.

August 2 at 10:40pm Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, is offering a refresher course on why ‘REAL-TORE’. It’s the proper way to pronounce my profession: REALTOR. There’s no ‘A’ in between REAL and TOR. So, for those who learn phonetically: REAL-TORE. oh, aaaaand, SHARK WEEK!!!!! 🙂

August 3 at 3:11pm Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, has 4 things on her mind (well, really 438 things, but for brevity’s sake) let’s go with these: 1) the Harvey baby coming ‘any time now’ 2) SHARK week 3) paperwork and lots of it 4) where is her holy writ? Left it in a car after

August 4 at 1:22am Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, is using Tuesday to celebrate the one year anniversary of Brad’s stroke…or as the Worship Team calls it his ‘Strokeaversary’. God’s incredibly good! Amazing to look back and reflect on all that God has done with Brad’s life and that pes

August 5 at 10:58am Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, loves Stevie Wonder and loves blind people…so, why is this appropriate? Thanx again, Fail Blog. http://failblog.org/2009/08/02/braille-faille/

August 6 at 12:00am Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, chooses ‘Great White Appetite’ as her favorite SHARK WEEK show so far. Mostly the opening sequence…unprovoked attack on the filming pontoon out at Guadalupe. Yes please.

August 6 at 10:23am Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, is posting this link to those wondering how to take advantage of the $8k New Buyer tax credit. http://tinyurl.com/n35jsv

August 6 at 12:16pm Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, is happy to have just learned that her 1st time buyers that closed escrow on 6/23/09 also mailed in their tax credit paperwork the same day (6/23/09) & they had their $8k tax credit check IN THEIR HANDS on 8/3/09! WOW!!! Regardle…ss of how you feel about the 8k source, it’s good to know that something is happening in a timely manner from a government agency! Congrats new homeowners!

August 7 at 11:05pm Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, ‘s fall roommate had a change of life plans. So, Sam, now has a room for rent (ad on Craigslist or this link http://tinyurl.com/m4swjk )

August 10 at 9:33am Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, is looking for connections for any Korean churches in the Hollywood/West Hollywood areas. Some clients will be relocating from Korea and want to find a Bible believing church in that general area. Any suggestions?

August 11 at 2:17pm Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, proudly announces ‘Samantha Grace Harvey’, born at 1:17pm today 8/11/09!!! 8lbs 6 oz, 20 inches long, 11 days early. Healthy and good. Praise the LORD! Kristin wants a chessgeburger a pizza and a cache of sleep!!! Welcome to the world Samantha Grace!!!!

August 11 at 11:54pm Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, just did this in the last 7 hours: drove to/from Hanford to meet Samantha Grace Harvey. She’s cute & cute! (It seems Zach will be differentiating the Sams as “Little Sam & Big Sam”). Grown up Sam made the trip… with Johnny Cash and his 4 cd set: The Legend. New favorite Cash song, ‘You Can’t Beat Jesus Christ’. Yes please!!!!

August 12 at 4:18pm Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, had fun in real estate today! Bought a new property search/management product that we’re probably all going to love (lots of ‘P’s in that sentence)! Will reveal product later! ALSO, she confirmed what the ‘VIP stands for in ‘Keller Williams VIP Properties’: Value, Integrity, Probity! What’s probity, you ask? ‘Adherance to the highest principles and ideas’. and they mean it. Sam hearts KW!!!!!

August 13 at 8:31am Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, who doesn’t love cats, had this happen to her 2 nights ago: It was dark out, was working on computer with the window open. Left the room. Whilst walking back to the desk, glanced out the window & saw the bold glistening eyes o…f the ‘dennis the menace’ neighborhood cat comfortably perched on the sill, nose to the screen contentedly watching (me) like he was on his own balcony. Sick. A voyeur cat.

August 15 at 12:00pm Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, admits…it finally happened. Like the first ding on a brand new car, on Tuesday she dropped her iPhone for the 1st time. Well, now that’s out of the way. Check.

August 15 at 10:05pm Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, about 30 painful minutes in, walked out of a movie tonight (& got her money back). If you’re not into being barraged with constant filth then you are going to want to avoid this particular movie. She was hoping that if she wa…ded through the initial muck, it would redeem itself. It didn’t. She went home & watched the ever worthy, FLETCH. It was like a reunion with a dear friend. It all worked out.

August 17 at 1:34pm Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, has an urgent request (thank you in advance). Ok, are you or do you know anyone who speaks Korean, knows the west hollywood-ish area & is honest and willing to help a family moving from Korea (translation, etc)? Sam has feelers o…ut, but nothing solid yet. This one is time sensitive. They want the daughter in school by end of August/beginning of September. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Thanks!!!!

August 18 at 1:28pm Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, had a 1st today. Like in the movies. Pumped gas. While waiting for the gas, went in to buy a drink. Had to wait a LONG time cuz cashier was ‘changing shifts’, per the sign. After 7 minutes in line, went back to the car, go…t in & slowly started to drive away (thank God it was slow). Glanced out passenger mirror to clear the post & realized: still had gas nozzle in tank. 1st time. Check. Next.

August 20 at 2:19pm Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, offers this: remember she told you about Kevin Mather? A cyclist from Copperhill Church that was hit 6.5 weeks ago http://kevinsrecovery.com/blog/ . Well, he & his wife are renting out their SVC condo while they go through rehabil…itation. Check out the CL posting… know anyone? http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv/apa/1330184633.html They could use a GREAT renter!

August 22 at 1:07pm Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE’s highlights from 3 days in Hanford: W-swimming w/Z for hours, Th-Mark’s enchilladas AND capturing the 1st pic of Z holding Sammy (like the Loch Ness), F-capturing the 1st pic of Kristin with her THREE children (note Z’s… resistance) AND only throwing up 8 times, S-kept the graham crackers down all night. Many Kudos to the Harveys for surviving! A great family who loves God and each other and others!

August 24 at 12:57am Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, just saw this fantastic slide show of Samantha Grace …AND, a miracle of miracles, zach is holding her AND kissing her … people, you might want to witness history made http://www.fresephotography.com/sh809/

August 25 at 12:01am Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, spent almost all day in real estate troubleshooting. Highlights: talking to the CAR attorney (California Association of Realtors), time with branch manager (Sam hearts Keller Williams!), GREAT clients, technology, contracts!

August 27 at 9:28am Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, always has a zillion projects going. About 20 years ago, she started compiling an anthology of her favorite love songs (& a thesis as to why). It’s not finished (probably won’t ever be), but the other day she was thinking… about adding a song to it & she got to wondering what everyone else’s top selections were. What are your ALL time favorite love songs (any era, any genre)? And if you have time, why?

September 1 at 3:20am Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE just did this in the last 4 days: drove to/from the SF Bay Area, fun/gourmet food w/the Seelye’s, went to the SF Farmer’s market, attended a graveside memorial service for 2 family members, fun w/family (as usual! and a midnit…e jacuzzi debrief), Caspers 2x, saw the great white shark at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, took the coastal 1/101 route back to the LA fires!…oh & laughed a LOT with Holly!

Wed at 9:15am Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE’s mom sent this link http://tinyurl.com/m9gwpj and intro’d it by saying ‘the massachusetts “govt that doesn’t let crises go to waste” for purposes of stealing another liberty from its citizens.’ 🙂 S…am loves having a mom who knows what’s going on in the world…and cares about it…and gets involved.

September 4 Thu at 3:00am Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, just synced and watched some of the footage from the memorial service last weekend. Some touching stuff. And, some VERY Royal Tenenbaum stuff. MAN, her family is funny (sometimes not meaning to be). She’s thankful to be able t…o be a part of it all and thankful to everyone who came and participated! ALSO, that iPhone takes some pretty outstanding video for being… a PHONE.

September 4 at 5:30pm Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, just saw Tony Ks profile text and loved it: “Live every week like it’s Shark Week!”

9/4/09 Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE’s mom joined Facebook today. Game on, Mumsy!

9/5/09 Sam Neylan the REAL-TORE, has 2 friends (Rob & Sarah Ikegami) who are taking a month long Jet Blue adventure! She’s trying to find possible contacts for their itinerant cities: Seattle WA, Austin TX, Chicago, Boston, New Orleans, New York. Are you in…/near any of those places? Can they maybe sleep on your couch? Comment and let Sam know? Check out the Ikegami Month ‘O Travel blog http://www.robandsarahgo.blogspot.com


STUFF 2/16/09

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a worthy update…and will continue to be a long time, as this won’t be worthy.  This is a shorty…

I can barely remember what my name is let alone remember what I’ve been up to the last few weeks, but I will give it a whirl.

-Have subbed high school and have had some GREAT class discussions ranging from Valentine’s plans to theistic evolution to predestination to world travel to robotic inventions to Octomom to politics… and I have those same students again this week!  🙂  I love them.
-Have learned more and more about technology as a result of real estate and cancer.   🙂  Who knew!
-Have been negotiating deals for clients and love the litigious state of California more than ever…who doesn’t LOVE tedious paperwork?
-Have been to more medical facilities than usual and hung out in oncology
-Have been duly noting the drying up of the ‘creative juices’ well when it comes to catchy titles for Jennene’s cancer blog posts
-Have been incredibly thankful for the body of Christ and the Worship team
-Have had lots more time with Jennene then maybe any other time in our almost 20year friendship!  Thanx, cancer.
-Went diving at Catalina this last weekend.  Loved that whilst standing on shore and putting on my wetsuit about to get into the ocean, I could look across the water at the snow capped San Gabriel mountains.  Come on!  California is awesome!
-Have been thankful for my roommates and LOVE the fact that there are foreign languages spoken in my home.  I love walking up the stairs and hearing Icelandic conversations wafting in the background!!!!
-Have gotten to meet for lunch/dinner with some people I’ve been meaning to for a while
-Attended the anual Arts in The One World conference at Cal-Arts in January.  Met cool people and learned/saw amazingly cool/heartbreaking things.
-Have had some great ‘catch up’ phone calls with old friends
-Have spent more money on my car (that whole ‘seat belt law’ thing)
-Have been really thankful for lots of things, in general
-Have consistently been 200+ posts behind on my googlereader
-Have learned 2 new songs for Worship team that I like.  Thanx, Chuck Hooten for one of them.
-Have seen a couple of movies (cancer down time and other).  Sidenote: I want a dad or a husband like the main character in TAKEN.  One of the best movies I’ve seen in a while!
-Have been pondering, again, my role in the abolition of human traffiking and how to show the gospel in rescue/justice
-Have been really really tired, but stoked about Heaven (capitalized.  it’s a proper noun).

Aaaand now I’d like to go to bed.
THAT’S how tired I am…it’s only 10:15pm and i want to go to bed already.
🙂

BLOGS THAT I FOLLOW (FOR BETTER OR WORSE) & SOME NEWBIES

Ok, so I started this post about 2 months ago.
I waited to finish and post it because I wanted to make sure that I really meant it.

Below are some of the blogs that I subscribe to and other sites that I recommend.
I also subscribe to lots of friends’ blogs, but other than 1 exception, I kept this post strictly related to ‘resource blogs’.

DAILY READS
1.  Challies.com

http://www.challies.com/
He’s my favorite. Fair book reviews, convicting thoughts, faith building exercises.  He also has another site called Discerning Reader.  My favorite of Challies is ‘A La Cart’

2. Stand To Reason
http://www.str.org/site/PageServer?pagename=blog_iframe
Logical arguments and angles to engage the world in truth conversations.

3.  Justin Taylor, Between Two Worlds
http://theologica.blogspot.com/
Tons of resource info.  I find that he posts too frequently and it overwhelms me, but usually pretty great stuff

4.  Piper, Desiring God
http://www.desiringgod.org/Blog/
Speaks for itself.  However, I really love the ‘short/sweet’ theme that this blog adheres to.

5.  Straight Up James McDonald

http://blog.harvestbiblefellowship.org/
This a pastor blog and I just like him.  I usually agree, but more than anything, i usually chuckle AND learn something.

6. The Rabbit Room
http://www.rabbitroom.com/
Awesome site for artists, musicians, writers, etc to connect and be challenged to use it for the Glory of God.

7. Gospel Reminders
http://gospelreminders.com/
Just started subscribing to this last month…and have never regretted it.  It’s like a daily ‘post-it’ of weighty reminders of the Gospel.  If you find value in ‘preach the gospel to yourself daily’, then add this guy to your feed.

8.  Girl Talk
http://girltalk.blogs.com/
I like this about 70% of the time.  GREAT words of wisdom and principle from rooted women of faith. The other 30% is still valuable, but not as engaging for me.

9.  Radical Womanhood

http://solofemininity.blogs.com/
Dig this site.  This lady seems to have her finger on the pulse of the church as it relates to thinking women.

10.  OwlHaven
http://www.owlhaven.net/
A mom of lots of kids, who loves the LORD, loves her husband, loves her kids (some of them adopted) and is just funny and ‘normal’

11.  Cake wrecks
http://cakewrecks.blogspot.com/
One of my absolute favorite sites that I can’t wait to check everyday.  A cake designer who gives commentary on ‘cakes gone bad’.  Her commentary is hilarious!

12.  Todd Bolen
http://www.toddbolen.com/
Here’s my one exception of ‘friend’ site… Todd usually always has a montage of worthy data.

13.  Behind The Scenes: Invisible Children
http://behindthescenes.invisiblechildren.com/
This blog is the ‘funny, behind the scenes’ blog of IC.  They have a ‘front of the house’ blog too, but I like this one more.

SOME RECENT FINDS
Fail
http://failblog.org/
Recommended by some friends, pretty hilarious, posts about failure ideas implemented in public.  Sometimes you’re embarrased to be laughing, but….

Every Monday Matters
http://everymondaymatters.com/the-book/
A site to get the ‘how can I serve’ juices flowing

I Am Second
http://iamsecond.com/
A site of people from all walks of life sharing their story of salvation

Abortion Changes You
http://abortionchangesyou.com/
A site of care and understanding for people involved in abortion (the mom, the dad, the siblings, the grandparents, the aunts/uncles, etc)

THE UNTAMED CHAPEL SCRATCH (HENCE, ‘PAMIC’)

Sooo, if you went to TMC (or any other institution where the student body met regularly) you might remember the oft mocked ‘Chapel Scratch’ which is when girls (usually) play with the hair of and/or rub the back/neck of the guy OR girl sitting next to them.
(role your eyes and make that ‘uugghh’ sound now)

Ok, I give room for ‘youthful ways’, but apparently when people do not abandon the ways of their youth, those ways compound…and then the rest of us get to feel all the more uncomfortable in church (ahhhh, just like we used to when we were in chapel).

I read THIS article which was written in jest (kind of), but I almost wholeheartedly agree.
It left me with a ‘FINALLY!  Finally, someone is saying it ‘out loud’ (or at least in larger arenas than over the orange caf trays where we used to sit and eat and make fun of people who grossed us out in chapel).

Here’s the article, in case that extra click is a bit more commitment than you’re willing to make.
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On Massage in Church

A few years ago, I was in the U.K. and a pastor there was explaining some of the cultural differences between British and American Christianity. The “church massage” was a key point. When his team of pastors first attended an American pastors conference and encountered the numerous couples stroking and patting each other during sermons, they were shocked. It read as much more than affection in their eyes and culture. Some were so distracted by this behavior that they had to leave the room.

I’m not British but I have to agree. I don’t view it as a precursor to anything (as they did), but I do find it highly distracting. Especially in winter when scalp massages send flakes a-flying. Blech. That’s why I am a supporter of the new movement, PAMIC. And I’m rallying the troops here after encountering this witty take on People Against Massage in Church on Prodigal Jon’s blog, Stuff Christians Like:

I admit, touch is not one of my “love languages.” Few things wake me up as fast as having my wife’s elbows and knees jabbing me in the middle of the night. Or what other people would call “snuggling.”

I therefore always thought I was the only one that didn’t like the “during church massage.” But on my blog, when I briefly mentioned a lady I’ve seen at church that rubs her husband’s neck during service, a number of people commented. Suddenly, I was awash with an ocean of hope. Although I have mentioned this issue before, this time I was filled with the sense that I am not alone. I am not that weird. Perhaps, I thought to myself, I can join an underground resistance dedicated to the elimination of the “during church massage.”

And the more I thought about that idea, the more I realized that every underground cause needs a manifesto. Some brief document that lays out our thoughts about the terror we so valiantly struggle against. I googled the name of the organization I wanted to join and didn’t get any good results. So I knew it had to be me. I had to make the first move in this battle. And thus this essay was born.

The People Against Massages In Church (PAMIC) Manifesto

1. The difference between a pat and a massage.
We recognize and respect the need to pat someone on the back. Sometimes, it’s good to say “Hi” or “Good job” or “Your chair is currently resting on my big toe” with a small tap on the back. We support that. But when you pat more than four times and then linger, you have now crossed into massage territory my friend. And you’re about to find yourself on the other end of a “PAMIC Attack.”

2. Circles are great for cheerios, not church.
We recognize and respect the need to lay a hand on someone as you say hello or want to show your spouse support during a prayer. But when you start rubbing in a circle, a square or any other geometrical shape, you are now giving a massage. That’s not a big deal right? Wrong. Your rotating hand is creating what we call a “circle of distraction.” People around you will not be able to focus on the sermon as they instead become hypnotized by watching you. God hates that. It’s in Numbers or Exodus I think.

3. There are consequences if you try to massage us.
The members of PAMIC are attractive and funny and Godly and often smell very nice. Please don’t get confused by those four things and think it’s OK to ever give us a back or neck rub during church. If you do, we can’t be held responsible if you suddenly find yourself in some sort of karate arm bar lock, a sleeper hold or at the bottom of a wicked leg drop.

4. Don’t confuse not loving in church massages with not loving life, Jesus, our spouses etc.
You will assume, based on our plans to rid all churches, in all countries of “during church massages,” that we are not loving people. That perhaps you are rubbing someone’s neck as an act of worship or praise or affection. And that members of PAMIC are not into any of those things. That is adorable. It’s possible we held hands with our spouses as we walked into church. We might give back rubs at home. We could be amazing “snugglers” but when it comes to touching folks at church, we follow the Bible. And there’s not a single example of someone in the Bible giving someone else a neck or back rub while Jesus taught. I dare you to find me a verse that show someone massaging someone else while they listened to the Sermon on the Mount for instance.

Is this extreme? Perhaps, but few great revolutions started quietly. We will not go peacefully. We will march and protest and launch thousands of PAMIC Attacks. (A PAMIC Attack by the way is when you squirt someone that is trying to start a during church massage with a squirt gun full of vinegar. Or what we call at our house, “sass juice.”)

Non-massagers of the world unite!

Enjoy your weekend and may you sit still in church. 😉
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credit: Radical Womanhood

ALWAYS HAVE TIME TO BE ‘GUTTED’

I have a friend from New Zealand.  Talking to him is always an adventure in cultural education cuz half of the expressions he uses are common to his part of the world (where i don’t live).  I am constantly asking him to repeat it/explain it.  One such word/phrase is ‘gutted’.  A context exmaple, ‘That conversation left me gutted’ (ie. deeply affected, usually in the sad/impacting sense).

Sooo, I have lots that i’ve wanted to blog about, but frankly don’t have the time.  I’d like to write about my trip to Colorado, I’d like to write about certain people that have blown my mind during all this cancer stuff, I’d like to write about what I’ve been personally learning over the last month or so, I’d like to share some of the hilarious things that have gone on, I’d love to write ideas about the next few months…but, no time to post anything of detail/length.

HOWEVER, today, I read a blurb blog that i subscribe to and well, I was ‘gutted’.  I may not have time to write posts, but I sure have time to be read into conviction…  guilty on almost all counts.

“People do not drift toward holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated.”
-Donalr Arthur (D.A.) Carson

UH-OH, I THINK I HAVE A NEW FAVORITE

Gospel Reminders
Tim Challies says about it…

“Here is a new site that offers “Christ-Centered Quotes for the Renewing of Your Mind.” “The aim of Gospel Reminders is to provide daily, Christ-centered quotes from throughout Christian history which stir you to continually renew your mind for the glory of God.” ”

Yes, please.
I cruised around and was totally encouraged and challenged and loved that they were short, powerful zingers that you could chew on all day (and longer).

And, a hearty thank you to GoogleReader… Thank you GoogleReader, for being a tool to help me keep my mind focused on Christ.  🙂  You’re sweet.

FACEBOOK FOR GOOD OR FACEBOOK FOR EVIL

Soo, I’ve had this article open in a tab for a while, in hopes of reading it.
Turns out, it’s a pretty good article.  It’s called ‘Redeeming Social Life OnLine’

Here’s an excerpt
“Like most other new things, Christians tend to either embrace Facebook uncritically, or retreat from it and condemn its use. Embracing technology uncritically—the “bear hug,” as I call it—means using a technology without thinking through its impact on yourself and others.
The “cold shoulder”—ignoring/retreating from/condemning a technology—is often driven by misguided fears and shallow biblical interpretation. While the problems with embracing uncritically are more easily discerned, giving a technology like Facebook the cold shoulder also has its problems. . . ”

CLICK HERE for the whole article (which includes 9 ways to NOT use facebook and 6 ways TO use facebook.  🙂  )

Thoughts?