Writing Advice From A Fortune Cookie

As I said in my previous post we ate Asian food for dinner from our favorite nearby restaurant. In my fortune cookie it said…

Four basic premises of writing: clarity, brevity, simplicity and humanity.

I try to do all of these things but I am not always good at doing them. The advice here is sound and everyone can use it in their blogging or other writing. You could also throw a picture in or two to further tell the story.

So I Skipped Zumba

Tonight is usually Zumba night but I just wasn’t feeling it. I rarely skip because I made a commitment and also my instructor is a friend so I don’t want to disappoint her. After the weekend I had and also how I started my day by spilling some soup I just needed a night off. It’s OK to skip something every now and then, except work and jury duty…both of those things are hard to skip. We did get Asian food and are watching some TV. I hope to have a better day tomorrow.

AdventWord Social Media Photo Initiative

For Advent I am doing a social media photo initiative called AdventWord.

It’s organized the Society of St John the Evangelist (SSJE) and the Anglican Communion Office is underway, with Anglicans around the world posting images on Twitter and Instagram in response to themes suggested by the Society.

For more information check out The Anglican Communion News Service and find our how you can be a part of it or go directly to AdventWord.org to sign up.

First Sunday of Advent in Pictures

Today was the first Sunday of Advent in our new church and I took a few picture to capture the experience of the day. It’s going to be great season leading up to Christmas. We are glad to be at St. Peter’s Episcopal in Chattanooga.

Roasted Butternut Squash Bisque

We got some butternut squash from a fellow church member last week and tonight some soup was made from it. This was a little spicy, delicious and good for you.

The Soup Diva

This soup tastes like you slaved over the stove all day, but it’s actually quite simple and very delicious!

  • 2 butternut squash
  • 1 cup heavy cream (or 1 can coconut milk)
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp butter or coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 onion or 1 shallot, coarsely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Sriracha (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Slice squash in half and removed seeds. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast squash in oven at 400 degrees, cut side down, until tender (about 45 minutes). When cool enough to handle, use metal spoon to scrape flesh out of skin into bowl.
Saute onion and garlic in butter or oil in large pot; add seasonings. Stir in broth; then add squash and heat until bubbling. Remove from heat and…

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Black or White…Not Many Shades of Gray

There are times when I am a black or white sort of guy, and there aren’t many shades of gray. It’s one thing, or another. Sometimes I am about what’s on the extremes, instead of the middle. That bothers me because I sometimes come across as a jerk who isn’t very open minded. We live in a world where there is lots of moderation and a middle way sort of thing. My Episcopal faith teaches the Via Media which about the middle way or perhaps a 3rd option.

I need to perhaps embrace that more. Lots of people live in the gray, because it is what helps them get through life without being lonely because they are more concerned with people more than positions or politics or anything like that. Sometimes I need to be called out for not thinking about others and their viewpoints. My friends I want to be the person who thinks about the road others have taken to get where they are and perhaps learn something myself about their struggles.

Now is the time to embrace the notion that we are all different, unique and talented in our own ways and there are people who are many shades of gray.