Experiential Jesus

an article from Being Berean


If you are reading this on Easter morning please understand that this is not the article I intended on posting. If you have been following the Being Berean articles then you know that this article should be about what happened that first Easter morning. The article would make a strong argument for why the women finding the empty tomb adds credence to the Gospel narrative.

Apologetics…is the idea that we can reason someone into believing in God. The funny thing is I did not come to believe in God this way. You see I already knew there was a God. I understood that there was more going on in the universe than most people took the time to think about. I also felt that there is a reason why I am here.

Yes I mean a purpose for my life.

What I did not know was which was the correct God. Every religion on earth claims knowledge of a higher power. Each claims to be the correct  path. Which one is the correct one is real question.

So how can you find the truth?

You see I can try to argue and point out to you the Truth of Christ. I can write endless articles in an effort to try to rid you of doubts. The truth is that only God can reveal himself to you. Only the Holy Spirit of God can lead you to the truth of Jesus Christ.

My understanding of this truth is not from my own intelligence or knowledge or education. My understanding was because God chose to reveal himself to me. He did not do this because of who I am but because of who he is. How do I know? Because he told me so…

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. James 4:8


My belief is simply an example of him keeping his word. I went looking so he moved closer. His Spirit drew me to the truth of who he was. The real question is how do you draw near to God.

Talk to him. Pure and simple. Open up your heart and mind to him. Tell him your needs and worries. Repent for all that you carry around in your heart that you are ashamed of. Ask him to forgive you for all that you have done. Then ask Christ to dwell within your heart. Jesus taught us that God only wishes us to love him and to love our neighbors as ourselves.

Not really that hard is it?

If you seek him you will find him. How do I know? Because he told me so…

But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul. Deut. 4:29


As humans we tend to complicate things. We over think things. We reason and argue all possible angles. The truth is the only way to experience Christ first hand is to talk to him for yourself.

The experiential way is the way most people come to accept Christ into their lives. They seek him and they find him. This is a personal moment when you experience Christ first hand. Each person has their own moment of clarity, understanding and acceptance.

How do I know ? Because he says so…

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.


That and I have had this moment myself. While I will continue to write articles to strengthen and edify those who believe only you can move closer to God. I can not get you there. You have to go on your own.

If you do you will understand why Easter is celebrated.Today Jesus did what he said he would do. How do I know? Because he told me so.

Happy Easter


May the Love of Christ be with you always….

…Live long and Prosper


The time that is given us

An Article from Elementary


Film of the Month

Just as we have been reading or at least trying to encourage reading with our Book of the Month we thought that we should do the same for films. We love movies. So we thought that it would be fun to feature some older films that a lot of people may not have seen.

Now these are just suggestions for films that you might enjoy. We are not going to review or comment on the films other than to suggest that you watch them. You will find this image on the Bridge. Click to see the new film each month.

I really don’t watch a lot of episodic television anymore. Many because I am usually to busy to tune in each week to see what happens next. As a result I find I prefer putting a movie on. This also helps limit the amount to television I watch in a day. I realized with reality programing that I was sitting wasting my life watching the lives of others unfold rather than living my own life.

I also tend to get lost easily watching something I enjoy and abandon everything else. This of coarse resulted in the BSG virus. Click on the image belong to read more:

cropped-viper.jpgBSG VIRUS

Learning to focus is one of the reasons I started this site. Experimenting with my own reality and adapting new ” ALIEN” approaches to life that I was unfamiliar with has also helped. Learning to spend my time on things that really matters is on going process. This is the Extremus life view.

With a few acceptations I feel I am improving.

Let me show you what I mean. The average American watches television 34 hours a week. This doesn’t include the three to six hours of taped video they watch. All in that’s almost 40 hours. ( This is based on a 2012 Nielsen survey)

So when I used the excuse that I don’t have time to run, read, hike, study, learn, cook, etc. this was not true. The truth is I didn’t want to give up couch time. In order to abandon these habits I substituted movies for television. One movie a day is only approx. 90min of time vs. the 5.7 hours a day I was watching before.

I just put thirty hours a week back into my life that I was wasting.

So out went cable and in came Netflix. One movie before bed. This was working well until they started loading entire seasons of television shows. Now I am limited to one movie or two episodes a day.

This rule came into effect after the BSG virus.

To be honest I have this problem with most things I like or enjoy. I will take them to an extreme (and not in a good way). This is why I adopted the Extremus life view. By fully “jacking in” all things become possible. Watching 40 hours of programs is not “jacking in”  and living an Extremus lifestyle.

This is being a couch potato.

Thirty hours to spend with family and friends. To learn to cook and to workout, to read and learn new things. To write articles and podcast and make videos. To build models and paint figures.

To actually do the things that I need to do when I need to do them.

There have been a lot of different things that I have read or have seen that characters have said that have stayed with me throughout my life. Here is one that comes to mind.


“…All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

In that thirty hours there is  time for God as well.

May the Love of Christ be with you always….

…Live long and Prosper

Captain’s Log Star Date 1404.01

KirkOur Maiden Voyage was on 1305.01 it’s had to believe it has been  a year. The crew rebounded last month from the BSG virus to produce a new article for every station. It appears that bones was right and that these things just have to run their course.

This first year has been a learning experience. While we still make the occasional typo and a link or two may not go as planned we are getting better at what we do. As Captain I am proud of my Blog-ship and my crew and what we have accomplished over the last year.


TTTAs we post each article we open up discussions on our Facebook page so we can get your feed back. We also throw up images that will appear on the site and open discussions to topics we have an interest in. Right now we have  7,900 likes. We are hoping to reach the 10,000 mark by April first.Tell everyone to click that like button and help us reach our goal.



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youtubeOur crew training films are in post production. learning new ways to create the styles we want takes time. However I am sure you will enjoy them when we finish. Please remember all of this is new for us.


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11We have held off broadcasting to be able to produce this first podcast in May as part of our one year celebration. This thing has really taken off and has a mind of it’s own.Stay tuned for Commander Mark Petrie’s launch and Podcast.


ghjjgjghjEveryone loves our logo ! We will have an inventory next month to Celebrate  first year in cyberspace. Thank you for having patience with us. As you know we don’t sell ad space so the cost is coming out of our pockets to get everything done. We will get there just stay with us.


1701On our bridge we feature articles that people said they enjoyed. Each month these featured articles will change to keep things fresh and new. We will also be trying new topics like we have with featured artist. So if you subscribe through email or use a mobile device to access our site please take the time to visit us each week and a computer since there is so much to see and do on our bridge.


The Holy BibleReading the Bible in a Year…A lot of people have said that they wishes they had started when we started in January. Our start was to give everyone a beginning date. If you did not start when we started you can start any time. We are encouraging everyone to start a course in daily study. This is our campaign. It doesn’t matter when you start as long as you start. If you want to start click Rosy’s Bible and we will give you helpful suggestions.


martianchronicles1Aprils book of the month is Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles. This book is actually a book of short stories that follows the colonization of Mars. Ray had written so many stories about Mars that when be went through his files he realized he had unknowingly written an entire history of Mars. Published in 1950 the book is filled with both our early hopes and fears about the red planet. One of these is as a result of early telescope observations of Mars by astronomers.What appeared to be straight lines on the planet led observers to believe that there were canals cut into the surface of the planet. This lead to peoples beliefs that there was life on Mars. Your gonna love this book get your copy today…


filmOur Cinephile articles in the Fortress of Solitude have been very well received. Since there are so many films that we love we are going to suggest films from the past that we think you might love. Each month we will link a new film suggestion to this image along with the films title. This will appear on the Bridge  (our Home Page). These will not be reviews just suggestions.Look for this in April.


g-ent-130104-kirk_380;380;7;70;0On a personal note:

A dedication plaque will be added next month to the Bridge. One full year of service has earned us the right of remembrance. This vessel was commissioned to explore and study that which is alien in our universe. There is so much out there and so much to explore and report on it is beyond most peoples understanding.The best we can hope to do is to continue to report on those things that we believe will improve the quality of our lifes.

May the Love of Christ be with you always….

…Live long and Prosper


Hyborian Hydration

an article from Hyborian Strong

Hyborian Strong (2)HYBORIAN STRONG-is about my effort to get healthy. The story is also one of our featured articles look for it on your home page. (The Bridge) you can read more there.




I have spent most of my life not really thinking about the amount of water I drink in a day. If you went to a diner when I was growing up,  a hostess would seat you with menus, and a bus boy would bring flatware and water glasses to your table. Looking back this is really the only time I can remember ever drinking just water. Most of the time it was milk, Kool aid or lemon aid or ice tea.

Never just water.

Never to hydrate.

In the beginning I laughed at how stupid people were.

Bottled water really?

Endless articles and books have been done on how bottle water companies are targeting us. The idea of buying something that came from the tap seemed insane to me and for years I just wouldn’t bite.

Then the world changed

The town I lived in suffered a flood. The national guard was called into assist. Boil water notices went out.  This was the first time I ever considered that the water from the sink may not be good.

Suddenly those water bottles didn’t seem so funny.

From then on every time it rained I began to wonder

Yes, I know that there are many reports that the bottled water is no better. The truth is that this article is not about the bottled water. This article is about our need to drink water. I am just mentioning the bottles because this is my method.

Four 750ml bottles equals 3 liters.

Did I mention that a man should drink 3 liters a day?

The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake  for men is  3 liters. For women the figure is  2.2 liters. This  is assuming that you are only drinking water all day.

If we take a closer look we find that food provides about 20% of our total required intake. If you think about it this makes sense. Foods  like water melon and tomatoes are 90% water by weight. You also have to consider that the coffee, milk, juice,soda, wine, tea all contain water as well. However the best source of water is still water.

Why do we need 3 liters of water?

Well we need to replace the water we lose each day. The average person eliminates about 1.2 liters of water in urine each day, and also eliminates about 1 liter a day through perspiration and respiration.

That’s right respiration!

Hold up a mirror to your mouth and the glass fogs from the moisture in your breath. The fact that you are almost 70% water is why your always leaking…

Leaking…get it?

What happens if we fail to Hydrate?

The truth is most people are dehydrated. They are tired or fatigued because they are just not getting the water they need. Water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells and help the body carry out normal functions. A little dehydrated will make you not want to do anything.

In order to ensure adequate hydration we have devised the Hyborian Hydration Program.

Hyborian Hydration

When I first wake up I drink 1 liter of water. ( 2 of those 750 ml bottles). This is while the coffee is brewing. The reason I do this is because the longest amount of time I go in a day without water is  while I am sleeping. That morning coffee is also a diuretic so I feel the need to compensate. I then try to drink another bottle at lunch and another at dinner. I may also have one throughout the day.

Now I also drink two cups of coffee ( 20oz each), a glass of juice ( mix 8oz of Pom with 8oz of OJ we call it Pomicide)  and at least one glass of skim milk a day. If I use a protein supplement I mix it with skim milk so the milk varies.

How do you know when you dehydrated?

The easiest way to tell is by the color of your urine. If it’s dark yellow you need more water. If you are hydrated it will be almost clear.

Can you over Hydrate?

Yes and this happened to me during my experiments with hydration. A friend told me how he was drinking a gallon of water a day and felt great. So I drank a gallon of water a day for three days. I did not feel great. I started feeling sick. It was hot outside.A co-worker told me I had heat stroke.

Heat stroke?

I’m drinking a gallon of water a day!

Believe it or not I thought I was on the verge of hyponatremia. This is a condition where the mineral content in the blood is diluted and the sodium level is lowered. The way I think of it is that I flushed out all the electrolytes from my body. Gaterade and less water for a few days got me back on track.

The last great question is what about soda?

The truth is I usually crave it because I’m dehydrated. The need for fluids combined with fatigue makes you want sugar to get up and moving.

Then again sometimes I just need a Coke.

May the Love of Christ be with you always….

…Live long and Prosper

Into Cyberspace

an article from To Boldly Go

boldly-goTo Boldly Go is about going places and doing the things that we love and enjoy. However I am an introverted home body. I don’t like crowds. I am not crazy about new people. If invited somewhere I will just say no because it easier and less stress. But life must be lived. To Boldly Go is now about entering society and facing my fears of others.


1701Into Cyberspace

The idea of starting a Blog came as I began reading different things and realized that no one was really doing anything that I was interested in.  Maybe I am to analytical in my approach to life but at the same time I enjoy trying new and different approaches to even the simplest tasks.

Being privately weird is one thing. Friends and family simply look at you and say that’s just how he is. Every family has that odd person. It is quite another thing to go out and share your crazy and encourage others to be equally crazy.

This is making whats private public.

However I am often amazed at how people go through life without ever really thinking about things or asking important questions. That they don’t really plan for things that they can plan for and that they don’t act at opportune moments.

To me this is crazy.

I can say that I have lived parts of my life in both ways. I have been pro-active and re-active. In the end we really have no control. Life is chaos. However planing ahead, trying to minimize risk and having back up plans in case of trouble has always been part of my life. Somehow being ready gives me comfort and a sense of stability.

So taking the time to look at these different parts of life and learning about each area of thought brought me to the point where I felt the need to record these findings. Since my son lives with his mother I don’t spend as much time talking to him as I would like. The thoughts and ideas that I share here I post mainly for him to read. These are things that I feel are important for me to share with him.

For the people who look at their lives they probably break things down like this: career, relationships, physical health, wealth, mental health, emotional health, spiritual well-being. How many times have you seen a pie shaped graphic dividing these areas of your life into equal slices?

How many life coaches use these same classes to define those important areas of your life and tell you how to balance them? The truth is that we are not all the same. We each value different things in our lives and for each of us there are things that we will not compromise.

Sine Qua Non is a Latin phrase that I was introduced to during the BSG virus. It means something absolutely indispensable or essential.

Each of us has something absolutely indispensable or essential in our lives. These are different for each of us. But the thing we have in common is that we each have that which we value or cherish.

So your probably wondering what my point is. Well at first people thought that the Blog idea was weird or crazy. But then somehow the articles seem to make sense. The things being discussed are not really that crazy in spite of all the legos and Star Trek stuff. Like the fact that we all have something absolutely indispensable or essential in our lives.

Sine Qua Non is a phrase you may already know. If not then this is a new phrase and possibly a new concept for you to think about. You may even want to take the time to write out that which is most important to you as well as those values you will not compromise.

Such as my Sine Qua Non list.

But remember that you learned it while you were visiting a Blog-ship in Cyberspace. You may be embarrassed to admit where you learned it but I think you get the point.

To Boldly Go into cyberspace… what else would you expect from a Geekus Extremus?

May the Love of Christ be with you always….

…Live long and Prosper

At the Fortress

An article from the Fortress of Solitude

fortressTHE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE-  Long before there was a Superman, before there was a Batman there was our hero Doc Savage. And yes comic fans he is the source material for most of the great aspects of our favorite comics.One of these concepts is the lair, the place to retreat to… the Fortress of Solitude. Doc Savages’ Fortress of Solitude  was constructed by him and a team member Renny ( yes before the Avengers and X-men Doc had a specialized team). Large sections were fabricated and the materials and construction crews were then airlifted on huge cargo planes to a remote area of the Arctic where the great dome was constructed. The Fortress served as a retreat where Doc could go to spend long uninterrupted periods of time studying, experimenting  and pursuing his interests.For our purposes, the Fortress of Solitude is where we will discuss the things that interest us… our studies , experiments, hobbies and interests and where we go to retreat from the outside world in order to pursue them.


solitudeAt The Fortress

I have received a lot of questions regarding what the fortress is and where it’s located. Many people think it’s just another example of the Man cave. For our purposes the Fortress is actually a state of being.

Growing up my father took us on weekend fishing trips. Going fishing was my fathers Fortress. He could get away from everything and everyone and fish. There was something about the calm quiet serene environment that put him at ease.

I have a lot of friends that enjoy camping and hiking that feel exactly the same way. They leave the world behind and go off to be alone with creation. This is where I heard the phrase going off grid for the first time. People who go off leaving behind the world. Even if it was for only a day they are without phones and texts and tweets. No one can get a hold of them and they don’t care.

The bible records many instances where Jesus went off grid.

In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there. Mark 1:35


But the news about Him was spreading even farther, and large crowds were gathering to hear Him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray. Luke 5:15-16


We see that Jesus withdrew in order to pray and seek Gods will for him. From the passage of Mark we see this continue:

Simon and his companions searched for Him; they found Him, and said to Him, “Everyone is looking for You.” He said to them, “Let us go somewhere else to the towns nearby, so that I may preach there also; for that is what I came for.” Mark 1:36-38


The passage gives the impression that Jesus gained new perspective though his slipping away to pray.

The idea of withdrawing is nothing new. The need to recharge your batteries or to gain new perspective is something I believe everyone needs. Taking time for our selves should be part of our lives.

The idea of unplugging or pulling away or withdrawing from the outside world was really first introduced to me when I read Doc Savage: Man of Bronze. The story begins with Docs friends gathering on the 86th floor and telling Doc the details surrounding his fathers death.

Doc had been away at the Fortress of Solitude studying and working on important research. While there, Doc was completely cut off from the outside world. Even the knowledge of his fathers death did not reach him until he was returning from his arctic hideaway.

The Idea of withdrawing from the outside world in order to enjoy peace and quite or for prayer and mediation or to gain a new perspective and direction or for study and research all have one factor in common…The element of solitude.

The idea of getting your own time alone free from distractions and the demands of daily life is essential for your sanity. The fortress does not have to be a place. It can just be time alone. A walk in the park, a visit to the zoo, a look around the art gallery or just watching a marathon of television episodes ( BSG Virus ).

For me it tends to be an excessive-compulsion to learn everything about a subject right now…which means I tend to abandon everything else. I take up a new interest and eat sleep and drink it for weeks-even months- at the expense of other areas of my life. One of the reasons I began writing about these different subjects was because I was trying to strike a balance in my life rather than just running off like a dog chasing a car.

Back when cameras had film in them (you know film that needed to be developed) amateur photographers had darkrooms in their homes. If the red light was on above the door you couldn’t go in because the were processing film. We need something like this.

We need a way in life to tell others we are currently @ Fortress be back soon. Then we need for society to simply accept the fact that we all need time alone.

No exceptions.

Hopefully this clears up any misconception you have about going to the fortress. While it can be a physical place it is also the act of withdrawing in order to purse those interests, hobbies, studies and experiments.

May the Love of Christ be with you always….

…Live long and Prosper


an article from Entmoot

DSC00660Entmoot is about how we should we interact with one another, as friends, as family, as neighbors, as coworkers and as countrymen. What responsibilities does engaging the world bring and how do we handle them as believers? ______________________________________________________________________

codeThe Golden Rule ( Part 1)


I was beginning to believe that the idea of “do unto others as you would have others do unto you” had been forgotten.

I grew up learning this as The Golden Rule. I thought that this rule was the same for all people. That their value systems were the same. That their beliefs were the same. I never realized that this concept can be explained from the perspective of psychology, philosophy, sociology and religion. That it  can, for some, mean something as simple as reciprocity or give and take.

If we look back as far as ancient Babylon we find this idea of reciprocity or balanced fairness is ingrained into the daily lives of these people. The Code of the Hammurabi was the governing law(s) of ancient Babylon. These laws were cut into stone and covered everything from theft to paternity. The punishments are scaled versions of an eye for and eye.

Societies that are built on such a frame work promote reciprocity. You find people even now saying things like They had that coming or he’ll get his. Another saying that is popular is wait until they need my help. These are all examples of things people say who feel wronged by someone. That the give and take was not there. Or that they were taken advantage of. This unfortunately is a version of the Golden rule. The idea that the scales must balance on both sides is in many cultures the example of the Golden Rule.

Zi gong (a disciple of Confucius) asked: “Is there any one word that could guide a person throughout life?” The Master replied: “How about ‘shu’ [reciprocity]

People believe that the Golden Rule only works if it is to the benefit of both parties. I remember when I was growing up kids made friends based on the toys that the other kids had. The kid who had the swimming pool was everyone’s friend. As adults this is the power dynamics of relationships. You might be networking for your mutual benefit or marrying to build wealth. People build relationships to gain some advantage.

All of these are the worlds examples of the Golden Rule. When Jesus says  43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy,’ In Matt 5:43 he is repeating the worlds view of the Golden Rule. This is what was expected in society.

The film Lone Survivor (2013) is of an American Navy seal who survives as a result of a code of beliefs held by the Pashtun people. The code known as Pashtuwali is an ethical code that exists within the Pashtun tribal society that governs their beliefs as a village of people and how they deal with others both friend or foe. The non-Pashtun Afghans and Pakistanis that live in the Pashtun regions  who have gradually become Pashtunized over time. These beliefs are so strongly held that these villagers stood against the Taliban to protect their visitor.  Again we see whats expected within a society.

To often I find myself relating to others according to how the world expects me to. Like the non-Pashtun and Pakistanis who became Pashtunized I find that I have become worldized in my beliefs and my views. I find that my compass is not pointing north with regards to how I should interact with others. This is why I have elected this course of study was to understand the differences between the worlds view and Gods view in relation to how we should interact with one another.

In our next Entmoot article we will discuss God’s view of The Golden Rule and how we should deal with others as revealed through the revelation of Jesus Christ. It is through Jesus Christ that we are given an example and a teaching in which we see God’s desire for us clearly defined. He gives us the true Golden Rule which is the will of God.

May the Love of Christ be with you always….

…Live long and Prosper



Bluetooth and more

an article from Q


As your Quartermaster I will share the gizmos, gadgets and Apps that I have found really useful and that I have made essential in my daily living. All are field tested and approved.


headsetBluetooth and more

So the law finally passed in Illinois and now you must be hands free while driving. This of course means that everyone now has a Bluetooth. But some people have a Bluetooth and more.

I am one of them.

Whats pictured here is a wireless headset that connects with any Bluetooth device. These devices are wonderful and allow you the freedom to listen to everything from music to television.  No cords to roll up and nothing to plug-in. Play music and take a call.

Imagine hassle free workouts since there are no wires to bother you.

The brand that is pictured here is LG. But there are all different types and brands on the market. I love mine and they work great with my tablet. I can watch movies with the volume as loud as I want no hassles. The same goes for Pandora.

Stereo wireless bluetooth connection. No wires no plugs no hassles.

As your quartermaster I am telling you need one of these in your life. The brand and style is your choice. But get the wires out of your life. The freedom is wonderful.

By the way they are great when driving.

uhuraUhura swears by them…


May the Love of Christ be with you always….

…Live long and Prosper


The Way

an article from Shaken, not Stirred

shaken, not StirredShaken, not Stirred is about being our own individual selves, apart from the herd. If you have ever read a Ian Fleming novel then you know James Bond does nothing like the rest of us. He is his own person, with his own way of doing everything. In Shaken, Not Stirred we are going to discuss how to be our own individual selves, to find our own ways and how to customize our lives.




The Way

Each of us has our own daily routines. The minute we wake up we begin a cycle of habits that creates this routine. For me this is silence and coffee. If I am not sure if I am awake I spin Mal’s top.

However I have found that I needed to put a little Shaken, not Stirred philosophy into my daily routine.

A lot of my daily routine happens as a result of defaults. Since I have no way of doing things by intention I simply fall into bad habits. Almost mindless actions.

This of course has resulted in my experimenting with The Routine. For a week I simply watched what I did. From the time I got up until the time I went to bed. Funny how suddenly I became aware of all of the things I should be doing and all the bad habits I had formed.

Have you read?

DSC00769If you have then you know that we like planing. Just like planing your year looking at the habits you create and your routine will help you be more effective in your life.

However that is for another article entirely.

This is about improving your WAY of doing things. For example I enjoy silence and coffee. But  I can improve on the quality of the coffee and the location of where I drink it right?

For example in my Zero gravity chair on my deck perhaps?

If I am going to sit and read my emails can I do it off my tablet in the park?

Another example is if I have open my mail should I have a mini sword letter opener for this purpose? Conan’s sword or his fathers or Sting maybe?

So I am cleaning house should I have a soundtrack for that? Creating a play list on I-tunes for the tasks in life makes them less task-ee if you follow me. Music to dust by.

When I am adding to my list on Netflix am I thinking…I’ll watch these at the laundry? Great way to make sure you go is to only watch DR WHO at the laundry.

How about shaving? Brush and straight razor anyone? Forget coffee the adrenalin will wake you up. Trust me on this one.

How about a favorite soup bowl or tea kettle or coffee mug?

Do you use it or look at at it? It’s all in the little things isn’t it.

One of the best things I ever did was to get a lunch bag for work. This completely changed my life. I will cover this in a future article about EDC for work. But talk about custom lunches and snacks awesome…

Yes even a Star Trek bathrobe and wookie slippers makes your daily routine more you.

Turning your life on it’s ear, thinking outside the box and adding your own flavor to the mix will completely change that routine. I saw that the bad habits in my routine were to not enjoy the things in life that I have. I also was not doing these things my own way with my own style.

Really I wasn’t. I just thought I was. So now I am always looking at ways to improve.

Here is another great example. My son and I are planing a trip to the surplus store. We both love military wear. What we wear will not come from the same places that other people shop. So this means different styles of clothes that are unique to us.

Not to mention durable. GI Joe tough…

Yes I am a Geek so my way may not be your way. Not everyone can pull off a Tallahassee tarp hat. I understand that.However if you are following me that is the point. It’s not just the things you do but THE WAY you do them.

This is your life do things your own way be your own person be shaken, not stirred.

May the Love of Christ be with you always….

…Live long and Prosper




Clean Up Week

an article from In a Hole

cropped-bagnd.jpgThe Hobbit, more so than any other book I have ever read,  gave me a true sense of the love a person has for their home. A place in the world to call your own. The roof over your head. The place where you are safe and warm. Your comfy chair and your nice warm bed. Wishing you were in your Kitchen fixing eggs. In a Hole is about home.



Clean Up Week

No your home is not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, but it’s been closed up all winter and needs a good round of spring cleaning.

Growing up in Chicago we would get a week off in spring. What is now called Spring Break was then called Clean Up Week. My father had explained that farmers needed their kids to help get ready for planting. Like daylight savings this was another structure within the system to help agricultural states like Illinois. For us kids it just meant a week without school.

Clean up week was not only rural. Both farmers and merchants alike pitched in to get things cleaned up. There was a real sense of community, of putting your house in order and the sense that winter was being swept away and spring was here. Clean Up Week has been reduced to Townships collecting yard waste. For most people Clean Up Week means that you can get rid of yard waste for free.

Well I think that Clean Up Week is a state of mind. Every few months we need to go through and eliminate the unwanted and clean and maintain the rest. Clean Up Week is a great way to put things back in order and say goodbye to winter. While I am not going to get into the specifics that you need to do this is more macro than micro article.

The idea here is to set aside a block of time to put your house in order. This is more than just yard work. Maybe you need to paint or replace carpet. Maybe those closets are busting at the seams and winter clothing need to be stored. How about carpet and upholstery cleaning? Maybe you need to have the AC unit serviced before it gets to warm.

Some of these things may take more than a week. This is why I think of clean up week as a state of mind. By creating a list of things you need to see get done and working these within a time frame that is reasonable you will have a task free summer.


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Spring cleaning also needs to be done. Washing and wiping and window cleaning, shampooing, steaming cleaning and dry cleaning, grouting, caulking and waxing sealing and don’t forget to oil and grease when needed.

There is a lot to be said for just airing everything out. Open the doors and windows ( do you need to replace screens add it to the list) and let the wind blow.

This is the time of the year when spring fever hits me the hardest. One day it’s snowing the next day it’s 48 degrees and the next its bitter cold. You can feel spring wanting to roll in and winter not wanting to die off. Whether you start inside the house or out in the yard beginning your Clean Up Week will  help you feel like your pushing winter out.

Remember it’s not the tent you pitch or where you pitch it that makes your house a home. What makes it home is the time you send with the people you love and the joy and merry you make together.


May the Love of Christ be with you always….

…Live long and Prosper