Thursday, February 25, 2016

JOY


Lenten Photo Challenge: Day 16

Joy.

As a gamer geek dad, it gives me joy that my daughter was really happy when this little custom made Dungeons & Dragons character miniature came in. It is a representation of her character in the game. She helped design it and so it will mean more to her than some generic mini that most people purchase for the game.

I can chalk that up as a win in the "doing it right" column.

Now to paint it!

SHELTER


Lenten Photo Challenge: Day 15

Shelter.

I know this might sound mean, but I would rather see that a pet have a shelter before a human.

Pets are at the mercy of their owners and in general humans. Humans know better.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

COVENANT


Lenten Photo Challenge: Day 14

Covenant

You might think this word would lead me to talk about a covenant with God, work, county, marriage or something like that. Well, yes, but to be honest, I am went into this challenge to use the words for my own purposes and maybe not the way the creators of the challenge intended. And this is one of those times.

The photo that you see of those ugly buggers is one of the "Covenant" Elite warriors from the game "HALO." When HALO first came out, I would have to say, it was the driving force behind the decision to purchase an XBOX game console. Without it, you could not play this amazing game. So we did and HALO was the first game we bought.

We immediately set to playing it and soon the "Covenant" were our fiercest enemies and very deadly to meet in game.

But what really happened is that I got to play the game cooperatively with my kids and we played the game together for hours on end and enjoyed every minute doing it!

We did this for all the iterations of the HALO game.... until HALO 5.

Some idiot decided to take the co-operative game play out of the newest story-line of the game. What the frak were they thinking? Hundreds of thousands of players have played this game this way for years and now they decide to take it away. Pretty much ruined the game for my kids and I. So much so that I have not even tried to play it and I don't think my kids have bothered much either. Ruined it for us because that is how we have always played this game together. As a team.

So, the "Covenant" will have to wait before I meet them again on the battlefield. Cause that ain't how I play my HALO game. Besides, I am having too much fun playing the MAD MAX game that has its own form of game play "covenant" and it is about keeping promises in the game to make the world a better place.

Monday, February 22, 2016

VISION


Lenten Photo Challenge: Day 13

Vision

To have "vision", and I don't mean the kind that lets you read books or watch TV, is to be able to see into the future, predict the next big thing or calculate the best way to act, prepare, or plan for the future. But more often I think we forget to have that vision to look back at our lives, our experiences, and see what it has taught us. Hindsight is not 20/20 but it can be if you time the time to look at it with clear vision and understand its lessons. Too often we have our eyes on the prize at the end of the race and when we come up short, maybe it is because we didn't bother to look behind ourselves and see where our path went astray.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

CELEBRATE

Lenten Photo Challenge: Day 12

Celebrate

Today I am celebrating three things!


First, I took my mom to church today and so I celebrate the fact that the church of my childhood is back after a devastating fire that destroyed everything. Nothing survived from the church that was built in 1875. But now, the church is rebuilt, and services are back in a new building. Things don't look the same. Things don't sound the same. Things don't even smell the same in the new building. Everything is new. Nothing is familiar. It's all sparkly brand new! And to add to that, the pastor of the last 10 years or so has left to take another call in another church so they are looking for a new pastor. Everything is a new start for this old church. But all will be well. They are going through growing pains that they never expected to have to experience, but they will make it through. It is a pleasure to attend with my mom and see the same faces that I remember from my childhood. And I celebrate that they are moving forward.


Secondly, I celebrate this wonderful plate full of comfort. My mom makes this concoction that my family calls "tuna fish and peas." To some it might look like what some in the military call "SOS" or "S#@& On a Shingle" but is anything like that. It is one of my favorite comfort food and my mom is the only one that makes it and for me it is thing to celebrate because my mom made it for me today for lunch!


And third, I celebrate my mom. I love my mom. She is 88 years old and suffers from the aches and pains that you might expect an 88 year old would suffer from. But despite this, she is a very healthy person and all of those pains go away when she can be with her family and friends. I can kind of understand how she feels. I too feel "more alive" and "happier" when my kids are around and I try to keep that in mind when she calls and says she is lonely or not feeling well. So I celebrate that we were able to spend some quality time together today.

Friday, February 19, 2016

LOVE

Lenten Photo Challenge: Day 10
Love

I LOVE that this happened on my Facebook page. I love that my friends get me. I love that I can be genuine and be a geek with all of them and more. Live Long and Prosper, my friends!

(ya know, I think you could say "Live, Love, and Prosper", and it would be just as meaningful.)

Thursday, February 18, 2016

REFUGE


Lenten Photo Challenge: Day 9
Refuge

Hopefully we all have, need a place where we can feel safe. A place where we can be comfortable and at ease. For some this is a location, a home, a room, or a vacation spot. For me, I am lucky to be able to take refuge in many places, and not all of them are physical locations. My wife and my family are my most reliable and constant refuge. I have refuge in my own home, and oddly I feel I have refuge in my car. Ofte, however I find my refuge in a room full of people, or maybe just one other person, and playing a game. That might sound silly, but in today's age of technological disconnectedness, sitting down at a game table and playing a game with other players across the game board from you, is the equivalent of sitting around the campfire and telling stories. Whether it is a simple game of cards, a role-playing game, or a in-depth strategy game, I really revel in playing games with family and friends. We can play the game and we can socialize with each other all while competing within the game. It is the act of gaming that allows me to let go of the responsibilities of work and life. Remember when we were kids and our job was to play? We have forgotten how to play as we become adults and I take refuge in the "play" that gaming allows. Gaming is one of my favorite places of refuge.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Mighty

Lenten Photo Challenge: Day 8
Mighty

I have to admit, I really don't have any good words to thoughts for the word today. I thought long and hard about it but nothing was coming to me. So instead I decided to let some others say some things about the word "Mighty."

He who conquers others is strong; He who conquers himself is mighty.
Lao Tzu

Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt

From a small seed a mighty trunk may grow.
Aeschylus

Up, you mighty race, accomplish what you will.
Marcus Garvey

If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it.
Olin Miller

Truth is mighty and will prevail. There is nothing wrong with this, except that it ain't so.
Mark Twain

Mighty cultures never - are almost never conquered. They crumble from within. And frankly, I think that a lot of Americans are acting like spoiled brats because everything isn't working out perfectly every time.
Frank Miller


GO

Lenten Photo Challenge: Day 7

Go

People say I am always on the go. And maybe that is true. It is just that I have so much that I want to do and I know there are only so many hours in the day, days in the year, years in my life.

When my alarm goes off in the morning, I think of it as a starters pistol at the beginning of a race. It is the beginning of my race to do as much in the waking hours as I can. I am not racing against the clock, because I know who will win in the end. Rather, I am racing with the clock to put as much into each hour as I can.

So maybe I am always on the go. It is not in my nature to be idle. We all have the same number of hours in a day. I just chose to be on the go and fill those hours with as much activity and enjoyment as I can.

Why not? There is no time like the present. And I always hear people say, "Where did the time go?" For me I want to be able to answer that question with; "Doing exactly want I wanted to do."