Thursday, February 22, 2007

The adventures of childhood

I remember when night time would bring with it amazing games in our neighborhood.

"Kick the can" was my favorite. Under the glow of street lights I would make a dash from the side of my house to the front of my house to "kick the can." (Usually a sand bucket for the beach or some sort of small plastic container.) The thrill of running out into the darkness without knowing if the person looking for you was near was exhilarating.

"Flashlight Tag" was a lot of fun as well. We would run and hide and then the person 'it' would search for us sporting a flashlight. If they shined us - we were out.

These are just a few of games we played. The interesting thing is that I felt larger than life - almost more alive - playing these games. The hiding, the running, the heavy breathing, the competition, the on the spot rule making, the friendships, the laughing, the anger, the cheating - all of it sending the sensation of life.

I mourn the loss of games gone by. I miss the ease at which we could gather together. I hope for my children to experience this. But, the world has changed. Oh man - I need to stop this sentimental stuff and just ask you...


Tag - you're it,

Tuesday, February 20, 2007


They should change the name of "Podcasting" to "Sodcasting." As a kid my family put in some sod for our lawn. We rolled it line after line like laying carpet. Our lawn had a nice rich green look. So my idea of calling the podcasts - sodcasts comes from this idea of growth, life, roots and maturity, rolling out line by line of thoughts... It won't catch on, but I thought I'd throw it out there.

I guess growth in our lives depends on our own desire to grow more than anything. No matter how good material or truth may be expounded upon - the receiver must receive, interpret, welcome, chew on it, make changes, etc... humility, I think, is at the center of any growth. Do we have something to learn from everyone? Even people we disagree with? Even people we despise? I find it easier to learn from people that have big reputations or that I agree with - rather than someone younger or someone I have never heard of...

Anyways - if you want to hear long-winded teaching that hopefully would be a "sodcast" let me encourage you to subscribe to our podcast. :) Go to itunes - click on podcasts - search for "Marked Podcast." Or go to our website: and under the "what's new" link you can click on the podcast. Sorry for the self promotion. I'll work on self-centeredness next time. I humbly request your interest. :)

Other podcasts that I am subscribed to:
Tony Campolo "Across the pond" - Commentary on current events from Campolo.
Catalyst Podcast - Interviews with church leaders.
Desiring God (video short teachings) - Being the church in the culture and different questions.
Get This - great afternoon show in Sydney, Australia.

You find any good ones? SODCASTING.... mmmm green.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Half full or half empty

I was wondering if I am someone who sees the glass "half-full" or "half-empty." These of course are the images that speak of being an optimist or a pessimist. I have always thought of myself as an optimist, but I think it might be situational. (In other words - it depends on the glass.)

I think that with BIG picture issues (long range - dreams - hopes) I tend to be half-full. Filled with courage and passion. While with immediate issues I can tend to be half-empty. Filled with fear and anxiety. I guess that is my leaning and I think I do that to protect myself from disappointment. Can you relate? You know - saying you are not good at something (but secretly feeling like you are pretty good at it) so that if it doesn't go well the ego is protected somewhat...

Would you say you are a half full or half empty kind of person?
Whose opinion counts most in determining this question? My wife has one idea and others may think differently...

What if you took the half used/filled water and put it in a shot glass - perspective changes... WHAT?