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Yes, I do think about politics. http://bit.ly/29SmAs8
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Wait.  Before you grab your pitchfork.

Paris is to western culture what New York is to western commerce.  Attacks on her have struck a nerve.  How can westerners, and more specifically western Christians, respond to the increasing threat of radical Islam?

I have a few thoughts . . .
At the time I am writing this, we are still in the heat of our reaction to the tragic attacks in Paris of November 12. France is bombing the crap out of ISIL in Syria. Even Putin and Obama have tak…
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The original music video.  Jimmy pushes all the right buttons.
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Religious Freedom and Discrimination

This Christian essay provides some well reasoned food for thought.  You might say it really takes the cake.  (But then you would have sunk to my level.)
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I've been trying to contact facebook about a hack on my account for years.  Their help page offers absolutely no avenue to assistance.  Here is their response whether they are emailed or forms are filled out:

"Hi,

You've reached us at a channel that we don't support. Please visit the Help Center to find answers to many frequently asked questions and up-to-date forms you can use to get in touch with us:

https://www.facebook.com/help

We apologize for the inconvenience.



Thanks,
The Facebook Team"

I regret that I ever signed up for facebook.
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How not to be eaten by a shark

Last Sunday two teens were attacked by a shark while swimming near the pier you can see from our back deck.  My thoughts and prayers are with these kids and their loved ones.

Shark attacks are extremely rare and usually not at all severe in the Carolinas.  South Carolina had five last year.  North Carolina had four.  Our sharks (the black tips and sand) usually take a minor nibble and then realize it is a human and not a fish before they move along.  So, this is a complete statistical anomaly.  They think it was a bull or tiger shark hunting its way up the coast.  These guys don't usually hunt that close to the shore, so they think it was just one individual shark.

As many folks are getting ready to head out for their vacation at the beach, I thought now might be a timely opportunity to share some tips on how not to be eaten by a shark:
 
1. Stay away from piers or fishermen who are chumming the waters.  This practice imperils nearby swimmers and is irresponsible.
2. Don't go out past where the waves are breaking near dawn and dusk.  That is the sharkies snack time.
(Note that both of these tips were not being followed by the victims.)
3. The risk is higher during the new moon phase (like now) just as the tide begins to come back in.  Sharks are more likely to hunt closer to shore under these conditions.
4. When surfing don't wear flashy jewelry that might catch light and look like the flash of a fish's belly catching sunlight.
5. Always surf with a gimpy old man.  You can get away while the shark munches on the slow guy.
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Chill response to dealing with those who troll your creative work.
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(not) Steve Jobs

Who wants to watch a movie about Apple's co-founder, Steve Jobs?  The Windows, Android, and Linux crowds are pretty unlikely to shell out money for that.  But the good news is that there are tons of people who are Apple fans.  We believe that Steve's vision helped to make our lives better through the "magic" of well-considered and designed technology.  So, all Hollywood has to do is make a quality movie about what forces shaped Steve Jobs into the visionary who radically changed our everyday lives.  Give us a peak into the inspirations, challenges and partners that made Steve great.  But, if you make a quality hatchet job that pretty much everyone who knew Jobs is incensed about, it is highly unlikely that you will be taking any money from Apple's fans - and they have been known to spend some money.  So, it comes as no surprise that Sorkin's movie bombed despite being well made (from all reports).  It has reportedly been pulled from over 2,000 theaters.  Hopefully, the folks that fund movies in Hollywood will think twice before they give Sorkin money to spit on someone else's grave.
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It's the weekend.  Do something you love.
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Say it ain't so, Mr. Bezos.
 
Seriously Amazon.com​ what are you doing? First kicking official Kodi from app store because of idiotic reasons and now allowing some bad Kodi clone to FireTV? http://www.aftvnews.com/paid-kodi-clone-gets-approved-for-the-fire-tv-wtf-amazon/
Just over a month after Amazon unfairly removed the official Kodi app from the Amazon Appstore for the false reputation of "fascilitating piracy", today one o
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Looks like my old boss is moving on up at Apple.  Glad to see Apple showing it is serious about the environment.  They had me worried a couple of years ago.
Apple today has updated the biography of Lisa Jackson on its executive leadership webpage, noting that she is now Vice President of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives. Previously, Jackson ...
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Mother's Day Anyway

Mom, you brought your children into the world.  You gave each one birth or chose them (e.g., adoption, remarriage, etc.).  But what really made you a Mom was that you loved.  Each child is a confusing blend of flaws and wonders uniquely their own.  They are human - just like their Mom.  Through their triumphs, stumbles, wrong turns, and achievements, you loved each child.  Your love wasn't and isn't perfect, because you, too, are human.  You gave your child your heart.  Wonderfully, some children recognize that they have been loved and served and their mothers' made great sacrifices for them.  Some children grow up healthy, successful, and grateful.  But many do not.  Many are troubled, incarcerated, broken physically or mentally.  Many are blessed but unappreciative.  The child into whom you poured your love to the best of your ability and in your own way may now ignore or even hate you. 
Remember Jesus called His famous parable, the parable of the sower, not the parable of the seeds.  The sower plants the seed but has no control over which seeds make it to fruitfulness.  A mother sows her love into the hearts of her children.  But life happens.  Relationships break even when a mother's love continues unvanquished.  But whether you are appreciated today, ignored, or even despised, if you loved your child the best you could in the way you love, I tip my hat to you.  You have sown your love.  You have done well.  God knows your love and sacrifice even when the world is silent about it.  Your children are better for having been loved by you.  May God bless you on this day that is so difficult for so many mothers.  My thoughts are with you.
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Very touching and very true. Thanks for the loving words, we all appreciaet them, especially our moms.
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Morgantown, West Virginia - Hickam AFB, Hawaii - Upland, California - Pittsburgh, PA - Ipswich, Massachusetts - Goodfellow AFB, TX - Lawrence Park, PA
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tree huggin', guitar pickin', gizmo cravin', book writin', wave ridin' pilgrim (trlong.com)
Introduction

In Jesus, I am an adopted child of God.  I am an environmentalist and writer.  Born and raised in West Virginia.  A brief stint in Hawaii as a toddler followed by numerous return visits may have infected my spirit with a deep desire to be wet and warm while listening to great music and enjoying the scent of fragrant tropical flowers.

What some people don't like about me?  My attempts at humor, my subpar singing and general music(noise)-making, and my inability to keep my opinion to myself.

Favorite quotes:
"Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than those you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the wind in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
– Mark Twain

"I'd rather die while I'm living than live while I'm dead"
– Jimmy Buffett

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." - Jesus (John 10:10)

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  • Morgantown High School
  • West Virginia University
  • Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • Arthur Murray Dance Studio - Raleigh
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