Would Dr. Seuss ‘Google’ in a Boat?

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“I would not eat them here or there I would not eat them anywhere. I would not eat green eggs and ham. I do not like them Sam I Am.”

Ah, yes. Dr. Seuss. Many of us have grown up reading and hearing his stories. Green Eggs and Ham no doubt chief among them all. Did you know that his stories were designed to teach vocabulary words?

Knowing this original intention, as a boy, would have ruined the whole experience for me.…
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The United States of Uncle Rico (A Repost)

In Brokenness, Culture, Football, Freedom, Purpose and Meaning, Uncategorized by Bizgainey3 Comments

**The following post is a ‘redraft’ of an earlier version that appears on  http://theshapeofdesire.blogspot.com/ where I currently feature poetry and the poetic form.   I hope to begin a mini series – with Melissa next week – on Porn, Power Narratives and the Promise of Lasting Change.  The series will contain the ways in which we have leaned upon the grace of God to live into His freedom and relied upon the love of each other in the good and the bad. Stay tuned !  Until then, enjoy this older post!**…
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When Everybody Knows Your Name

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“Where Everybody Knows Your Name” is the theme song from the 1980s television sitcom Cheers.  The song (here,https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvRGh2NEjSU),written by Gary Portnoy and Judy Hart Angelo, pricked the soul of a nation and became an anthem of longing for a generation adrift; a generation in search of a place of welcome.  A place where “everybody knows your name”!

Cheers, which nearly tanked in season 1, went on to run for a precedent setting eleven seasons, becoming an American Television Classic.

The characters Sam, Coach, Woody, Diane, Norm and Cliff are iconic.  …
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The Good Life and The “God With Us” Gospel (Pt. 3)!

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Every culture clamors for wisdom. From Socrates to George Bernard Shaw, cultural shakers and shapers have always  pitched wisdom; hoping to provide a pathway for a life well lived. Modern experience concedes the point: we all long for a better way of life.  We all long for the good life – a Life Well Lived.  We will give just about anything to obtain this good life we seek. Want a better home? . . . move here. Want a better kid? . . . take this parenting course. Want  a
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I “Just Wanna Be” A Big Rock Star!

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Fame, fortune, financial accomplishment.

The good life.

We all want it!  We all exhaust ourselves in pursuit of it! The good life and her accouterments entice us all.

Nickelback’s 2005 hit Rockstar – a song which embraces and encourages the pursuit of fame, fortune and financial accomplishment – may well provide the modern rhythm that has captured a generation (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3iO5vMIAUQ).

We all want to be a Rockstar.  So it seems!

While it’s human nature to dream of the good life, many define the good life by using terms like conquering …
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Born For More! Created For Meaning! Designed For Eternity!

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More than twenty years ago Freddy Mercury hauntingly asked the world, “Who wants to live forever?” (here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5L8-FTvSVxs).

According to the Fall Out Boys, we all do.

That is, at least, what their iconic hit Centuries envisions:

Some legends are told Some turn to dust or to gold But you will remember me Remember me for centuries

Centuries packs quite a punch (here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBr7kECsjcQ). A punch that is felt in a host of ways.  From the driving guitar riffs, which lie just beneath the surface of the song’s teeming waters …
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Thirty Is The New Eighteen

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Failure To Launch, featuring a trim and fit Matthew McConaughey and slim and curvy Sarah Jessica Parker, made Emerging Adulthood look cool: sexy.  Emerging or postponed adulthood is the term used to describe an entire generation of humanity caught somewhere between the ages of 18 and 30(ish).

Emerging adults  struggle with their journey into the world of adulthood.  Apparently emerging or postponed adulthood is more of the norm than the exception these days.

Consider the following excerpt from a piece in the NY Times a few years ago:

“The 20s …
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Amidst Dreams Where We leap

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This week’s post* is the first of a four poem progression entitled The Human Experience. This poem is called Amidst Dreams Where We Leap.

Following the them of last week’s post, the poem portrays an interpretation of Chapter 1: Creation.…
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