A Tagging We Will Go…

Reading the latest on some of my favorite blogs, I noticed Tim tagged me. Well, here are my answers to an assortment of “Fours” and if you make it to the end you will see whether you too may have been tagged.

Four Jobs I’ve Had:

    1. Driver of Old Cars to Auctions (favorite was a white ’62 Cadillac convertible)
    2. Record Store Manager (pre-CD)
    3. Design Engineer (optical fiber cables)
    4. Internal Application Development/Support (local and corporate)

Four Movies/Shows I’ve Been Addicted To:

    1. Waking Ned Devine
    2. Wallace and Gromit
    3. Austin City Limits
    4. Eastenders

Four Places I’ve Lived:

    1. Reading, PA
    2. Raleigh, NC
    3. Terre Hill, PA
    4. Cary, NC

Four Countries I Would like To Visit:

    1. United Kingdom
    2. Germany
    3. Japan
    4. Australia

Four Popular False Assumptions About Me:

    1. I am too young to have children transitioning from their teens to their twenties. (daughter 20, son 17)
    2. I can sing.
    3. I care who wins the NBA championship.
    4. I know what I am doing.

Four People I Look Like (according to some people):

    1. My mom
    2. My daughter
    3. Bill Bixby
    4. The Golden Retriever on the front of last year’s Father’s Day card from my daughter. (reading spectacles and all)

Four Things (I Hope) To Do Before I Die:

    1. Pour oodles of love into a gaggle of grandchildren.
    2. Take my bride to Europe.
    3. Play the banjo before people I do not know and have them stick around.
    4. To experience and truly understand what it means to connect with a community of believers.

Four People I Tag Next:

    1. Kimbrah
    2. Dag Sr
    3. Burt
    4. Neil

Allow Me To Intoduce… Tim

Continuing with the introductions, allow me to introduce Tim. Tim blogs over at apprentice on the Way. Tim’s is a blog that I have only fairly recently begun reading. Even so I feel a connection with Tim albeit not an obvious one. I like the sunny south and Tim is partial to the numbing north. Tim plays the guitarin public — whereas I can make even my dearest friends and family realize how late it is with just the mention of getting out my banjo. All that aside, I love Tim’s heart. Reading Tim’s blog you will quickly get a sense of what Tim finds important and what he can get worked up about.

In addition to having a look at what keeps Tim tickin’, I highly recommend reading Tim’s excellent work of recreational fiction that he is publishing one episode at a time on his blog. The story is called ‘A Time to Mend’ and is clearly written by someone who has experienced sorrows and joys of journeying through this life with family and friends of many flavors. If you follow no other links from this post, please follow this link to A Time to Mend: Episode One.

Allow Me To Introduce… Rachel

When I first decided to do this I knew Rachel’s blog Velveteen Rabbi would be one of the first I would recommend. Her writing is intelligent, clever and captivating. I would like to point you specifically to her post entitled Facing impermenance. I have read this particular post many times and it never fails to move me deeply.

Rachel lives a very productive and busy life. She is a cofounder of inkberry, a poet, a rabbinic student and a hospital chaplain. Her writings about her hospital work are among her best. I’d like to leave you with a quote from Velveteen Rabbi that I think serves as a representative taste of her style and a peek into her heart.

That illness and death provide doorways into holiness and grace. That we have obligations to those who leave, and even greater obligations to those they leave behind. That sometimes there is nothing we can do to ease one another’s pain — but doing that nothing can be the most important work in the world.