stream of consciousness

Here are some things on my mind this Friday morning:

  • Today is referred to as “Black Friday” by many, and many Christians hate this day because it reeks of materialism and greed. It certainly does for some people, however, shopping when sales are going on doesn’t seems less like greed to me and more like wisdom.
  • Having said that, I hate that some people spend Thanksgiving camped out in front of a Best Buy somewhere. That is greedy.
  • No sales pitch here–but I do all my shopping on Amazon Prime whenever possible. No lines, best prices, already in a box we can wrap. Love it.
  • I’m heading to the USC-Notre Dame game this Saturday. I was expecting it to be USC’s last test before the national championship game. No one foresaw it would be Notre Dame prepping for the national title game and USC making their tee times for the off-season.
  • I’m taking Emily (my wife) with me, and it will be her first college football game ever. It’s already a great rivalry, but the Coliseum with College Game Day there…it’s going to be quite a baptism.
  • One of my favorite paintings is a mural on the outside of the Long Beach Senior Citizen’s Center, entitled, “The Melody of Life.” It’s a painting that teaches the history of the city, but portrays various cultures at their most fun-loving and peaceful.


  • Inside that Center, my family (along with others from the Los Altos Church of Christ is Long Beach) served Thanksgiving Dinner to about 150 people in need. We make the food, serve it to them in their seats, have a small talent show, and give away food to take with them. It’s been happening for 33 years. I’ve made about 28 of them–missing a few when we lived in Texas. People thought my dad was crazy for thinking people wanted to spend “their” Thanksgiving Day serving others. 33 years later, they are still doing it. That foundation made a huge impact on me as a youngster.
  • I don’t know for sure, but I might guess Thanksgiving and Christmas are the bitterest of holidays for those in need. The juxtaposition of Black Friday tents with their own lack of shelter is a striking image to me.
  • I’ve stalled out a bit in my reading life. I need to carve out more time just to read. It really feeds my soul and mind. I’ve got several great books I want to work through over the next 10 days. I can’t wait. Good books are one of life’s small pleasures that really add value to my life.
  • I’m also going to be doing some work on the blog next week–perhaps some redesign, content creation and maintenance. If there are features or topics you’d like to see addressed, or things that might make your experience as a reader better, leave a comment.

Have a great Friday everyone! Back to normal on Monday!