And yet, there is no precondition for spring! Night does not hold back the dawn! Winter does not hold a hearing to see if Summer is good and right. Who can control the seasons? Who can master death? If death is a surety, why not rebirth?
“Night, the beloved. Night, when words fade and things come alive. When the destructive analysis of day is done, and all that is truly important becomes whole and sound again. When man reassembles his fragmentary self and grows with the calm of a tree.” ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
There is a silent beauty in the way that the universe treats death. It is revered, yes, even feared. And yet, it is through death that life is allowed to flourish.
“I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.” ~Vincent Van Gogh
“There they stand, the innumerable stars, shining in order like a living hymn, written in light.” ~N.P. Willis
The Sun rises and the day breaks! Behold, the magnificence! Our lives begin. Working, walking, doing, loving, all by the light of life. It is a game that all take too seriously, yet none take seriously enough. Do we realize the direction the current is flowing? We all play a part. Every man has his job on this playing field we find ourselves. Have we really grasped the elegance of our existence?
However long the night, the dawn will break.]]>
When you eat late at night, your body produces a whole bunch of hormones, so your body starts to think it’s supposed to be awake. Not to mention you’re wasting energy digesting all that food. The result is that you don’t get a good nights rest. All that to say, don’t eat late at night regularly. It isn’t good for you. Personally, I don’t have a problem eating at night here and there.. but I am trying to cut back in order to remain healthy. In general, try not to eat if you are planning on going to bed soon. Give your body at least 3 hours to digest everything before hunkering down for the night.
And if you do eat at night, try not to eat lots of sugar.
Do you know what “growth hormones” are? Me either. Well… most of your body’s growth hormones/hormone (is that supposed to be plural?) are/is produced when you first go to sleep. Eating sugar late at night will disrupt your body’s production of growth hormone. (I iz a big boy! I iz smart!!) That means you’ll be a midget!!! AHHHH!!!!! No, just kidding. I love midgets. The growth hormone, yes, is responsible for growth, but seriously.. is it unhealthy not to have it?
If you have low growth hormone(s?) for a long time, you can get belly fat, low muscle repair, bone loss (Not sure what that means. What? Do we lose bones all of a sudden? Holy crap!), fatigue, memory dysfunction, joint pains, muscle pains, loss of flexibility, and early aging.
So if you want to live long (or at all, from the sound of that list), avoid sugar at night.
Instead of junk food, keep things like pretzels, fruit, cottage cheese, and nonfat yogurt in your house.
A good way to burn lots of calories is exercise. Duh. Everybody knows that. What a lot of people don’t know, however, is that you can teach your body to burn more calories when you aren’t doing anything! How? Well, to burn extra calories, you need a fast metabolism. And if you eat small, well balanced, nutritional snacks every three to four hours, you teach your body to deal with the food it has faster so that it can get ready for the next meal. So instead of skipping breakfast, eating a small lunch and then gorging your self at dinner, eat a small breakfast, a small lunch, a small snack in the middle of the afternoon, and a small dinner. And probably a small snack some time in the evening. Just be sure you don’t eat a lot during these meals. Remember, you’re eating more often now.
Another good idea for when you are hungry late at night is to eat Negative Calorie Foods. These are foods that burn more calories just digesting the food than your body actually gets from the food itself. That means instead of storing all these calories that you will in now way use (What? Were you planning on exercising at 3 o’clock in the morning? Riiiiiiight…) Anyway, here is a list of Negative Calorie foods:
Veggies – Artichokes, Asparagus, Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Endive, Lettuce, Peas, Spinach
Fruit – Apricots, Cantaloupe, figs, grapefruit, Huckleberries, Mangoes, Oranges, Pineapple
Meat – Abalone Clams, Crab, Flounder, Mussels, Shrimp]]>
I am trying to get Southern Oregon a bit more involved in itself than it has been in the past. There are way too many talented, passionate people who hate it here, because they are being stifled. Let’s network together and share our art!
This idea of mine is called Ivory Harp. The purpose of Ivory Harp is to connect artists together and put musical talent towards international need and commercial culture. Check us out at ivoryharp.com! And add us on myspace! myspace.com/ivoryharp.
I know recording engineers, music teachers, bands, venues, and a LOT of musicians. My personal passion is for music, and for helping musicians get their art exposed to the world. Even if you don’t have a band, or you aren’t that good, or you just have a bunch of riffs, and no way to turn it into a full song, I think I could help. Maybe you just don’t have time to start a band, but you still play a little bit at home and whatnot… you can still be a part of something amazing. Imagine if you could sit in on your favorite bands practices and give your input on various song ideas and riffs, chord progressions, lyrics. That’s what this is all about! Hit me up! I want to meet you!
Do you have something that you can make that you want to use to make a little extra money? Do you design clothing, or make necklaces? Do you have a pottery wheel? Can you crotchet? I am a web designer, and I work in the internet marketing world. I am trying to build up a network of local artist to showcase on various sites and help them make money. Look at the economy, we all are in need. Why spend all your time working at a job that you aren’t enjoying when you could take an extra couple hours making something beautiful, and then present it t the rest of the valley? That would even help the local economy if it got that big! Help me help you help us! :)
I am trying to find people who care about making a difference in other peoples lives and in the world. If you’re reading this and you like where I’m coming from, I want to meet you. Every single person I have talked to has something that brings them joy, and it’s different for all of us! This idea is beyond just music or the arts. It can apply to every aspect of life. People are starving for something to live for. Something to put their heart and soul into. Musicians are lucky because putting your soul into music makes sense. But say… business people? How do you put your soul into a business and make it beautiful? It’s tricky, but it can be done.
When you really truly care about something, you give it your all and it is the most beautiful thing we can do on this earth. I would love to meet you and get to know your personal passions. Let’s have coffee sometime!
So, you all should add my band on Myspace and stay updated as to when we have concerts and when our album comes out. http://www.myspace.com/sinkingarmada
Come and see us perform at the Plaza in Ashland on May 9th. They only just started allowing bands to perform at the Plaza, so we’re making history here.
Also, we will be performing a smaller set the next day at the Arts in Bloom Festival on Mothers Day at Alba Park in Medford.
My best friend and I are making a movie. It’s called I’m On Fire and it’s about a crazy homeless dude who suffers from hallucinations.
Also, my band, Armada, is getting ready to release our first album, the Octephant. Plu, our first show is coming up on Mothers Day in Alba Park. So, if you live in, or around Medford, OR, you should totally come to our concert!]]>
The other day I called up Jeff Sweet and asked him if he wanted to hang out. Lo and behold, he was getting ready to go walk around Medford and take photos. So I went with him. This is what ended up happening…
Check out some more of his photos at myspace.com/jeffsweetphoto
This post is continued from this one.
So, back in August, I went camping, and I crashed my car while drifting around a 20 mph corner going 50 mph on a dirt road. Not exactly the smartest thing in the world. Amazingly enough, my car survived! Who knew? Well, it took a long time, but I finally got the pictures that we took of the crash. Share and Enjoy.]]>
Are you excited about anything major?
No. Maybe that’s my problem. I’m not looking forward to anything.
What’s your current favorite color?
Current? A favorite is not something to be tossed carelessly about like a dirty rag or an old shoe; It should be cared for daily, with loyalty. At any rate, mine is green.
Does your crush like you back?
Probably not, but I’m past caring. To me, having a crush on someone is more of a hindrance than a help. I’d rather just get to know someone and become lifelong friends, than have some sort of fleeting romantical fling.
What is your current mood?
Imagine being a moth all your life. You know you’re an ugly freak, and you keep trying to get at the light, this amazing source of pure beauty, but you keep flopping all over the place, never able to get a grip on anything. Now imagine that you’ve just turned into a hummingbird. you are now something beautiful, and you can hold still enough to get at the light, but instead of what you expected, some sort of fountain of loveliness or something… it’s just a piece of glass.
How long have you been sober?
Since October 18th. About a week and a half.
What color shirt are you wearing?
If you were going on a Reality TV show, which one would it be?
One of those shows where they give you lots of stuff…? Friends: Remember that. My birthday is coming up!
Did you ever sneak into an R rated movie?
No. I led a sadly sheltered life.
Ever had a near death experience?
A couple. The most prominent one was my car crash. I totally forgot I have pics of that! I need to get those up here…
What is something you do a lot?
Think. I think I think to much. I think.
How old will you be in 12 months?
21. Woot :-|
Do you want to see somebody right now?
There are so many people I want to see. I can’t even start. I miss everybody. If you’re reading this right now… I miss you.
What are your goals?
I want to make a difference in somebody’s life. I want to write music that changes people. I want to talk to people and have them listen. And I want to say something worth listening to. I’m still working on getting to that point.
Do you like rain?
With all my heart. Knowing that it is raining outside is like knowing that somebody loves me. It’s the closest feeling to being in love that I have ever felt without actually being in love.
What are you thinking about right now?
Being in love. Crap. Now I’m depressed. Stupid survey…
What are you listening to?
Brooke Waggoner. I Am Mine. I’ve been listening to it on repeat all day. It is amazing. You should listen to it.
Who is the last person you said i love you to?
I forget. Someone in my family. I told them all I love them today. I do that a lot, actually.
Who is the last person that made you smile?
So, this bulletin is directed towards two different groups of people: The friends of mine that haven’t seen very much of me the past couple of months and have no idea what I have been up to, and the friends of mine that I have been hanging out with nearly everyday and are now wondering where I have been this past two days.
To the first group of people, let me tell you what my life has been lately. I drink alcohol, and I smoke cigarettes. In a typical day, I wake up late wherever I am… recover from what I had done the night before… call all my friends up… figure out where the party is at… go to the party… get drunk… pass out… repeat. I know most of you have known me for a long time as a good christian boy, so this information might come as a shock to you.
To the second group of people that I have gotten to know very well the past month or so, I want to start out by saying that I love you guys. We’ve had some good times, and we’ve had some pretty awesome parties. But I’m done. I may not be hanging out with many of you for a while, and I definitely won’t be coming to any parties. I’m done getting hammered.
Please understand that this has nothing to do with any of the awesome people I have met. I just had a realization the other day that if I didn’t do anything to stop my lifestyle, I would only go further and further down and pretty soon I wouldn’t be able to do anything with my life. Not to mention, because of my habits, I have been neglecting everything else in my life that is important to me. My family, my God, my career, my responsibilities. It had to end sometime.
And it has ended.
I love every single one of you guys, and if any of you want to chat with me, I would LOVE to get together with you.
All my love,
You’re stranded on a Desert Island:
1. What one person would you wish was stranded there with you?
Hmm… There’s so many people that I would love to spend time with… My sister, because she is so awesome, but I wouldn’t want to make her be stranded on a desert island cause she would hate it. Probably Devin. We are always able to have fun wherever we are and both of us LOVE nature. Heck! We just might go strand ourselves for the heck of it!
2. What one tool would you want to have?
Probably a good shovel. You can use it to dig, to hammer, to chop (if the tip is sharp) and all sorts of other stuff.
3. What one food do you wish you would have an unlimited supply of?
4. What one luxury item would you wish for?
Toilet paper? Maybe? Or possibly a coffee pot… but only if coffee grew on the island.
5. What one book would you want to have with you to read and re-read?
Oooh… this is tough… The Bible.
6. You have one piece of paper, a pencil and one bottle ~ who is the message going to be written to?
7. What skill would serve you best while on the island?
My ability to sleep in any place in any position and get a good nights rest.
8. How long do you think you could last before needing rescue?
If I had food and water and a companion… years.
9. What one island animal would become your pet?
A dog. I would kill to have Sam from I Am Legend.
10. Your island is unknown to you, and you need to give it a name – - what would it be?
I probably wouldn’t give it a name. The island…? I guess…
11. What would you do to pass the weeks, days, and hours?
I would make a guitar. And then I would play it. I would also map out the entire island by hand, and memorize it. Then I would build a tree house, and then dig a cave.
12. You’ve been rescued! What is the first thing you’re going to do when you get back home?
This post has been sitting in my drafts for about a month. I don’t know what I was originally planning on writing about, but I think the fact that it’s been in here so long in proof that I really do have teh blarg.]]>
Anyway, last night Oh My Seven, Grace, and I went over to Brent and Tam’s house and hung out with them and their kids, Kass, and Kota. Mostly, we just sat around and felt awkward. No, just kidding, what is it with me? I’m turning into a compulsive liar! AAAHH!!! But, yeah, we had a blast. At first we got there and it actually was a teeny bit awkward, you know… “Hey… I already know you… except, wait… no I don’t, cause we’ve never met. But we’re friends… is there a certain way I’m supposed to act?” But once dinner rolled around we were all chatting like old friends. If you want a taste of out conversations, just subscribe to us on twitter. It was basically that, but without the delay. And, no auto-spellcheck.
Once dinner was over we headed towards their pool, but Brent and I got sidetracked talking about the internet. We were talking about this cool flash image rotator that BRENT STILL NEEDS TO EMAIL ME THE LINK FOR! (*cough-cough-hint-ahem-ahem*)
Pretty soon, I found myself in the pool, racing people half my size and losing. WTPB? Losing? I’m, like all big and everything! I should be able to waste them! Seriously, guys! This is why I workout all day (that’s a lie)!
There is one thing that my being big helped me with. Chicken Wars. That’s the game where four people get together and one gets on the others shoulders and tries to knock the other team over. Kota and I wasted (meaning, we wasted them. Not we got wasted. Just to be clear…).
After all that we all dried off and headed inside to jam on the guitars, try to figure out a Foo Fighters song, and surf YouTube for several hours. (This video is insane!)
And… um… then, we left…
I’m pretty sure someone has pictures.]]>
*I don’t know if it really will be annual, like yearly. Chances are, we’ll be hanging out a lot more after this. Like weekly. OR DAILY!! Brent, you will not be able to get rid of me. You’re stuck for life. MWUAHAHAHA!!!
**You like that word? I like it. I just made it up! I is bril… bruhll… brily…brilia….. I’m smart!]]>
And I am going to pass it on the some of the people who really deserve it. (I’d pass it right back to her, but she already got it. I don’t think I’m allowed to do that.)
Oh My Seven, because she is just the coolest person on the planet. I am not biased cause she is my sister. What? No.
Rachskirts. I’m pretty sure our families are actually related somehow. Does your mom have a brother in Oregon? Maybe that she forgot about? What about your crazy uncle? He have any relatives? Every family has a crazy uncle… GASP! Maybe my dad IS THE CRAZY UNCLE!!!
Ex-Everything. Apparently we’re married..? Who knew. I don’t remember any wedding. But whatever. She’s totally cool.
Brent(inWorship), need I really explain how cool this guy is? Too bad he’s already married. Wait. Did I say that out loud? Crap! …awkward turtle…]]>
I haven’t really been posting all too much lately, and for that I apologize. For the next few days I will be pretty busy at work trying to launch a couple different projects, so I may not have that much time to dink around on the ‘net. I’m just sayin’. Hopefully, I will be back to full force blogging in a couple days. I mostly just wanted to let you know that I didn’t like, DIE and all…
I love you,
EDIT: AWW, CRAP! I SPELLED “TOTALLY” WRONG!!!! GOSH DARNIT!!!!!!]]>
Anyhoo, all that to say, I still think it was funny enough to try to get more people in on it.
Share and Enjoy:
Me: “What goes tick tick tick tick BOOM!!”
Oh My Seven: “a bomb.”
Me: “Okay, I got it now, what goes CLUCK cluck cluck cluck boom?”
Oh My Seven: “Um.. a chicken with a bomb in it?”
Me: “No really, I remember it this time, what goes peck peck peck boom?”
Oh My Seven: “a chicken in a minefield?”
Me: “… um.. yeah”
Oh My Seven: “…”
This was taken the day before the crash. We had already gone to the lake that day, so my car was filthy.
I don’t actually know if this was before or after the crash, because the window shattered and hour before. I think it was after. Either way, you can’t tell cause the crash didn’t actually do any damage to my car!
We were laughing for hours about what just happened. The talk quickly turned to what we should do with my car.
We decided that the best thing to do to it, was to spray paint it flat black. Allow me to introduce you to my new car…
I WRECKED MY CAR AND NOW IT’S A NIGHT RIDER!! YEAH!!!!
Check it out: Everyday at 3 o’clock in the morning!]]>