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Tuesday, December 11 2001

California state of mind

If I'm going to continue writing every day as I've been for the past eleven months, eventually I'll have to spill all my writer's blood on this page, and will spill some portions of it more than once. One topic we've not discussed as yet is California. In fact, our Nanty Glo anchor, David Caldwell, has written more and better about California than I have, him having had short but unforgettable experience with the Golden State in his young adulthood.

But I'm still hoisted on the petard of the Javascript programming challenges described yesterday and Friday and need a topic that's an easy 300 words, quick and dirty. I can hardly even introduce my love affair and love/hate relationship with California in 300 words.

Inasmuch as one of my boyhood dreams was professional show biz (think Pat Boone), there was always the background idea that someday I'd wind up in California. But as my journalism/ministry personna developed through taking the editing reins of the Nanty Glo Journal at age 20 and directorship of International Christian Youth at 25, I had no plan to move to California. But through the latter post, in New Jersey, I was invited to be a guest preacher for one Sunday at a little then-pastorless church in Santa Barbara, a few months before I married. And just after the wedding I was asked if I'd consider taking a long-term temporary pastorate there, combining ministry work at UC Santa Barbara with that less than fully underwritten post. It was a chance to make a break with my single past, my New Jersey connections (which weren't bad but seemed to present few opportunities to flourish), and get some "quality time" alone and far away with my bride,

I don't intend to make this series a recounting of my history or my ministry years, but rather focus on California in a larger sense. Still, to do that justice I have to set the stage as to where in California, when, and through what aegis I happened to make my long visit (never having "really" left the Blacklick Valley, of course).

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

The book on Getting Older (last in a series)


Chapter 3: Signs of wear

"OLD" IS WHEN...Your sweetie says, "Let's go upstairs and make love," and you answer, "pick one, I can't do both!"
"OLD" IS WHEN..... Your friends compliment you on your new alligator shoes and you're barefoot.
"OLD" IS WHEN... A sexy babe catches your fancy and your pacemaker opens the garage door.
"OLD" IS WHEN... Going bra-less pulls all the wrinkles out of your face.
"OLD" IS WHEN... You don't care where your spouse goes, just as long as you don't have to go along.
"OLD" IS WHEN... You are cautioned to slow down by the doctor instead of by the police.
"OLD" IS WHEN... "Getting a little action" means not needing to take any fiber for a day.
"OLD" IS WHEN... "Getting lucky" means you find your car in the parking lot.
"OLD" IS WHEN... An "all-nighter" means not getting up to pee!

—Sent by Mike Harrison

Advent thought for the day

The foundation of Christianity is repentance. Strictly speaking, a person cannot repent when he chooses—reptentance is a gift of God. The old Puritans used to pray for "the gift of tears." If you ever cease to understand the value of repentance, you allow yourself to remain in sin. Examine yourself to see if you have forgotten how to be truly repentant.

Oswald Chambers
Sent by Judy Martin

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