I’m going to be 42 for a long time

If you asked me today, “How old are you?”

My response would be 42. I’ve been answering that same way for the past year.

That makes me a liar.

I was born in September of 1975.

I’m only 41. I’ve spent a whole year as a 42 year old, when I could have been reveling in my 41s.

What an idiot!

So for the next year starting September 7, I’ll be able to honestly tell people, “I’m 42.” No more of lies. No more deceit.

Here’s some news: I’ve been writing again. Almost every day. My morning routine right now is getting up about an hour or two before my wife Tina. I either make a pot of coffee or a single cup of instant coffee, packets that I picked up in France last April. Because everything French tastes better even instant coffee. Ha.  Continue reading “I’m going to be 42 for a long time”

MinnesotaStan collected a bunch of #45 links, images and stories for me to repost here. Thanks, Stan!

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We here at Le Café Witteveen are dizzy daily from the onslaught of the word “Trump” every minute of every day, in print, in audio, in motion.

MinnesotaStan at TYWKIWDBI echoes that sentiment and has even tried to stay away from too many posts about it citing that his readers love his blog because it’s a distraction from hearing/reading that damn name one more time in the day.

I loved the link dump he posted recently and wanted to share a link here.

Here’s the link: Trump clump #1. Check it out.

There are too many highlights to repost here and it’s a great collection of superfluous reminders of how awful this president is.

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An academic approach to biblical studies

From my experience, it wasn’t until I approached biblical studies from an academic stance that the many, many, many questions were given more reasoned answers.

I was recently turned on to a link from Yale and its biblical studies class online. I’ve recently been listening to it.

An insightful lecture is this one, which covers how Noah’s story was informed by the Epic of Gilgamesh, as well as much more reasoned answers to questions regarding the snake, who is clearly not “Satan” and a better look as to who and what “God” really is as he (they) was/were depicted to the early Jewish culture. It also exposes many contradictions, which I was taught “were NOT contradictions” just like “miracles aren’t’ magic!”

If you, yes you, only listened to one lecture, listen to that one I linked to above

I caught the band MEW on their US tour …

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The band MEW stopped in at JBTV last week to play seven songs the morning before their show at Park West here in Chicago.

Above is the portrait I took of them before their performance.

They seemed super cool. Reserved, but super talented and their fans LOVE them. I imagine their show last Saturday was well attended and enjoyed to the N’th.

To learn a bit more, here’s a bit from their Wiki:

“Mew are a Danish alternative rock band, consisting of Jonas Bjerre (lead vocals), Johan Wohlert (bass) and Silas Utke Graae Jørgensen (drums). Johan Wohlert left the band in 2006 before the birth of his first child, but made a return in 2013 while the band were in the studio, before making his first live appearances since his departure in 2014. Guitarist Bo Madsen left the band in June 2015. This was confirmed in a statement on the band’s official website on 1 July of the same year.[1]

Whilst their music may be classified as indie and on occasion progressive rock, Bo Madsen said “I usually say we are ‘indie stadium.’ A mix between ‘feelings’ and ‘thinking’ is usually good.””

Here are some stills I took of their performance:

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