Today is day three of my house sitting adventures. The L’s (L is an arbitrary letter that I picked for the family I am sitting for because of anonymity and stuff…) left Thursday and entrusted their house, all of their possessions and their animals including their dog C (Hey! dogs deserve anonymity too) to my care. Honestly, the fact that they asked me, made me feel loved. That and the fact that the L’s left a whole pie in the fridge for me! I’ve come to like pie…a lot. Maybe part of it is subconscious. In one of my favorite shows, Supernatural, the main character Dean Winchester loves pie more than almost anything else. Maybe that has something to do with my new found love of pie. [Read more…]
If you love books and a good bargain, then check out the Friends of Abilene Public Library Annual Book Sale at the civic center.
There are tables filled to the edge with a variety of books. The books are organized into over 80 different categories. When you first walk in, be sure to grab a couple of bags. Also, grab a sheet of paper on one of the tables. It has the list of categories, where the books are located and other information. Admission is free. Hours are Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 1-4.
The pricing is a follows: $2 hardcover and large paperbacks, $1 standard (mass market) paperbacks, and for children’s books you pay $2 per inch so you better bring your scissors if you want a really good deal (Just kidding). They also have CDs, VHS, DVDs, cassettes and records which I believe are all a dollar.
It might be worth waiting until Sunday if you want to save a little extra because you’ll be able to fill a bag full of books for $6 dollars (now that’s what I call a deal!)
There are also specialty vendors there where you can buy older more uncommon books. Those books are marked separately.
They take cash, check and my personal checkout method of choice credit/debt card.
They have a holding area in case you find yourself grabbing more books than you can carry. I found myself going back to the checkout tables to drop off books a total of 2 to 3 times. When you checkout just give them your name and they’ll get those books ready for you all priced out and bagged up.
If you find yourself getting too many books, just remember these words. You can never really have too many books.
These quotes in this post are taken from the book Rainbow in the Cloud: The Wisdom and Spirit of Maya Angelou which is a collection of excerpts from her writings. Her words have deeply inspired, challenged and comforted me. I hope they will do the same for you as well. Please note that I have added my reflections on some of her writings in this post. I recommend reading her quotes (in bold) once or twice before reading my reflections. I would hate for my words to somehow influence you before you’ve had a moment to reflect on her words yourself. I hope you enjoy the words of one truly beautiful human being (And I don’t mean me but thanks)…may a part of them stay with you forever.
If you find yourself wandering around downtown Abilene looking for something good to eat, you need not wander far. Vagabond pizza is right around the corner. What makes this place so great you may ask? Well for starters the front of the restaurant is quite inviting. Who can resist the visual appeal of a large two colored sign that displays the word Vagabond in bold red letters?
So what makes Vagabond different from any other pizza joints? Well, for starters, they cook all of their pizzas fresh using a wood-fired oven. I think this is the way pizza was meant to be cooked. There are just so many things to appreciate about having a pizza cooked in this type of oven. For one, the oven enhances the flavor of the pizza. You get a little bit of that smokiness from the wood, not overpowering, but rather just the right amount. This is something you won’t get at some fast food pizza place or even in your own home making a pizza from scratch unless you want to put fresh logs in your oven and light a fire…I don’t recommend that.
I realized today that I am as slow a writer as I am a reader. I have well over 60 topics for my new blog posts (I’m not kidding, I just counted). And I have about a dozen half written partially formed posts as well which require proofreading and rewriting. I have a ton of content. In an effort to eliminate some anxiety of feeling like I have to rush my more lengthy and thoughtful blog posts, I’m going to start posting shorter reflections on recent ideas and experiences that I’ve had throughout my days. I may talk about my sneaky cat or some new project I happen to be working on that week. Hopefully, this will result in me writing more regularly…(I said hopefully). So without further ado, I give to you my first reflection.
I like to listen to podcasts…
I like to listen to podcasts on my iphone (and sometimes on my computer). It’s one of my many hobbies. I listen to a variety of podcasts on various topics including software development, culture, minimalism, philosophy, religion and more. One of the podcasts I’ve been digging lately is the pray-as-you-go podcast. They feature daily reflections that include scripture reading, music, and some daily reflection.
(screenshot of pocketcast iphone app)
Today is a day of remembrance. It is a day of reflection.
Here are a few of the things I choose to consciously reflect upon this day. You may agree…you may not agree. Regardless, I hope you too spend some time reflecting on what this Memorial Day means to you. How will your life be changed because you choose to remember?
Today I will remember the day I was in the DFW airport and saw a display that was a tribute to fallen soldiers. I remember the streams of tears that fell down my face. They were the tears of a mother who wanted her 20-year-old son to come home. They were the tears of a husband who would never see his wife again. These were not my tears. They were the tears of those who loved deeply, shed through me.
Today I will remember the list of names that scrolled across my tv screen. A list of names of women and men who died in service to their country. I will remember and be thankful because while I was in my 6th period high school English class learning about Hamlet and wishing the bell would ring so I could go home, these women and men were fighting and dying so that I had a house and family I could go home to. I will remember the families and friends who have to go on living their lives, though the lives of those who they loved most are no more. I remember that to go on living is sometimes a great a cost to pay as well.
I will remember that fear and hatred are the enemy and never people…Because of fear, I have taken away the freedom of others and given away my own freedom at times. Because of fear a 13-year-old boy named Zubair and his little sister Nabeela are afraid to go outside and play because, ” an (American) drone attack hit their home, and blew their grandmother to bits while she was working in the garden.“ These are the things I do not want to remember but I will remember them anyway. I will remember the times I spent in the garden with my grandmother. I remember how we could dig holes and pick tomatoes without fear and that maybe someone died so that we could do so. I will remember the duplicity of the world we live in. I will remember that whenever I pick up a gun to defend myself, innocent people like Zubair’s grandmother on both sides of the fence die. I pray the guns we carry become heavier and the triggers more difficult to pull. I will remember that it is sometimes more noble and brave to take a bullet rather than to plant one.
I will remember to not let my criticism of my country get in the way of the love I have for the people of this country. I will choose to love today. I will choose to forgive my country for the evils we have committed and have yet to commit. I will also choose to forgive those who have committed such evils against my country and the ones I love. I will remember to love them too. I will choose to acknowledge and remember the fear and hate I have carried at times. I choose to forgive myself for having such fear and hatred. I will remember to show compassion.
I will remember that the ones I trust the most may lie to me. And the one I consider my enemy may indeed be telling the truth. And I will remember that my enemy is not really my enemy, but rather fear and hate are my enemies. I will remember that no country, nation, or person is all good…none is all evil.
I will remember to be both thankful and mournful. I will remember the people who gave their lives so that I might live. I will remember to be compassionate and loving toward people who have different values than I do. I will forgive the people in my own country, church, and family who hold and act upon views that are degrading to others. I will remember that I too have held and still do hold some such views. I will remember that sacrifices have been made and will continue to be made. I am grateful for this gift of life I have been given, that it has been paid for with blood of others who I can never even begin to thank. I show my gratefulness by remembering.
Today I choose not to forget, but to remember. I do so in the hope that I can learn and do better. Will you too remember? Will you remember the cost of the freedom you have and the responsibility that goes with it? A price was paid. A life was given. Will you remember?
Hi I’m Landon. I live in Abilene, TX with my bonsai plant that I have somehow managed to keep alive (despite never watering it). I graduated with a computer science degree from a local university in 2015 and I’m currently working at a software company here in town. I’m a young
millennial originally from Rochester, NY.