1) Writing helps me process things. Having a blog gives me a think space where people can give me feedback on what I'm thinking. That keeps me thinking. Hopefully, my humble cogitations benefit my readers in some way as well.
2) Mine is the privilege of knowing many people. I like giving them occasional snapshots of what and how I am doing.
Usually, my posts are free-writes, the results of recent ponderings pounded out in one sitting with little (or no) editing. I never imagined... and still can hardly believe... that so many people would be interested in the thinkings and adventures of me.
But, as someone once said, numbers don't lie. In 2010, my blog received 16,314 visits, more than doubling the amount of visits it received per month from January to December. I know a lot of people, but there is no way I know all of you. So, both to thank you for reading and to find out a little about you, I have an idea.
Let's have a giveaway.
Some blog giveaways are for the purpose of gaining more readers, so the authors make rules about posting links to facebook and stuff before you enter. But my only intentions are already listed above, so there is only one requirement: Leave a comment if you want to be entered. Say something about yourself if you want to get acquainted a little. If you want to remain all incognito and stuff, just say something like "I want a shot at winning the book." Or something like that.
Yes, I said "book".
This one, to be precise:
Drops like Stars, by Rob Bell. I love my copy far too much to give it up, but I found a few copies for a wonderful price at Ollies. I hurriedly snatched up all the ones I could afford and clutched them to my heart. No, I'm not exaggerating. This book speaks to me so much that I just had to get one for a few of my friends. In fact, a few are enroute to some pretty amazing people as I write. If you don't get one, it's not because I don't love you... it's because, even though they were marked down, they still weren't dirt cheap and I just paid rent on my house and all that. You know what I mean. I hate money.
But back to the giveaway.
Here's what I said about the book when I was given mine:
Visually, artistically, the book is a treat. It gives wings to the soul-words it contains like notes to lyrics.
There's really no way to give you a synopsis of "Drops Like Stars", but these segments give you a little peak:
"Jesus doesn't give the story [of the prodigal son] the proper Hollywood ending
we've all come to expect...
...Some elder brothers never join the party.
Some fathers never throw one.
Some brothers never come back.
Some things never get resolved.
Lots of parties are missing somebody.
And when we try to resolve things
too quickly or pretend that everyone
is there when they aren't or offer hollow,
superficial explanations... it's not honest
and it's not right and it's not real.
It's not how life is.
If we went to the ballet and
everybody in the audience was
wearing snorkels or the musicians
were all red-haired banjo players
with no teeth or instead of being
handed a program we were handed
a squirrel, we would immediately
What is this?
But our real question would be,
Where is this? Where do we
put this? How do we place it?
Because our standard reference
points - the usual insulators -
wouldn't be there to guide us.
That's what happens when we suffer. We had things well planned out.
We knew what meant what. We had all our boxes properly organized
and labeled. But all that was disrupted when we began to suffer.
So there's "out of the box", which is often merely a variation of the same thing.
And then there are those who think and feel and live and create from a different place.
They've had their boxes smashed and their insulators dismantled until
they had no other option
but to imagine a totally new tomorrow."
That's just an introduction to a fascinating compilation of honesty, humor, photography, and quotes line this one by Abraham Joshua Heschel:
"Above all, remember that the meaning of life is to live it as if it were a work of art.You're not a machine.
When you're young, start working on this great work of art called your own existence."
So thank you for reading my blog. Do you want a shot at winning Drops like Stars? Just comment on this post, telling me so.
The giveaway will be open for a week. Next Friday, I'll enter the comment numbers into a random number generator, and post the winner. Be sure to check back next Friday!
peace & love to all,