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Something I like about owning a cell phone…

“We live in an age of smart phones and stupid people”

Let me first preface this post with three things…one is that I have only owned a cell phome for just a few years and have gone from never using one to using it all the time. Also, as of two weeks ago I have dedicated Sundays as an “electronic-fast” day. And thirdly, though it is called a phone, making phone calls is the least activity/action that I use it for.

This said, I’ll say something I really like about owning a cellphone…mainly reading. Being the introvert that I am I like to read in short spurts to pass the time, even when out for a beer or glass of wine. Yes, it’s true…I read in bars. And I always have. Previously I would carry a small pocket-sized book with me, but as I’ve gotten older–and my eyesight has begun to lessen–I have found it increasingly difficult to read in a dimly lit bar. But with the back-light of a phone this is not a problem. And I don’t stand out as a nerd with a book as much as just another person dumbly staring at their phone. I’m jus’ sayin’….

“To cultivate joy, pay attention to what you like.”
~The Afterlife of Billy Fingers

Urban Simplicity.

A time for everything…

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens
 Ecclesiastes 3:1

So this is interesting. At least I think it is. It’s about change but at the same time staying the same. Growth, I suppose. In the spring of 2004 I co-lead a small book group at my church. I know when it was because I often date the inside flap of a book when I purchase it (this of course was before kindle). The book is the one pictured, and I highly recommend it (here’s a direct link at Amazon). Anyhow, I re-visited this book just today because I am taking a continuing education class of sorts through the seminary from which I recently graduated and this is the text we are using. Tonight at dinner I re-read the prologue and the first chapters. And what I am finding interesting are what I found interesting in 2004….what I underlined or highlighted nearly 11 years ago. Most of what I originally underlined is still important to me, but now as I read it I find myself underlining sections that I didn’t in 2004 because they may have not interested me. Maybe if I read it again in another ten years the entire book will be underlined. Anyhow, I just find it interesting how a person (me, in this case) can be the same person but also change a little. Growth happens, I suppose. Little by little. Baby steps. This also happens naturally, I suppose, as a person progresses through their life (gets older). And as I’ve said before–and I’ve come to fully believe this–it is not necessarily abut the destination as it is about the journey itself. Happy traveling.

Urban Simplicity.

Upcoming Book Group…

Hello Buffalo / Western New York / Southern Ontario Friends. I’ll be facilitation a book group starting in another week-and-a-half or so. If you are interested in the origins of the bible and accept it as metaphor you may like this. The book is not for the faint of heart. All are welcome no matter what your faith or non-faith.

Here’s a link to the book itself.

And here’s a link to the Facebook page with most of the details.

Email or private message me for details if you are interested.

Urban Simplicity.