Monday, March 31, 2014

The Day I Played The Fool

Today I'm going to write about the best April Fools' Day joke that was ever played on me. Three years ago, I had been working at my current job only three months. I work at a small rural college. The college that I work at has a nursing program, and they use a fake (but extraordinarily real looking) skeleton for some of the anatomy classes. 

I am known to get to the office early in the morning before anyone else, so my boss and one of my coworkers hatched an ingenious (i.e. evil) plan after I left work for the day on the evening of March 31st. 

They took one of the skeletons out of one of the anatomy classrooms and placed it in my office chair to be discovered the next morning when I open my door. So the next morning I get there before everyone else as usual, unlocked my office door, opened it, turned the light on, and there was a skeleton sitting in my chair! 

I temporarily lost control of all bodily functions. 

You know that moment where it takes your brain a nanosecond to register what you are seeing? Well in that nanosecond before my brain was actually able to rationally think and realize what they had done, my life flashed before my eyes. I thought maybe there was a serial killer loose on campus sending me a message. Your next

After I regained control of my bodily functions (and my dignity), I had to smile at a job well done. Well played boss, well played.

What is the most memorable April Fools' Day joke that you have ever had played on you, or that you have played on someone else?

Monday, March 24, 2014


"Can words describe the fragrance of the very breath of spring?" ~ Neltje Blanchan

I am an unapologetic lover of all things winter. I love the cold air, the snow, and the atmosphere! I know I know, many of you are probably cursing me right now after this long winter. But I have always been a winter person at heart.

That being said, I do love that feeling in the air as springtime finally arrives. It is as if Mother Nature is slowly waking up from a long winter’s nap. I love how everything begins to slowly come alive and turn green, I love how the bird's songs become happier, I love the spring rain showers and how they nourish the earth back to life, and I love the start of baseball season!! (go Reds!).

So as we welcome the arrival of spring, I hope you all can forgive me for wishing this snowy winter upon us :) but I must say it was nice having a snowy winter around here for once!

What are you most looking forward to about spring? What is your favorite thing about springtime?

Monday, March 17, 2014

Zoos - cruel or necessary?

When I was younger, I used to love visiting the Cincinnati zoo. My favorite part of visiting the zoo was seeing the Bengal tigers, which the zoo is known for. It's the most successful zoo in the world as far as breeding bengal tigers in captivity. It's actually how the Cincinnati Bengal's football team got its name! Go Bengals!
These visits to the zoo were always a time of great wonder to me, as one of my greatest passions in is wildlife, particularly endangered species. I used to constantly read about endangered species, and I used to love these zoo visits so I could see these beautiful animals in person that I always used to read about. 

Over the years, I have come to realize that I have many conflicting opinions about zoos in general. On the one hand, it's so incredibly sad to see a wild animal confined to an enclosure. There just seems to be something inherently cruel about that doesn't there? Tigers are meant to roam free, birds are meant to fly, sharks are meant to swim in the endless sea. 

On the other hand, zoos have played an extremely important role in successfully breeding species that were on the verge of extinction. In fact, there are certain species of wildlife that have more living animals in zoos than they do in the wild. Thus my internal conflict…

What are your thoughts on zoos? Are they cruel? Are they necessary?

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Man in the Mirror

When I look in the mirror....

I see a man who has come a long way, but still has a long way to go.

I see a man who wants to always do the right thing, but doesn't always do the right thing.

I see a man who is full of flaws, but would never wish to be flawless.

I see a facial scar that has been there for six years, long enough to become a part of me that I don't think I could ever let it go. 

I see a pair of eyes that yearn to see the world, but have not seen near enough of it yet.
I see a man who has had several lessons in humility, and they're the best lessons he's ever received

I see someone who may fail at things, but never through lack of trying.
I see a man who has a lot to be thankful for and strives to keep everything in perspective.
I see a man who would rather be honestly blemished than dishonestly polished.

I see a man who makes many mistakes each day, but strives to learn from each one.

I see a man who would help anyone, but sometimes needs to also help himself.

I see a man who loves to give, but knows in his heart that he could give more.

I see a man who sees his grandfather in his eyes, and who misses those wise eyes every single day.

I see a man that I wouldn't have recognized five years ago, and one that I will not recognize five years from now.

What about you? What do you see when you look in the mirror? Please share an example or two.

Monday, March 10, 2014

What does this quote mean to you?

T.S. Eliot was a genius. I could read the things he wrote all day long. This may be my all-time favorite quote of his. I have been re-reading this quote again and again and I am fascinated by it.

As many of you know, I send out a "Thought of the Day" quote via my email. The above quote was the one I sent out today. Many of you subscribe, but since I have had a few new followers over the past year I thought I would open the invitation again. If you would like to subscribe, email me at and I will add you to the recipient list!

I am curious, dear readers, what does the T.S. Eliot quote above mean to you?? What's your interpretation?

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Life After Death...

"I have no idea what's awaiting me, or what happens when this all ends" ~ Albert Camus

Life after death - something I've always been fascinated by and have always loved talking to people about. I'm going to be very honest in this blog post, and I realize in advance that I may offend some people, though that is certainly not my intention.

During the course of my life my views on life after death have evolved in several ways. By that I mean, it has been very fluid for me. It's almost like my views on the topic exist on a continuum, if that makes sense.

When I was a little boy, I believed very strongly in a heaven and a hell because that is what I was taught. Then, in late adolescence, I began to question that belief. It was a situation where my scientific mind and my non-scientific mind were in conflict with one another.

Eventually, for a few years, the scientific part of my mind won out. I would have fairly described myself as an atheist.

Then, after taking a couple of philosophy courses in college, I began to open up my mind to the possibility of life after death again. Even though I believed in evolution and in science, I began to think that the concept of a higher power and evolution were not mutually exclusive, which they normally are considered to be.

Here is the question that kept going around in my head: assuming that the Big Bang theory is how the universe started, and I fully believe that it is, then what started the Big Bang? There had to be a beginning to everything, right? Can the existence of time really be infinite? That violates all scientific principle. One of the basic tenants of science is that energy can neither be created nor destroyed. Therefore the Big Bang had to be created by something...there had to be a beginning to everything. Right?

These are the questions that I always spent so much time pondering in my head regarding the issue of a higher power or life after death.

I still grapple with these questions today; there has been no resolution in my mind. There may never be. The interesting thing about life after death is that it’s a question none of us will know the answer to until after we die. I think that's what makes it so fascinatingly mysterious to us; nobody knows what lies on the other side of death.

I would love to write a blog post from from the other side someday :-) letting everyone know that I finally know the answer. But I suppose there’s some things that we're not supposed to know the answer to.

I am friends with believers and nonbelievers alike. I respect every single person's opinion regardless of what they believe. Who am I to tell anyone what they should or should not believe? I think that's what starts so many arguments regarding issues like these.

So, dare I ask the question? What are your thoughts on life after death?

Monday, March 3, 2014

Game of Thrones

"By what right does the wolf judge the lion?" ~Jamie Lannister, Game of Thrones

After just finishing season three of Game of Thrones, I must write about this show.

Good Lord, It may be the most amazing thing I've ever seen in my life.

It is quite simply the most complex, vast, and elaborate story ever produced in the history of television. It revolves around seven royal families/kingdoms as they vie for the claim to the Iron Throne of the mythical land of Westoros. It has some of the most lovable (and some of the most hateable) characters I've ever seen.

The show is stunningly brutal, beautiful, tragic, and breathtaking all at the same time. Characters betray other characters left and right. Characters that you love will die, while characters that you loathe will not. This is the most non-clich├ęd show I've ever seen, and I absolutely love that. Nothing is black-and-white in this show, all the character's morality (or lack thereof) is relative. It's not about good guys versus bad guys, it's about the struggle for survival.

I should point out that if you plan on watching this show, please know that it is not family-friendly and it's not for the easily offended :)

Have you seen Game of Thrones? Would this type of show interest you? If not, what is your current favorite show?