Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Forgiveness. No grudge. Do not hold grudges. We all have the potential to forgive. Modern society tells us otherwise. Modern society is nothing but a construct of our own insecurities.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
New site: http://interconnection.weebly.com
Saturday, June 20, 2009
I remember when we were SO desperate for food that we found some old bag of cornbread mix and cooked up some of it. I think the mix was way past its expiration date though because the cornbread was not very tasty. We were able to keep it down though, that was the only good thing about it. lol Our drummer Anthony then decided to pour some chocolate syrup on the cornbread for extra flavor. I do recall it wasn't that bad with the chocolate syrup. If I had to decide whether I wanted to relive those moments all over again or just have them completely erased from my memory...I would definitely choose to relive them. It was one of those experiences that not everyone gets to go through. Most probably choose not to go through.
When all of your energy is channeled into one task then everything else seems to be dwarfed by comparison. Everyone should pursue whatever makes them happy, even if you fail a thousand times. Follow your dreams, follow your dreams. :-)
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
As for my writing career right now, it is still in its infancy but I am getting new ideas everyday. I am doing my best to write them all down before I forget them. I have also decided to resurrect a series of stories/books I used to write when I was 13-14 years old. I remember I would hand write them and had my Mom make copies of them with the copy machine she had at work. My Dad would also draw the cover pictures for me. He grew up drawing all of those classic comic book heroes and monsters from old black and white movies. All the stories were in essence spin-offs of the Goosebumps books series. I wrote them during a time when just about all of my friends were really into those books. We used to have reading contests with them too and see who could finish the newest book the fastest. None of us ever cheated either, I think I even won a bag of chips once too. Mostly we would just play for bragging rights though. Anyways, the first story I wrote was titled The Haunted Knocker, it was about this halloween decoration that had this menacing green goblin face on it and would play different sayings when someone would approach it. BEWARE! WELCOME! Those were some of the things it would say. In the story I actually made myself the main character and I discover that the knocker has come to life and is trying to take over my mind/body in order to continue living. I won't describe it anymore than that but it did have a bit of a surprise ending. All of my stories had surprise endings. The nice thing about them was that they were pretty short and just got right to the main plot points. So all of my friends and classmates immediately loved them. My 6th grade english teacher liked them as well. I only wish that I still had the original copies of those stories. I had placed them in a shoe box and had the box in my closet and then I just kinda forgot about them for awhile. My Dad said that he had put some of his stuff and my stuff in a storage room when I moved to Florida after graduation. They were most likely thrown away by the manager after my Dad fell behind on the rental payments. I do kind of still remeber most of the stories. It's a good thing they weren't too long. Just thinking about rewriting them is really getting my creative juices flowing. I have already started writing the first story in the newly revived series. It will be titled "The Thing In The Desert". So far it is coming along nicely.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
I don’t consider myself to be a very disciplined Buddhist, though I do very much agree with most of its teachings and philosophical theories. To me Buddhism is about awakening to the realization of our universal interconnectedness. What does that mean exactly? It can be hard to put into terms that are easily understandable but the simplest definition would be that we are all connected by all of the ever-present energy fields throughout our universe. When we are born into this world we are brought up to believe that reality has limitations and that we can never move past these limitations no matter how hard we may try. Unfortunately, this perspective then eventually limits our way of thinking and acting. Most of us just go through life never questioning our internal influences and then naturally assume that our thoughts and emotions actually make us who we are. When in fact, our emotions and thoughts are only part of a process…a process we call our personality. There is proof everywhere of the many changes that people make concerning their personalities. If someone has a bad personality they can make the changes necessary to create a good personality. If someone has a good personality and they experience dramatic changes then they may choose to adopt a bad personality. Each of us experiences many different thoughts and emotions on a very regular basis. The important thing to keep in mind is that these are all part of your personality and your personality is just a never-ending process. With that said, we are all bound and connected by that very same process. Our experiences are universal, no matter how small or how big they may seem. Buddhism was founded on that very knowledge and has remained true to it for 2500 years.
Monday, June 1, 2009
I really don’t think many people have time to read pointless blogs that drone on and on about who someone hates or what kind of music they like. Perhaps in the not too distant future people will use the internet so much that they will be able to integrate it into every facet of their home life and business life. The only reason I started this blog was so I would have another outlet to stretch my creative muscles. I have kept many paper journals throughout my life which document different stages in my life. It is pretty interesting to read them and start reminiscing about what mindset I was in at the time. Usually when I start a journal I end up taking a long sabbatical from writing in it for some reason. My first actual journal documents my life as a struggling musician in Tampa, Florida. Though it actually begins with my first semester in community college in El Paso, Texas. There has always something about the traditional education system that seems to bore me. I’ve always learned better through hands on projects and activities. In high school I was a part of a great program called Synergy, which integrated regular course work with many technology based team projects. We were able to learn new perspectives from each one of our teammates. It proved to be very valuable to me because before I joined synergy I seriously thought I would not graduate from high school. I was also pretty engrossed by all things music and guitar related. So when graduation time rolled around, I was somewhat shocked to learn I was graduating. I remember I went through so many changes during those four years.I know most teenagers do, but I went through many more in addition to the regular teenage angst. I consider myself pretty lucky because there were so many times when I wanted to give up and lay down and die. Thanks to the support of my teachers and the synergy group I was able to push through all of the feces that was clouding up my mind. There is so much more to write on the events that took place when I was in Florida but I’ll write that later. Just one important thing for all of us to remember….human potential is infinite!