Don’t Save Me A Place In Heaven

My search for a deeper inner life Synopsis Don’t Save Me A Place in Heaven – My search for a deeper inner life an everyman journey. It is a journey replete with joy, greed, laughter, gluttony, love, arrogance, questioning, and obsessive contemplation. The underlying theme, my life long quest for meaning, will resonate with an ever-increasing number of persons for whom the old truths and symbols have lost relevance. Because we each live according to the stories we believe at the time, my journey begins with my experiences as a good boy in a middleclass, urban, Christian community in Nashville, Tennessee. Experiences measured by the Good Book stories revealed to me by people in whom I put my faith. People who, I found out later, often lived differently from their words. My evolution from a Christian believer to an inner believer is chronicle in engaging stories, stimulating thoughts, and sermons delivered along the way/ My journey ends with droll narratives and observations based on the stories I now believe. Many filtered through my self-adjusting moral compass. At four, I was intrigued by the stories of Uncle Remus, as read to me at bedtime by my mother. Especially the exploits of Brer Rabbit. Like that crafty hare, I created my own special hiding places to reflect on life’s happenings, make plans to outfox the fox, and make my fantasies come true. My special hiding place became an old willow tree in the yard of Miss Etha Green. That tree must have been a million years old and was the tallest I’d seen. Though its branches were too high for climbing,...

Sage Advice

SAGE ADVICE by Doesn’t Matter Draft One August 28, 2014  INTRODUCTION I’ve been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet, a pawn, and a king. And, I’m old enough to know accomplishments fade, but wisdom never does. So, does it really matter to you who collected this wisdom? I think not. If you find something useful take it and use it. Scoff at the rest. Enjoy! Dedication Early on in my relationship with my wife-to-be, Diane, I was unsure why someone of her quality and stature would want to be with me. After we married, however, I came to see that prudent, responsible persons often chose to be with goofy people like me because of their own closet goofiness. Us goofies select persons like Diane because, on some level, we know we need some light steering and a lot of editing.  Table of Contents Identifying Ignorance Louder Than Words Appropriate Recognition Pretend You’re Dead Got Your Back Be Adventurous Intimacy Bean King Savor Each Moment Be a Friend Moderation In All Things Memories Empathy Tattoos All’s Well . . . Little Black Sambo What’s For Dinner? Waiting For Godot Think About It Present to Win! It’s The Chaff Stupid Are You A Malingerer? Both Sides Now Know Your Source The Body Of Christ A Thoughtful Act Retirement Cleaning Up After The Elephant More Peace Weavers On Being Responsible Be In Service Aged Wisdom Black Swan Event Too Big For His Brain Gratitude Justify the End Mohammad And The Mountain Mobius Strip Schrodinger’s Cat Theory Of Relativity Violations Morality Miracles Mockery What If Acquiring Knowledge No Future In The Past Too Much...