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In Light of Recent Events

Absolutely true..

JimsBlog

gay marriageThis is the text of the sermon I preached on Sunday, June 28, setting aside my summer sermon series to address a number of recent events in our nation.  I publish it here by request:

On Thursday Christy and I drove from Richmond, Virginia, to Niagara Falls, Ontario, which means that we waited in line to cross the Rainbow Bridge to the Canadian side of the border. I don’t know why. You can see the falls from the American side. But we love international travel, and it only cost $3.50 to cross the bridge, so we did it. And, besides, we had reservations at a bed and breakfast on the Canadian side. To avoid roaming charges we switched our phones to “airplane mode” and spent a blissful sixteen hours ignoring the news. When we crossed back over the next day it seemed that everything had changed. Christy sat in the…

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Happiness 101

*You are responsible for your own happiness. Don’t depend on ‘someone.’

*Trust is something you are responsible of. If you believe you can’t trust your partner, it’s not he/she who has the problem. It’s you.

*If you don’t wanna lose someone, then don’t have him/her. Nothing lasts forever.

They’re eloquent..

Mga bolero.. Not surprising.. It’s their business — spreading meringue onto their plain piece of bread.. why do they have to say that someone else needs us when in fact it’s just they don’t need us anymore.. if that was true, we believe that we should have had the assurance of being accommodated by the third party. but we were not. we were always alarmed by the unwelcoming signals of them. nice one. keep up the good work. we understand. business is business.

Quitting the Internet, Cold Turkey

Worth reading…

Longreads

The advice offered to me by people when I explain I am going to live by myself in the woods for a week varies from the sensible (“Develop a routine”) to the frankly awful (“Take some weed!”).

But it is Michael Harris, the Canadian author who published a book in 2014 called The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connection, who I pay most attention to.

Like me, Harris decided to try and face his fears. He gave up the internet and his phone for an entire month, though not, it must be said, human contact altogether. Nevertheless, “crushing loneliness,” is how he describes the initial effects of his experiment.

“You have to remember, people who design our online experiences have devoted enormous resources toward making them as addictive as possible,” Harris says. “Walking away from it makes you feel like shit, because…

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