29 March 2020

What are we Hoarding? ~ A Kind Word


Greetings Dear Reader,

This is similar but significantly different from some of our other topics.  A friend posted an observation for his other friends who like conspiracy theories.  The conversation lasted on social media for four hours.  The interaction was friendly and civil.  Then it was not.  My friend took down the post once it became unkind.

I long to understand why we do this.  Good people that I know will post things that are unloving and unkind without really thinking about it.  I think that when we are under stress, we turn to our default settings.  If it is not our habit to be kind and encouraging then we will not show this to others.  We can, though.  We can choose to respond to everything with kindness and encouragement. 

The challenge we face is to determine how we are going to treat others amidst our own fears and frustrations.  I intend to offer encouragement to those venting about their isolation and fear.  I intend to be kind.  When I rise out of the story I am crafting to catch up, I will look for who is struggling and offer a kind word.

We have the chance here to show how much kindness and encouragement we have in us.  We can filter out the negative and give from our hoard of kind words and good intent.  Pick up on the needs of others for encouragement and give all that you have.  The Father will not let your well run dry.  Let me know if you need a kind word, Dear Reader.  I have one for you.

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
(͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Every human story is part of the great story that leads to the Father getting everything back to Good.

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28 March 2020

What are we Hoarding? ~ That is a Great Idea


Greetings Dear Reader,

One of the things that social media is providing right now is a slew of great ideas.  People are creative and find new ways to meet needs and compensate for things currently unavailable.  We are created to be creative.

There is not deep spiritual truth here.  Rather, it is just my desire to point out that you are creative at solving your problems.  Do not assume that you are alone in those problems.  Share your solutions with others.  If you are not wishing to share in public, send your problem/solution to me and I will post if for you.  I will not identify you.

The point is that we are unknowingly hoarding ideas that can help others.  We have solutions that others need.  Join me, Dear Reader, in loving others by sharing your creative solutions to the problems we are all facing.  All creativity is an act of worship.  I would love to worship with you.

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
(͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

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27 March 2020

What are we Hoarding? ~ Unending Supply


Greetings Dear Reader,

My friend Matt sent me a photo of his wall of TP yesterday.   He was joking that he had closed a business in February on good terms.  One of the things it had was a bulk supply of TP for its restrooms.  He is planning on opening another venue in September.  He was going to save money by using it there.

Matt is the kind of guy who knows his neighbors and is the kind of neighbor you want to have.  When he realized that TP was becoming a coveted thing, he drew big red hearts on the boxes and delivered a case to each home on his street.  He told me that it did not dent his supply at all.

My friend was not giving away Toilet Paper.  Matt is giving away love.  He is refusing to hoard the very thing that his neighbors need most and perhaps understand the least.  We are in a time where the thing we must pass along to every human in every encounter is love.   It must be viral, contagious, and unavoidable in us.

Every time I must go to a store, I spend time going to the clerks and thanking them for working when it is unsafe to do so.  I greet everyone with a smile and a kind word.  I keep my distance out of respect and wisdom.  There are still so many ways to show love to others.

We can respond to our friends' concerns on social media.  We can call people who are in isolation or shut-in for other health reasons.  We can order a pizza for a friend not handling the at-home situation.  One of my closest friends bought gift cards for a local coffee shop and sent them to the manager to use for anyone in need.  He supported the shop and people he does not know.  He is not hoarding his love.

That is it, Dear Reader.  We can still find ways to practically show love to others.  We must choose that this will be our stock and trade.  Even in the solitude of our homes, we can reach out with love and action.  People will long remember our love after gatherings have resumed and the air is clear.  I must remember this in every encounter.  I must show the love of Christ more creatively than ever.  Join me, Dear Reader, in not hoarding that for which we have an inexhaustible supply.

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
(͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

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26 March 2020

Second Thoughts ~ COVID-19 Lessons Learned Part II


Greetings Dear Reader,

As we continue in our long-darkened siege, my tongue is still firmly sequestered in my cheek.  I have not, however, quarantined my ability to see the humor in some of this.  We must laugh.  We must not take ourselves too seriously.   


  1. When posting humorously about a pandemic, do not mention burning bridges because some people are idiots.
  2. When predicting a post-quarantine baby boom, consider that you are also telling people to stay six feet apart.  Can someone explain the physics of this? (Remember that this is a PG-13 BLOG [I am not seeking instructions {Sanitize your brain}])
  3. Tofu is not that bad with enough hot sauce and vegetables.
  4. Toilet paper calculators are not very accurate.
  5. Shop towels, roll cut in half, are cheaper as TP and require only half as many sheets (Do not ask how I know this [I am not out of TP {Stop judging me}]).
  6. Those who hoarded all the cheese do not need all the TP.
  7. Some TV series should not be binge-watched.  That many episodes of Criminal Minds or Friends will mess with your head.
  8. Auto parts stores are using shop towels for TP.
  9. The movies Coatigan and Outbreak should not be watched back to back.
  10. One can shower in one’s pajamas then hang them to dry in the shower.
  11. The axiom, “the only way to get ALL your laundry clean is to do your laundry naked” has been proven to be true (Reported by a friend [I have always believed this {Stop judging me}]).
  12. When making home-made saline solution for eye-drops and nasal spray, one should let it cool before testing it.
  13. You smell worse than you think you do so take more showers.
  14. People will write a three-page response when they do not get the joke.
  15. The Netflix “Are you still watching” pop-up feels like a car warranty robocall.
  16. The Restaurant at the end of the Galaxy is only offering carry-away.
  17. There is an end to the internet and I have found it (It did not take that long [I have been searching for years {Stop judging me}]).
I continue to build my lessons learned list.  Please feel free to add your thoughts on this.  We are concluding some interesting experiments with cheese.  I know where my towel is.

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
(͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

EVERY HUMAN STORY IS PART OF THE GREAT STORY THAT LEADS TO THE FATHER GETTING EVERYTHING BACK TO GOOD.
  
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What are we Hoarding? ~ Pocket full of Offenses


Greetings Dear Reader,

When I look through my social media sites to check on my friends, I am amazed at how many posts there are that still rant over this or that political issue.  It shocks me that there is still so much vitriol concerning social situations.  In a time when we should be doing all that we can to embrace the love of Christ, we still look for things over which to be angry.

Further, some of us have held onto conflict with friends and family.  We are still not willing to build the bridges needed to work out forgiveness and reconciliation.  This is an opportunity to give up hoarding resentment and unforgiveness.  We cannot sustain holding onto offenses and anger to begin with, so giving it up is even easier.  I know it does not seem like it.  One can begin by starting a conversation.

While we social distance we can begin to lovingly interact with those we have held guilty and unworthy.   We can write a letter or an email.  We can send a text or instant message.  We can build a bridge back to those for whom we hoard anger and insult.  It will not be easy but it will be worth it.  The more we empty our stores of offenses, the further we have room for love and grace toward others.  Why not make this time of isolation a time of active reconciliation?

We can work together Dear Reader to emerge from this with greater peace and harmony.  We can empty our hearts of resentment and bitterness.  We can stop hoarding the wrongs from our past and allow the time to heal our spirits.  We can move down the path together with less burden and more love.  Shall we try?

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
(͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

EVERY HUMAN STORY IS PART OF THE GREAT STORY THAT LEADS TO THE FATHER GETTING EVERYTHING BACK TO GOOD.

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25 March 2020

Second Thoughts - COVID-19 Lessons Learned Part I

Greetings Dear Reader,

As the virus wends its way through our world, I have begun to collect lessons learned for our after-action report.  As a good project manager, I am watching you all.  Here are a few observations. 
  1. Do not pick Thick as a Brick as your handwashing song.
  2. Your life-long obsession with having enough TP did pay off (I feel smug not having to buy any [I do not have THAT much {Stop judging me}]).
  3. That sweet lady in front of you in line is a Banshee when the cashier touches her face.
  4. The Banshee will then use the keypad without giving a thought to how many fingers have touched it that have touched who-knows-what.
  5. The cashier will cry if you are nice to her after the Banshee screeches at her (the Banshee will glare at you for being nice to the cashier).
  6. Really old people will hit you to get at the store shelf if you are in the way.
  7. When really old people hit you, pretending you are hurt helps them move on to the next person in their way.
  8. No one believes you have allergies anymore (even though you do, [no really, I do {I swear I am like this every Spring and why are you spraying me with Lysol?}]).
  9. Handwashing, Toilet Paper, and Sanitizing Gel belong on your dating profile.
  10. Extroverts now understand how introverts feel when they are forced INTO social situations.
  11. You touch your face 325,602 times per day without realizing it.
  12. Your stock of food meant to last for four to six weeks talks to you all day long on day three about eating it all.
  13. Every store I have been to has plenty of Tofu.
  14. When TP sales go up, Prune Juice sales go down (check the isles [If you do not understand this, ask an old person {This is just funny to me}]).
  15. Take long isolated drives just to take advantage of low gas prices.
  16. Anyone who can homeschool multiple children is a hero.
  17. School teachers should earn what politicians earn.
  18. Politicians should earn what teachers earn.
  19. There really is a TP usage calculator (like I have not always done that in my head my entire life [See 2 above {Stop judging me}]).
  20. The store will be out of buns but not hotdogs.
  21. When all the frozen vegetables are gone you will still find lima beans and succotash.
  22. No one is hoarding gallon jars of pickled pigs’ feet.
  23. People who know that you are a “hugger” will avoid you.
  24. When you do not try to hug people, who know you are a “hugger” they will judge you.

There is much more and I will add to the discussion as we roll through this time.  The most curious thing I have seen is that someone Toilet Papered the local water treatment plant.  Please share your light-hearted lessons learned with us, Dear Reader.

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
(͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
EVERY HUMAN STORY IS PART OF THE GREAT STORY THAT LEADS TO THE FATHER GETTING EVERYTHING BACK TO GOOD.


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What are we Hoarding? ~ The Mind Killer


Greetings Dear Reader,

When I was a lad, I had a very unfortunate encounter with some sand spurs.  These are the tiny balls of infinite spiky pain one encounters on beaches.  I was walking through the sand barefoot and stepped into a thicket of them.

I immediately sat down and tried to grab the large string of spheres embedded in my small foot.   Many of them obliged, released their grip on my foot, and buried themselves in the palm of my hand.

Clenching the palm of my hand, I realized that the spurs embedded in it were now also impaling my fingers.  I was young enough that fear of pain replaced sound thinking rapidly.  I sat there in the sand, crying in pain, and alone.  The only thing that had sway over me was my fear and it was quickly evolving to panic.

A lady on her way to the beach spotted me and came to my aid.  The focus of this writing was that I refused to open my hand because I knew it would hurt.  My fear of the pain prolonged my pain for hours.   The fear controlled my thinking and my actions. 

Holding onto my fear required that I hold onto my pain and prolong it.  That little boy on the beach held his tight-fisted grip on pain because of his fear of pain.  This is what we all do.  We fear the pain of working through our pain.  We refuse to move.  When I hoard my fear and keep it to myself, I am holding onto the source of my pain as well.

During this time of trouble, we all will feel fear.  What we must do is talk to each other.  We must share our fear and not hold onto it because we are afraid of the pain.  Fear short circuits our thinking and kills our reason.  When we hoard it, fear damages us further.   We need to remember that none of what we are facing is a surprise to the Father.  He knows how he will care for us in this.

I must not embrace fear.  I must not hoard it and neither should you Dear Reader.  We cannot afford to sell it to others or make it the center of our being.  We must keep moving forward together and share our fear.  The only way out is through.  We can see one another past the fear in love if we are willing.

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
(͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

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24 March 2020

What are we Hoarding? ~ Opening Thoughts


Greetings Dear Reader,

As the world responds or reacts to COVID-19, we see people panic-buying so many material things.  These are things they fear being without.  They are the things one thinks will bring peace of mind or a sense of security in uncertain times.  There is no material thing that can bring a feeling of sustainable peace.

This will not be about toilet paper, sanitizing gel, or bottled water.  It is not about holding onto false security over the things that will be gone when they are gone.  We have taken it for granted for years that we will always have these things.  We have wasted resources and failed to be thankful for the abundance we have as a society.

What I would like us to consider and develop is an understanding of the intangible things we hoard.  They are the things that we cannot hold and be healthy.  If we can speak honestly about the two-sided coins kept in our internal storehouses, we may be able to find that we have more to give and less to hold onto than we imagined.  We may have more to give than we dream.

I will keep this as light as possible and not ask you to carry more than you can.  I will ask you to share your thoughts and questions so I can become better at holding what is healthy and letting go of that which will not help.  My heart is to give you encouragement and freedom in our necessary isolation Dear Reader.  My desire is to help us emerge from this with better love for each other.

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
(͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

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23 March 2020

Slow Down ~ Closing Thoughts


Greetings Dear Reader,

In this time where some things pass to fast as we try to move more slowly, it seems that we all need more hope.  The combination of fear and lack of preparation has many of us grasping for what we think will make us feel secure.  When we think and act out of fear, we almost always choose poorly.

The toilet paper crisis is seemingly a fear response causing a bandwagon mentality.  If we slowed to ponder the idea, we would not be buying toilet paper in bulk.   We would see how foolish it is.  The same is true concerning the hoarding of anything as a response based on fear.  We must slow down and consider everyone, not just our own needs and fears.

We are not supposed to be ruled by fear but it seems our society has been training to be dominated by it for years.  We have marketed products based on fear.  We use fear to inform us of our needs.  Fear is the tool used to direct our politics and social environments.  We teach each other to buy, elect, and live based on fear.

If we slowed down and looked at reality, we would not have a worry as to what to do.  We would not fear not being in step with the culture so we would not spend money frivolously.  We would not tolerate fear-mongering as a way to run our government at any level.  It would not be fear that sowed the seeds of social division among us.

We are not supposed to be guided by fear, Dear Reader.  Slow down, pray, take a beat, and look around you.  The world will only right itself if we slow down and reject fear.  The answer to any crisis is to love our neighbors and take care of each other.  The only way out is through.  The millions of us, standing together can overcome anything.  We have to learn to be better to each other.

I will do my part.  I will be here and will continue to post.  I have not hoarded anything.  I do not desire to treat anyone with disrespect or disregard.  I cannot do much but I will keep my faith and keep my head.  I will move slowly and tell you what I see.  Perhaps we can learn a better way to treat each other through all of this. 

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
(͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

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22 March 2020

Slow Down ~ Something New

Greetings Dear Reader,

This is the second Sunday that I have not had church to go to.  I was able to take in a couple of services online.  It is not the same but must suffice.  I am adjusting to many parts of my routine being modified.

That gave me the idea to create a list of things that I can do to enrich my life that I can do from home.  Here are some suggestions and where necessary, links.  It is time to think new thoughts and try new things.

Reading online is easy and can be free.  Here is a link to my free eBook that is a short collection of stories that would have been in Sheetrock on the Road.  This is free to prime users. 
MIT offers many courses free online through its MITOPENCOURSEWARE program.
If you are an artist of any kind, this is a great time to market you work or create more of it.
Start an online book club.  If  you wish I will gladly make an appearance to talk about writing and any of my titles.

There are many ways to build intellect and character during this time.  Feel free to share yours with us, Dear Reader.  If we keep developing our minds we will better weather this time.  As always, I cherish your thoughts and questions.

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
(͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

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21 March 2020

Slow Down ~ Headed Home


Greetings Dear Reader,

As we slow down and try to adjust to the changes, the media ramps up the fear and warnings.  Store shelves are empty.  Large cities are seeing an uptick in violence.  Medical facilities are stressed.  It is the uncertainty that is triggering our fear.  It is the fear that is causing our loss of perspective.

We are all headed to the same destination.  Some will get there sooner than others.  Everyone will have the same barrier to pass.  The Father wants to know about our faith.  He wants to see our love for him acted out by that faith.  We are all headed home, Dear Reader.

If our path ends today or 100 years from now, we will all eventually step out of time and into that clearing at the end of the path where all that does not matter rolls away.  In that transition all that will remain is love.  Everything else is contained in time.  We will transcend time and the Father will show us all that is ahead.

Slow down and see the moments as they pass.  Spend them loving each other well.  Understand that we can control only our faith and our responses.  We cannot control the trouble or the world.  What we control is that only thing that will last; we control how well we love others and show the Father our love through that.

I do not know when it will be but I am going home.  This place is beautiful and bright, dark and dangerous, and long and lonely all at once.  What makes it bearable is the company of the Son we follow and you Dear Reader.  As my fellow traveler, my love for you is how I show my love for the Father.  I want to live this out in every moment.  Slow down and join me if you wish.  I am going to love you no matter what you choose.

I’m Going Home – Chris Daughtry

I'm staring out into the night
Trying to hide the pain
I'm going to the place where love
And feeling good don't ever cost a thing
And the pain you feel is a different kind of pain

I'm going home
Back to the place where I belong
And where your love has always been enough for me
I'm not running from
No, I think you got me all wrong
I don't regret this life I chose for me
But these places and these faces are getting old
So I'm going home
Well, I'm going home

The miles are getting longer it seems
The closer I get to you
I've not always been the best man or friend for you
But your love remains true
And I don't know why
You always seem to give me another try

So I'm going home
Back to the place where I belong
And where your love has always been enough for me
I'm not running from
No, I think you got me all wrong
I don't regret this life I chose for me
But these places and these faces are getting old

Be careful what you wish for
'Cause you just might get it all
You just might get it all
And then some you don't want
Be careful what you wish for
'Cause you just might get it all
You just might get it all, yeah

Oh, well I'm going home
Back to the place where I belong
And where your love has always been enough for me
I'm not running from
No, I think you got me all wrong
I don't regret this life I chose for me
But these places and these faces are getting old
I said these places and these faces are getting old
So I'm going home, I'm going home

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
(͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

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