A Centennial of Sorts

This blog has always been pretty much whatever I feel like posting.  It’s not really formal, and it’s not at all professional.  It’s just me.  And if you are reading this, I am so very glad that you are okay with that.

It feels like I’ve been absent for a long time, but in the grand scheme of things, the idea of a fortnight being “a long time” is really rather laughable.  We’re so tiny.  We’re here on this Earth for such a tiny span of time.  And I’m not sure what it means that you would spend some of that time reading my blog.  But it’s quite an enormous blessing to me.

I’m not entirely sure where I was going with this.  But I guess this is a good time to say thank you.  Because I hit 100 followers a while back, and that’s awesome.  So, thank you.  Sure, some people have 100 thousand followers to my mere 107, but why would I want to be “some people”?  I came into this last year with no expectations, and I plan to keep it that way.

Actually, I guess I do have one small expectation.  A favor to ask, if you will.

One of the most gut-wrenching things about our brief stay on planet Sol-3 is how crummy it can be sometimes.  Some days, life just sucks.  Don’t get me wrong; the joy and beauty and love and laughter and mind-blowing creativity to be found in life makes the pain worth it in the long run.  But that is often so hard to see in the midst of darkness.  Hindsight is 20/20 but we never understand our own stories until they end.  Or, if you believe in heaven, until they begin in earnest.

So, here is the favor I want to ask of you today, or if you’re reading this in the evening, to accomplish tomorrow.  The favor is this: find someone, someone who’s having a rough time of things, someone you otherwise wouldn’t have noticed or interacted with.  I ask you, dear reader, to seek out a personal encounter with them, and brighten their day.  It can be through a kind word, helping them with their errands or chores, a very large bouquet of flowers, spiritual and/or physical sustenance they would otherwise have had to make it through the day without…  Anything. It doesn’t matter.  Just find some simple way to love them.  Let them feel the light of Christ that shines in each of us.

After all, the instrument Christ uses to spread His love to each human being… is us.  And if I could accomplish one thing through this blog, I would want it to at least have made a few people’s day a little brighter.  My poems, my lists of songs I like, they’ll be forgotten.  But a kind word can save someone’s life.

That’s my wish this summer evening.  And I wish every blessing for you, dear reader.  Please pray for me, and I’ll do the same for you.

Love always,

Luke

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As Promised… Item #2

A post about the aforementioned kitten is forthcoming… but I feel I ought to make note of this first.

Before I go any further, though, a very happy fourth day of Christmas to you!  (There are twelve, btw…  What’s today… four calling birds, as the song goes.)  I’m glad to be on vacation and back in action here.

So, I have had the honor of being nominated for an award!  XD  XD  It’s the first such award I’ve been… awarded, although I’ve seen these floating around the blogosphere in the past.  I always figured my blog was a little too unfocused to be worthy of such a thing, but Cora over at Apricots and Cream has graciously nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award.  So… *straightens bow tie* …to her, we (me) here at The Window Philosopher are quite grateful.  Thank you very much.  (P.S.   Bow ties are cool, and my goodness, the Doctor Who Christmas special the other night… but I digress.)

So, here’s how it works;  THE RULES:

Nah… “rules” is such a strict word.

THE GUIDELINES:

(I’ve seen several variations, but here they are per A&C)

1.  You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.

Done.

2.  You must list the rules and display the award.

In the process… and will do soon.

3.  You must add 7 facts about yourself.

Now, this is the tricky bit.  I want them to be good ones…

  • I’m an INFJ.  (This page will go a long way in explaining what that means… although its description doesn’t fit me like a glove and it idealizes things a bit.)
  • Music is my life.  I love it.  I love it.  l love it.  ❤  Singing, playing, writing, listening, all of it.  It is the very reason I would rather be blind than deaf.  If I had to choose, that is.  I’m quite glad to be neither.
  • I very much value having things organized.  Ironically, this seldom happens for more than brief periods of time in my house.  You should see my room…  (Actually, you shouldn’t.)
  • I enjoy a good, long, old novel.  However, I am a slow reader.  Perhaps I’ll get faster one day, with practice.
  • I honestly am not sure, but if I were to ponder it, the number of true friends I have would likely be rather small.  However, those people who are, they are awesome beyond belief, and I would stand by them to the ends of the Earth… and the end of the Earth for that matter.
  • Whenever they appear, I fancy myself one with the wind, the rain, and the stars.  They are my closest companions when I venture out into what wilderness remains to the suburbs of Virginia.
  • When I was little, I used to have something of an obsession with redheads.

Mom: “You still do.”

Me: “BE QUIET, MOM!”

Okay… there’s that.  Seven small windows into my life, which I hope you have enjoyed.

4.  You must nominate 5 other bloggers and comment on one of their posts to let them know they’ve been nominated.

This took some thought.  Upon looking up the precise definition of “lovely”, this was my favorite one: “having a beauty that appeals to the heart or mind as well as to the eye…” (Dictionary.com, def. 2).

So with that in mind, here are five bloggers that fit that description, and whose posts I verily enjoy reading, in the order I followed them.  (Looking at the list of blogs I follow, I wish I could remember or discern the common thread that led me to each one.  I seem to recall that’s how it usually happens: one blog leads to another, so to speak.)

Anyways:

  • Tabula Candida.  A collection of doodles from “a distracted historian”.  Always witty, always sensible; it always give me joy to see one of them pop up in my WordPress feed.
  • Rajiv Chopra.  His blog is a fine collection of photography and writing, and a fascinating painting of the world through his eyes.  He’s quite the artist of both styles.
  • Audrey Dawn.  She writes some absolutely splendid poetry, which I always enjoy.  I also admire the familial atmosphere that permeates the comment threads on her blog; everyone seems to know and love one another.
  • Taking the Mask Off.  I doubt many other bloggers could write 3000+ word posts of which it is well worth reading every word.  Its author’s unique perspective as “a provider and a patient” of the mental heath system makes it a powerful reminder of the unnecessary and arbitrary stigma surrounding mental illness, and it’s especially informative for people like me who have no experience and little knowledge of such things.
  • Professor VJ Duke.  He weaves a series of vignettes between eccentric characters into an entire world tucked away into the blogosphere.  I admire his creativity in doing so, and I enjoy reading the tales of such fantastical figures as Daddy Salami and the celebrated V. Shnodgrate.

Gah!  There’s one more I really must mention.  But I’ve already got five.

Aw heck.  I’m adding a sixth one.  SO SUE ME!

  • Days of the Dalek – A 2014 iPhone 365.  If you are a Whovian, this blog is a must read.  Unfortunately, it looks like the Daleks’ antics will soon come to a close with the turning of the year, but even so, there are 365 posts to read here, each with its own photo and ridiculous pun.  It’s a neat idea for sure.

Y’all will be hearing from me.  Thanks for your awesomeness.  🙂  (You, dear reader, should follow them all.  IMMEDIATELY.)

Finally…

5.  You must display the award logo and follow the blogger who nominated you.

Once I find the logo I shall… and I’m already following A&C, so we’re good.

We’re good.  Oh.  We’re done.  That’s it.  The end.  If you are still reading, then thanks a million for your patience.  I have a feeling this post has turned into a speech: much too long and terribly dull.  At the same time, it’s something I’m glad to do, and I think awards like this stand as a testament to the sheer volume of awesome people out there in the blogosphere.  They are like the vast expanse of the universe in that I will never see most of them, but through the seemingly never-ending ripple effect of things like this, we’re all connected in a way.

So many voices… I wish I could hear them all.  Thanks again for listening to mine.

(Now I’m going to sit quietly and wait for the One Lovely Blog Award Police to arrive and arrest me for breaking the rules…)