"Bill Clinton to Seek Release of U.S. Reporters in North Korea"

The New York Times is reporting that President Clinton is on his way to Pyongyang on behalf of the two condemned American journalists.

Godspeed, President Clinton.

Finally -- Fast Internet!

We finally got high speed Internet out at our humble farm. The only choices rural Americans tend to have are dial-up and satellite Internet. We've been using dial-up and it's horrible, so today we finally got our high speed satellite Internet. So far so good. There is a noticable delay once you click on a site (about a second or so), but once it starts transmitting the data it's actually faster than our old high speed provider when we lived in the city.

Two Shots

For the time being we're on dial up, and it's quite pokey. I did take the time, though, to load two small photos. One of them is a bridal portrait I shot tonight, and the other is a photo of one of my favorite country scenes driving toward our house.

thebride

thescene

Osaka Sun On The Horizon

Tomorrow is a holiday of sorts. At least it'll feel that way since U2's new album No Line on the Horizon releases tomorrow. I'll have to turn my iPod away from Coldplay for the time being. I've been absolutely addicted to Coldplay's Viva La Vida, especially the track, "Lovers in Japan." Here's my favorite line from that track:

Tonight maybe we're gonna run
Dreaming of the Osaka sun
Ohh ohh...
Dreaming of when the morning comes


Something about that really resonates with me. I honestly have no idea what it is, it's something. The song is amazing.

Homeward Bound: Random Thoughts On Wrapping Up Our Vacation

I just lost two games in a row on the Free Internet Chess Server. Bummer. Aside from stubbing my toe in that regard, Brandi and I will certainly enjoy our last day-and-a-half here in Houston/Katy at my parent's place.

I spent some of the afternoon watching my children play in the backyard while I sat by the swimming pool, smoked my pipe, and read a bit of 1 Clement from my newly-acquired copy of The Apostolic Fathers. It's amazing how tobacco, moving water, the sound of your children playing, and a good book can all work in tandem to soothe the proverbial soul.

Thanks to my brother, Sha, the kids now have a shiny, new Nintendo DS. Daniel especially is a video game fiend, or at least he'd like to be. We try to limit his play, otherwise he'd literally eat with that thing in his hand. For the most part, our kids don't consume much media, and we'd like to keep it that way. They have an innate love for books, and their weekly trip to the library is often the highlight of their week. Like any kid, they'd love to have unfettered access to TV, the Internet, and video games (just like any kid would love to have candy 24/7), but we've found that by putting hedges around their media use, they've grown to love old fashioned things like coloring, reading, and even the lost art of playing outside.

The past two weeks have been fun. We've had several large family gatherings. I've spent time with my best friends. And I've had the opportunity to play a decent amount of chess and read quite a bit. Alas, we'll head home tomorrow and get back to our day-to-day routine.

January looks to be a busy month. In addition to a wedding I'll be shooting our church's annual missions conference and Brandi will be starting an Antioch-endorsed women's study by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. Hopefully I'll pick up my guitar lessons again and, as usual, spend as much time as possible reading (I got a stack of books for Christmas).

Adios!

By The Way

Props to Billboy for hooking me up with my old Blogger theme. In case you all have wondered, I'm still, obviously, on Bloo, but now I'm running my former Blogger theme which features the banner photo that I shot last year at a small outdoor chapel in Trinity, Texas.

Thanks, Bill.

Merry Christmas

I couldn't leave a gangster post front-and-center through the holidays, so I thought I'd post this to wish everyone out there a Merry Christmas.

My family and I will be heading to Houston. My dad told me on email yesterday that this is the time of year we look forward to all year long, and he's right about that.

Merry Christmas.

Christmas Haiku

A Savior is born
Yahweh, He is salvation
Light of the world, shines

Blah Blah Blah

Hopefully this weekend I'll find some time to mess around with my shiny new Bloo blog and make a few changes. For example, I need to update my reading list. I finished The Kite Runner about six days ago, and, of course, I've got about a million other books I'm currently into.

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