The Ten Commandments of Blogging

“Thou shalt refrain from grumbling…” — love it.

A Holistic Journey

1. Thou shalt not waste readers’ time. Offer up thy readers a worthy sacrifice that they might take and be satisfied.

2. Thou shalt honor thy muse. Be prepared in season, out of season to seize inspiration when she comes that ye might write, dance, photograph, paint thy bliss. Be not caught without thy scroll, ink, pen, iGadget, camera. Thou wilt not redeem the moment the locust has eaten.

3. Thou shalt preview thy draft and spell-check before publishing that the Angel of Vengeance shall not fly over thy blog in the night.10commandmts2

4. Always speak ye the truth.

5. Thou shalt not take up the like button in vain, foremost on this blog. It is holystic ground. Thou shalt in integrity read the posts before clicking anything lest thou incite my wrath. Know ye that I see thou couldst not have read four of my brain-intensive posts in one…

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Reblog: Interviewing The Interviewer from “A Momma’s View”

How kind of Momma from “A Momma’s View” to ask if she could interview yours truly! Her gracious words are humbling. See the interview below…I’ve reblogged it.

A Momma's View

When David Howell from Brews And Views approached me a little while ago and asked me if he could interview me for his feature Interviews I had two things in my mind. First of all I felt really honored to become a part of a great group of bloggers he had already interviewed and then there was this second thought. Why not interview the interviewer for a change?

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The “true friend” test

Just a quick thought. I’ve read a few posts on how to tell if someone is a “true” friends. Most of these articles cite surface-level trite things like, “they always support you”, etc.

I’ve always thought the mark of a true friend was someone who will tell you the truth, even when they know it’s not what you want to hear. That takes courage and caring about someone–be truthful with them even when it hurts.

“Faithful are the wounds of a friend…”

Another Serving of Beef Tits

By now most of you have probably realized my sense of humor is a little off. I thought this post was hilarious enough to reblog it.

The Chatter Blog

Despite this blog title, it really is not an inappropriate heading.   It’s just funny.

My daughter stopped by to see me, to cheer up her sick old mom.  “Old” as in how I feel, not in reference to my age.

She was telling me stories about her on-the-job training at a local hospital.   One of the tasks she was training for was delivering food to patients.   She went in to one room where an 85 year old lady was sitting in her bed.  It took my daughter 20 minutes to assist the lady in getting settled in the proper position, get her bed tray set just right,  and food in the proper place.  Twenty minutes.  Daughter wasn’t sure what the lady’s problems were and couldn’t figure out why the lady just “wasn’t getting it”.   When all seemed well and the patient seemed ready to eat my…

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The First Cup…

Ahhh…that great feeling when you take the first sip of java on a chilly, autumn morning when your world is still largely quiet and still.  Couple this with a few rare, precious moments to think and now you have at least a few pieces of the secret formula for a good day.

Today it’s ‘Eight-O’-Clock Coffee’ brewed in the Keurig that’s doing the trick, and here’s what I’m thinking about…

The sound of metal clinking against glass cups, the subtle sound of milk being steamed, the awesome, floating scent of strong coffee brewing, and the bright morning sunlight gradually chasing shadows into the corners, all while jazz standards are covertly setting the mood in the background.  It’s the relaxing, “feel-the-stress-leaving-as-we-speak” sounds of the corner coffee shop, and there’s just one thing missing in this picture that would make it absolutely perfect.

What is it, you ask? What could possibly be missing from this scene? It’s that sound of warm conversation taking place between friends and companions.  The sound of old acquaintances who haven’t seen one another for months catching-up.  The sound of college classmates working on that group project.  Or maybe it’s simply the sound of a few friends debating the latest news headlines.

Who doesn’t enjoy stimulating conversation over a great cup of coffee?  As a working, mid-30’s, happily married father of three, I seek out these moments as often as I can.  My name is Dave Howell, and I find that it’s in these moments with my brew that I’m often able to find the simple hiding somewhere in the corners of the complex.  At times, the only thing that’s missing is a few friends to complete the conversation.  But since you’re here now, problem solved!

Thanks for stopping by my weekly blog post (perhaps more if we have time for the occasional refill).  Grab a cup and fill it up!  Let’s enjoy brews and views.

Now…what are you drinking and what are your plans for today?