All posts by jimazing

Loud Voices

Jun 9, 2010 | | 1 comment

Negative, critical voices from the past can be so loud!  They send hurtful messages.  They drown out rational thought and cause us to misunderstand what others mean.  They cause us to believe things that are not true.  Why do they stick so much more tenaciously than positive messages?

An Experiment

Jun 9, 2010 | | 2 comments

After attending my friend, Chia-Li Chien’s book signing this evening, I was mowing my lawn and thinking.  Chia-Li joined our Toastmasters club just a couple of years ago and she has already finished her Advanced Communicator award.  Most never get there.  A year or so ago, she told me that she was thinking of writing […more]

Trappic Stop

May 7, 2010 | | 2 comments

You know what’s worse than getting a ticket for not coming to a complete stop at a stop sign… When there’s a cop sitting around the corner watching and waiting… like a TRAP. Where there’s no other traffic and no danger. Where the driver (that would be me) slowed down almost to a stop, but […more]

This Is It

Feb 23, 2010 | | Say something

I just watched movie “This is It“, Michael Jackson’s rehearsals for his intended performance tour.  I feel stirred.  Here are my rather raw thoughts.  (Won’t be much proofreading or editing this time). I am a music snob.  There, I said it.  I do not care for much pop music and I probably won’t ever buy […more]

Tying My Own Shoes

Feb 15, 2010 | | 2 comments

While boarding my plane on my recent trip to Arizona, I overheard one passenger telling another about a different method for tying shoes.  He was just finishing the explanation and telling her how it was much more secure than the regular method.  My shoes are constantly coming untied, so I was curious, but the line […more]

A Perspective on Hierarchies

Feb 6, 2010 | | 2 comments

Two seemingly unrelated stories stirred something deep in me… Warning: movie spoiler ahead. Story 1: I was talking to a friend this morning.  Incidentally this friend is a few years younger than I.  In the near future, we will be spending more time together, and we were discussing how we were each looking forward to […more]

A New Year, A New Collage

Jan 2, 2010 | | 1 comment

The new year has snuck up on me and it is time for the annual news of the Anderson family. You may not know, but this is the very reason I started this web site. It began in 2000 as a way to use the web to begin to communicate Christmas greetings to our family […more]

One Year Ago

Dec 17, 2009 | | 1 comment

Just a year ago today my life changed forever when Molly Nicole Ogren entered and made me a grandpa.  Now all my relations are referred to by their relationship to Molly; Jeanie is “Gran”, Danae is “Molly’s Mom” etc. I knew I was going to love being a grandpa, but I didn’t know why.  It’s […more]


Nov 11, 2009 | | 12 comments

Please don’t tell my Sunday School teacher, but I watched Godspell, a musical from 1972 based on the life of Jesus from the Gospel of St. Matthew.  I was 14ish when it came out in movie form and being Southern Baptists, my peers and I were forbidden to see it.  I (being an obedient young […more]

A Phone Call from the President

Nov 7, 2009 | | Say something

Getting ready to go for my morning run this morning, I picked up the newspaper this morning.  It was yesterday’s paper that I hadn’t read yet.  I saw the following headline and read just a couple of sentences (quoted here), then I left for my run.  I wasn’t thinking about the election or the state […more]