Cat On My Lap

Cat on my lap,
Purring away-
This is how I could spend a day.

He could too,
I’m sure.
Since a lap’s the perfect lure.

It won’t last, though
The calm won’t have won.
I’ll have to go and get things done…

In a minute, though,
No need to hurry.
Getting up, making cat scurry.

All in due time, yes,
It can wait.
It’s not that I procrastinate.

No, the answer is simple.
It’s really quite clear-
When a cat’s resting he wants you near!

(OK, still very nervous about posting any of my writing- even light fare such as this! Until next time.)

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Shedding Light

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about what I should attempt to do with this blog.  Hopefully you’ve noticed some things have changed as you entered the site just now.  Yeah, that’s the whole “attempting to do” aspect!  I’ve called it “Dave’s Blog” for a while now.  While it may be true that it is my blog, I wanted to do something to make it something a little better than that.  I know, it was a lame title– I’m sensing that you are relieved because I came to this realization and you didn’t have to tell me!

When I started thinking about what I’ve been using the blog to do over the last several months, it became apparent to me that I needed to make it some tie in to the devotional quality I’ve aimed for.  The “light” of course is the light of Christ, who is the light of the world. (John 8:12)  But it’s also a play on words in that, hopefully, the posts are shedding some light.  See what I did there?  I also thought the graphic at the top of the page with the sunshine was snazzy as it was juxtaposed with the darkness below.  This is symbolic of our world walking around in the dark without Jesus.  I take no credit for the theme of the blog– I just found it and applied it.  But it’s cool, though.  Tell me it’s cool.  Or at least it’s better than the awe-inspiring “Dave’s Blog”!

I’m 100% on the devotionals being the focus of the blog.  They may or may not remain titled “Dave-otionals” as they have been.  I like the name because it’s pretty slick, but I want to make very sure that 0% of the glory is for me so I’m in prayer over that at the moment with that name.  I’m open to some suggestions, all of you loyal readers.  As far as other posts, I’m going to limit the content to that which points towards Christ.  My personal life is boring.  It definitely doesn’t merit entire blog posts.  I think Facebook and Twitter might be the better mediums for personal stuff.  I’ve still retained the links to those places, and the Twitter feed is still up on the blog.

Hope you enjoy the new look!  (And let me hear some feedback!)

NeedMoWriMo…Yo!

I’ve already seen some things on Al Gore’s invention (aka the Internet) that are hyping up NaNoWriMo.  Some of you know what this is, some of you don’t.  At the same time, there is another group that started sweating, even as they read it!  NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month.  In this process, a person has to make a 50,000 word novel appear in the 30 days that make up November.  I’ve thought before that this would be pretty neat to try, then I realized that this is a sick, psychotic, twisted thing to do to yourself!  Therefore, I am going to be the champion of the everyman (or lady) and fight the government or whoever is in charge of this “National” thing.  Maybe Al Gore invented this, too…

I propose that there should be more WriMo’s from which people can choose.  I don’t know about you, friend, but coming up with 1700ish words per day and being a slave to a tyrannical (and self-imposed) deadline don’t sound like the best ways to spend November.  As a runner, I liken this to the craziness of an ultramarathon.  I’ve done a half (13.1 miles).  It wasn’t exactly a roll out of bed on the day of thing, but I was capable of completing it.  I can at least fathom what a marathon would be like (13.1 times 2, for the mathematically-challenged).  What I can’t understand is why you’d want to go further than 26.20001 miles!

Since I feel like I know so much and have Internet access, here are my suggestions:

NaShoStoWriMo (National Short Story Writing Month)  The entrant will write a short story every day for that month.  This is more do-able.

NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month)  A poem every day for a month.  And there needs to be a haiku limit… that’s kind of cheating.

NaHaNoWriMo (National Half-Novel Writing Month)  Write half of a novel in a month.  Seriously, this seems like a better way to do it.

NaTweeStoWriMo (National Tweet-Story Writing Month)  I’m dead serious about this one!  Write a story using one tweet per day… 140 characters.  I think this one would be every bit as challenging as the real deal!

Now, some of these sound like Indian names, while others sound like drinks to order from Starbucks.  My point is that these offer some alternatives to the current choice.  Maybe you’ll consider doing one of “my” WriMo’s.

Until next time!

Read the Fine Print

I ran across a website with some tips on blogging/writing the other day- www.jonacuff.com  He is the blogger of “Stuff Christians Like”, a very funny parody/satire of modern Christianity.  His tips were interesting, and I’ve been thinking about them and how to implement them into this blog.  One thought in particular was that there is an unwritten contract between the blogger and reader. 

To take it a little further (and paraphrased a bit) he mentions that in randomly blogging about whatever on whichever days, the blogger breaks the contract that the reader understands, which is “this is what I expect from your blog”.  If that’s the case, then I’m in for some major lawsuits!  I’ve been in a state of wondering lately about exactly what my blog should be.  I’ve noticed that I have my own little style of devotionals, quirky and weird sometimes, but still applicable for Scripture guiding our lives.  I am going to call them “Dave-otionals”.  Not to bring any focus towards myself, mind you.  I just think the name works.  If you can come up with a better one, I welcome your suggestions!  The next idea I have is the whole running/diabetes/dieting thing.  I am seeing in my life that I am becoming passionate about fighting this thing for real.  I really do need some help with a name for that one, though. 

I guess, then, here’s the official (but not legally binding in a court of law) contract for my blog:  I will post an aforementioned “Dave-otional” each week.  I will post an entry into the not-yet-named running/diabetes/dieting category each week as well.  If, by some chance, there is a random thing that just has to be shared it will be done… most likely by Twitter or Facebook, but it could be blogged.  Maybe.

So there it is.  Did you read the fine print?  Made sure that you knew what you were getting into?  I did… I think.  Better get cracking on the next post soon!

To: The 2001 Me From: The 2011 Me

I have this website that sends out an email, www.pw.org and one of their things is a poetry and fiction prompt newslettery thing.  This week’s poetry prompt (that I’m taking my sweet time on) is to write a poem/letter to oneself from 10 years ago.  I copied down the idea in a notebook last night, and I started thinking about this thing today.  Will I spit in the face of the Back to the Future movies and alter time?  Hey, I’m sure that with some help from the future me I could have gotten a sports bet right.  I’m thinking: Appalachian State over Michigan (come on, how many of us Mountaineers really thought it would happen?)

What about practical things that would/should apply no matter what?  Dude, stay away from credit cards and learn who Dave Ramsey is!  That would have been really nice if a future me came and told me that.  There’s other practical advice, too.  Probably about wasting time and complaining about not having any.  Isn’t it funny that when we’re younger we think there’s just no time, but when we start to travel down the road a bit, even a decade, we realize how much time we really had?

I started to think about all the stuff that’s happened in my life over the past ten years.  I’ve gotten a Masters in music, said “no mas” to school, and in 2008 started in seminary.  That’s just God’s sense of humor right there, folks!  I met a beautiful girl at a party after a football game in 2001.  We dated, got engaged, got married, bought a house, sold a house, rented and moved more times than I care to think about, had a beautiful baby girl, moved to another state, had career changes, then had a beautiful baby boy.  A busy ten years on the family front.  I didn’t realize I’d teach band ten years ago… I was going to take the world by storm with my trumpeting prowess.  My former self would need to know some things about teaching band (because he tuned a lot of it out in college when he should have been paying attention!)

The last thing I wonder about is whether I’d tell myself about Jesus.  That’s the biggest thing that’s happened in the past 10 years.  With all the other accomplishments, events, accolades, and what not- that has been the most important development in my life.  In that time travel is not a possibility for humans, I’d say this sort of evangelism isn’t really mandated in the Great Commission.  But if I had the chance, I would.  At 23 I wasn’t interested in Christianity, actually I thought that Christians were party-poopers!  I have the feeling, though, that it wouldn’t have changed God’s plan and purpose for my life.  It would actually, in a cyclical sort of way, fulfill and fall in line with His plan.

So, if you had the chance, what would you say to yourself from 10 years ago?

Until next time!

Here Goes Nothing

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I was contemplating putting some of the writing I’ve done on the blog.  Well, I’m not going to post that particular short story but I decided to share a poem I’ve “written” recently.  It was the product of a writing prompt, but I thought it was pretty neat.  The prompt came from the Poets & Writers website (www.pw.org), and the idea was to pick ten random words from a dictionary and then create a poem.  I thought this was an interesting challenge.  When one of the words was ‘Lithuanian’ I realized it really was going to be tough!  I’ve put the ten words in bold within the poem below.  (Remember, one of my words was ‘Lithuanian’ for goodness sake!)  Here it is, hope you enjoy!

An Exercise of Life

by David Saleeba

In a deadpan tone I remarked

that I hope to graduate soon.

If one can only matriculate,

then a new life, new adventure is ahead of them.

Life, though, can be a lonesome and scary venture.

Consider that a Lithuanian in the Wild Southwest

would have stuck out like a sore thumb

amongst captious residents

waiting for his demise.

The brave soul attempting life should be

as a beacon, a symbol, of the boldness

needed for a life lived on this planet.

Yes, the bluebird of spring and his happiness

meets the exasperation of a gloomy reality.

Our existence lies in the sediment

waiting to be stirred and to start anew

in the current of life;

To get caught in the excitement of brass, and of woodwinds, strings and percussion

in this great orchestral masterpiece.

Write or Wrong?

I must enjoy having a constant flow of activities going on at all times.  I picture it being like the jugglers at the circus, where they’re trying to cope with 10 items which are usually on fire.  Be that as it may, I am becoming more and more interested in a new hobby/endeavor/interest/ avocation/ you-get-the-point-thing.  I’m starting (for some wild reason) to get into writing.  Hmm, let’s see:  still two (and a half?) more semesters at Liberty, 3 month old, two year old, wife, full time job… in the ministry.  I think I may be slightly not with it.

Now, I’ve never made this fact well-known (and unless my blog becomes some sort of internet sensation, then I’m not in much danger of doing so) but I actually considered minoring in some kind of English-y area in college.  That was before I knew the rigors and horrors of being a music major.  It still gives me cold chills.  After college and grad school, I’d often thought about doing some writing.  Now, a more well-known fact is that I proposed to Jenn with a pretty clever little poem.  Of all the non-music classes I’ve ever taken, English was the only one I ever really enjoyed.  Not that I wasn’t good at some other subjects, but we’re talking enjoyment, here.

Recently, like in the past year or so, I’ve written a couple of short stories that I’ve submitted to some contests.  No, they probably weren’t that good.  Actually, neither contest was the feedback type… you either win it or you don’t.  I think that  may be for the best, come to think of it.  I’m thinking, really thinking about using one of them as a blog post.  The only problem with this is the anonymity I’ve enjoyed from being some random contestant will be over.  As a musician I know that a lot of the time, I’m my own hardest critic, but this is something different.  We’ll have to see… for now, I’ll stick to the normal blogging which, I’m told, is kind of like writing.

One thing I do know for sure.  Whatever comes from this whole writing thing, I only want to use it for the glory of the Lord.  That’s what I’m all about.  Just like this blog, if only one person reads anything I write and is blessed by it, or comes to know Jesus as their Savior as a result, then I’ll know I’ve done what I’m supposed to.

Until next week (or before)