And So We Are Pruned

And So We Are Pruned

|Thoughts|Aaron Blakeley

We Have Eben-Ezers For Children An Eben-Ezer is a pile of stones that followers of God would raise at locations of significance. Abraham raised one at the location where he was asked to sacrifice Isac, Gideon raised one where he met the angel, and Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. If you are in church you probably have heard the word in the famous hymn “Come, thou Fount of every blessing – Authors Robert Robinson (1758) and Martin Madan (1760)” In this song the verse goes like this. “Here I raise my Eben-Ezer hither by thy help I’ve come and I hope that by thy good pleasure safely to arrive at home. ” Juda, ...

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My Children Love Games and I Hate Tyranny

My Children Love Games and I Hate Tyranny

|Thoughts|Aaron Blakeley

My children love games. Video games, hide and go seek, made up games that always end in tragedy and board games. Recently my boys hit the age where their cognitive skills far out weigh the intrigue cooties can bring and they have craved more mental stimulation. I taught them to play Risk and now they never stop asking to play Risk. Risk is great except when you play Risk you have to take a vacation day to do it. Enter Settlers of Caton. Settlers is like Monopoly and Risk had a baby. A baby that is farm more enjoyable than it’s parents; truly greater than the sums of its parts. The things about Settlers is it is my favorite board ...

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Niblit – I Don’t Owe You

Niblit – I Don’t Owe You

|Thoughts|Aaron Blakeley

What Was Niblit Niblit started out as this thought that I might read more if I suddenly built a website around my reading. Well I have kids, so I read more but still don’t have the time or wherewithal to write a book review or report. So Niblit was D.O.A. within days of the first post. What Will It Be I really like the logo and spent a lot of time dreaming about something like Niblit thinking about what it was that I really wanted to do with it. I started writing and reading more and need an outlet for creating stories and getting that creative effort out there for people to enjoy (or hate) and discuss. Niblit will be ...

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The Cult of The Undying Smelly Crinkle

The Cult of The Undying Smelly Crinkle

|Camping|Aaron Blakeley

Raccoons in state parks are the boldest in your face night scuttlers that you can encounter in the contiguous United States. They love food, specifically they love your food and can open most containers with ease. They seem to not grasp the concept of a zipper yet but what they can not open they try to chew threw. I caught three of them worshiping this zippable trashcan we had in camp. They raked their long finger nails across the crinkly surface and made their weird croaking sounds to one another. “Yes it smells good” “Yes” “Yes” “Love this we do yes” “Yes love” “Yes yes” “Stealthy are we” “Yes stealthy” “Yes yes yes” The crazy part is that when I ...

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Parenting is The Bloodless Revolution

Parenting is The Bloodless Revolution

|Awe|Aaron Blakeley

Recently I published an article on the blog ” They Call Me Dad.” Here is an excerpt. What raises my hope and maybe makes me and possibly you, those that share honey and locusts with John The Baptist as he spoke in the wilderness, is this glorious thought: we need not kill each other to have change. I know, take a moment breath it in and then let the thought as adrenaline in your veins, dilate your pupils and open your passages, a focused mind and determined patience is required for the path ahead. Read The Rest Parenting is The Bloodless Revolution

Universal Vibrations

Universal Vibrations

|Awe|Aaron Blakeley

Universal Vibrations - Aaron Blakeley - The Daily Haiku - Writer poet blogger

In physics, string theory is a theoretical framework in which the point-like particles of particle physics are replaced by one-dimensional objects called strings. It describes how these strings propagate through space and interact with each other. On distance scales larger than the string scale, a string looks just like an ordinary particle, with its mass, charge, and other properties determined by the vibrational state of the string. When we speak we vibrate the air so that others might hear us. When God speaks the vibrations of his words hold the world together in reality so that we might hear him.

Greater Than Thought

Greater Than Thought

|Awe|Aaron Blakeley

Capacity is a wonderful word describing the maximum amount of; you name it. Circumstances is also a word that is used often when we can not say what it is that brought us here, “It is just our circumstances.” Circumstances are like a wave that washes over our temporal experience they  can be good, bad or indifferent. Though they are usually tangible reflecting light so that we might see them. Their existence effervesces always in our minds and the physical plain. What about the unseen? What about what we can not see that does exist. Logic dictates that such an existence, exists. Materialism rejects it and nihilism suggests that even if it did exist it would be just as devoid ...

Open Veins

Open Veins

|The Daily Haiku|Aaron Blakeley

Open Veins - Aaron Blakeley - Daily Haiku Web Comic

The older I have gotten the less I have been interested with just putting up with stuff for the sake of putting up with stuff. Maybe this is good, maybe it is not. I am sure God will lead me and correct me because he loves me.

In The Light

In The Light

|haiku|Aaron Blakeley

In The Light - Aaron Blakeley - The Daily Haiku

I am inspired by narrative. How a story comes in and wraps you up in a feeling of knowing the characters and feeling the sweep of their lives. So let me drag into the light a story that is metaphorical. There once was a people in a society that was considered the best the world had produced thus far. It was not perfect but it was good despite the bad. The older people of this society became complacent and quite trying to have a good society. This showed up in how they raised their children or rather how they did not. The adults of this society spent their time working, gathering money and then used that money on things that ...

Forgive Me

Forgive Me

|Christianity|Aaron Blakeley

Forgive Me - The Daily Haiku - Aaron Blakeley Writer Poet

Forgiveness is something that we take for granted both in the giving and receiving. I often feel a pang of guilt for things I have done in the past. Coarse words or biting comments come back to haunt me. It is in these moments that I have to realize that God has forgiven me and I need not hold myself condemned. I have been forgiven and so should forgive even myself.