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Father to Son

Posted in Poetry with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 22, 2017 by bigtuna185

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Ezra
You are the helper sent to us
Sent to make our family whole
Sent so that joy and love may spread
Abundant and plentiful shall all things be
For you

Ezra
You come from parents once broken
Parents that had to pick up the pieces
Parents that had to wipe the slate clean
At least more than a few times
Your family is flawed and vulnerable
But together nothing can defeat us
There might seem to be insurmountable struggles
Yet there won’t be anything to take us down
To discourage us
To make us lose hope
To keep our face stuck in the bitter ground
Your parents became tempered steel
Strong and durable
For you

Ezra
Your heart will be humble and true
Loyal, passionate, and loving
You come from a long line of genuine men
Generations of fathers gather to impart wisdom
Upon your life for the rest of your days
And should they fail
The Lord will guide your steps
Just as He did mine
If you are lost, He will find you
If you are distressed, He will comfort
He protects, loves, and watches over us
And there is nothing He wouldn’t do
For you

Ezra
The plan for how you came to be
Has been an eternity in the making
Heaven and Earth and Mountains and Oceans
And Time and Space were rearranged
So that you could be in our lives
Time is all we have with you
It won’t be enough; it never will be
But for now we enjoy the possibility
Of who you’ll become
Your future, fate, and destiny
What kind of man you’ll be
Meanwhile your mother and I
Patiently await the greatest moment of our lives…

…For you.

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It’s Time for Hate of The Last Jedi…to End (SPOILERS)

Posted in Random Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , on December 21, 2017 by bigtuna185

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“Your eyes can deceive you; don’t trust them.”

“Who’s more foolish? The fool, or the one who follows him?”

-Obi-Wan Kenobi (A New Hope)

It’s easy to forget amidst all of the hype that it wasn’t so long ago that the mention of Star Wars was done so in hushed tones and with an air of slight shame attached to it. We were (and still are) one of the largest fandoms in the world today. It is an IP that has inspired countless novels, video games, comic books, toys, board games, card games, and any other medium that you can imagine, and yet it was only less than 5 years ago that it was considered an odd gesture to be a fan. Fast forward to 2015 and you would be hard pressed to find anything so celebrated in this day and age. After the travesty that is considered the prequel trilogy, it was cool to like Star Wars again. No doubt we owe the debt of gratitude to J.J. Abrams for resurrecting and delivering a return to the universe that many thought George Lucas had sold out to the Dark Side years ago. Hope was anew inside the hearts of many geeks, young and old. You could sense the joy of those who were raised on the foundation of the original trilogy being able to share their childhood passion with kids of their own today. Even the one-off side story of Rogue One, drawing much skepticism at first, was very well received and became a favorite for many (myself included).

And yet somehow here we are, fresh off the release of a brand new Star Wars film and we’re already back to the cynicism that defined the early 2000’s for many of us. Having finally gotten around to seeing The Last Jedi, I felt it only necessary to throw my hat into the ring to be a voice against the rising tide of hate flowing from people who I know to be avid fans; people who know and love the galaxy far, far away as much as myself. What follows is HIGHLY FULL OF SPOILERS, so if you haven’t seen the movie yet, I suggest you leave, but also come back after you’ve seen it. The large amount of chatter about this movie that I heard going into it was that it was either better than The Empire Strikes Back (my favorite movie of all time), or that it was hot garbage and a disgrace to the Star Wars universe. The truth, like in most things, is actually closer to the middle.  Continue reading

How 8 Words can Get You Fired

Posted in Personal Story, Random Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , on December 6, 2017 by bigtuna185

wordsI’ve been feeling the itch to write again lately, although I’m not entirely sure what to say at this point. So much has passed and changed since the last time that I updated anything on here. My about page and profile are so outdated that at this point they might as well be about a different person. But writing never really leaves you, it just kind of waits for you to come back.

The last time I wrote about something personal I got a great response from it, even though the subject matter was less than enjoyable to write about. There’s been a topic that I’ve been meaning to come around to and address, but I’ve felt that there would be more backlash than support should I decide to publish the post. I’m at a point now, though, that I don’t care for what readers might think, just that I know it’s something that needs to be said.

What follows is an account of how I was pushed out of a job that I loved. All parties will remain nameless because it isn’t so much about who was involved as it is about the need for the full story to be told, lest egos and man’s pride get in the way.

It’s important to start with where I am now in relation to the events that are yet to told. I’m married to my beautiful wife, I have a son on the way, we have an apartment that we live in comfortably with landlords who not only understand and empathize with what happened to me, but have gone through it themselves, and I work 3 jobs so that we can continue to maintain this standard of life. Where I am now isn’t the end of the story, but it serves as a guidepost as to how difficult it has been when it needn’t be so. Don’t get me wrong. We live a GREAT and BLESSED life, but I can’t help but wonder what it would be like had events transpired differently. Anyway, onward. Continue reading