Monday, November 15, 2010
I've had a good time away from the internet. Being away from it for a while now has helped me to focus on work and family, and on pursuing other projects and passions. It has allowed me to get a lot of exercising done as well as some major soul-searching.
Anyway, this busy and productive "me time" was very beneficial but I do feel now is the time to begin using the internet again. I've decided to get back into blogging a bit, and to start to use social-networking a little. However, as I am now fairly addicted to not using the internet I may not receive messages and comments etcetera very regularly as I do not intend to spend a lot of time at a computer. That said though I am looking forward to communicating in this way again.
I have moved my blog content to wordpress now so here is my address for my blog from now on - http://nickflight.wordpress.com/. Please update your bookmarks, subscriptions and RSS feeds accordingly because this is perhaps my last post on Blogger.
This was a difficult decision because Blogspot has been a good site for my blog up until this point. I did a little research and decided that WordPress was the site that most met my needs at the moment. Thanks to BlogSpot for all the years of blogging for free. It has given me space to talk about so much, and at last count this blog had over 150,000 words and at one stage had between 100 and 600 visits a day. Blogspot has been a nifty tool and allowed me to publish what I want whenever I want online, so Blogspot is be congratulated on a good service and thanked.
Please take note, even though I am going to leave this site up for record, this is my last blog entry on this site. Please enjoy the new blog.
My new blog is here at this address: here.
My twitter is: here
If you have enjoyed this blog over the years, you may enjoy the book I have compiled. Volume one is a collection of short poems I have published here before. I intend for more volumes later. You can find out more about that book (or purchase it) here: LINK
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
I have some other things planned coming soon!!
"in the midst of being me" is the first published volume of poetry by Nick Flight. Poetry in this book originally appeared on the authors the blog between 2005 and 2009. Themes include love, life and spirituality. Paperback & eBook available.
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
Friday, December 18, 2009
Like you know, I can't help picking things up and keeping them. This "contract" was written on a napkin, supposedly from KFC I guess. It got my mind ticking and wondering of the context.
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
you got away
so I know that’s where you are
you must have rode your bike
you’re wanting the tea towel?
it’s about time
but you do other things
that I alone can see
what came first?
the crime or the bee line?
try to run away
your gonna loose in due time
since Adam ate the fruit
its occurred for all of mankind
there is but one way out
marked with a thin line
and an extremely narrow mind
the narrow mind of being right
(a narrow road your hearts delight)
Friday, November 27, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
I’m not quite there yet…
in the catastrophe of mediocrity I know
I’m not quite here
I look at the moment
not realising a future waits to embrace the now
still they’re at the couch
who caught me trying?
at the sink and drying
(where the future was glimpsed)
though not yet
a decision made…
an action taken-
Speedo’s aren’t just for Olympians
but anyone who enjoys swimming with too much showing…
and so too
with being right
Friday, November 20, 2009
Here is a doodle I did that ended up like a comic-style. It isn't very good but I haven't posted anything with a comic-style for a while. The text is taken from the first few paragraphs of "The Confessions of St Patrick" and the images are just whatever came into my mind, but probably taken in part from the series "V" (2009 version) which I was watching at the time.
I think its important because I have seen some extremely quirky books in unmanaged church libraries. It has always been a bit of a bee in my bonnet really, because I guess by putting a book in the church library and keeping it there it is endorsing that book as acceptable. In my old church I was permitted to periodically throw away titles I deemed dodgy, which I think was commendable because it recognised the potential dangers of having dodgy books in the library. I actually did this with the video library too, watching hours and hours of teaching videos in the process. It is amazing what sneaks through into the library.
Church libraries often are made up of donated second-hand books. This gives the church-goer a chance to offload garbage without having to pay garbage-station-fee's and to appear generous in the process. That sounds cynical but if you had found the books that I found you would agree.
Here is a suggested criteria for donating to church libraries-
1/ The book must be theological sound, or at least have theological integrity.
2/ The book must be beneficial to the reader's growth.
3/ The book should be approved by three separate respected mature Christians.
4/ What else? I know there should be other criteria, what do you think?
Here are the most common donations I have seen (and eight out of ten times chucked)-
1/ Relationship/marriage/ dating-in-the-seventies books
2/ Books about cults and how to talk to Jehovahs Witnesses and Mormons
3/ Books about issues that were current but no longer are (like the Christian viewpoint for Millenium Bug)
4/ Books about prosperity
5/ Any other books people have read and decided they don't want any more. Please don't donate books to the church library to make space at home, do it because you think the book will help someone else.
6/ And of course, most often of all books donated are about the End Times and how the world was going to end as we knew it yesterday.
All this brings me to what I was originally going to show you...
We don't have a church library at my new church but there is a table with free resources that people bring in from home. I believe in sharing resources freely, books and things that people can take if they want to. I always peruse these just out of habit leftover from when I did the church library at my old church. I have on more than one occasion grabbed a title and chucked it or got rid of it because of the content.
Here is one I grabbed the other day, the title really caught my eye-
I think that a title says it all.
Here is the first two paragraphs of Chapter 1-
What's that? The scary Arabs have purchased all the sand! I find that very hard to believe and find the reference offensive and unnecessary. Apart from being slightly amusing, I was shocked that someone could put a clearly outdated and prejudice book back on the table ready to mislead or distract someone.
What about you? What strange and interesting titles have you found in a church library? What are some good criteria or protocol for a church to receive donations for its library? I am interested to hear your answers and ideas. I will pick a comment randomly and you will receive a reward.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
TAKEN FROM HERE-"The director of a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Bryan, Texas has resigned after watching an ultrasound video of a child being killed by abortion. "I just thought, 'I can't do this anymore.' It was just like a flash that hit me and I thought, 'that's it,'" said Abby Johnson in an interview with a local TV news network. Johnson had held her position with the Clinic for eight years, and worked as its director for two. She began to feel uncomfortable with the business philosophy of the clinic, when the owners told her to try to bring more abortions in the door to offset the economic downturn.
"The money wasn't in family planning, nor prevention, the money was in abortion and I had a problem with that," said Johnson. But the turning point was when she witnessed an actual ultrasound image of an abortion being performed..."
TAKEN FROM HERE-"I saw a full side profile, so I saw face to feet on the ultrasound machine," said Johnson. "I saw the probe going into the woman's uterus, and at that moment I saw the baby moving and trying to get away from the probe."
"If clinic workers saw what was happening on that screen, they would be running out of those clinics," Johnson concluded. "This is what the abortion industry does not want their workers to see ... they don't want people to see what's actually happening in the woman's womb."
Friday, November 13, 2009
I love markets and garage sales but my favourite place to find things is in the wild. Down town, on the beach, at the grocery store... places where people accidental drop things.
Often it ends up just being a note or grocery list, a snapshot into someone else's life.
Here is a note I found yesterday:
That seems innocent enough, right? After all if you had a saw for a shoulder you'd want something else to do too, wouldn't you? Like cutting wood!
When I turned the note over I realised it was a practice run for a forged note... I remember doing that when I was a kid. Deceitful little teenagers...
Jake Simpson, if your out there, do my homework for me or I'm telling Mr. Roberts.
Friday, November 06, 2009
(if I'm in bed on time)
I am haunted by the banshees
appearing in my mind!
But the ghosts I see aren't dead things
or the spirits of old,
but rather all of the unwritten words
and the stories left untold!
I give these apparitions recognition...
Every night around midnight
I light the fuse to the muse that used to taunt me
back when the blankness once did daunt me
and the ghosts that sought to haunt me
with my pen I give them home.
I give them room to move,
empty my soul and am whole.
I capture these ghosts and interact,
and they interact with me.