Why you Little…Doh!

I was reading Dizzy Ninja’s Blog today and was facinated by something he posted here last month. 

Is it an insult to refer to someone as a nonchristian now?

Republican Elizabeth Dole attempts to tie Democrat Kay Hagan to a group called Godless Americans PAC.  The ad in question was rife with misleading clips and attempts to imply that Kay Hagan was, herself, one of those evil, horrible, morally depraved ‘godless’ folk.  Kay Hagan’s response?  “How dare you insult me by implying that I’m not a Christian! I am too!”

He went on to discuss how Barack Obama had a similar thing happen.  Many people assumed, and many others bought into that assumption, that because his father was Muslim and his mother was an Atheist, Mr. Obama couldn’t possibly be a Christian.  I;m glad that the President elect fought the urge to lash out.  It would ahve made him look really foolish, and been extremely divisive if he portrayed the same sentiment that Kay Hagan had.

I would only be offended in that I work hard at living a life that I reflects what I believe.  What I believe are Biblical, Christian princicples, and I want the people that see me each day to think somewhere in their mind that I reflect the character of Jesus Christ.

So, I don’t think I would be offended as much as I would be frustrated with myself for not fully living what I claim to believe.  Which then resulted in people thinkning I was not a Christian.

What a great question Mr. Dizzy poses.  Should a person be offended if they are labeled a non-Christian?

His questions are much better put this way:

So I ask again: is it an insult to be thought of as outside of the majority? Is it wrong to be black, hispanic or asian? Is it a shameful thing to be a Muslim or a Hindu or a Buddhist? Should one be embarrassed of one’s Atheism?

Thanks for the thoughts Dizzy Ninja.

Please share your thoughts on this.

Livin’ Out Loud,


Today’s Pic

So, I posted a challenge the other day here, and asked people to gice me ideas for a hair cut.  No one submitted, which is fine.  So, I decide to do what I wanted to. and this is how it turned out.

What do you think?

Livin’ Out Loud,



Don’t Chya Like Ma Doo?!?

So, I have a favor to ask all of you fine people out there. What should I do with my hair? I thought about growing it out, but that always ends right about here, because my hair looks terrible.

I can’t stand the way it looks right now. I thought it would be cool if it got long enough to donate to Locks of Love, but I don’t think I could stand waiting a year to get it long enough. I now that’s kind of selfish, but let’s put that on the back burner for another conversation at another time.

I thought maybe I would look good with my hair long, but flash backs of 9th and 10th grade flooded my head. Those who knew me back then, probably remember the orange hair incident (It was a Sun-in accident). Plus there’s the fact that my hair is so straight that I look like I have a mop on my head.

I had the Clay Aiken look, even before he did. I had the David cook, not too long ago. I’ve had the Faux-Hawk, which my wife really likes on me.

I’ll try just about anything! Here’s my challenge. I want a ton of suggestions about what my next hair style should be. I’ll pick a bunch of them, and then post them here for voting.

The only catch is this…You need to do this fast! You know, before I get so annoyed that I go and get whatever I want.

What will my next style be?

Livin’ Out Loud,


Hmm Hckjaf…May I have your attention please…

Now that I have your attention!

The moment you all have been waiting for has arrived…

I will now share my big and exciting news, which you can also read at Marty’s MoMo’s

As many of you know, Erica (my wife) went to the emergency room Friday afternoon.  She was having some stomach and back pains.  It started around 12:30, while we were having lunch together.

She said to me, “I need to put my head down for a minute, I’m not feeling that good.”  A few moments later she began crying.  For Erica to cry in public means 1 of 2 things.  Something is either terribly wrong or she is in excruciating pain.  My wife is tough, Marty can attest to this fact.  So, she had to have been in a ton of pain.

She could hardly walk, so I went up to the office and let my boss know I needed to take her home or to the Dr’s.  We took off, and spent about 30 minutes at home, then I decided this was really bad and we needed to get to the hospital.

Weeeelll, that was the difficult part.  We have just moved, and she doesn’t have a Primary Phys, or OBGYN.  Emergency room here we come.

We get there, and to make a long 8 hour story short…She was seen and they determined that she had an Ovarian Cyst that ruptured and a kidney stone, and she was pregnant!

Well, the pregnant part we knew…for about the last 3 weeks we have known, but the other stuff we had no clue about.

Well, we had a long weekend, she is recovering from the cyst and the kidney stone should pass soon.  Now, the pregnancy that should be all set in about another 8 months.

Livin’ Out Loud,


P.S.  in case you missed it.  The big news that Dancy Tres’ is on the way.  Praise God another little one on the way.

Fellowship Church is growing in an unexpected way it seems!


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First of all I have to say that Steve Sands is an incredible guy. Please keep his family in prayer. His sister, Lisa went into labor early and there are complications with one of the babies.

I got a txt msg from him last Wednesday, but had no clue who it was. I could only think of two people that I know as Steven. My cousin and a friend i grew up with. So, i knew neither of them had sisters with babies. I called around and neither were playing a prank on me. I dumb founded, becuase I couldn’t think of any other Steven.

So, I waited to call this person back. Their number was in the text, but I didn’t think of calling it. I waited some more.

“Make a long story short Al!”

I called and left a message for this person, who sounded just like my cousin. I thought, “Hmmm…That’s weird.”

I got a call back and it was Steve Sands. Boy did I feel like a tool at that moment. I learned a lesson however.

Waiting can kill your relationships. So, suck it up and call that person, text them back, send them an email. Whatever you do, do it, but don’t wait!

Living Out Loud,

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