Peka-Chu’s, Chupacabra’s and Pecha Kucha Night Worcester

The question may be rolling around your head with that title, “Has Al finally lost whatever was left of his mind?”

And my reply is “YES!”

But it shouldn’t be the title that gave that away.

Sunday night, September 14th I attended and volunteered at Pecha Kucha Worcester Night 2.   First of all Michelle, Cindy and Scott did another amazing job.  Their hard work certainly showed!

“Pecha Ku-Waaa??”

I know it’s a strange looking, and even stranger sounding name, but trust me it is all too cool!

It’s pronounced Peh Chah Kuh Chah, or at least that’s what I heard people calling it. 

Whatever you call it, Pecha Kucha Night has become something my wife and I are amped about.  We are so excited to see how this event impacts our community.  We attended the Pecha Kucha Worcetser 1st night and we were so pumped by what we saw, heard and experienced that we were determinined that we would be at the next one and the one after that, and…Well, you get the idea.  Basically, it rocks!

Pecha Kucha is the community driven offspring of Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham.  It started in 2003 and created “as a place for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public.”  Check link for a descriptionand history of Pecha Kucha.

Last night’s showing was amazing.  There were photographers, painters, and type setters (I had no idea what that was until last night).

The highlight of the night to me was the Stu “Dr. Gonzo” Etsy’s presentation on community. It was perfectly fitting for that night.  I had a blast, I laughed, I was challenged, and walked away thinking about some things.  I have been asking myself since, “how am I investing, impacting, and changing my community for better?”

Make sure you get off your duff and get down to the next Pecha Kucha night, January 24, 2010.

Livin’ Out Loud,


I was almost eaten by a Lion

Erica and I watched “Prince Caspian” together the other night after we got back from Life Group.

Rabbit Trail – Have you ever had to bow out of “grown-up” interraction to tend to your own children.  I was not completely thrilled that I had to miss out on over half of the conversation and good times in our Life Group that night, but my children needed Dad around to keep em in line.  If I hadn’t gone down, everyone else wouldn’t have been able to enjoy the time together.  Small price to pay for others to have community.

** Shot Gun Blast **  I now exit back onto the original Blog trail

I was floored by Aslan.  I’m not sure my take on this is completely accurate or exactly what C. S. Lewis intended, but here goes.  Alsan is a great picture of Jesus.  I mean take out the obvious likeness…Jesus had a mean Mane of Hair just like Alan…Right?!!?

But seriously!  Take away the supernatural power, the promised return, the authority, the majesty…I watched this Lion and God floored me.  I watched how he walked around humbly, just like Jesus did.  He didn’t flaunt His power, but when he flexed it, everyone knew about it.  I sat in awe as He welcomed back those that doubted.  You could see their hearts and countenance melt in His presence.

Now, I know that this was just a book/movie, but I imagine this is the way it was or the way it will be when I’m around Jesus.  It makes me wonder if people sense the presence of god when they’re around me.  I mean, we have the promise of the Holy Spirit living inside of us as followers of Christ.

So, how about you?  Does anyone see Jesus in you?  Do they sense His power and presence in your life?

Livin’ Out Loud,


No Street Signs

I’m listening to U2‘s “Where the Streets Have No Name” from their Joshua Tree album.  It’s a killer song and and even more incredible album.  I love the keys, I love the delay in the guitar, I love the simple, yet driving bass line, and I love Bono’s vocals in this song.  It is speaking to me.  It could be that the band will be practicing this song for Sunday Service at Fellowship Church, and I can’t wait to see how it moves people.  It could be that the song brings such beautiful images to mind when I hear it.  I don’t know what it actually is; I don’t care.  I just know it is moving.

I’ve noticed this a lot lately.  Everywhere I go it seems to happen.  I’m not sure why God has been doing it this way, but He’s really been using my environment (both natural and technology) to speak to me lately and it has been loud and clear. 

How has God Been Speaking to you lately?

Livin’ Out Loud,


My New Clock

Vodpod videos no longer available. This is the new clcok I’ll be using. Do you think it’ll fit in my cube?


more about “My New Clock“, posted with vodpod

Imagine #4

This is Martin Cooper, inventor of the Cell Phone.  In many ways we owe him a huge debt of gratitude.  Without him we may not have the instant communication that we have today.

Today you were told you can only dial one number on your Cell, that number is the only number you can ever dial again, and your mobile phone privileges will be permanently disabled if you attempt to dial another number…

Who would you call…Why?  And by who I mean it must be a person.  So. don’t say “Jesus,” cause I really don’t think he has a cell phone.

I’ll go first…And I’ll start by asking a question.

Does this limited calling also include personal calls from my work phone, or is it only calls from my cell phone?  If it is both, then I would choose my wife.  I would choose my wife (Erica), because I love her and want to touch base w/ her from time to time throughout the day.  We have 3 little kids, and I love talking to them over the phone when I call her. 

If it is only my cell, then I would choose my mom.  She would be able to fill me in on what’s going on with everyone out her way.

So, Who Ya Gonnal Call?!?!

So, "Who Ya Gonnal Call?!?!"

Livin’ Out Loud,


Foolishness and What May Come


Thanks for reminding us of this fact. 

Jesus says in the book of Matthew, chapter 7, verse 24 – 27:

 24 “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. 26 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. 27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”

Whoa!  These are very powerful and down right offensive words.

How foolish we are sometimes, eh?

Livin’ Out Loud,


Imagine #3

Would Anyone Notice

Would Anyone Notice

You died today…maybe you died last night while you slept…Would anyone notice…Would anyone care?

This is the first time I am elaborating on this “Imagine” series.  I’ve thought about this before, and most recently last year when my aunt died.  Diana, my aunt, was my mom’s step sister.  When I was younger our families were very close.  Time, family feuds, and other things I’ve never understood kind of built a wedge between us, and we saw them less and less. 

Last year when i found out she had died unexpectedly, I determined that it had been at least 1 years since I saw her or my cousins.  Now that you have a background let me get to the point…

Her funeral was one of the most depressing things I have ever attended.  The attendants were my mom, brother, sister, dad, my mom’s youngest sister, my Gram (who is not Diana’s mother, but my mom’s mother…an even bigger story…), my wife, me and my 2 boys, and Diana’s 2 sons (Jon and Charlie). 

She had a total of about 8-10 visitors.  No other family members came, her across-the-street neighbors came, and a few co-workers, but that was it.  It was as if 53 years of life were lived in vain.

There was hardly any notice…

I can’t imagine, or allow my life to be lived in a way that when I leave this world…

No one will notice or even care.  My family will, hopefully, and friends of course, but will I leave a dent in my community?  Will my absence be felt at work?


Livin’ Out Loud and On Purpose,