One-Hit-Wonders of the 90s

I was thinking that many of my favorite alternative/rock songs of the 1990s were actually one-hit wonders.  Strange.  Too bad these bands couldn’t re-capture what they had with these songs. I was just going to list them.  How boring!!

So, instead, can you guess the songs from these lyrics??  No Googling.  And Nick can’t play.

Song #1 (Inside-Out by Eve 6)

Want to put my tender, heart in a blender
Watch it spin around to a beautiful oblivion


The tick tock of the clock is painful,

all sane and logical.

I want to tear it off the wall.

I hear words in clips and phrases,

I think sick like ginger ale,

My stomach turns and I exhale.

Song #2 (Cumbersome by Seven Mary Three)

I’d like to believe we could reconcile the past

Resurrect those bridges with an ancient glance

But my old stone face can’t seem to break her down

She remembers bridges and burns them to the ground

Song #3 (If you could only See by Tonic) Come on, I gave you the title!

If you could only see how blue her eyes can be when she says, when she says she loves me

Song #4 (Closing Time by Semisonic)

So gather up your jackets, and move it to the exits – I hope you have found a friend.

Song #5 (Sex and Candy by Marcy’s Playground)

Hangin’ round downtown by myself

And I had too much caffeine

And I was thinkin’ ’bout myself

And then there she was

In platform double suede

Yeah there she was

Like disco lemonade

Song #6 (Runaway Train by Soul Asylum)

Can you help me remember how to smile

Make it somehow all seem worthwhile

How on earth did I get so jaded

Life’s mystery seems so faded


I am Thankful for my Wife

Today is not only a great holiday focused on gratitude and thanksgiving, but for me it is also my 10th Wedding Anniversary!!

Today, I am especially thankful for my lovely wife!

My wife is very private and doesn’t like to be included in my interwebs activity, but let’s just say I have an amazing wife and am very grateful for these past 10 years + and am looking forward to at least another 10, if not 20 or 30 with her.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

I am Thankful for Internet Dumb Headlines

Opinion: Ready for new type of terror?

My opinion: Are you trying to win a contest for dumbest question ever?

Obama’s trip cut short by volcanic ash

Former Speaker of the House Pelosi gives detailed explanation of how the Tea Party was at fault.

The bottom-line for dieters: Eat less

?!?!!? uh, thanks?

Pirates free couple after year in captivity

They quickly regretted buying season tickets.  Thankfully, they are now free.

Lebron James of Miami  Heat humbled by Time’s Person of the Year nomination

Lebron:  humbled.  Rest of America: confused.  Brett Favre: shocked, furious, jealous.

Pirate lake widow leaves Texas (

Is this a headline or a Mad lib?

UK will compensate Gitmo Detainees

All the while hoping to find a 3-pt shooter, a perimeter defender, and a rebounder.  Go Cats!


I don’t know about you but I have had a spiritual craving for a while.

I have been interested in the spiritual disciplines and bought a handful of books but haven’t had good discipline concerning spiritual disciplines.  So, I have continued to read about them while only occasionally practicing them.

I think I am finally wanting it bad enough.  I found “Savoring God’s Word” by Jan Johnson in our church library while working in there and I am so glad I did.  It’s a book on meditation, lectio divina, ignathian method, etc.  She gives a great response to people who are scared of those types of things and so far the book is simple and helpful, including easy exercises in each chapter.

I finally ordered “The Way of the Heart” by Henri Nouwen, which I have heard so much about.

I also ordered “Life With God: Reading the Bible for Spiritual Transformation,” I am already a big fan of Foster.  Celebration of Discipline is one of my favorite books.

I lean towards the analytical side, which helps in some ways being a preacher, because I see structure and outlines when reading a text.  But I also recognize that I do that so quickly.  I too often read only looking for “how to teach it” which means I am missing out on a lot.

I want more.  I want to spend more time in silence and meditation.  It’s so hard to unplug and even when I do, my brain is racing with plans, concerns, life…

I want more of Jesus.  I don’t want to be a modern, un-spiritual disciple.  I don’t want my Bible study to be purely intellectual or my prayer life to be solely requests and praise.

I want to know him more.  I want to be intimate with him.

so, what about you?  any advice? thoughts? questions?

How the Irish Saved Civilization

I love Thomas Cahill.  The subtitle of this book by the same author of “Gift of the Jews” is “The Untold Story of Ireland’s Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe.”

The gist of it is, while Germanic tribes were wreaking havoc all over the Roman Empire, Monk Scribes were copying texts, scriptural and classical, in Ireland.  He suggests that without this work, many ancient documents, and much that accompanies literacy, might have been lost forever.  When the Middle Ages ended and the Renaissance begin as a result of renewed interested in ancient texts, that was only possible because of the work of the Irish Scribes.

The early chapters paint a picture of the end of the Roman Empire.  What life was like.  What was important.  He focused on a poet named Ausonius first and then Augustine.  He definitely whetted my appetite for a good biography of Augustine.

Then he proceeds to tell the story of St. Patrick and contrast him with Augustine, and Celtic culture with Roman culture.  I also now want to read a good bio of Patrick.

He writes a lot about Celtic culture before and after Patrick, the great influence of Patrick and the men and (shock!) women who followed him as leaders in Irish Christianity of the Middle Ages.

Figures such as Brigid, Columcille and Columbanus, and Aidan were very interesting.

The scribes often left notes, comments, and poems in the margins or end of the texts that they copied.

He used the term “Green Martrydom” for the Irish who, although not in danger of persecution, chose to renounce materialism to live alone or in monasteries to be closer to God.  Then the age of Celtic missionaries came, which was referred to as White Martyrdom.  There are monasteries and abbeys all over Europe which were founded by Celtic missionaries.

Another book I want to read now is “The Celtic Way of Evangelism” by George Hunter III.  I just happened to see it in a catalog and know that it will practically develop the differences that existed 1,500 years ago between Rome and Ireland.

You know that you have read a great book when:

  • you dread the end,
  • are inspired to read more about all the main figures and events in it,
  • hope and pray that author has written a lot more,
  • and are ready to read almost anything as soon as you are finished.

That’s what Thomas Cahill has done for me.  I am thrilled that he has written more that I haven’t read yet.  Yet.

I highly recommend “How the Irish Saved Civilization,” whether you like history or are simply a Christian, you will get something out of it.