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Steve Case, through his emersion into the story, reminds us that the presence of the divine surrounds us continually and he teaches us how to tap into that presence.

 - Mary Beth Howe, Author:A Baptist Among Jews

Wednesday
Jan012014

INPUT

It seems I can no longer sleep-in. This is a great disappointment to me. I used to be good at it.  I attended a News Year Eve party last night. Got home and to bed and I still woke up at 6:00.  (Haven’t slept past 7 in years.)  So I am up early on the first day of the new year. It is dark outside. I stepped out on my back porch. It smells like rain thought none is forecast.  Yes, I live in Florida. I can step out on my back porch in my shorts and T-shirt in January. I eat your jealousy like my breakfast cereal. 

 Diving home last night was sureal. There were lots of places setting off fireworks. They were exploding on both sides of the highway.  I'm not a big "night-driver" but I do like driving in the rain and snow storms. I haven’t had to do the latter in quite a few years.  I like storms and thunder and lightning. (Yes, you can make a Frankenstein’s joke if you want to.)  I like the beach although I am not a great swimmer. Im more of the sinker type. I like the ocean cause it’s a great place to pray.  Then again the last time I lay on the beach a group of environmentalists tried to roll me back into the surf.  Nice kids. I’m sure the meant well.

 This morning when I woke up I had an email in my mail box.  Amazon offers a “Deal of the day”.  One or two items, dirt cheap, for twenty-four hours.  This morning it was a surfing magazine subscriptions for 5.00.

 There’s an old quote from Ray Bradbury (yes the writer mentioned in THAT song). 

 “If you stuff yourself full of poems, essays, plays, stories, novels, films, comic strips, magazines, music, you automatically explode every morning like Old Faithful. I have never had a dry spell in my life, mainly because I feed myself well, to the point of bursting. I wake early and hear my morning voices leaping around in my head like jumping beans. I get out of bed quickly, to trap them before they escape.”

 I have about ten bucks left on an Amazon gift card I received for Christmas.  I think I’m going to use it and purchase a few magazine subscriptions, Perhaps Surfing and Skateboarding. (Nah, that’s two similar.)  Surfing and Popular Science.  I’ll think about it. I have twenty-four hours.

 Too many of you tell me you don’t think you aren’t creative or you can’t write or you get writer’s block.  You stare at the blank page and never know what to write. 

The secret is INPUT. 

Read, watch, and Listen.  You may say, “Steve, I listen to music all the time.” and I say, “Yeah but is it the same stuff over and over? “  Explore new ideas, new experiences, new thoughts.  Then go back and read classics like Huckleberry Finn or The Adventures of Christopher Synn.  (LOVE both of those myself.)  Read some Shakespeare and then read some Batman comics.  Read Winnie the Pooh and then read a magazine on architecture.  Listen to Santana and the Opera. Listen to the soundtrack from Oh Brother Where Art Thou and then some Sid Vicious. I love going to Park Ave CDs and checking out what the folks who work there reccommend. 

 I think God gave us this world as an amusement park.  Imagine going to a gigantic amusement park and riding the log ride over and over and never getting close to a roller coaster or merry-go-round.  Sound wrong? Yet, that’s how we sometimes choose to live our lives.  

 It is a NEW year.  Trying something NEW. You will be amazed what it does to your creativity.

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