Jim Huggins (jkhuggins) wrote,
Jim Huggins

Wednesday Hodgepodge: 14 September 2016

Hey, I'm trying to get one of these done on-time for once?   *headdesk*

The Wednesday Hodgepodge appears courtesy of From This Side Of The Pond.

1. What's changed in your life, home, or community since your last birthday?

Well, reaching back a whole year (hint, hint ...)

We adopted a cat.   Our church youth group collapsed and then was miraculously reborn.   I'm almost done with training to become an AP Workshop Consultant.   I've made a lot of people angry at work.   I'm back as indefinite-interim music director at church.

That enough for now?  :)

2. September is Classical Music Month. Do you like/listen to classical music? If so what's a favorite piece and/or who is a favorite composer?

I used to love listening to classical music at home.   I took piano lessons throughout K-12, and my training was classical (Bach, Beethoven, etc.).   I don't listen nearly so much anymore ... mostly because it's a little too soothing when I'm trying to get stuff done.

Favorite pieces?   Ask me something simple, like which of my children I love more ... :)

3. Besides The Bible, what's a book that has positively changed your life, relationships, career, or perspective? How so?

The one that comes to mind within the last few years, which I think I've talked about in blogs before, is To Forgive Is Human.

I've had problems with bullies in my life (adult bullies, mind you) that I've not known how to forgive --- even if they've asked for forgiveness.   It's impossible to summarize the book in two or three sentences, but .... the book has given me a perspective on forgiveness as something active, not passive.   Forgiveness doesn't say that the offense doesn't matter, or that the offense didn't cause harm.   It does say that the forgiver views the relationship as having enough value to not let the offense sever the relationship.  It's something I'm still working through.

4. I read these ten hobbies will make you smarter...play a musical instrument, read voraciously, meditate regularly, work out your brain (puzzles, sudoku, board games, etc), exercise often, learn a new language, write your feelings down (blog, journal, just write), travel to new places, cook different kinds of meals, participate in sports actively
Are any on this list your current hobbies? Which hobby on the list would you be most inclined to try?

Current hobbies: play a music instrument (keyboard), reading (well, maybe), brainwork, writing feelings (blog/Facebook).

What I'd be most inclined to try: I really should exercise more.   I'm overweight.

5. What sports traditions does your family have?

Every year, for the Super Bowl, my dear wife makes sugar cookies in the shape of football helmets, and decorates them with the helmet designs of the two participating teams.   Then we invite people over to our house for a simple dinner and to watch the Super Bowl.   Alas, in the last few years, nobody's come to the party.   (Is it a party if you invite people and no-one comes?)

6. In a few words, weigh in on the current football/National Anthem brouhaha. Keep it family friendly please.

Several thoughts, mostly about the rhetoric.

A.   I feel like this is a manufactured controversy.    Nobody noticed that Kaepernick wasn't standing for the National Anthem for the first two games of the NFL pre-season.   It was only after someone asked about it in the third game that the whole thing blew up.

B.   If paying respect to the flag during the National Anthem is so important, why are people spending their time looking around at the players on the sideline?   If you're paying respect to the flag, shouldn't you be looking at the flag?

C.   I find it odd that people are complaining about the action as being "offensive".   Of course it's offensive: that's the point of a protest.   If a protest isn't offensive in some manner, no-one notices.

D.   Most importantly ... I hear lots of people complaining about the choice of actions, and I hear very few people talking about the complaints of those behind the protests.   Which, to a certain extent, proves the point of the protestors: American society tends to turn a blind eye to those concerns until they're forced to deal with them.

7. Where do you have loads of patience, and where do you most lack patience?

I feel like I have loads of patience in the classroom and with individual students; a student who is honestly trying to master the material will get a great deal of my attention.

Where do I lack patience?   Lately ... hypocrisy.   I'll leave it at that.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Tomorrow, I turn 30.

(If you count in hexidecimal.)

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