Jamming guitar at John's family jamboree at his cabin (07/06/19)
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2019-06-07 – Voodoo, Jamming and Closet Cleaning

Jamming guitar at John's family jamboree at his cabin (07/06/19)
Jamming guitar at John’s family jamboree at his cabin (07/06/19)

Dear Eric,

I burned a voodoo doll today. Not to curse or break any curses, but because it didn’t serve me anymore. Or in other words, it wasn’t benefitting me so I purged it.

How did I end up with a voodoo doll?

When my wife and I moved to Geneva, Alabama 2 years ago we, after getting settled in, we began experiencing paranormal phenomena (glimpses of people who werent there, heavy furniture moved in the middle of the night, etc.) and we contacted the Mississippi Gulf Coast Paranormal group of ghost hunters and paranormal investigators. We ended up taking a class for $30 in Gulf Coast, MS to learn about what to expect when they came to do our free assessment. While there, my wife and I both won door prizes which were a type of “voodoo doll” made of bundled straw and mock clothing and a tiny instruction pamplet.

I was supposed to make a wish, ask the doll to help, and bury it somewhere hidden … or something like that. I wasn’t afraid of the doll, but I didn’t want to feel like the doll had power over me. So, I kept it since 2017, until I could figure out something to do with it. Well, that day was today. In a great purging of papers, I burned said voodoo doll and have never felt better. It may actually be that burning it is part of the ceremony recommended, but if so, that’s news to me. I just needed it gone from my life because it was another thing that I wasn’t going to be able to use any time soon. Ultimately, I realized I just wasn’t comfortable with calling on the doll for help. Though I don’t consider it evil or a tool of the Devil either. Good or evil is in the intention of the person, rather than a property of the object itself. Except, perhaps, in haunted or cursed objectcs like Annabelle.

Jamming with new friends

Last night I was invited by my boss at work to come jam guitar with him and some friends and family of his at his cabin. It was awesome and I had a great time. We played various classic rock songs — many of which I used to know in full 10 years ago, but have gotten “rusty” on lately. Some of the songs that I enjoyed playing were:

  • Come Sail Away – Styx
  • Hold the Line – Toto
  • Take it Easy – Eagles
  • Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin
  • Hotel California – Eagles

It was getting late and my wife and I had a 1 hour drive ahead of us so we had to get going. Imagine my surprise when they all started playing Ozzy’s “Crazy Train” as I was leaving. I popped my head back in and said “Yall should have played Ozzy first!” lol.

The drummer, Jim, was a big Zep fan and as a Christian was going on mission to Burma and this would be his last jam with the guys for a long while.

Cleaning out my Closet

Last week I made a decision that I needed to just purge most of my papers and I asked Kat for her help. Yesterday was our first day sorting and purging papers in my office. This morning I burned that which did not suit me including several old newspapers from Oregon, pamphlets, flyers, brochures, and school campus maps that can easily be found online. I feel good. More to go, but this is a great start!

Why I Decided my Papers Have to Go

In case you are wondering what the change was, let me give you a brief synopsis.

About 10 years ago after getting my first HP OfficeJet printer I realized that I didn’t need to keep the boxes of papers I was hauling from place to place every time I moved for work. Instead, I could just scan them all into the computer and have a digital copy to reference whenever I needed.

Well, 10 years have passed and I’ve really only made a dent in the scanning of papers. For reference, it takes about an hour to scan 10-20 pages front to back. I have over 5000 pages!!! How long do you think that would take?

After 2.5 weeks of doing hard construction residential restoration work in the hot and humid south Alabama sun I realized that I don’t have time for all the things I wanted to do. I barely have time for three things at most being prit-near-exhausted every day upon getting home from work after an hour long return commute, made bearable only by the fact that I now have air conditioning in my 2002 Toyota Tacoma truck.

But, even though it is hard work, I love it!! It feels like somehting I could master and turn into a career as a builder and restoration professional. The sky is bright and the future is open. Glory to God.

Anyway, I realized I would never have the time I needed to scan all these documents. So, I realized and decided that I had to purge most (at least 75-90%) of my papers in order for me to be able to work in my office comfortably.

Last night, I had another revelation while preparing to go jam: By getting rid of papers that are clogging up my life I will have more time and room to practice guitar and music, which I can use to minister to others.

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