Family, Life, Music, Three Things

THREE THINGS 2017.4

GHOST by AERO, MOVIE by FINN

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Aero Read Hoenke, age 5, made this ghost. I think it is the best ghost I have ever seen in my life. I will at some point get it tattooed on my body. I want this ghost on a t-shirt. This thing is awesome.

Finnian Kyeong Hoenke, age 8, made this movie. He took some LEGO animation classes this summer and since then has been very interested in learning how to make films and how to keep on doing it better than before. He’s eight and I can’t wait to see what growing up and learning does to his films.

I share this stuff of course because I’m a proud father but also at the same time to stress just how important it is for us in the world to do our part to raise creative kids and help creativity flourish in the world. I think a creative world is a good world, and the more people out there that can be creative the better off we can all be. This all kind of ties into my next thing….

WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON THESE DAYS?

I have been asking myself this question recently: “what’s wrong with the world these days?” and I know that I’m not alone in asking that, both in the present and with those that have come before. You see I think we’re at this massive turning point in humanity where all of the things that came before us are just not working anymore. Our societies, our norms, our beliefs, our values, the way we interact….all of those things are changing. And change is scary most times, but when these core things are changing it is really scary!

I don’t know what the answer is nor do I want to be a person who thinks they might have the answer anymore. I think those days are behind me. What I do know is this: I’m going to live my life and do the best job that I can do. I am going to surround myself first and foremost with my family. I have friends and I will continue to have friends. I am just going to exist in my own little world, do my own little things, and try to find the ultimate joy in just that. I don’t want to change the world anymore. I don’t even want to change libraries anymore. I just want to be. I think I’ve earned that, right?

STEELY DAN

Walter Becker’s recent passing got me on a Steely Dan kick. I know they’ve been mocked over the years as being too smooth or something like that. At their core, they were great musicians who wrote some great songs. I have fond memories of listening to their A DECADE OF STEELY DAN album in my father’s Chevette back in the 80’s.

All in all, music is what we make of it. Some people hate certain music. It certainly seems to be the cool thing to do these days to mock certain bands and certain styles of music. I know I’ve been guilty of it in the past. From this point on, count me out on that. I don’t care what you listen to. I know what I will listen to and I know that I will enjoy that music.

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Family, Life, Things, Titusville, PA

Everything Is Going To Explode But I’m Not Worried Cause I’m Building A Fence

Everyone is shooting each other. Donald Trump. Bernie Sanders. Other politicians. Nuclear bombs. War. ISIS. Terrorism. Global Warming. Every Tweet or Facebook post or Text is taken way too far out of context and feelings are hurt. Tabloids. Everyone is yelling at each other on Facebook. You are right and I am wrong. I am wrong and you are right. I shared this post about ______________ (insert thing that I feel strongly about) on ____________(insert social media) and now I have done something. What the fuck why are we still horribly racist and sexist to each other? The income gap grows bigger and bigger. Student debt smothers many of us. Some people blame Obama. Others go back to George W. Bush. Some go as far back at Ronald Reagan. Everyone is blaming everyone else.

Everything just kind of totally sucks right now in the world and I worry that everything is going to explode.

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I had a giant fence around my house in Chattanooga TN. It was really awesome. I felt very happy with that fence around all that I love. I can’t wait until the spring of 2016. I will once again begin building a giant fence around my house in Titusville PA. I have part of it up right now and when I see it I just feel so good about things. I like to have the property which I own with my wife nicely fenced in and properly plotted out. When you have a fence you know your limits. You can use the fence to build both physical and mental barriers. You know your garden can’t go past the fence. Your chickens or border terrier or whatever you have stay inside the fence. The fence makes you feel good.