Ever have a weekend that blows your mind? Mine just happened.
A sincere sorry to my fundamentalist friends - but the wine of an anniversary dinner is some of the sweetest you can imbibe. Susan, my bride, and I just hit our 29th anniversary. Wanted to share in this post the mind blower this weekend was to me (don't worry, not too risque)
Surprised by joy, being abducted to The JJ Shaw House in Boise. 100+ years old bed & breakfast, history on every floor; for those in Idaho, if you miss staying at this incredible B&B you cannot say you've really stayed in Boise. The owner welcomes you to her home - a home of memories long gone. Sounds like a big plug, doesn't it? Not really, the place plugs itself. You show up and become part of its memories. For those outside Idaho, do not visit Boise, unless you first stop in at this place.
Had lunch at The Grape Escape - a foo-fooish, good eatin' place that 50 year old new parents take their only child named Sophie to - you know what I'm talking about, the kind of folks that never had kids in their youth and now that the biological clock hand has struck 8'clock p.m. they rushed forward for a baby. Now that little Sophie-Heather-Reagan-Conner is able to sit at the table and eat, all they do is cry (it's kinda fun in a sick way to watch the parents go crazy while knowing it is all behind me)...teehee! Lunch was good.
Headed to movies, saw Little Miss Sunshine - unbelievable. It was quirky like Napoleon Dynamite on steroids. Alan Arkin, Greg Kinnear, Steve (The Office) Carell are the stars of this indie picture, and you have the extra pleasure of navigating all the f-bombs. Saw it at The Flicks, enjoying the movie with popcorn and a Dr. Pepper (tempted to enjoy the chardonnay, but my bride had a bottle chilling & waiting for later in the evening - sorry my Baptist friends).
Here's where my mind approached critical mass...we were meandering on 8th street at BODO (for those of you from out of state and Meridian) it is a beautiful new development by Simplot's Sixteen Corp. A flyer was given to us, almost new-agey in appearance, telling the story of a then 4 year old girl, daughter of two atheists, who was visited by angels sent by God (my hackles went up) to give her 2 gifts; one of painting and one of poetry.
Yeah-yeah I can hear what your thinking; but let me go on...
Her name is Akiane and her paintings are sublime; magnificently peaceful and artwork that is easy to appreciate. Akiane is now 12 years old - look at these examples from her website. You can see these at Spirit at Work Books under the Ha-Penny across from PF Chang's (ooh lettuce wraps). For those from out of town you should be blessed to live in Boise Go Broncos-Blue Turf
Akiane's parents became Christians - evangelical, born-again, Bible believing, charismatic, on-fire, former atheists - figure that out :)
While enjoying this vacation in my own hometown I thought about work. I've been a successful business coach for years and I love it! For the last 6+ years my bride and I have had to deal with our oldest son's drug addiction (opiates) and his incarceration. From that came some great healing for our family - I am very proud of my son. During this weekend I began refining a business project that will launch December 1st; a behavior and education outreach for former inmates and drug addicts, people who really want to be clean. I have transitioned full-time to helping people be free. Spoke Sunday night (my anniversary night) at The Ship Dinner (a group that transitions inmates into housing), it was only fitting and proper to do so, honoring people like my son who are recovering.
On an ending guffaw; I stumbled across the goofiest (and somewhat witty) website-parody of Christian fundamentalism. Maybe it was the wine, the woman or the work; but I laughed myself silly. Written by liberals, for liberals mocking what they believe is the culture of American Evangelical Christianity. Upset? No not really. We kinda deserve to get slapped around when our own house is not in order - they just might have a point.
Dennis, possibly a former-friend of a few constipated Christians, Mansfield