Currently Reading: Krakatoa

Good morning all you readers out there in WordPress land. I recently finshed Devil in the White City by Erik Larson, now I’m on to Krakatoa by Simon Winchester.

It’s Non-fiction November and I’m getting thru my initial picks for reading this coming month.

Winchester is one of my favs for his skill at opening up and explaining historical events and places with intelligent, insightful and gripping prose. I have several others by him that I’ve read and are still on my shelves. The first one I read by him and made me an instant fan of his writing was Korea – A Walk thru the Land of Miracles. Krakatoa is a book he did in 2003 shortly after the beginning of “The War on Terror” in 2001 and one my wife bought me for Christmas, yet I haven’t read yet. Sadly, I’ve read a couple of his others, as well as many other non-fiction books by other authors, since then. Now is as good a time as any to finally do the deed.

My hope is to finish these two books by the end of November and if I do, I’ll have a surprise book at the end to see if I can get to. What are you reading? Will you be reading only non-fiction this month? Why not have a go and share.


Kia’s Friday Haiku Challenge: “Family”

Welcome back to Kia’s Friday Haiku Challenge. This is the return from being Sickies the last two weeks.
The rules are simple:

  • Either choose or take a picture related to the theme or word of the week, or feel free to use the Picture provided on my post
  • Create a HaiKu accordingly, three lines of poetry 5, 7, then 5 syllables in length.
  • Post to your blog, link to mine, and post the link to yours here in the comments below. You’ll have all weekend and up until the following Friday to enter.
  • With the next Friday’s post I’ll be doing a Round-up of participants with their links for readers to follow back to yours to enjoy and perhaps add to the fun with their own.

What fun we’ll have. Why not join in? Here is mine for this week… The word for this week is.. Family.

No, this is not my family

Who we grow up with

Those who grow up with us too

Part of who we are.


We are all a mix of the best and worst characteristics of our parents and family members we grew up with.

Our jobs as adults is to do the best we can at weeding out the worst and accentuating the best… for the rest of our lives… knowing that our lives are also the “templates” for our own kids and families.

All we can do is our best and trust that it’s good enough.

Well, there is my try for today. Why not give it a try? Do your own post and drop a link or just comment below. Let’s do this!!


Simply Kalam-itous

Shutting down a dishonest use of Kalam to “prove” the Existance of God

The Kalam Cosmological Argument

  • Whatever begins to exist had a cause
  • The Universe began to exist
  • The Universe had a cause.

That’s it. All the Kalam says it that the Universe ‘must’ have had a cause. It says nothing whatever about that cause, whether it was personal, impersonal, accidental or intentional. Nothing.

Personal Disclaimer:

I am neither a scientist or a philosopher. And although I believed, read, studied and even taught the bible for decades as a Christian, I don’t claim to be a Theologian or biblical scholar either.

Bait and Switch

But people try to use this simple syllogism that only speaks to the Beginning of the Universe to “leapfrog” to ‘God therefore exists… prove me wrong’. It’s just not honest.

But to be Honest…

Issues with the premeses and conclusion aside, neither God or a ‘Creation’ of everything there “Now” is from a state of absolute Nothingness “Before” is proven, demonstrated or even implied by The Kalam. And by the flipside, to state or try to imply otherwise is disingenuous at best… and Intentionally Dishonest at worst.

And to do so for the agenda of Apologetics to “smuggle in” a God who you can’t actually demonstrate or prove to actually exist in Reality and ultimately to shift the “Burden of Proof” onto those who would disbelieve you… well, that’s just deceptive, dishonest, arrogant and rude. And you know it, or you should.

And… The response to Craig’s response…

As I said, I’m not a theologian, scientist or a philosopher so I won’t be ‘arguing this out’ with anyone… Especially not With others who aren’t professionally trained theologians, scientists or philosophers… that means YOU amateur internet apologists. Just watch the videos and if you are really trying to understand, seek out others and more information that disagrees with your positions than that which just confirms what you already believe.

Confirmation bias can be a real B -word. It takes courage and integrity to be willing to hear, understand and if necessary accept information when it disagrees with your current model of reality. Be courageous. Be Honest.


Ten Word Tuesday: What the Fawkes?

Welcome to his week’s Ten Word Tuesday.
It’s the Fifth of November. And I can think of no reason that it should “ever be forgot”. But the Gunpowder Plot was less about a Democratic over throw of a Totalitarian/Hitlarian government as was the story in one of my favorite movies, V for Vendetta. It was actually a religiously motivated attempt to assasinate a Protestant Christian King James by a Catholic Christian group of men so they could install James’ own Nine year old Catholic daughter in his stead.
Yes, it was an attempted Christian coup that was actually discovered and stopped. Guy Fawkes was far from the “Hero” portrayed by the character in the movie inspired by him. He was the Fall “Guy” who got caught guarding the 36 barrels of explosives that was supposed to blow up the Parliament building.
So, again…Not a heroic event to be remembered positively.  It was a Christian religiously motivated bombing intended to topple the Protestant government with a People’s Parliament and impose a Catholic State. The UK marked it as an event never to be forgot because of the attempted assasination of both King James and their government… that thankfully failed.
Neither party saw the other as “True Christians”.
The Plotters were basically a Christian ISIS Terrorist group.

“The fifth of November should never be forgot or misunderstood.”

Now it’s your turn. -mike

Twittering Tales #161: Halt!!!

Photo by Michael Gaida @

Welcome to this week’s Installment of my Twittering Tales participation for a weekly event from a fellow blogger at:

She does a 280 character challenge weekly where she posts a prompt pic and encourages creativity. Please VISIT her site for an explaination of the rules. Please let her know if you’re participating also and if you could drop a line here too for us to follow, that would be fantastic. As for my entry… Here goes.

Having just awaken from his cyber-world induced cyber-sleep after a 35yr trip inside, Josh climbed the stairs up to see what remained of his old life. He reached the top and looked out at the disaster that was his shop. “Halt!!”. Josh froze instantly in the hovercraft’s spot light. (280 characters)

Now it’s your turn. -mike



Saturday Six Word Story Prompt (6WSP): “Heaven”

Hi there all you blogger buddies and readers. This will hopefully be a weekly participation post for Saturday Six Word Story Prompt.

You can read the rules and guidelines HERE.

I’m participating in this week’s prompt of Heaven. Why not join in? Here we go with my entry:

“Only Heaven awaits in God’s grace.”


“Justice requires it to be so.”

If God I all loving, understanding, gracious and merciful… Then Heaven is the only option in regards to our Life after death here.

No matter what shape or situation that encompasses “punishment” or Justice for our ‘sins’ of being human, flawed and fragile… The God who made us cannot but recognize that we are not meant or fashioned for ‘perfection’. Life is not perfect and neither are we.

If the implications of our failures go far beyond the consequences of this life, there is no way that we in our finiteness could ever be held to an infinite sentence for what we’ve done in our limited natures, circumstances and information available. It would be Unjust to hand down Infinite Justice on Finite creatures with Limited capabilities and capacities.

So I believe that if Heaven is for Any, it is for All. That is what Grace is after all. Getting what we could never deserve. I haven’t always felt this way. But I’ve learned to err on the side of Mercy.

Why not join in with your own entry in the comments, on your blog with a link down below or just on the original blog that startd this Hot Mess. Down below, you know what to do.