Why I quit social media

Embed from Getty Images Social media is not evil. Not on the surface anyways. Social media can be a great tool for small businesses as well as a way to get a blog out to the masses or invitations to and event. Social media first began as a means to find old friends from a person’s past and reconnect. That said, Social media can also become addicting and hold a person in captivity.

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram I was on all of them. Chiming in here and there, promoting this blog site. It was fine. That is what I liked about the social media platforms.

What I did not like was the arguing, backstabbing, half truths being put out there.  I do not wish to see story after story about protests, rioting or anything else like that.

Do not get me wrong I get enough news from my co-workers as well as the little bit that comes on my car radio. That is all I need. Why? Well that is a bit more complex and it deals with my walk with God.

John 10:10 “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

As someone who trusts God for every aspect of not only my life, but the life of my family, I can not justify following Him, but also doing what I want. This is referred to in the Book of Romans 7-9. To know what to do and not do it is a sin.

Now that I have shut down my social media accounts freedom has come. The freedom that God has for everyone. I laid the idol of social media down. Should other people do it? That I can not answer. We all have our own walk with the Lord.

I would say, find a quiet place and talk with your Heavenly Father and find out what He is asking you and telling you, and then be obedient to that.

Columbus Ohio is home

Embed from Getty Images As a person who was born in Columbus Ohio but grew up in East Grand Rapids Michigan, I was fighting myself. For decades, that is no joke. When my family moved back to Columbus Ohio in the late 1980’s I fought it. I dug my heels in and put up a wall. Michigan was home because, Michigan was safe.

Being adopted out of a child abuse background and an unstable family life, I moved to Michigan before the age of five. Living in Michigan allowed me to heal from the pain I suffered. I was able to leave the past behind and start a new. It was glorious.

Time and circumstance gave way to a move back to the state I did not want to be in let alone then city I most definitely did not want to be back in. Yet, God is funny, and although it has taken me a very long time I now accept that the Lord wants me to be in Columbus Ohio.

It is a getting out of the water moment for sure. To take the Lords hand and be grateful for all He has brought me through in my life. The least I can do is be thankful for His plans for me.

I am not a fan of Ohio State at all. I am a rather large fan of the Columbus Blue Jackets. But hockey is my favorite sport. More on that as this blog site will sift to Columbus and a steady diet of Blue Jackets content.

Columbus has a lot to offer families even during the current pandemic the Ohio economy not to mention the Columbus economy is in better shape than many states.

Through the loving of a very patient and talented wife (Erin I love you!!) as well as my children growing up and loving Columbus, not to mention a big conversation with Almighty God, I am finally at peace.

Columbus Ohio is home. It feels good to finally be able to say that and actually mean it.

Report: Grand Admiral Thrawn looks to be added to live-action

Embed from Getty Images The Star Wars universe is big. Like really big. By now most or all of the Star Wars fans know that Ahsoka Tano, and possibly Ezra Bridger are headed to The Mandalorian season 2. Now it seems another Star Wars heavyweight could be headed to live action. Grand Admiral Thrawn.

Grand Admiral Thrawn is one of the most popular characters in Star Wars. He has appeared in novels, graphic novels as well as on Star Wars Rebels. Thrawn has yet to make it to any live action.

Timothy Zahn recently delivered fans two all new Thrawn novels. The draw around the character has made Thrawn a front runner for a character that fans would most like to see transition to a new Star Wars film, many fans had hoped that would happen with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, that was not the case.

Grand Admiral Thrawn, made his Star Wars debut in the Heir to the Empire novel. A member of the mysterious Chiss race, Thrawn (blue in color with red eyes) is an Imperial military commander who took control of the Galactic Empire five years after the events of Return of the Jedi.

As Star Wars moves forward in the post Skywalker story era, it is clear that new characters will be headed to both theaters as well as Disney Plus. There are many great and unique characters in the Star Wars universe.

If the report is correct Star Wars fans should be excited and very happy to see Thrawn in a live action setting. Will it lead to the big screen in a full length film? That is unknown at this time.

With Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni calling the Star Wars shots anything is possible. One thing is becoming more clear nearly every week, Favreau and Filoni are the right two people to move Star Wars forward in fresh new ways with fresh new stories to tell.

The George Floyd killing has set off a trigger effect

Embed from Getty Images “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.” Colossians 2:8

Four now former Minnesota police officers set off a national protest boarding on riots after they killed George Floyd. What needs to happen is a coming together of people. To meet in the middle and come up with a way to be constructive not violent protests.

I will use Star Wars as an example of how to communicate ways to be constructive. First off there are many different creatures as well as different ethnic backgrounds in Star Wars. Yet, for the greater good differences are set aside.

There is always a middle ground. The hard part is finding it. The sad truth is that America has never fully gotten over racism. It does not matter who is being racist. Pick the ethnic group. It does not matter if it started in homes, school or people we hang out with influential people. Something has got to give.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”- Martin Luther King Jr.

The underling need is love. The rest of the equation simply does not matter. Psalm 51: 10 is a powerful way to begin to show the steps we can take to show more love “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

What if the church of God, I am talking globally began to ask God to change their heart and renew our spirit with His spirit? In my opinion this is how mountains are moved.

God built His church to withstand hell pushing in on it. If the people (church) would take a hold of this concept, and reflect Jesus to everyone, the world would start to be a better place.

Han Solo relied of Lando Calrissian, even though Star Wars is a movie franchise, what would it look like to rely on a person who is different from you for help or a friendship? That is aCreate in me a pure heart, O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me. we should be moving towards.

Make Solo 2 Happen 2020 is May 25

Embed from Getty Images Star Wars fans are seeking for more. This May 25 Star Wars fans are taking to social media in an effort to ramp up support for a sequel to Solo: a Star Wars Story. Kind of interesting for a movie that flopped and effectively killed off Star Wars stand alone movies. At least for the time being.

The fact that Solo came out after Star Wars The Last Jedi was released and rubbed Star Wars fans the wrong way, killed any chance Solo had for box office success. That is a real shame.

The argument could be made that, not only is Solo a very enjoyable Star Wars film not the best but easily sitting somewhere in the middle it also happens to be  a pretty astute look at the character of Han Solo himself.

Alden Ehrenreich is not just good in the lead role of Han Solo, he is downright brilliant. With the swagger of Billy Dee Williams, Donald Glover’s casting as Lando Calrissian is so solid he nearly steals the show.

The argument could be made Solo is a better film all the way around than Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker. Solo is a fun ride movie that was largely missed. That is a true shame.

About two years since it’s release, Star Wars fans have saved the date. May 25 will be Make Solo 2 Happen on social media. Last year the movement gain steam as well as backing from director Ron Howard who connected with Star Wars fans actors joined in as well. Why not it beats being unemployed.

Solo did begin to catch on with streaming and DVD sales, leading to the movement. As of right now Disney does not have any plans to make a Solo 2 film. But as witnessed by many, Star Wars fans can be very vocal. As seen by The Clone Wars. The fans wanted a final season and proper send off for the popular animated show. Finally the fans who were unrelenting won.

If you join the cause May 25 be sure to use the hashtag #MakeSolo2Happen, and be vocal.

The Mandalorian is Disney’s true kickoff to Star Wars

Embed from Getty Images Disney owed it to George Lucas to finish the Skywalker arc of Star Wars. As The Rise of Skywalker came and went from theaters, so did George Lucas’s vision for his part of Star Wars. With the release of the runaway hit The Mandalorian Disney is now firmly in control of Star Wars.

The Mandalorian  offers a departure from the kind of stories audiences are used to seeing. There is none of that Star Wars iconic Force use. The main character is a bounty hunter.

The Mandalorian has no connections to the Jedi  (fans are still trying to figure out baby Yoda.) Except for armor look that resembles fan-favorite bounty hunter, Boba Fett’s, that is the only connection to what fans have come to know about Star Wars.

The show is high-budget live-action TV series is split into episodes. The show spawns from co-creators Jon  Favreau and Dave Filoni. The two came up with a game plan to stream the show weekly one episode at a time and avoid a “binge-worthy” show.

It is a format that has worked very well and now has other streaming shows wondering if they should change to the Disney format. Disney, Favreau and Filoni do have plans for another Star Wars trilogy, with movies slated for release in 2022, 2024, and 2026, to this point they are being tight lipped.

One thing is clear, from the sequel trilogies lukewarm response from hard-core fans, it is time to push Star Wars forward. No more rehashing the same characters in different stories and locations. What made the Marvel movies a hit is they did not rehash. Not only that but the are now moving towards the expanded Marvel universe.

Star Wars offers the same type of set up. There is a lot of untapped stories and ideas that fans really want. The Mandalorian has shown this. Fans will embrace new. This is why Disney was wise to bring in Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni. Two writers and directors who understand both Star Wars and how to successfully move the franchise forward and just how it all fits together.

 

Are you a servant of God or a friend of God

Embed from Getty Images Most Christian’s would say they are a friend of God. From Genesis- Revelation God’s word (the bible) is full of commanding instructions. Time and time again, blessings come from those who obey what Almighty God tells them.

In the gospel of John, Jesus brings the fullness of obeying God’s commands, “If you keep My commands, you will remain in My love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in His love.” John 15:10.

When we do something other than what God has written out for us, it is rebellion. Weather it is do not fear, listening to the authorities over us (which is hotly contested now a days) it does not matter.

The fallen part of us says ignore, the overcomer side of us says obey, there is joy when we do. It lines us up with Jesus in God’s eyes. This brings blessings not just for ourselves but for others.

“You are my friends if you do what I command.” John 15:14, this is the only place in the bible where Jesus tells us how we can be true friends with God. Do what He commands. Doing it our way does not bring friendship with the One True King, no matter what we have lead ourselves to believe.

If we do what God has commanded or instructs then freedom comes. It comes in a big way, a way that only Jesus can provide. “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you” John 15:15. Jesus has an expectation His followers will do what is written in the bible.

If we are doing our own thing and taking authority from God so that it fits our wants, God will not call you friend. That may sound harsh, but I did not write the book, neither am I God. I believe a heart check on our part is needed, perhaps a change of thinking as well.

Maybe praying a simple prayer like Psalm 51:9 “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me,” would be the steps we need in becoming true friends with God.

 

Star Wars needed The Clone Wars and Rebels to tell the whole story

Embed from Getty Images May 4 2020, The beloved “Star Wars” saga was completed from the Skywalker side of the franchise. It is now available for streaming on Disney Plus. Right now is the perfect time to finish the story as we shelter in place”The Clone Wars” and subsequent animated series “Rebels” brings it all full circle.

If you are a fan and want to know more about the Darksaber (black bladed lightsaber) the one that up in the hands of Moff Gideon in Season 1 of The Mandalorian, then you need to understand that same saber was once held by Darth Maul.

The Mandalorian’s history is directly tied to The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. The two animated-but-definitely-not-a-kids-series have made a rather large impact on Star Wars.

The Clone Wars begins shortly after the events of Star Wars Episode II Attack of the Clones and it ends during big moments of Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith.

Another key aspect is that during both Clone Wars and Rebels, Maul rules Mandalore. The series show a deeper look at Darth Maul who survived being sliced in half by Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace.

Fans find Maul is equally terrifying, eloquent as well as tragic in his history. Maul is now eaten up by seeking revenge. The 133 Episode Clone Wars is wonderfully done. Then follow it up with Star Wars Rebels.

The writing and character development are extremely well done. Star Wars Rebels makes an impact as well. Sabin Wren is a key figure in Rebels. She is an exiled Mandalorin, things come full circle when she returns to Mandalor.

With a rumored Season 5 of Rebels being worked on to close that series, the Clone Wars recently ended it’s seventh and final  season on an fantastic note. There was no talking the final six minutes of the shows series Ashoka leaving her lightsaber behind. Clone Trooper’s helmets on  sticks (much like Storm Trooper helmets on sticks during the Mandalorian) finally the kill shot of a view through the mask of Darth Vader as he took hold of Ahsoka’s lightsaber.

If you have not watched either series at all or in a while do yourself a favor. It will help close the Skywalker arc of Star Wars.

Putting up boundaries even for family members

Embed from Getty Images “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22

In life it is important to keep good healthy relationships and build on them. In life sometimes you do not get to choose your circumstances, but that does not mean you do not have control over them.

I have a sister who has fallen under what I can only believe is a  generational curse. My biological mother had mental issues. Be it bi-polar, schizophrenia or another. She would abuse my sister and I then binge on alcohol, pass out and do it all again.

She had issues before she was our mother, such as taking all the plates and glasses out of cabinets at houses she did not live. This was the late 1960’s early 70’s.

Being removed and placed in foster care social workers agreed it would be best if my sister and I were adopted into separate homes. That was the correct move.

When my sister would visit during the summer or around Christmas time, it was always an unpleasant time. She was unruly and lied about just about everything. It was clear that she was showing the same pattern that the bio mother had.

I need to be clear on this, it was not always easy being around my sister, but she was my sister. Christmas 1981 my sister got up from our dinner table and walked out of our house. I did not see her again for 33 years.

You read that correctly, I chose to put up a boundary for 33 years. I needed time to heal from an abusive early childhood and my sister was interfering with the healing process. She would call, I would not come to the phone. She would write and I would throw the letter away before it was opened.

I took control over the situation. This is what God expects us to do. It does not have to be as dramatic as the one between my sister and I. But sometimes to reach and become the person God wants you to be, difficult steps need to be taken.

I met my sister for lunch in a small Chinese restaurant in Indiana a few years ago. We talked for a long time. She was clearly unhappy with all the facts I laid out before her. But she had nowhere to go.

I forgave my sister and gained a new freedom. Again Jesus died to give us freedom, I was grabbing a hold of that olive branch. I did fire a warning to my sister. I told her that if she lied to me again it would be over. For good.

When I arrived back at our house I found out that she had indeed lied. I did not feel upset or let down. I full expected her to lie. Bob Seger’s hit song “Still the same” comes to mind.

Be willing to make the tough choice’s in life. Sometimes it bring healing and freedom to our life.

The Mandalorian season 2 will have crossovers

Embed from Getty Images Disney Streaming’s top rated show The Mandalorian is set to bring in characters from other Star Wars shows as well as the Star Wars film franchised. It should be both interesting and fun to see how they merge this and add to The Mandalorian.

Temuera Morrison, who portrayed the bounty hunter and clone template Jango Fett in Star Wars Episode II Attack of the Clones. Morrison is said to be Capatin Rex. Also the ever popular Boba Fett will be making an appearance. Starting what is sure to be a fan favorite Season 2.

It gets even better for Star Wars fans and fans of Star Wars Rebels, as it looks like Sabine Wren will also be included in The Mandalorian. Wren is a teenage graffiti artist she is an Imperial Academy dropout and former bounty hunter. She specializes as the weapons expert on the ship Ghost.

With Clone Wars fan favorite Ahsoka Tano already announced to join the show, Season 2 promised to be another fun ride. Star Wars The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels creator Dave Filoni has been hinting that other characters could make it into the hit show.

In other good news, Disney announced that The Mandalorian season 2 will not be delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Also the shows producer, director as well as co-writer Jon Favreau said he has been writing season 3 while he has been sheltering in place.

So it looks as though the mega popular Mandalorian will have other characters to help him on his journey. Season 2 promises to be a fun thrill ride for all Star Wars fans, with a clear nod to the die-hard fans.