Monday, October 29, 2007

More than a month

I apologize for my absence on this blog over the past month. I have been prioritizing my time lately and this didn't fall high enough on the list to warrant constant, or even occasional, attention recently.

I have been devoting a great deal of my time to my family. My daughter, Nanami, just turned three months old. My wife and I seem to be losing a lot of sleep lately. Nanami takes a long time to settle down to sleep at night and it drains us of energy pretty fast. She has been great fun, though. It's a delight to come home from work, say a few words to her, and get a great big smile in return.

The other things that have been occupying my time are activities I'm involved with at my church. I attend Southern Hills Church, a United Methodist Faith Community. My wife and I love being a part of this church. We are nearing the completion of phase one in building an addition to our church. This coming weekend we are actually hosting a number of concerts and activities to inform the community as to what we are doing with out facility.
Part of what I've been doing is managing an Online Newsletter (blog) for our church. I've put a lot of time into getting information and getting it out there for everyone to see. I've also been helping in the organization of our Miracle Weekend, as we are calling this coming weekend. If you want to see a little about what has been taking up so much of my time please visit the Southern Hills Church Online Newsletter. In the "Important Articles" section on the right, click the "Miracle Weekend Schedule" link. It will tell you all about what we've been preparing for.

I sincerely hope to find some time in the near future to tell you about my struggles to organize my writing during this busy time. And about my latest distraction. I recently purchased the DVD collection of Joss Whedon's "Firefly" TV series. I've become hooked to all things relating to Firefly. I think the story concept and the writing are superb, especially the dialogue throughout the series. If you haven't seen this yet check out the DVD collection, or look for the movie which was made after FOX canceled the series entitled, "Serenity". I will try to give you some of my opinion on the overall series, the canceling of it, and the movie that resulted from the uproar of the fans. Anyway, more of that to come.

I'll leave you with a picture of a taiko drummer. Taiko is another topic that I've been wanting to write about, as I have a great collection of photos. This is thanks to my father-in-law, Tetsuya Tanaka. Enjoy, and be well.