Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Christmas, Christmas time is near, Time for Toys and Time for Cheer...

I still want a hula hoop...

I guess my blog tends to be a mix of personal and professional feelings combined into one. But then again, how personal is funeral service? Don't we tend to put our heart and soul into what we do as professionals? I do. Call it a character flaw... I call it a calling.

Since my last post, a few things have been going on around the funeral home... We have handled a few cases involving some quite well-known people - including the owner of one of the florists our funeral home frequently uses. It was a beautiful service, and it's amazing how heavy a blanket of 1,500 roses can make an already-heavy mahogany casket! Not to mention trying to get casket and flowers up the aisle of the historic First Methodist Church. But the flowers certainly made a statement for someone involved in the floral business his whole life.

There are only a few days left for grabbing up last-minute gifts for those special on your Christmas list. Don't forget your hula hoop!

Shortly after my last post, I did my annual watching of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" - it sort of got me out of the Holiday blahs (of all the Charlie Browns, you're the Charlie Browniest!) - but I still have a bit of the bah-humbugs. Must be the traffic.

While Charlie Brown is trying to find the true meaning of Christmas, the ever-intellectual Linus is ready to give his answer. Next to the "loo loo loo's" of the kids singing around the Christmas tree, what he says is my favorite part of the entire show. His words touch my heart every year:

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were very afraid. And the angel said to them, "Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the baby wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger." And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."

May your Christmas and Holiday season be blessed beyond measure - and may you truly realize the real reason for the season!

We can hardly stand the wait...
Please Christmas, don't be late!
~ Jason

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Back in the saddle...

I think I may be back in the saddle.

I've taken quite a break from writing - both journaling and blogging. I am, however, in the midst of writing a couple of articles for publication in the Dead Beat - so maybe that's what has gotten me back thinking about updating Urns and Outs.

Many things have happened in my life since my last post. I've lost some hair and about 35 pounds, I lost my grandpa, who died in February, and lost my marriage (the divorce hearing was in January and was final in March).

I have, however, gained a new perspective on life in many ways - which tends to be the bright spot in a string of negativity. I've gained friends and gained a new outlook on my faith in God. I'm certainly blessed beyond all measure!

It being the holiday season, I tend to focus on who and what mean the most in my life - and I'm most thankful for my family and friends. They truly do mean the world to me.

Hopefully I'll be more prudent with my posts... We'll see...

~ Jason