I should mention that I have another blog, this one is related to my video ministry The ACTS Network. On that blog there are stories and commentary on and about religious issues.
Ran across an interesting article or opinion the other day from Terry Heaton. (tip of the hat to Peggy Phillip for the headsup) Terry was a news director at the competition when I was an anchor/reporter in Huntsville, AL. He now runs a consulting business in Nashville.
His thoughts were good for me since I lost my tv job last June. Read his blog at Terry Heaton’s Pomo Blog
Spent today scheduling appointments for later this week. I have a project for a church that involves a total of 6 videos over 6 Sundays with another video running in April. The pastor is retiring after 30 years so I’m digging up old photos and interesting stories and identifying people to interview. It’s going to be good.
Email is supposed to make communications easier and much more efficient, but it’ll do nothing if we don’t use it.
Case in point: Last night I sent out e-mails updating people on everything that’s happened to me and my family in the past 6 or 7 months. When I hit the “To” button to address the e-mail I was shocked to see how many addresses were listed from good friends that I hadn’t heard from or e-mailed in years.
My college roomate, former co-workers, friends from high school, buds, peeps and old girlfriends were there too.
I sent the e-mail out to about a dozen people and within hours started hearing back from people.
An old roomate now in Indianapolis said he’d lost my e-mail address over the past few years. We’ve both gotten married and have children (3 for me, 2 for him). Lucky for us both that he’s kept his ISP the last 7 years.
These folks aren’t just some casual acquaintances, we’re talking very good friends here. I’ve gotten such a kick out of hearing from these people and I hope we touch base long enough to catch up on everything that’s been going on since we last spoke.
You know, e-mail has gotten so easy and such a part of our lives that we rarely use it in it’s most personally rewarding way. We spend more time sending junk to the trash folder than we do staying in touch with the people we’ve met through the year.
Go through your address book tonight and send a shout out to those folks you haven’t heard from in a while. You might be surprised at who’s waiting to hear from you.
School’s back in session. So’s gymnastic practice, karate class and, new this spring!, Tennis practice.
We’re busy with stuff, like everyone else. Cameron’s ready for the house market to pick up and I’ve been waiting to hear from the Memphis company about a possible job.
The really exciting news here is that we are looking at houses again. We’ve found two that we like, one is being built now and is about 60 days from being finished. It’s in a neighborhood that we sorta like, but it’s a great house. 4 bedrooms, a media room, a huge office (for me) and a big gameroom for the kids. The downside is the bedrooms for the kids are on the small side (not trailer park small, just a little smaller than we’d like).
The other house would have to be built. The builder (who we are renting from now) builds great houses and this one is sweet. It’s in another neighborhood that we sorta like too, (maybe a little better than the other one). The downside on this one is that it has a small office (for me) and no media room but a larger kitchen and bedrooms. Lauren loves this house because the room she would claim has it’s own bathroom directly off of it.
The builder is on vacation for another week so we’ll meet with him when he gets back and talk about price and such. It’d probably not be ready before June though and we’re really tired of paying rent and living in this small house.
I’ll take a few pictures of these houses so you can share your opinion.
The job sounds great. I’ve interviewed with them 4 times already and still have to go back for one (possibly two) more.
If I get offered this job and take it, I’ll keep building the ACTS Network.
I’ve gotten great feedback from churches and continue to get email from them wondering how to subscribe. I’m confident it’ll take off, I just don’t know when it’ll pay for a living.
RainDog Pictures is keeping me busy now. I’ve got a project with a counseling ministry (the second project with them) and with a church beginning a stewardship program. Their first video runs in tomorrow morning’s service.
The weather here has been cold and rainy so the kids are climbing the walls and driving us crazy. For our family who was at Christmas in Charlotte, I’ll be working on a video soon to share with you all. It’ll be a pretty big production so it’ll take some time. If you took any pics there, e-mail them to me so I can include them in the video. Especially send the photos the kids took (and include the bad ones).
Check back on this blog, I’ll update it daily.