Yes, my blog just got one. I suppose it was about time. I started this blog over two and a half years ago, and yet I had not done a single thing to its layout. Until now.

As with many things, I got comfortable with something and didn’t want to mess it up. (We are so averse to change, aren’t we?) But the signs of aging were becoming visible, and it needed some major upkeep. So, here it is.

Less pictures and pizazz. No unnecessary links. Just a nice space for words. It’s unfortunate that it only features one column for widgets, and the color scheme is a bit questionable, but the rest feels like a right fit. It certainly seems more mature.¬†That, and I got tired of sifting through the myriads of available themes.

Anyways, thanks to my faithful (and few) readers throughout these past years. You are my very own little monsters! (Lady GaGa is taking this site down.)

Looking forward to writing more entries.

– MY

The Slow Blog

My sister found me the perfect site today. It’s called “The World Institute of Slowness” or simply the “Slow Blog.” She said she came across it and actually¬†thought of me first. I don’t know if she’s implying that I’m dumb or that I take too much time when I move.

But after clicking the link and looking through some of the content, I realized it was indeed for me. It talked about life and the necessity to slow some things down in efforts to really get at the heart of life–the quiet pleasures, gradual beauty–that is so often missed amidst the noise and quickness of “life.”

I stumbled upon a quote from one of their earlier entries that really sums up its ideals (and, of course, my “slow” sentiments). It’s from the Dalai Lama:

We have bigger houses but smaller families;
more conveniences, but less time;
We have more degrees, but less sense;
more knowledge, but less judgement;
more experts, but more problems;
more medicines, but less healthiness;
We’ve been all the way to the moon and back,
but have trouble crossing the street to meet
the new neighbor.
We build more computers to hold more
information to produce more copies then ever,
but have less communication;
We have become long on quantity,
but short on quality.
These are times of fast foods
but slow digestion;
Tall men but short character;
Steep profits but shallow relationships.
It’s a time when there is much in the window,
but nothing in the room.

It’s a great site that’s worth checking out. That is, of course, only if your quick and ever-demanding schedule allows it.

Near His Heart

I am very honored to share with you readers a new blog that my head pastor Jon Hori just started a few months ago. Being the stealthy guy that he is, I wasn’t even aware he had a blog until he brought it up during our lunch meeting. I was not only impressed by his writing ability, but also encouraged by all the insights he had to share.

It is called “Near His Heart,” and it details the accounts of his everyday life as a husband, father, and spiritual shepherd. Please check it out here and leave him a comment or two!