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9/29/14

Happy Birthday Steve!!!

Because God promises eternal life to those who love Him, and those who believe in Him,... I know my brother lives in his eternal state.  Only his body (or whatever remains of it) is "resting in peace".  The Bible teaches that as soon as we exit this carnal existence, we're exported to God's presence or to Hell; a real and existing place.  

Despite whether we want to believe that or not, it really doesn't matter in light of the Truth. 
Molecules, gravity, love or the subconscious are truths that won't stop existing simply because we deny their reality.    It's the same with the Truth of the laws of God.

Today, Steve would be 48 years old.  Although, he wasn't meant to walk the earth for 48 years, God already ordained the number of days he would walk the earth just like the Bible teaches.  Just like all of us; our days are indeed numbered on the earth.    


"Eternity is as close to you as your last breath on earth".


 The days of our numbering are already set before us to accomplish what God has set for us to accomplish, and to impact the lives and hearts of those who He wants us to touch.    As so it was with my brother, Steve.  He touched the lives of those who knew him best, and because of that, Steve lives on forever; not just in the eternal but also in our hearts.     Who's to say that even a little one lost at childbirth won't permanently affect the lives of those who were anticipating his/her arrival on the earth?   We are meant to impact the lives of those around us, and that impact can last a lifetime ...

...  the lifetime that God has set before us to live in His grace and mercy upon us. 


Lets never take that for granted.   


I miss my brother.   My hope and faith is that we'll hang out together again and when I see him, he'll be healthier, stronger and more powerful than ever because he'll be how God meant him to be, before the foundations of the earth.   See you soon Steve!  :)






 "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him". -   John 3:36

7/16/14

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7/7/14

My partner in life for 14 years...

Happy Anniversary to my lovebird, Claudia.


The Priest who married us told us "She is your way to heaven, and he is your way to heaven".

I didn't agree with that comment in as much as it didn't seem scripturally sound but I think he meant something else by it.  

Truly, marriage isn't easy but I've learned that God uses marriage to chisel one into the person He wants you to be.

God doesn't give us a clone of ourselves wearing a wig but instead someone who will help us stretch, learn, grow, commit, and sacrifice in order to become... well, more like Him.    


How else does one go from single to "one flesh" as the Bible states.
How else does one go from "going it alone", to having  "a helper", that God ordains to be with a man.
In Genesis, God took to creating the woman from the side of man to create her.  He said "It's not good that a man be alone", and this was after he created everything else and ordained it as "good".  He didn't take from the man's head or the man's foot, but from his "side" - which is closer to a man's heart.   And then He clearly commanded that "husbands, love your wives as Christ loves His church and gave himself up for it".   


I don't think I'll ever get used to the fact that I'll never measure up to deserving this woman; for the many reasons God has placed her before me.  But I know that God's work in me is not complete - it is a work in progress, and that includes being the best husband and father He can mold me to be. 

The daily sacrifice of thanksgiving to Him is for the opportunity to share my life with Claudia, and grow in this grace before God. 

6/12/14

This Weekend: Eric Alexander Quartet


I so wanna go!  I can plan, that's all I can.

This Weekend: Eric Alexander Quartet
Smoke Jazz Lounge & Supper Club

This Weekend at Smoke

Friday & Saturday, June 13 & 14


FEATURED ARTIST

Eric Alexander Quartet


Known for high-octane energy and impressive technical facility, Eric Alexander is one of today's premier jazz saxophonists. Frank Alkyer writes in Downbeat, "Eric Alexander can play the tenor saxophone—never doubt that. He has the chops, power and passion that make him one of the most blazingly bad-assed saxophonists of his generation." On his latest studio recording, Chicago Fire, Eric explores the rich musical tradition of one of his adopted hometowns, The Windy City, and its many tenor saxophone heroes. These are some of Eric's most important influences and there's no doubt he'll include some of their music from his inspired record.
Eric Alexander .tenor saxophone
Harold Mabern .piano
John Webber .bass
Joe Farnsworth .drums
Shows at 7pm, 9pm & 10:30pm
Doors open at 5:30pm for
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Smoke Sessions Records CD Release

Jimmy Cobb

The Original Mob


THERE'S NO ONE LIKE JIMMY COBB who continues adding new chapters to his storied career. His new release, The Original Mob, features three former students who have all become successful artists themselves—Brad Mehldau, Peter Bernstein, and John Webber. Cobb says, "It just sounds like us…like when we first started to play together years ago, but I remember like it was yesterday. I always enjoyed the way we played together." The Original Mob is available as a 8-panel CD-Deluxe Album complete with liner notes, interview and additional photos or as a high resolution download mastered for iTunes.

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5/31/14

Who loves noise pollution??

The motorcycle season is here!
And so is the noise pollution. How many accidents and fatalities will result this year because those seasonal and less experienced motorists will be out there in droves with their noisy two-wheeled death machines?

I hate when they rumble passed my house and disrupt my babies sleeping upstairs late in the night. For some, the louder, the better and the less muffler the machine has, the better. I don't get it but then I don't get tattoos either. Those people need to check their hearing.

Be safe out there!
My rant is over.

5/30/14

Health care risk in the Bronx -


5/12/14

Happy Birthday Mama

Yesterday we celebrated Mother's Day and today, from the deepest part of my heart, I thank God for this woman in my life. One day, I'll prob write a book spanning the immense influence and impact my Mami has had on me.

She's resilient, free spirited, joyful, loving, protective, wise and she taught me to fear God; and then some.

Thanksgiving is in my heart today with so much more to say. All I can say right now is that she's still with me, she's still here, and God's grace is real.
She's my first real friend and the first woman in my life. Thank you Mami. Thank you for so much today and through the years.