Breakfast with Danny Ocean…

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If you’ve seen the film “Ocean’s Eleven” (either the original with Frank Sinatra or the remake with George Clooney) you were probably captivatingly entertained by the character of Danny Ocean, the leader/ gangster/con man/heist boss of the film. You might wonder how a person so charming, witty, intelligent, streetwise and smooth could become so misdirected and live a life of crime. You might also wonder what happens to men like that when they meet the consequences of their actions (which never happens in the movies). And you might even wonder what a guy like that could do if he were transformed by the God that created him. You might wonder those things, but I don’t. And that is because on our last concert tour of the spring, I had breakfast…
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New England Tour update…

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blue sky nine is on tour in New England and we've played several shows. We're playing some smaller colleges (like Daniel Webster College in Nashua, NH and U-Mass Dartmouth, etc). Several students at each place have wanted to talk more about spiritual things, including someone who identified themselves as a pagan at UMass. We're having an impact and the student leaders have many new contacts to follow up with. And as usual, people here continue to drop the letter 'R' from some words and add it to others, and insist on stacking up superlatives like 'wicked', 'filthy', 'nasty', 'sick' and 'dirty' in front of 'awesome' when describing us. (We like it here.) Favorite story so far: Ryan is driving one of the tour vehicles and we're going through a toll…
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‘religion’ vs. ‘relationship’…

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One of my favorite things is when one of my daughters will come and sit on my lap and just hang out. We don’t have to really do anything. Just sit there and be together, and watch Hannah Montana for the 17th time, or talk about their day, or whatever. I love them like crazy - and I hope they know that. Please understand that it is important to me that they are grateful for what I provide for them. It’s important that they show respect for me. And it’s very important that they learn to listen to my voice and obey me. But, those things- obedience, gratitude, respect -they are the products of our relationship. Those things are based on my daughters' understanding of (and trust in) who I…
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Zen and the art of… conversation

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So, we’re playing a gig at Des Moines Area Community College, in a student commons area. I had just gotten off stage from playing and sharing a brief story about relationships in my life, and how that had revealed my spiritual needs (in addition to emotional ones). A guy walked up and said ‘Hi’ and complimented our band. He had some questions, so I welcomed him to the dialogue by sliding an ottoman towards him with my foot. “Got a minute?” “Yeah,” he said, sitting down. “A few, anyway.” He could have been any other mid-western guy on campus - except he looked maybe 32, not 18. I found out that he’s been living Singapore, teaching English. He was back in the States to get a degree in teaching -…
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