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  1. Ms. Alnor says:


  2. Michael says:


    Notice the difference between what you just did and what I can’t do.
    I only know that you have written about me and incited others to write about me…I can’t see or respond to anything that has been said.
    You have scored a ‘first”.
    What’s wrong with this picture?

  3. Xenia says:

    The chirpy lady with the quarters has learned the truth of this scripture:

    I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

  4. Paige says:

    I love this post Michael!!! Awesome!! What a cool thought to make ‘blessing someone’ a specific daily goal….. amen, hallelujah!!

  5. Michael,
    She wore you down with practical love! =)

  6. sarahkwolfe says:

    Love this. I wish I was more like that lady. Especially when I drive.

  7. Neo says:

    I just think she has a crush on you, Michael. You lady killer!

  8. papiaslogia says:

    yeah… kinda hard to dislike someone who buys you coffee. 🙂

    Thanks for the transparency Michael. I’m glad you are once again are employed!

  9. dswoager says:

    I am in a place where the need for coffee is coming across more than anything. I got news this week from my employer that a change in our PTO policy means that my own plan to take a couple weeks of vacation in January to take care of my wife and our FIRST BABY (!) are going to have to change to somehow go those two weeks without getting paid for them. It has been a long OT filled rest of the week :). I generally just drink coffee because I like it, this is the first time in a while that I have really needed it.

  10. Francisco says:

    Good post Michael.

  11. Tim says:

    Love your TGIF article today, Michael. It inspires me to look for someone in a similar situation.

  12. Xenia says:


  13. Tim says:

    Xenia! 🙂

    BTW – I thought about you during a Church History class I took this past semester. (Just got my final grade: a 98!) One of our assignments was to visit a local Orthodox Church as well as a Roman Catholic Latin Mass. It was quite the comparison!

    I had been in many Orthodox churches over the years, but had never attended/observed a worship service. It made for a great later conversation with my brother, who (as I think I’ve mentioned before) is Orthodox.

  14. Xenia says:

    Tim, congrats on the great grade!

    What did you see as the greatest difference in the two services?

  15. Tim says:


    In a word: participation. In the Orthodox service, there was a great deal of participation between the priest, the choir, and the people. In the RCC Latin Mass, it was as if the people were completely optional. The entire service was done by the priest and his assistant, with the one exception of when they gave the Eucharistic host (bread only; the priest alone took the wine).

    I need to say that (in both instances) the priests were fully accessible after the service, and were more than happy to answer questions. It wasn’t that the RCC was inhospitable; it’s that their liturgy was seemingly designed to push the people to the back.

  16. JTK says:

    Literally got a lol out of me, Michael.

    And c’mon, Jackie! Give us just 1 day of allowing posts!

    Pray about it at least….

  17. Xenia says:

    Tim, that is an interesting observation. One of the main goals of Vatican II was to increase the interaction between the priest and the congregation during the mass. That’s why their priests now face the congregation and why their hymns are often a bit vapid (but more accessible.) But it doesn’t seem to have worked. My recent visits to the local RCC parish (funerals, mostly) has shown the same observation as yours. The people don’t even cross themselves any more.

  18. Tim says:

    Xenia –
    I should emphasize that we went to a Latin Mass: the Tridentine Mass that predates Vatican II. Their backs were turned to us, and much was said in such hushed tones that we couldn’t even follow along in the translated missal.

    In any case, I definitely found the Orthodox divine liturgy far more engaging & quite beautiful. I still disagree with much of the theology (as you might expect), but I far preferred it to the Catholic mass we attended.

  19. Xenia says:

    Tim, this is my day for typing before I think. I did see that you had visited a Latin mass.

  20. fyi says:

    Tim, 98? How did you miss the other 2? 🙂

  21. Tim says:

    It was the 94 I got on my 2nd biography (John Wycliffe). With my 1st biography (Tertullian), I was super-confident in my paper. My paper on Wycliffe felt stilted, in my opinion.

    That said, I’m not complaining! 🙂

  22. fyi says:

    Maybe you were just over-confident on #2… 🙂 Or your prof was just wrong–how dare he judge you?

  23. Tim says:


  24. Bob says:

    ““I knew I’d get you to smile this morning!””


    It worked!

  25. Nonnie says:

    What a great story.

  26. The Dude says:

    Last winter I had a appointment at the Veterans hospital.I was having a horrible day…ugliness was flowing from my soul…….I was sitting in the cafeteria when a little girl who couldn’t have been 5 years old walk up to me and said you don’t have to be so sad….Jesus loves you and He’s with you all the time.She said a simple prayer for me and went back to her mother.I did some repenting on the way home.

  27. Jim says:

    Awesome post, Michael.

  28. covered says:

    This is all good stuff Michael but Jackie posting and posting first with nothing said is sort of weird…

  29. Eric says:

    Maybe I suck at teh google, but can’t find this article by Alnor you guys are referencing. Her blog doesn’t look to have been updated since 2011, and I don’t see it on her FB. Little help? I understand if you don’t wanna link to her stuff, but where the heck is it?

  30. Michael says:


    It’s on her FB, but closed off to any but her friends.

    Thanks for all the kind words, folks…thanks for reading.

  31. Eric says:

    Ah, I see. Thanks.

  32. Samuel Clemens
    Would have liked you Michael.

    You both have a wAy with words.

    I truly found myself propelled on to the next sentence; wanting more.

    Great writers have a natural flow that draws the reader in and causes them to want to see what is just over the next horizon.

    This you did.

    Keep it up brother! 🙂

    As for Jackie, well…

  33. brian says:

    Michael thanks for your blog it has really helped me. This last few months have been really bad, with my vision loss, and physical issues it has tired me out. I try very hard not to need, which has always been one of my true terrors. It looks like I may be retiring early do to my injuries and I am beginning to realize that I am very blessed having been employed in the career I have. Seeing what you have had to deal with in your struggles with employment and taking care of a child along with offering this, often painful platform. I just wanted to thank you and everyone. Also Sorry Pastor Steve I was sort of a jerk to you. Take care everyone.

  34. quikstart says:

    You framed your experience in such a way that most all of us found ourselves reflecting on similar kindred moments in our life. As the dark shadow of unemployment, hopelessness, crudeness and secularism progressively marches relentlessly over the expectations and dreams we have held publicly but even more so intimately, we embrace random acts of kindness we witness as welcome intrusions these days….interrupting our melancholic moments with reminders of goodness.

    Ultimately these moments challenge me to renew my thinking and maybe even relish something simple as a friendly gesture from another while simultaneously convicting me to forget about myself. I’m thinking of no longer cursing the SOB that just cut me off while driving and wondering how I can just maybe help make the sailing a bit smoother for others at the moment. In this, your sharing has shined a light. Coffee is on me.

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