Monthly Archives: March 2013

Vlog Every Day in April!

IMAG0166I am house/dog sitting this weekend and have been watching a lot of YouTube videos to spend my time.  (that and watching March Madness and hanging out with the dogs)  The view out here in the Foothills of Tucson is amazing!  It is so nice to sit out here with a cold beverage looking north to Finger Rock and the Catalina’s watching YouTube on my laptop.

Watching videos yesterday and today I have discovered there is something called VEDA or Vlog Every Day in April.  Apparently there is a VEDA for August too.  It’s been a thing for at least a year and yet I am just discovering it here at the end of March 2013.  Very convenient actually!  As a sometime YouTuber who wants to YouTube more, this is perfect timing!

So, I am gonna be a Vlogger who is VEDAing.  Starting Monday (April 1st) I’ll be vlogging every day in April and posting the results on my YouTube Channel, which you should subscribe to, and I’ll be embedding the videos here as well.  So yeah.  Apparently it is a thing and I think it’s going to be a great adventure.  Perhaps this will start something wonderful!  Stay tuned!

Why Christians Care (or should) About Traditional Marriage

MarriageIt’s one of those wonderful times in human history where I can comment on two of my favorite subjects in the same subject; Religion and Politics!  It is an amazing opportunity to pretty much offend everyone I know.  Fasten your seat belts, here we go!

The Supreme Court is hearing arguments on whether laws that outlaw “gay marriage” should be ruled unconstitutional. (I know, there is more to it than that, but effectively that is what is going on). If you are on social media as much as I am then you already know that EVERYBODY is talking about this. There are symbols you can use as your Facebook profile pic that declare you believe marriage is between one man and one woman, or that you think everyone should be afforded equal access to holy matrimony.

It is interesting to me to see how my Christian brothers and sisters are handling this controversial issue. Some are holding strong to their beliefs that marriage IS defined as between a man and a woman. Others think that God loves everyone and He approves of same sexes wedding.  Others (like me until now) are remaining silent on the issue.

Hopefully I will be able to demonstrate that God Himself defines marriage as between one man and one woman and that it is very important to Him.

For the sake of time and with the hopes of not boring my non-Christian friends too much I will get to the heart of the matter. God cares that marriage is between one man and one woman because that is the way He set it up. He set it up that way for many reasons. For man to be fruitful and multiply comes to mind.  Therefore as a practical matter certainly same sex marriage violates natural law. But there is a much deeper issue at work here. God says that marriage is a picture of Christ’s relationship with His church! Don’t take my word for it. Look at Ephesians 5 starting in verse 25:

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. 28 So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. 30 For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. 31 “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 33 Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

For a Christian it should be clear. Marriage is not just about a man and a woman; marriage is a picture of God’s love for people and how that dynamic looks. Ephesians 5:25, “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her.” Marriage is a picture of Jesus’ sacrificial love for the church! Every time Satan is successful at chipping away at the family and traditional marriage then he is also chipping away at the best example that God put on the Earth of His love for us.

You say, “but Mike, Jesus Himself never said that marriage was between a man and a woman.” And I would answer, yes, yes He did. Check out Matthew 19:3-6

The Pharisees also came to Him, testing Him, and saying to Him, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for just any reason?”
And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”

You can read the same account from Mark’s point of view in Mark 10.

Jesus points out that, “at the beginning” God made them “male and female;” and a “man is joined to his wife.”

If you are a Christian who thinks that gay marriage is fine because it isn’t hurting anyone then I challenge you to think again. The attempt to redefine marriage is also an attempt (whether knowingly or not) to redefine what the relationship between Jesus and the church looks like.

The war is not against flesh and blood but it is a spiritual one.  Pray for our country.  Speak the truth in love.  Don’t be surprised if you are hated for what you believe.  Remember what Jesus said in John 18:

18 “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. 21 But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me.

Why Allyson Left the News Biz and My Memories of a Duopoly

Another interesting article that touches on some of the challenges facing those who work in local news.  I can relate to a degree.

Texasize was two, two, two stations in one
Texasize was two, two, two stations in one

I miss being on the morning show terribly sometimes, but my job certainly changed when my CBS station entered into a “cooperative work agreement” with the ABC station in the market.  A duopoly before duopolies were cool!  This was the late 1990s.  Here is what my typical day looked like after the “merger.”

I would get in about 3:30 to work on weather graphics and go through scripts.  At around 5:15 I would record weather cut-ins.  At 5:30 I anchored the local CBS show until 6am.  Then I would walk across the newsroom, dump those scripts and pick up scripts for the local ABC show that I anchored from 6-7am (while my recorded weather cut-ins aired on CBS).  After the ABC show it was back into the CBS studio where I anchored 1/2 and 1/2 with the network including local interviews and what not from 7-8am.  From 8-9am I did the local weather cut-ins live during the CBS Morning News.  That all finished at 9am at which time I would rewrite some of my scripts and record three radio newscasts for our radio partners and ftp those to them.  9:30ish am it was time for lunch.  When I got back from lunch; about twice a week I would go with a photog or shoot my own feature story that would air in the evening news.  Sometimes I would fill in as anchor or weatherguy on the Noon.  Additionally I was the web site manager, so I would also be posting stories to our web site.  I also managed one other person who worked the evening shift updating the web and I trained reporters and producers on posting their scripts.

It was very hectic and of course no extra money for any of us for the extra work.  I tell you though, the experience was amazing!  Lots of reps doing lots of things equals a lot of experience in a short amount of time.  All of this was before the social media explosion.  I actually would have LOVED interacting with viewers on the morning show.  We were a fun loving bunch in the AM :-)

I do know that reporters and anchors these days are required to be on social media constantly while they are increasingly shooting their own stories and producing their own shows (respectively).  News shows are cheap to produce and launching a 4pm news (for example) adds local avails without having to hire more staff.  Just have the anchors anchor another show and have the reporters do a different version of their story.  Very attractive to GMs; meanwhile news staffs get stretched even thinner.

So, for the few of you still reading here is Allyson’s story who left the newspaper biz.  She was getting burnt out while staying broke.  What do y’all think?  Is part of the local news story the inability to pay and keep good people like Allyson?

Why I Left News, by Allyson Bird

Do You Love Your Lunch?

It’s Friday and I’m in a pretty good mood.  While I was going about my happy little morning routine (you know, reading Facebook and Google+) I had a thought and I thought I’d share it with you.  With the exception of the the phrase, “I love you” if you substitute the word lunch when the word love comes up in song lyrics you can get some pretty funny results.  Let me show you what I mean.  Here are a couple from Bad Company.

“I can’t get enough of your lunch…” – Bad Company
“Feel like making lunch…”  – Bad Company

There are many many more of course.

“What’s Lunch got to do, got to do with it…” – Tina Turner
“Where did our lunch go?”  – Supremes and Soft Cell

And my favorite,
“I would do anything for lunch, but I won’t do that” – Meat Loaf  (I think that’s probably too in his case!)

So, do you have any funny ones?  Feel free to leave ’em in the comments or on my Facebook.


Here is a serving suggestion for lunch: