Monthly Archives: November 2013

Moment of Zen: Alone Time

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I love being around other people. I’m usually a very social person, that is as long as I know the people I’m with (otherwise, I can be quite shy). But sometimes, and I suspect we are all a little like this, I enjoy being alone. Yes, one of my most fervent wishes is to find a man with whom to spend the rest of my life, but I will still most likely enjoy some alone time. Sometimes, that alone time can be quite wonderful and relaxing. I was enjoying such a moment of alone time the other day, when I was inspired to write this post. This may be a bit more risqué than my usual “Moment of Zen,” but since it’s my birthday today, I decided to indulge myself in a more seductive moment.

Now this would certainly be better with some one else, but that’s another scenario. I was lying in a bubble bath, when this began to consume my thoughts, but it could have also, just as easily, been while lying lazily in bed. It’s that moment when you are alone. It may be peacefully quiet, or soft music could be playing. It really doesn’t matter, but it is whatever gets you in your most relaxed state. For me, I was taking a bubble bath, something I love, but rarely do.

I began to think of a certain beautiful young man, and since I was naked, my hand drifted to my penis. This was not a moment that I was intent to bring myself to orgasm, but to merely fondle myself. I began to gently run my fingers around my balls and up my shaft, slowly allowing the blood to rush to the now attentive appendage. I never fully grasped the shaft, but gently used my fingers to stroke my member to its full tumescence. Once fully aroused, I was completely relaxed and began to slowly stroke myself, moving up and down. Occasionally, I would linger around the head, lightly running a finger around, sometimes paying a little more attention to the sensitive underside, before working my way back down. I then took my balls in my hand and gently rolled them around, tugging them lightly before moving back up the shaft.

On lazy days, this is one of my favorite things to do, whether I’m slick with soap in the bath or using some lubricant while lying in bed. It’s a great way to relax. Often, when lying in bed at night, especially after a tiring day, I love to do this. When I’m really tired, I know I don’t want to have to deal with the clean-up after orgasm, so this is a great way to release tension. Just a teasingly slow solo activity that lulls me to sleep. When I do this at night before I fall asleep, I usually dream peacefully of carnal pleasures and awaken with that glorious male event known as morning wood. Taking care of that to a climax is a wonderful way to wake up and get your day started. It’s made even better by the more intense orgasm that results from the leisurely, anticipatory, but non-climactic events of the previous night.


Black Friday

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Did anyone go to the Black Friday sales? Did you find any great bargains? If not, what are you doing today?

I did not go shopping. Black Friday is always just too crazy. I’m still at my parents’ house. My sister’s family could not make it to our Thanksgiving because she went with her husband to his family’s Thanksgiving. Since my sister was unable to make it yesterday, they are coming today to have lunch. I was ordered to stay because my five-year-old niece has insisted on throwing me a birthday party. So we will eat Thanksgiving leftovers for lunch, and then have cake and ice cream as a family celebration. You see, living in Alabama, a celebration could not take place on Saturday. This Saturday is one of the most important days for any Alabamian. It’s the day of the Alabama vs. Auburn football game. For many Alabamians, this is more important than the Super Bowl. Honestly, I really don’t care who wins this year. Auburn is #4 and Alabama is #1 in the polls. Whichever wins will go to the SEC Championship game. If it is Alabama, it will be almost assuredly another step toward another National Championship; however, if Auburn wins, it is a possibility that they could jump to #2 in the polls and be poised for a National Championship. Either way, a school from the state of Alabama is likely to be in the National Championship game for a fifth straight year. Anyway, in Alabama, you can’t plan anything before or during the game. Plans after the game are likely to be determined by whether or not you’re celebrating your teams victory or mourning its loss.

With rivalry weekend in full swing, what football teams will you be pulling for?

I won’t care either way about Alabama or Auburn. I am most loyal to the football team at my graduate school. Saturday is our last chance of the season to win our first game in two years. Our storied football program has suffered mightily these last two years. I refuse to give up hope on my beloved, but downtrodden, team. SMTTP!


Happy Thanksgiving!

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Thanksgiving Day is usually filled with family and food. There are many LGBT out there who are without their families because of the hate and bigotry that exists in this world. I hope those who cannot be with their families, for whatever reasons, have wonderful friends with whom to share this day of Thanksgiving, and I hope they feel the love that I send their way.

I wanted this post to be about all that I am thankful for this year. In many ways, it’s been a hard year, but things have been brightening in the last few weeks. With my birthday, (it’s this Saturday), I will begin a new year of my life with hope and promise for a wonderful future. I am so thankful for my family. They may drive me crazy at times, but I love them and they love me. I am thankful for the love and companionship provided by HRH, my beautiful and loving cat. I am thankful for the wonderful people with whom I have the pleasure to work. I’m even thankful for my students, because without them, how could I teach. I am thankful to be alive and in a happy point in my life. Most of all, I am thankful for my many friends in my life. Some of them are people I’ve never met in person, but have formed a connection with through my blog. For them, I want to say, you are as important to me and as loved by me as if you were a friend I saw everyday. I love you all! Thank you for being my friends.


Thanksgiving Poems

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The time has come again to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday here in the United States. As children, we are taught the story of “the first Thanksgiving.” We are told about the Pilgrim settlers who came together with their Native American neighbors. They shared with each other the bountiful harvests that they had reaped. Tables were filled with favorite dishes from the “new world” (North America) and the “old world” (Europe). It is a heart warming story, and it provides the plot for some really good plays at elementary schools across the country.

Sometimes it is easy to forget what holidays really mean, and just as easy to take them for granted. It is easy to forget that the word “holiday” itself is simply a contraction of the words “Holy Days.” When we acknowledge that holidays are Holy, the Thanksgiving Holy Day can become more special to us as Christians. May we be ever mindful that the thanks offered on Thanksgiving are thanks offered to God.

It is also easy to view holidays only as they affect ourselves. One of this week’s two poems is actually a hymn that can be a lesson in broadening our appreciation for holidays. This hymn, which Americans often associate with their own celebration of Thanksgiving and sing in their Thanksgiving plays, was a Prayer of Thanksgiving brought to the “New World” in the early 1600s by Dutch settlers–not by Pilgrims. It was translated to English centuries later by Theodore Baker (1851-1934).

Thanksgiving is not simply an American holiday. Rather, the American holiday is simply one way to recognize a Holy Day that is acknowledged in the Dutch Prayer of Thanksgiving–a prayer that existed before any Pilgrims celebrated with the Indians. Before that, Hebrew prayers of thanksgiving appeared in the Psalms and other places in the Bible. Indeed, the sacrifices that Able offered to God in Genesis are proof that worshiping and giving thanks to God extends all the way back to the very first family in the scriptures.

Read the words of this week’s featured hymn prayerfully, remembering the blessings that we enjoy every day as people of God in all of the world and in all generations.

We Gather Together
Words by Nederlandtsch Gedencklanck;
trans. by Theodore Baker

We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
he chastens and hastens his will to make known.
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing.
Sing praises to his name, he forgets not his own.

Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
ordaining, maintaining his kingdom divine;
so from the beginning the fight we were winning;
thou, Lord, wast at our side, all glory be thine!

We all do extol thee, thou leader triumphant,
and pray that thou still our defender wilt be.
Let thy congregation escape tribulation;
thy name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!

When we celebrate Thanksgiving here in the United States, we usually think of the Pilgrims and the Indians eating a meal to thank God for helping them survive their first year in America, and to thank the Indians for their help in adapting to these new surroundings. Therefore, I wanted to include this week a poem that was translated from a traditional Iroquois prayer of thanksgiving. The Native Americans saw the near complete destruction of their lives when Europeans settled the Americas, and I think we should honor them as well during this week of Thanksgiving.

The Thanksgivings
By Harriet Maxwell Converse

Translated from a traditional Iroquois prayer

We who are here present thank the Great Spirit that we are here
to praise Him.
We thank Him that He has created men and women, and ordered
that these beings shall always be living to multiply the earth.
We thank Him for making the earth and giving these beings its products
to live on.
We thank Him for the water that comes out of the earth and runs
for our lands.
We thank Him for all the animals on the earth.
We thank Him for certain timbers that grow and have fluids coming
from them for us all.
We thank Him for the branches of the trees that grow shadows
for our shelter.
We thank Him for the beings that come from the west, the thunder
and lightning that water the earth.
We thank Him for the light which we call our oldest brother, the sun
that works for our good.
We thank Him for all the fruits that grow on the trees and vines.
We thank Him for his goodness in making the forests, and thank
all its trees.
We thank Him for the darkness that gives us rest, and for the kind Being
of the darkness that gives us light, the moon.
We thank Him for the bright spots in the skies that give us signs,
the stars.
We give Him thanks for our supporters, who had charge of our harvests.
We give thanks that the voice of the Great Spirit can still be heard
through the words of Ga-ne-o-di-o.
We thank the Great Spirit that we have the privilege of this pleasant
occasion.
We give thanks for the persons who can sing the Great Spirit’s music,
and hope they will be privileged to continue in his faith.
We thank the Great Spirit for all the persons who perform the ceremonies


Thanksgiving Vacation

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I am off this entire week for Thanksgiving and HRH are going to take full advantage of my warm bed and sleep in a little today.


Thanksgiving

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Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth!
Serve the LORD with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!

Know that the LORD, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!

For the LORD is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.

Psalm 100

Thankfulness in God’s Word is a major theme throughout the Bible. But, the actual first official ceremony of Thanksgiving in the Bible is listed in Leviticus 7:11-15. “And this is the law of the sacrifice of peace offerings that one may offer to the LORD. If he offers it for a thanksgiving, then he shall offer with the thanksgiving sacrifice unleavened loaves mixed with oil, unleavened wafers smeared with oil, and loaves of fine flour well mixed with oil. With the sacrifice of his peace offerings for thanksgiving he shall bring his offering with loaves of leavened bread. And from it he shall offer one loaf from each offering, as a gift to the LORD. It shall belong to the priest who throws the blood of the peace offerings. And the flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offerings for thanksgiving shall be eaten on the day of his offering. He shall not leave any of it until the morning.” God ordained a practice of specific instructions to show gratitude. Clearly, gratitude is the door that opens peace in our hearts. God’s design for mankind is that giving thanks means receiving peace. Giving thanks in the Bible is the formula to peace because when we are truly thankful to God, we are expressing our trust in Him.

The theme of thanks in the Bible continues from the commanded thanksgiving sacrifices to the beautifully written Psalms of praise and thanks to our Lord. “Praise the LORD! Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” (Psalm 106:1) And, Thanksgiving in the Bible continues to be practiced with Christ, giving thanks at the Lord’s supper. Paul wrote many times of his gratitude to Christ and for his gratitude to the followers of Christ. “I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers.” (Philemon 1:4)

To celebrate a day of thanks is to take a day and clearly honor God in praise for the enormous blessings He has bestowed upon us. As Thanksgiving facts reveal a Biblical foundation, we know that this holiday must have more to do with honoring God than any other fact. When we look back at history, thanksgiving in the Bible, and the celebration that first took place in this country, we find that God’s people are to turn their hearts to Him, thanking Him for all things in all circumstances. Perhaps one of the most quoted scriptures in the New Testament says it best. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:4-7)

Let us not only be thankful only one day a year but celebrate the greatness of our God with thanks everyday! I have realized in the last months or so, just how thankful I am to God for all that he has done for me. I thank Him for my family. I thank Him for my friends, new and old. I thank Him for my wonderful neighbors. I thank Him for this blog and the many people he has brought into my life because of it. I’m thankful to those people for sharing with me their hopes and dreams and allowing me to share mine. I thank Him for the many blessings he has bestowed on me. I thank God for his wisdom and for showing me, and all of us, His infinite love. I feel truly blessed, and I thank God for His bounty of blessings. It’s not just one day of the year, I am thankful to God each and every day.


Moment of Zen: Sexting

Sexting may not be sex in a physical context, but it damn sure can be a hell of a lot of fun.


Castaways

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Just sit right back
And you’ll hear a tale
A tale of a fateful trip,
That started from this tropic port,
Aboard this tiny ship.
The mate was a mighty sailin’ man,
The Skipper brave and sure,
Five passengers set sail that day,
For a three hour tour,
A three hour tour.

We all know this song. It’s the theme song for Gilligan’s Island. I loved this show as a kid, and I always wondered what it would be like to be stranded on that island. I think we all wish at one time or another that we could disappear to an “uncharted desert isle.” If you knew you’d be stranded on an island and could have six people with you and one item, who and what would you choose?

Number one on my list would be my “guardian accountant.” That may sound odd, but he’s also one of my best friends, and I love him dearly. He is intelligent, caring, and would make a wonderful leader, and any group would need him. Not only that, he’s lived his whole life on a tropical island, so he’d be a perfect choice.

I would also choose my best friend. She’s very resourceful, and I couldn’t do without her. That also means, I’d have to choose her husband, but he’s ex-military, so I think he’d be a good choice too. It helps that I get along well with him also. I have to say, I didn’t think she could do it, but she found herself a wonderful man.

I’d also take our art teacher at school. That might sound like an odd choice too, but she’d make everything look nice. I’m not for sure she’d survive unless we figured out how to make beer, but she’d be worth having there for entertainment value if nothing else. She’s also a very resourceful woman, so she’d be very useful. It would be up to her, if she decided to bring her husband, but it wouldn’t be the worst thing if she did. At least he has a fabulous butt to look at.

If my art teacher friend decided not to bring her husband, I would definitely bring the lady who runs the lunchroom at school. Not only is a she a master with food, and between the two of us, we’d all be well fed, she has a green thumb that would be most resourceful. Besides, she has a great wit that would keep everyone entertained, and I’m sure she’d love to escape to a tropical island.

Last but not least, I’d bring along a certain 22 year-old. I’m sure he’d be resourceful too, but I’d just prefer to frolic naked with him and have amazing sex all the time. He’s sweet, beautiful, and intelligent. What more could you ask for? Also, he makes me smile, and never fails to put me in a good mood.

Now I’d also love to bring along some of my followers, especially a Boy Scout leader who I know would be prepared for anything.

For the last thing, that one item I’d bring. I guess it’s not necessarily an item, but it is something that I couldn’t do without. I’d have to bring HRH along. She’d be lost without me, and I’d be lost without her.

So, if you knew you’d be stranded on an island and could have six people with you and one item, who and what would you choose?


What Is It?

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I have two question for you guys. What is it about a man that always turns you on? Makes you weak in he knees? This is not necessarily a question about sex, but about that one thing that never fails for you to think or say aloud, “Ugh, damn!”

For me, that one thing is when a man smells good. Smells have always evoked a strong emotional response with me. I love the smell of a man when he is freshly showered, or when he has on the perfect cologne. I’m not speaking of a funky smell or anything, but sometimes it is just the smell of man that can drive me crazy.

I asked a friend of mine what was his major turn on, and he said that it was the feel of a man’s body. I have to agree with him on this. Just think about when I guy walks up behind you and his hard chest meets your back. I know that my knees turn to jelly when a guy does this.

Also, what is the first thing about a guy that you notice? If I’m facing a guy, my eyes generally go to his eyes, but if his back is to me, I’m going to check out his butt first. My friend mentioned that one of the first thing he notices about a guy is if he has sexy kissable lips. He really enjoys kissing, so his eyes always goes to a guys lips.

So I want to know from you guys (and gals, for those who read this): What is the one thing about a man that never fails to turn you on? Also, what is the first thing you notice about a guy?


A Whimsical Wednesday

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I racked my brain for a post last night, but came up with nothing. I was also incredibly sleepy. I’d dozed off twice trying to come up with a topic. So I began to browse through some picture I had found on the Internet and saved. I loved this one. It was so cute and whimsical, and you guys know how much I love cats, especially my own HRH.

I have been in an exceptionally good mood this week and last. It could be that I am finally recovering from my cold, or it could have to do with the fact that we will be out of school all of next week. It could have to do with the fact that I’ve had some wonderful conversations with friends this week, and with one friend in particular. If this friend is reading this, then he knows who he is and that he puts a smile on my face.

I hope each of you are having a wonderful week.


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