Author Archives: Ray V.

About Ray V.

Living in Aiken, South Carolina, USA, I like to share what I am looking at, thinking about or listening to. I refer to this as the view out my window. Thanks for stopping by.

But Compared To What?

Originally posted on Mitigating Chaos:
“It’s often said that life is strange, oh yes, but compared to what?” . . . a line that Steve Forbert has gotten a lot of mileage from. A song about friends, being young, wild…

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A Discovery

Yesterday, I discovered Spotify.   Ten years since it was founded, but I’ve rarely been accused of being an early adapter, except for one company we started, but that’s another story. Today, after church, I will spend my day getting … Continue reading

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The Next Chapter

One way to think about our lives is to break our years down into chapters.  Looking back, most of us will see happy chapters, sad chapters, challenging chapters and if we are honest, chapters we wish could have been left … Continue reading

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Corporate Spin (aka BS)

I read today that the bank branch that I have been using for almost 20 years, is closing this Spring. That, in and of itself is not a crisis in my life as most of our banking is done online. … Continue reading

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Worth The Food Bill

When situations aren’t quite the way I had hoped or planned for, and I’m just glad that another day is over . . . There is one thing I can count on. The group, love attack when I walk in the door. No … Continue reading

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Hungry Anyone?

Originally released in 1976 (I still have the vinyl),  this live version is from 2009. Who remembers this one?

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On Eschatological Urgency

Yesterday, blogging buddy David Kanigan posted Dad’s Favorite Song (29sec) It reminded me of conversations I have had with my parents, wife and our daughters.  Isn’t it interesting that sometimes we remember events with clarity, while others who were there have … Continue reading

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Mesmerized

This photo, of the Sea of Galilee, was taken and texted to me by a friend who was visiting the Holy Land a few weeks back. I have been intrigued by the photo and have spent a good deal of … Continue reading

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Since It Is Sunday

“Jesus never called a human being a sinner.” Robert H. Schuller He may not have used the word, but Jesus did point out to certain people that they were on the wrong path. Once, an encounter ended with  “Neither do … Continue reading

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As Hoped And Planned

This is not the first time I opined on fatherhood and it probably won’t be the last. It’s a little long, but I’m in charge, here. This story will make much more sense if you go to the blog and … Continue reading

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