Joe Is a Jesus-lovin, picture takin fool from banks, oregon. His other hobbies include climbing, hiking, fixing his vanagon, and pretty much anything slightly dangerous or far from the ground.

With an enormous love for life and people, joe brings a smile to everything he does. this blog is a small glimpse of his view on the world and the things created in it.


Independence Day, and other transmuting things.

Independence Day, and other transmuting things.

“My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”
— Abraham Lincoln

I don't want to spend a lot of time talking about this, but why is it that everyone has to share their political beliefs? We live in a world now that I'm growing sick of, where everyone blasts every detail of their lives on the internet, and assumes everyone else wants to hear it. No. They don't. For the last 162 years, both parties have been hashing it out as long as their lengthy-winded breaths would last. Do you really think you're going change anything by telling the world what you think? Everyone has grown up with different circumstances, beliefs, and experiences, and the contour of our lives are never the same. That being said, it gets messy when everyone feels like they have to impose - or even just share - their political beliefs with others. Good people are pitted against each other in an obstinate composition, entirely closed-minded to anything the other side has to say. Could we focus our energy on building each other up, rather than sitting behind the safety of our keyboards and hurling the "right" beliefs at each other's walls? Thanks. Don't get me wrong, a good debate isn't a bad thing. Just keep it to a respectable minimum, and maybe try to keep it in a face-to-face conversation. I'm irritated and really jaded after seeing people I love grow distant from all these futile debates online. 

On a similar note, today is the 240th anniversary of our country! Isn't that swell. What happened to the pledge of allegiance? Why do we only fly flags on National Holidays? Why has patriotism become taboo? These are questions I'm asking myself this Independence Day. We've become a self-absorbed people with a pathetic/nonexistent love of country, and I think I know how this happened. Our Founding Fathers believed in God. This is hinted at in the Declaration of Independence, spoken of in the Pledge of Allegiance, and even printed on the money in your wallet:  But how many Americans would actually tolerate it if they printed something similar on their drivers license? The truth is, God is not acceptable to the American people any longer. To some, yes, but most would rather have nothing to do with Him. This, added with the ever increasing absorption-with-self ideology, has wrought this country far from where it was. But, since there's really nothing I can do to change it, I'll just post a picture of me and my friends with fireworks. After all, that's what the Fourth of July is all about right? 

Me and my friends with fireworks.

A Better Escape Than Sleep

A Better Escape Than Sleep

A Splendid Proposal

A Splendid Proposal