November Coffee of the Month 2015

I missed posting for October.  Time flies.

So my favorite coffee I had over the last two months was from Paradise Roasters.

Ethiopia Awassa:

I bought some Ethiopia Geisha from another company, and this coffee was much better.  It was very fruity and smooth.


Coffee of the Month – September 2015

My cup of coffee today, and the fact that yesterday was National Coffee Day, has inspired me to pick a favorite coffee I have had each month, and post it here.  I figure it will give people some info on some good coffee to try, if they are so inclined.

Today I am drinking Guatemala Pacamara from Happy Mug Coffee Co.

You can check out their description here and buy some too:

And for a bit more research on what this coffee is and where it comes from, this site gives some insight on what Pacamara means:

And this site gives some background on the farm itself:


Over the last few weeks, I have experienced a spiritual roller coaster.

I have pondered a technology fast, as I consider the priorities of life.

Over the last couple days I have been faced with the following articles (probably due to the latest Apple release):

  • On my way into work, I listened to a sermon given by Francis Chan where he used the following key verse:

    Or do you think that the Scripture speaks to no purpose: “He jealously desires the Spirit which He has made to dwell in us”? James 4:5

    Taking these above lessons, today I think: Jesus desires me, and sadly technology quickly crowds Him out.

    The Shift In Christian Music

    Maybe it is just me, but there seems to be a huge shift going on in the world of Christian music. Maybe it is just the nature of the music industry that is slowly getting choked out the move towards social media and digital distribution.

    For a long time there has been a lot of what people called CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) which basically equated to Christian Pop music. However, listening to the Christian radio recently, there is more of what I would call Christian worship music. Also, there is music that is Christian and not necessary Christian music – if that makes sense.

    For instance, you can probably see what I am saying by looking at KLOVE’s recent playlist:

    When I say Christian Worship music, I am talking about soul moving anthems and incorporating the hymns of old in a new way. Artists like Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Hillsong, Rend Collective, Bethel Music, and Jesus Culture, plus a plethora of related solo acts related to these artists are all making some amazing soul stirring music that is definitely not pop music.

    When I say there is music that is Christian and not necessary Christian music, I am talking about artists who are definitely Christians and are releasing music from there hearts and within their world view, but it is not overtly Christian music. I see groups like Needtobreathe, Switchfoot, Gungor, and even David Crowder now using the moniker Crowder who are making some amazing music.

    There are so many indie artists as well that the list could go on and on.

    I guess my main point is that I am glad there is such good music available right now, and I hope it gets even better. I am also glad that the topics that are discussed in Christian music as of late are real ones, not candy coated facades.

    Here is what I would call a prime example:

    AuSable Trip Report June 2015

    A few weeks back, I went up for a weekend of fishing with friends and had a fun time.

    I stayed in what is my favorite spot along one of the AuSable branches, and targeted brookies mostly.

    The first day was a float down the north branch, and I got into a few brookies.

    Trout colors

    And during that one evening, I got into a really nice brookie.

    Nice Brookie

    The bugs were REALLY thick that evening. Even my iphone was able to pick up the bugs in the picture. You can even see some bugs mating in this one.

    We did a pretty fruitless wade down the main branch, but at least the weather was agreeable.


    Before we headed back home, we hit the river one last time. It was raining pretty bad, and I started tossing big streamers, but had no luck. Eventually switching to a nymph seemed to do the trick.