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Jon Richards
Truth won't set you free. KNOWING the Truth will set you free.
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The One and Only Day I Taught Kindergarten (Ever) There was a time when I didn’t like kids. I didn’t want to have any of my own and I didn’t understand the draw. I couldn’t relate to them and I didn’t want to. They didn’t get my jokes or pause to reflect on my insights or do anything I told them to do. Now that I have two children I realize how obviously mistaken I was to have had such an outlook. I love my son and daughter so much it’s almost inexplicable. It’s amazing how life changes when you... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2013 at The Parenthetical
If I hear one more fellow Christian say we've lost ground because of the gay marriage agenda I'm going to smack them in the face with the nearest homosexual!! If you believe what is happening is darkness, then shine LIGHT. If you believe that someone's voting power fosters hate and... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2012 at TRUTH!
Having something to say is vastly different than just having to say something Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2012 at TRUTH!
IDOL - an alternative option to the painful process of trusting and waiting on God. A more immediate hands-on source of fulfillment. In our pragmatic culture of instant-gratification, when we read those words it's almost tempting to knod our heads in agreement and ask "what's wrong with that?, shouldn't we... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2012 at TRUTH!
If our prayers are anything but a confession of utter helplessness, then we must go back to the drawing board. How can God's amazing grace be given to someone who's "got it covered" for the most part and only needs a little bit of His help? The term "God helps... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2012 at TRUTH!
We're not sinners only during the act of sin. We're not only in need of grace and mercy when we fail, but we are always sinners, and always failures to the darkest and deepest degree. We are always completely void of any measure of goodness that can rescue us and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2012 at TRUTH!
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Real Friends. Need I say more? Probably not, but you know me, I like to read myself write so let's say a few hundred words about my brothers, Matt and James Brown. If you have never had the pleasure of meeting these guys you have missed one of the rarest opportunities in life to laugh, cry, and hope you could be half as funny, a quarter as daring, and you would marvel at their insatiable persistance to live life regardless of whether you like it or not. Friends that stick around while your life falls apart are rare to say... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2011 at The Parenthetical
Archived Article about LOST Well, if you're not a fan of the TV show LOST, I would normally say stop reading. But instead I will recommend that you be the first in line at your local whatever when this series comes out on DVD. Whether you hated the ending of LOST and thought it was stupid or illogical, or you loved it with abandon the way I did, the writing and creativity of this show is/was absolutely brilliant. Many that I've heard from about their take on the series finale have stated that it was unrealistic and didn't answer any... Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 14, 2011 at The Parenthetical
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I really just wanted to s ay the word Fonts. This post actually has nothing to do with fonts. No Times New Roman, Wingdings, or Calibri. I'm sorry if you're a font googler and you came across this hoping to read up on your favorite happenings with Book Antiqua and Tahoma. I just wanted to hook all the people I could. No, this is all about my new-found lovely, "Katie" Keurig. That's right. I am now the proud owner of sweet coffee goodness by Keurig. I affectionately named my slick black countertop miracle "Katie" for several reasons: Because I wanted... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2011 at The Parenthetical
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I haven't written anything for a while. I haven't wanted to and since I'm not on anyone's payroll, I do it when I feel the urge. There's been no urge for weeks, so I haven't bothered. No point in narrow and shallow drivel. Explanation sufficient? Okay. Now then, here's what I've been thinking. My favorite holiday of the year is coming up. The Fourth of July. Why not Christmas or Thanksgiving you ask? Well, some people in some parts of the world might set off explosives and grill delicious hot dogs and hamburgers to celebrate Christmas, but not anywhere here.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2010 at The Parenthetical
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Well, if you're not a fan of the TV show LOST, I would normally say stop reading. But instead I will recommend that you be the first in line at your local whatever when this series comes out on DVD. Whether you hated the ending of LOST and thought it was stupid or illogical, or you loved it with abandon the way I did, the writing and creativity of this show is/was absolutely brilliant. Many that I've heard from about their take on the series finale have stated that it was unrealistic and didn't answer any of the big questions.... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2010 at The Parenthetical
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I'm not particularly fond of sleeping in tents. Especially when the temperature is above 85 degrees. I would be a complete failure as a Bedouin but thankfully that is not my calling. When it's that hot outside my calling is a beach or a pool, or somewhere with A/C. That's what happens when you sit behind a desk in a cube farm all day for 10 years. However, when I was little, "camping out" in the back forty of our yard was all the risky business my sixth grade compadres and me could handle. We were dangerous alright, but not... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2010 at The Parenthetical
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My household recently acquired a wiener dog. A miniature one. This dog is so cute it's almost difficult to refrain from beating the snot out of it when it commits major infractions on our living room carpet. Oh quit, I don't beat it I'm joking. I shock it with a taser gun. Nooo, I don't. I don't. Really. I have yet to figure out what disciplinary method will be appropriate for this long-backed little snoopy lookin' thing. But what is the deal with all the PEEING for no reason? Pardon me while I channel the go-tee'd smiling Hollywood spirit of... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2010 at The Parenthetical
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Everywhere you look there's someone soapboxing about going "green." You can't watch TV for ten minutes without being bombarded with seventeen reasons you should recycle your jeans, purchase a hybrid vehicle, re-use your water bottles, or make a sizeable donation to save the checker-breasted split-winged South American woodpecker. "We're Going Green!" Okay mister eco-warrior, calm down. It's not green like Kermit the Frog is green but green like "environmentally-friendly Birkenstock sandals" green. Certainly there's nothing wrong with being green (and nothing wrong with Birkenstocks if you don't give a rip about fashion). To respect the environment makes sense and is... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2010 at The Parenthetical
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A few months ago a work colleague of mine whose name I won't disclose in order to protect his identity and involvement in the witness protection program.... (*COUGH* Paul Maness *COUGH*) sent me a link to a website with information about an extreme obstacle race event called Warrior Dash. I was immediately and deeply drawn to the idea of gnawing on an over-sized turkey leg while sporting a viking helmet, shirtless and painted up with various tribal designs, covered in mud amidst thousands of other racers who have also managed to work up the courage to sign up for such... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2010 at The Parenthetical
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My music buddy was in other hands for a day. It was frighteningly unnerving. For those keeping up with me, you know my music buddy is my car. Sure, my car gets me from point A to point B and provides adequate protection from the rain, (and wolves when driving in wooded areas), but mostly it is my four-wheeled reason to partake of my infinite play-list. It's an overpriced .mp3 player, but it also moves and has leather adjustable seats. I love my car. It's not because it's anything to speak of. It's a '98 Nissan Altima. Not really a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2010 at The Parenthetical
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It is said that you're only as old as you feel. Well, whoever says that is probably twenty five. Me...I feel two hundred and eighty seven years old. But Jon, aren't you just 39? Yes, but now I experience that strange elderly phenomenon of liking onions on my food and I don't even care if my cheeseburger has mayonnaise on it. For Pete's sake what is happening to me? I've become a completely different person. I complain like an old Jewish fella whose little plot of grass keeps being stepped on by the neighborhood kids. And who in the WORLD... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2010 at The Parenthetical
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As noted earlier in The Sum of Small Fears Part One, I have several inhibitions about life, including but not limited to wolves, convicts, tight spaces, Bill and Ted, and hill people. Let us now ponder needles, spiders, wasps, hornets (there's a drastic difference in the fear level between wasps and hornets), yard sale customers, and a few others. Shots suck. Remember getting all of your shots as a kid? Oh man. I HATED those. And the dreaded jelly shot? Now that I think about it I'm pretty sure that wasn't the technical name for that shot. But it was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2010 at The Parenthetical
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Have you had enough of Tiger Woods yet? I haven't. Regardless of whether we like him, hate him, idolize him, or write him off as a cheating worthless golf bag filled with bad decisions, it looks like he's going to keep on keeping on. I for one am glad he hasn't decided to throw in the golf towel (aaaaaand that will be the last golf equipme nt reference I make here). In the last few months the media has scrambled across the country like rabid, delusional beasts of social injustice to unashamedly devour the once hallowed Nike god of golf,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2010 at The Parenthetical
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I found this in my "funny" folder and thought I would share it with everyone. I read this at work and laughed so hard I cried. Enjoy. Thought y'all should read this in case you're thinking of installing an electric fence! We have the standard 6ft. fence around the backyard, and a few months ago, I heard about burglaries increasing in the city. To make sure this never happened to me, I got an electric fence and ran a single wire along the top of the fence. Actually, I got the biggest cattle charger Tractor Supply had, made for 26... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2010 at The Parenthetical
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My daughter London turned nine today. Nine. Nine years old. NINE!! What?!!! Who?!! I remember when I couldn't wait for the day she graduated from diapers and could finally ride her bike without training wheels, now she's wearing a training bra. A training bra. Nine years old. My daughter. Please someone stop this madness RIGHT THIS SECOND. Really? Is this actually occurring right under my roof? How dare the sun rise. Needless to say I'm struggling with this. London is beauty, fun, adventure, and goofy dimpled-sweetness incarnate. She is more than a pleasure to be around. She is the culmination... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2010 at The Parenthetical
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It has been said that one should face their fears in order to grow. I agree with that for the most part. Fear can cripple us and erode our confidence to be successful in life. The problem for me is that my particular fears are completely irrational and to face them is to admit I'm pretty much a dork for having them. Actually, most of our fears are irrational. The chances of being mauled by a polar bear (cuddly and white, but they're meaner'n crud and don't like people) or bitten by a sea snake (the most poisonous snake in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2010 at The Parenthetical
According to my father in law's 237" big screen TV it's Chevy Truck Month. I thought I sensed a certain excitement in the air. I don't know about you but this makes me want to run right out and purchase a brand new beautiful sexy Tahoe or something. Doesn't it you? (I know the Tahoe is not a truck, but I can't remember the Chevy truck names). Just try and hold me back. I'm getting one. I mean the voice-over guy plainly said it's Chevy Truck Month!! That alone is reason enough to reconsider my vehicle options. Commercials are insulting... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2010 at The Parenthetical
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The freedom of speech we Americans enjoy is wrought with potholes, loopholes, wormholes, and trouble. But I’m thankful for it. Otherwise I'd not be allowed to rattle on like I do. Regardless of our religious preference, race, or IQ, we can say anything we want, any time we want, about anything we want, wherever we want. However, there are exceptions. We can’t say “bomb” in a major airport anywhere near a security line. Cavity searches are only humorous when it happens in movies. Not so in real life. We can’t yell “FIRE” in a movie theater. Although I’ve never heard... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2010 at The Parenthetical
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Some people post pictures of their children, their dogs, their spouses. Me, I post pictures of my sweet sweet iPhone. I heart you iPhone Love, Me Blog posted here. Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2010 at The Parenthetical