Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Opus 2017-213: On the Street: More Like on the Road, part 9 of ?, The Big Eye Is Watching You, or Me

As we wait for our house to get finished off I find myself imprisoned in a hotel room with a television that seems to have no off button.  My wife is having a hard time concentrating after surgery so she has non-stop programs going showing people buying houses or traveling the country looking for antiques.  HGTV and the History channel seem to be the dominate sources.

As I watch the programs involving people buying new homes I am struck by how materialistic and petty we seem to be as a people.  I was not raised during the Depression but sometimes I feel like it.  I am always aware of how much it takes to earn a dollar.  I know how quickly they go and how slow they come.  When I look at a house I am looking for function.  I am on another world.

I watch people go into homes and listen to the comments they make.  Some of them just make me scratch my head.
It is so out of date.
The cabinets are not my style.
No curb appeal.
Literally nothing modern about this house.
I want to scream, “It is a house, not a fashion statement”.  For the life of me I don’t understand what is wrong with a shower that delivers hot and cold water, drains properly and hides you from public view.  Who cares if the tile is from the 60's?  How can cabinets be out of style if they doors open and close and the shelves hold lots of stuff?  Why do you need to replace appliances that work quite well just because they are white instead of stainless steel?  I will admit that some people’s taste is a bit jarring but paint will cover a lot of sins and tile can be replaced.

I also notice that many of the young couples don’t seem to be planning on children.  And it is amazing how many are not even married.

I can’t wait to get into our new house.  It will be big enough for me to get away from the TV.  Then if I ever want to, I can wander into the part that has the Big Eye.  If I am not there you can start without me. 

homo unius libri


  1. Keep in mind that those shows have an agenda to sell stuff. They don't necessarily represent normal people.

    1. My daughter tells me that when they go to look at three homes, two of them are often homes of friends and the whole drama is staged. Entertainment, smoke and mirrors. Just like WWF and CNN.

      Grace and peace

  2. The big eye is one reason that I'm on the computer so much. Her likes are not always my likes. As for the shows, what gets me is the utter waste on the remodeling shows. I think there's only ONE remodeler that tries to recycle cabinets, sinks, windows and such. The rest seem to absolutely delight in using a sledge hammer to destroy things. I think it's sinful.

    1. When my wife demanded new cabinets she had the old ones hung in the garage. We hauled our washer from California and would have brought the dryer except it was gas and the house is all electric. I hear you.

      Grace and peace.


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