Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 Year End Inventory

As 2012 comes to a close, it’s always fun to look back on what I partook in.  I keep a pretty thorough calendar, so the following is culled from glancing through my records of the past 12 months (this is what consumes time on a boring flight across the country).  Here’s a sampling of what I was involved with this year…

WORK (It’s not so much a job as it is “a calling”):

7,130 needy third world children sponsored through 32 radio campaigns our
                     Radio Department at Compassion International organized
Represents approximately $16.4 million over the next 5 years for good health, education,
                    nutrition, clothing, Spiritual encouragement, and opportunities for these kids
13 radio marathons hosted in different cities
4 additional radio interviews regarding Compassion’s outreach
5 conventions/retreats
4 overseas trips where I was group leader (Bangladesh, Haiti, Guatemala, and Colombia)
105 conference calls


78 (including my 1,800th) flights going through 31 different airports covering 81,650
45 cities in 18 states and 9 countries
4 new countries visited (Bangladesh, Palestine, Israel, Jordan), for a lifetime total of 54.
26 different rental vehicles
27 different hotels
4,055 road miles while on the job/vacation
107 days on the road


65% finished with manuscript of my second book, tentatively titled, Riff Rock:
                 Confessions of a Not-So-Holy Roller
54 blogs for, Blogger, Facebook, MySpace
Over 5,000 e-mails/social networking posts


I read 36 books this year.  Here are my faves…

Falling Upward, Richard Rohr
Blood Brothers, Elias Chacour
Israel/Palestine: A Christian Response, Craig Michael Nellsen
Which Jesus? Choosing Between Power and Love, Tony Campolo
Across the Wire, Luis Alberto Urrea
Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics, Ross Douthat
Cloister Walk, Kathleen Norris
It’s All About God: How Isam, Atheism, and Judaism Made Me a Better Christian, Samir
Into the Beautiful North, Luis Alberto Urrea
The Poverty and Justice Bible (at least 48 different authors) *


Also read…

Over 300 newspapers
Over 100 magazines
Over 150 articles on-line (research for book)
Over 200 Facebook Profiles
Over 7,000 e-mails/social networking messages


I saw 81 films in theaters and on DVD in ’12.  Here are my faves….

Tinker, Tailor, Sailor, Spy
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
The Artist
Blue Like Jazz
Looking for a Friend at the End of the World
Moonrise Kingdom
The Dark Knight Rises
Beasts of the Southern Wild
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Life of Pi
Searching for Sugarman
Celebration Day: Led Zeppelin
The Sessions
Les Miserables
Chasing Ice
With God on Our Side


I purchased 26 CD’s and listened to hundreds more albums. Here are my new faves from ‘12

Flying Colors, Flying Colors
Ralston Bowles, Little Miracles
Ian Anderson, Thick as a Brick, Part 2
Phil Madeira and Friends, Mercyland: Hymns for the Rest of Us
Phil Keaggy, Live at Kegworth
Rush, Clockwork Angels
Neal Morse, Momentum
Hands, Hands
Keith Emerson Band, Live in Moscow
Steve Hackett, Genesis Revisited II

I saw 67 concerts/speaking engagements…here are the most memorable:

Dave Perkins and Friends, 3rd and Lindsley, Nashville, TN
Glass Harp, Two Old Hippies, Nashville, TN
Bob Roberts, Christ at Checkpoint Conference, Bethlehem, Palestine
Sami Awad, Christ at Checkpoint Conference, Bethlehem, Palestine
Gary Burge, Christ at Checkpoint Conference, Bethlehem, Palestine
Sang Bok David Kim, Christ at Checkpoint Conference, Bethlehem, Palestine
Stephen Sizer, Christ at Checkpoint Conference, Bethlehem, Palestine
Salim Munayer, Christ at Checkpoint Conference, Bethlehem, Palestine
David Crowder Band, Friend Fest, Nappanee, IN
Neal Morse Band, Rocketown, Nashville, TN
Tony Campolo, First Presbyterian Church, Nashville, TN
Ian Anderson Band. Ryman Aud., Nashville, TN
Shaun Groves, Life Church, Canton, MI
Phil Madeira and Friends, Downtown Presbyterian, Nashville, TN
Shane Claiborne, Massey Hall, Belmont Univ., Nashville, TN


17 Nashville Predator hockey games
31 gatherings of Curious Souls support group
88 business and/or friendship lunches
12th year as member of Servant Leadership Council for The Village Chapel
9 days in hospital for urinary tract infection, heart palpitations, coronary ablation surgery
8 pieces of property researched in Guatemala
7 parties/picnics
2nd year as member of the board for Touchstone Youth Services
1 new roof on house
1 new siding on house (and still red velvet paint)
1 new sewer line running under back yard
I  reseeding of back yard grass

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