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Of Good Report

D Christian Harrison - July 21, 2008

I’m a wee bit of a meme fan. I think they’re useful in helping bloggers explore new ground. So it is with no small amount of glee that I introduce a new meme, here: Of Good Report — inspired by Cjane of C Jane Enjoy It fame ( I, II, III, IV, V ).


  • One post a day for a week (a business week or a calendar week — you pick).
  • Each post centers on something or someone you’re thankful for.
  • Extra points for mentioning that it’s based on the 13th Article of Faith.

Please return here and add a link back to your post in the comments. If you don’t have a blog of your own, you may leave your good reports here.


  1. I guess I’ll go first: Day One… Fablehaven.

    Comment by Silus Grok — July 21, 2008 @ 10:46 pm

  2. I like this idea.

    Does this count?

    Comment by Susan M — July 22, 2008 @ 9:25 am

  3. Everyday I enter a dingy old federal office building in downtown Washington DC to start my workday. I work for the Office of the Chief Architect at General Services Adminstration (GSA) and there is one little oasis of modern, bright design in the building, which is our office on the west wing of the third floor. But before I make it to my cheerful workspace I pass through the security screening process which can be irritating except for one thing. The guard that greets me at 6:30 in morning, almost evey morning, is as cheerful and optomistic as anyone I know. In the past we used to kid about the relative weight of my lunch bag as it passed through the magnetometer and I would always have an excuse like “there’s a bottle of soda in there” but he would always just grin and give me that “Sure, I believe you” look as he picked it up to handed it to me. He always has a good word to say, sometimes a good joke and no matter what the weather, it always seems bright and warm when I walk through the door. This fellow reminds me a bit of my brother-in-law, who is a good natured fellow himself, and I guess that reminds me of how blessed my life is because of the good people that inhabit it.

    In many ways I envy this fellow. Oh, it’s no problem for me to match his cheerfulness after he has greeted me but I wish that was my first instinct as I greet the day or approach another human. I guess I do follow the 13th article faith because I definitely “seek after” that “good thing” in my life. It makes the first experience of my day a good place to start and I always appreciate him being there.

    Comment by lamonte — July 22, 2008 @ 9:29 am

  4. Don’t know if this counts, but…

    Meet the Heavy

    The other videos in the series are pretty nifty too.

    Comment by Seth R. — July 22, 2008 @ 9:41 am

  5. One of the things that starts my day off is looking out the kitchen window to see what’s there. Almost every day there will be quail, and for the past several weeks the covey has included about 12 chicks. Or I’ll sometimes see a rabbit, yesterday I saw a squirrel, but by the time I got my 22 loaded it had scamped away (they eat my walnuts and won’t share).

    It’s nice to be “close” to nature and see the “wildlife” and for me it’s a good day starter.

    Comment by Don — July 22, 2008 @ 11:01 am

  6. Day two… Lone Star Taqueria.

    Comment by Silus Grok — July 22, 2008 @ 9:37 pm

  7. Day two – From the Velveteen Rabbit

    “What is REAL?” asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. “Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?”

    “Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.”

    “Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.

    “Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”

    “Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”

    “It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

    Comment by lamonte — July 23, 2008 @ 7:05 am

  8. Good friends today. Our saintly friends volunteered to drive with us through D.C. traffic to the airport and take our car back with them. It saved us a ton of money and hassle. We had a tire blow out on the way to the airport and our friend helped us put on the spare in record time. We made our flight and arrived safely.

    Comment by Tom — July 23, 2008 @ 7:25 am

  9. Day three… friends.

    Comment by Silus Grok — July 24, 2008 @ 12:36 am

  10. Day three – Music. I have often stated, and I illustrate daily, that music is one of the greatest influences in my life. I wish I could say that my tastes are incredibly braod but I know that is not the case. As I survey my I-Tunes files I see representatives from all the major genres but I see an overload of rock and, lately, country with a smaller contribution from classical, jazz and alternative. Still, I can say that I use music to set my own mood and try to do the same for my household.

    Recently I re-discovered the beautiful music from a 20-year old movie called ‘The Mission’. No it doesn’t have anything to do with Mormons but it is an too common, sad tale of man’s inhumanity to man. Although the movie ends in a seemingly tragic way, hope can be felt in the final scene and in the music throughout the movie. I have attached a file of Yo Yo Ma playing the theme song of composer Ennio Morricone’s score called ‘Gabriel’s Oboe’. I’m convinced that when (if) we enter the gates of heaven, this music will be playing. On any day when I feel the world closing in around me or when my hopes and aspirations seem to be unattainable, I listen to this piece and things don’t seem so bleak. Surely one of God’s greatest gifts to us is the gift of music. Enjoy.


    Comment by lamonte — July 24, 2008 @ 4:44 am

  11. Day four… living small.

    Comment by Silus Grok — July 24, 2008 @ 10:19 pm

  12. Day four – Blue Jeans. I work in a government office where I’m expected to wear a shirt and tie at the very least and sometimes a suit, depending on who I’m meeting with that day. Some people think the days of wearing a tie are long past but I actually like wearing a tie to work. But I also like casual Friday when I get to wear blue jeans to work.

    Could there ever be a more comfortable garment to wear? I think of the suit I was wearing yesterday made of summer weight wool. I sometimes wonder how many wearings I will get from it before it wears out. The fabric is so thing – which is nice for the hot humid weather I live in – but it also seems so fragile.

    Blue jeans, on the other hand, are tough and durable and will take a lot of abuse before they wear out. And society tells us that they actually look better as they begin to wear out! If fact, some clothiers sell jeans that are “worn out” before you buy them – and they charge an arm and a leg to purchase them. I don’t understand that concept because part of the fun of wearing blue jeans is all the activity you done to get them to wear out. And by the time the blue jeans have worn out you have a bucket full of memories to look back on.

    On a recent vacation trip traveling in New Zealand I was thirsty and took a big swig directly out of 2-liter bottle of soda. My sister-in-law said to me, “I used to think you were a refined man until I saw you do that!” I guess the suit and tie is really just a facade and the blue jeans are what I feel most comfortable in.

    Comment by Lamonte — July 25, 2008 @ 11:17 am

  13. Oh man … that’s great, Lamonte.

    I love my blue jeans… I love my suits… but I’m afraid there is, most certainly, a garment even more comfortable than blue jeans: PJ bottoms. On some days, I come home from this or that and the first thing I do is slip into my orange plaid pajama bottoms.


    Comment by Silus Grok — July 25, 2008 @ 1:54 pm

  14. Day five… flowers.

    Comment by Silus Grok — July 25, 2008 @ 10:00 pm

  15. Day six… music (with links to two dozen interesting/noteworthy albums from my collection).

    Comment by Silus Grok — July 27, 2008 @ 1:34 pm

  16. Day seven… the Good News.

    Comment by Silus Grok — July 29, 2008 @ 9:57 pm

  17. Thanks to everyone who participated… it’s not exactly the juiciest of topics, but I get tired singing the same old dirge.

    Comment by Silus Grok — July 29, 2008 @ 9:58 pm

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