Tim James Simpson's Blog: Ponderings to Ponder

August 1, 2014

I love to watch old western, some of my favorite are of "the Duke," John Wayne or Audie Murphy, now I am not all that old to have seen these movies when they were first released but sometime sit down with your children and watch them, its good clean all American fun.
A lot of our heritage like these old movies will soon be just memories take for instance the old radio programs back before television, families would gather around in the house that had a radio, be it a neighbor or family and listen to these stories that would play upon the imagination, (I still listen to them from time to time even to this day,) like the old comedians Jack Benny, Gracie Allen and George Burns just true funny clean humor, I hope to be able to get my son listening and watching these things with me someday because when he is old enough for school no one will have ever heard of these great comedians but he will and he will be able to pass some of these cultural beginnings on to the next generation, it's up to us to see that the good wholesome things of the past do not get trampled out by the vulgarity that seems to be taking their place on TV and in the movie houses, we can still enjoy things without seeing a nude person on the movies screen, or hearing vowel language on the television set.
So while your child is still young sit down and listen to the radio or watch an old movie and instill something in him that others his age will possibly never know about. It's not something that is of a dyer importance but something that you and your child can share together and its something with more substance than just a video game or sending them to a friend's house so think about it.
Another past time that is all but gone is story time with parents, I love books especially the classics such as Sherlock Holmes, Jekyll and Hyde, and Tom Sawyer and others, and I want my son to know who these characters are as well. Children are the future of our country and it will be up to them to carry on what we have to share, and if we don't do it then who will?
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Published on August 01, 2014 08:31 • 5 views • Tags: tim-simpson

July 23, 2014

She looked up into the darkening sky; her once bright, blue eyes now fading. There was nothing he could do now except try to keep her moving. The ground she now lay on was soiled from the rain from the night before. The railroad tracks where the only thing dividing her from her little shack, which she referred to as “the hooch”. It was made of scrap wood and plastic but she called it home. It sat back in the woods, much too far for her companion of several years to carry her to. They were both moving up in years. His hair, almost all gray, was pulled back in a big ponytail. Her hair was still black but now it was covered in the mud that she lay in.

Weeks before she was baptized in our little church, she cried over past sins. She became a regular fixture. People came to care about her, which was not what she had been used to. She made an impact. Now it was ending. The years of alcohol had started claiming her body. Her liver was gone, kidneys shot, and right here and now, her heart was giving out. She peered into the life that lay ahead of her, her trusted dog by her side, in her companion’s arms.

There would be no big funeral, no mention on television. She would become just a rumor among people who are better off than she was. Tonight, she lay with all her worldly possessions with her: a flannel shirt, jeans, and a backpack. She was just another unknown face in the dark. here finale words were, “I want to go to church,” and then she died.

This is true story that took place in Johnson city, TN I know because I was a part of the life of this woman. I was involved in a small ministry there with a friend and my father every Saturday we would take out food and blankets to these humble people, yes some wanted to be there but others faced circumstances beyond their control and wound up on the streets, but they all have names they all have families, and they all deep down have a desire to survive, so the next time you see a homeless man or woman be kind because most Americans are one pay check away from joining them.
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Published on July 23, 2014 12:47 • 5 views
She looked up into the darkening sky; her once bright, blue eyes now fading. There was nothing he could do now except try to keep her moving. The ground she now lay on was soiled from the rain from the night before. The railroad tracks where the only thing dividing her from her little shack, which she referred to as “the hooch”. It was made of scrap wood and plastic but she called it home. It sat back in the woods, much too far for her companion of several years to carry her to. They were both moving up in years. His hair, almost all gray, was pulled back in a big ponytail. Her hair was still black but now it was covered in the mud that she lay in.

Weeks before she was baptized in our little church, she cried over past sins. She became a regular fixture. People came to care about her, which was not what she had been used to. She made an impact. Now it was ending. The years of alcohol had started claiming her body. Her liver was gone, kidneys shot, and right here and now, her heart was giving out. She peered into the life that lay ahead of her, her trusted dog by her side, in her companion’s arms.

There would be no big funeral, no mention on television. She would become just a rumor among people who are better off than she was. Tonight, she lay with all her worldly possessions with her: a flannel shirt, jeans, and a backpack. She was just another unknown face in the dark. here finale words were, “I want to go to church,” and then she died.

This is true story that took place in Johnson city, TN I know because I was a part of the life of this woman. I was involved in a small ministry there with a friend and my father every Saturday we would take out food and blankets to these humble people, yes some wanted to be there but others faced circumstances beyond their control and wound up on the streets, but they all have names they all have families, and they all deep down have a desire to survive, so the next time you see a homeless man or woman be kind because most Americans are one pay check away from joining them.
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Published on July 23, 2014 12:09 • 4 views • Tags: tim-simpson

July 17, 2014

Years and years ago the term pursuit of happiness had a whole different meaning than today, for example, when the first settlers came over to what is now known as America they wanted freedom that's where they found happiness, mostly freedom to be able to worship or live in the manner they saw fit, not the way other would tell them to live. They wanted to be with their families and friends and have grounds that they could grow their crops on and raise healthy ;livestock with a peace of mind that no one could just come and take it from them, however they were met with resistance and we all know how that turned out.
Today it is a different world, at one time Politian's were a part of the people and now their pampered lives prevent them from seeing common folks like you and me as they are, they now only see the "commoners;" as their "advisors tell them they are," , they live in grand houses that we pay for, and they are paid to make our decisions for us and we have come to accept that fact as our way of life.
In today's world we have movie stars that can get a way murder when at one time in a different America those type of scandals would not be excepted and any type of scandal would ruin an actors career, the values of our time has diminished as much as the meaning of happiness has, today if a person happens to have a tv show or a movie career then they are worshipped by people all over the world only making those people much richer while we get poorer trying to pay for a single concert or movie ticket.
The Pursuit of happiness, what is it really? is it about money? or is it about how society sees you? In reality it is about the real things in life, money is not real if you don't believe me set fire to a dollar and watch it disappear in ash, houses are not real they can be pulled away by some rich bank, so what is real today and what is real happiness.
One time Happiness was spending the day with your family at a lake and eating fried chicken together watching the kids splash around in the water, but today we have to spend an obscene amount of money to take our family to a theme park were we come out even more tired and broke than when we go in and we call that a vacation, it's time we as a society got our perspectives back and enjoyed the real things in life like spending time with mom and dad before they are gone, or spending time with are kids before they are grown, this is what's real in life, the movie star or singer that you idolize will grow old and die but things like family and friends will live on forever even after your gone your children will have these same values to pass along to their children, in which case you and I will live on forever just something to ponder.
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Published on July 17, 2014 08:11 • 13 views
Years and years ago the term pursuit of happiness had a whole different meaning than today, for example, when the first settlers came over to what is now known as America they wanted freedom that's where they found happiness, mostly freedom to be able to worship or live in the manner they saw fit, not the way other would tell them to live. They wanted to be with their families and friends and have grounds that they could grow their crops on and raise healthy ;livestock with a peace of mind that no one could just come and take it from them, however they were met with resistance and we all know how that turned out.

Today it is a different world, at one time Politian's were a part of the people and now their pampered lives prevent them from seeing common folks like you and me as they are, they now only see the "commoners;" as their "advisors tell them they are," , they live in grand houses that we pay for, and they are paid to make our decisions for us and we have come to accept that fact as our way of life.

In today's world we have movie stars that can get a way murder when at one time in a different America those type of scandals would not be excepted and  any type of scandal would ruin an actors career, the values of our time has diminished as much as the meaning of happiness has, today if a person happens to have a tv show or a movie career then they are worshipped by people all over the world only making those people much richer while we get poorer trying to pay for a single concert or movie ticket.

The Pursuit of happiness, what is it really? is it about money? or is it about how society sees you? In reality it is about the real things in life, money is not real if you don't believe me set fire to a dollar and watch it disappear in ash, houses are not real they can be pulled away by some rich bank, so what is real today and what is real happiness.

One time Happiness was spending the day with your family at a lake and eating fried chicken together watching the kids splash around in the water, but today we have to spend an obscene amount of money to take our family to a theme park were we come out even more tired and broke than when we go in  and we call that a vacation, it's time we as a society got our perspectives back and enjoyed the real things in life like spending time with mom and dad before they are gone, or spending time with are kids before they are grown, this is what's real in life, the movie star or singer that you idolize will grow old and die  but things like family and friends will live on forever even after your gone your children will have these same values to pass along to their children, in which case you and I will live on forever just something to ponder.

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Published on July 17, 2014 08:02 • 3 views

July 14, 2014

“Adversity introduces a man to himself.” ― Albert Einstein

This is one of my favorite quotes, because it matches my life so well. Like most people I have had financial struggles, automobile problems, problems paying rent and so on.  I have been to the top of the mountain where prosperity was plentiful,  and I have been in the lowest valleys where I was wondering how i would keep my electricity on, so this quote reminds me that no matter what this life may bring it will always get better if we keep positive and keep moving forward always remember if you are going through hard times at least you are going through them and anytime you are moving forward you will come out of it.

So often we find ourselves in situations that we feel we cannot get out of or over come,  well I am living proof that there is a way out of every bad situation and no one is too far gone, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.  I do not give to you as the world gives. John 14:27 says  "Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” Whenever I have found myself in situations like the ones I have described above I always turn to the only one who has been there when no one else was, friends, family, and loved ones are good to have around but they have lives to live to, they have separate lives so we cannot always count on them but God is always there he has always pulled me out of bad situations, at one point in my life I contemplated taking my own life because the stress of just the everyday existence was too much to bear, such as a bad divorce, alcohol or just debt can drive a person to think and do things we would not ordinarily think or do.

"Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”   Isaiah 40: 30,31 remember you are not alone there are others that have been through the same things as you so listen and learn and have dreams and hopes, look to the future instead of the past and someday you will be telling these things to others and in some way you will be helping those that are where you might be right now. 

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Published on July 14, 2014 04:29 • 13 views

July 11, 2014

by nature I am a trusting person I believe everyone are as good as their word well recently I found out otherwise I hire and editor and I thought she was a good one to work on my book of M series well stupid me paid her before the job was done and now I have not heard from her I hate the thoughts of not trusting people but it seems to be getting to the point to where we have to question any promises people make in todays society and it is a very sad thing when I bought my first vehicle simply on a handshake.
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Published on July 11, 2014 04:59 • 47 views • Tags: book, editor, sales, tim-simspon

March 18, 2014

Several months ago a man came into the store where I work and he was telling me his wife was not expected to live much longer. I really wanted to do something for the guy so I just gave him one of my books a life worth living for her to read. Well she passed away a couple of days ago and he came into the store today and thanked me for the book and said he was reading it to her just before she passed away. That story touched me that my book could be used in such away.

So now matter what the critic says it is things like this that make what I write worth while.
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Published on March 18, 2014 05:14 • 14 views • Tags: jesus, story, tim-simpson

December 12, 2013

The book of M has been a dream of mine to write. I grew up reading Sherlock Holmes, The Phantom of the Opera, Frankenstein, Dracula, and sleepy Hollow. As I got older I discovered Allan Quatermain, and the story Of Elizabeth Bathory. I never read Zorro but I always loved the old movies and TV shows and was so excited when I found out he was in the public domain.

What I decided to do was try and keep the original stories intact and make them about what happened after the fact. This series of books starts with one woman, Elizabeth Bathory, I know a lot of the time periods are off, however this is after all fiction and I wanted a plausible story to be able to put these characters together.
Elizabeth Bathory has been in exile still fighting to maintain her youth and desperately trying to defy death itself. So she is forced to hide and travel searching for the secrets of the ages and in her travels she finds a lowly Phantom wondering the streets of Paris and recruits him in returned for security and aid. She also finds a broken man by the name of Professor Moriarty (who had fallen from a large waterfall) he found his way to her door step one night as she is staying over in a small village still on the run from the authorities.
Now with the brave Phantom and the Mind of professor Moriarty she is able to recruit another lowly poor soul who had turned himself invisible and living in secrete so the world will think he remains dead, he simply goes by the name griffin.
Also The Countess Bathory knows of a thief who is world renowned and yet has never been caught his name Arsene Lupin. The countess sends Lupin to the Americas to locate the head of an invincible Hessian warrior. The warrior is the only one who can get through the snares inside Dracula's final resting place, Bathory feels if she has Dracula she will become invincible and live forever as undead, However should the supernatural not be enough, she turns to science. The Countess sends Griffin and Moriarty to the frozen arctic to locate a man created from science by a brilliant Scientist named Frankenstein. With her plan complete what could possible stand in the countesses way of revenge upon the entire world.
Traveling alone a doctor of other sorts has faked his own death so that he might be able to find a cure for his own creation. Dr. Henry Jekyll was searching for a way that he could live out his fantasies without fear of remorse, however what he created he named Hyde. As the years have gone by Hyde has become more powerful and in fact Jekyll does not need the potion to turn him anymore, sometimes all it takes is a strong emotion. Along his Journey he meets a man with a similar problem who he calls Larry. Larry was bitten by a large wolf one night and now he is cursed whenever the moon is full he becomes that which bit him.
On a chance meeting of the wolf and Hyde, a fight ensues and in the end Larry and Jekyll become friends and travel together trying to keeps each ones alter ego in check., that is until an encounter with an evil count and his vampire army disrupts the two men.
He has been on the run for years trying to track down the rest of Dracula's army however the remaining Vampires have been hunting him as well. The Vampire Hunter's name is Abraham Van Helsing and he has been slaying vampires ever since he destroyed the dark Count Dracula. One night on such a hunt he ends up on the doorstep of history's greatest detective Sherlock Holmes. Holmes 'after witnessing' the Vampires for himself insist on helping Van Helsing in his crusade of ridding the world of such beast. Along the way they are aided in a vampire battle by a Spanish swordsman who has been traveling the world in his retirement years. Diego de la Vega insists on helping the two men on their journey.
Along the way the three men are assisted by the likes of Captain Ahab, Allan Quatermain, and even Captain Nemo.
In this volume you will see a betrayal by Dracula, a change of heart by Professor Moriarty, and meet a pack of friendly peace loving werewolves.
So where will it all end? well you will have to read it to find out.
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Published on December 12, 2013 06:15 • 31 views • Tags: allan, dracula, elizabeth, frankenstien, headless-horseman, hollow, lupin, m, monster, phantom, proffessor, sherlock, tim, vampires, zorro

August 3, 2013

I recently purchased a copy of a tale of two cities I have never read it before so I am excited about starting it.
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Published on August 03, 2013 20:00 • 27 views • Tags: a-tale-of-two-cities, charles-dickens

Ponderings to Ponder

Tim James Simpson
In my home town I have a weekly column which I write called ponderings to ponder so I have decided to post this blog titled the same to give readers something to ponder about.
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