"Ideas not coupled with action never become bigger than the brain cells they occupied" - Arnold H. Glasow.
About me ?
I was born in Nashville "The Athens of The South" as the city is called to a family that has lived in the North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky area of the U.S. for over 200 years. If Virginia is included, then my family surname can be reliably traced back to the 1730s at the very least. It has been suggested that there is genealogical evidence that my family surname is descended from one by the same name among the translators of the King James Version Bible of 1611, this has not been confirmed as of yet so it remains only speculation at this time.
I grew up in rural Ohio and spent most every summer on the family farm in southern Kentucky; eventually living there for a short time as a young man exploring the various areas of the farm for fossils and relics from past inhabitants long ago, cutting tobacco, milking dairy cattle, attending a local Southern Baptist church- the same church I attended every summer since I was a very young child. One person who inspired me spiritually more than many or most was my grandmother who lived on that farm. She told me about the importance of becoming a Christian and of all the things she did for me in simple faith, one example of her character stuck with me more than any other as I grew into adulthood: the fact that she read from the Bible to me and prayed for us every night when I was a child before going to bed, she never stopped praying for me as I grew older because she loved me.
I primarily like Contemporary Gospel such as sung by Amy Grant or BeBe and CeCe Winans but I have been listening lately to Country Music with Christian themes in the songs such as Rascal Flatts and I like it. I enjoy 80's Music in general and I like certain songs by Eric Clapton ("My Father's Eyes"), Phil Collins ("In the air Tonight," "Against all Odds," "Easy Lover," which is a song about the exact opposite, and "One more Night," "Two Hearts," "Invisible Touch," "Another day in Paradise," "True Colors," "Sussudio," and "Take me Home"), Peter Gabriel ("Big Time"), Billy Joel ("A Matter of Trust"), and Elton John ("Candle in the wind," "The one," "Blue Eyes," "Can you feel the love tonight," and "The circle of life"). The last 2 songs are both from the sound track of the movie "The Lion King".
Some of my favorite books I have read are those written by Christian authors such as Andrew Murray (The Secret of The Cross) and Jesse Penn-Lewis (War on The Saints). I have also read The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit written by J.R.R. Tolkien, each easily over 100 times per book. The Three Musketeers and The Man in The Iron Mask (and The Count of Monte Cristo years later as an adult) by Alexandre Dumas were also books important to my formulative years as were those written by Tolkien.
I also like to read autobiographies and biographies of important historical personages and families. Some of my favorites have been Abraham Lincoln and The Imperial Romanov family of Russia. I have developed a penchant for reading philosophy and comparative religion by authors such as Locke, Kierkegaard, Otto, and Eliade. Existentialism and Empiricism are my favorite areas of philosophical enquiry in which I have done the most reading, examples being Locke, Berkeley, and again Kierkegaard. Likewise, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism are areas of anthropological culture and comparative religious enquiry and thought outside of Christianity in which I have done the most reading.
Movies and Television ?
It has been a few years since I have watched mainstream television but I do like watching movies of mainly 3 types though. Movies with Christian themes, Animated movies, and Action/Sci-Fi movies. If I had to pick a few favorites in each category. It would be "Risen" (with Joseph Fiennes), "Ben Hur" both the old and the newly released version, "The Ten Commandments," and "Exodus"(with Christian Bale) in the Christian films genre. "The Lion King" (one of my children's favorites), "Beauty and The Beast" (the original animated version), "The Prince of Egypt," and "Anastasia" in the Animated films genre. Favorites in the Action/Sci-Fi genre would be the "Star Trek" series of movies, "The Time Machine"(2002 version), "The Matrix trilogy" (with Keanu Reeves), "I,Robot" (with Will Smith), "Armageddon" (with Bruce Willis), the "Batman trilogy" (with Christian Bale), the first and second "Terminator" (with Arnold Schwarzenegger), "Gladiator" (with Russell Crowe), "Avatar" (with Sam Worthington), "Live. Die. Repeat." (with Tom Cruise), "Blade Runner" (with Harrison Ford), and some of the Marvel Cinematic Universe "Avengers" movies or their spin-offs like "Black Panther" or "Thor:Ragnarok." The Steven Spielberg movie "Artificial Intelligence" deserves special mention by itself as one of the best movies I have ever seen.
I take an interest in NBA professional Basketball(the Cleveland Cavaliers). I keep hoping against hope that the Cleveland Browns will win the Superbowl some day.
I like Italianate, Romanesque, Queen Anne Victorian, and Victorian Stick Architecturally designed houses and buildings. Older cities are always interesting to me and I like to drive through them to look at the various styles of architecture represented by the houses and buildings that make up the respective neighborhoods of their historical districts.
Randy Abbott, all rights reserved, August 15, 2018.