404 December, 2010 | Tony J. Alicea

Archives for December 2010

Reflections On 2010

People tend to only remember endings. So much is made of finishing well that we can lose sight of the journey it took to get there. The last song on a great CD was a filler track but seems to be the only thing that stays with you. A terrific movie with a disappointing closing […]

My Top 5 Posts of 2010

As I wind down this year, I thought it would be a good idea to look back on my last few months of blogging. I officially started this blog in August and I can honestly say that this experience has been one of the most rewarding in my life. Since I didn’t have a full […]

My Year In Music

If you thought I like books, you ain’t seen nothing yet! I remember one time seeing this cheesy independent movie that was probably self-funded with no budget for the music. You don’t realize the importance of a soundtrack until it is non-existent or just plain terrible. There were scenes with absolutely no background music and […]

My Year In Books

To say that I like reading would be a harrowing understatement. If I don’t have at least one book in my hand at any given time in my life, I feel like my IQ slowly diminishes. I love a great novel that will engage my mind and heart. I love a Christian book that will […]

Jesus Grew Up

If you’re not easily offended, one of the funniest parts of the movie Talledega Nights is Ricky Bobby’s prayer to baby Jesus. He says things like “Dear 8lb, 6oz newborn infant Jesus…don’t even know a word yet, just a little infant and cuddly but still omnipotent.” He says he likes to pray to the baby Jesus. It is over the top but it made me think, “Can I relate to baby Jesus?”

I Will Not Be Moved

It’s been a pretty rough week for me. From battling a bit of writer’s block, dealing with some pretty intense heart issues related to fear, to a seemingly never-ending move…it’s definitely been hectic.

When The Muse Is On Vacation

I’ve been having a difficult time writing this week. I wouldn’t necessarily call it writer’s block, per se. I have a huge list of draft ideas queued up. I have a well of thoughts swimming through my head. But for the first time since I started this blog…it is not flowing easily. I feel like my muse is taking an early Christmas holiday break.

Spiritual Calisthenics

In 9th grade I made the high school basketball team. It was a pretty big deal because it wasn’t easy to make the cut. I was excited to play with the other guys and see how well we all meshed. I anticipated the first day of practice to be like the Dream Team preparing for the Olympics.

Best. Christmas Song. Ever.

I have a confession. I’m not a big fan of Christmas music. Sure, I can appreciate it. I listen to it in the stores or at other people’s houses. But I can’t say I’ll go buy Christmas music and listen to it in my house. It’s just not my thing.

On Perspective

Perspective is an ever-changing reality. It frames our picture, adjusts our lenses and it creates our filters. We use it to define everything from relationships to space and time.