Tuesday, December 16, 2008
The selling of a Senate seat. Hmmmm?
Last night I was watching a piece following Caroline Kennedy and her desire to fill Hillary's Seante seat in NY. The reporter kept saying she'd be a good candidate because of her ability to raise money. Apparently, it will take Kennedy a MINIMUM of $40,000,000 to run.
So how does money NOT buy you a seat?
How does money NOT equate power in America?
Wall Street beats out Main Street once again.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
I'm calling for a season of GRACE.
GRACE extended to everyone. People in need, people not in need, people of every age, race, gender - you name it, GRACE should be at hand.
What's going on in Washington D.C. is nuts. On one hand you have corporate executives failing at their jobs; producing products that don't sell, can't compete in free markets, lend to risky individuals, and in turn have collapsed a system that is spiraling out of control. On the other hand, you have the media screaming that "the sky is falling!" Possibly. Probably not.
Nonetheless, their voice is loud and people are scared.
So what does Washington do?
Washington writes HUGE checks labeled "bailout" and our fears are all supposed to be quelled. Banks were given billions - that's with a "b." They were given billions to in turn lend to builders, buyers, manufacturers, importers and exporters, on and on and on. They were given the task to help UN-freeze the credit market. In essence, to extend GRACE.
But each day the DOW continues to fall and fall and fall and fall and fall and fall...
These folks not only NOT un-freezing loans, they are using this government "bailout" to recoup their own resources, failures, and the like. No GRACE.
I don't like the direction D.C. took this whole thing. But in the end what they did was extend some real GRACE to help cover our rears and HOPEFULLY stop the media-supported (if not created) crumble of America.
GRACE should beget GRACE.
Maybe I'm giving D.C. way too much credit, but is it possible we could all learn from this season of generous printing of money and loan taking from China and the like? Its by no means ideal, but maybe we could turn a crappy situation into a time of Jubilee (see the Jewish tradition of Jubilee).
Not sure how to close other than persuading you to extend grace whenever you can. When you are shown grace, give thanks. Lets turn our chins up and make this a time of Jubilee!
Grace & Peace,
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Cora starts to vomit & poo
the fun begins...
Thanksgiving with the ENTIRE fam-damly!
Kate & Ross start to vomit & poo
Chuck, Mimi, Cathy, Rachel, Eric, & Giselle start to vomit & poo
Toni, Carolyn, & Rob start to vomit & poo
Clyde starts to vomit & poo
That's all the tracking we did. But who knows how far this thing went??? Sorry everyone that got it. But really, I'm gonna blame Cora...
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
So....go out to your local magazine/newsstand and grab a copy, a copy for your friends and fam and keep on spreadin' the RC love! Thanks for everyone's continued support. Its a process, but its working folks.
Have a great Thanksgiving. Eat waaaayyyyyy too much and come back rejuvenated from the short vacation!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Last night I wrapped up The River Child CD RELEASE Tour in St. Louis at Cicero's. We had a great crowd and an AWESOME line up: Kristen Font, Sam Wade, Sheila Sharapani, and myself (w/ jimbo moss on the drums - which was great!).
It was a fun tour. Lots of exciting new stories spanning from the mountains of Colorado to St. Louis. We hit Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, & Missouri in this LEG of the tour. I head back out on the road later in March w/ Records Record Records (just signed to Universal) where we'll go east...Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, here I come.
Here's some clips from last nights show...
AND DON'T FORGET!!! If you haven't already picked up a copy, or downloaded the new album, remember you can do that through my site www.rosschristopher.com, or via Apple iTunes.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Can I do some un-abashed self promotion?
Welp, I am anyway...I just got home from the radio studio where I was interviewed for a 2.5 min radio spot that will run twice per day everyday for the next 2 days starting Monday, Nov. 10th.
If you're in STL, tune into 88.1 FM for some RC goodness.
Once the interview is sliced and diced, I should be able to toss it up here too, so stay tuned.
See, that wasn't so bad!
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Don’t get me wrong, both McCain and Obama are great leaders and I’m sure either candidate will treat the office with dignity and respect. But the promises and futures each of them project to us, the voters, simply won’t happen, nor will their plans restore the lives to the extent that they promise.
This past year I read a great book by one of my favorite authors and activists, Shane Claiborne. In his book, Jesus for President, he highlights the failures of government. The systematic inability of true restorative grace is something he follows through leaders, militaries, and governments from the earliest of human culture to the current. People groups have always placed their hopes in the strong, the popular, the mighty, and culture after culture rises or falls to power and finds itself in a looming exile. The only true restorer is Christ. The only true hope lies in Jesus’ promise of a new humanity, which acts out when we live as his hands and feet to the world.
Never in an elected official.
You’d think the Old Testament would teach the lesson.
My biggest fear and sadness is in those individuals that have placed SO much hope in the candidates. I just finished an article that followed each campaign trail and talked about the fanatics that find themselves so moved that they’re literally brought to tears and emotional ecstasy while at the campaign rallies. I cringe with sadness for these individuals because their hopes will be let down. I cringe because they are brought to tears with the eloquence of powerful politicians, yet remain stoic and dry when they read the words of the Christ, and/or experience his work all around them.
Well, obviously things aren’t that different here in the
Folks, please vote. Please engage the political process. But please, please, please, don’t be one of those individuals that has put so much hope in either McCain or Obama, that we forget that Jesus, through us, is the real advocate and hope for change.
p.s. check out Jesus for President, by Shane Claiborne, for more on this (and stated much more eloquently).
Friday, October 31, 2008
I'll try and make this concise and brief. Haiti was devastatingly poor and overpopulated. We worked and stayed at the House of Hope Orphanage. It was actually in a nicer area than most.
A bit if Haitian factoid...its the poorest country in the world. We rarely had electricity, I slept on the roof, there were rats, awesome!
Most of the homes were 2 room, made of rusted sheet metal, and no further than 4 feet apart from each other. But what I think I struggled with the most was that they lived in the dump. The trash piled higher than our vehicle, and homes were situated right in the middle. People rummaged through the remains, bathed, swam, washed dishes, and filled drinking water containers in raw sewage.
The New Testament refers to "hell" only a handful of times and most of its reference is the Hebrew word, "ge-henna," which actually is a town's dump. You can visit Jerusalem today and still see "ge-henna." It was a place of the discarded, the unwanted, trash. There's something symbolically disturbing to see a nation living in hell.
Disease is rampant, malaria kills daily, HIV is staggering, 50% of the children die before age 5...is there any hope? There is, and it's not in government. It's not in military. It's not in the UN. It's in community and humanity acting as the hands and feet of Christ, restoring and loving.
It's good to be back.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
This Travel Warning is being issued to advise American citizens to defer non-essential travel to Haiti until further notice. The civil unrest of early April has subsided, but the political and economic conditions that precipitated these events have not been entirely resolved. Conditions may occasionally limit Embassy operations to emergency services. Americans are also reminded of ongoing security concerns in Haiti, including frequent kidnappings of Americans for ransom. This supersedes the Travel Warning for Haiti issued on April 11, 2008.
In early April 2008, there were violent demonstrations, looting, transportation disruptions, and up to seven reported deaths in Les Cayes and Port-au-Prince. Some American citizens were temporarily stranded in isolated locations and could not safely travel until calm was restored. Because political and economic conditions precipitating the civil unrest have not been resolved, American citizens should defer non-essential travel to Haiti.
The absence of an effective police force in many areas of Haiti means that, should protests reignite, there is potential for looting, the erection of intermittent roadblocks set by armed protestors or by the police, and an increased possibility of random crime, including kidnapping, carjacking, home invasion, armed robbery and assault. Americans in Haiti should practice good personal security, take commonsense precautions, and avoid any event where crowds may congregate. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn violent. Americans should closely monitor news media and the U.S. Embassy's website at: http://haiti.usembassy.gov/warden_information .html.
U.S. citizens traveling to and residing in Haiti despite this warning are reminded that there is also a chronic danger of violent crime, especially kidnappings. Most kidnappings are criminal in nature, and the kidnappers make no distinctions of nationality, race, gender or age; all are vulnerable. There were 29 reported kidnappings of Americans in 2007. As of the date of this Travel Warning, fourteen Americans were reported kidnapped in 2008. Most of the Americans were abducted in Port-au-Prince. These kidnappings have been marked by deaths, brutal physical and sexual assault, and shooting of Americans. The lack of civil protections in Haiti, as well as the limited capability of local law enforcement to resolve kidnapping cases, further compounds the element of danger surrounding this trend.
Travel is always hazardous within Port-au-Prince. U.S. Embassy personnel are under an embassy-imposed curfew and must remain in their homes or in U.S. government facilities during the curfew. Some areas are off-limits to embassy staff after dark, including downtown Port-au-Prince. The embassy limits (restricts) travel by its staff to some areas outside of Port-au-Prince due to prevailing road and security conditions. This may constrain our ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens outside of Port-au-Prince. Demonstrations and violence occasionally limit Embassy operations to emergency services, even within Port-au-Prince. The UN stabilization force (MINUSTAH) remains fully deployed and is assisting the government of Haiti in providing security.
So....I'm watching 24, Rambo, Delta Force, 3 Ninja's Kick Back, Escape from Alcatraz, and the Great Escape just in preparation of the worst. Should I stay or should I go? Given a hostage situation, do I run or wait for ransom??? Sheesh!
I'll post again upon return. Think of me.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
the grace university gang was accommodating and great....devon proved to be an off-shoot of mcguyver. locked out of the sound board and power amps, we dismantled the unit using a screwdriver and the leg of a chair...
my beard is experiencing too much growth...never have i had so much that i see it (in its flowing goodness) in the periphery of my vision. its outa' control folks.
ok, i'm tired and i need some exercise out of my honda. i leave for haiti on sunday.
Friday, October 17, 2008
This morning we took off to Boreas Pass above Breck again and decided to hike up past tree line for lunch. Whew...I am out of shape! But we made it and the scenery was beautiful. I'm guessing we were eating lunch somewhere around 12,500 ft elevation or more. Once we breached those trees, it was cold and windy - like we were getting pillaged by the wind. Brrrrr!
We went back to the hotel and got ready for the Border's CD Signing and Acoustic Event in Park Meadows. Grabbed an early dinner at Brio Tuscan Grill. WOWZIERS! I had gorgonzola encrusted steak and Kate had the roasted lamb chops. This music biz sure pays well huh??? Actually we had a gift card, so its all goot.
Tomorrow morning, sadly, we have to head out of the mountains until Christmas. Tear. Tomorrow we drive 8 hrs to Omaha for a show on Saturday at Grace University. I'm looking forward to college dorm food...what what all you can eat Lucky Charms!
Until then, Peace,
Ross, Kate, & Cora
p.s. sorry no pics today
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Currently I'm feeling some serious altitude sickness - nausea, sore, tired, blah. But the show must go on, ya know. So I'm sitting in the green room at Bender's in Denver. Its a sweet venue and it'll be fun playing with Kyle Gallenal and Dore Taylor.
Today we did some scenic driving up Boreas Pass just behind Breckenridge. It was breath taking...but that was just the altitude sickness. After that we ate on Dillon Lake and enjoyed our time there. Colorado is perfect.
The venue tonight has a bar side with a small stage and a venue side where I'm playing. Denver Joe is playing some honkey tonk over there and he is quite a "doobious" character; a 70 year old doobious character!
I suppose I'll sign off. I'm about 70 pages into the new Rob Bell book and I want to get back to that.
I'm sitting at The Laughing Goat in Boulder, CO. I was supposed to load in and sound check at 7, but alas no sound guy...so i'll wait a bit longer before throwing a complete conniption.
So to pass the time, i'll tell you about our day. We did some hiking this afternoon. We went about 3 or 4 miles up to a beautiful mountain lake. When we got there we unpacked and fed Cora. These big fuzzy birds started flying close by and were all stalking like. Then all of a sudden, one came right at Kate and we decided it was too much Alfred Hitchcock for our taste and we took off.
After that, we cleaned up and headed to Idaho Springs for dinner before the show in Boulder. We grabbed a bite at Tommyknockers - a great local brewery.
OK...the sound guy just came in, so I gotta get my lines set and sound check.
Peace and talk to you tomorrow!
-Ross, Kate, & Cora
Monday, October 13, 2008
Currently I'm sitting in back as we're cruising along I-70 at 77 mph. We took off out of KC this morning at about 6AM, stopped at a truckstop in Salina, KS for a delicious breakfast feast - $3.99 (2 eggs, 2 pieces of bacon, hashbrowns, 2 pieces of sourdough toast, and a coffee). The gods shall be pleased!
Now, passing through Quinter, KS I swear I can begin to see the faint outline of the mountains ahead. But Kate says I'm full of it. She is a nay-sayer.
We arrived in Frisco, CO tonight just in time for happy hour at the Dillon Dam Brewery. Had a drink and shared split a Mediterranean quesadilla. It was all goot!
After that we headed out to Breckenridge to hit up one of our favorite coffee shops; Clints. After we caffinated ourselves we headed back to the hotel in Frisco and now were settling in for some Chris Rock on HBO. I'm pooped from driving - how can sitting in a car all day make you so tired???
Last point I'd like to make for today's blog...in honor of Columbus Day, try and pillage something - or at least use the word in a sentence.
Good luck and we'll post again tomorrow from Boulder, Colorado.
Ross, Kate, & Cora
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Tomorrow we hit the road on tour for my new album. I'm pumped! This will be Cora's 1st Colorado trip and that should be fun. We're staying in Frisco up in the mountains - beautimus. We'll be sure to keep everyone updated, day to day. Here's the concert schedule:
TUESDAY - The Laughing Goat - Boulder, CO - 8:30PM
WEDNESDAY - Bender's - Denver, CO - 10PM
THURSDAY - Border's IN STORE CD SIGNING - Park Meadow (Denver), CO - 7PM
SATURDAY - Grace University - Omaha, NE - 9PM
SUNDAY - Jerry's Bait Shop - Lenexa, KS - 8:30PM
MONDAY - Jerry's Bait Shop - Lee's Summit, MO - 8:30PM
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
I am not an economist. I wasn't even a business or finance major in college. I have a degree in English with a focus on American Literature and Political Science. But I also am not blind or deaf. I watched the news yesterday. I watched the stocks yesterday. Did you?
Certainly I don't expect the 800 billion dollar bailout to work overnight, or even in weeks or months. My best guess is that we'll see the full implications of it in 3-5 years. Do understand however, that I was against government action and overhaul. I think we as individuals thrive and don't need legislators and taxed programs to enable our potentials.
Two weeks ago as the bailout was being discussed in the House, in almost certainty that it would be passed, we watched as the DOW plummeted the largest single-day loss ever. The next day, as congress voted the bailout down, the DOW had one of the largest gains in US history. Nearly a week later as the new 458 page document passed through the Senate and House and was signed by the President, we again watched the DOW plunge below 10,000. I imagine many "un-educated, non-economist types" were confused.
But in the sidelines, the US dollar began to gain in value, oil dropped to $90 a barrel (down from $150), which also drove down the prices of commodities such as milk, cheese, produce, etc. Its a cyclical climate that seems to have risen as high as it could, popped, and is leveling itself back out. Have we seen the worst of it...who knows? Did the bailout do any good...i hope so - i truly hope I was WAY wrong in being against it!
But one has to wonder, what's going on?
Monday, October 6, 2008
and this one...christian music is SOOOOOOOOOO bad!
i don't know why this is funny, but it just is...
my good friend o'mazing grace:
just really really impressive!
so, that does it. have a good week everybody!
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Let's talk political ADs...nothing more, just ADs...
This year's presidential race has had more negative campaigns than I can remember in my short, 10 year stint, of voter-ship. I've always been of the persuasion that if you tell someone what you stand FOR, you build true fans, support, and create great movement. However, when you run a trash campaign AGAINST someone else, you run a shallow campaign full of questions, possible slander/libel, and risk.
In the past 4 days I've received 3 mailers from the democratic party, listing all of McCain's supposed failures, political history, lack of internet knowledge, even one dedicated to the fact that he owns a $500 pair of loafers. Now I'm no political strategist, but $500 loafers? Whether he owns them or not, if someone votes against a candidate for that reason is shallow and pathetic. But what's even more pathetic is that campaign dollars (millions of dollars) are being spent running this trash. Leadership role #1 is stewardship...hmmm.
McCain isn't innocent of running these ads either, but in the past month (since he's named Gov. Palin as VP), his campaign has moved to the positive. Rather than trash Obama's experience or shady political dealings, he's focused on naming the things that he stands for and will work to accomplish - even if its not popular (like a spending freeze in light of the 700 billion dollar bailout - a novel idea...not spending money that you don't have).
Imagine for a couple minutes that YOU are running a campaign to persuade the majority of any given group to pick you as "most favorable." You can spend your time, energy, and money 1 of 2 ways. 1, you can tell people why you are the most favorable, what you've done in your past, what you believe of the future, etc. OR, #2, you can put other people down, run ad after ad with ominous music running facts like, "candidate X spent $4000 on a espresso machine...," and in the end hope that in light of candidate X's bad press, that you'll be the name with less dirt attached. Well, I just don't buy that. I don't think negativity is healthy, and I don't think it determines voter turnout. People want to vote FOR something. And simply saying you are the face of change doesn't mean you actually have a plan for what that change looks like. Change, how, what, when, how much, who (or is it whom?)...I don't know, because you've never told me.
What I do know, though, is that McCain spends too much on shoes, that he's old, and he struggles to google just about anything. I'm sorry, but that won't get me to the polls. And frankly, I think Obama's campaign does offer some great stuff for this country, but unfortunately we'll never know.
I hope that voters go to the booths with a list in their minds of what they're voting for, what policies will best suit their communities and the world, what leadership style they believe in, and most of all trust in their candidates character.
Between now and the election do your best to get out the positives, the stuff that makes you want to vote FOR one of these guys, and spread that word! If you're an Obama fan, tell everyone what change is good, what it will mean for the future, and how his plan for America is best. If you're a McCain fan, tell your friends why you think he's the guy to put the country first. If they won't do it, you be the ADs.
So vote for whomever you wish, just promise me 1 thing, vote FOR a candidate, not AGAINST one.
Friday, September 26, 2008
i found this video and it is not right at all. so watch it. and agree with me how not right it is.
welp, i told you so.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
I could survive for 1 minute, 6 seconds chained to a bunk bed with a velociraptor
Monday, September 15, 2008
I'm a word guy. I love new and great words. We'll be talking and someone will use a good one, and i'll be like, "oh, good word."
So this week Kate and I decided that we're kicking off a new, weekly post, that will encourage folks to use the "word of the week" at least a handful of times throughout their week.
Without any further adieu, the word this week is: besmirch.
I'll define it...
–verb (used with object)
|1.||to soil; tarnish; discolor.|
|2.||to detract from the honor or luster of: to besmirch someone's good name.|
here's an example: (heated conversation happening at work)
BOSS: "Hey, I told you that the report was due at 7AM, not PM!"
ME: "Look buster, don't you besmirch my good name and blame me for your scheduling error!"
BOSS: (taken a-back and put in his/her place)
ok, now its up to everyone to use it properly this week in conversation, writings, etc.
peace for now,
ross & kate
p.s. we'd love to hear how you were able to use it.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
We've been outside all day. But it was a beautiful day, so we just lounged around, ate whenever we wanted, drank more than we should have. You get the idea.
Still though, we were being lured away from our setting. So in a matter of minutes we broke through the fence and decided to venture out and about. We ran for a while - at least until our legs got tired. But what I didn't realize is that his legs must have gotten tired before mine. He was long gone and I didn't even notice until it was too late.
I continued on my way; looking here and there for him, but who knows where he went at this point. So i'm almost to the rec center and decide to head for the highway. I'm getting to HWY 44 and this idot in a car flies past me, nearly hitting me. That was freakin' scary!
I kept walking towards 44 when I noticed the guy in the car that about laid me flat. He's getting out of his car and walking to me. He must know me because he's calling my name. Funny thing, he looked familiar and was willing to give me a ride back to "safety." Nice guy really.
Little did I know that my friend ALSO got picked up and went with his friend all the way to Ladue. I guess he was mad at me for losing him. My bad.
All in all, we arrived back at home 4 hours and $76 dollars later.
Oh wait...that wasn't about me. I almost forgot. That was a story about my stupid dogs!!!!!!! So, if anyone wants (FREE OF CHARGE), an adult, un-trained, pain in the ass dog (or dogs), just shoot me a line.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
But...today I walked out of the house to head to work and the brisk morning air (sub 50 degree) caught me off guard. I returned inside to grab a jacket. I LOVE it! And I'm one of those visual-auditory-memory-types. The coolness, the light jacket, the breeze made my mind jump to Rocky Mountain National Park. The thought of Rocky Mountain National Park brought the soundtrack of Dave Matthew's, Some Devil to mind. Kate can vouch for me. (i love the word vouch)
We were driving the winding roads, listening to Some Devil. It was a perfect soundtrack. Now whenever I hear one of those songs, I immediately am back in RMNP. And so I made the trip again this morning. From the coolness to Dave Matthews to RMNP...its a perfect start to a beautiful day!
So with a mug of coffee in hand and Some Devil circulating in the background, things are good!