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Eric’s Sunday Sermon; Incongruence and Rectification

Updated on June 8, 2019
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Eric is a freelance. Not for any reason except to be free. Eric's tails are real and if you listen up to Dr. Dierker we might just learn.

Don't Look

This much fun is questionable?
This much fun is questionable? | Source

There Should Be Laughter After Pain

Readers of my work will think this strange perhaps. I smoked cigarettes. Before that I dipped tobacco. Makes no sense at all. Well maybe it did. Strange but both my cancers had nothing to do with that. At least that is what doctors and lawyers agree on. “WHAT!?” Doctors and lawyers? Well and the government and judges.

My first good cancer was determined to be “down winder” caused. Cool term. So they blew up these atomic bombs in the southwest and the fallout blew over me like a tempest from hell when I was about 5-6 years old. I hardly wore shorts in those days, shoes and shirts and just forget about it. I got in trouble more than once taking off my shoes and leaving them when I went to kindergarten. They have 4 E or EEEE width shoes. Mine are closer to 6 E. I do not have a tail but maybe the docs cut it off at birth. “My sisters would say that “you look like a monkey and you smell like one too”. So much fun. I could run through a Blackberry patch barefoot – shoot I still can. But all that nudity exposed me for cancer.

Now the Doctors and lawyers are all over me about Radon. Apparently the cancer I have now is directly related to Radon use. In my case both use and patrolling in areas of heavy use.

Now here is a fun one. After 911 I got a degree and went into private security. A gun toting bad ass. And I had my stun gun and Billy stick and handcuffs and learned defensive Karate (yes we learned immediate responder first aid also but so boring) I could serve and protect myself and others in a heartbeat. I was six ft, ugly and could press near 300 pounds.

But the silent invisible Radon was killing me in the business parks I worked. Now that is an incredible irony. Bad to the bone but weak as a worm against a silent killer. I got shot at. But radon is far more dangerous. My good buddy father in law in Vietnam got it bad from Agent Orange

I just get a kick out life and try to share it. My sons are convinced I am crazy. My daughters think that they do not know what to think about me. Always suspicious. Girls. No I am not taking acid, I just do not see the bad. I do not look in my rearview mirror I swivel my head to make sure things are copasetic. Rear views make me uneasy.

I Can Only Love, It Is an Issue

Of All The Giirls

Thank you my wife
Thank you my wife | Source

Brutality and Suffering are Optional

What does our concept of God do? I figure we will never know. Nasty stab wound and chemotherapy do not need to be “suffered” they need to be embraced. If you suck in the nasty and own it you can fill your heart with compassion for yourself and others. A simple equation of 10 + 10 equals 100. You figure the math in synergism. Yes that was plus and not times. That is synergism of love, multiply the pluses.

My buddy of 60+ a dollar years told me that I was “one sick puppy”. Of course we eschewed physical illness and were referring to my Pollyanic optimism and insanity. To me a nasty cut is an opportunity to learn how to fix it. I feel pain but look at it. Some of us are crazier. Or maybe we are not crazy enough.

I have this mentor, Yogi and teacher and coach and friend. Some folks call him Jesus. I just call him “hey buddy”. He lifts me up to more than I can be. OK, in full disclosure he is tough sometimes and smacks me down hard. But do not play one-on-one basketball and not be afraid of being knocked down hard. (going to the court later for a “pick up” game.) I have anxiety but will power through it. I do not drink Gatorade but I call it the Gatorade effect. Maybe Jonestown. Drink the cool aid and go for broke. That is the sermon? Nope but it is fun to think about.

Yesterday award day and grade school. Big deal two awards. Hell! Yes! We laughed at my 14X14 card and balloons. How fun is doing great and being recognized for it? You praise my son and you praise his mom. And God is glorified. And I get a seat in the grandstands. Life is good.

Who among needs to insert our deal into another’s deal? Well I do. It works out ok sometimes.

Hate is too transparent. Apathy is the opposite of caring and love. Write me a hateful note and I will respond because I care. Write me no note and I will not know to love you and that is harm to both of us.

I was kind of doing bad after a nasty wound in the hospital. An aid brought me a warmed blanket and tucked me in. That was one of the finest healing moments of my life. The stab wound healed but probably because of the love shown.

Now I have heard it said that a doctor treats the disease and the nurse treats the patient. Isn’t that so bitchin cool. I think true in ways I do not understand.


Somebody is laughing too hard.
Somebody is laughing too hard. | Source

If You Do Not Know Spanish Then Stick with Love.

Look Inside My Friends

I had my once a year hankering for fast food. I cannot mention the name but the initials were Taco Bell. No soda and no fries just two large taco deals/Chalupas. Well now I must assume they we were made normally and they tasted, well not as good as I thought they would. Not too much food. They cost about ½ hour at minimum wage here. I have not felt this bloated and uncomfortable in a year. MSG? And then it hit me. I don’t do processed foods anymore. I just do not. I have absolutely no reason to. Why would I? Well maybe my multi-grain “natural” toasted oats and fat free milk. (Those are processed).

The point being here is that I try but just cannot do normal. My body has just become maladjusted to normal. Yes fast food is normal and people eat them by the billions of dollars a day. That disgusts me. I am glad my children did not see me.

My point really is the normal or the ordinary versus what should be normal and the extraordinary. Well I can tell you with a red face that my mulch has some fast food in it direct from my gastro going the wrong. Probably the chemies will have to be purged there also. Yikes.

Am I having fun in this world? I just looked over shoulder and ducked under my chair. I could sense the anti-fun pOlicey coming to get me with serious weapons. Meaning weapons to cause serious. They should be banned and are not here but the world creeps in and lets them over the fence. I am getting a dog this week I am second on hold for a Shepard and a Shepard. This dog will be like my boy and all – all serious and giggling.

Sorry but I forgot about being a hypocrite – read that incongruent and needing to rectify – read that repent. Isn’t that in our title for the sermon here? Being hypocritical never bothers me because I have an ex-wife, Five siblings, four children +++ a great wife and bestie friends who love to call me out on it.

So let us rest on this. My body purged that fast food crap. Not pleasant but right. My mind purged that hypocrite crap. I am sorry for venting on you. So I purge my guilt crap.

Yahoo let us have a dance party!!!!! Check Out a FAve of mine – shake shake shake shake shake shake. Shake our booty Somebody get me off my barka lounger standing and shaking my booty. Do not let the boy and his mom see me. Whahoo.

Of Course I Never Shaked My Booty Except....

Maybe this is Sexy?

To me it is just dancing like we do!

Isn't This Normal? Hmm


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Marlene my front porch light busted up. So just replace it - Right? Forty year year old fixtures don't jive with the youngsters. Really aggravating and fantastic.

      Homes are great to have and treasure.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      2 years ago from USA

      I don't do processed foods either. Since I started gardening, eating natural foods has become my preferred way of eating. Garden fresh foods taste better and I believe keeps me healthier. I enjoyed reading your article. I pray for you to overcome all adversities that come your way. Stay healthy my friend.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Elijah I read that twice. Cool ideas therein. Shucks your comment is better than my article - I like that. Good on ya mate!

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      2 years ago from Washington DC

      Well, old buddy, What can I say? In the last two or three years my body has been telling me to slow down, and I have. An old high school knee injury came back to life after I don't know how many thousand of walking miles I did and it didn't say a pain. I'm an Air Force Nam vet who left early November 69, maybe AO blew over my Phu Cat base or it may just be something I inherited from my mother who at a younger age than I am now had both of her hip joints replaced. It doesn't matter, I still say "I'm well" to people who ask "how are you" since it means "I'm doing what my condition allows." None to those problems did I have prior to DC, I guess the body didn't like spirit's telling me to hang around DC until my destiny arrives.

      One thing I'm glad of is Jesus said whatever someone offer you to eat or drink consume it. I did as the nomad and it taught me the greater verity of things I continue to consume the greater is my health condition. Maybe that is what has happened, here in DC I can't eat the vegetables people call grass, it isn't allowed to grow large enough or it's on someone's property who don't want me on it. There're some berries at the library not even the birds would eat until I ate them my first year coming here. The next year I saw birds eating them and I only got a few, this year, none. Oh, Well, so much for showing birds and people something is eatable.

      I kinda believe those of us who are to make it through these next few years has to learn to accept both what we prefer and what we don't, in that way we are showing everyone we are no longer eating from the tree of "the knowledge ofd good and evil" but have learned to accept what is because it is and has a PURPOSE.

      I enjoyed the reading, old buddy.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora I just did a teleconference with four lawyers. One asked what I was smiling at. Hihihi, I always smile. I won my point. We proceed with conviction and not backing down.

      Stay you Dora, God knows your purpose. But Lordy sakes alive do not be me! ;-)

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, your wife is beautiful. Your entire family is good-looking. Now about the big words in your title, please don't make it a habit (smile). I don't think you will, not when you end this article with a simple repetitive word like "shake."

      Anyway, I like your intention: "I just get a kick out life and try to share it." You do it well!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lori it is in the nineties here to day. Yahoo. No I know it stifles some folks but I grabbed my freezer bag with 20 bottles of cold water. And headed to the recycle place. Whahoo I met two neighbors.(incongruity to bring plastic bottles to the recycle place but they need to know it is safe) People there know I am crazy and so act nice. We sat in the shade and passed around a joint. (not for me as I fall down hihihihi but true)

      I reckon we are normal, for our era.

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      Lori Colbo 

      2 years ago from United States

      Hi Eric, who the heck wants to be normal. I looked up the word - typical, usual, expected, ordinary, standard, routine, run-of-the-mill. BORING!!! Oh, I forgot = free from physical or mental disorders. Sometimes I wish, but those two things have their advantages.

      I haven't heard the word "bitchin" since I was a teenager. We're of the same era.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda life is not all peaches and cream around here. I revealed some worry and got treated to a near spanking. Hands on hip with a spatula. Soup for the day on the stove top. To my Lady all things are in God's hands and I disrespect to worry. I think Philippians 4 not to worry. Please do not call my son if I get all negative - it is illegal here.

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      Linda Lum 

      2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, I don't get how you can be to up when everyone else is down, but I'm so thankful for you and your positive outlook on life. Thank you for reminding us to keep on the sunny side of the street. Your sermons are always uplifting and this one certainly put me in my happy place.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Lawrence. I do not preach up or down. Not my calling. Maybe I preach "what up God?!" But God answers you and not me. I am just over next to the river sucking on straw.

      Tomorrow will be a great hike.

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      2 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand


      Not sure which way is up after reading this, but enjoyed it anyway!

      If you're looking at getting a dog, the a Terrier is the way to go, they're fun, loyal and stubborn!

      By the way 'Normal' is just what the majority do, it has nothing to do with sanity.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Yes on brother. I don't really write them. I am the needing.

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      Clive Williams 

      2 years ago from Jamaica

      Teach on Brother Eric. These Sermon will touch the needing.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Nithya, My wife left today and yelled "comeback to earth Eric on her way out". Thanks for helping tether me.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      2 years ago from Dubai

      You see the positive side even in most difficult situations. Sending you lots of prayers, take care.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Pamela. Remember that old term "out of sorts"? I reckon we all get there from time to time. I think today I am "in of sorts" '-)

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Normal is highly overrated, buddy. I don't do it either. I'm still working on that love thing.Some days it's easy; others I really have to work on it. Good thing is, I'm goal oriented, so I at least have love in sight all the time.

      Have an abnormal day, dude!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Happy Sunday Eric, I am early today. I enjoyed your music choices today. I now you can beat this cancer. I pray for you. Your positive attitude (most of the time I suppose) might very well heal you, and the laughter in your home is awesome too. Let's enjoy church today.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby, I like nutty. Mom called me nutty as I related something like a book report. It felt warm. You nurses always lift me up.

      I am going to really enjoy church today.

      We have a term Sangha But that is different. My congregation is here and my familly.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      It's 6:45 AM Sunday morning and I will be going to church, but first I had to have a good dose of Eric's nutty emotions to make the day seem normal. I love to listen to Julio, is he still alive? I never hear anything about him. I hope you have a blessed day- pain free and happy time with family and friends.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill I thank you. I figure that just knowing you and having you comment is plenty good to start my day. I read some bad stuff this morning. Hugs will fix that.

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      William Kovacic 

      2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      You are so positive in a very negative world, Eric. It's no wonder I come here to get my Sunday morning fix. Thank you, my friend!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John I am just goofy. I always like the term "knee jerk reaction". It has taken well over a decade to react 79.999% positive.

      Just yesterday we (husband and wife) had a row. We are a cantankerous lot here. Warm fuzzies all around within minutes. I am like you I have no idea.

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Gondwana Land

      I had a lot of fun reading this Eric. I don't know why but I always feel uplifted and better about everything after reading your sermons....the crazy must be infectious.


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