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Eric's Sunday Sermon; The Elder Teacher

Updated on August 11, 2019
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My sister said I am an accomplished theologian and philosopher. I wonder what college degrees mean in such areas. Just living works for me.

Who Comes Up With These Signs

How about "No Poop on the Grass? Diapers?
How about "No Poop on the Grass? Diapers? | Source

Sorry But I Am Barefoot

The Boy Teacher and the Father Student is a fun series that I write. Well the boy teacher really does create it. I am just the Father who tries hard to record it. We are at a beautiful transition as “The Boy Teacher” is starting to read that series.

I do not filter the boy’s internet use. Up to him if he wants nightmares and uugy thoughts of “sexy”. He really does not, so on Google and YouTube he just goes after it. Now that will change soon I figure. Sooner than I would like I am quite sure, so very careful monitoring is in the day to day. Both his mom and I do it.

The little brat Googles me about twice a week. He is actually reading some of my stuff. I think maybe and probably just the titles and a bit more. But sometimes when I say something he says “I already read that”. Call that spooky if you will. I mean the kid is spooky smart. Some online game he plays. Mom pays attention to it and who is there and how much…. They ran to tell me that Gabe just got into the top 1% of the world on it.

I really do not get how intelligence of the IQ type stuff works. Seems to me that most of it is a result of nurture verses nature. The idea of the sky is the limit regarding thought. A promotion to explore mentally. That lack of a social or “treating them like a child” perspective maybe allows for a use of 15% percent of the brain instead of 10%. (that notion is probably wrong but as a concept it is probably right if you get what I mean – It is not about using it, it is about application and accessing it) Watching TV does not practice and workout the brain. Reading and writing does. Sports and interaction stimulate and art and meditation, prayer and good sleep promote use of all aspects.

Singing and music are critical. Here is a ditty every child of mine must learn and in the 30’s we still sing together.

The once was a girl I knew by the name of Slough foot Sue

She was chief engineer at the shirttail factory

He name was all she had her face was like a soft shelled crab

Down by Riverside view

She wore a cotton leather bustle

Boy was she fat

“Now second verse, same as the first, a little bit louder and a little bit worse”. Of course that also meant just how fast you could do it and I am still the winner.

Everybody Gots They Own Whiskey

I Figure

Kids, Travel and Love are my current Whiskey. Works.
Kids, Travel and Love are my current Whiskey. Works. | Source

I Don't Understand. I Hope You Do

Cotton Fields

She works Hard for Her Money

Sweet Violets sweeter than all the roses

I taught all my children this song early on.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HzcWqj55d8

Sure go ahead and think that strange to teach youngsters. Nope, it is our earliest move toward preventing addiction. You see making it not exist is a dumbing down and I do not go that way.

“’Oh Freedom’ Over Me” my mom taught me. Harry Bellefonte. She went ahead just sang it to me in the rocking chair when I went through Chicken Pox. I was happy to be sick. How great hanging out with mom. It goes a little something like this: Oh freedom

Oh freedom

Oh freedom over me!

And before I’d be a slave

I’ll be buried in my grave

And go home to my Lord and be free.

No more moaning

No more moaning

No more moaning over me!

And before…

There’ll be singing…

There’ll be shouting…

There’ll be praying…

A fine song to learn. Maybe it is finer to jump up and down and sing it and move all around. Nowadays us American, we seem to have slavery to poverty and ignorance. One sister told me that mom was introduced to the son of a black man my grandpa knew well. Turns out the friendship went back to WWI. So the story goes mom fell in love with the son. Full on taboo at the time. But the son was shipped off as an army man of sorts. He got killed in WWII.

I was “working” at a Vietnamese Missionary Church. Doing that good old Bible teaching to the kids that spoke English. I had a break tween some preaching and some teaching. Hot dog! I found one of those Southern Baptist churches without a white man within even hearing distance. They did the whole service in Song. Those folks would take one look and push me to the front and were amazed I knew some “Negro Spirituals”.

I figure I could have been a dumb guy but it seems folks around me want me smart. I do not get that either. I can tap dance, Michael row the boat ashore, hallelujah. Amazing Grace should be done in a Country Western Swing modification on a kitchen floor.

I Have Issues

Sometimes I like trees more than good folk.
Sometimes I like trees more than good folk. | Source

I Do Not Know Why

Today! Hold a Baby's and a Grandma's Hand I Will.

Sorry had to take a break after that dance. I think I strained a couple of brain cells and at least a hamstring. The bad ankle is just left over from kicking some butt. Gene Kelly, Danny Kay and Hines and Davis would laugh at wearing tapping boots. I am still working on doing it with shoes.

Hey I just tapped out “ballad of the Green Beret” and Gabe got the song. I am talking with my boots tapping only J. What; he has heard the song maybe 3 times?

How crazy is all that talk? But if you sing and you dance and you make music with your shoes and you play to an audience with some love the chance of you going senile is about one in one million. The chance of you teaching it to your children and forcing them to do it all the way into their thirties makes the chance of senility about 0.1%. Teach them to keep a journal that sometimes rhymes and you are down to about a 0.01%. Let them know you are going crazy and need some help and it goes down to about 0.001% Funniest thing but care givers of Alzheimer’s folks, for the most part they do not go senile. Interesting to think about.

Here is a fun one. If you happen to be real smart and you apply that into matters ethereal like theology, philosophy, metaphysics, linguistics, loveology, and toss in some religion and people just assume you are nuts. I hug just about all my friends in greeting and even usually in leaving. Manly men think I am fully crazed. (Yes, loveology is an area of study – fine, that is my word)

All that talk about senility, prevention and dealing. Brings us to love. I interview elders as a hobby. I like to go back to their 5-30 years. They like that too. They are like me, I just can’t remember what I had for breakfast but I know what I had for breakfast on my friends 25th birthday fifty years ago. (an exaggeration through literary license, thank you) Listening to Ray Charles do ‘America’, Yes! I love my country.

Dementia prevention and senility prevention take steps starting early. The good news is that those steps are awesome. And if you love someone fifty plus, help them take them in love. I have never met a person who would not turn off the TV to engage with me and with an activity of sorts. Especially now when you just put it on pause. Maybe you do them some good. I think so.

But this is a selfish “sermon”. I do it for me. I ain’t no Spring Chicken. And engaging others who are not either keeps me as sane as I can be. All the stuff about singing and dancing and art and writing and working on your mind does not hold a small candle to engaging in the love of an elder.

Look at me, I may be crazy but I am happy.

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      My good friend Rodric your comment is coming at me at a time of writing about the lack of free will. You and I love -- family, Our Father in Heaven, Good works of others, each other, a sunrise and so deeply love itself.

      Now let me tell you Lord, that is not free will at all. You have given my brother Rodric and I these talents of love. You have given us no choice but to love.

      Buddy Rodric isn't that a strange notion. But I am having some thoughts on it. Working on a poem there.

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      Rodric Anthony 

      5 weeks ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Eric, I need to read more of your writings. Your words put me in the mind of the apostles when they wrote that they were servants/slaves to the will of the Lord. In that sense, I don't want to be free. I am working towards slavery. I have not purified myself enough yet to obtain it. I want to be a window to the love of God. That's my goal. I want to be like you, then.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Rodric my forever brother,

      My lord explained clearly that I was not to know the future. But He gave me Love. So the future holds love. My sons know my future. And so they know I got nothing. I wish I had free will like you. But He took it away. He made love the only option. I will watch you. You are normal. I am not.

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      Rodric Anthony 

      5 weeks ago from Peoria, Arizona

      There is nothing crazy about you in my estimation save your crazy good sermons of life and love. The music was good in this sermon. Your boy reading you writings is exciting. My second boy took to reading my book a while back and it set my soul afire. He is a teenager and I heard him quote from my book a few times. Made me have and awe shucks feeling.

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda my friend of many years now. I shall take continence in you. I will bow. We are not made of man and must reach higher. I want to hurt someone right now. I do it with court papers, violence no more.

      But you help calm my soul. Muchas Gracias. I shall rest in the fish I get to cook tonight.

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Miel I was out gardening and yelling. I am pissed off beyond degree and my wrath has no stone unturned. And 90+ plus Alice cooled my drunken and parched throat. We are welcome in wisom.

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora it is not good here today. I am raging against the machine.

      But the good old Lord sends me angels to take me down a notch. Out to help a friend and get smacked about my head. Life is so grand.

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      Linda Lum 

      5 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, sorry I'm late to the party. There is an art to storytelling; not everyone can do it and those who can have honed their craft over the years. I think it's one of those things like baking bread without a recipe (and a bread machine), or quilting by hand, or (even more pertinent) the speaking of a Native American language. A dying art and that's a shame.

      Let's not allow Facebook and social media to take the place of real one-on-one communcation from elder to younger. In hearing those stories you learn the tale, and also learn how to tell that story and pass it on.

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      Miel Reyes 

      5 weeks ago from Philippines

      As much as I learn so much from the kids in the family (my nephew and niece), I LOVE to listen to old folks stories. They make me feel how wonderful their lives were before all these modern technologies. Sometimes their stories make me think I was born in the wrong era!

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Solid foot for thought! You've created your own happy world with a genius child for a daily companion and free expression concerning life and love as you see them. You're a joy to know--and read.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well John this morning we do;

      "Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord

      He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored,

      He has loosed the fateful lightening of His terrible swift sword

      His truth is marching on."

      What a great day to seek out truth.

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      John Hansen 

      5 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      What a cool sermon by my favourite preacher man. Tapping to the Ballad of the green beret..it doesn't get better than that. i always loved that song. I guess "'I am old, but I'm happy ..(cat stevens)

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      Tim Truzy 

      5 weeks ago from U.S.A.

      That's funny Eric. Big smiles here, friend.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Tim there is a strange thing about that. In a dusty town named Cholulla I was betrothed in Latin. The marriage never came to fruition. But I learned more Latin. Nina's dad put me on a plane with a ticket to anywhere far away.

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dana I reckon it has been near on 20 years that I got old. No not like folks think. My boy Gabe keeps me plenty young that way and don't mention my near 20 year younger wife.

      But I love old. Seems to me to be a fine thing.

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Chitrangada, I have real issues acting my age and my children laugh at me that I act so much older than I am. Funny, I can still out run them. Age is wonderful.

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi friends. Seems to me I am being kicked out of my house. That fine lady and children of mine somehow get me. I think maybe the Pacific Crest Trail around here down south near Mexico way and headed North. I need a new camp stove. Everything else is in order. Not real pleased with my twenty year old back pack but we are friends.

      Let us see how this unfolds. Not used to 6 thousand feet lately.

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      Tim Truzy 

      5 weeks ago from U.S.A.

      Hi, Eric, great advice and wonderful article. I have friends from Puerto Rico, and I have gone to their church, and the services are in Spanish. Isn't it great His love requires no language? I love those services, although I barely understand what is said, but the message is still felt. I'm not surprised you know many types of gospel and religious songs,

      Eric. It comes through in your writing that you believe in reaching as many people as you can with love, and that's His language, too. Gabe is an admirable young man. God bless him and your family. admiration and respect from the East Coast.

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      Dana Tate 

      5 weeks ago from LOS ANGELES

      I used to cringe when the elders started going on and on about the good ole days. Now, thanks to facebook, my friends and I are doing the same thing. Ahh memories. Those are the true treasures of life. Good or bad, wouldn't trade one.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      Nice and engaging sermon, with some thoughtful advice. This is so much relatable, especially at this age.

      Thanks for sharing this.

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Sorry just broke some time doing the Domino Twist. Lets rock out!!

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mary you are so right. I like to take chairs with me. Isn't that funny. I have one girlfriend who just loves to lean against her tree. Poor old tree is half her age.

      I like to say that if they are not carrying on then neither am I.

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      Mary Norton 

      5 weeks ago from Ontario, Canada

      That's a great idea to engage old folks (I am there, too) in their stories. It used to bother me how long-winded many of them are but now I truly understand. Many of them live alone and talking to someone keeps loneliness at bay.

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Bill. This elder is broke again. They scooted the boy off to school again. I will suffer a bit.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      I thought this was about me...the elder teacher...turns out it was about all of us. Pretty cool!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Flourish. My elder son who is a great song writer says I have streams of unconsciousness. Being a "Youth Preacher" for a bit was fun in curbing the truth. You give love. Thanks.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      5 weeks ago from USA

      Sometimes a stream of consciousness sermon is what folks need. I enjoyed the part about senility and dancing quite a bit.

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Pamela my lady just texted back that I need some time on the road. We lose ourselves near Sedona town and climb up to 10 thousand feet. I need to go up. Or is that grow up. Time to hurt the legs and sleep in dirt.

      I need to go where wolves cry.

      Let us know hell so we can know heaven.

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby I have a towel covering my chair. A water blaster fight went in the wrong direction. Meaning I lost. He is now conquering some world after he cleaned up some backpacks. I reckon we owe it to ourselves to take advantage. I know I do.

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Sean we are cleaning up after three solid days at beaches. Two sons and two crazy beaches. These ladies need to put more on, hihihihi. No sun today and tomorrow he starts school and I start climbing mountains. Should someone give me a break from my courses in Loveology?

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      5 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      Your exceptionally brilliant son must take a fair amount of energy, not to mention the other children. It sounds like through love you engage older adults and younger children to talk with and spread a message of love. I don't think this is self=serving as while you may benefit they also benefit from these conversations. Have a good week Erc.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      I see nothing but love and giving in all your sermons, and I agree, only watching TV does not stimulate the brain. Reading and writing keeps the brain cells active, so we should be ok, lol

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      5 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      Loveology! This is my new area of study! Thank you, my brother, Eric! Thank you for always being a spring of Love and Joy for me! Gratitude!

      Do you want to know what real happiness is? There is one way. Wherever you are, whatever you do, be Love!

      Sean

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Sorry friends. This took 3 days and never came out right. My elder son said to publish it anyway. We practice the War of Art. No resistance. I write and my boys sing.

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