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Until… 2012 ends and 2013 begins. Unlike past years i would be very excited to have just made it through another year, and almost dreadfully anticipating yet another year. Not this time! i am sharing my personal journal of “Counting Down The Days Until… which is based on the book “The Dream Giver.

Now that… or i should say, “that as” my relationship with God deepens into a genuine trust in His character, i will be ready for His final invitation. “Come higher.” God will… i should say “is asking” me to consecrate myself to Him— and surrender my Dream. This invitation has a great resemblance to Step 3 in my 12 Step process. i’m speaking of the consecration portion not the surrender of the dream. But i am beginning to see how even that is part of my 12 Steps.

my first thought, is the same as Ordinaries, shocked, to say the least. Give back “MY” Dream, after all the hardships i have faced on “MY” journey? i am holding onto my dream tighter than ever. How could anyone including the Dream Giver expect me to give it up?

I’ll never forget a time when we first mover to Florida, God asked me  to do what seemed to be an impossible. One day while working in my study and wondering what we were to do now, i heard “Give Me your children.”  i couldn’t believe my ears. Then I said “no,” and for several weeks i was in turmoil. The struggle was intense and filled with emotion, anger, frustration, guilt. When i was finally able to release my children completely into God’s care, it was painful, but  freeing at the same time. Two weeks later my daughter was in a serious car accident and was pronounced dead at the scene. But God! We are enjoying the more than 10 years she has been living life with us since then. From that day on, my children no longer belong to me, but to God. They are His gift to me, to love and cherish. In this instance God saw fit to give her back to us but i am well aware that there may come that day when His plans will be other than what i will view as favorable. As a parent, you especially understand my intense struggle during these times. The things i love the most, i hold most closely.

There are many times when i felt as though a certain chapter of my life was over. It was as though i was being forced to choose between God and my Dream, fortunately,  i have most often chosen God’s invitation to surrender my Dream, but it is difficult to accept. Surrender isn’t a one-time event.

Every choice in Sanctuary is an invitation. And the truth is, a huge majority of Dreamers choose to keep their Dreams. Dreams are meant to be about more than itself or me. A God-given Dream brings me together with what God wants to do in His world through me.

There are millions of Dreamers that are more selfish than the Dream Giver intended. They get corrupted. They make people “successful” but not fulfilled. They build the reputation of a person but often bring dishonor to the Dream Giver. They do as much harm as good— and sometimes a lot more.

In closing, i have been challenged to unconditionally release more of my Dreams to God, to put them in His hands and walk away. Not a symbolic surrender, but a real one. Surrendering my children and grandchildren were my most difficult thus far but this new challenge is even greater.

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Bruce Wilkinson says, “I remember a time when sickness forced me to slow down and receive the restoration I desperately needed.” This past weekend Ann Marie and i went away, guess what….? i got sick and we found ourselves just resting. In fact we didn’t even go to one of my favorite restaurants which i had a free meal certificate for from my birthday. When i say favorite it’s number 1 or 2. They come to the table and offer you almost every kind of meat and over 80 items on the salad bar, and it’s all you can eat. But we passed, did i mention mine was free?

i now understand that the water in the pool is water of restoration and it is preparing me for what comes next. i have thought of it as the destination. God is inviting me into closer relationship, but somehow i have missed that fact. First, i am to “Come to the water”, now it’s, “Come into the light.” Diving into the pool is one thing but exposing myself to more light is a little more challenging. What about my… baggage? My flaws, my sins, my addiction to sin,  it’s so, so, so unattractive. This is so much in align with my Step 4 “Fearless” moral inventory thing and helps me build on Steps 1,2,and 3.

Coming into the light is about allowing God’s light to enter those dark areas of my life.

2 Samuel 22:29 You are my lamp, O LORD; the LORD turns my darkness into light.  Job 33:28 says, “He redeemed my soul from going down to the pit, and I will live to enjoy the light.”

Living to enjoy the light is a humbling experience and an awesome experience, that is when i surrender and go there. It’s in this place that my relationship with God deepens into a genuine trust in His character. Notice that nowhere have i attached a time stamp on any of this. It could be moments but most likely from my experience it’s days, weeks, months and even years.

Then, while in that place, while in the light i can do as David did in Psalm 104 1-4 and 33-35 “”O my soul, bless God! God, my God, how great you are!     beautifully, gloriously robed, Dressed up in sunshineOh, let me sing to God all my life long, sing hymns to my God as long as I live! Oh, let my song please him; I’m so pleased to be singing to God. But clear the ground of sinners—no more godless men and women! O my soul, bless God!

Until… 2012 ends and 2013 begins. Unlike past years i would be very excited to have just made it through another year, and almost dreadfully anticipating yet another year. Not this time! i am sharing my personal journal of “Counting Down The Days Until… which is based on the book “The Dream Giver.

In the parable, Ordinary awoke by a stream and heard an invitation from the Dream Giver to come to His Sanctuary. So Ordinary followed the stream into a forest. In a clearing filled with light, he found a pool of still waters and sensed there the Dream Giver’s presence. When you enter Sanctuary, the first call you hear will invite you to leave behind the dirt and hurt of the WasteLand. “Come to the water.” (Wilkinson, Bruce; Heather Kopp (2009-01-21). The Dream Giver: Following Your God-Given Destiny (Kindle Locations 1349-1352). Random House, Inc.. Kindle Edition.)

Voluntarily resting is not an easy task for me although it has become easier in the past few years. For most of my life i was a freight train, now i’m more like the little engine that could. i still can, but it’s measured more in inches than miles. But it’s okay, because i am learning to enjoy the actual journey, the sights along the way, the people who i meet versus just hurry up and get there. i’d love to take a train trip across the country instead of flying.

“When Ordinary emerged from the pool, the last traces of the WasteLand had been washed away.” It has taken time to wash the WasteLand from my life, things like giving a sarcastic answer when someone hits a sore spot. Then there’s not saying what i’m thinking but saying it kinda hidden within what i’m supposedly not saying. Also there are the body expressions that add or take away from words so that someone would be able to tell what i’m really saying when i’m again supposedly not saying it.

Slowing down can seem like such a waste, but i know that i know it is anything but. There was a temptation to bypass Sanctuary altogether so that i can get on with my journey. There have been times when i have fought my way through WasteLand and became so comfortable with fighting i figured forget Sanctuary bring on the giants. Why not, it’s just one more fight, right? Wrong!

i relate this time to my trips to St Maarten where i do nothing other than sit in one corner of the pool which has one palm tree that provides just the right amount of shade and i sit there quietly reading or listening to worship and just wait. For how long? No predetermined time frame, i sit until. Waiting for what, i do not know, but i have always come back from St Maarten rested, refreshed, and restored. i can’t be there everyday of my life so i need those places and times while i am in everyday life mode.

i have made the journey to the pool many times, washing myself in the healing waters and coming out cleansed from a wasteland experience. But… there is more to the journey, which until this season of my life i have not actually been willing to accept the invitation. It’s been a pattern of wasteland, go to the water, then back to the journey and facing the giants. Obviously it’s not been very successful most of the time. i often feel like i could have done more but for whatever reason, while i achieve some limited level of success, i never experience the fullness of it.

In closing, “The king said unto the man of God, Come home with me, and refresh thyself, and i will give thee a reward.” 1 Kings 13:7

Until… 2012 ends and 2013 begins. Unlike past years i would be very excited to have just made it through another year, and almost dreadfully anticipating yet another year. Not this time! i am sharing my personal journal of “Counting Down The Days Until… which is based on the book “The Dream Giver.

Walking across the floor of the forest, he felt hushed and small and swallowed up by Greatness. Then he began to climb. Higher and higher he climbed, following the stream, until suddenly he entered a level clearing filled with bright light. (Wilkinson, Bruce; Heather Kopp (2009-01-21). The Dream Giver: Following Your God-Given Destiny (Kindle Locations 1302-1304). Random House, Inc.. Kindle Edition.)

Getting to Sanctuary is no easy task, yet, my heart is telling me that this is a resting place. Everything from this year is coming together. Just as i predicted at the end of 2011, that if i and a selected few would walk through 2012 with me, our lives would not be the same at the end of 2012. i can not speak for anyone else but it is certainly the case for me.

The book says that Sanctuary is full of surprises and maybe that’s the great expectation that I am experiencing. Ordinary emerged from the Wasteland feeling spiritually and emotionally depleted and I completely relate to that. my relationship with God has been tested and, in some cases, damaged by distrust. Many times i have come out of wasteland in worse shape than i realized. The Dream Giver says, “What my spirit desperately needs is time away for comfort, restoration, and transformation.”

Sanctuary is unlike all the previous stages of my journey, Sanctuary is an oasis, not an obstacle. It’s a pause where i’m invited to meet with God, to be renewed and to make important decisions that will radically affect the rest of my journey. For that reason i must be patient and not try to rush the process of Sanctuary. If i short-change the process i possibly short-change the results. James 1:4 says, “let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that ed may be a [person] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.”

The choice to come here is at the heart of each of the three encounters waiting for a Dreamer in Sanctuary. These encounters will last different lengths of time yet occur in a specific order. And each encounter is a prerequisite for the life-changing event that follows. And each of those events are only invitations. That means optional. i can say yes and proceed, or i can say no and look for a way around it, so as to get out of it. i am fully aware that what i say and do here will determine the future of my Dreams.

i know, i’ve been saying this a lot, “i must do today what others will not do so that tomorrow i can do what others can not.”

i’m now going to do something i don’ think i have ever done in all my posts. i’m going to ask anyone reading this post whether you would like to live life “lacking in nothing?” Then let me go on and ask, “what must, or, what can you do today that others around you will not do?” Must you endure another day? Must you remain steadfast another hour? Must you be patient with another person? Lastly, are you fully aware that what you say and do will determine the future of your Dreams?

Until… 2012 ends and 2013 begins. Unlike past years i would be very excited to have just made it through another year, and almost dreadfully anticipating yet another year. Not this time! i am sharing my personal journal of “Counting Down The Days Until… which is based on the book “The Dream Giver.

A choice must now be made. If i turn right i continue the journey and eventually face whatever lies ahead. But, i can go left and enter Sanctuary. As i read the chapter about Sanctuary it reminded me of a story about Jesus, the wilderness, and a place that must have been like sanctuary.

Matthew 4:1-11 Then Jesus was led (guided) by the [Holy] Spirit into the wilderness (desert) to be tempted (tested and tried) by the devil. And He went without food for forty days and forty nights, and later He was hungry. And the tempter came and said to Him, If You are God’s Son, command these stones to be made [loaves of] bread. But He replied, It has been written, Man shall not live and be upheld and sustained by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God. Then the devil took Him into the holy city and placed Him on a turret (pinnacle, gable) of the temple sanctuary. And he said to Him, If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down; for it is written, He will give His angels charge over you, and they will bear you up on their hands, lest you strike your foot against a stone. Jesus said to him, On the other hand, it is written also, You shall not tempt, test thoroughly, or try exceedingly the Lord your God. Again, the devil took Him up on a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory (the splendor, magnificence, preeminence, and excellence) of them. And he said to Him, These things, all taken together, I will give You, if You will prostrate Yourself before me and do homage and worship me. Then Jesus said to him, Begone, Satan! For it has been written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him alone shall you serve. Then the devil departed from Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.

Several points in this story. First Wilderness is not optional, everyone must and will go through Wilderness. But it is for a purpose, in fact a specific purpose and for my own good as per the plan and purpose that God has for me. At 61 i am accepting that more and more, but on the other hand i am asking, “if not now, when? And what.” At 61, how much more time is there? Non the less, i am dealing with wilderness much better than in the past. Perhaps Jesus is rubbing off on me and  i’m dealing with the enemy more like Him?

my main purpose for sharing Jesus journey was to see what i can expect in my journey, so here it is! “And behold, angels came and ministered to Him.” Sanctuary is where the angels come and minister to ed… if, if i choose to go to that place. Sanctuary is optional and will require time, my time.

Sanctuary: a sacred or holy place. Silence and solitude, listening to God and meditation all take time………….. time i am not always willing to give.

Until… 2012 ends and 2013 begins. Unlike past years i would be very excited to have just made it through another year, and almost dreadfully anticipating yet another year. Not this time! Rather than trying to teach something, i as always, will just share my personal journal of “Counting Down The Days Until… which is what i’m calling my journey through a book called “The Dream Giver.

Today’s post is backtracking a little bit, because i did not do Wasteland justice yesterday. So here’s a little closer look.

At this point in Ordinaries journey, he is expecting to find his dream. NOT! Ordinary didn’t find it. Instead, he soon found himself at the edge of a wide chasm. In the first half of 2012 i felt like i was standing on the edge of a wide chasm, straining to see what was below. A haze obscured the view. i can now say i’m glad i couldn’t see it then because i was not prepared for what was to come.

When he reached the bottom, he saw what lay ahead. And what he saw made his heart sink. He saw miles and miles of nothing but sand, rocks, and a few scraggly trees. He was standing on the edge of an empty WasteLand.

This is where the Dream Giver steps in and gives me Isaiah 43:18-20“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. The wild animals honor me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the desert and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen, the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise.

Great to get a word but it took me time to get it into my heart where it would serve it’s purpose. Meanwhile time passed. Ordinary’s skin burned. His feet blistered. His bones ached. All of which i can relate to. One day blurred into another as i shared in a previous post.

Ordinary got hungry and opened his case  …   and didn’t find anything to eat. He called out to the Dream Giver for food. But he got no answer.

Two days later, he ran out of water. He called out to the Dream Giver again. And again, he heard nothing.

Psalm 70 was a mixed bag of prayer for me. Make haste, O God, to deliver me; make haste to help me, O Lord! Let them be put to shame and confounded that seek and demand my life; let them be turned backward and brought to confusion and dishonor who desire and delight in my hurt. Let them be turned back and appalled because of their shame and disgrace who say, Aha, aha! May all those who seek, inquire of and for You, and require You [as their vital need] rejoice and be glad in You; and may those who love Your salvation say continually, Let God be magnified! But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God! You are my Help and my Deliverer; O Lord, do not tarry!

Again and again, Ordinary and i lost our way. Again and again, we cried out for the Dream Giver to show us the way. But no answer came. We sat on his suitcase and refused to move until the Dream Giver showed up with a plan. Ordinary and i had never felt so lost and alone. We became angry. We got angrier and angrier.

In closing… Matthew 4 Then Jesus was led (guided) by the [Holy] Spirit into the wilderness (desert) to be tempted (tested and tried) by the devil. And He went without food for forty days and forty nights, and later He was hungry. You can read the details for yourself but in verse 11 it says, “Then the devil departed from Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.”

Until… 2012 ends and 2013 begins. Unlike past years i would be very excited to have just made it through another year, and almost dreadfully anticipating yet another year. Not this time! Rather than trying to teach something, i as always, will just share my personal journal of “Counting Down The Days Until… which is what i’m calling my journey through a book called “The Dream Giver.

“But if I was supposed to do this Big Dream,” he exclaimed, “then I’m sure I wouldn’t feel so afraid!”

Oh how i wish that were true! Just the other day we announced what Onething Life as a church was going to do for 2013 and i was filled with fear. What if nobody comes? What if they think it’s silly? What if?????

Finally after several days i did what Ordinary did, i shut my eyes and took a big step forward— right through the invisible Wall of Fear.

Just because it’s invisible it does not make it any less scary. For me i would deal better with it if i could see the wall. It’s fear of the unknown! And yet all the while i know the one who knows it all and does so on my behalf, for my best interest. It’s the Jeremiah 29:11 thing AGAIN! For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.

All my experience in knowing that Jeremiah is truth, and i still, must break through the invisible wall of fear. It’s a part of the process and not an optional part as are some of the other parts.

At this place in the story Ordinary looks at his empty suitcase and decided it was time to leave it behind. He had been carrying an empty suitcase… baggage!

He made a makeshift knapsack, took his Dream Journal and feather and ink, and walked on. That’s why i spent two days, when other things were more pressing, creating a new website for Onething Life. i needed a new knapsack, a new website to walk on toward 2013.

He had changed. i have changed.

The greatest revelation and change for me thus far in this journey is that my time in what i would call Wasteland has not been a waste.

Ordinary was now prepared for what lay ahead, no matter how hard. i am now prepared for what lay ahead, no matter how hard.

In closing, “All i need is clarity for my current step. That will take me to the next step.”

Until… 2012 ends and 2013 begins. Unlike past years i would be very excited to have just made it through another year, and almost dreadfully anticipating yet another year. Not this time! Rather than trying to teach something, i as always, will just share my personal journal of “Counting Down The Days Until… which is what i’m calling my journey through a book called “The Dream Giver.

”Time passed. Then one morning Ordinary woke up with these words echoing in his mind: What you’re missing, you already have  …

What i’m missing, i already have? What i’m missing i already have. What i’m missing i already have!!!

Then why have i spend so much time looking for it? Why don’t i know i have it? And just what is “that”? These are all questions i have asked at various times, and very specifically during this year. The Dream Giver book is teaching me how to walk through a process for answering all those questions and i must add that going through the 12 Step process is also impacting my ability to answer them as well.

i can’t tell you why but for some reason “i believe” the words of the Dream Giver, “What i’m missing, i already have.” It resonates with me and i too am brimming with anticipation, and just as Ordinary whistled his new tune while he walked, and dreamt about the Great Things he would accomplish, i am doing the same thing. This year, Life has never seemed so promising.

Ordinary hadn’t gone far, however, when he no longer felt like whistling. He couldn’t say why, but he just wasn’t in the mood anymore. Then, as he walked farther, he began to feel edgy.

i have posted about this before, how everything is going great and all of a sudden i don’t feel like whistling anymore and i can’t say why my mood just changes, like it a couple of days ago. As i walk, i begin to feel, and i like this word to describe it, “edgy.” Maybe it’s that for the first time, Ordinary and i saw how pursuing “it” could cause both of us a lot of discomfort.

i will have to do unfamiliar things in unfamiliar places. And, he… okay we won’t have our box to watch. As quickly as that is said, big doubts about my Big Dream begin to creep in. “What am i thinking?” Do i have enough talent or skill to succeed at this Dream. i mean, i am clearly unable to accomplish Great Things. AND… what if i fail right in front of other Nobodies?

Worse, even if i could do the Dream, i am clearly Unworthy. After all i am just Ordinary, right?

The book does lack scripture references but i would not change that, so i’ll add them in myself and thus this verse today is in response to “After all i am just Ordinary, right?” Galatians 3:26 But now you have arrived at your destination: By faith in Christ you are in direct relationship with God. Your baptism in Christ was not just washing you up for a fresh start. It also involved dressing you in an adult faith wardrobe—Christ’s life, the fulfillment of God’s original promise.

Until… 2012 ends and 2013 begins. Unlike past years i would be very excited to have just made it through another year, and almost dreadfully anticipating yet another year. Not this time! Rather than trying to teach something, i as always, will just share my personal journal of “Counting Down The Days Until… which is what i’m calling my journey through a book called “The Dream Giver.”

Yesterday i left it that, for the most part, not much happened in Familiar that hadn’t happened before.

That was, Until the day Ordinary noticed a small, nagging feeling that something big was missing from his life. i can describe this nagging feeling with great detail. Even today for no reason at all that nagging feeling slipped its way into my thoughts and has my emotions feeling like something is missing. It just so happens to be a unusualy dark and cloudy day here in Florida and that kinda adds to these feelings. The truth is that i know, that i know, nothing is missing from my life. That means that this nagging feeling is a lie. i have learned that there are many well dressed lies trying to impose their lies on me and “i’m not buying it.”

This is the nugget from today’s post. Then he had a surprising idea. Could it be that maybe the Dream Giver gave every Nobody a Dream, but only some embraced their dreams? And even fewer pursued them?

What i get from that is this. i can share, preach, teach whatever i want to call it and there will be some, few, or even all of them, that will not hear it, or do anything with it. “Welcome to God’s world. Only some will embrace their dreams and even fewer will pursue them.”

i must keep on moving forward regardless of feelings. At this point Ordinary was about to step in the lake when something caught his eye. A small boat was moored nearby. Those steps that i must take are not always easy. Ordinary was going to walk through the lake or swim across it to get to the other side. He knew he had to get there and leave the border bullies behind. i went through this same experience last year when i had to separate myself from some that i was doing life with for several years. Today i am still working out what that looks like and on other fronts just beginning the same process. That small moored boat which was waiting for Ordinary looks like this for me. A person who is excited about what they are hearing from God comes in to specifically share with me. Someone comes into the center to watch for a second time the video teaching from last week. Then there are those that come to pray. These are small boats that carry me across the lake. i am encouraged by their effort!

The message Ordinary finds in the boat once he sees it is, “Ordinary, if you’ve found this boat, I know you’ve chosen to please the Dream Giver. Enjoy a dry crossing!”

For those who are engaging in this series with me today’s post is your message in the small boat. “If you are reading this post, i know you’ve chosen the Dream Giver. Enjoy a dry crossing.”

Best Friend shook his head. “So you’re going to become a Dreamer,” he said. “I am a Dreamer!” answered Ordinary.

Until… 2012 ends and 2013 begins. Unlike past years i would be very excited to have just made it through another year, and almost dreadfully anticipating yet another year. Not this time! Rather than trying to teach something, i as always, will just share my personal journal of “Counting Down The Days Until… which is what i’m calling my journey through a book called “The Dream Giver.”

The next set of questions revolve around, am i like Ordinary?

In order for me to answer that i simply read what Ordinary was going through and then asked myself is i had gone through those same things.

Day after day, Ordinary showed up at his Usual Job. But while he worked, he thought about his Dream. i was in that place for about three years. Day after day, they all ran together and my job was as “Usual” as it gets. Every day i would think about doing anything other than what i was doing that day.

Ordinary had payments and expenses. He had regular duties. A lot of Nobodies counted on him for a lot of things. Been there and done that, more than once, sorry to say. i’m indispensible on one hand just like Ordinary and then nobody would miss me on the other hand.

Do you feel like God forgot to even give you a Big Dream? This was never the case… well i shouldn’t say never because everyone wants significance, but mostly i was angry with God because he gave me many dreams and absolutely no money to go with them.

Maybe he’d just made it all up. And he grew sadder by the day. There came a point when my hope was deferred so far from me that i couldn’t see any where to go. i felt like i was stuck. The word says that hope deferred makes the heart-sick and my heart was deathly ill.

Are you pursuing your dream, but experiencing setback after setback? To answer this one i looked at what setbacks Ordinary was facing and compared them to mine.

Now his Mother, Uncle, and Best Friend all stood silently before him, blocking his view of the bridge to his Big Dream.

Uncle – “Do you realize that you are going completely against every tradition in this family? Why should you become a Somebody when the rest of us  have always been happy being Nobodies?”

Best Friend stepped in. “I was worried before, Ordinary,” he said gravely, “but the more I’ve thought about it, the more convinced I am that you can’t succeed at this. I can’t stand by and watch you go down in defeat!”

Landlord – He even owned the bridge. “I am denying you access to my bridge,” he said. “Because I need every Nobody to stay in Familiar at their Usual Job,” said the Landlord. “I won’t lose any more Nobodies to this silly notion of Dreams. I will not let you go!” He had a lot to lose and he didn’t care about Ordinary.

Some Bullies you need to simply dismiss or avoid. Sometimes setbacks seem like just that, when in fact they are training and experience for things to come. My perspective has changed, i do not view the obstacles as setbacks, they are experiences filled with wisdom. i believe that anything worth doing will face obstacles.

Champion – “Your Mother, Uncle, and Best Friend are only doing what’s natural,” he said. “When you left your Comfort Zone, you really shook up theirs. Each of them has something to lose if you go forward.” This is the nugget for me in these questions.

i think i should get royalties from the following as the book seems to have used my day-to-day life as the text for its story.

Ordinary… Every day was pretty much the same for Ordinary. In the mornings he got up and went to his Usual Job. Time passed, but nothing changed. He began to hate his Usual Job. This isn’t what I was made to do, he’d say to himself. I just know it! After work, he ate almost the same dinner he’d eaten the evening before. Then he sat in his recliner and watched the box that mesmerized most Nobodies on most nights. Sometimes, Best Friend came over to join Ordinary in front of the box. Sometimes, Ordinary went to his Parents’ and they watched together. For the most part, not much happened in Familiar that hadn’t happened before.