Saturday, February 27, 2010


David Finlayson LMT, NCTM

I finally got my state license yesterday.  Lance just messaged me stating that I can tag some acronyms to my name.  LMT is for Licensed Massage Therapist.  NCTM is for Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage.

Now that that's over with - it's time to get to work.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

living in limbo

I feel as if I've been living in limbo since I got out of school last Summer.  I passed the national exam last November.  This Friday morning the Alabama Board of Massage Therapy will be meeting in Montgomery to approve license applications.  I don't foresee any problem getting approved.  I've jumped through all the hoops (that I know of).

It's been a strange experience for me.  I am ready to get on with my practice - get on with life.

I spent some money Monday.  I got online and bought a massage table and a massage chair, along with some necessary accessories. There are a couple of other things that I will need - but the big stuff is on it's way.   I'm pretty sure I got a good table.  There's a lot to choose from when picking out a good massage table - a lot of stuff to consider.  It's one of those decisions that you have to make, hoping that you're not overlooking something.  I guess I would have to compare it to a first time guitar purchase.  I spent a long time researching tables and I'm pretty sure that I made the right purchase.  No matter what - I'm stuck with it for a long while.

I bought the best massage chair out there - no question.  Oakworks makes a Portal Pro model in which I was basing my research.  After looking everywhere I knew to look, I decided to spend the money on the best one out there.

Hopefully by the end of the week I will be a licensed massaged therapist.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

snow day

I got a call yesterday from Katie.  She said that school was letting out early and needed to be picked up.  I got the girls and drove to the grocery store to pick up some milk and bread.  Seriously, I was completely out at home.  I also picked up some chili fixings.

I let the Katie and Kelsey stay out and play in the snow.  They made snow angels and a snow man.  It was their first attempt at ever making a snowman.  They had a blast.  I stayed inside and made the chili.  Katie came in and helped me make some snow icecream.

We saved some snow icecream for mommy when she got home.  Gina sat down and ate it with tears in her eyes.  She said that she had never had snow icecream before and thought it was quite good.  She was very moved by the moment.   I remembered my mom making us snow icecream everytime it snowed.  Gina later told me that the moment  brought back a flood of memories for her.

The only thing missing from yesterday was a sled.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

it is good

I once had this silly notion that I might one day grow up, grow out, or away from songwriting...that I might lose the ability or the inspiration.  Not true.  I've found that I enjoy creating lyric and rhythm more than I ever have before in my life.  I enjoy sharing/performing songs just as much as I enjoy creating them.  I've written a lot of decent songs down through the years, but the ones I've written in the past five, I believe, surpass almost everything I've ever written in preceding years.  I am not writing this to boast, but rather reflecting on a fallacy I once believed.  I am so glad that I was wrong about it all.  Art is an eternal thing.

Like any natural gift/talent, we need to use them and hone what we are given.  I hope to be writing and singing until I am an old man.  Over three decades ago, a very young me had a desire to create songs.  I beat the crap out of my old acoustic until there was rhythm.  I pieced simple little ditty's together - hoping to breath life into words.  It was a passion from my start.  It took years to get any good at it.

i sing to friends and strangers
i sing to my children and wife
i sing to myself
alone or in crowds
i sing for and to and about my God

God is The Creator.  We are made in His image, and like my Heavenly Father,  find great satisfaction in creating something out of nothing.  I know I am just a speck, but feel a real connection to my Creator when I create.  I know He planted that passion and joy in me when He made me.  

I had a discussion with my old friend Allan Rhodes many years ago.  He said something that made me look at God and the hereafter in a different light.  Allan had this thought that we were made to do what we were made to do here on Earth, but in Heaven as well. That it only made sense that our gifts, talents, crafts would be employed after we finish our job here.  Occupations in Heaven?   That seed, that desire, that gifting God gives each of us is for an eternal purpose.  I believe I will be composing long after my flesh has decomposed.

I just added a new song to add to my quiver, one that might just reach a heart or two.  It's eternal stuff we are doing here on Earth.  A mere song might seem insignificant, but music is a spiritual thing and often pierces deep.  I look forward to singing this song for years, decades, and an eternity follow.

Friday, February 5, 2010

end of weekdays

Kelsey, my seven year old, had a bad virus through out much of the week.  She came home from school last Friday not feeling well.  By Saturday her virus was in full swing.  She could not keep anything down for four days.  I don t know how she managed it, but she did.

She missed a half of a week of school this week.  I didn t got to work much of the week, so as to tend to the little one.  She is doing better now.  Both girls are staying with Granddaddy and Mary this tonight.  Gina has some kind of bug.   I told her to go home early today and she jumped at the offer.  She picked up the girls from school and went straight to bed.

My week had two highlights.  Starting this Tuesday night, many of the worship leaders of Vineyard are starting to get together for a special kind of kinship.  We are going to be getting together weekly, for songwriter workshops and sessions to enhance our guitar skills.  The first meeting was great, and I look forward to improving my skills.  The first meeting we all shared songs and songs bits.  There was a lot of great input.

Thursday night I lead worship at the Grace recovery meeting.  I love leading worship at Grace.  Sometimes I go with just my guitar and harmonicas, sometimes I invite a band.  Last night my niece Liz, brother Brooky, and Jimmy Henderson joined me.  LeNola was sick and I could not secure a bass player in time.  Brooky decided to bring his bass and play.  Even though we lacked some lead work, the evening had a cool vib.  I never know where God wants to go, or what kind of seed is being planted, but something is going on.  I love Grace.

By the way, I just got back from Walmart.  The first season of The Unit is there for 15.00.  They have a new $4.00 bin there where I ran across the movie Evan Almighty.  I thought Evan Almighty is a better comedy than Bruce Almighty (in the 5.00 bin).