Building Bridges

In 1820, ferry services began crossing the Pacific Ocean from Marin County to San Francisco Bay. By 1860, said services were operating on a set public schedule. The business was booming, but competition was fierce. The Sausalito Land and Ferry Company launched in 1867, and it because of it’s reliability and consistency, it took the vast majority of the business and eventually became known as the Golden Gate Ferry Company. By the 1920’s, it was the most prominent and profitable ferry company in the world.

And still, the demand was simply greater than could be met. The need for an even more efficient way to cross the bay arose, and it was met by one of the most architecturally ambitious projects to that date–builScreenshot (21)ding a nearly mile-long bridge to connect the two land masses. Many thought it couldn’t be done, but in 1937 the Golden Gate Bridge opened to the public, and since then it has been one of the most dazzling bridges in existence because it defied what seemed impossible. The iconic bridge encapsulates integrity, strength, and an American drive to defy the odds.

I didn’t realize how big of a deal this bridge was until lately. You see, my dear readers, I have a good friend who is in college learning to be an architect, and she recently finished a five-week long assignment of building a bridge model. She worked on it many more hours than should be humanly possible considering the schedule of a college student, but the end result wScreenshot (19)as simply one of the most delicate, breath-taking things I had ever seen in my life–a wooden small-scale model of what promises to be a stunning but functional bridge if ever build. A couple pictures of her work are attached. The only way I can describe it is by saying it looks unbelievable, like hand-crafting work of that precision and beauty should not be possible–a true work of art.

So maybe we aren’t all blessed with the ability to literally design, conceptualize, and create these beautiful bridges, but still we are capable of building our own bridges every day. A bridge is simply something that connects Point A to Point B and helps somebody move between the two, so I argue that we should all be doing that anyway, right? If we are at Point A, and we see our goals, dreams, and ambitions at Point B, how can we reach them?

It’s time to take this to another level, my friends. I started thinking about this even further, and this is what I concluded: There are two kinds of people in this regard: There are the watchers, Screenshot (20)people who are content to sit down in the grass of Point A, stare across the bay, and longingly watch Point B, gazing upon the happiness and prosperity that will never be known. Then there are the bridge-builders. These are the people that know where they stand and not only can see their dreams of a better future, but are also willing to build the bridge that will get them there. This means putting in work, practice, prayer, and anything else that will help realize those dreams. That’s how you build a bridge, even if you aren’t a striving architect. What kind of person are you? Will you emptily dream of a better tomorrow, or will you build the bridge that will get you there?

Build bridges, my friends.

— Jesse Haynes

The ‘Parable’ of the Farmer and His Sons

Readers, I hope all is well! First, let me start by saying Creepers 2 has arrived! Yay! If you would like to buy a copy, you can click on my new “buy a book” tab above (unless you are reading this in mobile view, in which case you need to click on the menu bar).

Also, I wanted to let all of you know that my newest Author Update YouTube Video is up! My friend Tristan and I went on a hunt for sasquatch nearby my house, and we discovered some crazy stuff! Check it out HERE to have your view of bigfoot’s existence permanently confirmed.

And I want to share a story with you. This is an original. Think of it as something of a parable with absolutely no moral lesson, ok? Without further ado, here we go:

Two cowsOne time in the near-to-distant past there lived a farmer. The fact that the farmer was a farmer is in no way symbolic or significant to the story, so get that out of your head. Being a farmer is just cool, that’s all.

The farmer had a first born son and he was like, “Wow, now I have a kid. He can help me plant corn and stuff. Corn is cool.” So as the boy grew up, he was taken around the farm, sharing his corn seed-things with the earth and watching them take root.

Now the farmer never expected much of the first son–in fact he thought of walking around the farm wChickenith him as nothing more than a recreational hobby. However, it turns out that the first son did much better at planting corn than the farmer ever expected.  His friends showed up at the farm, watching the boy and proud of the farmer for raising such a successful corn-sower.

He drew quite a crowd, and then the question came: will there be another son?

The farmer, realizing how much the first son had done for him, went on ahead and had another son, exclaiming, “Yee-doggies” the day the second son was born, as all farmers do. He then looked out his barn window and added: “Wow, what a delightful chicken.”  He taught the second son how to sow seeds as well, using the lessons he had learned from the first son and putting all of the talent, thought, and work he could dream up into the second. The farmer was much more proud of the second son, feeling that the first came when the was too young to teach lessons of the farm very well.

The second son learned not only to plant seeds, but also drive tractors, lasso cattle, and do other farmer stuff, and it made the farmer happy.

“Nifty,” he said. “I personally like the second son way the heck more than the first, so I want to take him all around the big, wide farm.”

The end.  That’s as deep as I get.

So what does this mean? It means that the farm is the world, metaphorically, and my two books are my sons. I never thought the first book would be as successful as it is, and I am super fortunate to have just released another. I am even more proud of the sequel because I think it is a more mature read, and I can’t wait to share it with the world. I will just end by saying this: everybody check out Creepers 2! I think it will please!

And remember, my dad always told me that you should never walk through a rainstorm in socks.

Press on, my friends.

– Jesse Haynes

Steps in the Right Direction

Greetings friends, readers, and others who happen to be reading this!

How are you doing? It has been a long time! Did you miss me? Probably not, but I can at least pretend, right? Anyway, I will tell you a little bit about what I have been up to, and it’s a happy story, let me tell you. The semester began with dark days–dark days my friends. I didn’t have any time to do anything apart from study, eat, and sleep. That was literally it! Devastating, right?

Well here is the good news! I can now study, eat, sleep, and be a human being! I actually have the time of day now to do a few things that I view as recIMG_20160201_134717-1reational, hot diggity dog. To be more specific, I am playing on a co-ed basketball team with one of the dorms on campus, Hardesty Hall. I know what you’re thinking: “Jesse, you commute. You can’t play with a dorm.” Well… turns out you’re right! The team of 12 has 10 people from the dorm and 2 stowaways, myself included, and we’re leading the charge to an intermural championship, a free shirt, and eternal glory. No, we haven’t actually played a game yet, but it’s coming. Pictured above is the “Hardesty Hall Ballers” (lame name, I know) at a team dinner.

Next point of interest: the demand for YouTube content. My number of YouTube subscribers has doubled over the past 2 months, and I love hearing from you all about what I should post next. Here is something I have heard a lot: “Jesse, at the end of Episode 8 you said you and a friend were going to look for bigfoot.” It’s coming, and soon, my friends! Rest assured that within the next month, we will find bigfoot (or at least look very hard) and document the thrilling adventure in the way of a 10 minute video. I also have a few more ideas for videos in my head, but I would love to hear from you if you have any more!

Thanks to all of you who constantly inspire me, every day. Where would I be without you?

Press on!

– Jesse Haynes

 

 

‘Tis the Season

Readers, how is everybody doing? Good? Fantastic. First and foremost, I want to give an enormous thank you to all of you, for all the support you have showed me throughout 2015. With as much end-of-the-semester crunching as I need to do (not talking about the ab exercise, although I should probably be doing that too), my bloggz-christmasing time has taken a serious hit.  But who cares! You guys deserve something to read, and since I have so many fantastic subscribers, here it is.

But first, if you haven’t already done so, check out my latest YouTube video HERE. It features both  basketball trick shots and the Grant Eastman, so it’s definitely a good time.

And as I’m sure you have probably noticed, Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is approaching. It’s that time of year where you don’t z-chirstmasknow whether you should be eating leftover turkey or hanging up
decorative lights. Still, regardless of any indecision this time of year might induce, this is a majestic time of year – probably even my favorite time of year. The NBA season is in full swing, the NFL playoffs draw near, and the fantasy football playoffs draw even nearer than that. People are inexplicably nicer to one another, seemingly compelled by an unwritten rule that Christmas season (it’s funny how one holiday has it’s own “season”) should bring joy and generosity to the world.

And I wouldn’t have it any other way. This is the time of year that gives us a moment to pause, step back, and think about the blessings we have in life. As humans, I feel like it is natural to get absorbed in the rush of life and begin to want what we can’t have, and then even complain to ourselves and others about hochristmas_presents_wrappedw unfair life can be.  The way I see it,is if my biggest problem this week is
if I dropped my fantasy football matchup by 6 points, I’m going to be ok.

So, dear readers, I encourage you to count your blessings as Christmas season nears. This is the ultimate time of consumerism, but keep in mind that a $300 pair of shoes or the latest, smartest phone on the market shouldn’t make you any happier than spending time with friends and family this Christmas, and amongst the hustle and bustle of the end-of-year sales remember that Jesus is the reason for the season, after all.

I’m blessed with health, family, friends, and a sovereign Heavenly Father, just to name a few. What are you blessed with? I hope you get everything on your Christmas list this year, my friends, but I also hope you remember just how fortunate we all are. Maybe even consider doing something nice for someone who is less fortunate. Kindness makes the world go round.

Push forward.

– Jesse Haynes

Plans for Change.

2/28/2015

Dear readers, member, and strangers who happen to stumble upon this site:

It’s been a great first couple weeks with my website, and I am very thankful for all of the support I have seen and the members that have signed up for my newsletter! If you have friends, make sure that you refer them to my site. If you don’t have friends, this is an invitation for you to go out into the world, be friendly, greet strangers with a smile and a handshake, make friends, and then refer them to my website. With every new member on this sight, we are spreading #creepersnation.

Next point of interest: my new icons. If you haven’t noticed, I now have six convenient social media icons on this page. (If you are on your phone, they are below. On a desktop, they are to the left.) If you don’t already do so, follow me on those sights. I am new to LinkedIn and YouTube, so I need followers/subscribers! Speaking of YouTube, I have a plan that is in the works: I want to start a video blog. What do you guys think? (There is a comment section below.) I was thinking about making a monthly post with updates, ten minutes at the longest. Good idea or wasted time? I’m not sure yet, but I’m willing to do anything to help reach more people! The videos would ideally be funny/entertaining, but that might be a struggle because I’m not an overly funny person, so we’ll have to see what I come up with.

Additionally, my book is on goodreads.com! I’d appreciate positive feedback if you don’t mind. Registration is SUPER easy, so if you are feeling like being my new best friend, just go and check it out here.

Lastly, I hate snow. I just wanted to get that out there. I know that ideally, being a student, I should root for all forms of frozen precipitation and hope that school is canceled, but over the past two weeks I have had several plans changed by snow, and the I had to reschedule to make them up. I don’t know what good  ranting about it is on my blog, but I’m just sharing my pain with my loyal fans. One thing I’ve learned from it though, is how important it is to be flexible. Don’t get set in your ways to the point that there is only one  right way for something to happen. Be able to adjust easily, and that will save you a lot of stress if for some reason your plans change. So there’s your words of wisdom for the day.

I am not sure what I want to do with this blog. I am thinking a bimonthly post (maybe the first and fifteenth of each month, starting March 15th) to go along with my weekly newsletter (make sure you subscribe!), but I am not certain. I think that I can use the blog to offer “inspirational” writing advice and use the updates, for, well, updates. Still that’s all left TBD. What would you guys like to see? I’d love to hear your ideas! Comment or e-mail me!

Thanks for being an amazing audience. I appreciate the loyalty. Have a great week, my friends, and don’t forget to stay tuned in for updates. Thanks again!

– Jesse Haynes