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Friday, January 23, 2009

Studious and Observant

Pop quiz: What did I change on this blog yesterday?

...besides the post and the new Other Posts of Note.

Did you notice?

If you use an RSS reader, you are mostly off the hook--you're still docked half a point for not coming by to comment. ...Wait... eh... that post wasn't that worthy of comments, so you're only docked a quarter point <smile>. Moving on...

I like to fancy myself as observant.

Yet when we were on car trips my younger sister would always be the one to say, "Oh, look! A deer!"

I would peer out the window and see nothing but rocks and trees. My mother would say, "How very observant, Jonelle!" And I, being the very supportive older brother that I am, would sulk.

Then there are those "How good of a detective are you?" pictures. You know, those ones with a bunch of stuff strewn around a room. They let you look at it for a whole minute and then you have to turn it over and answer questions like:
  • Were the drapes polka dotted or striped?
  • How much change was on the desk?
  • When did the old man leave the room?
  • What were the exact words of the six page essay next to the computer?

Yep. Failed those too.

Using my incredible powers of deduction: I'm not very observant. Oh well, I have other skills, and I am so glad that my parents encouraged me in those and still do to this day. Everyone has different strengths and weaknesses. Instead of using those against each other, we should encourage these different bents and abilities to build one another up.

That's why one of my pet peeves is "boys vs. girls" events. Boys and girls are different. We don't need to drive a wedge further between the genders. Rather, we should start teaching children early on how to bless each other with these differences.

So what did I change?


I added a button so you can email me (right click and select "Copy Email Address" if needed).

It has come to my attention that sometimes my words are less than perfect and you may take issue with how I turn a phrase or something I talk about. Most of you feel comfortable enough to leave a comment, but if you aren't, please email me. I do not want anyone to feel hurt, or belittled, or offended, or... anything negative, and not have a way to let me know.

Please, please email me if I have bothered you and you don't want to leave a comment. I want to make it right. And if my first six responses don't satisfy you, send me another. I don't want to be on your "bad list" because we didn't work something out.

Thank you.

Again, I'm not very observant, so it's taken me a while to realize I needed to add this option. And I apologize.

 ~Luke Holzmann
Filmmaker, Writer, Expectant Father


mary grace said...

The first thing I check was to see if somehow "expectant father" had morphed into "father" overnight. Alas, no.

Get ready for the fan mail to start rolling in! :-)

Melonie said...

How funny - I thought you'd added more links. LOL Guess we can start a not so observant sometimes club.....

Esthermay Bentley-Goossen said...

I ditto mary grace's comment -
But how kind of you to add this feature. If my comment ever seems over-the-top upon proofreading, I shall back out of the comment box and use the e-mail link. Don't make me use it!

~esthermay @The Heart of a Pastor's Wife

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KarenW said...

I wouldn't have noticed the email. I'm not an observant person either. Those picture games? I'm awful. I get caught up looking at the wrong thing. Oh well. Thanks for letting us know about your email.

Annemarie said...


That's really about it. Just wanted to be more than an RSS mama.

And I think that sulking is a brother thing.

By the way, I am busy filling up my cart with next year's school stuff (at and I thought about this post, , and how much I liked it.


Kim & Dave said...

Oh, I never would have guessed what you changed!! Sorry, but I, too, would have to join the club for the non-observant, lol!!!

Tammy said...

I didn't realize you were such a controversial writer, Luke. Guess I've kind of thought you'd fit right into sitting around my kitchen table with the olders as they turn a phrase or two :-)

Tammy ~@~

Luke Holzmann said...

Mary Grace, I wish. Oh how I wish! Had that been the case, it would have been with much more fanfare. Still waiting for the day... And I like fan mail <smile>.

Melonie, I added more links about a week ago, so people could connect with other blogs important to me. I'm still thinking about making those links images but haven't found the time to do it yet <smile>. So, you get half credit for noticing that!

Esthermay, sadly, Mary Grace wasn't right. Wish she was <smile>. And I don't mind over-the-top commments at all! Please feel free to post them. I added the feature for those who don't feel okay with sharing their thoughts "with the whole class" ~Hook <smile>

Karen, <smile> I'm glad you're part of my non-observant club! Welcome. <smile>

KarenW (two Karens right in a row, what fun!), I totally focus on the wrong things too. Ugh. They bother me <smile>.

Annemarie, thanks for being more than an RSS momma <smile>. I really appreciate people taking the time to comment. And I'm glad to know I'm not the only sulking brother in the world. That's comforting... in a way. And way to go with purchasing your next batch of school stuff. Let me know when it's Box Day so I can cheer with you!

Kim, glad to have you as a member too! I'm not alone in the world <smile>.

Tammy, I try not to be controversial, but rather thought-provoking/insightful. And I hope I would fit sitting around a table chatting. But I also know people come at things from very different walks of life and experiences, and I am not always sensitive to those. I am doing what I can to keep "the air clear" and people happy <smile>.


Heather the Mama Duk said...

I am not observant at all. In fact, my family makes fun of me regularly for that. Funny my favorite TV show is Psych... about a super-observant person. Just fascinated me when people notice stuff because I just plain don't.

But I use an RSS feed reader so at least I only lose 1/4 of a point lol

Luke Holzmann said...


I've only see a few moments of Psych. It looked fun though <smile>. I love my RSS reader, so I'm glad to know you're using one as well. It makes blog reading so much better!


The HoJo's said...

as I wasn't here on time (deduct 1/4 point) I didn't notice, I probably wouldn't have noticed (deduct 1/4 point) and am not here to apologise (deduct 1/4 point) do I get points for just dropping in and saying hi?

Luke Holzmann said...

XC, I'll gladly give you three points just for saying hi. How's that? Fair? <smile> I love it when people stop by and comment, so maybe that's worth 10 points. Thanks for taking the time <smile>.



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