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  • November 2013


    This week we’re talking about Thanksgiving T-shirts, scaring your own children, tired eyes, USB 2.0 card readers, Axe Cop, Doctor Who, failing a math test, stealing a bedroom, an exploding Target, giant bubbles, being an artist, sauce problems, Star Wars loft beds, christmas stories, a kid from Ireland, Jesus being dead and how you don’t have to be thankful for crappy stuff that happens to you. Very liberating.


    Links mentioned in show:

    Between 2009 and 2011 I wrote three different Christmas stories for an annual Christmas Eve service.

    The first one, The Very Last Room was (and is) by far the most popular. It’s the Nativity story told from the viewpoint of a child in the family who happened to take the very last room in Bethlehem. The theme of the story is simple: Jesus must be welcomed into our lives. We must make room.

    The Very Last Room, by James Kennison

    The second story is another alternate perspective take on the Nativity. This time we’re hearing about Jesus’ very first birthday from Mary herself, as told from mother to her 6 year-old son. The Birthday Story is apparently an annual ritual that little Jesus looks forward to each year. It’s cute and has some humor but the end is bittersweet as Mary unknowingly refers to Jesus’ future crucifiction, believing that he would be made a great King one day(as many did). The concept is based on Luke 2:19 where it is mentioned that Mary kept the things that happen to her little son close to her heart… as any mother would.

    The Birthday Story, by James Kennison

    The third and last story I’ve written is what I’ll call a Christmas Fable. The story revolves around a young man with several bad attitudes that many children have around Christmas time. He is self-centered, jealous, angry, disobedient and has a lack of self-control. All of these attitudes lead to actions that threaten to not only ruin Christmas for Billy… but for his entire family. Thankfully The Christmas Repair Service shows up at the doorstep to save the day. With each repair one of Billy’s character flaws is also corrected. Children who hear this story will be reminded to put others first, parents make rules to protect us, and that we must let Jesus change us because you can’t fix yourself!

    The Christmas Repair Service, by James Kennison (Coming Soon)


    Though I have not published any of these stories, I have made them available via PDF and PowerPoint for $10. Folks use them for Christmas Eve church services. High quality video downloads along with the PDF and PowerPoint are available for $20.

    People have mentioned that I should get these published into books. This is not possible at this time due to the cost, but if anyone is interested in making something like that happen… feel free to contact me.


    I took pictures so fast it looked almost like a video so I turned it into an animated GIF.

    I’ve just finished designing what I hope will become a epic AT AT loft bed for the boy. I’ve seen of these online… but the design’s were either too simple, out of scale (skinny legs), or overly complex and awesome (aka expensive). This one is somewhere in between.


    Firstly since it’s for a 5 year old young man I modeled it after the Galactic Heroes style Imperial Walker.


    The Galactic Heroes version is a little chubbier with shorter legs and a fat head. Lends itself more to the size and shape of a child’s bed than the typical variety.

    Here are some shots from various angles. I hope to have this thing built before February (the boy’s birthday), so stay tuned for updates.

    Click the pics to make them bigger.


    The outer skin is basically layers of MDF cut to various shapes.


    The bed will be very sturdy. I built it first then added the decorations to be sure I wasn’t sacrificing safety for looks.


    The backside shows the open side window and the entrance to the head area.





    The head was just big enough to create a little crawl area. I’ll probably put in some plexiglass so he can see out through the “eyes”.


    Speaking of eyes. Here’s a close up of the head. The guns will be simple PVC.


    The back faces the back wall, no sense in adding a rear end to this thing. Plus it makes it super easy to get up and down that ladder.


    Random top view.


    Bottom view shows off the two beams that will keep the head secure.

    Now we’ve just got to see if my wife will let me build it.



    I figured I’d do my little Pixel’d Buzz (Buzz 247) as a giant Minecraft sculpture. Two dimensional this time.

    Enjoy some pics. Click to make them big.

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    This episode you’ll enjoy wonderful moments from my week: Doctor Who excitement, teachable moments with my kids, porch lights, nasty soda flavor combinations, the Panara lady,  Mike Tompkins, the Exit Only Man, the lady who couldn’t order her chicken without drama, plus your MMD’s! And as a special bonus… we’ve got some WMD’s (Wrecked My Day) to share.


    Links from the show:

    Get ready to rock your socks off. Hardore Hard Rock at it’s best!

    I made what I hope to be the last in the Surgeon Simulator series. It’s time to remove and replace the brain. Enjoy the reactions!

    It’s the first episode of Made My Day. The first podcast episode I’ve recorded in over a year.

    You just made my day by downloading and listening. Thanks!

    This episode we introduce the show’s concept and talking a little about why it’s important to me personally. Then banging through a week’s worth of things that made each day worthwhile including: Milli Vanilli, Ceiling Fan pull chains, typing lessons, 1.5 megapixel photos from 2000, and the horror of pants dropping on fans.

    Then we read the MMD’s from some early bird pre-listeners and give a very special thank you to three important people: Janusz S., Ana S. and Tamara S. Without their monthly donations every show on the network would have been unavailable.

    Mentioned Links:

    Gravity a flash comic by Hannah Unkrich – A wonderful explanation of how it feels to be sick… and then ostracized on top of that. I really like the meds angle. The more people share about this Depression thing the better.

    Peter’s Online Typing Course – We’re teaching our 8 and 5 year old how to type… cause they want to be able to type in Minecraft. This is what I’m using. It’s a great resource for teaching anyone how to type. I’m using it to review my numbers and symbols. Did I mention everything is free?

    Submit your own MMD moment to mmdcast@gmail.com or use the submission form.

    Thanks for your support!



    The Made My Day Podcast (or MMDCast for short) is a positive thinking podcast on the NLCast Network of podcasts featuring your host, me, James Kennison. On this show we talk about things that make my day…. and yours.

    This show is important because I am in recovery from a dark bout with depression… and there was a large period of time where I couldn’t feel anything good much less think anything good. I was literally unable to enjoy anything.

    I stumbled upon this quote while looking for helpful quotes on depression:

    “…anything that makes you feel has to the most important thing in your life, because it’s the only thing that can save you.” – Siobhan Fahey

    I don’t know who Siobhan Fahey is… but all Truth is God’s Truth. So, because I’ve had so many bad days, I’m going to help myself by focusing on the things that make each day worthwhile. The little things that give each day value. They’re little, tiny, and wonderful. They’re the things that make me feel. I want to share them with you.

    That being said, though this show will be of benefit for the depressed person, it is not a show for depressed persons only. Everyone will benefit from noticing and appreciating the little miracles in our lives that are so easily taken for granted.

    So SubscribeFollowLikeSubmit and Listen! Thanks for joining me on this journey. I can’t wait to see the new online friends this show will attract!