Welcome to my site!

Shekinya.net started back in April 2003 on Yahoo! GeoCities -- for those that remember the Yahoo phenomena. It started as I was learning HTML and, at the time, I was writing fantasy stories. In 2008, Shekinya.net went live with DynDNS and I hosted the website at home. From 2008 to the current, it's been hosted at home with CentOS Apache and Windows IIS. -- "A city on the rise." Adler Planetarium, April 9, 2016

Oakbrook 17-102

As Shekinya.net expanded after 2008, I've integrated a business site, blog and photography site into the website. Professionally, I work in IT, so Shekinya.net spurred off "Biz," which includes my "Systems Aboot" home business and local orginization "Oakbrook 17-102," which has its roots in N. Royalton OH. Shekinya.net also incorporates amateur photography work I do in Chicago.

Oakbrook 17-102 is an incorporation of all my facets: photography, writing, IT, etc. It started in Oakbrook Gardens, the apartment complex I lived in 2008, located in N. Royalton OH. The name has remained to this day as my personal signage. It has nothing to do with Oak Brook IL, a Chicago suburb.

more info "Chicago nights." John Hancock Center, June 9, 2015

Shekinya

Seácháinha [< Cáterneásh, “Ard Rí” or “High Languange”], masc noun {Shechinah, Glorious, Glory, sim. Hebrew: Shekinah}. 1. The ‘Glory’ is an attribute of Coírhía and associated with the Fifth Elemental Point, the Concordant Summit [Uísara Uír]. 2. The ‘Glory’ is responsible for the creation of all ‘magical’ races of Arden including the Ancients, like the elves and dragons. 3. The ‘Glory’ manifests Himself as a wounded man or the magnificent aura of creation. He planted the Seth-ma-Sima [Tree of many colors] at Ur as a reminder to His wonder. He also placed the Sun in the Heavens and endowed its powers to King Exiv [Ecsíemh]. The Essence of Shekinya is bestowed on the Kings of Cátern as the Anointed Ones of Heaven [Óuran hEcclasheírran]. The Kings of Cátern are indwelled with His Spirit and are attuned to the Heavenly Realms and foresight into the Realm of Arden. King Shafhalóa, the first elfin King of Cátern foresaw much by the power of Shekinya. 4. The second aspect of the Source: Voice [Áugus] and Breath [Síorde] are the other two. Other forms: Sheácainha, Shekìnya, the Essence of Shekìnya.

more info "Sunday bloody moon day." Ping Tom Memorial Park, September 27, 2015

Chicago Streets and Photography

In June 2015, I began to incoporate my photography into my website, and created a subset to Shekinya.net, called "My Own Fame in My Own Frame." This site hosts all my photography and contains my photography profile and portfolio. Please click on "more info" to get more details.

In Chicago, there is another kind of shooting going on. Not from guns, but from cameras! From the streets of Chicago to people and faraway landscapes, I continue my love of photography wherever I go, and with other photogrphay meetups in Chicago. In fact, ALL PHOTOS on Shekinya.net were taken by me! They are not stock photos!

more info "A sunset over Lawrence Avenue." Albany Park, Chicago, April 18, 2015

The Realm of Arden

For years, sages on earth have heard about the mythical realm of Arden, but no one has had the knowledge to get there. Searching and searching, historians have tried finding this wonder in nature, but have come up short with no thing. What lies on the gleam of an elevated sunbeam? Click for more details.

more info "On the horizon." Tallships Navy Pier, August 9, 2013

Systems Aboot

What are we all aboot? We deliver bootable system solutions. We are Systems Aboot and we are located in Chicago. We deliver services for PC, MAC, System Adminstration, Web development, IT Tools, and other IT Solutions.

more info "Hardly hardware." The Via Draco Argenteus, April 23, 2016

Have a look around

Feel free to look around click on my site. Open links, read the articles, watch the videos, and enjoy the pictures. They are all my work. -- "Brown Line zogging over North Avenue." Old Town, Chicago, February 22, 2015

It's good business!

If you like my work and would like to reach out to me and use my services, regarding my IT Professional experience and my photogrphay, please send me an e-mail with your questions. Spread the word. echatham1013@shekinya.net. -- "A day at the office." 155 N. Wacker, March 9, 2016

Stay Tuned!

Please bookmark my site. More additions to come as I work on the "blackhole" links. -- "Do Until, Loop." Wells Street Bridge, October 24, 2015

Thank you for visiting my site!

Thank you for stopping by. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me. I also keep a regular blog. It has not been integrated into my website. You can find more information by clicking "more info."

more info "The right stuff!" 155 N. Wacker, March 9, 2016

Keep me in the Loop!

Eric Failing Deletions!

No question about it. My own personal, Chicago Fire blazed its strongest on October 13, 2011. My life seemed ruined! Just as it marked my 38th birthday, it also marked a death in my life, the ending of a chapter! Certainty, trust, and hope perished seemingly after that "blaze!" It was evident before this point that things were going on in my life, involving many decisions. August 5, 2011, I decided to leave Broadvox LLC, a company I enjoyed being a part of for 5 years. This job was very pivotal in my career and job experience. I believe it has cemeted the foundation of my Career change. After Broadvox, I temporarily took a job (not even worth my time naming the company here) that didn't last very long and with no clear reason whatsoever, I was fired on October 12. The fire started! From that day, I had no certainty of things getting better. I remained this way pretty much for several months.

THE SOUL KNOWS WHAT IT NEEDS TO THRIVE!

Even when the brain doesn't. On November 13, 2011, I had a vivid dream about Chicago! I made note of the dream and just as the headline states: "The soul knows what it needs to thrive," I saved the dream. It also coincided with another date which was synonymous to a change in my life. November 15, 1996.

November 15

November 15, 1996, I made the decision to move back to Ohio. I was living in Wisconsin at the time and this was the day I moved back to Ohio. I believe (still do to this day) that I interrupted some plan in my life, and I believe time froze from that point (even moved backwards). I believe, even at the time, I acted rashly by "chickening" out and running away by moving back to Ohio. Sure, moving back to Cleveland OH was not a mistake. The time was used wisely and in that time I was able to grow and prepare myself for whatever lay ahead. The soul knows what it needs to thrive, even when the brain doesn't.

In your dreams

On the night of November 13, 2011, I had the dream about Chicago and I didn't realize what that meant or how that affected me until November 15, exactly 15 years after I made the decision to move back to Ohio. As powerful and vivid as the dream impacted me, the soul knew what it needed even though my brain didn't. I sank to my knees and laid prostrate in heart and soul to God on November 15, 2011 without first knowing about the dates. I had hit bottom with despair and my soul cried out in agony that night, and early into November 16. Very early that morning on the 16th, after praying ALL NIGHT, I believe I was led to look closely at my Wall Photo of the "Dawn over Prairiewood" and at the times-tamp on the back (November 15, 1996). Astutely astounded and astonished, I believe God was saying in a way, "Remember that day 15 years ago? This is your do-over. Don't 'botch' it up this time." Don't quote that but maybe that was my spirit telling me that instead.

The soul knows what it needs to thrive, even when the brain doesn't. In January 2012, I visited Chicago for some job interviewing and to get a feel of the City. It was the first time I was back in Chicago since first moving there in 1994. It was then and there where I truly could say: "I FEEL LIKE I'M HOME!" I even expressed this joy with a few friends. On February 27, 2012, I took a job with Diebold and they allowed my dream to come true by moving to Chicago. It should be interesting to note, but the Chicago Fire of 1871 is what made Diebold famous today. Their safes and vaults survived the great blase. "They were the most sought after safe after the fire." I started packing in March after a job training trip in San Francisco CA. This trip really "greased" the wheels for me, making it more clear to me that I needed to start fresh and rebuild my life from "ruins." "The fire was a major milestone in American history. It turned out to be a major milestone in Diebold's history, too." [1] Once again I believe my subconscious was speaking to me through dreams (even if from God). I had one dream that pointed out that my time with friends in Ohio was coming to an end. The dream involved the death of a friend's horse. This occurred shortly before I visited Chicago in January 2012. After discussing the dream with a friend, we agreed that the death was a symbolic one not a physical one.

November 15 is celebrated as my Chicago-versary. It was a lifechanging moment that occured on the same days seperated by 15 years.

Embracing Jesus not a Religion.

September 13, 1992. Many times in life, I've felt that I've never truly belonged, nor have been truly loved (with the exception of some friends and some family). Sure, I wish it were easy to earn someone's love or respect or be loved back; I've never found that "peace" with people, but over 20 years ago on Sunday, September 13, 1992 (11am) at 14707 Alexander Road, Walton Hills, OH, I knelt at an altar and experienced GOD'S UNCONDITIONAL LOVE and forgiveness! I learned how Someone who unconditionally gave Their Own life for me, so that I could be set free. I will always remember Bill Buhrow praying with me that morning. John 3:16

I grew up in a church, but you know what? That doesn't save you. Having a baptism, doing good works, and being nice does not earn you a ticket into paradise. Trusting and leaning on Jesus alone does. That is not saying doing good works or deeds is a bad thing. Good deeds are FRUIT of the spirit, not the key to salvation. I had to learn that. My church that I grew up in never made a relationship with a Living God a personal one. I was never taught that in catechism or in sermons. How does one embrace the love of a Living God? Having a relationship with Him. That relationship came with a price. God sent his only Son to die for my sin. Hamartiology 101. God is Holy. He cannot allow sin in his presence. Jesus bore all my sin on the cross. I never learned that from the church I grew up in.

I am Second!

It wasn't until my friend Richard Trigg invited me out to the Gospel House in Walton Hills OH one day where I learned all of this. I won't forget that Sunday morning there. The Pastor was preaching out of the book of Hebrews (which still remains my most favorite book in the Bible today). At the end of the service, the pastor (Bob Sepkovich) asked anyone that didn't know Jesus as their Savior to raise their hand. He prayed, but made the prayer to God a very personal one. God sees our hearts, not the outward appearance. He looks deep inside. Do you know your own heart? Search it. I am not a Christian because I'm strong. I need a Savior because I'm weak. If there is one thing I've been taught over and over while be Christian is HUMILITY and MEEKNESS. Meek does not mean weak either!

An Invitation to Heaven's Ultimate Party!

Luke 14:15-24: "Now when one of those who sat at the table with Him heard these things, he said to Him, “Blessed is he who shall eat bread[a] in the kingdom of God!” Then He said to him, “A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, ‘Come, for all things are now ready.’ But they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused.’ And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask you to have me excused.’ Still another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’ So that servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, 'Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.’ And the servant said, ‘Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.’ Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper." I am second!

Óurias: The Heavenly Host of the Nail-Scarred Judge

...Standing up, Óurias retaliated and loaded a deathly blow to his brother’s face. “They’re an antenna towards Heaven, and I can prove it.” Óurias scowled down at his brother and wiped his forehead. Blood stippled down his peeked nose. “You’ll see. I’ll have another vision!” Óurias was completely intoxicated by the Báin-Gabba now.

Láil stood up and chided. “Have a vision, but I hope whatever God you are trying to see tests you for what you have done. Let Him be your Judge, a nail-scarred judge.”

Suddenly, there was thunderclap and Óurias heard a choir of elves chanting in his mind. It was like the previous visions he had of a heavenly host singing to the earth. “Aómh cóa go ceártain ní Fhoínn Mheátha í Bheshíra. Aleáragh Ardónain coa saíbhain an síehan nhu!" It was the Swordsong of Mharabháunt.

Soon, a trumpeting voice spoke out to him. “What have you done? You are hurting me.” Óurias blanked out cold and fell into a deadly sleep. “All you need to do is call to me by My name, and I will hear. Do you not know me as savior and protector?” Óurias fell prostrate and all his iniquities came before him. “I am Holy,” the trumpetting voice bellowed loudly.

Humbled by the presence, Óurias plead for a reawakening of the spirit. “I don’t even know your name. I need to expand my mind, for you won’t tell me it. I am weak of the elf-kind who cannot understand you.” Now, Óurias was at peace, but frustrated by the mysterious visions. Glancing up, he beheld a great light like Shekìnya. He heard six hammer strokes echo throughout the realm. The pounding reverberated in his elfin ears with a resonating pain. He grimaced at each pounding of the hammer stroke. “That sound of the hammer stroke is painful to my ears.” The sound only reverberated heavily in his spirit, but his spirit was awakened and it became alive by it. Tears of repentance streamed down his face.

Looking up in his vision, a heavenly choir was singing on high. The realm was brightened on the Gleam of an Elevated Sunbeam, the place of Shekìnya. The heavenly host sang out. Áu-bhría: “Aoin, Dóu, Trá! Diábló an gCoírbhaóith mhoírgcoeáinneód naóim dhá. Cúid, Deáib, Dísh! Áal dáimhóith rhuínneód pláin óim bhísh. Síeha, Aóch, Níssí! Áal dómabhriaóith bhá n-rhíssí. Dín, Óilafhain, Dhóuafhain! hAómh cóa gceáiraith n-fhoínn. Í dháin, Tráifhain, Go nlaimh hIósamhain an Bhlanc sín ámma Gáiel hÍshcoúir í-Phlían. Gmeórch a dóm áuphúaidh Dhiábhól ní hAódeálhuígh ruírmhair a mó bhí mír nínoáth. Shíeann gcóa! Íath!”

“...Í dháin, Tráifhain, Go nlaimh hIósamhain an Bhlanc sín ámma Gáiel hÍshcoúir í-Phlían. Gmeórch a dóm áuphúaidh Dhiábhól ní hAódeálhuígh ruírmhair a mó bhí mír nínoáth. Shíeann gcóa! Íath!”

"...And then, Thirteen, Jesus appears brightly (as his being) like the Morning Watch of the Horizon. Fear passes down on the Devil in the Lake of Fire forever and ever, where he passes down into."

It's called Chicago!

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Not Chi-town! If there ever be the sound of nails on a chalkboard, it is this sound! Chi-town. I loathe that word. It's called Chicago.

Hello, My name is Eric. Welcome to my page, and thank you for visiting. Plese feel free to click through and learn about me and my work.

Shekinya.net started back in April 2003 on Yahoo! GeoCities -- for those that remember the Yahoo phenomena. It started as I was learning HTML and, at the time, I was writing fantasy stories. In 2008, Shekinya.net went live with DynDNS and I hosted the website at home. From 2008 to the current, it's been hosted at home with CentOS Apache and Windows IIS.

Oakbrook 17-102

As Shekinya.net expanded after 2008, I've integrated a business site, blog and photography site into the website. Professionally, I work in IT, so Shekinya.net spurred off "Biz," which includes my "Systems Aboot" home business and local orginization "Oakbrook 17-102," which has its roots in N. Royalton OH. Shekinya.net also incorporates amateur photography work I do in Chicago. Oakbrook 17-102 is an incorporation of all my facets: photography, writing, IT, etc. It started in Oakbrook Gardens, the apartment complex I lived in 2008, located in N. Royalton OH. The name has remained to this day as my personal signage. It has nothing to do with Oak Brook IL, a Chicago suburb.



Please feel free to click on any of the link below to learn about all my professional and creative outlets. The 500px photography site is a professional photography site.

* Hosted by Shekinya.net.


Photo credit: Phil Lutkovsky

What lies at the end of the Brown Line?

It's not just Kimball and Lawrence. I currently live in Albany Park, Chicago IL. It's a quaint Chicago neighborhood, bordered by Irving Park on its south, Ravenswood and Lincoln Square on its east, North Park on its north and Mayfair on its west. I moved here from Darien IL in 2014. Before that, I lived in Cleveland OH. 1350 Cross Creek Drive #179, Brunswick OH 44212 was my last residence there. Although I’ve been a naturalized citizen of Ohio since 1977, I believe I finally found home here in Chicago. I was born in Wilmington NC. I’ve lived in various places since then, growing up most of my life in Ohio. I’ve lived in Chicago once before in 1994, and Wisconsin for a period of time. I am a graduate of Maple Heights High School in Maple Heights OH, class of 1992. For the duration of my High School years I was interested in Architecture and took several classes that would prepare me for the career, like Mr. Raiff’s Mechanical Drawing classes and Graphic Arts. However, as I graduated, I wasn’t sure that is what I wanted to do with my life. I was all ready to go to Kent State for the career, but backed out. I didn’t want to do Architecture. Between my Dad and my Graphic Arts’ teacher, Mr. Raiff, the seed of photography was planted…

1001 Things to See in Chicago Before you Die!

Since January 2015, I've been part of this meetup group. The original Owner of the group founded the group based upon photography and "seeing things in Chicago." He had a list --- which I have inherited --- that detailed a very deep look into Chicago, the richness of culture, architecture and people. In March 2015, John, the group's founder, approached me and asked me to Co-Organize. He needed someone to handle one of Chicago's largest events of the year, "The Chicago River Dyeing and St. Patricks' Day Parade." I accepted the feat. Little did I know then, but that successful meetup landed me as the group's Event Organizer. In March, shortly after St. Patrick's Day, John bid 'farwell' to the group and passed me the torch. His job took him out of a city he loved. Not wanting the group to "die," I happily accepted his torch. From that point, “1001 Things to See in Chicago Before you Die” has expanded into a major success. With the help of two beautiful women Co-Organizers and another Gentleman Co-Organizer, we've grown tremedously. I also participate and work with another meetup, led by Rich Kolar, called Chicago Streets and Beyond Photography."


Albany Park, Chicago IL

Community Area 14, 8 miles northwest of the Loop. Albany Park grew from a sparsely settled farming community to a dynamic urban neighborhood in the course of one generation. In 1868 local entrepreneur Richard Rusk turned an initial 10-acre investment of land into a large farm that included a profitable brickyard along the North Branch of the Chicago River and the Rusk Race Track, where late-nineteenth-century Chicagoans often took day excursions to watch horse racing and enjoy the bucolic environs. As Chicago's population exploded in the 1870s and 1880s, the suburban community became increasingly popular. In 1889 Chicago annexed the area along with the rest of Jefferson Township.

German and Swedish immigrants initially settled the area. After 1912 Albany Park became home to a large number of Russian Jews leaving the crowded neighborhoods of Chicago's Near West Side. The community remained predominantly Jewish through the 1950s. Between 1910 and 1940 several synagogues and churches, public schools, and public parks opened. Albany Park's population reached a high of 56,692 in 1940. After the Second World War, many Jewish families—like the generation before them—moved north, this time to suburban Lincolnwood and Skokie.

After the 1970s, Albany Park became a port of entry for immigrants from Asia and Latin America. In 1990 the community area claimed the largest numbers of Korean, Filipino, and Guatemalan immigrants in Chicago. The Korean community played important commercial and civic roles in the revitalization of the area. The number of homes sold increased 125 percent between 1980 and 1989. Albany Park's pattern of population shifts continued in the 1990s, as more prosperous Korean immigrants began moving to northern suburbs. Throughout the twentieth century, Albany Park acted as a gateway community for aspiring middle-class ethnic groups.

IT Begins in IT

At home, I’m working on several IT Projects. Over the past couple years, I used some of my savings to build my own home network and “sandbox environment” as they call it in the IT Biz. The sandbox has its origins from my first IT job. The story goes as following:

I was working at Broadvox in 2006 and it was my first IT job out of ITT Technical institute. I was hired on for my fist System Administrator role there. I worked under a great manager that encouraged me to succeed in Information Technology. That manager was Erik Hinderer. As one of my first projects, I was supposed to decommission a Domain Controller in the environment. My manager instructed to document everything. Read MS articles and TechNet. Take notes. Document everything into a cookbook (or as I have often called them Duzits – Thank you Mr. Bernath, 9th grade Algebra). At my current job, they call these SOPs (standard operation procedures). So, whatever they are called, I did just that. I documented the process.

The time came to turn the server off and unrack it. Erik was helping me take it off the racks. Afterwards, he looked up to me and handed me the server. “Here, it’s yours.”

Naturally, curious and hesitant. “Why?”

He stated that the vendor doesn’t support it anymore and it was a very old Dell PowerEdge server. “Take it, or it gets dumped.”

Before I started that project, my manager encouraged me to sign up for Microsoft’s MAPS program to receive montly subscriptions to all Microsoft’s latest current software with legitimate licensing. I did just that. I took the Microsoft Test for the MAPS subscription and received software including, Server 2003, Exchange 2003, Exchange 2007, SQL Server 2005, and much more

“Take the server and put all the software on it, and learn,” Erik stated, handing me the server. “This will help you do your job and you can use it to test and refine your work at the company.”

The sandbox environment was started there while working at Broadvox in 2006. Erik was right. Many times over, this environment helped me do my job better – still to this day. Currently, I do the same, especially if I’m testing any type of Scripting (which we use for automation). I log into my stuff and test – NEVER THE CLIENT. This past summer, I had to say goodbye to that first server I was gifted from Erik. Over the years after Broadvox, I dedicated some of my own savings to building out my home sandbox into current releases of Microsoft and staying up to date. I incorporate both Microsoft products and GNU Linux, and VMWare into my sandbox environment. At my first IT Job, I worked under another manager, Sergey Galchenko. Working with him was a great pleasure. He did mostly everything in Linux, so this prompted me to implement Linux into my home sandbox environment.

I have working at home 2 domain controllers, an Apache Reverse Proxy, Various applications running on IIS, networking monitoring tools running on Apache, my website running on Apache, 1 ESX host with several virtual machines, mostly with Server 2008 R2 and CentOS Linux, Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 with OWA and ActiveSync, and much more.

Currently, I am working on several IT projects at home:

  • C# project to integrate with Active Directory. Simplify the user creation, setting up of user directories, shared permissions, etc. Integrating SQL Server 2008 into this. (Work in progress)
  • Fixing my VSFTPD server. I broke it when I updated logins to AD/LDAP. It was using PAM. (Finding solution)
  • I would like to upgrade Exchange 2010 with O365 (costs)
  • SSL Licensing (DynDNS or GoDaddy). I need a valid cert.
  • Powershell scripting! This is a big one especially since my current job focuses tons on AUTOMATION! I still use VBscript in a lot of places.
  • There are a few Linux projects I am looking to do as well, including Samba, and some Apache stuff. I currently have one Samba server at home, fully integrated with Active Directory (well almost in spite of the VSPTD issue).
  • vCENTER!!!!!!
  • Term Server project. Upgrade current Term Server from Server 2003. Find legitimate licensing.

In 2012, I moved to Chicago (Darien) with all my equipment. I remember before I moved shutting down only a few things. I moved into Chicago in 2014, I moved again with MORE equipment I had from 2012. Once again in 2015, I moved AGAIN to the south side of Chicago (viz. upstairs to 3rd floor in same building), with a FEW new pieces of hardware. In the moving process, I did all the moving. Ha, I didn’t let the movers touch the stuff. So, when you opened this site today, you are opening it from my Apache Linux server, which is a VM on an ESX host. I will also add, but all the Microsoft stuff I own is legitimate software with proper licensing. None of it is stolen. I used some of my savings to do this undertaking. If I’m going to do it how they do it the real world, I should as well!

An Illinoid Attitude

Why so restless this week, oh my soul?

November 16, 2011at 3:56am, Cross Creek Apartments, Brunswick OH.

Why so restless, oh my soul? I know why I'm so restless this week. Once again, I'm up this early and I can't sleep. I just spent over an hour just praying! It's something I haven't done in awhile. I now know why I am so unsettled this week.

So, while talking things out with God, I believe I was divinely lead to this picture (in the note); this picture explains (or at least sums) it all up! Why am I so restless? Why the ominous dreams? Why the immediate grabbing feeling I had Tuesday when the IT recruiter called about a job fit for me in Chicago (had to check my phone log to verify)? Why does it make me feel like I need to do this?

Look at the picture in this note. Those of you who regularly come to my apartment can verify and have seen it on my wall. I took this picture the very last morning I spent in Wisconsin, just before moving back to Ohio. Before Wisconsin, it was Chicago. I remembered pasting a date on the back. Naturally curious about the date, having forgotten about the date of the picture through the years, I turned it over and looked. Yep, November 15, 1996, exactly 15 years ago! Here's the thing. Thinking back to that day when I moved back to Ohio, I truly believed -- even at the time, I interrupted some divine plan in my life and acted rashly. Granted, there were things back in Ohio that had purpose through the years, mainly broadening my career, but from that day on, I often think I "stopped" God's time for my life and that I acted prematurely. Tonight, it became more clear to me. November 15 was this past Tuesday, and the day when I started dealing with the IT recruiter for the Chicago position. A lot of discussion came from talking with that recruiter. It really grabbed me internally, more so with the other job leads I have open here in Cleveland!

"It was well known of the elves that if the thirteen pinnacles of nature were altered, there would be no salvation. 'Without thirteen, there is no salvation for us,' they all agreed. 'No hope to an end.'" The Omen of the Winged Prophet.

Maybe this past Tuesday is a wake up call or a first step into a change, a first step for resuming time. That could explain the dream I had Sunday night. I look at the last month. October 10, I had the dream that I got fired. October 12, I was. November 13, I have the ominous dream about the Lake. Ok, what next? November 15 marks 15 years exactly I've been back in Ohio. Am I being shown something? Is it just mere coincidence that these things are all happening? Did it take me having to talk it out with God tonight to get a better understanding? Did it take me losing a job to figure this out?

I often have thought "what if?" What if I stayed in Wisconsin? What if I had stuck it out with things there? Maybe my decision to move back to Ohio was rash and not part of the plan. Well, that's not how life is. Life is a series of moments and decisions. You can't go back and change it; you just move on to the next moment. Maybe, this is the moment where time starts moving again for me. Maybe, dates just don't matter and it's mere coincidence. Tonight, and this past week with an unsettled soul, I don't think that at all. I believe there is something to learn here for me.

Now it's just taking the next step to get to where I need to be. Do the remnants of my life still remain in Chicago/Wisconsin? Is my home there? Is my career there? Is my wife there? And, are my kids there? New Faith!

An Illinoid Altitude!

And while talking it all out, I was once again reminded of my Life Verse in my favorite book of the Bible (Hebrews). Having tears in my eyes thinking about how it came to me originally (when I lived in Chicago)! Jeff Korhorn, if you're reading this, you remember.

Hebrews 12:1, 2.
"Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God."

To thine own self be true!

Phlegmatic

The phlegmatic temperament is fundamentally relaxed and quiet, ranging from warmly attentive to lazily sluggish. Phlegmatics tend to be content with themselves and are kind. They are accepting and affectionate. They may be receptive and shy and often prefer stability to uncertainty and change. They are consistent, relaxed, calm, rational, curious, and observant, qualities that make them good administrators. They can also be passive-aggressive.

The Advocate

The INFJ personality type is very rare [even more rare in men], making up less than one percent of the population, but they nonetheless leave their mark on the world. As Diplomats (NF), they have an inborn sense of idealism and morality, but what sets them apart is the accompanying Judging (J) trait – INFJs are not idle dreamers, but people capable of taking concrete steps to realize their goals and make a lasting positive impact.

INFJs find it easy to make connections with others, and have a talent for warm, sensitive language, speaking in human terms, rather than with pure logic and fact. It makes sense that their friends and colleagues will come to think of them as quiet Extroverted types, but they would all do well to remember that INFJs need time alone to decompress and recharge, and to not become too alarmed when they suddenly withdraw. INFJs take great care of other’s feelings, and they expect the favor to be returned – sometimes that means giving them the space they need for a few days.

INFJs have uncanny insight into people and situations. They get "feelings" about things and intuitively understand them. As an extreme example, some INFJs report experiences of a psychic nature, such as getting strong feelings about there being a problem with a loved one, and discovering later that they were in a car accident. This is the sort of thing that other types may scorn and scoff at, and the INFJ themself does not really understand their intuition at a level which can be verbalized. Consequently, most INFJs are protective of their inner selves, sharing only what they choose to share when they choose to share it. They are deep, complex individuals, who are quite private and typically difficult to understand. INFJs hold back part of themselves, and can be secretive.

Washington and Wells is next!

Transfer to Orange and Pink line trains at Washington and Wells. On January 13, 2015, I was hired at IPsoft in the Loop at 155 N. Wacker. I said farewell to 2 years of Diebold! I could not do another year of weekly trips to O'Hare. IPsoft is right downtown and I work 2nd shift with a gret group of guys. It's a nice 40 minute train ride on the Brown Line. The company is growing MSP. We manage several clients, including 2 clients in the Loop. I currently work as a Windows Admin for the company. We provide services to our clients but we build automations that manage our clients' infrastructures.

My first year with the company was a big challenge. As a growing company, there was demand for more people with skills in my field. Thankfully, this year, this has changed and we are bringing aboard new talent each month for an ever-growing environment. I was Rockstar of the Year in 2015 for IPsoft in Chicago and I won a Dell XPS laptop! Pretty cool or what? I won Rockstar of the Month in July 2015. I was elected as the Rockstar of the Year with popular vote. Trust me, I did NOT see it coming whatsoever, let alone for the first time!!!

Our company has not only elected me with my IT skills, but I've captured many of our office outings on camera! I've been the "designated-office-picture-taker-guy" lol. I've contributed to many our company photos. On top of the day-to-day work, our company hosts many committees that enable coworkers to learn their job and what other people do in the company do too. Our company encourages cross-department training and mentoring. I've been involved with a couple of the committees like mentoring and the photography. The committees help you know your coworkers better and enable you to create professional bonds inside the organization. Our office building was featured in the movie "Transformers 3" in the "Trapped in an office building scene."

IPsoft First Cognitive Agent Who Understands Like a Human

IPsoft innovated the first cognitive human agent. Amelia, our cognitive knowledge worker, interfaces on human terms. She is a virtual agent who understands what people ask – even what they feel – when they call for service.

Using the same instruction manuals as, for example, call center operators, Amelia can be deployed straight from the cloud in a fraction of the time. She learns as she works and provides high-quality responses consistently, every day of the year, in every language your customers speak.3

I don't care what anyone says, I still think she is modeled after actress, Charlize Theron.

Enjoy some Chicago photos!

I took all the photos you see on this page. Please enjoy them and if you are interested in my photography, please reach out to me! echatham1013@shekinya.net. Thank you for visiting my site. I put a lot of work into it.

Video Archives!

Where are you going?

December 11, 2012

Compilation of the past 15 years with friends and family. This song has been my theme song since 1994 when I first lived in Chicago. I want to thank all my friends and family for being a major impact in my life. I've included you in this video montage. The beginning starts in Wisconsin, then to Ohio, then ends in Chicago.

Music: "Where are you going?" by World Wide Message Tribe on their Album, "Dance Planet." 1994

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I-90 and Chicago Skyway Bridge

August 9, 2013

Driving from I-65 Terminus, west on I-90 over Chicago Skyway Bridge, then west on I-94 Dan Ryan Expressway. August 9, 2013 (17:24). ADDENDUM: Sorry about the "bug splats." I did a lot of driving that day.

Music brought to you by: Reality used to be friend of mine ~ PM Dawn
Level ~AVCII
Call of the Muezzin ~ Kamal

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Eric's 12 Moons in 2015

December 31, 2015

2015 will be very hard to say goodbye to. It was a great year! Here is a review of my whole year in photos. I hope you all enjoy Celtic Music. I picked easy listening music. Thank you to friends, family, God, co-workers and "1001 Things to See in Chicago before You Die" for making this a most memorable and unforgettable year!

1. Moondawn by Iona.
2. It will be well (Tell the righteous) by Eden's Bridge.
3. Ageless Messengers (O aingil coimheád mé) by Máire Ní Bhraonáin.
4. Follow the Word by Máire Ní Bhraonáin.
5. Chi-Rho by Iona.

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