Sunday, December 28, 2008
So have you noticed any signs of the Apocalypse? Here's one of my favorites from fark.com:
In latest sign that the Apocalypse is all but upon us, disco is back
This is a creativity thread. Make up your best headlines for signs of the Apocalypse or link to those you've seen. Can't wait to read what you come up with!!
Happy New Year!
Friday, December 26, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
He is here. I know not literally born in Bethlehem in a manger and blah, blah, pagan rituals, fish sticks.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
As a prank, students from local high schools have been taking advantage of the county's Speed Camera Program in order to exact revenge on people who they believe have wronged them in the past, including other students and even teachers.
Students from Richard Montgomery High School dubbed the prank the Speed Camera "Pimping" game, according to a parent of a student enrolled at one of the high schools.
Originating from Wootton High School, the parent said, students duplicate the license plates by printing plate numbers on glossy photo paper, using fonts from certain websites that "mimic" those on Maryland license plates. They tape the duplicate plate over the existing plate on the back of their car and purposefully speed through a speed camera, the parent said. The victim then receives a citation in the mail days later.
Students are even obtaining vehicles from their friends that are similar or identical to the make and model of the car owned by the targeted victim, according to the parent.
"This game is very disturbing," the parent said. "Especially since unsuspecting parents will also be victimized through receipt of unwarranted photo speed tickets.
The parent said that "our civil rights are exploited," and the entire premise behind the Speed Camera Program is called into question as a result of the growing this fad among students.
The Speed Camera Program was implemented in March of this year and used for the purpose of reducing traffic and pedestrian collisions in the county. Cameras are located in residential areas and school zones where the posted speed limit is 35 miles per hour or lower. A $40 citation is mailed to the owner of the car for violating the speed limit in these areas.
The Montgomery County Police said they have not seen or heard of this prank occurring but said they will keep an eye out for people committing the crime.
"I hope the public at large will complain loudly enough that local Montgomery County government officials will change their policy of using these cameras for monetary gain," the parent said. "The practice of sending speeding tickets to faceless recipients without any type of verification is unwarranted and an exploitation of our rights."
Edward Owusu, Assistant Principal at Wootton High School, said that he heard of local students pulling the prank when the school received a call from a parent informing them of its occurrence. "I have not heard of this happening among students at Wootton," Osuwu said. "It is unfortunate that kids have a lot of time on their hands that they can think of doing such a thing."
Montgomery County Council President Phil Andrews said that the issue is troubling in several respects. "I am concerned that someone could get hurt, first of all, because they are speeding in areas where they know speeding is a problem," he said.
Andrews also said that this could hurt the integrity of the Speed Camera Program. And Roseann says, "gee, ya think?" "It will cause potential problems for the Speed Camera Program in terms of the confidence in it," he said. He said he is glad someone caught it before it becomes more widespread and he said he hopes that the word get out to the people participating in this that there will be consequences.
I hope this gets widespread throughout the country. Stupid camera cops.
At 12:04 p.m. UT (5:04 a.m. Mountain US Time) on December 21, the Sun will reach its most southerly declination. Over the past six months, for people in the northern hemisphere, every day the peak of the Sun’s arc across the daytime sky has been getting lower. Well, at 12:04 UT it reaches its lowest point, and now every day the Sun will be a bit higher in the sky at local noon. It will peak on June 21 at 05:45 UT, and be at the highest point it can get. Then the process reverses.
We call those points in time the solstices. Despite the fact that half the Earth has its seasons reversed, tonight is the Winter Solstice, and June’s is the Summer Solstice. If you live south of the Equator, sorry, but that’s what you get for living your lives standing on your head.
Anyway, the Winter Solstice has always been a time of celebration, because ancient people — more closely tied with the skies due to agriculture and no light pollution — knew that it meant the Sun was coming back up, and spring was coming. We celebrate it in modern times by going into debt. We’re far more sophisticated these days.
Next on the trip ’round the Sun: perihelion, January 4th!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
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Sunday, December 14, 2008
The Rev. Peggy S. Bosmyer, age 60 of Little Rock, died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008. She was born to the late Thomas Bosmyer and Margarett Markland Vandiver, who lives in Little Rock. Peggy was a graduate of Helena High School before receiving her B.A. degrees in English and philosophy from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, her master of divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary, and her doctor of divinity University of the South, School of Theology, Sewanee. In 1974, Peggy served her internship as Episcopal deacon at Grace Episcopal Church, Pine Bluff, completing her intern curacy at St. Mark's Episcopal Church Little Rock. Upon women's ordination in the church, Peggy was the first woman ordained in the Episcopal Church south of the Mason Dixon line in 1978. She was also appointed as vicar of St. Michael's Episcopal Church, program director for the Diocese of Arkansas, which included oversight of Camp Mitchell.
In 1985, she became full-time vicar of St. Michael's Episcopal Church. In 1994, she was called to be a professor on the faculty of the University of the South School of Theology, Sewanee, for seven years, concurrently serving as co-vicar at St. James teaching mission at Sewanee. In 2001, she returned to Little Rock, accepting the call as canon missioner and vicar of St. Margaret's Episcopal Church. She was also an associate of the Youth and Family Institute. Peggy loved to preach, to celebrate the Eucharist and exercise her gifts in pastoral care. She is survived by her husband of 24 years, Dennis Campbell of Little Rock; her four children, Caitlin Margarett Bosmyer Campbell, Mary Hannah Bosmyer Campbell, Lauren "Larnie" Elizabeth Bosmyer Campbell, Michael Forrest Bosmyer Campbell, all of Little Rock; and her sister, Judy Quattlebaum of Little Rock.
There will be a funeral service held at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 11 a.m. officiated by the Right Rev. Larry Benfield, and the Right Rev. Canon Dr. J. Neil Alexander, bishop of Atlanta. Following services, there will an internment at St. Margaret's columbarium at 1 p.m.
Arrangements are under the direction of Ruebel Funeral Home, www. ruebelfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Margaret's Episcopal Church building fund, House of Prayer, and Institute for Theological Education, or the Campbell Children's College Fund, in care of St. Margaret's, 20900 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock, Ark. 72223.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cups half-and-half
2 cups chicken stock or bouillon
1/2 pound fresh broccoli
1 cup carrots, julienned
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
8 ounces grated sharp cheddar
Saute onion in butter until almost caramelized. Set aside. Make a roux with the melted butter and the flour. Stir constantly for 5 minutes then slowly add the half-and-half . Add the chicken stock whisking all the time. Simmer for 20 minutes.
Add the broccoli, carrots and onions. Cook over low heat until the veggies are tender for 25 minutes. Add salt and pepper. Blend the soup using a hand blender. If you don't have a hand blender then use a regular blender and blend in small batches. Be careful if you use a regular blender!!! Put the blended soup back in the pot over low heat and add the grated cheese; stir until well blended. Stir in the nutmeg and serve.
I see 2 guys and the wife get one guy in their pickup and off they go down the street. 30 seconds later the police show up. They drive past the house the the end of the block, then turn around. They almost drove past us again but I yelled stop! So we have 2 cop cars and they are asking me, Gary and another neighbor what happened. 10 minutes go by and we now have 8 cop cars and they're putting up crime scene tape and all that.
Mother of the wife lives on the corner with her aunt. So aunt comes down and wants to know what is going on. She was babysitting the 3 kids while the couple went to a Christmas party.
A little background here...this couple that lives across the street are as nice as pie. Hard working, church going, always time for a neighborly visit. They did put a McCain/Palin sign in their yard so I knew there was some underlying weirdness. :-)
Anyway, the aunt wants to know what is going on, cop tells her there was a shooting, she says that can't be true I just talked to niece and niece said there'd been an "accident" and she was taking husband to the ER. Yeah, well the accident involved a gun being shot TWICE right in front of my house and by God, I call the police when something like that happens you twit.
Hours later after the police left and all was calm I was laying in bed and I got tickled and could not stop laughing. I kept thinking of the guy saying, "where's my other bullet?" and the Andy Griffith show where Andy made Barney keep his bullet in his pocket.
It was one of those laugh-tension relief moments. Gary got tickled too and we laughed for about 1/2 an hour.
Friday, December 12, 2008
I don't even want to call myself Christian if it links me to these assrockets. Then again, I want to reclaim the term and call these fundie-evagelo-Repug-Huckabee lovin'-jackasses something else. Got any ideas?
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Most of the day yesterday I actually felt good! It was wonderful. I did dialysis, shopped for groceries, cooked dinner and cleaned up the kitchen. I can't remember the last time I was able to do all that in a single day.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
If you have questions about how this initiative, which bans unmarried couples from serving as foster parents or adopting children, could affect you or your loved ones, the ACLU has prepared a FAQ about Act 1, which is available on their website www.acluarkansas.org.
The ACLU especially wants anyone who will be immediately harmed by the initiative to contact them, by December 10, 2008, if possible. For example:
- Families who may be forced to have current foster children leave their home and the children forced to leave the home.
- Any parent who, in the event of an emergency, wants his or her children to be adopted by a friend or family member who is unmarried and living with their partner.
- Children who need foster or adoptive parents and would be denied access to good homes.
- The friends and family of children who need a good home and now are ineligible to foster or adopt under the new law.
- Families who want to adopt or foster children and cannot due to the law.
If you feel you or someone you know could be impacted by the ban in any way, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (212) 519-7835.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
- A new kidney. I'm grateful for all the volunteers and hoping for a match!
- An end to war. Ours and everyones. This has got to stop. We've got to find a better way.
- Economic stability.
- A stop to all the homophobic, deny human rights, fear based BS about GLBTs.
- A good solution to tax issues.
- Al Franken wins the recount. A long shot, I know.
- Health, happiness to all my family and friends. Even the ones who make me crazy.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
- Kim & Pierre for inviting us to the feast.
- President-elect Obama.
- My awesome family. Even the ones who make me crazy.
- The best friends one can ever imagine.
- OCICBW peeps.
- A/E B'netters.
- My critters.
- My doctors and their staffs.
- St. Sue of Delaware.
- And really the number one, my husband, the love of my life.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
What are your favorite books that you've read more than once? The ones that just never get old and still make you laugh or cry or ponder?
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
Hooray! I am home from the hospital. I am so grateful for all the prayers and non prayers and good wishes.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
...make your landscaping into a bee buffet. Start by avoiding flowering plants that were bred for showy features, such as sunflowers or tulips. Instead focus on a wide variety of native plants that blossom in succession, rather than one plant that blooms all at once. This provides a more constant supply of reliable food for the bees. Also keep in mind that good housing is hard to find for bees, so consider providing some options such as a specially designed bee house (check your local wild bird store or garden supply) or a bare patch for bees that prefer nesting in burrows.
In addition, support your local beekeepers by buying locally produced honey at a farmer's market or natural foods store near you. This will help keep the important profession of beekeeping financially viable. Finally, you may want to support businesses that are actively creating awareness of CCD, such as Häagen-Dazs and Burt's Bees, which makes personal care products using beeswax, supports the Honeybee Health Improvement Project, and sent out 50,000 packets of wildflower seeds to individuals for signing up on its Web site.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
I'll remember the heroes. I'll pray for those who still mourn. I'll pray for the country I love that has been abused and exploited first with this tragedy and then with political reaction to this tragedy. I'll remember this day.
Monday, September 8, 2008
I am looking at Sarah Palin and cannot help but wonder about her priorities.
Why would you intentionally want to embarrass your teenage daughter by publicly flaunting her in the media and proclaiming her as proof of your own convictions? How sad that Palin’s priorities are so ego’d she cannot see the damage she is causing to one who should be one of her top priorities.
My heart goes out to her child and I cannot but wonder how we as a country could ever consider one whose priorities are so screwed.
"In every child who is born under no matter what circumstances and of no matter what parents , the potentiality of the human race is born again, and in him, too, once more, and each of us, our terrific responsibility toward human life.~James Agee~
My response to her:
I have to say priorities must be a huge issue for all families where both parents have to work. Then again, why is it both parents have to work? For some, for many I think, it is because the cost of living is just so high. Then again there are many who just have to get more and more and more stuff because they think that will make them happy. Have we as a nation lost sight of what makes us happy? It isn't things, no matter how hard the sellers of things want us to believe it is.
I don't have the answers for this. I always get to the point where I believe all our problems are really spiritual in nature.
Gary and I have certainly learned to do more with less. We drive a $200 car, we don't eat out or go to movies, we use the library instead of the bookstore. It can be done. I'll also be the first to admit that getting the disability will give us the breathing room we need. I won't say no to the money!
I question so much about . I don't want to say she is a bad mother, I don't know that. I do think she put herself before her children and family by thrusting them onto the national stage and the harsh glare of the media. Your question about her priorities is another reason to not want her as VP.
All along I felt John Edwards shouldn't have been running for President. His wife has a terminal illness and he should be spending all his time with her and with their small children who will have to live without their mother. His having an affair showed me his ego is just way, way too out of control for him to be an effective leader.
Where is that balance. A strong leader must have a healthy ego, an ability to ride out the making of tough decisions. At the same time a strong leader must realize they are indeed servants. I have met a few people like that in my life. Unfortunately, ego seems to be what I encounter most.
The definition of liberal includes:
favorable to progress or reform, as in political or religious affairs.
favorable to or in accord with concepts of maximum individual freedom possible, esp. as guaranteed by law and secured by governmental protection of civil liberties.
favoring or permitting freedom of action, esp. with respect to matters of personal belief or expression
free from prejudice or bigotry; tolerant: a liberal attitude toward foreigners.
open-minded or tolerant
characterized by generosity and willingness to give.
I ask what is "silly" about any of that? I understand that it is important to conservatives to [i]preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditional ones, and to limit change.[/i] I can understand that idea while rejecting its POV. I'm fairly certain conservatives don't consider themselves silly.
I think the last 8 years have damned near destroyed the country I love, the country I want back. I don't want to be embarrassed or ashamed to be an American. I want our legacy and reputation on a global level restored and renewed. I don't think a damn thing about that is "silly."
- McCain claimed that Obama’s health care plan would "force small businesses to cut jobs" and would put "a bureaucrat ... between you and your doctor." In fact, the plan exempts small businesses, and those who have insurance now could keep the coverage they have.
- McCain attacked Obama for voting for "corporate welfare" for oil companies. In fact, the bill Obama voted for raised taxes on oil companies by $300 million over 11 years while providing $5.8 billion in subsidies for renewable energy, energy efficiency and alternative fuels.
- McCain said oil imports send "$700 billion a year to countries that don't like us very much." But the U.S. is on track to import a total of only $536 billion worth of oil at current prices, and close to a third of that comes from Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom.
- He promised to increase use of "wind, tide [and] solar" energy, though his actual energy plan contains no new money for renewable energy. He has said elsewhere that renewable sources won’t produce as much as people think.
- He called for "reducing government spending and getting rid of failed programs," but as in the past failed to cite a single program that he would eliminate or reduce.
- He said Obama would "close" markets to trade. In fact, Obama, though he once said he wanted to "renegotiate" the North American Free Trade Agreement, now says he simply wants to try to strengthen environmental and labor provisions in it.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
In the city Ketchikan, the planned site of the so-called "Bridge to Nowhere," political leaders of both parties said the claim was false and a betrayal of their community, because she had supported the bridge and the earmark for it secured by Alaska's Congressional delegation during her run for governor.
The bridge, a span from the city to Gravina Island, home to only a few dozen people, secured a $223 million earmark in 2005. The pricey designation raised a furor and critics, including McCain, used the bridge as an example of wasteful federal spending on politicians' pet projects.
When she was running for governor in 2006, Palin said she was insulted by the term "bridge to nowhere," according to Ketchikan Mayor Bob Weinstein, a Democrat, and Mike Elerding, a Republican who was Palin's campaign coordinator in the southeast Alaska city.
"People are learning that she pandered to us by saying, I'm for this' ... and then when she found it was politically advantageous for her nationally, abruptly she starts using the very term that she said was insulting," Weinstein said.
Palin's spokeswoman in Alaska was not immediately available to comment.
National fury over the bridge caused Congress to remove the earmark designation, but Alaska was still granted an equivalent amount of transportation money to be used at its own discretion.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
This is just too good. Now she supports a group who wants to secede from the USA.
Monday, September 1, 2008
Both Sarah Palin and John McCain back abstinence-only education. No surprises there.
What's galling is this: When the subject is a pregnancy to an unwed, minority teenage mother growing up in some (presumably Democratic) urban area, that pregnancy becomes fodder for lectures from conservatives about bad parenting, the perils of welfare spending and so on. But when the subject is a pregnancy to an unwed, white teenager from some small town in a Republican state, that pregnancy is...a celebration of the wonders of God's magnificence--and choosing life!
Sunday, August 31, 2008
And look what happened today: Aug 31st, 2008 | ST. PAUL, Minn. -- President Bush, Vice President Cheney and prominent governors decided on Sunday to skip the Republican National Convention, and the party considered shortening its big four-day event as Hurricane Gustav approached the Gulf Coast with potentially devastating strength.
My prayer is that the hurricane doesn't hit our Gulf states, that it dissipates or turns back out to sea.
I have to admit though that the irony is killing me.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
If it ain't love, it ain't God.
Friday, August 29, 2008
It is noisy and there is no privacy. You're in a big room with lots of other people hooked up to machines that beep and boop. TVs (which I can do without) are everywhere. Most disconcerting to me is people are everywhere. The guy directly across from me chewed gum with his mouth open for 3 solid hours. Call me picky, but I just don't want to see that. So I arrange myself in a way that I don't see TVs or people. I just put on my iPod and create my own space.
I don't feel anything other than some pressure on the catheter. Mostly I feel like I want to go home!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
I don't know. My brother thinks I should love and support his children no matter what. Love them, yes...I do and will. Support anything they choose? Support a decision to align with the Taliban of America? No. I can't and won't.
So where does that leave me? My spiritual mentor would say, "love them out of it." My understanding of ACIM says, "forgive them, it isn't real anyway." My heart says, "love them and stay true to yourself."
I feel like my own little personal drama that is reflected on a much larger scale in the Episcopal Church is a big life lesson for me. How do I love in this situation? What is the loving thing to do?
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Things I learned in the first dialysis session. Dress warmly. Like Eskimo warmly. That place is cold! Reading will not happen...there are TVs everywhere and machines that beep and boop and people running around. Way too distracting for reading. iPod is a life saver. People get used to it and most everyone there slept through their treatment.
Pat Robertson! The guy who said Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who suffered a massive stroke, was stricken by God as punishment for ceding the Gaza Strip and a portion of the West Bank to Palestinians. Yeah...Pat Robertson, who also said, "the feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians."
Pat Robertson...the guy who would round up me and my friends and put us in concentration camps if he could.
I want to vomit. I want to scream. I love my brother. I feel lost.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
My friend Els came today and cleaned my floors for me. That is just a wonderful gift and I am so grateful. I am hoping that my nephrologist will get me set up with some home help service this week. DH is working two jobs and I am just too weak to do what needs to be done around the house. I've always been a helper but now I'm the one who needs help. Very frustrating.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
I was out camping with my family and our friends from .
Greer’s Ferry Lake has been way above normal water levels since early spring, which caused many of the parks to close and an influx of campers in the furthest Northern park where we have camped for now 30 years. My quiet park was packed! One afternoon, while sitting around with the 2 year old son of my god-daughter Mikel, I heard this scream: Snake!!!. All around us there was this yelling and before I knew what was happening, right in front of our camping spot were numerous men, women and their children with axes and shovels, all ready to attack a very small, very colorful snake which totally ignorant of the excitement it was causing, was slithering across the road on its way to enter the ground and trees behind my tent.
I asked the leader, the one up front with the biggest ax if the snake was harmful. What exactly had the snake done to provoke all this?
The guy looked at me as if I was the nut. Should we not kill all snakes? All were ignorant in even identifying a poisonous from non-poisonous, still the mob lynch mentality had totally taken over and there was an excitement in the air for killing something which had an equal or maybe bigger right in being there.
Poisonous or not.
The leader of the pack finally shrugged and told me since it was heading to my tent it was no longer his problem.
I watched the snake for a while comforting 2 year old Nainoa Mountain Love, my god daughter’s son who with a name like that you know is raised in a peaceful world (Nikki told us upon hearing his name that it reeked of tree-huggers). Nainoa did not fear the snake but was scared by the unexplainable anger and close death of something that caused no harm to the earth, instead only added color.
I think of this and wonder if what is done to Bishop Gene Robinson does not come from the same ignorance our world lives in.
Mob mentality based on something our bible scared us from with only a simple word.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Suit alleges monkey discrimination
Woman contends she needs animal to stop her social anxiety disorder.
Tired of her monkey being sent scampering from area businesses, a Springfield woman filed suit last week against the health department, a local Wal-Mart and Cox Health Systems. In a lawsuit filed Friday, Debby Rose alleges the three entities discriminated against her and a 10-year old bonnet macaque named Richard.
All of the defendants, who Rose sued for unspecified damages, declined to comment on the litigation, noting they hadn't yet seen the suit.
Rose says Richard helps curb her debilitating social anxiety disorder -- which can cause her to have panic attacks in public.
Because of the animal's therapeutic effect, Rose says, he is no different than a seeing eye dog. When I ask, was the last time a seeing eye dog threw feces at anyone?????????
Her lawsuit contends the Springfield-Greene County Health Department had no authority to decide that Richard is not a service animal under the Americans With Disabilities Act and, therefore, is not allowed in food establishments.
That decision was made in 2006, when health department officials sent out letters to restaurants and grocery stores, telling them not to let Rose in with the monkey.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Michael quote of the day, "everyone gives GOD so much credit for being so awesome...yet everything he makes breaks...he is like the YUGO of creators."
Monday, July 14, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
wank·er /ˈwæŋkər/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[wang-ker] Chiefly British and Australian Slang: Vulgar.
|1.||a contemptible person; jerk.|
|2.||a male masturbator.|
It just seems so perfect.
Sarah Hey...major wanker
I love it!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
The preparation has to start now. Both kidneys have to be removed. This came as a shock to me...PKD isn't just cysts on the kidneys (which never stop growing.) It causes cysts in the liver and colon. The biggest shocker is it can cause brain anuerysms too.
It has to be done w/in the next 24 months or, well, it is going to be really bad. The thought now is to get the transplant before dialysis is necessary. Transplants can also be done w/out the heavy steroids like prednasone. I'm really grateful for that.
I'm beyond emotional at this moment. I want to cry but I don't want to break down in front of Gary. He's got enough on his heart and mind without me being a big crybaby. He wants to be evaluated as a possible donor. I don't mean to be maudlin, I just believe deeply he'd be better off w/out me. I'm not suicidal and I plan to fight. I believe I've put him through more than he deserves though.
I'm on all kinds of new drugs now including Procrit at $700 a shot. That'll be $1400 a month just for Procrit. Hopefully insurance will cover it. We won't know until it is submitted.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
I am the harm which you inflict
I am your brilliance and frustration
I'm the nuclear bombs if they're to hit
I'm your immaturaty and your indignance
I am your misfits and your praised
I am your doubt and your conviction
I am your charity and your rape
I am your grasping and expectation
I see you averting your glances
I see you cheering on the war
I see you ignoring your children
And I love you still
And I love you still
I am your joy and your regret
I am your fury and your elation
I am your yearning and your sweat
I am your faithless and your religion
I see you altering history
I see you abusing the land
I see you and your selective amnesia
And I love you still
And I love you still
I am your tragedy and your fortune
I am your crisis and delight
I am your profits and your prophets
I am your art, I am your bytes
I am your death and your decisions
I am your passion and your plights
I am your sickness and convalescence
I am your weapons and your light
I see you holding your grudges
I see you gunning them down
I see you silencing your sisters
And I love you still
And I love you (still)
I see you lie to your country
I see you forcing them out
I see you blaming each other
And I love you still
And I love you still
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
One bishop broke down in tears at the meeting of senior British church leaders Monday in York, northern England, as he described his distress at the church's lack of willingness to accommodate traditionalists who have threatened to leave if they felt they were not adequately protected.
First off, yeah C of E...good on you. But WTF about accommodating those who threaten to leave if they're not "adequately protected." Why would that be a goal? This is an emerging paradigm for C of E and there are those who can't tolerate change of any kind. What do you say to those who've threatened to leave? You say, "Goodbye. Go in peace to love and serve the Lord."
There's really nothing else you can say. Yes it is painful but there's that messy life for you.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
Today is my country's birthday. God is calling us to a new place. No war, no torture, no oppression, no fear. That is not a new place really. We have always been called here, we just haven't made it yet.
I love you America...now straighten up and fly right!
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Today I'm grateful that I live in such a quiet and peaceful neighborhood. No sounds of planes, trains or automobiles. The only noise is from a young man who plays his car stereo at a volume that literally rattles my windows. I don't mind it much though because it is just a few seconds when he leaves his house or comes home in the wee hours. I'm awake anyway and it is just too small a thing to get worried over.
I want to thank everyone who is praying for me. I've had such a sense of peace the last few days. I love you all.
Monday, June 9, 2008
I feel good today even though this fever won't go away. I have some energy and I'm going to do some things around the house.
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
God we need help. We've never turned away a friend or stranger in need. Please help us now.
Friday, May 30, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
- And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
- Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
One the bucket list so far, change my name to Rufus Leaking.
Song list so far: Into the Mystic, Van Morrison; Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, Monty Python; We Want the Funk, George Clinton and the Parliment/Funkadelics.
Please help me add to the list.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Monday, February 4, 2008
I am a connoisseur of funk. If I could find a little statue of George Clinton I'd put up a shrine. Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk gets my award for greatest funk band ever. I got to see them at the Granada in Dallas and I was just totally blown away. If you've got the funk you've gotta get some Dumpstaphunk!