Thursday, December 14, 2006

Maybe some real news tomorrow

I can't promise. Right now I'm into fun, frothy and freaky. When I'm fully recuperated, I'll try more substantive fare.

Wisconsin Man Runs Over, Eats Seven-Legged Transgendered Deer

I must be a freak-news magnet. Click on the title to read this Fox News article.

Live...from the South Pole

Ever wonder what it's like at the South Pole? Well, I do! Take a look at the live cam from the Earth System Research Laboratory's Global Monitoring Division. You'll also find links to other observatories (Barrow, Trinidad Head, Mauna Loa, American Samoa).

Take the Newsquiz!

Love this! Click here to take CNN's Newsquiz. Ten (easy) questions from the week of December 11. Don't miss the fun!

Don't drive with a Libra

They're the astrological sign most likely to have a car accident, according to this Reuters article. "According to a study by InsuranceHotline.com, a Web site that quotes drivers on insurance rates, astrological signs are a significant factor in predicting car accidents."

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Airline workers sacrifice camel at airport

Yes, they really did; read this Reuters article. Celebrating a job well done and ahead of schedule, Turkish Airlines maintenance workers slaughtered a camel - at work!

We all have different ways of sharing our joy...

Monday, December 11, 2006

Hawk attacks dachshund

Read this story from Boston news channel WCVB about a boy who saved his puppy from a red-tailed hawk.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Dachshund Shakespeare

It's going to be a great day when you find a site called Shakespeare Goes to the Dogs. View six plays acted by cartoon dachshunds! My favorite was Titus Andronicus.

The author of the site, Muriel Morris, is a teacher who draws the cartoons for her students. She gives them to her class before they see the play; the comics "give them an idea of the plot of the play so they don't feel lost."

Makes using "Tales from Shakespeare" seem rather bland. I had never seen a dachshund in a toga before - three cheers!

Friday, December 08, 2006

Time to make the latkes

"TIME to make the latkes, and not because it’s almost Hanukkah." True words from this NYT piece on the love of latkes. There's even a link to the latke recipe from the article - bonus!

Special foods evoke special memories. Alex Witchel writes about these humble (yet divine) potato pancakes in the context of community and sweet family memories.

Ever had one? They're amazing.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

The Last Goodbye

Members of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association gather in Hawaii today to honor their comrades and remember that dreadful morning. In 1941, these young men survived the worst; now old men, they believe this to be their last reunion.

"The attack may have occurred 65 years ago, but survivors say they can still hear the explosions, smell the burning flesh, taste the sea water and hear the cries.

"The younger ones were crying, 'Mom! Mom! Mom!'" said Edward Chun, who witnessed the attack from the Ten-Ten dock, just a couple hundred meters away from Battleship Row."

Read the entire Fox News article.

No VAT for Norwegian strippers

After yesterday's depressing blog post, I offer this little story as a respite. How can hardworking strip club operators make a living with a 25% Value Added Tax hitched on to ticket sales? The issue went to court when an operator refused to pay.

"A Norwegian court ruled Tuesday that strip clubs did not have to pay value added tax (VAT) because their services were a form of art performed by artists, a Norwegian news agency said."

Art performed by artists! Of course.

If you love pictures

then go right now to Reuter's photo section. Launch the Editor's Choice of the best photos from the last 24 hours. It's one of my favorite daily routines.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Wanting Babies Like Themselves, Some Parents Choose Genetic Defects

is the name of this NYT article. You read correctly. Dr. Darshak M. Sanghavi (a pediatric cardiologist at the University of Massachusetts Medical School) explains Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (P.G.D.): “a process in which embryos are created in a test tube and their DNA is analyzed before being transferred to a woman’s uterus.”

We know of parents who use this sort of testing in order to eliminate babies with genetic defects. Now parents use the test to choose babies with defects. “It turns out that some mothers and fathers don’t view certain genetic conditions as disabilities but as a way to enter into a rich, shared culture.”

I read this several times in disbelief. Please read the article and send your comments.

Cleveland's Christmas Story

Read this NYT story about the latest Cleveland tourist attraction: Ralphie Parker's house!

Take your religion to work

This article reveals how Americans express their faith on the job. "Work is invading people's personal lives, so people are bringing more of their personal lives to the workplace," said Paula Brantner, director of Workplace Fairness, a Washington, D.C.-based group that promotes employee rights. "

Though it speaks of worksite bible studies, one leader says "It's not just the Bible. A lot of the books we study are just about being a good person and just being human and understanding how to relate to people," he said. "It gives you a forum to talk."

So there you have it: be a good person, be human and relate to people. What kind of influence does that kind of spirituality wield on the souls of men? Of course the article mentions that the studies are voluntary, as they should be - and no proselytizing, either. Fine. But if you're going to study the bible, you should deal with its content.

In the article, demonstrations of workplace faith mean Muslim cab drivers won't take fares that carry alcohol; Christian pharmacists won't fill birth control prescriptions.

We must remember that most religions seek to fix the evil things we do. Christianity seeks to fix the evil thing we are.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Don't strike that match

You're on a plane from DC bound for DFW. You smell spent matches; you worry; you alert the crew. You make an emergency landing in Nashville, inspect the plane and luggage - heck, you even bring in bomb-sniffing dogs.

Bombs? No.
Terrorists? No.
Flatulence? Yes.

Flatulence brought the plane down. Evidently a passenger with a "medical problem" tried to cover it up by burning matches. This article tells the whole story.

No more prison tattoos for you

Did you know that the previous Canadian government provided tattoos for inmates in an effort to curb hepatitis and AIDS? According to this article, the tattoo gravy train is over. "Our government will not spend taxpayers' money on providing tattoos for convicted criminals," Day said in a statement.

Can you believe they ever did? FYI, do not do a Google image search for "tattoo." Big mistake.

You Can't Make Me!

"Saddam, who taught pride and dignity to many people, refuses to attend (the trial) and be subjected to insult by agents and their followers ... Therefore, I ask to be relieved from attending the (court) hearings in this new comedy and you can do whatever you want," he wrote.

Let's see, 150 Shiites, 180,000 Kurds (his students of pride and dignity, perhaps) - sound like a "comedy?"

Excerpted from this article.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Mad at Rick

Evangelical Christians are serious about everything but worship.

Rick Warren offends pro-life evangelicals because he invited Barack Obama to speak at his church's annual AIDS conference.

His anti-abortion constituency is very upset. Phyllis Schlafly opposes the idea. Kevin McCullough (conservative host) wrote: "Why would Warren marry the moral equivalency of his pulpit — a sacred piece of honor in evangelical traditions — to the inhumane, sick and sinister evil that Obama has worked for as a legislator?"

Oh, for heaven's sake. Warren is not giving Obama a "pulpit" in the traditional sense. He's speaking at an AIDS conference. By the way, there was no similar outrage regarding Sen. Brownback, who was asked to speak at the same conference. How many evangelicals would be willing to share their "pulpit" with a Roman Catholic - pro-life or not?

Go to the Saddleback Website and take a look. I was particularly interested in the "Ohana" worship experience: "Come for the worship... Stay for the sounds of the islands. Experience hospitality and hugs. Learn to worship through signing or hula. Room 404 near the Beach Cafe and island huts."

It's hard for me to get worked up about Barack when I'm worshiping through hula.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Legally Blind Woman, 94, Bowls a 244

The headline says it all, but here's the article. My eyesight is fine, I guess I'm just bowling impaired. If I crack 100, it's a day of victory at the Madison Lanes.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

How old are you?

Love this site! Find out how old you really are with the Health Age Calculator. According to the HAC, I'm 28. Seriously.

The Ten Best Books of 2006

I'm a little embarassed. This NYT article lists the best books of 2006. I haven't read one of them - I'm still trying to read books from 2004!

Live in Huntsville? Love model trains?

In an article in the Huntsville Times, Dick Metzger "decided to come out of the closet; I'm a grown man, and I play with trains," Metzger, proprietor of Southerland Station toy and hobby shop, said. "I had no idea that there were so many people in Huntsville who loved electric trains as much as I did."

Mr. Metzger has an open house every year with two rooms of train displays, a lego train room, snacks and an appearance from Hello Kitty. That would seal it for me.

Here's information on the open house.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Et tu, Bronxus?

Latin in the Bronx! Read this NYT article about the Bronx Latin School. It always pays to fill young minds with great things...

HBO "Preacher"

HBO is developing a series based on the Vertigo comic "Preacher," which "told the story of a down-and-out Texas preacher possessed by Genesis, a supernatural entity conceived by the unnatural coupling of an angel and a demon." Wow, who plays the lead? I hope it's Ray Romano.

I'm a wee bit sensitive to this sort of thing. My husband is a preacher...he's also adopted...

This is your chess on drugs

The guys in the Chess Club might not believe this. The World Chess Federation will begin drug testing at the Asian Games this week, "although the sport's top official in Doha said he had no idea how drugs could enhance chess performance."

They're doing this in the hopes that chess will become an Olympic sport. Judges may mark you for post-match testing. Here's the little article.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Apocalyptic Letdown for Kenyan Cult

The world was supposed to end following a nuclear war September 12. The "House of Yahweh," undeterred by their failed prophesies, put their gas masks on anyway.

"They have stocked the bunkers with dried fermented flour meant to feed them for a year, by which time sinners would have been wiped off the Earth, according to their beliefs. "

Surviving the Loss of a Common Enemy

Who are the bad guys? Terrorists? Nations?

Henry Kissinger warns "...that the big threat lay in the erosion of nation states and the emergence of transnational groups. Iran was at the centre of the challenge, he said, with its support for Hezbollah, radical Shiite groups in Iraq and its nuclear program."

He believes this has set the stage for a "War of Civilizations." Read his comments in this article.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Russians Say No to Madonnanaut

As it turns out, Madonna will not be visiting the international space station despite "good physical preparedness and financial capabilities..."

George Clooney to Address U.N. Security Council

I swear it's true; go to the article at entertainmentwise.com.

On the same site, you can also read about Brad's transforming fatherhood experience. Or maybe you'd like to know how Jessica is finding her own path...

The Onion Does Doomsday

Like The Onion? Then have fun reading "Majority of Americans Unprepared for Apocalypse."

""Our survey of households in seven U. S. regions demonstrated that few citizens have bothered to equip themselves with fireproof suits and extinguishers to deal with volcanic upheaval, solar flares, or the Lord's purifying flame," Malthusian Institute director James Olheiser said."

Rape Law in Pakistan

Under current Hudood Ordinances, a woman must have four male Islamic eyewitnesses to bring rape charges. "If the witnesses cannot be produced, the rape victim herself can be charged with fornication, or adultery if she is already married, a crime punishable in the most stringent circumstances by death."

Read this article in the Christian Science Monitor about Pakistan's attempt to broaden rape laws. Strangely, there's a photo of women protesting against the proposed changes.

Coke in Kabul

I'm glad I don't work for the Chamber of Commerce in Afghanistan. Luring business to the region is a difficult task, but Coca-Cola is giving it a go.

"Karzai's Western-backed government is desperate to kickstart an economy independent of the $3 billion-a-year illegal drugs trade, but has been unable to lure investors to one of the world's five poorest countries, where violence has hit a high since the 2001 war."

Apart from the drug trade, "the country has no economy and apart from thousands of well-paid United Nations personnel, foreign troops and aid workers, few people have money to spend."

Good news: a bottle of coke costs $.20.
Bad news: average yearly income is $200.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Anti-Abortion Stupidity

Memo to dull and clunky anti-abortion activists: Before you drive into a women's health clinic and set your car on fire in protest, please check to make sure the clinic actually performs abortions.

This did not happen in the south -- I checked to see if they were kin to Tammie Lee.

Read the article.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Where's Bert #3

I'm always only the lookout for OBL and al-Z. We need to find them. Surely I'm not the only obsessed american out there -- and yes, I'm aware that he is not the federal head of global terrorism. But he certainly represents that kind of cunning, feral, we-hate-you-so-we'll-kill-you brand of terror.

Read this interesting Washington Post article about the search for OBL. At least the headline didn't lure me in with false promises, but gives darned good reasons why we haven't found him.

"Many factors have combined in the five years since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to make the pursuit more difficult. They include the lack of CIA access to people close to al-Qaeda's inner circle; Pakistan's unwillingness to pursue him; the reemergence of the Taliban and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan; the strength of the Iraqi insurgency, which has depleted U.S. military and intelligence resources; and the U.S. government's own disorganization."

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Evangelize like Tammie Lee

Well, I read this story in phillyburbs.com about goofballs in Athens, Alabama. It turns out that Tammie Lee and her two roommates (Donna Leigh and Ronald David) held a gun at her brother's head while they prayed for his repentance.

There's mention that both women had guns, and one fired a warning shot...

They don't sound like Presbyterians.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Conquering the Fear of Flying

was the reason I clicked on this NYT article. A cure? For me? It's not what I expected, and I'm somewhat disappointed, but I'll try it next time.

Bowels are Ringing for Me and My Gang

Four inmates serving time in El Salvador wrapped their cellphones, chargers and spare chips in plastic. I won't say what they did, but it was "far enough to reach their intestines," Ramon Arevalo, director of the maximum security Zacatecoluca prison, said.

Click on the title to read.

Security...Israeli Style

My husband the world traveler has told me stories of Ben Gurion airport personnel -- intelligent, highly trained profilers (yes, profilers) interact with each person that wants to board a plane.

This article by Jeff Jacoby says something stunning about their technique: while American airport security looks for bad things; Israelis look for bad people.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Sausages and Longevity: Is There a Link?

An article on sf.com about a California man with bad dietary habits. See? If you eat that way you won't live past 112.

The Next Time We Start a War...

Read Charles Krauthammer's article for his take on the recent Lebanese/Israeli Conflict in the Jewish World Review. Nasrallah's shouts of victory give way to deflated admissions of a weakened Hezbollah.

Friday, September 01, 2006

What Abortion Looks Like

An HIV-positive woman sought an abortion at a Kolkata hospital. Doctors refused to treat her, but gave her a pill to induce delivery of the six-month baby. The following quote from the article almost sent me to the hospital: "After taking the pills, she started bleeding and the foetus started coming out. She took it out with her own hands and even cleaned the bed."

The emphasis, of course, is on the hospital's lack of compassion for not providing an abortion to a desperate, sick, pregnant woman. I am sad for this nameless, faceless mother whose introduction to her lifeless child began in a pool of blood.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Barkley for Governor

Charles Barkley might run on the democratic ticket in Alabama. He says so in this interview with Chris Meyers.

Paying for Democracy

Should the U.S. provide the resources to promote democracy in the Middle East? Victor Davis Hanson says yes and explains the importance in this article.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Picasso's Other Muse

It's a dachshund -- and there are never enough stories about inspirational dachshunds.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Sue, Jackie!

Jews for Jesus used Jackie Mason's likeness for a pamphlet outlining the differences between Jews and Christians. Anyone who has seen his act knows a good part of his schtick is the difference between Jew and Gentile -- and he's completely hilarious.

"While I have the utmost respect for people who practice the Christian faith, the fact is, as everyone knows, I am as Jewish as a matzo ball or kosher salami," the 75-year-old comedian said in documents filed in state Supreme Court in Manhattan.

I'm neither an attorney nor a judge, but I am a Christian: something tells me that using a comedian's likeness and schtick without credit or permission is wrong.

He's looking for $2million and the destruction of the pamphlets. Here's the article.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Big Splash in Munich

You'd think they could do something about 300-pound women bathing in public fountains. Go ahead and read the article - Whew! No pictures.

Where's Bert #2

This CNN Article doesn't tell you. It speculates that OBL is in (gasp!) Pakistan. I got all excited because the teaser line "trees and tapes may hint at Bin Laden location" sucked me right in.

But the information didn't really go anywhere: OBL might be in Chitral (based on the trees in a video), and al-Zawahiri is in Waziristan. Pakistan, of course, allows no foreign troops. Plus, OBL and al-Z far surpass any Pakistani politician in popularity.

They love him lots and lots. So there he stays.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Serving a Higher Purpose

In rural China families will do just about anything to attract funeral-goers -- like, hiring strippers, for instance. According to this article, they say that the honor of the deceased increases with the number of attendees...

Let's just say that officials "issued notices concerning funeral management," Xinhua said.

Economically Active Children...

This NYT article talks about the child work force in Africa: "more than 49 million sub-Saharan children age 14 and younger worked in 2004, 1.3 million more than at the turn of the century just four years earlier. "

Read the article to understand the kind of labor they provide. It's not McDonald's.

"The Marines Got Here First"

I needed a story like this today. A guy walks in to a 7-11, asks the clerk for cigarettes and walks out the door without paying. Another clerk goes outside to stop him, and the thief punches her right in the face. But there was someone behind him in line...

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Rage -- Goddess,

This article caught my attention by mentioning that Americans could better identify the Seven Dwarves than their Supreme Court justices.

Imagine my horror when I found out that "Just over 60 percent of respondents were able to name Bart as Homer's son on the television show "The Simpsons," while only 20.5 percent were able to name one of the ancient Greek poet Homer's epic poems, "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey."

Rage -- Goddess, sing the rage of Peleus' son Achilles,
murderous, doomed, that cost the Achaeans countless losses,
hurling down to the House of Death so many sturdy souls,
great fighters' souls, but made their bodies carrion,
feasts for the dogs and birds,
and the will of Zeus was moving toward its end.


-from the Robert Fagles translation of Homer's Iliad

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Dear Anonymous: About God's Wrath...

An anonymous reader commented on the "Surprise, surprise" post that "Though I agree that the comment by the local worship center is off, I think to state "they arrive for the experience dead, and leave that way" is unsubstantiated at best. I agree with you that worship is for believers, but don't agree that God can't work in diverse places, even ones I would not like to attempt to worship in. "

The gospel is salvation from the wrath of God. God's wrath is a fundamental doctrine of scripture (Romans 1:18 and hundreds of other places). If God's wrath is not real, then a messiah is not necessary. The quotation, as posted, is a repudiation of a truth that stands at the very heart of what the Bible teaches about God. It is, therefore, irreconcilable to biblical Christianity.

Yes, of course I believe that God works in diverse places - I'm an example of that - but it's the truth He blesses, not error.

Creation: A Clown Show!

Review of the off-Broadway show in the NYT.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Why we're so smart

I knew this all along, but you can read the article yourself.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Bert in Pakistan

ABC News reveals the whereabouts of OBL. I know, I know, then why don't we have him? Because we don't, and we won't as long as we're broadcasting his alleged location. Maybe we should tell the military -- did they get the memo? Better yet, can't we get him on a telemarketing list? His name and social to a collection agency?

Digging Jimmy Hoffa

Milford, Michigan is a busy place. They think Hoffa's there - somewhere. I'm sure the FBI knows what it's doing and all, but how do you find someone who's been dead for 30 years?

In the photo above are 95-cent Hoffa cupcakes from the Milford Baking Company. Read Nick Bunkley and Michelene Maynard's article in the NYTimes about how a Michigan town is laughing all the way to the bank - and grave.

Surprise, surprise

Sit down. I know this is going to shock you, but Madonna's new arena show is, er, offensive to Roman Catholics. Not every crooner crowns her head with thorns and perches herself on a mirrored cross, but let's be real -- it's so ten years ago. Even the equestrian bondage stuff is a throwback to the 70s Equus phenom.

Madonna is a very effective evangelist for her cause. This, I think, is the essential problem. We're jealous. Christians, on the other hand, are lousy evangelists when it comes to communicating the gospel. Our message is massaged to accommodate young people, old people, genxers, church shoppers, and other barbarians. Barbarians find barbarism attractive. Christians find christianity attractive.

A worship center in our town proclaims boldly on its sign, "God's not mad at you, no matter what." They arrive for the experience dead, and leave the same way.

Madonna wins.

Enough Christian energy

to leg-press 2000 pounds and assassinate the President of Venezuela. Pat Robertson's special protein shake formula here. PR's tsunami predictions here. Big 'ole caveat, though. You have to register on cbn.com to access the recipe; then they'll have your name and everything.

Teaching Doctors to Care

by Nathan Thornburgh for Time. I don't know that it's all about teaching doctors to care. It may have more to do with an insurance-run medical system and a detached view of humanity. Our big world has walked away from the smaller community. Is the idea of knowing and caring for your neighbors so squishy and repellent?

I think it comes down to this: most people want to know, but they don't want to be known. We're gossip-hungry but uninvolved. We can't take our eyes off the beautiful and glamorous but we won't take the time to sit around a table with our family.

In the article, young docs are learning to care by making an investment in the lives of their patients. That idea was not a revelation to my pediatrician. I remember him at my bedside when I was too sick to make it to the office. That, my friends, is health care.

Honestly, it boosts your blood cells

Ah, to be a monkey in the Budapest Zoo.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

He notices

When you read stories like this, think of El Roi -- the God who sees.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Their blood cries out from the ground

Read Nat Hentoff's chilling article about the May 5 peace treaty between President al-Bashir and Darfur rebels plus Kofi Annan's admission of impotence.

I hate it when albino monks chase me through Europe

We must be thankful that the DVC gives movie critics and pundits gobs of fun stuff to write about. The two best I've read so far:

Holy Sepulchre :"A DaVinci Code" shows that conspiracy theories have no limits by Daniel Henninger for the Opinion Journal and
A 'Da Vinci Code' That Takes Longer to Watch Than Read by A. O. Scott for the NY Times.

Funny, funny.

Get out of here, curse you


is the name of Saddam Hussein's new novel -- just released in Japan. The translator says it "has a melodic clarity to it that suggests it could be adapted to the stage." He thinks it should be made into a musical and play in the U.S.

It's not autobiographical, so we don't have to post bets on who would play the big man...but Harvey Fierstein would be my choice to play the male lead.

Oh, and the cover has SH's likeness surrounded by violets. Truly.

Don't flush in Jacksonville

Flush fee? You really can tax anything...

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Kadafi killed my child

LA Times opinion by Daniel Cohen. He and his wife lost their daughter -- their only child -- seven-and-a-half years ago to the Libyan bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. His grief and righteous anger are palpable. His hope for justice dies with Kadafi's newfound A-list status. Click on the title to read.

All Films to All People

Christopher Noxon's article in the NYTimes explains the Hollywood strategy for the perfect summer blockbuster. As it turns out, it's rather easy to please the entire age spectrum. Children think they're adults and adults think they're children. No demographic problems here...

Reagan's speech was better


Our friend Dave (a Citadel graduate) tells us that President Reagan's address to the class of 1993 was better than General Pace's below -- and I agree. Click the title to read "Keepers of the Peace" and let me know what you think.

Monday, May 15, 2006

I wasn't going to say anything about The DaVinci Code

but I appreciated this article trying to explain its success. It's bad history. It's bad theology. It's bad fiction. So how did Dan Brown manage to sell a gagillion ghastly volumes?

According to Arthur Spiegelman, it met peoples' needs for everything they wanted in a book. Evidently, people are also looking for "alternate constructs of faith."

Click on the title. Maybe you can figure it out.

Sex Abortions Lead to...

male overload. Read the article about the implications of this practice. Female genocide indeed has consequences.

Read (or listen) to this

Click on the title to read General Peter Pace's commencement address to the 2006 graduating class of The Citadel. I'm sure there are some folks out there right now trying to figure out how to get this guy in the White House.

There's also an audio link if you'd rather not read a speech...

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Appearing Before God Without a Lawyer

is the name of a splendid article in the latest issue of Modern Reformation magazine. It's written by an attorney, Craig Parton. Alack, alas, it is not available in the online addition of the magazine. You will have to find a hard copy and read it. Consider this an opportunity to subscribe to the best reformed periodical on the face of the earth. No, I'm neither an employee nor a beneficiary. MR is listed in my links, so click it -- right now.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Quechua children

There's something about children -- and puppies and kittens too, to a lesser extent. They point to something wondrous. They stir up our compassion and our desire to be and do something great -- how does that work? By the time they've grown up, the wonder vanishes.

Off to Peru

We're off to Cusco, Peru on a missions trip. We'll provide medical assistance, construction help and bible schools for children. The Andes are spectacular.Quechua children are endearing and beautiful.

So why am I worried? I don't adjust quickly to different climes and foods. I'm terrified of altitudes and altitude sickness. I don't sound like a good candidate? Well, then, I guess you'd better pray for me -- and the team.

I found myself

I googled my name to see what came up and surprise, surprise. My dad's obituary from the University of Delaware. He died a year ago -- May 13, 2005. The death notice leaves out important facts: his dedication to his family, his extraordinary work ethic, his encyclopedic sports knowledge, his love of good music and funny movies.

Big Bad Blog

Damien Howard reminds me that blogging is not a leisure sport. It never occurred to me that folks would be checking in regularly -- sorry. I must be diligent; I must post -- even if I'm not in the mood for a rant; even if I'm not feeling very clever. I'll get right to work.

Nothing like a puppy - except maybe two puppies


Jem and Scout -- my dogs. Yeah, so what the names are a weensy bit precious. But they're brother and sister, and my favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird. Longhaired, miniature dachshunds -- English Cream. Did Harper Lee really write that book?

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

What is your only comfort in life and in death?

This is the first question of the Heidelberg Catechism -- the answer is found (personalized) in my profile. I'm up to my armpits in life and death questions this week as two dear friends face threatening illnesses. The Jester and the Artist could not be more different, but both have the same comfort. Fear not.