Tuesday, April 24, 2007
I suppose I should put on the thankful face and be glad for the freedom to do this. I know I'm glad that I'm not juggling trips to help out with my elderly relative in another state, where I am now, with kids still at home.
Things to be grateful for:
The resourses to take this trip, ie. an extra car and money for gas.
The time to be able to go fairly frequently.
My health, that allows me to drive this far.
Good weather for driving, which has been the case on every trip so far.
A comfortable place to stay for free.
Other relatives that are loving and supportive, who are here, right up the block!
And above all else: This relative who has been such an important, loving part of my life! She is doing pretty well. She loves the Lord. She taught me much about service and faith.
Thanks, blog, I needed to focus on these things! Turn this list into a prayer of thanks to God!
Monday, April 23, 2007
Through the darkness and fear
I have come to see clear,
that the shadows of death
could never conquer the day. (Sade Rissanen)
On the other hand, he said that the second half, with some sing-alongs of some old Christian hymns seemed trite under the circumstance.
I was particularly touched by the sermon. The pastor spoke about/to each confirmand’s strengths and heart, telling us all that confirmation is not a graduation but a commissioning.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Whenever there is labeling, there is a sense of WE/THEY. And the WE are, somehow, "above" the THEY.
That is why, as disgusting as the words were that came out of Imus' mouth, his chortling after using the words was even more disturbing to me. I don't follow Imus. I fail to understand how that sort of thing can ever be labeled (an attempt at) humor, except, perhaps, in a junior high locker room.
My husband has always made it clear to those in our family that so-called humor that is down-putting to another person is never acceptable in our home. Yes we slip up, but that is the ideal.
The media asked, regarding the Imus situation, why it took so long for people to respond. I think it is because sensitive people don't usually listen to that sort of thing.
Monday, April 16, 2007
And another article.
How have you and your friends reacted to the lyrics of rap music in years past? Have you supported it with your $$?
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Several years ago, we visited the Mille Lacs Indian Museum. Without a doubt, it is the most memorable and educational museum I had ever been to. The main exhibit was a life size diorama of the four seasons, the four "technologies" used by the Ojibwe Indians traditionally. Each season had a specific type of house, food, clothing, means of transportation, and means of catching, hunting, or harvesting food.
While I'm sure the people had a hard life, given the harsh winter weather we can have in Minnesota, they also had devised many "technologies" to cope with their needs.
Three of my family members toured with a male Indian guide, the other two with a female guide. When we discussed what we had seen, heard and learned following the tours, we discovered that we learned different "stories" about the lives of the traditional people. The man told much about the hunting and the building of the homes and the canoes. The woman Indian guide stressed the food, clothing and children's needs.
Just as the four Gospels all tell the true story of the life of Jesus, each emphasises slightly different aspects of His life. Different details, different facts, differing facts, but all true.Blue fonts used in memory of water.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Jim Marshall pardoned on cocaine conviction...
If people "pay their debt to society" and lead a clean life, it seems to me that they "should" have their good name restored, at least officially. We all know that, unofficially, this type of thing always hangs over a person's head.
I can't help but wonder if a more annonymous person would have had the resources, monetary or social, to get a pardon.
I don't know about Jim Marshall's religious life. But I do know that Jesus always offers us a pardon, even without the good works.
Friday, April 06, 2007
I've decided that my definition of "Technology" is the means and tools we use to accomplish a task. I’ve been a bit busier with my “lack of technology” at the house. Looks like we won’t have running water until, perhaps, late May. Ditto, for a really usable sewer system. I’ve been meeting many people in the same boat [can you be in the same boat when there is no water?] at the laundromat. I’ve been showering at the school when I go for my pool exercise class. However, some kind of pool pump there broke, so the pool is closed, so I’m not currently getting much of a real shower. A Sun Shower device just isn’t the same.
These hymns have brought back memories of the Wednesday evening Lenten services at the church where I was raised, in
Your take on this?