Saturday, December 26, 2009

What I'm looking at right now

My book, a soy white chocolate latte wrapped in my new Pirate coffee koozie from my sister, and a chocolate chunk muffin. Diet begins again next week!

Friday, December 25, 2009

What I'm looking at right now

Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Man's Chest, Christmas tree, and a glass of egg nog...

Oh. My. Gosh.

I have seen this before and I am amazed every time. This is one of my all time favorite songs and Mr. Nabors' version is epic...and I loved him as Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.

(This is what happens when you've got lots of other things you should be doing, it's Christmas night, and you're alone.)

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

What I'm looking at right now

Res ipsa loquitur (it speaks for itself)

What I'm looking at right now

The Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Downtown LA

Monday, December 21, 2009

On Christmas and other pieces of my mind

I was considering this post before I read Ed's And that's what Christmas is about, Charlie Brown. I recommend that post also to anyone reading this.

On Christmas: I'm having trouble getting into it this year. And I find that I'm not the only one. Yes, the tree is up. Yes, the lights are on the balcony. But that's it. The tree is the artificial one that has been serving us for the past two years. It has lights attached, and that's a good thing, because without the attached lights the tree would be completely bare. I never even got the box of decorations out of the garage.

Some evenings we don't even turn the lights on. We didn't tonight. There is not a single present under the tree yet, although there will be a few by Christmas Eve.

I've noticed many more businesses with "Open Christmas Day" signs in their windows this year. That fact alone is disappointing and distressing. To me, it's another sign that the enemy is winning. The enemy doesn't want us remembering the real reason that we're celebrating. He doesn't want us to make a big deal of Christmas. He'd like us to forget it entirely, but since we humans are a greedy bunch at heart who won't give up an occasion where we get presents, the next best thing is to get us convinced that it's just a great "holiday", but certainly not a big enough deal to take the day off or anything.

It started with the assault on "Merry Christmas." The enemy convinced some of us that the mere use of the words "Merry Christmas" was horrible. I wonder how long it will be before the word Christmas disappears from be replaced with something secular like wintermas or some such nonsense.

Why can't people see it? It's as clear as the nose on your face. "...your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour." (1 Peter 5:8) Every time another store stays open and makes their employees work, every time someone chooses "Happy Holidays" or "Seasons Greetings" over "Merry Christmas", every time the boss tells you that you can't display a "religious symbol" at your work station, the devil rejoices.

I'm not offended if someone wishes me a "Joyous Kwanzaa" or a "Happy Hanukkah". Why are so many offended by "Merry Christmas"? That's a rhetorical question. I know what the answers are. I reject them. And I reject the enemy and his schemes. I will not fall prey to his devices. I will celebrate this year, as my friend Edward Koczan wrote, "the promise of a good life, the joy of God’s forgiveness and grace, and what 'goodwill to all' really means, as a follower of Jesus. The birth of our Savior Jesus Christ and his sacrifice on the cross allows us all a second chance that we don’t deserve."

Merry Christmas to all.

Other pieces of my mind: You know what's cooler than God answering prayer? When he uses you to answer someone else's prayer. I found myself in that situation today and it's awesome.

The story: I'm standing in my place of work (those of you who know where I work will understand), rather, I'm in the building, but in a room in the building that I don't frequent very much at all. Can't tell you the last time I was in this particular room. Today I get a call from the co-worker in that room telling me that there are holiday treats to be had. I don't think he's ever called me offering me treats before. (Yes, even my falling to the temptation of holiday treats can be used by God.) I thought twice about responding to the call, because truth be told, I was in the middle of something else, but I gave in and went upstairs.

So I'm standing there talking to my co-workers and this attractive lady walks up to within about 15 feet (as close as she could get safely) and she's looking right at me. In my defense, I didn't have my spectacles on. It appears that she wants to ask a question, so I say "Can I help you?" As she's saying "Steve? It's Elyse", I realize that this is my niece, who (whom?) I haven't seen for 7 years!

The reasons for the estrangement are irrelevant. The important part is that I've reconnected with a family member, my deceased brother's youngest child. We talked for a few minutes and exchanged phone numbers. She told me that she is now a Believer and that she is attending church and bible study regularly. She told me that she had been feeling particularly lonely with the holidays coming and that she had been praying for reconciliation with some family. God moved me to be in the right place at the right time to answer her prayer and bestow an incredible blessing on both of us.

Thank you God for answering Elyse's prayer, and in turn answering a desire of my heart that I hadn't even brought to you.

I serve an amazing God and I am humbled to be called His.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

What I'm looking at right now

As @Edward Koczan said in an earlier post: Hater line forms to the left.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Quote of the Day

"Never entangle your life with a stranger when the only thing to gain is the last word"
- from Tim Dorsey's Atomic Lobster

Monday, April 6, 2009

Back to LJ

For those of you playing along at home, I am back to LiveJournal for my blogging pleasure. It will also feed to Facebook, so you can pick one or the other. That is all.

That's my nephew!

Well, it's the top 2/3 of his face at least. As my sister said in her post "I doubt if anyone outside our family wants to take the trouble to look, but in this clip

at 1:13:58, B comes onscreen full face as he takes the mike to the questioner."

It speaks for itself....

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

I'm honored...but LOL

I just took this Good Cop / Bad Cop quiz over at another site, and this was my result:

Bad Cop

Special Agent Jack Bauer: "The only reason that you're conscious right now is because I don't want to carry you." Based on your answers, you'd make Jack Bauer look like a crossing guard!

And I thought I was being too nice in answering the questions!

Monday, March 30, 2009

If you could read my mind...

One of my all time favorite songs by one of my favorite singer-songwriters of all time.

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I've had many of those "...the feeling's gone and I just can't get it back" moments in my life, and I always think of this song at those times.

I'm still looking for "a movie queen to play the scene of bringing all the good things out in me.

I've had the pleasure of seeing Gordon in person a few times. Some of my best memories are of Lightfoot concerts. I saw him, I think twice, at the Universal Amphitheatre back in the late 70's, and then again at the Greek Theatre in '90 and '94 I believe. I've put off seeing him for the last few years, but neither of us is getting any younger so if he makes another concert swing through this area, I'm going or I'll never forgive myself.

"...the ending's just too hard to take"

Now playing: Gordon Lightfoot - If You Could Read My Mind
via FoxyTunes

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

What little I've seen of Bill Maher I don't like...

...and here he just makes a total ass of himself.

Why would anyone give one ounce of credence to anything this boob says?
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Friday, March 20, 2009

This made me cry...and pissed me off. GRAPHIC VIOLENCE

Warning: the following contains textual violence

How the "Raise Your Hand" baby got that way
[The video above is] the new ad from Priests for Life:

The story of this particular child is here.

How come the arm isn't attached? Read Dr. Leroy Carhart's testimony, in which he was questioned about how he performs his extraction abortions. Carhart indicates that he tried to grab the baby and get it positioned to where he can suck out the brain without taking the baby apart first. But sometimes, he indicates, the baby sticks a limb out through the cervix, and it's just easer to pull that part off and go from there:

Carhart: My normal course would be to dismember that extremity and then go back and try to take the fetus out either foot or skull first, whatever end I can get to first.

Question: How do you go about dismembering that extremity?

Carhart: Just traction and rotation, grasping the portion that you can get a hold of which would be usually somewhere up the shaft of the exposed portion of the fetus, pulling down on it through the os, using the internal os as your counter-traction and rotating to dismember the shoulder or the hip or whatever it would be. Sometimes you will get one leg and you can’t get the other leg out.

Question: In that situation, are you, when you pull on the arm and remove it, is the fetus still alive?

Carhart: Yes.

Question: Do you consider an arm, for example, to be a substantial portion of the fetus?

Carhart: In the way I read it, I think if I lost my arm, that would be a substantial loss to me. I think I would have to interpret it that way.

Question: And then what happens next after you remove the arm? You then try to remove the rest of the fetus?

Carhart: Then I would go back and attempt to either bring the feet down or bring the skull down, or even sometimes you bring the other arm down and remove that also and then get the feet down.

Question: At what point is the fetus...does the fetus die during that process?

Carhart: I don’t really know. I know that the fetus is alive during the process most of the time because I can see fetal heartbeat on the ultrasound.

This is how a normal second trimester abortion is done. D&E.

(Thanks to Real Choice blog for the original story, of which this is a copy.)

Monday, March 16, 2009

Faith and I

This is Faith on morphine. We left the hospital just after she came out of surgery to give mom and dad some time alone with her and get her settled in. She cried for quite awhile while we were gone until they gave in to the morphine drip.

We went back this afternoon for a couple hours. She was pretty content while we were there, and sat on my lap for close to an hour. The only time she cried was when the blood pressure cuff on her leg went off and tightened up. She didn't like that.

She wouldn't give up and close her eyes while we were there, so we laid her down in the bed and left. Figured that way she, mom, and dad could all hopefully get some rest.

I've been asked if she has Down's. She doesn't. That's just the effect of the morphine.

Now playing: Casting Crowns - Praise You With the Dance
via FoxyTunes

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Prayer Request

Tomorrow morning Faith will go into surgery to repair a submucousal cleft of the soft palate. More about the specifics of that here:

I would ask that if you're the praying type, that you would pray that God would guide the hand of the surgeons, that the procedure would go flawlessly, that the recovery would be quick and uneventful and the repair would be successful. I would also ask for prayer that the rest of the family would have the strength and patience to deal with the recovery process.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

A new day, a new blog

Because sometimes it's better to just start over, here I am with "More Pieces of My Mind" here at Blogger rather than my old LiveJournal.

I've been trying to integrate all my "social" stuff as much as possible. Between Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, LiveJournal, and who knows what else, it drives me crazy trying to keep up.

I know. Why try? Why post so much about my life in public forums where, let's face it, no one really cares that much anyway.

Short answer: I have no idea. I just enjoy it. But I wouldn't mind being able to post once and have it show up every darn place. I don't use MySpace much anymore, but it still has it's purpose. I have friends there that I don't have anywhere else. Facebook is cool, but I'm not too sure about the latest iteration of the interface. I'm withholding judgement on that for now. Twitter is cool, and quick, and up to the minute, but it is what it is: a way to keep the world up to date with short blurbs and no more. LiveJournal is a favorite, and again, I have friends there that post nowhere else, although that seems to be changing. I also have a very cool phone app that lets me post (along with photos) on the go. It seems Blogger has the same, or similar, functionality, and we'll see how that works as we go along. That answer wasn't so short was it?

I've got Facebook and Twitter integrated pretty tightly. I can enter a status on Twitter from anywhere and it will update my Facebook page immediately. Now I can make a post here and it'll sync to Facebook also. I think my LJ friends feed may just go into my RSS reader.

Either I have way too much time on my hands, or I need a life, or both.

I'm going to go live for awhile.

Now playing: Doug Smith - Millenium Force
via FoxyTunes