Saturday, January 29, 2005

Moving

UGH.

Update:

UGH!

Well, so much for spending too much time on the computer. Now I'm lucky if I get on twice a week! Let's hope that changes shortly. Off to deal with a cranky baby now.

Sunday, January 23, 2005

From the Womb

(The subject of abortion makes me mad enough to spit fire, but I'll content myself, for the moment, with posting these scriptures on the subject.)

Genesis 25:23
The LORD said to her," Two nations are in your womb; And two peoples will be separated from your body; And one people shall be stronger than the other; And the older shall serve the younger."

Judges 13:4-5
"Now therefore, be careful not to drink wine or strong drink, nor eat any unclean thing.
"For behold, you shall conceive and give birth to a son, and no razor shall come upon his head, for the boy shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb; and he shall begin to deliver Israel from the hands of the Philistines."

Job 3:11
"Why did I not die at birth, Come forth from the womb and expire?

Job 10:18
'Why then have You brought me out of the womb? Would that I had died and no eye had seen me!

Psalm 22:10
Upon You I was cast from birth; You have been my God from my mother's womb.

Psalm 127:3
Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward.

Psalm 139:13
For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother's womb.

Isaiah 13:18
And their bows will mow down the young men, They will not even have compassion on the fruit of the womb, Nor will their eye pity children.

Isaiah 44:2
Thus says the LORD who made you And formed you from the womb, who will help you,' Do not fear, O Jacob My servant;And you Jeshurun whom I have chosen.

Isaiah 49:1
Listen to Me, O islands, And pay attention, you peoples from afar
The LORD called Me from the womb; From the body of My mother He named Me.

Isaiah 49:5
And now says the LORD, who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant, To bring Jacob back to Him, so that Israel might be gathered to Him (For I am honored in the sight of the LORD, And My God is My strength),

Jeremiah 1:5
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations."

Hosea 12:3
In the womb he took his brother by the heel, And in his maturity he contended with God.

Matthew 19:12
"For there are eunuchs who were born that way from their mother's womb; and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men; and there are also eunuchs who made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. He who is able to accept this, let him accept it."

Luke 1:15
"For he will be great in the sight of the Lord; and he will drink no wine or liquor, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit while yet in his mother's womb.

Luke 1:41
When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.

Luke 1:44
"For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy.

Luke 2:21
And when eight days had passed, before His circumcision, His name was then called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.

Galatians 1:15
But when God, who had set me apart even from my mother's womb and called me through His grace, was pleased

Saturday, January 22, 2005

Taking a Stand

Men like this are rare these days.

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Love is Not a Feeling

This is a subject I have mulled over on numerous occasions. When people think of love they generally think of passion, romance, the warm fuzzies, butterflies in your stomach, Romeo and Juliette - yet for all its prominence in our society, love is very misunderstood.

"Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails."

When we are told to love our neighbor as ourself, this is how we are to treat them.

When we are told to love our husband or wife, this is how we are to treat them.

When we are told to love our enemies, this is how we are to treat them!

Love is not a feeling. Love is an attitude expressed in actions!


Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Children's Books

DISCLAIMER: These are my personal recommendations. I suggest reading the books yourself to determine if you want your children to read them. You may enjoy one book written by a particular author while disliking their other work. Authors that write primarily for a female audience are marked with a 'g'.

For younger children:

Bill Pete
Graham Oakley

For older children:

Louisa May Alcott (g)
Lloyd Alexander
Francis Hodgson Burnett (g)
Lewis Carroll
Roald Dahl
Edward Eager
Elizabeth Enright
Walter Farley
Sid Fleischman
Jean Craighead George
Marguerite Henry
Brian Jacques
Alexander Key
Rudyard Kipling
Jim Kjelgaard
Madeleine L'Engle
Lois Lenski
C. S. Lewis
Jack London
Robin McKinley (g)
L. M. Montgomery (g)
E. Nesbit
Mary Norton
Robert C. O'Brien
Scott O'Dell
Keith Robertson
George Selden
Margery Sharp
Laura Ingalls Wilder (g)
Patricia C. Wrede

Fairytales published mid-20th century or earlier

The Hardy Boys
-Franklin W. Dixon
Nancy Drew
-Carolyn Keene
The Bobbsey Twins
-Laura Hope
The Happy Hollisters
-Jerry West
The Boxcar Children
-Gertrude Chandler Warner

Modern versions of these series are still published, which I do not recommend. Look for ones that were originally published mid-20th century or earlier.

Proverbs 18:17

"The first to present his case seems right,
till another comes forward and questions him."

The World is a Serious Place

When I created this blog I had the idea that I would use it for social commentary on controversial subjects. Then I realized that several of the blogs that I visit already have that covered and probably do a better job of it than I would! So I decided to try and discourse on some subjects that might not get as much air-time.

Speaking of which...

I've discovered that I heartily enjoy listening to music in languages other than English. That way I can enjoy the beauty of the music and the singer's voice without being distracted by the inanity of the lyrics. I was listening to a CD of Josh Groban's which one of my sisters gave me. The man has a beautiful voice but the lyrics of the songs in English left something to be desired.
"You killed yourself, as lovers often do..."
Well, this might be a common occurrence in literature and cinema, but in reality millions of people fall in love and do not kill themselves when the relationship goes sour.
"I can feel your pain..."
That has to be one of the silliest lyrics I've ever heard! How did the man keep a straight face while singing that? Speaking of silly lyrics...
"This burning love that stings like a bee."
Had the author of this song ever been in love? Had they ever been stung by a bee? Where did they draw the comparison? How does love gone wrong equate to a bee sting?

In amongst the plethora of moronic and cliched song lyrics I occasionally stumble upon a gem such as this:
"He made my heart start palpitating every time he came near."
Okay, so the lyric is a little fluffy, but how often do you see a four syllable word like palpitating used in an R&B/hip-hop song? You could have knocked me over with a feather!

Sometimes songs become ridiculous due to other circumstances. One techno/dance song that I hear every now and then has the lyric "Thinking about our younger days, we were young and wild and free..." Mind you, the song is sung by a young woman that sounds no older than eighteen. So when exactly did this romance take place? When she was five?
I've heard the song sung by a middle-aged country singer and it sounds much more appropriate in that form.

Another song that irritates me is one I most frequently hear sung by LeAnn Rimes, "How Do I Live Without You?". This is the co-dependent's anthem! It makes me think of whiny, clingy women that threaten to kill themselves in order to keep their boyfriend from breaking up with them. You should never love another human being with such intensity that you cannot survive apart from them!

Monday, January 17, 2005

Shlock Fest

This subject is only controversial in the eyes of my husband. He does not recommend this activity (which is a favorite of mine) and only participates because he likes the company.

What is a shlock fest, you may ask? Well, you get a group of people together, go to a video rental store and search for the cheesiest, shlockiest movies you can find. This is the kind of movie that is so bad people laugh hysterically even though it isn't a comedy. (Some movies are not bad but intentionally over the top and just as enjoyable for a shlock fest.) Of course, you want to avoid movies that are bad in the way that makes people want to gouge their eyes out and burst their eardrums rather than continue watching.
Reading the description of the movie is usually a good indication if it will be cheesy enough to qualify. Blurbs like "Unstoppable! Unless they can be destroyed!" usually indicate a winner. The title can be a good indication as well - "Gatorbait 2: Cajun Justice!" or "Rollerblade Warriors" for example. Fantasy/Sci-Fi, Horror and Action always seem to hold a wealth of shlock fest candidates.

In order to have a proper shlock fest I recommend getting three bad movies, several caffeinated beverages and lots of snacks. Watch all three movies in a row, preferably later at night. If you've imbibed enough sugar and caffeine, the third movie could be a documentary on the life of Mother Theresa and you will still find it enormously funny - or your brain might explode. Of course, you can always follow the "why are we doing this?" approach of my husband and watch one bad movie followed by a 'good' movie.

These are some of my personal favorites:

Army of Darkness
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes
Barbarella
Reefer Madness!

Should you take me up on this suggested activity, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Update: my sister reminded me of a TRUE GEM of Shlockdom, Buckaroo Bonzai. It gets kudos not only for the name, but also for the quote "Remember, no matter where you go, there you are!" We watched that movie before we were having Shlock Fests, which is my only excuse for forgetting it.

WARNING

If this blog causes your eyes to burn, rinse with water. If irritation persists, discontinue reading.

My compulsive need to communicate through the written word has caused me to succumb to temptation and create a blog. In this blog I plan to discuss a variety of subjects, many of them considered to be controversial. If anyone that wanders by should feel like commenting on my posts, I will be pleased and flattered, even if you disagree with what I have stated. However, I do request that you keep your comments "clean" as I plan to invite my family to read this blog. Usage of certain swear words may mean that your post gets deleted. Beyond that, welcome. I hope you will find my blog interesting enough that you will return.