Sunday, November 30, 2008
The entertaining and friendly type. They are especially attuned to pleasure and beauty and like to fill their surroundings with soft fabrics, bright colors and sweet smells. They live in the present moment and don´t like to plan ahead - they are always in risk of exhausting themselves.
They enjoy work that makes them able to help other people in a concrete and visible way. They tend to avoid conflicts and rarely initiate confrontation - qualities that can make it hard for them in management positions.
Note: writing style on a blog may have little or nothing to do with a person´s self-percieved personality.
While I do hope my blog is somewhat entertaining, I would say in this case, Typealyzer has fallen way short of the mark! What do you think?
Friday, November 28, 2008
So many times we get such tunnel vision about the problems in our lives that we lose sight of the fact that each of us is special - we are all Somebody.
Read my full devotional at Act Like Somebody!
Monday, November 24, 2008
Thanksgiving Bracelet Encourages Gratitude and Thankfulness
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
On one of the first cold nights of November, at midnight on November 20th to be precise, I went to Bellevue Cinema 8 in Nashville for the midnight screening of the highly anticipated movie, Twilight. Did I say midnight screening? That's what we had been told, but the movie didn't actually start until 12:20 AM on November 21. There were 10 of us there when I arrived at midnight. Where were the screaming hoards of teen-age girls? I suppose wise parents had kept their young ones at home on a school night, a decision I applaud.
By 12:20 there were 18 of us there (only 3 of them males), including two groups of giggling female teens - the target demographic of this movie about an eternally 17-year-old vampire and the girl who loves him. After 20 minutes of fidgitting in a very un-vampirelike fashion, the audience was more than ready for the movie to start.
To read my review of Twilight, go to Twilight at Midnight
Also see A Christian Take on Twilight
Thursday, November 20, 2008
H olidays are upon us
A s we gather together
N ow with our loved ones
K eeping family traditions
S avoring, turkey, dressing, ham...
G ive thanks to the One
I n whose name we gather
V ine from which all blessings grow
I t is good to be thankful
N ever forgetting
G od is great, God is good...
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Free Holiday Music Performances and Plays in and Around Nashville, Tennessee
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I have been wanting to post about Twilight, the book by Stephenie Meyer and the upcoming movie, but I have not have time to put my thoughts down until challenged by a Twitter follower to respond to her blog. So, after typing a few thoughts there, I thought I would post those thoughts here and expand on them a little.
Twilight, the book by Mormon mom Meyer, is that rare phenomena - a sexy book about virtue, conscience, and good, old-fashioned morals and manners. If you enjoy old Bronte sisters and Jane Austin novels about brooding, noble, self-sacrificing heroes, this book is for you.
Edward is an unexpected delight, a superhero who COULD easily be a demonic villain but makes a conscious decision to put aside his powerful drives and urges to be a better being. Edward has been around for over 100 years, but he is forever 17 (and played in the upcoming movie by 22-year-old Rob Pattinson). He falls in love with Bella while battling his overwhelming urge to kill her and drink her scintillating blood which calls to him in a powerful way.
Bella (played by Kristen Stewart) is "Everywoman" - an average girl coming into her own, discovering her strengths and inner beauty through the eyes of the man, er, I mean VAMPIRE who loves her.
In Twilight one could easily substitute the words "drink her blood" and "change her into a vampire" with "have sex with her" and the end result would be the same -- Edward overcomes ALL his baser desires to protect Bella's life, her virtue, and her soul. Edward has learned a lesson few humans "get" anymore -- there are some things more precious than gratification. This book is truly about temptation and abstinence in all its forms.
It is also an action-packed thriller which should appeal to anyone who loves a good superhero as well as a ruthless villain.
Interesting note: According to www.whosdatedwho.com actor Pattinson lists his religion as Christian, and answers.yahoo.com/ indicates Pattinson once told an interviewer his favorite character in a book was Job.
I would love to get your comments on a Christian perspective to Twilight!
Monday, November 17, 2008
It's Christmas in Mayberry, the mountains are white
Sunday, November 16, 2008
A Review of the Book "Finding God in the Lord of the Rings" by Kurt Bruner & Jim Ware
Saturday, November 15, 2008
"Christmas in Iraq"
'Twas the night before Christmas in an Iraqi town;
And our brave U.S. forces had all just hunkered down.
Not a Humvee was moving, not a Jeep stirred the sand
As troops dreamed of their homes, each and every man...
To read the entire poem, please go to "Christmas in Iraq"
Feel free to forward this link to any military men and women during the holidays
Thursday, November 13, 2008
At the same time, provocative promotional materials have been flooding my TV and magazines at the checkout counter about Thomas Beattie, the former model who chose to mar the beauty with which God graced her, having her body surgically altered, taking hormones, so that she now looks like a man, well at least sort of. She became pregnant - she IS a woman on the inside, after all, but now Barbara Walters is touting her next interview with the "pregnant man" as Oprah did before her. One tabloid loudly mourned the cruel family who did not support Thomas in "his" new life as a "pregnant man." After all, the concerns of the family are not important.
So, when did it become appropriate for the desires of one family member to become more important than the rest of the family? The family that spent 18, 20, 24, or 30 years with a young person is now expected to change EVERYTHING to accommodate the desires of that one person to become something he or she was not intended to be. The rest of the family is now expected by our brain-washed PC culture to embrace the change, and consequently change their photo albums, their scrapbooks, their personal pronouns, and their parenting to accommodate the perverse desires of one person. If the family does not jump through the obligatory PC hoops, why, they are "intolerant," of course!
We live in a selfish society, where the ***I*** wants, **I*** needs, and **I*** feels have taken ridiculous turns, and it seems like the more ridiculous the situation, the more the family and society are DEMANDED to be supportive, tolerant, and accepting. Right and wrong, spiritual and religious values, family and cultural traditions are no longer recognized as having any merit. In our brave new world, the special interest groups and personal desires trump what's best for the family... and our society.
It's no longer a question of "if" we accept this. Be absolutely clear on this -- we have ALREADY accepted it. I work part-time for a well-known, national, retail company that sends out brochures like clockwork on tolerance in the workplace in which we are mandated to allow men dressed like women to enter the women's restrooms and vice versa. We are not to question or look askance at co-workers who exhibit disturbing gender issues. Male co-workers have demonstrated inappropriate physical affection for each other in front of co-workers and customers and not been called on it. Male co-workers have shown nude photos of their boyfriends to unsuspecting female co-workers IN FRONT OF MANAGEMENT and not been called on it. Flirty female co-workers have brought tapes of "Sex and the City" into work so they can watch the lesbian episodes in a stock room as they laugh about their lesbian sex-capades and not been called on it. Heaven forbid you speak out about any of it or YOU will be the one written up or even fired -- for intolerance. Oh, and by the way -- this same company would not let employees say "Merry Christmas" a couple of years back.
We cater to the few in the "special interest" groups to such a degree that we have become blindly intolerant to traditional views. Why is it that special interest groups can picket and protest religious organizations and they are exercising "free speech," but if we picket or protest any one of the special interest groups, we are promoting "hate speak?"The rest of us are expected to change our values to embrace what was recognized to be abnormal, wrong, and perverted only a few decades ago, and we are branded "intolerant" if we don't go along with it. Talk about reverse-intolerance! Christians and conservatives have no right to disagree or speak out...or even say "Merry Christmas!"
Yes, the desires and demands of those who can't control their urges now supersede the rights of those of us who try to live by Christian or traditional family values. The definition for normal has been redefined, and traditional family values have been vilified. We have accepted this. We have let ourselves be bullied, brainwashed and silenced. And now that we have rolled over and accepted this, what is NEXT? Rest assured -- it won't be good.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I don't know what the rest of the month has in store, and rain is predicted this week, but so far, this has been a perfect November. Never have I seen such beautiful colors in Nashville -- and they have lasted so long!
When I was a child of 5, my father was stationed for a year at Fort Dix, New Jersey. I remember some things about it vividly. We had recently returned stateside from India. The first months passed without leaving much impression; then suddenly, it was FALL! Never had I seen such beautiful colors as on the hillside behind our house. I remember collecting maple leaves and being entranced by their bright colors, and by the smell of the autumn leaves. Those days were full of delight for me, enjoying the vivid colors, and spending as much time outside in the woods as possible.
That's what this fall has been like for me. It was like Autumn took a wrong turn and brought a New England fall to Nashville by mistake. The colors were so vibrant they practically glowed, and the weather was so pleasantly inviting, it has been almost impossible to remain indoors. I have been to Edwin Warner Park many times the past couple of weeks, gawking at the colorful trees in their splendid foliage, and I used up two rolls of film trying to capture it all (yes, some of us still prefer photographs). The photos don't lie - they are the most colorful fall photos I have ever shot.
Driving anywhere has been an almost intoxicating experience as I have struggled to keep my eyes on the road and not on each shrub, tree, and hedge, not to mention the brilliant blue sky.
I don't know what made this November so spectacular. We have had less rain than usual, but apparently, we had it at all the right times. And although it has already rained a couple of times this November, most of the leaves remained on the trees and if anything, became more beautiful!
I know next fall I will be hopeful that we will once again have such a colorful autumn, but realistically speaking, I doubt it happens. Such a profusion of bright colors is not the norm here in Nashville.
Whatever future falls may bring, this one has pierced my heart with its beauty, and there it will remain, full of bright memories, a reminder of God's unsurpassed artistry.
"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. " Ps 19:1
Read my poem "November Nostalgia."
Look for the accompanying Fall Slideshow!
Monday, November 10, 2008
The last golden leaves
The colors so bright,
Colors we rarely see
Still the colors remain -
As each autumn returns
Crimson, scarlet reds,
'Til the last golden leaves
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Thursday, November 6, 2008
Sword Swallower Goes from Tennessee Renaissance Festival to "America's Got Talent"
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
November AC challenge -- to write a Thanksgiving poem written in the acrostic form.