Jul 28 2014

Monday: Once more into the screech



It was a dark and stormy weekend.

Weather-wise it wasn’t such a bad weekend. There was a good bit of rain and we thought we’d be rained out for seeing 42nd Street at Dogwood Dell on Sunday night. But it turned out to be a beautiful evening. And it’s a great show. If you’re in Richmond, there are two more chances to see it Friday and Saturday. Go. Just go.

Much of the rest of our weekend was dealing with a little mini-drama in the household. It’s settled now and we’re just fine. I have, however, lost a good deal of respect I had for several people (I’m not talking about family). That’s another story.

I mentioned in the my weekend wrap up that there’s a lot of nasty stuff going on in the world. Comparatively, my problems seem trivial.

I don’t have bombs going off in my neighborhood. I’m not heading into another round of cancer treatment (although I most certainly have been down that road), I’m not being told convert or die. I don’t have a daughter who has been kidnapped and sold into slavery.

But while my troubles may be comparatively small, they’re my problems and I have to deal with them. I did make a snarky comment on Facebook about not having the weekend I wanted. A friend replied “aren’t Weekends of any kind leaning toward the better side of things?”

When I remembered that she’s just gone through another round of surgery and chemotherapy I felt like a bit of a fool.

Perspective. Always perspective.

Still, none of us gets through life without any challenges. I’ve got a list. You’ve got a list. All God’s children got a list.

It’s how we deal with them. I wasted about a day and a half this weekend letting some people live rent free in my head. Sunday afternoon I gave them an eviction notice.

That’s why Mondays, as painful and as untrustworthy as they can be (ba da, ba da da da), can still be a good thing.

Monday represents a new beginning. A new chance to seize the day. A new chance to storm the barricade. A new chance to stick it to the goobers.

Sorry, I’m getting carried away. I’ve got a blog and I’m not afraid to use it.

Monday is a new day.

A day to rewrite that list of things you didn’t get accomplished. (I’m sorry birds, I promise I’ll get to your feeders as soon as I can.)

A day to make a new list of things for this week.

A day to think about relationships. And maybe restoration.

A day to put things in perspective. Because just remember, the weekend’s coming.

Jul 26 2014

At Week’s End: July 26, 2014


Walt Disney's "Alice in Wonderland" premiered in London on July 26, 1951

Walt Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland” premiered in London on July 26, 1951

Let’s not mince words, it was a crappy week. In the news, and on several levels in this house. I’ll spare you the details, but let’s just say I’m weary.

Still, that’s no excuse for not doing the usual roundup. And when I read some of these stories, my week really wasn’t that bad.

Here are some things you may have missed.

Meriam Ibrahim is finally free

Once sentenced to death for being a Christian, Meriam Ibrahim and her family finally were able to leave Sudan and make it to Italy this week. In Rome, Meriam met with Pope Francis.

Elsewhere Christians still face annihilation at the hands of Muslim extremists

In Northern Iraq, Christians have been told to convert to Islam, pay a tax or flee. Homes have been marked with the Arabic letter “N,” standing for the Arabic word “Nasrani,” or “Nazarene.” This is one of the oldest Christian communities and the site where God called Jonah to preach to Ninevah. Earlier this week, Muslim extremists destroyed what was believed to be the

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tomb of Jonah. [CNN]

But wars are all based on religion…not so fast

Talking to Billboard Magazine about his new song Playing Dumb, which mourns victims of the Catholic church sex abuse scandals, singer Tom Petty said “Religion seems to me to be at the base of all wars. I’ve nothing against defending yourself, but I don’t think, spiritually speaking, that there’s any conception of God that should be telling you to be violent. It seems to me that no one’s got Christ more wrong than the Christians.”

But The Blaze reports that John A. Tures, a political science professor at LaGrange College in Georgia said that for the past four centuries the majority of the world conflicts, including those occuring after 9/11 have nothing to do with religion.

Tures says, ““Religion is still less likely to be a source of conflict than natural resources like oil, or questions of governance, or even good old fashioned territorial disputes…Radicals of their faith get a lot of media attention, and so folks who aren’t familiar with religion assume all religions and religious people think this way, which they don’t.”

Deadly Tornado on Virginia’s Eastern Shore

Thursday morning a tornado ripped through the Cherrystone Family Camping and RV Resort in Northampton County on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. A couple, both 38 years old were killed when a tree fell on their tent. Their 13-year-old son was hospitalized with life threatening injuries. More than 30 others were injured.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe toured the site on Friday. He called for the community to pray for the victims and said, “At 8:30 in the morning, luckily I think most people were up. But had they been asleep and more people in their tents and their campers, I think what occurred here yesterday would’ve been much worse. It is a tragedy, but as I say, the good Lord was watching out.” [ABC News]

Did we bail out GM so that they could recall 16 million cars?

Government at its best. Or at least government money. Breitbart notes, “Something is rotten in the state of General Motors, the company that Barack Obama bailed out. GM announced this past week that they would have to recall nearly 500,000 more cars for a variety of reasons.” But that’s only the latest round in some 16 million recalls. Were they really worth saving?

Quotes of the Day

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.

- George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright and critic. Nobel Prize laureate. Born on this Day in 1856. (d. 1950)


Experience is not what happens to you; it’s what you do with what happens to you.

- English author Aldous Huxley. Born on this day in 1894 (d. 1963)

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