20081130

Turkey-Break Summary

Asha is really adorable

Emily is really smart

I burned my face on gravy

I like my family

I kinda liked cooking, but I think I mostly just enjoyed being with my sisters/mommy

I missed David and Nicole

Contact is an excellent book

Everyone should listen to "Sleigh Ride, Jingle Bells" (originally a record) during the holiday season

Madison, WI is really far away

and cold

Squash-buckET!

Mom's on facebook...hmmm...and cool!

One of my sister's is preggers!!

I didn't help drive at all the whole way home. whoops.

Those U-shaped pillows that go around your neck are really quite nice

I miss my hotel (but not school)

I brought 6 books, but only read 2-ish

I didn't do any homework

It took mom and dad almost four hours to get home from Boulder

And a turkey-day funny:

A man in Phoenix calls his son in New York the day before Thanksgiving and says,"I hate to ruin your day, but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing; forty-five years of misery is enough.

"Pop, what are you talking about?" the son screams.

We can't stand the sight of each other any longer," the father says.

"We're sick of each other, and I'm sick of talking about this, so you call your sister in Chicago and tell her."

Frantic, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the phone. "Like heck they're getting divorced," she shouts, "I'll take care of this."

She calls Phoenix immediately, and screams at her father, "You are NOT getting divorced. Don't do a single thing until I get there. I'm calling my brother back, and we'll both be there tomorrow. Until then, don't do a thing, DO YOU HEAR ME?" and hangs up.

The old man hangs up his phone and turns to his wife. "Okay," he says, "they're coming for Thanksgiving and paying their own way !"

20081120

Prayer and stuff

I just got a note from a friend who recently had surgery. Here's the last paragraph of the note:

"Anyway, when and if it is determined that the procedure was successful, I will give thanks so loudly that you will hear it no matter where you live. There are so many things that happen to us and so many prayer requests that are answered that we forget to give thanks for, that I want to offer up a most special prayer of Thanksgiving at this time for God bringing me through the operation, for all the prayers that went up for me, for all the friends and loved ones that came to visit me, and for my Love that never left my side the whole time that I was there. Thanks and Praise to our Dear Lord Jesus for all His mercy."

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OK, so here's a big area I don't understand/dislike: prayer. (see the last paragraph)

so if surgery is a success, then thank God?

and if not, then he didn't pray hard enough?

what about the people who prayed really, really hard (or are really, really "worthy"), but still get don't get healed?

it seems that we (as humans) have the tendency to remember the hits and forget the misses. (i.e. remember that time when you had a feeling to turn left instead of right and narrowly missed and accident, but forget all the times you've had an accident and God didn't give you a special little feeling.

anyways...thanks for reading my rambles.

20081112

My Dirty Little Secret

(I currently have about 5 posts in the "draft" stage. I've decided that I should finally post a few and move on...please excuse the rambled-ness)

I watched The Secret last night, and I feel a little guilty to admit that I liked it. (especially since I have made fun of people who said they believed in the "secret") I mostly like the "Law of Attraction". I think that there is tons that we have yet to understand about the brain--especially the mind-body connection.

The part I didn't like was the idea that you can "manifest" things (a red bike or a $1000 check were the examples in the movie.)

I think I'm going to find some Eckhart Tolle, Jerry and Esther Hicks and Wayne Dyer to read next...sweet

20081110

Junk to Explore 3

Oh my goodness!! I need to get going!!

-The reason for God, Keller
-Stuff White people like, Lander
-The little book of atheist spirituality, Huston
-The accidental asian, Liu
-Thank god for evolution
-americans in waiting, hiroshi
-mindless eating, wansin
-2001: a space odyssey
-Labor of Love, Beatie
-The Final Inch, documentary
-Soul Made Flesh, Zimmer
-A People's History of the US
-mississippi burning
-sex and lucia
-amelie
-nothing to be frightened of
-nothing: something to believe in
-1 Atheist, 1 Voice
-god on trial, pbs
-babylon by bus
-trick or treatment
-something by Kurt Vonnegut
-god in the white house, balmer
-boxing for cuba, guillermo vidal
-look back to yesterday
-bless all the dear children
-the last farewell