Tuesday, January 31, 2006
I thought I'd let you all know that this monkey (pictured at left) preached at the 9am service last Sunday morning! One of our "ministry coaches" John--the shouter--has been choosing topics and having people tag-team the sermon with him--a cross between a chat and a full-on sermon, i guess.
Anyway, it was lovely, as always. . . like to hear it, here it goes.
p.s. monkey-pose occurred after securing a second yahtzee!, bringing him close to beating me, but not close enough.
Monday, January 30, 2006
Friday, January 27, 2006
Also, check out this video. It's this artist that I've just begun to pay attention to. His name is Mark Horowitz and he did a national dinner tour. Check out how he did it: video
Have a good week-end everybody. I haven't seen you West Coast Gaines' in a while. Let's hang out soon.
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Canada elected Stephen Harper as their new Prime Minister this week. It's newsworthy to me because a lot of the Canadians at work aren't too happy about this (the seperatists minds are going crazy!). Apparently Harper isn't too popular. Think W politics with Gore personality. Check it, eh: article
I've been listening to this radio show online from Swarthmore College in Pennslyvania. On the show students utilyze the online free telephone service Skype and an Iraqui telephone book to call people in Baghdad. I was skeptikal at first but it's actually pretty good. It's good for "filling in the gaps" of what Mainstream media doesn't cover. Listen to the real people!: and read this from the New Yorker, yes the New Yorker:
I've been listening a lot to this band Ben and Bruno. They're from Michigan, the kids will like it and the parents are okay with it. Boom: Link
I just watched 'Punch Drunk Love'. "A Tour de Force that will leave you breathless". Well not really, but it was good and very blue.
I want to re-visit this film 'Baraka' I remember watching this when I lived in U.P. with Ben. It was then that I solidified myself as a Global Studies student and life long learner. What a beautiful world: Look
I shaved my mustache. I'm joining the YMCA with great intent to be the best squash player I can be.
At work we're developing a Bio-Diesel processor. Pretty soon we'll be making 150 gallons of Bio-Diesel a day to fuel are trucks and employees vehicles.
I'm hoping to move by the end of the month. I've found some pretty sweet places but LA is super expensive so I'm thinking about asking for a raise.
And just to keep everybody happy, Fox News Reports that Rosie O'Donnell is planning a new sitcom about a gay woman who moves in with her ex-husband. Hooray for Fox News: Read
That's what I've been thinking about, in my life.
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
So, I thought I'd let you know that we finally watched Osama last night. I liked it (I think we both liked it) and was really surprised how fearful it made me of the way other people--women especially--are living in this same world at this same time that we are. I couldn't believe that these things were happening across the world as we were watching the movie--that people can't relax and be at peace in their own homes, in their own skin. Instead of leaving me depressed in the end, however, it kind of excited me to use the freedom and opportunities we have here to make a change in other places like Afghanistan. No, this does not mean I'm considering military service.
I was kind of wondering what the rest of you thought after seeing it (those of you who have). . .
Thursday, January 19, 2006
POP QUIZ: What are you looking at?
THE SEA OF GALILEE
(congrats to Jake)
Here are a couple news stories I think are interesting:
CHINA: Their economy is booming but their government is as oppressive as ever. The growing rich/poor divide raises a lot of questions. Here is an article about a recent protest in a poorer rural area where protesters were beaten and even killed by the police. Also the BBC did a series on China that is worth a listen (particulary the segment on the Chinese youth's view of America) Listen
EVOLUTION VS. CREATION: Science vs. Religion, now more than ever Christians need to respond thoughtfully to this issue. Here is a article written from the secular point of view that raises the question "Is God an Accident", and tries to explain religion psychologically. Here is a short Dallas Willard article on the science v. faith dilema. Finally, the Catholic Church on intelligent design READ
ANIMAL RIGHTS: A whale swims into downtown London, the Department of Justice arrests extreme animal rights activists for arson, a former speechwriter (also a Christian) for president Bush resigns his position and writes a book called "Dominion" on how to ethically treat animals:
we sang St. Francis' "All Creatures of our God and King" last Sunday, an article that might have me eating certain kinds of meat in the future, and watching "Grizzly Man" this week got me thinking about the animal rights issue again. I think this is something we should all pay a little more attention to. (pete made me say that)
Although animal welfare is usually thought of as a liberal cause, Scully argues that it ought to be a central issue for religious conservatives.
"Religious people . . . hold a kind and merciful view of life, the faith of the broken, the hounded, the hopeless," he wrote. "Yet too often, they will not extend that spirit to our fellow creatures. More than anything else, I hope with this book to speak to those people."
Funniest story of the week was the Steelers fan who had a heart attack when Jerome Bettis fumbled. READ I think I'm finally over that game...
That's all...what do you think???
What have you been thinking about???
Sunday, January 15, 2006
Letter from Birmingham Prison, April 6, 1963 complete transcript
Thursday, January 12, 2006
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Today we received a letter from Gramie that read as follows (to be read in Gramie voice, of course):
"Dear Sarah & Wesley,
Thank you so much for letting me share your Christmas with you--
I know I will enjoy the book--but I'm afraid I fell in love with Petie and June-so maybe I'll find me one--
So. . . was that a thanks but no thanks on the book?
Maybe her comments about wanting to take Petie home were really hints.
I say we all pitch in to get her a dog.
Wednesday, January 04, 2006
Check it out here.
Three cheers for Fort Wayne's librarians!!
Have sum time during lunch to say "good luck" to Norm, Steve and Ben (all 3 are 17-10). The Bottomline: Steve and Ben have Texas, Norm has USC, Snoop to the D-O-double G. For shizzle my nizzle. Have fun watching hopefully the greatest NCAA football game ever, whether you're under the Cali sunset or snuggled with your wizzie on the sofizzie sippin hot cocizzie in the midwizzle with drizzle.
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
If Stormin' Norman's Florida State Seminoles upset Joe Pa's Nittany Lions, then he wins outright. If Penn State wins, then it comes down to tomorrow's Rose Bowl with Ben and Steve taking Texas and Norm, USC. USC wins, then so does Norm, but if Texas upsets (yeah right....and it will rain in San Diego, right?,...wrong!), then Ben and Steve face-off with their total points being the tie breaker. Ben = 55, Steve =72. Norman is in the driver seat; it's his to win. But you never know...
Please give the winner (whether it be Norm tonite or Ben or Steve tomorrow) a phone call to say congrats rather than pay $. Or you may want to respond to my final blog of results. As we sit right now, Ange and I are are battling out for last place, WHOOO HOOO! Jake, you just missed by like 1 game the final race.