Friday, October 28, 2005

boo

it's time for the friday roundup at revgalpals

1) Favorite Halloween Candy... anything chocoloate and caramel

2) Least Favorite Halloween Candy... candy corn

3) Best Costume Ever... in college i went as a james t. kirk space alien bimbo (if you don't know star trek, it's too much to explain.)

4) Worst Costume Ever... hmmm, i still remember having to wear a sheet with holes cut out for eyes one year.

5) A Saint you treasure... the boston pobble's father (no tears, m... you know how i love him still.)

Thursday, October 27, 2005

advent devotional



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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

more heros

she was tired that day and simply said no. by sitting down she stood up to a system of intolerance and injustice. now she is at rest.

Rest eternal grant her, O Lord; and let light perpetual shine upon her.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

people i don't like


the following is my sermon for pentecost 23 october 23, 2005 based upon:

Matthew 22:34-40
34 When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, 35 and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36 "Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?" 37 He said to him, " "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.' 38 This is the greatest and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."

There are just some people that I don’t like.

I don’t like people who don’t use turn signals. I was discussing this with a friend just yesterday. Turn signals aren’t to remind you that you are turning, but to let me know that you are turning so that I don’t cause an accident.

Which reminds me of a whole other group of people that I don’t like: bad drivers. Oh sure, I make mistakes when driving, I’m only human you know. But there are some people who are bad drivers… and I don’t like them.

Ever driven in Boston? Boston drivers are almost as bad as Florida drivers, who I have little fondness for. The roads in Boston are built over old cow paths. Now cows are not the smartest of creatures, they are delicious, but not good city planners. And there again… people who design roadways. I don’t like them either. The other day I had to go to Worcester (which is either pronounced wrong or spelt wrong) and coming home I missed the exit for 84 and had to drive 30 minutes out of my way. Whoever decided not to put one more exit in between… I don’t like them either.

And I sure didn’t like the person who wouldn’t let me merge into traffic the other day, he even honked his horn at me when I was forced to cut ahead of him… as if he owned the road.

And I don’t like mean people. You know what I’m talking about, people who just can’t be pleasant and seem to find excuses to make your life miserable. Ugh, I just can’t stand them. They are almost as bad as people who won’t shut up. I do not like people who will not give me a chance to speak. My opinion counts too, I should be allowed to verbalize it shouldn’t I? But no, they just blah, blah, blah, blah, blah as if they are the only ones who have something going on in their lives worth discussing.

And then there are people who talk too loud on cell phones in public places about personal issues. Those people drive me crazy. Go outside to speak to your girlfriend about the intimate personal details of your date last night.

There are just some people I don’t like.

I don’t like people who smell. You know who smell? Foreigners. And I’ll be honest, I don’t like people with thick accents. Can’t understand them!

And you know who I really can’t stand? Closed-minded people. They are so judgmental… as if they’ve never made a mistake in their own lives. I don’t like republicans. Just look at how they treat the poor (and don’t even get me started on the poor). Don’t like Democrats either. Most of them are morally deprived. I’d register Independent, but I don’t like Independents either. I mean, who do you think they are?

I can trust you all with this right? Because people who can’t keep secrets… don’t like them. Gossipers are the worst aren’t they?

And I know that I wasn’t going to talk about poor people, but I’m tired of hearing about them. I have my own money problems. I don’t really need to be reminded of theirs all the time. What, am I supposed to feel guilty because I have things other people don’t?

There are just some people I don’t like. I don’t like people who don’t like chocolate. Even if you are a diabetic, they have sugar-free chocolate… eat it, it’s good. What are you on a diet? Because skinny people, don’t like them almost as much as I don’t like fat people.

And then there are black people, now don’t get me wrong, I have black friends… I know black people, but there are black people…I just don’t like. Gay people too; I am sick and tired of hearing how oppressed those people are. I just don’t like them.

But then white people are the worst, especially Americans. They think they own everything. After all it’s the Jews who own everything and I don’t like them either. Which reminds me if you put a dot on your forehead or wear a scarf over your head… don’t even try to gain my favor.

There are just some people who I don’t like. I don’t like conservatives. They act as if I have to agree with everything they say or I’m going straight to hell. And liberals…they think they are going to save the world when really they have no sense of right or wrong. Don’t like moderates either… I just can’t like people who aren’t willing to take a stand one way or the other.

There are just some people I don’t like.

I don’t like people who drive SUV’s. I know that I have one, but I need it. Don’t people realize that the world’s resources are being sucked up by those vehicles? But then there are the environmentalists. Don’t those people ever give it a rest? I just don’t like people who try to make me feel guilty for forgetting to recycle.

And then there are the people who tell me that I’m supposed to love everyone… is there anyone who I can like less?

Love, love, love… how am I supposed to love people I don’t even like? I’m a nice enough person to get along with; but love my neighbors! I live next to a church for crying out loud… how am I supposed to love those people?

Whoever came up with that must have been a nut case. Lord knows I don’t like crazy people.

Yup, there are just some people I don’t like.

Friday, October 21, 2005

bravery

i just watched batman begins this afternoon. (it's my day off and it was a very nice distraction.) it was perhaps the greatest of the batman movies. (though i will always be in love with michael keaton's bruce wayne.)

the movie persented the idea that one person could make a difference if they were willing to face their greatest fears.

growing up i was always surrounded by guys who loved comic books and i was enough of a geek to enjoy them too. the thing that made batman a different kind of super hero was that he didn't have any kind of superpowers; just really cool gadgets that he knew how to use. and he used his dark side, not for evil... but to do justice. he was called the dark knight for a reason.

what makes a person brave? it has to be that they are willing to do what is right even when they know that it could cause them pain. i know a person who is doing this right now. i can't share her story... because it is confidential. i can say that once she was a victim and now she has become a hero because of her willingness to do something that she knows is right, even though it is incredibly painful.

she's not batman, and she doesn't have any cool gadgets but she is a hero and i am so proud to know her.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

the bernard pivot questionaire

anyone else watch inside the actor's studio? near the end of each show questions are asked of the guests (who are famous actors). the questions come from bernard pivot. i've always enjoyed the show and hearing this portion of the program. sometimes i even like to pretend that i am being interviewed. here's what i would say:

1. What is your favorite word?
cryptic (i just love how it sounds)

2. What is your least favorite word?
the "n" word.

3. What turns you on, creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
open-minds

4. What turns you off?
closed-minds

5. What is your favorite curse word?
(i share this one with robin williams... this will be the one and only time that i ever use profanity here.) pussy

6. What sound or noise do you love?
my kids laughing

7. What sound or noise do you hate?
the alarm clock going off way too early in the morning

8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
rock star (if only i was musically talented)

9. What profession would you not like to do?
accountant

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
see, i told you.

Monday, October 17, 2005

wasting time

who knew? have i been fooling myself all along?

Gay Bear
Gay Bear


Which Dysfunctional Care Bear Are You?
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hmmm, maybe from a hate crime against gay care bears?

mm
Your death will be murder....Most likely because
your a very social person and everyone knows
you, but there is one person lurking in the
shadows that is so jealous of you or is so
obsessed they end up killing you...There are
many ways of being murdered...it depends on the
person, but your death will either be slow and
painful (like being stabed to death) or quiek
and painless (like a gunshot to the head).


How Will You Die And Why? .:Beautiful Dark Pics:.
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perhaps if i just flew away...

goddess of the air
You are the goddess of the air:You are very open
minded about things and don't mind trying to
see things in other people's perspectives.When
you get out of line you make sure you make your
point so other people listen to you.


What type of goddess are you???????WITH BEAUTIFUL(AND I MEAN BEAUTIFUL) PICS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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or if i got them before they got me..?

Samurai
You are a Samurai.
You are full of honour and value respect. You
are not really the stereotypical hero, but you
do fight for good. Just in your own way. For
you, it is most certainly okay to kill an evil
person, if it is for justice and peace. You
also don't belive in mourning all the time and
think that once you've hit a bad stage in life
you just have to get up again. It's pointless
to concentrate on emotional pain and better to
just get on with everything. You also are a
down to earth type of person and think before
you act. Impulsive people may annoy you
somewhat.

Main weapon: Sword
Quote: "Always do the right thing.
This will gratify some people and astonish the
rest" -Mark Twain
Facial expression: Small smile


What Type of Killer Are You? [cool pictures]
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afterall i am:

cute but psycho
you are the cute but psycho happy bunny. You
adorable, but a little out there. It's alright,
you might not have it all, but there are worse


which happy bunny are you?
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and...

HASH(0x8b54b14)
your a dark magic user! you are pure evil, and hate
all things except for darkness. you are very
skeptical of people, and probably in the past
you have been hurt. when you trust, you trust
deeply and with all your heart.


what would you be in a fantasy world? (amazing pics!)
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apparently, i am having a very dark night.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

i guess i should've know

Sunday's Sermon


For October 16, 2005 can be found here.

Happy Sunday!

Friday, October 14, 2005

i was tagged!!!

ok, the pobble tagged me and because i am her friend and i love her i will do it.

here's what i was told to do
1. Go into your archives.
2. Find your 23rd post.
3. Find the 5th sentence (or close to it.)
4. Post that, along with these rules, in your blog.
5. Tag 5 people.

so, i found my 23rd post and discovered that it was a sermon (which i don't think should count for this... i mean the sermon should "count" just not for this particular task and besides that i was quoting a whitney houston song to make a point, there was no punctuation, and i didn't like what it wound up on for that "or close to it" liberty... yes, i am the queen of run-on sentences) so i changed the rules. since this is my blog i think i should be allowed to do it.

instead of going to my 23rd post i went to my 5th post and found this to be my 5th sentence:

but, i love my job.

well ain't that something? especially since i have to get up before God tomorrow and drive a van full of people to a workshop event that will last about 8 hours, then drive them back, and then get ready for sunday morning.

but i love my job.

well, yes i do. i have a wonderful church with loving people who care about me and one another.

but there are days when i'd like to take a vacation or a day when i have nothing that i'm worried about getting done.

but i love my job.

there isn't anything else i would want to do. sure there are things i'd enjoy, that would satisfy me, and probably make me lots more money... but this is what i'm supposed to be doing and where i believe i'm supposed to be doing it.

so, i do love my job.

now, who should i tag? hmmm... how 'bout
you
you
you
you
and you?

peace

wwjd...

with a puppy?

this one is for dondon and his muggs.

desensitizing them young

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

whoops

the sermon from last sunday can be found here.

everyone should have a mantra

mine is simple: "If God is for us, who can be against us." it's from paul's letter to the romans, chapter 8. when i am at the very bottom it's what i say to myself. it was a gift from my father when i was young and upset. he read it to me and i felt it... that thing that just made sense and put me at ease.

these last few weeks have been... trying.

the silent prince was sent home several days from school for tummy trouble causing all sorts of strain on hubby and my schedules.

if God is for us, who can be against us?

while at the doctor's office he became fascinated with the curtains hanging over the exam table with winnie the pooh, tigger, piglet, and eeyore. "where's pooh?" i asked then pointed to pooh. "where's tigger?" i asked then pointed to tigger. still fascinated i asked again: "where's tigger?" and darn it if he didn't point right at tigger and say: "tiggatiggatigga."

a few weeks ago hubby's car slipped into the cement divider on an off ramp during a rainstorm making him late to church, doing damage to the car, and getting him a ticket from a unhelpful police officer. not knowing if the car would be totaled he went to the garage and removed all of our belongings. weeks later we still hadn't gotten the car back from the garage, but it was being repaired. and then the garage flooded totaling 7 cars including ours and an audi that had a ding in the door.

in search for a new car we found two used vehicles that would suit our needs. we were turned down for the loan because of bad credit (another one of those long stories.)

if God is for us, who can be against us?

my mother-in-law (a saint if ever i knew one) is lending us the money and letting us pay her back within a generous time. now we are driving a chevy blazer (i still have guilt over the fact that i am now driving an suv, but living up north it is a blessing to have 4-wheel drive and it we are now paying almost $100 less in insurance.)

this past saturday the electricity went out over half of the city. bad timing for me. saturday is a prep day for work and i had a million things to do. not a day to loose the tv or the laptop.

the power was out by 8-8:30am. by 10:30am (still in my nightie) i grabbed a bag of clothes, threw the kids in the car, and drove to my parent's house. the power was off for 14 hours.

if God is for us... we spent the night at my parents who we now live 20 minutes away from. and while visiting my mother-in-law this weekend (arriving sunday and leaving today to buy the car she lent us the money to purchase) i slept for 14 hours straight... who can be against us?

yeah, we all need a mantra.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

sunday's sermon


can be found by clicking on the picture.

Happy Sunday!

Monday, October 03, 2005

i'm adding a new link

i was just at jaded and opinionated and realized that she had me linked! i am so very honored. so i am adding her under my favs. take a gander at her blog. it is well worth it.

send birthday wishes

to the boston pobble. today is her 36th b-day and she'd like to get 36 posts, but she's only on 4.

thanks y'all!

Two Hours of Avalon in Just Two Calories

inner dorothy always finds the most interesting things.

like the advertising slogan generator at the surrealist.

here are some more of my favorites:

the real smell of finding avalon
men can't help acting on finding avalon
obey your avalon
because finding avalon is hard enough
moms like you choose avalon
life's pretty straight without avalon
you press the avalon, we do the rest

Sunday, October 02, 2005

where's the sermon?



just a reminder that this sunday's sermon can be viewed at my sermon site.

"and vivian followed."

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