Saturday, September 29, 2007

What Does It Profit A Man...?


to gain the whole world, but forfeit his(her) soul? Matthew 16:26 I thought of this verse while pondering the life of Elizabeth Taylor. She has gained "everything" in life but is already losing everything as she loses her health which money can't buy, and as she heads towards death where she stands to lose her eternal soul. She is such a sad case, I felt moved to pray for her today. Read about her here. It's about her marrying for the ninth time, plus other interesting stuff on how she tries to use money to solve her problems!

Friday, September 28, 2007

Who Says Men Don't Remember Anniversaries?

(this comes from my sister too)

A woman awakes during the night to find that her husband was not in their bed.
She puts on her robe and goes downstairs to look for him, and she finds
him sitting at the kitchen table, with a hot cup of coffee in front of him.
He appears to be in deep thought, just staring at the wall.
She watches as he wipes a tear from his eye and takes a sip of his coffee.

"What's the matter, dear?" she whispers as she steps into the room.
"Why are you down here at this time of night?"

The husband looks up from his coffee. "I am just remembering when we
first met 20 years ago and started dating. You were only 16. Do you
remember back then?" he asks solemnly.

The wife is touched to tears thinking that her husband is so caring,
so sensitive.
"Yes, I do" she replies.
The husband pauses. The words were not coming easily. "Do you remember
when your father caught us in the back seat of my car?"
Yes, I remember," said the wife, lowering herself into a chair beside him.
The husband continues. "Do you remember when he shoved the shotgun in my
face and said, "Either you marry my daughter, or I will send you to jail for 20 years?"
I remember that too" she replies softly.
He wipes another tear from his cheek and says... "I would have gotten out
today."

Canadian Billboards


These come from my sister in Germany, once again. She says they're probably fake. No kidding.




















Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Ahmadinejad's Visit To Columbia University

It's just like the liberals. First they invite a radical Muslim to their campus, who hates gays, even though they wouldn't invite army recruiters who are against gays in the military, just because they are so open-minded about things and want to invite a terrorist to speak. They applaud him. Then they decide that they have made a mistake, so they pose him questions designed to expose him for the evil he is. They are confused. Now they have really made a mistake because they are leaving him with an indelible mark - the memory of being humiliated in front of a bunch of young Americans and laughed at, though the humiliating is coming from himself. He is the one who thinks we're stupid, that we'd believe there was no Holocaust, or that there are no gays in Iran. (That's right, no gays in Iran because you have killed them all, Mahmoud)

read here But allowing him to make a fool of himself can only fuel his hatred for us. Ugh!

Update: Apparently I have nothing to worry about. Mahmoud thought that his address at the University went well and that he was respected. Oh brother! Either way they blew it.

In God We Trust

Here is an interesting history of how we got the words "In God We Trust" on our coins.

Interesting to note are the words:
"You are probably a Christian. What if our Republic were not shattered beyond reconstruction? Would not the antiquaries of succeeding centuries rightly reason from our past that we were a heathen nation?" and "Dear Sir: No nation can be strong except in the strength of God, or safe except in His defense. The trust of our people in God should be declared on our national coins."

It is always interesting to note how short a time ago (1861) the leaders of our nation collectively thought and spoke in this way.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Rhino, Tickbird Stuck In Dead-End Symbiotic Relationship


"We just go through the motions and there's hardly any communication. I get on top and take the parasites off while he just lays there," the tickbird...read more in The Onion

Yes, I'm back, and better than ever....looking for silly material in The Onion. This item just cracks me up.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Bourne Ultimatum


Dynamic, action-adventure, the continuing saga of Jason Bourne searching for his true identity. Matt Damon does a fine job as usual and he is paired with a lovely lady, Julia Stiles.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Music & Lyrics - 2007




This was a pretty good romantic comedy. Go here. The only disappointment is the sleeping together part, but you wonder if that is in fact realistic - maybe that would happen at that point in the relationship in real life. In comments you can share if you think yes or no. Basically they stick to the idea of a committed, loving relationship and it is pretty sweet.

Hugh Grant plays an 80's pop star who is living on his past glory, now washed up and reduced to working at county fairs and amusement parks, making what money he can off those who enjoy the nostalgia.

He is charismatic and talented enough, and he gets a chance at a comeback when the reigning diva Cora Corman invites him to write and record a duet with her.

Grant does a good job of playing the washed up star and Barrymore is good as usual as the female leading role. She shows up at his apartment to take care of his plants, and that's how she meets him. I'll try not to spoil it. It has some good laughs.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Please Pray For My Company

The place where I work. They are a heating and air conditioning company here in Minnesota and I think that the seeds they have sown are springing up. What went around is coming around. And I am just praying for an attitude of compassion and understanding to help them understand the things they haven't. They have been generous with their pay towards those they have chosen to work for them, and in giving certain free benefits.

Unfortunately they show favoritism towards some people, and reject others. The way they handle business is illogical and also inconsiderate towards certain people.

They aren't unkind or bad people, just shortsighted. And you cannot build a business on what is inconsiderate of people. I just pray for wisdom in what to say and do during a time when the company may be in trouble financially.

Telemarketing is just dying down - it isn't paying off. People are getting weary of it. The company's bread and butter has come from it and has few new resources for advertising.

Coping With Pet Loss

I just began the video production program in school. My first project is to write a script for a podcast. I chose to write on the loss of my pets because it has been over a year and I keep going back to mourning the loss of them (Tubby and Bonita).

This podcast was inspired by Harmony Animal Hospital’s website: www.petvets.com/petloss

Our pets share everything with us. They see us through marriages, divorces and the birth of children. Pets endure separation and welcome us back as if we’d been away forever. They are the best pals for accepting us as we are. We become bonded to pets so easily because they have the mental level of toddlers or infants and many, such as most cats are no larger than a newborn human being. We think of them as our children.

But one day, that constant will become one of our losses. That’s the problem with having a pet. We normally outlive them. Generally they live shorter lives than we do. And when the kind face and acceptance we used to turn to is gone, where do we go for comfort?

One of the most difficult and important parts of grief and loss is seeking to understand what has happened and that what you are feeling is all right. Your sense of loss may encompass your life and that is all right. You have the right to grieve and you can take as much time as you need. In a busy and demanding world it can be hard to take the time.

There are many stages of grief and none are absolute. Time frames vary from person to person. Generally the stages include:

1. Shock/disbelief/denial
2. Anger
3. Bargaining (often with God)
4. Depression
5. Acceptance/resolution/recovery

Ideally these stages progress from one to five in predictable fashion. But often this doesn’t happen. Many don’t go through all of the stages, and almost everyone will be thrown back into and out of these stages before the healing truly begins.

You may find yourself very close to resolution when a memory or anniversary of your pet’s passing knocks you back into the anger or denial stage. This is understandable and a fact of life. Give yourself time.

If you feel that you can’t get through the grieving process alone, there are many sources of support available to you:

* Your veterinarian. Some pet owners will blame their veterinarian when going through the anger stage, because their vet helped them make the decision to put the animal to sleep. But few people understand your loss like the staff who have cared for your pet and who have helped you make your decision. Talk this over with your pet’s caregiver.
* Your church or synagogue. If you have a relationship with a pastor or a rabbi, don’t forget that they may be there for you. Don’t think that they would not want to hear that you lost your pet. Prayer is a helpful tool at this time.
* Counseling. Professional help is a viable option. Some professionals offer pet loss support groups. At a group like this you will be with other people in the same situation as you who can understand your grief and who can share your experiences.
* Friends and Family. Many have been with you in your grief from the time of the decision to put the animal down or from the receipt of the terrible news. And most have known your pet as long as you have. It may be difficult to accept help, but if someone offers, think about accepting it.
* A New Animal. The new pet can offer comfort and enjoyment and help to forget the loss.

Remember, with time your pain will lessen and the wounds of despair will heal. You will never forget your pet. The many happy memories will always be with you.

In addition, a new resource is now available to pet owners who have been deprived of the company of their cherished animal friends from the international Animal Love and Loss Network (ALLN). Pet loss support is now available, without charge, through on-line chat rooms at www.alln.org.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

On A Lighter Note....

I have a confession to make! I snore. Not a pretty sight for a woman. It's good I sleep alone..for now. I'm thinking about getting it taken care of surgically, or, it may be another miraculous healing. For information on snoring, go here.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

John Erick Tolkkinen

I came to work Friday to find that a co-worker had suddenly died. It is not often that such a thing happens to you! The strange thing is that he is the one that I had just gotten the chance to share my faith with and the verse Romans 6:23 - For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

He had rejected faith in God, at least according to what he said, and I sensed that he was hung up on things that he thought God didn't want him to do, and that was the reason. I told him not to reject God just because there are things he likes to do, like a little gambling. God doesn't expect perfection when we come to Him.

Isn't it cool that just before he died God was leading me to share with him like this? Who knows what happened in his life just before he died? And only God knows the hearts of men.

Anyway, he didn't wake up one morning, and it was probably a brain aneurism (not very scientific here). He was only 42.

He was very worried about his future, about money.He was planning to go back to school. He was fragile in a way. It just goes to show that we don't need to worry. You never know if tomorrow may be your last day.

He was learning a song. It was a poem he found in the paper and he was playing a tune to it and was preparing that for the day when his father died because he was so worried about how sad he would be when his father would pass away. That's chilling, I know, but it leaves us with a beautiful poem that can be sung to him instead.

Hush now, hush now
please don't cry
There comes a time
When we all must die.

Do not stand at my
Grave and weep,
I am not there
I do not sleep.

I am the thousand
Winds that blow,
I am the diamonds
Glint upon the snow.

I am the sunlight
On ripened grains,
I am the soft and
Gentle autumn rains.

I am the circling
Birds in flight,
I am the soft star
That shines at night.

When you awaken
In the mornings hush,
I am the swift
Uplifiting rush.

Just take heed now
That I am at peace,
And from my pain,
I have release.

I have not gone
We will never part,
I will always be
Within your heart.

John, you are truly in a better place. You are remembered by your co-workers. Condolences to all your family members and members of the Laestodian Lutheran church that he was a part of.
Rest in peace John.

Beware That You Do Not Forget The Lord Your God

This passage is from Deuteronomy and seems to fit us perfectly, and was appropriate for labor day. America has been compared to Rome but is really more like Israel because Rome was never a nation in relationship with God, but was pagan from the beginning.

Verses 7-20
For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, that flow out of valleys and hills,
a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey, a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron and out of whose hills you can dig copper.

When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land which he has given you.

Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God by not keeping His commandments, His judgments, and His statutes which I command you today, lest when you have eaten and are full and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them, and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and gold are multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied, when your heart is lifted up and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage,

who led you through that great and terrible wilderness in which were fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty land where there was no water, who brought water for you out of the flinty rock, who fed you in the wilderness with manna which your fathers did not know that he might humble you and that He might test you, to do you good in the end,

then you say in your heart, 'My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.'

And you shall remember the Lord your God for it is He who gives you power to get wealth that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

Then it shall be, if you by any means forget the Lord your God and follow other gods and serve them and worship them, I testify against you this day that you shall surely perish.

As the nations which the Lord destroys before you, so you shall perish because you would not be obedient to the voice of the Lord your God.

Oh Lord - let us not perish. May we hear your voice before it's too late. Some have said we are like the people partying on the Titanic before it sank. Help us before it's too late.