Monday, June 28, 2010

I've been reading Kevin Dedmon

I've been reading two books by Kevin Dedmon. First I read "Unlocking Heaven" where he talks about being "naturally supernatural" - he talks about how to bring divine healing to other people, and that it's not out of our reach.

God has used him to do amazing re-creative miracles - growing out severed limbs, things like that. His writing just melts in my mouth. I can't put him down.

Then, I read "The Ultimate Treasure Hunt" in which he explains how to be led prophetically to people so that you can show them that God specifically led you to them, and gave you specific details about them, so that they will open up to God and receive him. He shows how you are not so far away from being prophetic. I tried it once - I tried going on a treasure hunt by myself - and it worked. God led me specifically to this one lady. He told me who to look for, where and what her need was. Then I had to find the courage to go up to her and tell her what I was up to, and ask her if she wanted prayer.

I was amazed at how God had given me the exact "clues" and they were accurate.

You must read him. He will put the fire of the Holy Spirit back into your life because he walks in it daily.

Monday, June 21, 2010

The Greatest Threat Facing America...according to Dennis Prager

Dennis Prager says, it's not Obama, it's the failure to pass down to the next generation the values of the American Trinity.

The American Trinity is found on every coin - did you know that? They are: E Pluribus Unum, Liberty, and In God We Trust.

E Pluribus Unum means, from many cultures, one, meaning that people are to come here with their culture and language and become part of America, not insist on changing America to suit themselves. That's how it has always been. They are to learn the language and culture and become part of it. That doesn't mean throwing away their original culture.

The other two are sort of self explanatory.

Friday, June 18, 2010

I Love My Dad!

Shown with Buddy, my cat who is in heaven!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Interesting Insights about music

This is a letter sent by a friend who lives on the East Coast. She and her husband and two kids live in a Catholic community. I met her in my hometown in Minnesota in Junior High.

These are some cool insights.

While doing my decluttering, I came upon the attached review by Joseph Sobran from 1988 of a book called Seductions of Crime by Jack Katz which I’d saved and marked up. I was struck by his descriptions of what we’d call “cool.”

Katz discusses criminals (and those not at all opposed to becoming such) having:

“...’an alien aesthetic’ of strutting, glaring, tattoos, slang, dress and general demeanor, all signifying a ‘toughness [that] manifests that one is not morally or emotionally accessible.”

“...[scary tattoos] suggest that the unresponsive to conventional moral appeals.”

“...taking the posture of an alien presence, a being who moves coolly above the mundane realities of others.”

“The person who would be tough must cultivate in others the perception that they cannot reach his sensibilities.”

I wonder if the reality is that they CANNOT be reached. That it isn’t any cultivated act...just fact. That if it IS an act, it’s a way to sluff off and deny & defy the reality of who they are, what they have done, what they have become.

Take what interpretation one may, I found Katz’s “take” (pardon the pun) “arresting” – his description is something we all recognize but perhaps haven’t seen expressed so clearly. Of course Socrates recognized the attitude millennia ago in relation to music (music, as Ted pointed out, was seen as being capable of being bad, loooooooong ago!):

'Through foolishness they deceived themselves into thinking that there was no right or wrong way in music, that it was to be judged good or bad by the pleasure it gave." With these words Plato complained about the "promiscuous cleverness and a spirit of law-breaking" that characterized the music of his time—the fourth century B.C.

Socrates points out that music “makes men [adolescents! PN] think they are knowers” – and, when they get the wordsmiths involved, music incites them to a state of mind where they “publicize what is properly private.” Socrates talks about certain types of music making the young, when ensconced in it, unable to recognize their betters (IMHO, take, say, certain rap music, or as Cassie as a kid thought it was called, “rat music”).

Another factor regarding music’s power - I remember how Plato wrote that whatever music is currently in vogue “presages the regime to come.”

presage: Etymology: Middle English, from Latin praesagium, from praesagus having a foreboding, from prae- + sagus prophetic — more at seek

Date: 14th century

1 : something that foreshadows or portends a future event : omen
2 : an intuition or feeling of what is going to happen in the future
3 archaic : prognostication
4 : warning or indication of the future

Jim once observed that he was feeling perplexed about what music IS, about what it IS that makes humans suddenly go from our normal way of being to that state in which we feel impelled to break into “song” and create “music” -- the answer that came: “Celebration.” “Music comes when we celebrate. And shows exactly WHAT we celebrate.”

As Socrates and Plato knew, it isn’t always nice or lawful.

But as far as prognostication of the future, I actually think things “musically” have improved. Not to sound like the old fogey that I am, but I’ve seen and heard and passed thru a lot in my day! And I think in general what we hear now is less confused and more hopeful than, say, the punk era...


A kid who likes puddles!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Glory the cat at 4 months

Here is my little cutey at 4 months at the breakfast table.

Glory the cat and water

Now that my cat Glory is 9 months, I am used to her habit of interfering with my brushing my teeth every night. She climbs on the sink and tries to knock the toothpaste cap off the sink. Then she gets in the sink and plays with the running water. Does it annoy me? Not really.

Watch her here.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Lord, let me never cease to praise you!

Psalm 107: 8-9

8 Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness,
And for His wonderful works to the children of men!
9 For He satisfies the longing soul,
And fills the hungry soul with goodness.