Saturday, July 26, 2003

His shoulders...

I currently have a lot of things that normally would weigh a person down to the point of insanity. My son is about to become homeless (long story); I'm about to become a grandfather but there are strong signs of a problem with the pregnancy; I was just denied Social Security once again, yet I'm disabled; my father could die at any time, etc.

I put everything on God's shoulders. I couldn't bear all of this by myself, and His shoulders are much larger than can be imagined. May I suggest the same for you? We live in a world of hurt. We all have problems, small and/or large. Look to God for help.

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Thursday, July 03, 2003

Is sleep my enemy?

I don't think so. But I'm getting very sick and tired of having bad dreams that make me wake up screaming.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2003

The Lord's Prayer...

"Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name,
Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen."
Matthew 6:9-13

The Lord's prayer really isn't that long. It doesn't take any time at all to say/pray it. And... it pretty much "covers all of the bases". Way back when I was a teenager, I used to say it every night before I went to bed- even before I was a Christian. Drunk and/or stoned, it really didn't matter. God still heard me. And believe me, most of the time I was drunk and/or stoned!

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Wednesday, June 18, 2003

Good news...

Study: Mental Fitness Wards Off Dementia/Alzheimer's
By JEFF DONN, Associated Press Writer
BOSTON (AP) -- An absorbing book or a challenging crossword puzzle may keep your mind more than busy. It may keep it healthy, too, according to a 21-year study of mental breakdown in old age.

Read the entire article here!

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Monday, June 16, 2003

Word of the Day...

The Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 16 is:

Davy Jones's locker \day-vee-joanz-LAH-ker\ noun
: the bottom of the ocean

Example sentence:
The old seaman shook his head sadly and said, "That ship
was sunk on a reef three years ago, and every poor soul aboard
sent to Davy Jones's locker."

Did you know?
Was there a real Davy Jones? Folks have been pondering that
question for centuries. Sailors have long used "Davy Jones" as
the name of a personified evil spirit of the ocean depths, but
no one knows exactly why. Some claim the original Davy Jones was
a British pirate, but the evidence that this person existed is
lacking. Others swear he was a London pub owner who kept drugged
ale in a special locker, served it to the unwary, then had them
shanghaied. But the theory considered most plausible is
that "Davy" was inspired by St. David, the patron saint of
Wales. (St. David was often invoked by Welsh sailors.) "Jones"
is traced to Jonah, the biblical figure who was swallowed by a
whale. --Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day

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Sunday, June 15, 2003

Yesterday's photo shoot...

Yesterday I shot a few rolls of film for my son's band. He's a very good drummer for a somewhat local Christian rock band. It's been quite some time since I've done any photography "for hire", but it's about like riding a bicycle-- you don't forget how. We walked through trails in the woods and got some really nice shots. A couple of them will, hopefully, end up on their first CD. It's great "getting back in the saddle" for an afternoon.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2003

The Lord's Prayer...

"Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name,
Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen."
Matthew 6:9-13

The Lord's prayer really isn't that long. It doesn't take any time at all to say/pray it. And... it pretty much "covers all of the bases". Way back when I was a teenager, I used to say it every night before I went to bed- even before I was a Christian. Drunk and/or stoned, it really didn't matter. God still heard me. And believe me, most of the time I was drunk and/or stoned!

ig <><
Ain't it nice?
The gorgeous sky and moon
Ain't it nice?


I think we all need to simply look up at the sky once a day or so. Maybe compare the green trees to the blue hue of the sky. It's somewhat cathartic to me, maybe even therapeutic. This photo is simple-- sky, clouds, and moon. That's all. But isn't it beautiful? God's good!

ig <><

Monday, June 02, 2003

The Lord's Prayer...

"Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name,
Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen."
Matthew 6:9-13

The Lord's prayer really isn't that long. It doesn't take any time at all to say/pray it. And... it pretty much "covers all of the bases". Way back when I was a teenager, I used to say it every night before I went to bed- even before I was a Christian. Drunk and/or stoned, it really didn't matter. God still heard me. And believe me, most of the time I was drunk and/or stoned!

ig <><

Friday, May 30, 2003

Goodbye Dad... sort of...
Yesterday I learned that my father, who lives about 1800 miles away from me, has got very little time left on this earth. He lives in a rest home with hospice and can only eat puréed food. And he rarely eats all of his food, usually about 30-75 percent. He can only talk in a whisper because of some damage done during surgery. I can't get out there to visit him for "the last time" because of this stupid Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and anxiety disorder that I suffer from.

How do I truly feel about all of this? I'm angry that I'm too sick to visit him. On the other hand, we were never very close. The last time I saw him was in 1977! Distance is not good for a father/son relationship when money is an issue.

Anyway, I've pretty much "written off" the possibility of visiting him before he dies. I know that I'll see him in Heaven, but I also know that I will have a hard time dealing with the guilt of not going out there to see him while he's still on this earth. I'll be saying stuff like "Well, it's too late now!" and "Only if I...".

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Thursday, May 29, 2003

Some excerpts...
Here are a few excerpts from my trivia page. Click on the link at the right for the entire trivia webpage.
  • Antarctica got its first ATM (automatic [bank] teller machine) in 1997.
  • Antarctica is technically a desert (frozen desert) since the continent gets less than ten inches of precipitation per year.
  • Less than one percent of the continent of Antarctica is exposed (not covered with ice).
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Tuesday, May 27, 2003

Random trivia...
Did you know that Antarctica has a mountain that is over 16,000 feet tall? It's named "Vinson Massif". Sources vary with their information, but at the most, it is 16,860 feet (5,139 meters) tall. I had no idea. I never knew there were any mountains in Antarctica.

I love trivia. I started writing down bits of information around 1990 and haven't stopped. Of course, now I use the computer instead of pen and paper-- most of the time. I've learned very much from these little bits of information.

If you'd like to visit my trivia website, click here and then click on my trivia page. God bless!

ig <><

Monday, May 26, 2003

All above average?
If everyone was above average, then everyone would also be average and below average because there would be no standard for "average". What is the standard for average, anyway? I know that to find the average in a mathematical situation, you take the high and low and add them and then divide by two (just for a very simplistic example).

I don't mean to make your head spin. It's just one of the many things I think about once in a while. It's like cloning. Do we really want exact copies of people already residing on this big blue marble? I'm pretty sure that the scientific community would, just for kicks, but for what practical reason?

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Sunday, May 25, 2003

Tolerance...
People get frustrated when I don't hear them and they have to repeat what they said. Why? Why do I almost feel guilty because I didn't understand something that was said? God forbid that I go through the process of going deaf. We all know that it's usually a gradual process. If something happened and I became deaf tomorrow, people would be tolerant of that situation. They seem to live a double standard. They are okay with total deafness, but not partial deafness. I remember my mother gradually going deaf. It was very frustrating for her when people would get upset as a result of having to repeat something.

Another thing-- have you ever noticed that people quite often will repeat what they said in a lower volume? I guess they think that they are annunciating better at a lower volume.

It's a lot like having CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome). After all, I don't look sick! I look pretty darn healthy. But if I was in a wheelchair, I would find sympathy out the wazoo. It goes back to what I said about the double standard thing. If I'm just partially sick, then I don't deserve sympathy. But, on the other hand, if I'm so sick that I look the part, then there's understanding.

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Saturday, May 24, 2003

Glass half full?
When you look at a glass that is half filled with liquid, do you see the glass as half-full or half-empty? I'm a "glass half-full" kind of guy. I always have been. I've always tried to look on the bright side of things. I hope that doesn't make you sick. :-) Seriously, I know many people who just don't seem to have the ability to see the glass as half-full. They, in my opinion, are pessimists. But the world needs people like that, as well as all other types of people, characters, personalities, etc. Gosh, just think-- if we were all exactly the same, life would be extremely boring!

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Blank...
I'm so blank today. I feel like I'm somewhat "braindead"-- crickets and tumbleweeds. I'm like "Ig sans cognition."

ig <><

Friday, May 23, 2003

Too much angst...
"And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you."
(Ephesians 4:30-32 NIV)

There is entirely too much angst in this world. Take rush hour, for example. Take walking through a major grocery and/or retail store, for example. "Can't we all just get along?", coined Mr. King. Is it that difficult to let the other person go first in traffic, in front of you at the checkout, etc.?

I'll soon be a grandfather. I pray that my grandchild will be happy, but more importantly content. There's a lot to be said for contentment. Just read Philippians 4:11-12 and then read verse 7. Wow.

ig <><
Unsolicited email - spam...
Someone *HAS* to put a stop to spam! I hate spam. I wonder if there's anyone that actually likes spam. I also hate porn. I hate being forced to read crappy porno stuff even if it's in the subject line. I guess it's not enough for them to be addicted to porn-- they have to try and recruit as many others as they can. Misery loves company. The world (including myself) needs Jesus.

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Thursday, May 22, 2003

My first blog... ever!
Yesterday was my 47th birthday. What is 47 supposed to feel like? I dunno. I think we all have three different ages-- biological, subjective (how you feel physically), and mental. Mentally, I'm definitely not 47. Subjectively, I'm probably twice my age, unfortunately. I have CFS-- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. If you're not familiar with CFS, you can read all about it at http://www.niaid.nih.gov/factsheets/cfs.htm or http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/cfs/info.htm. God's grace is sufficient.

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