Friday, August 29, 2008

Not to disagree with you but...

my peep > your brain.

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You're absolutely correct Lou

Lou Piniella when asked if the 2008 Cubs are a "team of destiny":
I don't believe in destiny. I believe in good pitching and good defense and timely hitting. That's destiny. You do enough of that, you create your own destiny.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Why Holden's going to learn to throw a punch

A bite mark in the center of his back. I guess the biter is just a little bit older than he is. Still too young to explain the concept of "have some balls and attack when the other person is looking at you" I suppose. We may have to take some time that's allocated to watching Thomas the Train to learning self-defense.

I can handle you being a socialist but this is over the line

From an interview with ESPN via the Chicago Sun Times:
We all knew Barack Obama is a Sox fan, but he took it a bit further in an ESPN interview.

Obama joked about the stereotype of Cubs fans, who probably are tired of being described as partying people-watchers instead of serious fans.

"You go to Wrigley Field, you have a beer, beautiful people up there,'' Obama said, according to ESPN transcripts. "People aren't watching the game. It's not serious. White Sox, that's baseball."


Fantastic. The lord and savior of humankind is busting on the Cubs. Let's go with a little more time coaching your wife on the intricacies of not saying incredibly stupid things to the press and maybe defining a little of that "hope and change" and a little less time talking sports. I'd hate to have to change my screensaver from "Bitter white person clinging to God and my guns" to "Bitter white person clinging to God, my guns and the Chicago Cubs".

side note: yes, I realize he was being at least mostly facetious. I'm at least 4% facetious in my response as well.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Giving flowers to the living and zooming out

These were both in my inbox when I arrived at work this morning. The first is one of those little things that many people (including me) just don't stop to think about all that often.
Working with my Aunt Helen in her flower shop during my teenage years, I learned many Christian lessons. One of the most powerful was in her succinct sermon, "Give your flowers to the living."
She went on to explain, "I have spent much of my life arranging beautiful flowers to help people show their love after someone has died. Imagine how much those flowers would have meant to the person while he or she was alive."
As I've grown older, I appreciate the Christ-like message of my aunt's words. Yes, in love, Jesus gave his life for our eternal future after we die; but Jesus also demonstrated God's love continually to the living while on earth. He walked and talked with those around him; he healed, cried, and rejoiced. Jesus gave the gift of love to all those he met as he walked the earth, as well as to all humankind through his death and resurrection.


"Give your flowers to the living". Such a simple sentence that leads to such deep thought.
The second thing in my inbox...

My dad brings his camera along wherever he goes. For him, even a walk around the neighborhood can turn into an opportunity for a photo shoot. As years have gone by and our family has welcomed in-laws, children, and grandchildren, Dad has zoomed out his camera lens more and more so that we all fit in the picture.
Watching Dad has taught me something important. To help us maintain perspective on our circumstances, my wife and I apply the concept of zooming out. When money is tight, a loved one is ill, or a conflict arises, we take a few minutes to shift from our limited viewpoint to God's more long-term outlook. This is a practical way to increase joy and to decrease fear.
Focusing on close-up shots of any problem can be overwhelming. God does not want us to live in fear. Rather, God wants us to experience the abundant life possible for us. When we feel consumed by a situation, we can "zoom out."

"Zoom out". Another very simple phrase, but one that I really have to learn to do. I think I'm way closer to the "Give your flowers to the living" concept than I am the "Zoom out" one. I suspect I'd have a lot fewer sleepless nights and unexplained stomach pains if I can start to live the zoom out philosophy.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

A sign of the end of times?

I'm seriously looking forward to the release of a Kirk Cameron movie? The kid from Growing Pains who has grown up to be seriously nutty in a lot of ways? Wow. This has to be a sign of the Apocalypse. I really am excited about seeing this movie though.

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood

Some will read these lyrics and immediately think "The Animals". Others will think "Nina Simone". Maybe Joe Cocker, or even Santa Esmeralda. I could even (grudgingly) accept Cyndi Lauper because, God help me, her cover was pretty good.
To me though, this song is Elvis Costello. Whatever the case it's a damn good song and has, quite fittingly, been on a loop in my brain for the last few days.

Baby, do you understand me now
Sometimes I feel a little mad
But don't you know that no one alive
Can always be an angel
When things go wrong I seem to be bad

But I'm just a soul whose intentions are good
Oh Lord, please don't let me be misunderstood

Baby, sometimes I'm so carefree
With a joy that's hard to hide
And sometimes it seems that all I have do is worry
Then you're bound to see my other side

But I'm just a soul whose intentions are good
Oh Lord, please don't let me be misunderstood

If I seem edgy I want you to know
That I never mean to take it out on you
Life has it's problems and I get my share
But that's one thing I never meant to do
Because I love you

Oh don't you know I'm human
Have thoughts like any other one
Sometimes I lie awake long regretting
Some foolish thing some little simple thing I've done

But I'm just a soul whose intentions are good
Oh Lord, please don't let me be misunderstood
Yes, I'm just a soul whose intentions are good
Oh Lord, please don't let me be misunderstood
Yes, I'm just a soul whose intentions are good
Oh Lord, please don't let me be misunderstood


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Now playing: Eva Cassidy - Over the Rainbow
via FoxyTunes

Sunday, August 17, 2008

One more train picture

It would have been fantastic if I'd managed to not leave my camera sitting in my office over the weekend. Fortunately these cell phone pictures came out pretty well.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Train ride

Seeing how much steam engine soot he can swallow. :)

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A caboose

Holden checking out a toddler size caboose after our train ride.

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Holden's first train ride

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