Friday, December 29, 2006

Enjoying a winter day in San Diego.
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Friday, December 22, 2006

Finding Balance

Do you ever stop and look around the world and wonder, what am I supposed to do? The news reports on devastating events around the world. But it's not just in countries an airplane ride away, it's also in our own back yards. Do you ever feel like our world could be summed up with the last words of the book of Judges: "Every man did that which was right in his own eyes"? I do. And I've often wondered, can I do anything? And repeatedly, I come back to the words in Micah 6:8, "He [God] has shown you, o man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?" That verse is something I can grasp onto. It is tangible. It is simple. I'm not saying it is easy to live out - it is far from that - but it is simple to understand. Do justice. Love mercy. Walk humbly with God. A three-fold balance that enables us to stay on track in a world spinning out of control.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Theme on a Raindrop

Rain - I love the sound of rain on the roof. Raindrops dripping off of trees greet the earth with a quiet splash. The wind stirs, mixing up the rhythm I hear against the window panes. There's something soothing about rain. It brings messages of the earth being replenished and of gratitude for a roof overhead and warmth within. The sound of rain evokes images of children (young and old) splashing in puddles; of smoky fires in brick fireplaces; of a cozy couch, a cup of something warm, and a good book.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Pish! - a fascination with Wodehouse

A dry sense of humor, unexpected plot twists, and of course, boy meets girl - welcome to the writings of P. G. Wodehouse. Wodehouse is probably best known for his characters Bertie Wooser and his valet, Jeeves.

Here are some choice quotes:
‘Do you know,’ said a thoughtful Bean, ‘I’ll bet that if all the girls Freddie Widgeon has loved were placed end to end—not that I suppose one could do it—they would reach half-way down Piccadilly.’‘Further than that,’ said the Egg. ‘Some of them were pretty tall.’ (Young Men in Spats)
"Stiffy was one of those girls who enjoy in equal quantities the gall of an army mule and the calm insouciance of a fish on a slab of ice." (The Code of the Woosters)
"I’d always thought her half-baked, but now I think they didn’t even put her in the oven. " (Jeeves in the Offing)
"I am not likely to move in the same social circles as charging rhinoceri." (Strychnine in the Soup)
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