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Saturday, October 28, 2006

Currently Listening
Live at the New Earth
By Waterdeep
Who am I?
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Sorry for the long wait!

Well, I meant to blog on a weekly or monthly basis, but time has gotten away from me. . . we've experienced cat deaths, setting up a guardianship for my dad, getting him into a nursing home, and then having him suddenly die about a month later. I don't usually advise people to find an attorney simply by doing a web search, but that's what I did. I searched google using my zip code , found an elderlaw firm nearby, called and made an appointment. . . only to find out that the attorney leads a small group at my church. Don't do what I did ,but in my time of great need , God's provision was evident.

Now we've just buried another cat and we're in the process of fall fix-up (remodeling the bathroom), and fall clean up. . . and of course eagerly anticipating the OSU-Michigan game.

I'll be more insightful soon. . . along with a list of the books that helped me through this time.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Currently Reading
Lords of the Earth
By Don Richardson
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Windows Vista update

Yesterday I attended a web seminar on Windows Vista. What I learned:
  • It's a lot of eye-candy.
  • It will make it extremely easy to find anything on your computer. It will search like Google.
  • All versions (6?) will be on the same DVD with the unlock key determining which version you have.
  • Tighter security which makes me happy.
  • Will be released for the Christmas holidays (I think).
  • Microsoft says a minimum of 512 MB of memory. They said 128 for Windows XP and we all knew 512 was best. Does that mean that we'll actually need 1.5 GB? Only time and experimentation will tell.
  • Will it work with existing hardware? I don't know? Will it work with existing software? I don't know. It will all depend on the manufacturer of the hardware and software.
  • Can it boot from a SATA drive? Not without additional drivers.
  • Will it change between now and its final release? Most assuredly.
And just a brief reminder. You should always backup your data before you make changes. I have been working on my webpage, did not backup and it somehow reverted to last June! Oh, well. . .

More to come later.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Currently Reading
Eternity in Their Hearts:Startling Evidence of Belief in the One True God in Hundreds of Cultures Throughout the World
By Don Richardson
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Iris Reticulata (Small) Spring is popping up. . . at least the first harbingers. I always thrill to see the iris reticulata start to bloom. I love blue and they are the truest blue of any flower in the garden. I am reading about Joshua's conquests of Palestine? Anyway, it fits right in with the book I just finished because, people of Israel, like me, and probably like people everywhere, just want to sit around and get into a comfortable lifesyle--a settled downness.

The book I just finished reading, Eternity in their Hearts, shows how indiginous people groups have a story, a practice, an item, which prepares them precisely to hear about the one true God when He is presented to them. It really is just filling in lost memories, lost knowledge. I know I don't observe closely enough or listen deeply enough to see a personal story, practice, or item in the lives of the people I meet. And the end of the book challenged me, too, as it points out that Jesus' own Apostles, just stayed in their comfort zone, not venturing out until they were forced. I too often just enjoy sitting and reading a book and privately assenting or disagreeing with its premises. That's easy and comfortable. However, a couple of friends have challenged me to do more. To tell them about the book. To tell them my impressions. A this book has challenged me to leave my comfort zone in a couple of ways. . . but that's just the way God is . . .always pushing me upward and onward. . .

More about the book later.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Currently Reading
By Frank Peretti
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Ever have one of those weeks? Where Orange barrels are everywhere? Where you are bone-tired by Wednesday, just plodding through the rest of the minutes, hours, days, hoping for a Saturday sleep-in? And part of that is the rushing. . .pushing. . . from one thing to another, one place to another. Always hampered by those pesky orange barrels.

When I read a particular "Slice" this week, it helped put things into perspective. Read it here: http://www.rzim.org/publications/slicetran.php?sliceid=1108

I have never had siblings. Neither has my husband. I have to look to my friends to think about what it means to have a brother. I always wanted one. There's usually a family resemblance, shared experiences, shared values, shared histories, but perhaps those of you with siblings could go on better than I can. What does it mean to be Jesus' brother or sister, in my case? A lot to think about.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Currently Listening
I Hope You Dance
By Lee Ann Womack
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This has been a hard time. My friend's mother died. Another friend's mother died. Our best cat of all time died. And I have been reading in the Bible about sacrifices in my daily readings. The cat, Elroy, who we called El boy, was the last straw. He had spent every day of his life with us. He was the one cat who was always where we were, who had moods like we did, who had unusual interests like we did. The cat most like a person. I just had to add the picture of him sleeping with his mother, Annie, here.

And I had just finished reading a book about death, well heaven, but death is part of it. The Slumber of Christianity: Awakening a Passion for Heaven on Earth by Ted Dekker. His only non-fiction. My impressions:

Christians live life ineffectively because we've forgotten our goal: Heaven. Reading Paul's letters, he focuses on the hope of heaven: i.e. being with Jesus. The author of The Slumber started thinking about these issues when his brother died and was writing the book when his doctor discovered a lump in his pancreas. The idea is that life is supposed to be hard, disappointing, non-fulfilling, full of "smashed rainbows," because this is not what we were made for and not our hope. As Paul said, I would rather die and be with Christ, but it is better for me now to be with you. We are made to feel deeply unsatisfied by not being with Christ. I have felt that way for a very long time and am pleased to find that it is normal!
Life is also pleasurable, for our enjoyment. The pleasures are a foretaste, to be deeply enjoyed with the knowledge that they will be even better when we are with Christ Pleasures cannot satisfy because we were not meant to be satisfied here. They should leave us longing for what will satisfy us and that's not here on this earth. Oh, but I wish it could be here and now!

I just finished seeing The Chronicles of Narnia movie. I needed to see it after losing Elboy. I had read the books decades ago and knew the plot, but I just needed to see it to regain hope. And that's what happened. God will renew the earth and us and animals and everything that Satan has taken. I can't wait!

Also worshipping Sunday morning. . . I WILL worship. And watching Cold Case on Sunday night. . . the last song, by Lee Ann Womack, I hope you dance: I will dance! (Note, I downloaded the song from MSN music. . . how wonderful to be able to listen to it over and over again!)

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
You get your fill to eat
But always keep that hunger
May you never take one single breath for granted
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed
I hope you still feel small
When you stand by the ocean
Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens
Promise me you'll give faith a fighting chance

And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance
I hope you dance

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance
Never settle for the path of least resistance
Living might mean taking chances
But they're worth taking
Lovin' might be a mistake
But it's worth making
Don't let some hell bent heart
Leave you bitter
When you come close to selling out
Give the heavens above
More than just a passing glance

And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance . .

You get the idea. Choose to live in the presence of death.

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