Friday, April 20, 2007
I have a blessed and full life, and have been having difficulty narrowing down my list of people, places, and things that bring me joy. I just can't limit it to five. But along with my dear Scientist, my sweet dogs (present and past), reading, music, and cooking, travel is right up there near the top of the list.
Ciao for now!
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Thinking of all the grieving parents last night, I also wondered how many parents had wept with relief after getting a phone call from their child, or even seeing their child interviewed on television. Is there something strange about mid-April, usually such a beautiful, hopeful time of year? Waco, Columbine, now this.
The Scientist did have a good birthday, and having reached the half-century mark, is feeling suitably venerable and august. But from now on, April 16 will be remembered as a day of terror and grief. Please join me in including the families of Virginia Tech in your prayers.
Friday, April 13, 2007
In honor of Cheesehead and Reverendmother (get well soon, y'all!):
1. Are you a regular patron of dentists' offices? Or, do you go
a) faithfully, as long as you have insurance, or
b) every few years or so, whether you need it or not, or
c) dentist? what is this "dentist" thing you speak of?
a). Every six months. I inherited cavity-prone teeth and have to be conscientious about this. My dentists are a married couple who are friends of ours from church (in fact, the gentleman and I have served on session together), and despite the purpose of the visit I enjoy seeing and chatting with them--when I'm able to chat, that is.
2. Whatever became of your wisdom teeth?
Nothing. I was born with only two, and they have never attempted to make a move or call attention to themselves in any way. As long as they don't bother me, I won't bother them.
3. Favorite thing to eat that's BAAAAAD for your teeth.
Butterfingers. The crunchy part gets embedded into every little cranny.
4. Ever had oral surgery? Commiserate with me.
Getting a crown, or getting pins inserted into a molar, is as close as I've come, and those procedures were tedious but not excruciating. My dentists have all sorts of whiz-bang diversions for patients, and I usually just put on goggles and watch a movie while they work.
5. "I'd rather have a root canal than ____________."
Testify in court, a common occupational hazard in my line of work. So far I have escaped this nightmare.
Bonus: Does your dentist recommend Trident?
No, but they do give away chip clips that read, "Compliments of ______ and ______, DDS." The Scientist was sarcastically curious about what brand of chips my dentist might recommend!
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Saturday, April 07, 2007
Today Hades tearfully sighs: "Would that I had not received him who was born of Mary, for he came to me and destroyed my power; he broke my bronze gates, and being God, delivered the souls I had been holding captive." O Lord, glory to your cross and to your holy resurrection!
(From the Orthodox liturgy for Holy Saturday.)
Friday, April 06, 2007
Do not dare, Sun, to behold
Your master on the cross, hanging there of his
Let rock be shattered, for the rock of life is now
wounded by nails...
In fact, let all creation shudder and groan at the passion
of the Creator.
Adam alone exults.
Sunday, April 01, 2007
2. When the PASTOR is among those enthusiastically applauding the children's choir, I reluctantly concede that mine is the minority view.