15 January 2011

Ugliest scrub top

This one deserves it's own blog post.

Koi Women’s “Danielle” Scrub Top with “Secret Garden” Print

Ugly scrubs

This started as a link that I posted on Facebook, but I had to make it a blog entry.

24 December 2010

Ed Norton interviews Bruce Springsteen about his latest project

Yes, this is a little old, but I meant to share it here a while ago.

Another excellent view into the creative mind. Here, Ed Norton interviews Bruce Springsteen about his latest project, The Promise: The Making of ‘Darkness on the Edge of Town’.  Listen below…..

22 November 2010

Through a Dog's Eyes -- Jennifer Arnold.

Through a Dog's EyesThrough a Dog's Eyes by Jennifer Arnold
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I purchased this book after hearing Jennifer Arnold talking about her work and the book on an NPR program.  I am so glad that I did! Every person who has dogs or plans on having a dog needs to read this book.  Jennifer Arnold made so many points about dogs that I never would have thought of or learned elsewhere.  The back of the book has a lot of great tips on training your pups. It is a keeper on my perma-bookshelf.

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29 October 2010

A Whole Lot of Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey

I found a blog with a bunch of Jack Handey quotes (if you lived under a rock for many years, google "Deep Thoughts" and find out about it), and I had to share it here.  Deep thoughts was a part of SNL when SNL was IMO at it's funniest.

***Ok, so I originally cut and pasted a list of quotes, but then I visited Jack Handey's website, where it is very clearly stated that no deep thoughts may be reproduced on any site without permission.  In an effort to respect the wishes of this wise man, I took the quotes down and replaced them with the widget for his site.  Enjoy!

Terry Gross is my homegirl

All I Did Was Ask: Conversations with Writers, Actors, Musicians, and ArtistsAll I Did Was Ask: Conversations with Writers, Actors, Musicians, and Artists by Terry Gross
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I scored this signed copy at a local used bookstore, and it ended up being my favorite companion on a recent cruise to Bermuda (actually, second favorite after the drunk woman from Long Island, whom I drank and smoked with all too often in order to escape from my family). Any fan of Fresh Air can appreciate reading these transcripts of her interviews. My favorite in the book was the interview with Gene Simmons.  

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DNA of Relationships so far ...

The DNA of RelationshipsThe DNA of Relationships by Gary Smalley

So far, this book has been very helpful.  I was skeptical, because Mike Huckabee is one of those critically acclaiming this book, and the author is very well-liked in evangelical circles.  In fact, this author probably wouldn't appreciate the venue in which I am reading and studying the book -- at my MCC church.  Our group is facilitated by, and we are being taught the material in the book by our transgendered (female to male) pastor.  He is an incredibly intelligent and wise person, IMO, so I trusted him enough to actually purchase the book and attend the book study groups.  So far, I have no regrets.  

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Nightlight: A Parody by Harvard Lampoon

Nightlight: A ParodyNightlight: A Parody by Harvard Lampoon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Pop culture haters and lovers of Harvard Lampoon alike should easily be able to enjoy this one.  I'll keep it simple: this book made me laugh out loud more than any other book -- ever.  

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07 May 2010

Sick of people getting off on judging others

I ran across this video, where famous preacher/financial advisor Joel Osteen says that he can't say whether someone is going to hell or not.  Then people proceed to rip him to pieces.  I believe he did the right thing.  Too many people are being turned away from the very idea that God exists because of the very people who posted this video to make Joel Osteen look bad.

I am not a huge fan of Osteen, by the way.  I am glad, however that a person who has so much influence on people in the Christian world is refraining from judging (lest he be judged?).
My comments are below the embedded video.

Here's a brain teaser for you people who love to judge:

God is the One who is all knowing and omnipotent (according to your subscribed belief system)
God is the One who will do the judging that you people look so forward to (I think it's sick how much you people get off on people potentially going to hell, and you should too!)
God knows our hearts and what we're gonna do before we do it.
God sent his son to redeem us from our sin.
(again all of this is what you're saying you subscribe to when you call yourself a righteous Christian, right?)

The Bible was written so long ago, by people and translated over and over again.
People (who might I add did not die on the cross for our redemption from sin) wrote and translated and modified the words. Yet those people continue to say that all of it is the "word of God."

Something is amiss, people.

According to what you go by,
God knows everything.  You don't.
What He chooses to do with his children is not for you to predict.

Not to mention,  What if what He said about not judging others (lest you be judged) holds a LOT more weight than any of the things that you say will send other people to hell?

Let me put that again differently ... what if your judgement of others is found to be worse in God's eyes than the things that you are judging people for?

Since you don't know everything like God does ... you can't answer the question.  You can only pray that Jesus' blood redeems all of your brothers and sisters (who by the way youre supposed to love as you would love yourself) regardless of what they believe.  That is what I believe.  That is what I got out of Jesus' teachings.

It kills me.  The belief that people will be punished forever by an omnipotent, all-loving God is just stupid.  People who believe this are fooled, and people who believe this are turning people away from the very God that they say they are trying to serve by spreading His word.

People are so gripped by the bad theology that they are making people not even want to be open to the idea that God even exists.  I was agnostic, and the ridiculous mentalities of conservative Christians rendered me uninterested in trying to see if God could actually be real.
It was the MCC church that made me even consider praying to a God that I didn't even think was there.