Archive for March, 2011

What God Hates

March 31st, 2011 1 comment

Proverbs 6: 16-19

16 There are six things the LORD hates,

seven that are detestable to him:

haughty eyes,

a lying tongue,

hands that shed innocent blood,

a heart that devises wicked schemes,

feet that are quick to rush into evil,

a false witness who pours out lies

and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.

Book Club: Beach Road

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This is another one of James Patterson’s books written with (or by) a coauthor.

This time it was with Peter de  Jonge.  Maybe I am being too critical of the light read, but it felt as if the authors got to the end and said, ‘Let’s wrap this thing up, who can we say ‘did it’?

I like a good mystery, but this one didn’t quite pull it off for me.  I don’t expect great literature from this type of writing, but I think Mr. Patterson needs to co-write fewer books so he can retain the quality of his earlier works.

But then who am I to argue with a winning formula?  His name sells books, and I guess for the publisher that is all that matters.

Clarence and Joe

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Clarence, is that pig still following me?

I believe he is Joe.  Has Honey given him a name yet?

Yes, but I refuse to call him Petunia!




The Little Red Bag

March 30th, 2011 Comments off

The last flight I took was a doozy! I was returning from Texas with a cold.  The medication I took had left a bitter taste and I felt really ‘yukky.’  My usual supply of mints and gum was depleted and I felt sicky.

The captain warned us that we were to have turbulence on the flight, especially when we got to the Los Angeles area.  Great!

Well, being sick already, my stomach turbulence had a head start.

By the time we were nearing LAX my stomach, and the plane were experiencing some dramatic ups and downs, rises and drops,  and whoop de doos! gasp, gulp, yo!

I grabbed the bright red bag from the seat back and while others may have been fearing for their lives, I was fearing that I was going to have to use that bag and it wasn’t going to be pretty!

We landed not a moment too soon.  The man next to me asked if I was okay.  With eyes still closed tightly, I tried to assure him with affirmative nods of my head.  I was not my usual friendly self . . . I just wanted off that plane and into my bed.

It brought back memories of childhood, when I used to get violently carsick.  Mama understood because she suffered from motion sickness too.  As she put it, “You think you are going to die and afraid you won’t!”

I’m still fighting the cold and the thought of flying turns me green.  Hopefully by the time I get back on a plane I will have forgotten that feeling.  Oh, excuse me . . . I just remembered it!

Bernice Mentzer, 1908-2011

March 29th, 2011 2 comments

Clutch of Butterfly Eggs on a Raspberry

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Amazing Scanning Electron Microscope Photos

From the book ‘Micro cosmos, ‘created by Brandon Brill from London.

This book includes many scanning electron microscope (SEM) images of insects, human body parts and household items.

These are the most amazing images of what is too small to see with the naked eye.

Thanks Cindy.

The Red Dot

March 29th, 2011 Comments off

In Hinduism the tilaka or tilak is a mark worn on the forehead and other parts of the body. Tilaka may be worn on a daily basis or for special religious occasions only, depending on different customs.

The tilaka symbolize the third eye, or mind’s eye, that is associated with many Hindu gods and the idea of meditation and spiritual enlightenment. In the past, tilakas were usually worn by gods, priests, ascetics, or worshippers, but is now a common practice for most Hindus.

It can express which Hindu tradition one follows. It may be made with sandalwood paste, ashes, kumkum, sindhoor,  clay, or other substances.

The tilak is a mark created by the smearing of powder or paste on the forehead. Occasionally it extends vertically and horizontally on a large part of the forehead and may cover the nose also.

The most conspicuous and widespread are those worn by Vaishnavites or followers of Lord Vishnu and his incarnations, chiefly Lord Krishna.  The tilak consists of a long line starting from just below the hairline till almost the end of one’s nose tip. It is intercepted in the middle by an elongated U. There may be two marks on the temples as well. This tilak is traditionally done with sandalwood paste, lauded in Hindu texts for its purity and cooling nature.

Nowadays, many Hindus do not wear the tilak in everyday life. Women consider it an old tradition that doesn’t suit their western clothing, but many Hindu women do wear the Bindi. It is often worn on religious occasions and on auspicious days (birthdays, weddings, etc.) or after marriage.

Thanks Photo Booth

March 28th, 2011 Comments off

I love it when Photo Booth blurs out my wrinkles enough to make me look better than I actually look.

Book Club: Pat Conroy

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Pat Conroy never fails to fascinate me with his use of the English language.  The Irish story teller in him comes out again with this page turner.  It was first published in 1980.

As the back cover sums it up:

Here is Pat Conroy’s powerful, captivating and highly acclaimed bestseller.  He sweeps us into the turbulent world of four young men –  friends, cadets and bloodbrothers –  and their days of hazing, heartbreak, pride and betrayal.

We go deeply into the heart of the novel’s hero, Will McLean, a rebellious outsider with his own personal code of honor, who is battling into manhood the hard way.  Immersed in a poignant love affair with a haunting beauty, Will must boldly confront the terrifying injustice of a corrupt institution as he struggles to expose a mysterious group known as “The Ten.”

If you enjoyed “The Citadel” or are just a fan of Pat Conroy,  then you will find this a good read.

Sounds Familiar!

March 28th, 2011 Comments off

I have a soldier’s stomach.

Everything I eat goes to the front!

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