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Poetry isn’t poetry unless it is at least a little stilted. More than straight prose, I mean.

Are we in agreement?


I hope not.
My fear is that, while we call this way of thinking too simplistic, it is nonetheless the way we functionally look at our situation.
Other comments:
-If this were biblical, wouldn’t God have laid it out plainly for us?
-My greatest fear is the false positives in quadrant 1, i.e. that there are many nice, already-prayed-the-faith-prayer people at our church who aren’t really saved. They just like church more than most unsaved people.
-Wouldn’t it be nice if this chart were true? Things would be so much easier to determine.
-Yes, I got the structural idea from here.

I’ve mentioned here before that we purposefully have not converted over to digital, so we haven’t watched any TV in our house since June. We have not experience regret over this decision, but I must admit that when I realized that I wouldn’t be able to watch the Vikings, it made me feel a little loss. But I’ve handled it.

This afternoon, however, we were at my Mom’s place for about ten minutes between Sunday afternoon events and in the 3 minutes that I watched the football game I just happened to see the endzone to endzone Harvin kickoff return touchdown.


This time I posted it over at my other blog.

Go see it.

One more recommendation:

Head on over to my other blog for a chance to win a Free Fighter Verse Song CD.

I think it would be helpful for you to read this post by Vox Day.

He is theologically roguish and obviously I don’t agree with all of it, but its starkness and clarity is thought-provoking.

If your goal is to be a peacemaker between two people, you will probably have to communicate this message to at least one of them about something that is bothering them: “You are making too big a deal out of this.”

Remember Trivial Pursuit? One of the cards has this question: What is unique about “The Case Of The Deadly Verdict”?

And the answer: Perry Mason Lost.

If there were a Jamsco/Jamfam edition of Trivial Pursuit, one question would be – What is unique about  Sept 19, 2009?

The Answer: On that date our family tried and failed at our attempt to Picnic.

We have had fried chicken on picnics, and pizza, and sandwiches and chicken pot pie, but we have never brought charcoal to grill.  This we did on Saturday and it didn’t light. We ran out of lighter fluid. We waited a half hour. It was getting dark.

So we threw some water on it, hopped into our van and used the gas grill. We ate steak and hamburger at 8:30. It tasted very good.

But I have been remiss. I have neglectedto mention that last weekend we beat last years picnic record (81) as we went on picnics 80, 81, 82 and 83. And it’s only the middle of September!

On the way into work today I heard this interview on the Midmorning show.  Bishop Spong is softspoken and even tempered with a wise sounding voice.

But he said this.

You see, religion has been offered as a kind of panacea or as Karl Marx said ‘an opiate of the people’. I don’t think religion is designed to give us security or peace of mind. It think it’s primary focus, which we’ve lost, is to give us the courage to live in a radically insecure world with continued integrity, to live in a world where there is no peace with an inner peace that enables us not to fall apart. Those are the gifts of religion.

Wow. A description of the ‘gifts of religion’ that doesn’t mention God. Hmmm.

I’m pretty sure he didn’t mention God in the first ten minutes of the interview.

There are times when you have to choose between letting people know how upset you are and working towards success.  Decide to work towards success.

Everything I Ever Needed To Know I Learned From Calvin (From Calvin & Hobbes)

This morning I had a wonderful dream. By holding my arms out stiff and pushing down hard, I found I could suspend myself a few feet above the ground. I flapped harder, and soon I was soaring effortlessly over the trees and telephone poles! I could FLY! I folded my arms back and zoomed lower over the neighborhood. Everyone was amazed, and they ran along under me as I shot by. Then I rocketed up so fast that my eyes watered from the wind. I laughed and laughed, making huge loops across the sky! … That’s when Mom woke me up and said I was going to miss the bus if I didn’t get my bottom out of the bed. 20 minutes later, here I am, standing in the cold rain, waiting to go to school, and I just remembered I forgot my lunch. Tuesdays don’t start much worse than this. *** I asked Mom if I was a gifted child… She said they certainly wouldn’t have PAID for me. You can relate this little story when reporters ask how I went bad. *** I don’t DO math any more. I decided I’m more of a “visual” person. *** This show would insult a 6-year-old! And I should know. *** I get the feeling there was no right answer to that question. *** Like it’s MY fault she hasn’t gotten the chimney swept. *** Mom! Mom! I just saw the first robin of spring! Call the newspaper quick! Ha ha! A front page write-up! A commemorative plaque! A civic ceremony! All for me! Hooray! Hooray! Oh boy! Should I put the prize money in a trust fund or blow it all at once? Ha ha! I can’t believe I did it!  *** I sure like chocolate frosted sugar bombs! Look how brown the milk gets! Want to see something weird? Look at the nutritional information on the back panel. Wow. 100% of the daily recommended allowance of caffeine! Hey look! You can send away for a chocolate frosted sugar bombs “Buzzy the Hummingbird” doll! *** County library? Yes, do you have any books on homemade bombs? That’s what I said. I need a book that lists supplies and gives step-by-step instructions for building, rigging and detonating them. Well what about your other branches? Don’t THEY have any books like that? Boy, and people wonder why kids don’t read.

This week I was sent a picture. It shows my grandparents (my mom’s parents) and my grandpa’s siblings and their spouses. The heads of five families. All of them lived to see their 50th anniversary.

I pray for a similar picture for my kids in 70 years or so.

Here’s the picture – my grandparents are the handsome couple in the middle.

5 Siblings And Spouses

5 Siblings And Spouses

Plain white ‘enriched’ bread is to real bread what Michael Jackson’s face (post-work) is to Michael Jackson’s face (pre-work).

1. My beloved wife can bike 11 miles on the hilly Superior Gitchi Gami Trail to no ill effect.

2. If you’re choosing between biking from Gooseberry to Split Rock State park or the other way around choose Gooseberry to Split Rock. You’ll get more downhill time.

3. Even after multiple times of being in a favorite state park, you can still find excellent areas that are easy to get to.

4. Banning State park on the way up to Duluth is right off the highway and it is one of the better state parks. We recommend it.

5. It’s great to be leaving a vacation spot on Labor Day Friday as everyone is arriving.

6. My wife and I don’t get sick of talking to each other.

7. A pleasant thing to do on an anniversary trip is to read your journal entry from the days just before, on and after your wedding day.

8. So it’s good I wrote it all down 15 years ago.

9. You can miss your kids and be glad that you don’t have them with you at the same time.

10. I never get sick of being near Lake Superior. I find myself feeling bad for those people who don’t live near enough to it to reasonably vacation there. Okay, assuming they don’t live near an ocean.

11. The Wild Rice Porridge at the Vanilla Bean Café in Two Harbors is awesome. Try it.

* You might be wondering why I don’t say something like “I have a wonderful wife” or “God has greatly blessed me.” Yeah, like I didn’t know that before.

I am not pleased that “Bodies: The Exhibition”* is now at the Mall Of America. I thought, when the Science Museum’s Bodyworld finally left after six months or whatever,  I would no longer have to look at pictures of real corpses in the ads in the newspaper (and other media) every day. Not so.

* Note that I am not putting up a link. I don’t want to curse you with the same images.

Okay, this is kind of funny, don’t you think?

I always thought that if you crossed this guy with the guy from Duran Duran you’d get Vox Day


Can you see the resemblance?

No? How about now?


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