Just wondering - who do atheists thank on Thanksgiving? They don't believe in the God of the Bible or any sort of Intelligent Designer. If everything came into being through chance, there is no reason to thank anyone or anything. So why do they celebrate Thanksgiving? Probably just tradition. Thanksgiving is a great holiday: time … Continue reading Who Do Atheists Thank on Thanksgiving?
Too bad it took me until about age 40 to learn this lesson.
Please enjoy this great post from my friend Dayle . . .
When you’re around babies, it’s easy to dream.
What will they be when they grow up? (I’m still asking myself that question.) What will they enjoy doing? What will they be good at?
Dreaming is the springboard to trying. It’s where we all begin and get past where we are. It’s hope with great potential.
I watched Walter with a heart of compassion, as he zoned out, dreaming of what he might be. Fantasy was his default. Short-circuited by his lack of self-confidence, he endured his job. He was good at what he did–a negative assets manager at Life magazine. His attention to detail, his commitment to excellence in his job weren’t recognized or appreciated by…
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I have been a “closet trekkie” since the original Star Trek series started in the 60s when I was in high school. So when someone in my office invited me to join her and some friends to see the new movie, Star Trek: Into Darkness, at the local 3-D Imax theater, I had to go. … Continue reading Into Darkness
I also have a brown thumb so I can really relate, both as a non-gardener but also for the spiritual application. God prunes us for our benefit even when it doesn’t feel like it. Usually I don’t realize how I’ve grown through the process until much later. Thanks, Dayle.
I am not a gardener. I come from a long line of non-gardeners, people predisposed to killing things rather than growing things. This is not intentional on my part. It is, however, a dirty little reality that saddens my heart, especially living in Florida where most people can grow anything.
My little sister, Jan, however, has thumbs of green.
She loves to get down on her hands and knees, burying her fingers in the dirt, planting, pulling, corralling her cone flowers and navigating through her native wild flowers. She delights in the process–the results are enjoyable because she invested in the process.
Don’t get me wrong. I love gardens. The wild, flowers-growing-in-mad-disarray kind, where there’s an abundance of color and movement and depth. A party of posies, a riot of richness–with no supervision.
Some would call that a meadow. No known gardener in sight.
So imagine my dismay…
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Resolution -- decision: a firm decision to do something; determination: firmness of mind or purpose; solution: an answer to a problem [definition from Bing Dictionary] Okay, it started out as a joke. Like many (most, all?) people, I always had trouble keeping a New Year’s Resolution. Losing weight, exercising, finishing a project, or whatever – … Continue reading The Only New Year’s Resolution I Ever Kept
Serendipity – A happy accident or surprise not searched for. Have you ever experienced what seemed to be an unfortunate event and found that God worked out the circumstances for good? In September, when I booked my flight home to Seattle, I wanted to go through Dallas to avoid potential problems with winter weather. So … Continue reading Home for the Holidays – The Journey
Javier at Tech found the problem on my computer -- the latest Windows Update I downloaded was incompatible with another program. Fortunately I didn't need that old program. Not only did he solve that problem, but he also cleaned up all the unnecessary garbage - old programs, unused toolbars, etc. I am so glad that … Continue reading Thank God for Geeks!
My computer crashed this weekend! I am trying to get it fixed, but in the meantime I probably won't be able to post very often, if at all, depending on where and when I can borrow a computer. Just wanted to give you all a heads up. Sorry about this. My laptop is pretty old … Continue reading Due to Technical Difficulties . . . .
Yesterday I watched the Army-Navy game and it reminded me of some very old memories. My first Christmas away from my family was in 1979 at Subic Bay, Philippines. After receiving my law degree I joined the Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps, and my first permanent duty station after training was the Naval Legal Service … Continue reading Home for the Holidays – “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”
One of my favorite projects each year is making my own Christmas cards. Often the commercial designs do not express the message I wish to convey. So do-it-yourself works. Last year I did some original art in South American Andean style. This year I photographed a nativity set I purchased in Guatemala. This kind of project would … Continue reading Home for the Holidays – A Labor of Love