Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
Peace to you all and hope your summer is going well.
Friday, July 27, 2007
Last year they were somewhat spread out, but this year they are all almost right on top of each other. I was going to save my sermon for this week and realized that I couldn't save it as pentecost 9 because there was already one there. When I checked what else was pentecost 9, I came face to face with the last sermon I gave to my former congregation.
A year has already passed.
There is a line from the song What About Me by a one-hit wonder band called Moving Pictures which kind of sums up what I am feeling:
Maybe I expected too much from my leaving. Maybe I expected change that will never come. Maybe I expected affirmation that will never come. Maybe I expected justice from an unjust system.
And now I'm standing on the corner, all the world's gone home
Nobody's changed, nobody's been saved
And I'm feeling cold and alone
I guess I'm lucky, I smile a lot
But sometimes I wish for more than I've got...
The sermon for this Sunday is about prayer, especially the Lord's Prayer. And I will be standing in front of a group of people telling them how they need to be patient and wait on God. That God will give them what they need when they need it.
Preacher, preach to thyself!
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
But it was fun. We went to Big Boy again, like last year. We didn't get yelled at by the people telling us that Jesus has a bank account, though.
Ok, I got flipped off by someone coming out of a driveway. Now, why would you want to flip someone off who now knows where you live and you have no idea where that person lives? I have been tempted to place a note on the person's car saying, "So you flipped me off? I know where you live, do you know where I live?" A little panic never hurt anyone. :-)
The second situation was when Nick got flipped off by a person driving a car with a business advertised on the side. What a great form of advertising! If we would have been on top of it, we would have taken the number and called.
If you are going to flip someone off, make sure you cannot be tracked.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
As if to reinforce the lesson, three fledgling blue jays have come to my pond. They surprised me because the first landed on a chair not more than three feet from where I was sitting. Then they proceeded to fly around, sometimes flying under the patio umbrella! It was as if they didn't know that people were something to be afraid of.
They were also landing on the rocks of the pond and drinking from the waterfalls.
I have never seen a fledgling blue jay, let alone one that close!
I guess it was time to stop being busy and notice what is important!
Thursday, July 19, 2007
I am sorry to say, I think all of the "special" fish are gone. You may remember that I had some fantail comets in the pond and two koi. Well, one of the fantails ended belly-up in the pond. Then the other one did not come out when I threw food in the pond. Now the coy are not coming out for lunch. I think they may have become lunch themselves. Tis a sad day in pond land.
This Just In! I have seen the two koi! They are alive!!
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
You're dreamy and absent-minded, though you often show startling intelligence. Sometimes you're Luna Lovegood, Harry's spacy acquaintance; at your best, you're Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore, far more serious-minded than your behavior might imply.
Who are you? Check it out here!
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Well, Nick and I are back in Michigan! And I am happy to say that everything went well. Not that I was expecting my parents to be all weird or anything. I mean, I probably had one of the easiest times coming out of anyone I know.
I drug Nick around to all the things I love to do when I am home. Well, actually, not all the things, some of things there just was not enough time for.
We got into town and one of the first things I did was take Nick on Rush St. Rush St. is appropriately named: You drive down one hill and then up another. As you crest the hill, all that you see is the bluffs of the Illinois side of the Mississippi which are over a mile away. You are also about 200 feet above the river below. It is kind of freaky and you want to make sure you have good brakes!
We also checked out the city from the Fenlon Street Elevator. The elevator is a cable car system that lifts you 187 feet up the bluffs at an 87 degree angle. It is fun. Also a bit scary considering the elevator is about 120 years old.
The next day, Nick and I went to The Field of Dreams. It still amazes me that the movie has been out for over 18 years and there still was a crowd of people there. I guess it was true; it was built and they are still coming!
W went to U.S. Grant's Home in Galena, IL afterward and went shopping in Galena. Galena is a great little town in Illinois. It was the town of Chisholm, MN in the movie Field of Dreams. For those who are familiar with Michigan, it is kind of like Saugatuck but not quite as gay friendly.
This picture was actually one that was owned by U.S. Grant. I thought it was wild that it depicted children smoking. We debated exactly what it was the children were smoking! In many ways, Victorian sensibilities were much different than today! A painting like this would not be tolerated today.
Various family members just happened to "drop by" to see me (and to check out Nick!). But everyone was very nice. All in all, it was a good trip! Not enough time, but is there ever enough time?
On Sunday, we went to the Dickeyville Grotto. This is something that is probably not worth a trip in its own right, but a "Don't Miss!" if you are in the area. It was built by one priest (who must have been VERY bored!) many moons ago. It is impressive, but mighty cheesy.
Oh! Mom and Dad loved the frog!
Friday, July 13, 2007
Well, Nick and I are off to Iowa. We are taking Mom and Dad's Christmas present to them and it is the first chance for Nick to get to meet my parents.
It should be interesting since I have only been out to them for a year. And since I really didn't "date" women, this is really the first "significant other" of mine they will meet.
On the way to Iowa, we are going to stop at the home of some friends of Nick. I have "met" these folks on-line, it will be nice to actually "meet" them. We are also planning on going to President Grant's home and to the Field of Dreams. And of course, there is also the thousands of places that I love from my childhood. We don't have enough time to do it all, but we will have some fun! I am looking forward to it. And I know Nick is ready for a vacation.
I will post more when we get back!
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
The cheapest place I could find generic Welbutrin was Walgreens and that was at $100 for a month. The pharmacist is waiting to see if we may be able to move from Welbutrin to Celexa because Celexa is so much cheaper.
This is probably something that drives Ur-Spo nuts! And I really didn't want to do it but the cost is unreal.
I guess what makes this whole thing so much more upsetting is having just seen Sicko. In it, Moore discusses how countries that have socialized medicine not only have a longer life expectancy, but they also have no medical costs. Wow, no medical costs. No need to worry about going to a doctor. I may actually be able to get some things looked at that I have been putting off.
Oh well, life goes on, huh?
Saturday, July 07, 2007
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Monday, July 02, 2007
Sunday, July 01, 2007
Two of the speakers at the capital were very interesting. The first was a MtoF transsexual who was fired from her position at a local university when she started her transition process. The other speaker was her wife of over 30 years. This courageous woman decided to stay with the person she loved even if it meant that her husband was about to become her wife.
Of course we had all kinds of people telling us we were damned to Hell. Nick and I wanted to stage a scene where we would hear the protesters, have a violent break-up and grab the nearest woman, throw her to the ground and proceed (to a point!) to get jiggy with her! But alas, we didn't do it.
There was a church there that was protesting the protesters! Sometimes I am not as ashamed to be called a Christian.