Saturday, April 09, 2005

Not having the interest in the wedding of Charles and Camilla that the British do, all I can say is 2 things. He should have married her to begin with. This was the woman he obviously loved from the start.

And 2nd, it seems the popular headwear for women in England these days has to do with large bits of twig, ribbon, and wheat stalks.

Very strange.

Anyway, may Charles finally find his wedded bliss and God bless them both.

Friday, April 08, 2005

"HONG KONG (Reuters) - A Hong Kong hiker washed her face in a freshwater stream, not noticing that leech had wormed its way into one of her nostrils, according to the Hong Kong Medical Journal.

Unaware she was playing host to the creature, the 55-year-old woman only consulted a doctor when her nose started bleeding intermittently about two weeks later.

The unusual case occurred in 2003 but doctors highlighted it in this month's edition of the journal, where they discussed how to remove live leeches from human nasal passages using anesthesia.

The first doctor the woman saw could not find anything wrong and it was only when she visited a second doctor that he saw the five-centimeter (two-inch) leech peeking out of her left nostril."

What can I say but EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?

Thursday, April 07, 2005

I thought I might share my own personal picture of the Pope taken a 2 years ago at the Vatican in Rome. I know it sounds crazy when people say it was so exciting to just see this man, but it really was. It is hard to explain. At this particular time he was speaking well and making everyone laugh, although we couldn't understand a word since it was in Italian! I feel blessed to have gotten to see him before he died. I have no doubt that he now rests in the arms of our Savior.  Posted by Hello

"Tenn. considers punishing cheating spouses"

NASHVILLE, TN, Apr. 7 (UPI) -- A bill before the Tennessee state legislature would punish cheating or violent spouses in divorce.
Under the measure, spouses who can prove abandonment, adultery or abuse can collect damages, the Nashville Tennessean reports.
''If you want to cheat on your wife -- fine, divorce her first,'' said Rep. Chris Clem, a Republican lawyer and sponsor of the bill. ''But if you do it while you're still married to her, you're going to have to pay."

I really really like this idea. via

The only thing funnier than this democrat satire on becoming a Republican is that they honestly believe this stuff. *shakes head*
via Biomes Blog

UPDATE: I have to say that the comments left here saying that that bit of satire is basically true make me sick and shows why we will never be able to bridge the divide between the liberals and the conservatives. As long as liberals believe this crap that is totally untrue, then nothing will change.

Ummm...guess the $200 fine isn't much to worry about, now is it? via The Biomes Blog Posted by Hello

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

The best article on Pope John Paul II I have read so far and it was written, not by a Catholic, but a Jew. Read it.

Here is a idea I would never have thought of. Live-action hunting - done over the Internet. Not a video game, but actual hunting. Under the system, a person can control a camera and a firearm, shooting at real targets in real time, from a computer anywhere. For an additional fee, the meat or head can be shipped to the hunter.

The first paid hunt is scheduled to occur on April 9 on a ranch outside San Antonio.

The developer John Lockwood says "the idea evolved out of knowing and working with disabled hunters as a young man. The first person to sign up to hunt through his website is Dale Hagberg, a paraplegic from Ligonier, Ind. Mr. Hagberg says he broke his neck in an accident almost 18 years ago and has only been able to watch hunting on TV."

Naturally, many are against this. You may even be surprised to learn the NRA isn't too hot on the idea either.

Read the rest.

I have an awful cold. I never get sick so this is killing me. Sorry guys!

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

I'm finally back home. I don't know if you have heard or not, but the Pope passed away.....;-)

I don't mean to make light of it, but I can't get over the 24/7 coverage of this. There is no doubt that Pope John Paul changed the world and brought the gospel to many. He was a holy and charismatic man and he lead this Church with deep conviction and morality. I was amazed to listen to so many media personalities gush over him, saying that when they met him they felt they were in the presence of holiness. You would think that if one felt they were in the presence of holiness they might listen to him a bit more.

I understand it is a big story, but showing graphics of where the smoke stack is that shows the white smoke when they have selected a Pope was amusing to me.

I will miss this wonderful Pope, but I am glad that he is no longer suffering.

My new little niece is a doll. It is much less stressful to take care of a newborn than a teenage girl, I can tell you that.

My brother is a lawyer and loves to play devil's advocate with me. Don't ever argue with a lawyer. We tried discussing the Schiavo case and I ended up having to find and print Judge Greer's first decision and then the 11th circuit court of appeals last decision. My brother didn't believe that Congress had issued a subpoena that Judge Greer ignored, so I had to find that too. We did find some interesting things but I think everyone is worn out on that case.

When my mom and I were walking into the airport I saw some soldiers who had just returned. The first one walked by and I said, "Sir, thank you for your service to our country." He smiled and said, "Thank you." I heard my mom, who is tad more reserved than I am, say under her breath, "oh my gosh." There were 3 or 4 more soldiers coming toward us and my my mom hung back. I guess I was embarrassing But I just feel that we need to show our appreciation for all the soldiers do for us.

I told you something awful had happened while I was there with my SIL. A distant relative that I had not seen in years, killed herself Tuesday. She was 44 years old with a husband and two sons, 18 and 12 yrs old.

About a year ago, she disappeared for a week. They found her at mental facility she had checked herself into on the coast. Mental illness is such a difficult thing. I'm not sure if she was dealing with just depression or a more severe illness, but she just walked out in her back yard and shot herself in the head. She had left a note that her organs be donated.

There is a country music song titled, "How Do You Get That Lonely?" The chorus goes like this:

"How do you get that lonely?
How do you hurt so bad?
To make the call
that having no life at all
is better than one that you have."

When we were 17, her and I spent a weekend on the coast just having fun. I remember what a vibrant happy person she was then. What happens to cause this? Where does it all go wrong? I just can't imagine the pain. A pain so great that we forget those we leave behind and all that they will have to deal with.

So if you have time today say a prayer for her family. And take a moment to think about all the wonderful things in your own life. Nothing will ever be perfect, that is for sure. But still, life has so much to give us. And we have so much to give.