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Oct. 22nd, 2012 | 02:56 pm

Careless words to friends
might get me killed and then some
but might be worth it

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Is it a bad thing in a marriage when...?

Jul. 12th, 2012 | 11:07 am

...I am being thrown off by how pleasant Glenda has been lately? I guess there is less stress generally - last month was pretty terrible - and she got a week away from the kids (and me). I think, surgery aside, it was the lack of the stress associated with my son that is the truly telling bit. We love him but he is SUCH a pain in the ass. Anyway - the current situation is nice because it is out of the ordinary and not nice because it should be ordinary.

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Back from Kentucky

Jul. 10th, 2012 | 09:09 am

We (meaning Madeline, Ethan and I) drove 11 hours to KY to spend the 4th with my Mom and Dad. Glenda stayed home in order to look after the house (we didn't have power)and to make up hours from her surgery. She is also banking vacation so she can go to Alaska with her Dad in August. My sister also took off the week to visit as well and we all spent a relatively relaxing few days together. I say relatively because we spent a good part of our visit driving from one place to another. We attended 2 family reunions - one in Tennessee (another 7 hours) - and in Rockport Indiana (another 6 hours total). There were no fireworks this year - because of the heat (110 degrees on Thursday) and drought conditions in many of the counties. I did get to catch up with my sister over a couple of beers (the county is no longer 'dry') and took in a couple of movies with her and the kids (Brave and SpiderMan). Ethan and I then drove back to VA. We left Madeline in KY for a week to attend a horse riding camp. As always, I imagine that this will be the last time I see some of my grand mother(s), Uncles and Aunts - but they keep hanging on (I have 5 relatives - including 2 grandmothers) in their mid 90's now. Yeeeks.

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Jun. 29th, 2012 | 10:26 am


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Control Freak

Jun. 29th, 2012 | 09:19 am

It was recently pointed out to me that I am a control freak - or perhaps more charitably, someone with unrealistic expectations for myself and others. This was a bit of a surprise to me because so much of my day to day life is rather chaotic - I am a bit ADD (perhaps a lot) so I tend to have the most success at tasks if I do a number of them in bits and pieces throughout the day with lots of time built in for 'other things.' I have to concede the basic point though - by trying to set limits or goals for everyone and everything around me - I am trying to exert some control and be 'safe.' Though its not my experience now - in my 30's and 40's, my early childhood taught me (as a weird little boy often at odds with others) that people are the primary source of pain in my life. I wonder now if my (continuing) fascination with caves, hidden passageways, tanks, armor and castles isn't just me checking out my protection strategies :>

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Well, maybe there is a God

Jun. 28th, 2012 | 12:30 pm

So, the health care law stands - and offers hope for folks with per-existing conditions (like 50% of my immediate family). There may be a sinister side to this, however. I read an article that holds that this is actually a meta-strategy of the conservatives - because it will greatly increase the powers of the Congress to mandate other areas of our lives. Interesting.

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Breaking the chain

Jun. 28th, 2012 | 08:56 am

I am thinking about going vegetarian again for a while. Aside from the health benefits, it just seems that there is so much waste associated with meat consumption - from the environmental toll to the fact that we seldom finish anything in our fridge. I really really like meat - especially the occasional steak. Ethan actually requires protein throughout the day or he gets ill. Glenda is going to be away a lot this summer - leaving me to my own devices as far as food preparation. If I can just summon the discipline to eat some salad for lunch - I will probably be able to cut my meat consumption by half. I guess we will see - especially with the barbeque season in full swing.

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Living with the absence of God

Jun. 26th, 2012 | 10:19 am

A few weeks ago, I finally decided to give in to my childhood doubts about the existence of a deity that can be interacted with in any meaningful manner. The information I am exposed to at work as well as my personal experiences with my families' health issues (among other things) leaves me no alternative but to concede that if there is a creator of all things, it does not concern itself with the day to day travails of the individual. I would not consider myself an atheist though - as I cannot disprove the existence of God anymore than I can prove it. I have to say, despite some very good personal experiences, that I no longer argue that religion does far more good than ill, either. Current trends within and without the U.S. seem to argue against this. In any case - the main affect of my spiritual collapse (or perhaps enlightenment)is the loss of the conciliation (or fear)of an afterlife. Perhaps I will be a better, if not happier, person for it. I would like to think there may be something beyond the physical world - and I believe that this yearning for "more" has inspired many good things within people - but I doubt that it is anything that can be defined or understood. I guess I live in hope but not in faith.

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You might be an Episcopalian if...

Jul. 22nd, 2009 | 08:19 am

Reposting this from my sister-in-laws facebook page. Dead-on accurate

. . . when you watch Star Wars and they say "May the force be with you",
you automatically reply "And also with you".

. . .if you think that the Bible is a holy book because it quotes the
Book of Common Prayer so well.

. . .if the only good reason to raise your hand during a hymn is to
question the organist's re-harmonization.

. . . if hearing people pray in the language of "jesuswejus" makes you
want to scream.

. . . if you might be an Episcopalian if words like: "vouchsafe",
"oblation", "supplications", "succor", "bewail", "wherefore", "dost" and
"very" (in its archaic sense) are familiar to you even if you don't have
a clue that they mean.


. . . if you can rattle off such tongue twisters like: ". . . who made
there by his one oblation of himself once offered a full and perfect
sacrifice, oblation and satisfaction for the sins of the world" and
"Wherefore, O, Lord and Heavenly Father, we thy people, do celebrate and
make here, with these gifts which we offer unto thee, the memorial thy
Son hath commanded us to make . . ." without missing a beat.


. . . if you can pronounce "innumerable benefits procured unto us by the

. . . if while looking for a can opener in the church kitchen, all you
can find are four corkscrews.

. . . if while watching the movie "The Madness of King George" you're
able to recite with the King, when he undergoes "surgery," the Collect
for Purity.

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Jul. 1st, 2009 | 04:06 pm

Job going well. Glenda doing well. Son doing well. Daughter doing well. There are, in fact, no major problems for me at all. VERY supicious.

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