Wednesday, April 16, 2014

unanswered prayers

Today I am grateful for silly conversations with my Dad and the knowledge I would have missed the one we had last night if I had been on that boat.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

escapism




He serenades me with his ukelele.



Today I am grateful for the ability to dream on a cold morning.






Sunday, April 13, 2014

drive



Today I am grateful for a Sunday afternoon drive.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014

possibilities




At the end of the best day possible you realized you forgot what  you had been working for because you were working so hard to get the next thing done. In the last hours of ohmygosh the show is tonight you did your best to make everything as perfect as possible, but, as usual, there was self doubt. There was the forgotten, the concessions you made in the hope you would know better next time.

Maybe you would.

Maybe not.
Because at the end of the best day possible you were reminded of what you had been working for because you saw the smiles. You witnessed the pride of a person who may never catch the winning touchdown pass or be crowned the winner of the next beauty pageant, but, by your account, the feeling looked just the same.


At the end of the best day possible you sat exhausted on a couch and watched as a young man pulled out his guitar. A wind blew through the shop. The music began and he and his Mama sang a song.

At the end of the best day possible your muscles ached but not near as much as they would burn the next morning when you woke to remember all those best possible moments.

And you think, that was yesterday.
Just imagine what today could bring.
Even better than that. The possibilities of tomorrow.


Today I am grateful to be a part of this best possible community.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

the lab


lab partner is unimpressed by antics

I am obviously still testing for the exception to the rule we become who or what we are fighting.
Be assured, all results are consistent with the initial experiment years ago.


Today I am grateful for the reminder I am not here to tell you what to do.






Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Russia's Got Talent





Last night:
It is a beautiful show. Dr. Olga Lutsenko is soft spoken and kind and I just want to hug those little Russian children who created the works above. If you're interested, the show will run on the second floor of the Meridian Museum of Art until mid July. Kate Cherry, the director the museum, teared up when she tried to convey what this series means to her.


Thoughts:
The wheat from the chaff. 
I get to decide. 
You get to decide. 
Free will is a beautiful right.


Research notes:

Dr. Olga Lutsenko

"The Russian Minister of Education asked Dr Olga Lutsenko, a leading educational official with the Academy of Educational Sciences in the USSR to develop a program for teaching morality in Russian Schools. In her research, she began reading the Bible and was spiritually transformed. She has developed the program of teaching values based upon the Bible throughout Russia and the Ukraine. Over 25,000 teachers have been trained in her methods. Her teaching organization is called the Global Kindness Foundation.” 

The Kindness Foundation

"The Kindness Foundation is classified as a non-partisan, non-sectarian Christian education society.Teaching Biblical morals and values in Public Education in Russia brought a strengthening of the culture through the re-emergence of traditional Biblical principles when it was adopted in 1993. Using the model which Kindness helped develop and implement in Russia, a few years ago, Kindness began focusing this strategy in Ukraine through a signed agreement with the Ukrainian Ministry of Education to provide Bibles, Biblical lesson plans, teacher training and resources directly to their Public School System and is now promoting this effort to all countries."
Source

Putin, Buchanan
Oh look, politics and egos and control and using God to debase another human being or a whole nation of them and haven't we seen that before. Not going to source this. You should have no problem finding their political rhetoric if you would like.


American History

The men who fought the Revolution may have thanked Providence and attended church regularly—or not. But they also fought a war against a country in which the head of state was the head of the church. Knowing well the history of religious warfare that led to America’s settlement, they clearly understood both the dangers of that system and of sectarian conflict. Source


Further Reading (not mandatory, of course)
The Bible (oddly a free digital book to internet subscribers in the United States of America)
John Shelby Spong's Living in Sin
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer



Today I am especially grateful for the thoughtful men who founded this country.