Showing posts from January, 2009

Wednesday's Goals

Burn more energy than I consume
Read Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl and Papa's Wife
Pray through and post Job 27 on BBC. Pray for those needs pressing.
Meet with Nourieh for Genesis
Prepare for Sunday's class
Workout with George at club and fix something healthy for dinner
Load of laundry

(I did everything but the load and Papa's Wife, but I did the load on Thursday)

Twas The Month After Christmas

Twas the month after Christmas,
and all through the house,
Nothing would fit me,
not even a blouse.

The cookies I'd nibbled,
the chocolate I'd taste
At the holiday parties
had gone to my waist.

When I got on the scales
there arose such a number!
When I walked to the store
(less a walk than a lumber),

I'd remember the marvellous meals I'd prepared;
The gravies and sauces and beef nicely rared,
The wine and the rum balls, the bread and the cheese
And the way I'd never said, "No thank you, please."
As I dressed myself in my husband's old shirt
And prepared once again to do battle with dirt...
I said to myself, as I only can,
"You can't spend a winter, disguised as a man!"

So, away with the last of the sour cream dip.
Get rid of the fruit cake, every cracker and chip.
Every last bit of food that I like must be banished
Till all the additional ounces have vanished.

I won't have a cookie, not even a lick.
I'll want only to chew on a long…

If They Had Lived to See This Day

"In order to be successful in any kind of undertaking, I think the main thing is for one to grow to the point where he completely forgets himself; that is, to lose himself in a great cause. In proportion as one loses himself in this way, in the same degree does he get the highest happiness out of his work." - Booker T. Washington, Up From Slavery

It is in the Providence of God that I would be reading these books the week prior to the inauguration of the first black president of the United States of America. Could they have even dreamed of this day?

Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington both rose up out of slavery by hard work and industry and better the black man and woman. Their lives were inspiring.

My children and I watched a video from the Biography of America. You can register for free and watch the important video on "Slavery." I wept through most of the 26 minutes.

100 Classic Books You Must Read Before You Die

What Have You Done?

From who got it from other people.

01. Start your own blog — Yes
02. Sleep under the stars — Yes
03. Play in a band — Yes, sang with one, but that is my instrument
04. Visit Hawaii — No
05. Watch a meteor shower — Yes
06. Give more than you can afford to charity — Yes
07. Go to Disneyworld — No
08. Climb a mountain — Yes! Canadian Coastal range in the fog, no view, but life is the journey not the desination!
09. Hold a praying mantis — Yes
10. Sing a solo — Friends think I can sing in their weddings
11. Bungee jump — Nevah!
12. Visit Paris — No
13. Watch a lightning storm at sea — YES, from the coast and airplane
14. Teach yourself an art technique — Yes
15. Adopt a child — No
16. Eat sushi — YES, with Ginny and Lorraine
17. Walk to the top of the Statue of Liberty — No
18. Grow your own vegetables — Yes (mostly George, but we are one)
19. See the Mona Lisa in France — No
20. Sleep on an overnight train — More times than I care to …

Job 9:1-13

Job 9 (Amplified Bible)
Job 9:1-13

1THEN JOB answered and said,
2Yes, I know it is true. But how can mortal man be right before God?
3If one should want to contend with Him, he cannot answer one [of His questions] in a thousand.
4[God] is wise in heart and mighty in strength; who has [ever] hardened himself against Him and prospered or even been safe?
5[God] Who removes the mountains, and they know it not when He overturns them in His anger;
6Who shakes the earth out of its place, and the pillars of it tremble;
7Who commands the sun, and it rises not; Who seals up the stars [from view];
8Who alone stretches out the heavens and treads upon the waves and high places of the sea;
9Who made [the constellations] the Bear, Orion, and the [loose cluster] Pleiades, and the [vast starry] spaces of the south;
10Who does great things past finding out, yes, marvelous things without number.
11Behold, He goes by me, and I see Him not; He passes on also, but I perceive Hi…

2008 Movies and Documentaries

72. It's a Wonderful Life
71. A Muppet Christmas Carol
70. Ballykissangel: Season One
69. Can't Buy Me Love
68. Australia (Epic grandeur)
67. Two Weeks Notice
66. Sergeant York (GREAT!)
65. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
64. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
63. Elf
62. Kennedy (PBS TV Biopic)
61. A Man for All Seasons
60. Saved!
59. High School Musical 3
58. Moliere
57. Foyle's War Final Season
56. Flash of Genius
55. John Adams (Best of the Year!)
54. Stand by Me
53. Ever After (A Great Escape!)
52. Nanny McPhee (ADORABLE!)
51. Your Love Broke Through:Keith Green Story
50. Jaws II (Why?)
49. Nim's Island (on plane)
48. Leatherheads (on plane)
47. Hancock (Mindless Sci Fi Will Smith)
46. Mama Mia (Brosnan cannot sing)
45. The Cherry Orchard (Dench is amazing)
44. The Importance of Being Earnest (Redgrave ROCKS!)
43. A Doll's House (Bloom and Hopkins)
42. Mystic River (edited AMC version)
41. Picture Perfect (edited TV version)
40. Hamlet (Kevin Kline…

2008 Books

84. A Christmas Carol
83. The Jesse Tree
82. Jotham's Journey
81. Voltaire and Rousseau by Charles Sherover
80. Giovanni's Light
79. Ten Powerful Phrases for Positive People
78. The Star Across the Tracks
77. Nature by Emerson
76. The New Nation by Joy Hakim
75. The Importance of Being Earnest by Wilde
74. The Fourth Wise Man by Summers
73. The Story of the Other Wise Man by Van Dyke
72. Esther! Year One Done
71. What Ever Happened to the American Dream?
70. Nehemiah
69. Ezra
68. Self-Reliance by Emerson
67. 2 Kings
66. From Colonies to Country by Hakim
65. The Social Contract by Rousseau
64. Meditations by Descartes
63. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
62. A Man for All Seasons by Bolt
61. Utopia by Sir Thomas More
60. True End of Civil Government by John Locke
59. The Road
58. Personal Narrative of Jonathan Edwards
57. Paradise Lost by John Milton
56. 1 Kings
55. Common Sense by Thomas Paine
54. Permission Evangelism
53. Narrative of the Capti…

Quiet Time Notes from Day of Prayer and January 1 & 2

Day of Prayer

You have given me "rest on all sides" (2 Chronicles 20:30). Yahoo! I love the "culture of peace" I am in!

You act on behalf of the one who waits for You (Isaiah 64:4).

Yet those who wait for the LORD
Will gain new strength
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired
They will walk and not become weary (Isaiah 40:31).

Pray for the "welfare of the city" of Corvallis (Jeremiah 29:7)

These are all books I will be in this year for the Bible Book Club. Interesting.

January 2

You must increase,
I must decrease (John 3:30).

"Satan dines on what we withhold from God." Francis Frangipane, The Three Battlefields

2008 Slideshow

I spent most of the day working on the BBC 2009 schedule and adding the last photos to my Carol365 blog and my Flickr 365 2008 photo set. So, I am adding it here.