Q LA Day One

If only you could see me now. I am sitting, staring, watching my computer screen do nothing. My mind looks like it has turned to mush, but it hasn't. Perhaps a better metaphor would be this: my mind is whirling the multi-colored wheel of overload that you see on your Mac sometimes. In my past experience that wheel of "death" as we call it in our house comes just before a major system shut down. Yes, that's an accurate metaphor.…

Book Review: Dreaming with God by Bill Johnson

Last year I probably read over a hundred books. But I stopped doing something important. I stopped blogging and reviewing them. In the process, I lost the opportunity to share the "voices" God used to shape me last year. So in the spirit of New Year's Resolutions, I'm promising more frequent book reviews! This Book, Dreaming with God by Bill Johnson, inspired me to get creating. Why? Here's the theme that hit me. Satan can't create anything. Only God and…

There’s still shampoo left in the bottle

A year or two ago I bought some amazing organic shampoo from my stylist. It was the same product she used in the salon, and I loved what it did for my hair! So optimistically, I shelled out the price for the lovely product and brought it home. You know this part of the story: I used the shampoo and loved the smells, the feel. I loved the shine in my hair, even though I couldn't quite make my hair…

Random thought process with iPad and Corkulous App

I have spent the better part of two weeks recuperating fromnthe major allergy attack from Chicago. It has actually been a great two weeks reading, praying and yes...playing with my iPad. My goal with the iPad is to lighten my travel load. I have already found that i leave all but one book at home, but can I leave my computer behind? To do that I need to be able to do two things: keep track of my digital/real world…

Do you know what speed you are going?

"This is the problem with living at 150 miles per hour. Life becomes a blur of images. I see it all go by, but I lose the plotline, the narrative, even the dialogue. Really, I lose life." Being honest, I think we can all identify with this quote from Vince Antonucci, especially at this time of year! Even though David and I have made a commitment to participate in the Advent Conspiracy this year, it is still tempting to speed…

Speaking the language of community: Faith and Pop Culture review

Have you ever found yourself in a conversation where you realized the other person did not speak the same language as you? Perhaps it was while traveling overseas, or in South Florida! Or, oddly, it might be while trying to explain Facebook and blogs to your grandmother or parents. There's no communication because the other person doesn't understand even the basics of the words you are using. In order to communicate, there has to be a shared language. This is…

Afraid of the future?

One sign of the interesting times we are living in is the increase in "chatter" out there in the community. Like the increase in friendly speculation on the approach of a hurricane, today people are wanting to discuss the economy, job market, election and the future. For some people the future seems to be a large, scary unknown, and they are looking for reassurance in the face of it. I firmly believe this represents an amazing opportunity for those of…

Why I am looking forward to Halloween this year

For the first time in many years I am planning a Halloween party with excitement and anticipation. I'm searching out fun recipes, hunting for decorations that aren't creepy but aren't cheesy: not an easy combinatino to find. We're creating music playlists and telling kids to bring their guitars or instruments to put a rocking band together (hopefully?). I'm even calling it a Halloween party without too much condemnation. Why the transformation? The financial crisis in the markets. You see, eventually…

Young@Heart chorus: life is good after 80!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3uOOhm8Fj8 I was going to write a post about these amazing people, but some things should just be experienced. What impressed me most was the relationship between the director and the chorus. He has such care shining out of his eyes, and treats them with so much dignity. If you want to explore more check out their website at Young@Heart. This is my entry into Watercooler Wednesdays at Randy Elrod's blog.

ABC and National Stay at Home Week! No, I’m not kidding.

Yes, it is National Stay at Home Week!! I saw the ABC ad while watching TV and laughed, like everyone else, at the cheekiness of declaring National Stay at Home Week during premiere week. On the other hand, I actually liked the idea of having an excuse to stay at home and watch all those premieres (though not necessarily only on ABC...tough break for them!). "Sure times are tough," says the official ABC website for National Stay at Home Week,…

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