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quote o the moment – 99 years of cub misery

March 29, 2008 Leave a comment

I can’t quote the whole thing, so I will just send you over to espn.com page 2 where they put together a season by season guide to the futility that is the Chicago Cubs over the past 99 years since their last World Series win.

 You can read the whole thing here.

From the black cat to Bartman, it’s all there. And it all still hurts.

But this is the year. . .

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five pieces of random goodness in my world

March 21, 2008 Leave a comment

Just some random things that have been greatly enjoyed over the last week or so.

Film – saw Juno tonight. Incredibly good. Every performance was spot on and I especially can;t say enough about Ellen Page and J.K. Simmons. If you haven’t seen it – you should.

DVD – King of California. Another movie with incredible performances. Michael Douglas at his best. Hilarious and at the same time a movie that really has something to say about suburban existence.

Books – Thanks to my trip to Vegas I got to read Into the Wild and Earth Abides last week. I love it when I have time to read and find great stuff with which to fill that time. Earth Abides is another in my way too long string of apocalyptic novels.

TV – While I didn’t send any peanuts to CBS, I am a fan of Jericho. I caught the first season on the internet this summer and while it had some incredibly cheesy moments, something kept me watching. I’m glad I did. With only a handful of episodes to tell it’s story, the show has really tightened up and has great pacing and storytelling this time around. If you haven’t been watching, check out season 1 on DVD and the season’s episodes at cbs.com

Hoop – It’s tourney time and I spent a good part of the day in the big chair watching teams I care nothing about play basketball because that’s what you do  on the first day of the tournament. And I plan to do it for the second day as well.

Ah the joy of simple things.

k and kids – photo of the week

March 12, 2008 Leave a comment

World Neighbors Walk for Women — 3/8/08

top ten nicknames for the immanent okc nba franchise

March 12, 2008 Leave a comment

Now that it looks like the NBA is coming to Oklahoma City, there are a lot of suggestions flying around about potential nicknames for whatever team finds its way to us (*cough* Sonics *cough*). Most people are trying to come up with names that are appropriate to OK and fit with our history or culture. Here are my suggestions for team names that would reflect what teams will experience when they come to play in the heartland.

10. OKC Weathermen (all you will see on TV the whole time you’re here)

9. OKC Roadkill

8. OKC Drive Thrus (in honor of our role as the nation’s fast food leader)

7. OKC Round Bales

6. OKC Billboards (from the moment you land until the moment you leave, they are everywhere)

5. Oklahoma City Evangelicals

4. OKC Wind

3. Oklahoma City Neocons (“W” could be the mascot since he’ll be looking for work after January)

2. OKC Nickel Slots

or we could just go with the reality of basketball in Oklahoma

1. Oklahoma Football Off-Season

I’m sure Bennett and Co. are taking notes.

tell congress to make the poor a priority

March 10, 2008 Leave a comment

In the proposed 2009 budget that is currently being debated in the Senate the international affairs budget is being cut by 2.6 billion dollars. This is money that is used for foreign aid to countries in need. Senators Smith and Feinstein have proposed an amendment to the budget that would restore these funds that are much needed in the battle against poverty and hunger. ONE has put together a petition that will be sent to every senator before the budget comes up for a vote, probably on Thursday. You can add your voice by signing the petition here. The text of the petition reads:

“In the great American tradition of helping others help themselves, we, the undersigned, ask that the U.S. Senate pass the Feinstein-Smith amendment to restore $2.6 billion to the international affairs budget. “

Or even better, take a few minutes and send a letter or email to your senators personally. You can find their contact information here. I sent mine today. Not that I have much faith in my senators to do the right thing, but outside of Oklahoma there may be more hope.

Make noise. If we can do nothing else, we can certainly do that.

happy international women’s day!

March 8, 2008 Leave a comment

Did you know. . .

over 70% of the people in the world living on less than $2 a day are women?

women earn 10% of the world’s income, but in many places contribute over 60% of the work done?

more than half a million women die every year due to pregnancy or childbirth complications?

in many parts off the world, women walk 2 to 4 miles a day to get a jug of water for their families?

Today my family joined World Neighbors in a Walk for Women at UCO. It was a great event to raise money for and awareness about women’s issues across the world. At one point a reporter came up to me and my boys asking why men would come and participate in an event like this. I hadn’t really thought about it being odd until she asked the question. Why wouldn’t we be there? If every life is valuable to God (and it is) and if our role as followers of Jesus is to work for justice and mercy for the “least of these” (and it is), then an event like the walk is really the most logical place for us to be. Even if we aren’t the “right” gender.

Take a minute today and read more about the issues facing women across the world. If you are interested in getting involved, the World Neighbors Work of Women program would love to have you as a member.

To contribute to the work of World Neighbors with women all over the world, you can click here to go to my sponsorship page for the walk today.

quote o’ the moment – Anne Lamott

March 7, 2008 Leave a comment

I think joy and sweetness and affection are a spiritual path. We’re here to know God, to love and serve God, and to be blown away by the beauty and miracle of nature. You just have to get rid of so much baggage to be light enough to dance, to sing, to play. You don’t have time to carry grudges; you don’t have time to cling to the need to be right.

author Anne Lamott, in a recent interview. (Via the Washington Times)

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