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Friday, August 3rd, 2007
9:21 pm
Four online tests

Four tests for the "hardcore" online test takers, thanks to anastasis. It's too hot for anything else. "Medical Emergency" test, "Are you truly erudite" test, and "Are you Academically Hardcore?" and "do you understand the stuff around you?"Read more...Collapse )
7:57 pm
Later Than You Think

I was sent this link from "Poodwaddle.com". A world clock of sorts with facts changing allegedly in real time. Touted as a good example of "Flash " software which means little to me, but if it's real stats it's a little scary. You can click on changing stats for the year, the month, the week, or the day, or most scary...here and now, second by second. I tried to make the clock pop-up in my entry but I'm not knowledgeable enough to make it happen but it is worth a look and is at least thought provoking. The Cardiovascular stats are quite impressive. Try it.

World Clock...Later than you think.
Thursday, August 2nd, 2007
3:04 am
Tommy Makem

The Irish folk singer Tommy Makem died on August 1, 2007. Probably not known to many people these days he was part of the folk group "The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem." Growing up in my Irish Catholic neighborhood we spent many hours listening to their songs of Irish rebellion and drinking. Maybe his best known song was "Four Green Fields" a song interpreted as a parable of the British colonization of Ireland and the current status of Northern Ireland, talking about the counties under British rule as four green fields. Read more...Collapse )
Wednesday, August 1st, 2007
12:19 am
Poll #1031378 Snooze Alarm

Snooze Alarm.....Yes or No?

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007
7:47 am
OK....NOW I'm leaving.
7:16 am
See...it's now 7:16 and I haven't left yet.
I'll end up late for work after all.

Why haven't I left? Couldn't find one of my cats..."Midnight."

Screamed and yelled and "psst, pssst" for ten minutes and finally he comes.
The cat was proably deep in sleep and dreaming of unlimited supplies of cat-nip until awakened by a late-for-work lunatic.

By the way...when I was a kid, my parents would not let us give cat-nip to cats becuase they said it was cruel. I don't think it is but I still don't give it to them much. I wonder if there is truth to it.

I don't hear any paving trucks yet.
6:57 am
notice from township
Township notice

"we are paving the roads in your section.
all vehichles must be off the street between 7am and 5pm
from 7/17/07 to 7/31/07 or they will be towed at owner's expense."

Body is in a state of shock leaving for work this early.
It's just easier to leave than try and drive through the paving.
It's only an hour difference, but wow, shock.

At least I'll be on time for work which hardly ever happens :)
Sunday, July 15th, 2007
2:59 am
ostrobramskaya icon

Can not sleep. Bought a new Icon today. "Ostrobramska" icon.
The woman who sold the icon said it shoudl be put on the front door to keep people away that you do not want. Seems like an unfair use of an icon but I liked the whole story that went with it.

"Legend has it that this icon or image was brought to Vilnius (Wilno, Vilna) after a battle in the Crimea by Olgierd (Algirdas),the Grand Duke of Lithuania, as a present for his wife who was an Eastern Orthodox Christian. Read more...Collapse )
2:41 am
Mr Picassohead

Why should ambermae have all the fun.

Here is mine.
Monday, July 9th, 2007
7:25 am
The work begins---what it means

I received a link to a blog from a Fr. Stephen from ambermae that had so many ideas applicable to me. This paragraph reminds me there are no shortcuts in Orthodoxy.

We come, day in and day out, to the hard lesson of obedience to God’s commandments. We confess our sins. We receive absolution. We receive the Body and Blood of God. We are taught to pray without ceasing (though this is rarely acheived). We fast regularly. We read the Scriptures. We read the lives of the saints. And we ground ourselves in theology that wasn’t necessarily written yesterday. There is not a “latest revelation” to be had - there is Christ. He is the revelation of the Father. The rest is frequently something else - but not from God.
Friday, July 6th, 2007
7:28 am
Tongue tied.

I'm still trying to sort out the Chrismation and what happened about a third of the way in....that feeling of peace that I am absolutely incapable of describing.
Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007
7:27 am

Sunday July 1st.

"Of Thy Mystical Supper, O Son of God, accept me today as a communicant. For I will not speak of Thy Mystery to Thine enemies, neither like Judas will I give Thee a kiss; but like the thief will I confess Thee: "Remember me, O Lord, in Thy Kingdom." May the communion of Thy Holy Mysteries be neither to my judgment, nor to my condemnation, 0 Lord, but to the healing of soul and body."
Monday, July 2nd, 2007
11:49 pm
Now the real work begins.

Saturday, June 30th.
Still looking for words.
Maybe later.

Indescribable peace.
Friday, June 29th, 2007
9:10 pm
July 4th~~~five days early

I was wondering when the first moron would throw the first fire-cracker for July 4th. At 9:11 pm I heard it. No matter that July 4th is five days away. I'm not quite the "scrooge" though, I do understand the spirit; but why a week early? And it drives the poor cats crazy.

And for a totally random thought....a friend always says it isn't right to call someone a "scrooge" when they act like, well, "Scrooge", because at the end of the story is this: "And it was always said of him that he knew how to keep Christmas well if any man alive possessed the knowledge."

So I for one, would like to see Scrooge's reputation rehabilitated.
Wednesday, June 27th, 2007
3:20 am
Much ado---

Fr. Victor called to ask me if my current job deadline would interfere with Chrismation and I was going to say yes just to avoid the whole thing but I told him no, it was still on. He asked if I had a sponsor and I said the person I asked declined after giving me a healthy dose of judgment. So I said seeing as I didn't need one I would just as soon skip the sponsor part, since he said it wasn't necessary. OK yeah, well...he said, "No, I think you should have a sponsor." Ok....I know what I heard the other day....I said, "I thought you said I didn't need one?" He said, "Well...technically maybe not but I think you should have one, if only to have a witness. Doesn't need to be a lifelong relationship but I want you to have one." I've had many conversations with him and I know when a little persuasion will move him from his position and when he will not budge. I could tell by his voice that I was going to have a sponsor. So all that debate on orthodoxy was really for nothing.

3:20 am....one more night like this and the deadline is in; in time for Great Vespers Thursday night for Sts. Peter and Paul.
Sunday, June 24th, 2007
11:58 am
Recipe Links

I suppose with a week left in the Apostle's fast I'm beginning to get a little restless, so I thought I'd post some links to recipes. Some of these sites have gorgeous photographs as well as recipes. I can't remember whose sites I collected them from or whose journals so I didn't site where I first found the link. In fact, some of these links may be from LJ people so I apologize if these are repeats.

Food That Nourishes


More Greek


Lex Culinara (Slick and professional)

Eat Air-A vegan Food Blog

The Fresh Loaf (bread). Here's the link from that site directly to the Pita recipe

Indian (Mahanandi
Cooking with Consciousness ~ Recipes from India and the World)

Pirosmani (a Georgian restaurant). That's a restaurant review blog of interest to lj folks around Philadelphia and South Jersey. Pirosmani was a Georgian painter and I believe the restaurant has some of his original works.

And to figure out the damages when you're done all the eating there's Nutrition Data.

The strange thing is, I don't cook. But I have a few cookbooks and some web links, go figure. No excuse really, just a pain cooking for one and eating leftovers ad infinitum.
Saturday, June 23rd, 2007
10:38 am

I don't know where I heard it, if it was someone famous who said it or just an old saying whose roots are buried, but the idea of "work expanding to fill the allotted time" seems true. It is even spilling over into un-allotted time at my full and part-time jobs and the deadline to report information to the state is June 30th. So this upcoming week will be a hell week with 14 hour days. Starting yesterday and all week, Sunday included. So I'll miss Vespers today and probably liturgy tomorrow and in a worse case scenario an important event on next Saturday. That will not go over well. But seeing how things are going it might be for the best in the very short term.

I have made a mess of things.

But I found out, I have good friends.
Wednesday, June 20th, 2007
1:37 pm
Making a fist

I found some poems by Naomi Shihab Nye.
Currently drained and fed up, so poetry helps.

"How do you know if you are going to die?"
I begged my mother.
We had been traveling for days.
With strange confidence she answered,
"When you can no longer make a fist." read the whole poemCollapse )
Monday, June 11th, 2007
10:50 pm
Genesis 24:63-67~~~a favorite passage

(Every now and then this passage comes to my mind for no reason that I can think of. I just like it.)

And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming.

And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel.

For she had said unto the servant, What man is this that walketh in the field to meet us? And the servant had said, It is my master: therefore she took a vail, and covered herself.

And the servant told Isaac all things that he had done.

And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her...
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Wednesday, June 6th, 2007
7:19 am
Odds and ends ~~~ grabbing my chance to update.

I wrote an angry email to lj yesterday complaining about the inability to post or comment and they said there was nothing they could do on an individual basis and other "techno-geek" babble. But today, it seems to be working. So......I'm updating with nothing much to say, just becuase it's working. I went to my nephew James' house and I noticed an Icon on a counter in the kitchen. Read more...Collapse )
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