Some items of interest…..

First a blog I looked at whilst having my coffee time this morning | Thought Catalog

And three books I noticed whilst lurking around Barnes & Noble yesterday…..

It’s coffee time….

A hot summer day at a family outing in the park. The kids was playing in the creek. I noticed the current pulling Leah down stream. I yelled “Leah!” and springing into action I took a flying leap into the creek where I was met with the cold reality of a hardwood floor. Ouch ! I’m not at the park watching the kids playing in the creek. Rather, I am flat out on the floor beside my bed. So now I have a bruise but I’m right pleased that Leah is OK. Happening now ! It’s coffee time !

weekend update….

A mixed bag this weekend was. We were able to get two long bike rides in which wear me out. But that’s a good thing as it means I am getting a good workout.

I was able to get some work done for the office too…

On a not so good note, the neighbor’s Pit Bull followed Doreen into the house and ran over and bit the Rotweiler we are watching on the leg. Doesn’t seem to be a serious injury though. I’m hoping  the owners of the Rotti are not too upset….

Image I decided to read this book to learn more about the Gays in the church issue. I had already changed my views from non-affirming to affirming based on my own thinking and reading personal stories of Gay Christians but I wanted to learn more about the subject.

This book is about a conservative Gay Christian and how he learned to accept himself as both Gay and Christian. Being a conservative Christian he offers detailed arguments from scripture to support his views that Gay marriage and Christian Faith are compatible.

I gave the book 3-stars because for me the detailed arguing from scripture sometimes grew tedious. But it was a useful exercise to show that the Bible is not always as “cut and dried” as some people think it is…

BASIC on the Web…

Back in the day (80’s & 90’s) every computer came with the BASIC programming language. Nothing like what we have today but I had fun with it. I just found this on the web so anyone with a nostalgia for BASIC can play with it again.  So if you can’t waste enough time surfing the web or checking Facebook, here is something else…

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This morning I stayed focused for a couple hours and finished a transcription. Then I let down my guard and spent most of the day sleazing around IRC. I need to do better….

Taking Up Serpents

I’m visiting my daughter and parents for Christmas. I’m at my daughter’s house now and just finished watching a youTube video about snake handling churches. (I know it’s an odd thing to do on Christmas Eve, but anyway)  It’s pretty amazing to see. I know people can do a lot of things through faith or intense mental concentration but it is still pretty astonishing. What really gets my attention though is the snakes. Why do these snakes not bite these people ? Sure it happens but usually it doesn’t. Makes me wonder, what’s up with these snakes ?

Article on Wikipedia about Snake Handling

No, thanks: stop saying “support the troops” http://goo.gl/921EPw

The title of the article grabs your attention, downright shocking actually. But that is good; get through the shock and read the article. Brings up many points worthy of serious thought and consideration…..

I haven’t really followed the Bradley Manning case closely; but I will weigh in with my opinion anyway. I think they should just let him go free.  It seems to me that our government and military are not above reproach, far from it. It is my understanding that he revealed numerous instances of the government and military doing things they ought not to have been doing; therefore he should be set free. The military seems to be a hotbed of sexual misconduct; until they get that cleaned up they have no business going after people like Bradley Manning.  Furthermore, he was mistreated while in the brig; therefore he should be set free. So there you have it, my thoughts on the Bradley Manning affair…..

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