Monday, March 12, 2007

Greatest Music Fest EVER!

If I could put together a Christian Music Festival, this is who I would invite. Top 10 only...otherwise, this could get lengthy (not in any particular order). Oh, and I'd call it Resurrection.

1. Audio Adrenaline
2. DC Talk
3. Jars of Clay
4. Point of Grace
5. Twila Paris
6. Casting Crowns
7. Mercy Me
8. Third Day
9. Steven Curtis Chapman
10. Amy Grant

What a spiritual experience that would be! Every time I listen to one of these groups, I'm shouting and dancing in my car, praising Jesus. They just lift me up. If only...

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Child-like realization

A recent conversation had with one of my friends in pharmacy school:

Friend: I went to see Babel last night.

Me: Yea, what was it about?

Friend: Oh! It was really cool, my boyfriend was explaining to me about how it was this mythology about these people who were building this huge tower to heaven and how the "gods" didn't want them to so he confused their languages so they couldn't talk.

Me: That's not a mythology! That's in the Bible, it happened. God said it did.

Everytime I think about this conversation I laugh at myself. "It happened, God said it did"
Oh, I think sometimes we forget not everybody grew up in God-based/Bible-based home. For that matter, I think we forget sometimes that not EVERYONE is christian. So that was my child-like realization for the week. Do you ever have those? Share.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Early Brainwashing??

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

First, a quick summary, for those of you who may not have had the immense joy of reading this book as a child, or maybe as an adult. It is about a town called (::chuckle::) Chewandswallow that has food in place of weather. It rains soup. It snows mashed potatoes. The "weather reports" tell you what you are having for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. But, one day the weather takes a nasty turn. Ketchup tornadoes, giant hamburgers falling! It gets so bad that the people of Chewandswallow have to leave.

Now, fast-forward to today. I was pondering what would move someone to write such a book. (I have no idea why I started pondering such a thing.) Then, it hit me - early brainwashing of children on the effects of global warming. Yep, makes sense doesn't it? Children won't understand global warming, but tell them about a land where the "weather" works perfectly normal and then changes violently one day...well, they'll make the connection when they are older. I can hear the discussion now..."Of course the weather is normal now...but the hurricanes, tornadoes, etc. are increasing, and one day, we'll need to leave because the weather's so bad due to global warming, but where are we going to go? We can't just leave like the people of Chewandswallow!"

So, beware the angle. Not even children's stories are safe anymore.

**Author's Note: I do not really believe Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs was written to brainwash children about global warming. It is truly a delightful book, and I will probably try to find it next time I go home so I can read it again. Nor do I believe in global warming. What a silly idea. Should we take care of the earth - yes. Should we worry about global warming - no. But, with all the hoopla about it, why not have a laugh at it.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Crossing the Bar

Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,

But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;

For though from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar.