Sunday, March 29, 2009

The Ladder Resting Elsewhere

Romans 8:20
From Andy's 3/8 Message "Hope"

Sin is not an incident, but a fatal disease
Like an insatiable mooch, never appeased
Brown from green
Infection with no vaccine
Irreversable rot
Unknowingly caught

Razing and ruining the infected everyday
Life is in bondage to decay
A condition
Invisible ammunition
Voices unspoken

Causing everything living eventually to die
Every breath breathing potential goodbye
A solid crumbling
A graceful fumbling

Toward destruction from our first cries
The consequence of Eden's free-will prize
Time-bomb ticking
Randomly picking
Down and kicking

God lets the plague of sin run its course
We ask "why?". . .

When I grasp my earthly treasures in a death grip
Savor destruction with long, slow sips
I am clenching a handful of ashes
I am boarding a train I know crashes

Some of PAUL'S PONDERINGS FROM ROMANS 8-- (The entire chapter is better)
20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected [it] in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Rainy Day Playlist

It has been raining and dreary all weekend. This list is good for a soggy day slow frolic around the living room. :)

Wash Away . Joe Purdy
I Can See Clearly Now . Johnny Nash
Rain Song . Led Zeppelin
Mandolin Rain . Bruce Hornsby
A Whiter Shade of Pale . Procol Harem
Umbrella Man . Dizzy Gillespie & Louis Armstrong
Rain . Breaking Benjamin
Find the Time . Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly
Orchids . Maria Taylor
Black Sheep *Live* . Martin Sexton
I Wish it Would Rain . Marvin Gaye
Dance to the Storm . Hothouse Flowers
Texas Flood . Stevie Ray Vaughn
Sideways . Let's go Sailing
A Day Without Rain . Enya
Waltz for a Little Bird . Rainstick Orchestra
Baby it's Cold Outside . Ella Fitzgerald
Purple Rain . Some Artist

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Guide to Handling Foul Neighbors

If your neighbors are foul, try one or all of the following: *

1. Replace their front porch lightbulb with a green one.
2. Stick seven "Neighborhood Watch" flyers under their wipers.
3. Play "Thriller" every evening at 10 o'clock on the back porch.
4. Put a plastic flamingo in the middle of the cul de sac.
5. Raise a single nostril as a greeting when passing o'er the driveway.**
6. Remind them shrilly of Neighborhood Rule #378--any curtains appearing in windows should be warm toned or neutral, or didn't they forget that one?
7. Write "Snivel" on their windshield with toothpaste.
8. Put a load of wet dryer lint under their trashcan handle.
9. Pay an apartment kid from next door to knock on their door selling "Foul Neighbors Suck" t-shirts for a worthy cause.
9.5. Leave baked goods on their porch every morning for 2-weeks.
10. Ignore them...with flair.

* The word "snivel" should be used with discretion.
** For the unpracticed, an expert nostril lift/lip curl combination is pictured below.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Three Pounds of Grey and a Little Red Car

Brains are amazing. According to my sources, it's like a three-pound sheet of tofu that is folded up in such a way as to fit inside a tiny human head. The human brain is five-times the size of brains in similarly sized mammals. Scientists have found that in different people, different lobes work in different ways. Here is my non-professional dissection:

Cerebral Cortex--Biggest part of brain consisting of four parts/lobes: frontal, parietal, temporal, and occipital
Frontal Lobes-- self-control, planning, reasoning, abstract thought, home of personality, emotitional epicenter
Parietal Lobes--Sensation and Perception and integrating sensory input. Coordinating where we fit in the world around us.
Temporal Lobe--auditory sensation, audio/visual input, organization and categorization of words, long-term memory, language comprehension, sexual behavior
Occipital Lobe--Not vulnerable to damage, so no one knows much. Disorders can cause hallucinations, word blindness, writing impairments, discoloration, distorted perception of size.

Cerebellum-- A fist-sized computer at the bottom of the brain that contributes to motor and mental dexterity. It continues to develop throughout childhood and is usually mature after about 20 years. Cerebellum exercises, anyone? :)

Brain Stem--

Corpus Collasum-- A Nerve bundle that connects the two sides of the brain.

Thanks for the pics, Wikipedia.

All this to say, I think it's pretty cool how the brain is so complex, it seems we can't even use it to understand it. Hrm.

So, I've had some strange scary dream-like moments before sleep and am wondering what part of the brain is hyperactive lately. According to one study, the dream part of the brain is buried in the back. A 73-year-old woman had a stroke that impacted only this small part and suddenly stopped dreaming. Even when doctors woke her up during REM sleep, she was not dreaming.

Too bad there's no such thing as a brain massage. I'd like one. Doctors of the world, let's get to work on that. Pronto.

Lobes. Crash. Panic. Sleep. Rain. Piano. :)


Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Exotic Pets?

Apparently, on February 16, a Stamford, CT chimp named Travis mauled a woman. She lost most of her face and her hands in the attack. Police saved the woman, but killed Travis. The pros in Cincinatti are hoping to reconstruct her face.

What reason would Travis have for tearing a woman apart? Before running across this article, I was under the impression that chimps were intelligent, peaceful sorts.

In 2005, Mr. St. James Davis and his wife were visiting a former pet of theirs (Moe)at an animal ranch in California. It was Moe's 39th birthday, so the couple was carting a cake. As they stood outside Moe's cage, two other chimps ran over and attacked Mr. Davis. Davis lost his nose, cheeks, lips, an eye, most of his fingers, etc. (yes, etc.)

The truth? Male chimpanzees are fiercely territorial and especially aggressive around eligible female chimpanzees. Moe, the birthday-chimp I mentioned above, was restricted to the ranch only a f t e r he bit another neighborhood woman's finger off. Cake. Schmake.

So, folks, keep your chimp treats to yourselves. That's all I'm saying. It's all fine and furry 'til someone loses a face. The animal 98.4% genetically similar to humans? Yikes.

Mowgli. Concrete Jungle. Marley. Pit Bulls. Springfield. Sleep.


Sunday, March 1, 2009

Designing da Closet Party

You are invited to a Designing da Closet Party on the Last Day of February.
Singing, dancing, and trying on random articles of clothing is required.
Red Seedless Grapes, your choice of buffalo burgers, and scandalously good hugs will be served.
Party favors will include your choice of books from an overflowing collection.

No need to respondez, merci.

Moving Day Continues. K.A. Closets. Rainy Sunday.
How much do I LOVE my sister&fam living 2-hours away?