Shaken Not Stirred

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

No News Good News

It seems today that all we hear is bad news. The evening stories and the news channels are over flowing with stories of disasters, war and tragedies.

We never really hear any good news anymore. And if we do, it's one story out of ten. I know that there are some good things going on in the world. I hear people talk about it all the time. High school students raising money for a charity, co-workers taking part in a walk to raise money for research, volunteers helping out those who need it. We just don't hear those stories. But they are there.

Sometimes we need a little sunshine, just a little, to remind us that there is still some good left.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Pollen Allergies

Yay, spring is here. Boo to allergies. I suffer from horrific allergies. I want to gouge my itchy eyes out. They itch so much, I'm sometimes awakened at night because of the discomfort.

And don't get me started on the runny nose.

I'm so happy that spring has sprung. And the weather has been beautiful. However, I can't enjoy the outdoors just yet. I have to wait till everything is done blooming. I have to wait till most of the pollen is out of the air. Until then, I watch most of the blossoming from a window.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Say A Prayer

Please keep the families, friends and all those affected by the coal mine disaster in West Virginia in your prayers and thoughts.

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Happy Easter

The end of Lent is tomorrow, Easter Day. For forty days, I've given up eating meat, chocolate (and any kind of dessert--ice cream, cake, pies, candy) and chips. And as the temptation started to set in, basically two weeks into the forty days, I started to ponder the reason behind giving up something for Lent.

I was taught as a youngster that it was a form of sacrifice, something that we did to show our love to the Lord. However, as I have grown, I know that a relationship with God isn't something that is shown in a forty day period. It's an ongoing, growing and evolving thing. A younger cousin of mine recently said that instead of giving up something, he wanted to do something more active. He volunteered for a local charity or he gave some time to a shelter of some sort.

To me this made more sense. Why give up something that I was going to indulge in once the forty days was over. I am probably just rationalizing just a few hours before I go into a meat, chip and chocolate induced coma state. But next year, I think that actively giving to a charitable organization or shelter would be more productive.

For now, I'm just counting down to the hour that I can eat a steak (wrapped in bacon, topped with crumbled meat), have some nachos for an appetizer and have a chocolate cake for dessert.