Friday, December 26, 2008

a word from Jamie Lee

She's enjoyable on screen.

I'm finding that alongside her sex symbolness, she has a consistently heart-warming common sense take on life.

First, how great was it when she posed for a magazine shoot w/o make-up and touch ups?

Then, she got a big "YES!" from me when I read that she only has a few sets of clothes; that she wanted to share the goodness that she found in living a more simple life.

You don't have to look perfect and you don't need to be rich.

I guess she would know.

And now, this.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

we brake for Classical Music

thanks Ben!

Moon Car

My family has a proud history of driving Honda Civics into the rust.

Saturday, as Dad drove home with the Family Christmas Tree, the Maroon Civic clicked over it's 300,000th mile. At that historic moment, it became a "Moon Car"- logged enough miles to get to the moon. other news, so much for the American Auto Industry... afraid we haven't been much help!

Friday, December 19, 2008


Sometimes, you get a peek into a whole nother world...

I've been wandering around the internet this evening... bloghopping... total stream of consciousness meandering... when I found myself on a message board staring at this startling declaration:


I specialize in Syrian hamsters, like black bears, goldens, teddies, and more. I'm an experienced breeder and raised hamsters for the past 10 years. I can help with how to buy your first, how to house and care for your hamster, nutrition, showing, and other general questions. I can help with most behavioral problems too. I am the longest running hamster expert on this page, since 2001.

***I will NOT answer questions regarding: Gerbils, Dwarf hamsters(Robo is a dwarf!!), Illness, or Cause Of Death. If your hamster has a broken leg TAKE IT TO A VET don't bother asking a question because there is nothing I can do for you. If you can't take the time to read this then I don't take the time to read your question!***

If your question is about TAMING please do a Google search instead as there are many excellent sites up about the process. ________________________________________________________________________________ Experience I have worked with hamsters all my life.

... "showing?"

Note: I've found the above statement to be even funnier when read aloud, like so:

"asterisk asterisk asterisk asterisk All Capital Letters 'Please read...'" ...blah blah blah "All UNDERLINED 'longest running expert' blah blah, Capital, Asterisk in BOLD...."

Thursday, December 18, 2008


Sometimes, I get REALLY FRUSTRATED at church. And, i wonder why I go.

I think, "Gee, I have A LOT of questions about a lot of what's going on here."

But, if I ask them, will I get labeled and dismissed, or will my questions just get shrugged off?

Sometimes I think I'm just a trouble maker.

Last Sunday, I asked a pal "why do you go to church?"

It felt like raining on the parade... like, gee, duh, we all go to church... what's the problem?

I hate that vibe. I don't wanna be a downer and Take. Things. SO. Seriously. Butttt, I just have to bring it up. process.

I told her that, "well, i guess I just question EVERYthing."

Then, I ran across this snippet on Speaking of Faith.

I'm at #2, and hoping to work my way into #3.

So, read that if you like.

And, if you go to church, maybe you could tell me WHY.

And, if you DON'T go to church, tell me about that.... and maybe your thoughts on church...

Ms. Tippett: You often mention a Dutch philosopher.

Mr. Marty: Oh, yes.

Ms. Tippett: How do you say his name?

Mr. Marty: Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy, who was a Swiss-German Jew and Christian. He's one of those geniuses that you can quote 20 pages of and then the 21st page is so nutty you're not sure you can use it. But I'll give a quick illustration of what I get from him. For example, he says — and this is extremely important in my life. He says you can write the history of learning in the western world in three Latin phrases.

The first is, in Latin, Credo ut intelligum — "I believe in order that I may understand." It's the birth of the universities in Europe, Bologna, Paris, Oxford. You believe to apprehend the universe; truth is divinely revealed and can be appropriated. And that's the charter that believers should never be afraid of learning.

Secondly, modern learning, without which we couldn't do, is Descartes. RenĂ© Descartes. Cogito ergo sum — "I think, therefore I am." Modern university is born on skepticism and doubt and inquiry and criticism, and you want that. I don't want a med school in which they're just taking things on faith. I want them to be extremely critical. But he said, 'That, too, gets sterile.' And so he says, in the 20th century, that we also have to learn that truth has a social character. I'm learning from this conversation with you. We learn from conversing with someone else, we learn from the meaning of "I" and "thou."

And his third motto was Respondeo etsi mutabor — "I respond although I will be changed." I'm not changed when I argue with somebody because I know an answer and I got to defeat them. I'm always changed in a conversation because they're going to surprise me. It's kind of a game, it's kind of play. And I think that that's the kind of learning we need more in the churches, in theology, in politics, and in personal life.

Friday, December 12, 2008

poem of the day

The Buck in Snow
Edna St. Vincent Millay

White sky, over the hemlocks bowed with snow,
Saw you not at the beginning of evening the antlered buck and his doe
Standing in the apple orchard? I saw them. I saw them suddenly go,
Tails up, with long leaps lovely and slow,
Over the stone wall into the wood of hemlocks bowed with snow.

Now lies he here, his wild blood scalding the snow.

How strange a thing is death, bringing to his knees, bringing to his antlers
The buck in the snow.
How strange a thing, a mile away by now, it may be,
Under the heavy hemlocks, that as the moments pass,
Shift their loads a little, letting fall a feather of snow –
Life, looking out attentive from the eyes of the doe.

Thursday, November 20, 2008


--------------- His favorite story is David and Goliath...

Monday, November 17, 2008

For Margie

...who dropped everything and came over to help take care of me.

Cracking up

So I broke a rib or two... or something... last Friday.

Here are the most common questions I've been asked, and their answers:

1. How? Playing with the cat. I crunched into a chair with my ribcage.
2. Did you go to the hospital? No. With a thousand dollar deductible, I would want my money's worth. I did check with some friends in the medical profession, and they verified that... well, there's nothing that can be done for that.

In the meantime, I've been spending more time online.

I ran across these Ellen clips from Halloween. I'm not sure if it's Laugh Therapy, or Laugh Destruction.... I can't help but laugh, but YEOW!!! It really hurt. Still.... I AM supposed to be taking deep breaths.

Tylenol and Ellen- my choice for healthier living.


And, drop a line if you're reading this cuz hearing from you is some of the best medicine!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Veterans Day

a 6min audio selection of the
words of our servicemen and women.

Monday, November 10, 2008

monday moment of zen

certain tv themes from the 80s
just put me in a happy place

Barack & Curtis: Manhood, Power & Respect

Thinking about the power of Role Models
And, wondering about how and why specific role models are selected and shown...
In what way to these images define our reality?

Friday, October 24, 2008

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


I'm feeling border-line lousy
It might be the weather

I don't feel like talking to people

Knowing that, Montana Stace txtd this pic
with caption: Smile

And, I did.

Ah, friends...

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Friday, October 17, 2008

Obamakins are sweeping the nation!

Now THIS makes me happy.
What a swell way to support your candidate.
Makes me wonder how McCain supporters might show their support...
perhaps by carving wilted old cabbages?

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Blaise-ing a Trail...

"Kind words produce their own image in men's souls; and a beautiful image it is. They soothe and quiet and comfort the hearer. They shame him out of his sour, morose, unkind feelings. We have not yet begun to use kind words in such abundance as they ought to be used."
~Blaise Pascal

Yesterday at the Bog

Alise's Email.... the woman can Write!

Alise's email last night:

I ended up writing a letter to the editor for our local paper today. Guy wrote: "Where do you stand? The platform of life or the platform to take life away? Now, it seems that our government has decided to take God's authority away from Him by passing into law the right of a woman to take an unborn baby's life -- 50 million times since 1973." quotes scripture Matt 12:30 & Rev 3:13. then "This is pretty clear. The pro-choice people are lukewarm people. They are people who used the term 'pro-choice' instead of 'pro-abortion' because pro-abortion makes them sound like murderers. If a Christian votes for a pro-choice (abortion) candidate they are an accessory." more scripture: 1 Corinthians 6:12, Matt 7:22-23. "When you vote in November are you voting your party over your Christianity? If you vote for a pro-choice candidate you're voting anti-Christ." more scripture: "Jerm. 1:5, Psm 139:13, Acts 17:38 (sic -- it's actually 28 and it's wildly out of context). "So, on the day you go to vote, if you are a Christian, consider the consequences. Some day you will have to stand before the Lord to give an account as to why you were destroying His offspring."

My response:
This is a response to Pete Staud's letter entitled "Government taking God's authority away."

I agree with Mr. Staud that Christians will be asked to give an account when they stand before the Lord. The Lord has said that what we do for "the least of these" we have done for Him.

Unfortunately, the same party that claims to be pro-life has also supported pre-emptive war, which has slaughtered hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians. The same party that claims to be pro-life has supported the torture of other people, denying them basic human rights. The same party that claims to be pro-life has voted against measures that would provide health care to many of those same children who would be saved from abortion. The same party that claims to be pro-life has instituted policies that make it more difficult for a poor woman to secure prenatal care or a decent wage to support that child after he or she is born. The same party that claims to be pro-life has been inciting statements like "kill him" from supporters.

Mr. Staud says that if I vote for a pro-choice candidate, I am voting against Christ. Apparently he is forgetting the passage in Matthew 25 where Jesus said, "Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me."

Caring for the poor, the imprisoned, the sick -- these are also the commands of Christ. And sadly, the party that claims to be pro-life has failed miserably in these commands. By all means, when you vote, consider the consequences. And know that God's authority cannot be undone by man.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

one this day in history...

Oct 7, 1939

Scarecrow beat out Tombstone

in the final auditions for "Third Friend"

taking his place alongside Tinman and Lion

in the film classic

The Wizard of Oz

Friday, October 03, 2008


not sure how to flip this vertically,

but you get the idea.

Poor Elmo.

Is he not an expert at playing the heartstrings?

He's up for an Oscar for this performance.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

oct 1st


its drizzly out
the cool weather breathes
its here for the long haul
thoughts turn to candles and books
and long evenings of darkness
and hunting season
pumpkin pie
this moment,
as we lay down our tools
and head upstairs lunch,
is beautiful
*get your camera
lift this
take it with you*

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

a cat with no PhD

i ran across this this morning

it's a funny feeling to get insight from a "bad guy"

and it's encouraging to be reminded,
again and again,

that you don't need special qualifications to be of service

Sunday, September 28, 2008

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle."

"When you recognize that pain and response to pain is a universal thing, it helps explain so many things about others, just as it explains so much about yourself. It teaches you forbearance. It teaches you a moderation in your responses to other people's behavior. It teaches you a sort of understanding. It essentially tells you what everybody needs. You know what everybody needs? You want to put it in a single word? Everybody needs to be understood. And out of that comes every form of love. If someone truly feels that you understand them, an awful lot of neurotic behavior just disappears. Disappears on your part, disappears on their part. So if you're talking about what motivates this world to continue existing as a community, you've got to talk about love."

Dr. Sherwin Newland
Speaking of Faith, "The Biology of the Spirit"

Friday, September 26, 2008

indiana sunset

unusual in Ind, Pa

after small group
at Grace

Thursday, September 25, 2008

playing in my head

We learned this song in Gospel Choir.

It's stuck with me. It plays in my head a lot.

And, thanks to the fact that we live In the Future,
I can find stuff like this on YouTube. Sweet!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Montana Stacey Gives Marcie The Boot!

My pal, Montana Stacey, and I have a codeword for her social persona:


... as in, Peppermint Patty's BFF.... who kind of....... letsherselfgetbossedaround..... at... times.

Therefore and in general, the world is not privy to her innermost thoughts. But, when one slips past the gate and escapes into neighborhood, its a keeper!

Imagine my delight, my surprise, when I got THIS in my inbox:

It is 2008 and we have an African American running for President of the United States of America. Wow, how our country has changed...In 1963 Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. gave his "I have a dream" speech demanding/praying/pleading for equal rights for all Americans. That speech inspired and motivated many and gave people hope. Here we are 45 years later and most would say his dream has come true. Today we need change once again..this time most of the country is affected and we need to stand up and make this change happen for the future of our country and all Americans. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.stated "I want to remind America of the fierce urgency of now."
These words ring true for all of us today as we set out to save our planet from global climate change,boost our once booming economy, house our homeless, and provide affordable health care for all Americans.
As a woman I will say I was very proud and supportive of Hillary Clinton and never thought I would see a woman running a sound campaign for President in my lifetime. What an inspiration for young women in this country and now I believe i will see a woman as president in this lifetime.
I am forever the optimist and am convinced that Americans are ready for a change and frankly we cannot afford to lose this time. I have been awake during an 8 year long nightmare wondering when it will ever end watching George W. making one bad decision after another. My hope is that Americans take ownership of our country and help the politicians to make these necessary changes. We need to create jobs for Americans, and we need to support legislation that helps to clean up and preserve our environment.
One of my favorite quotes said by Gandhi was "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." We can make a difference with minimal effort to reduce our carbon footprint and save our planet. Recycle, ride a bike, buy a hybrid car if you have the means, plant a tree, invest in alternative energy and most importantly remember two of my other favorite sayings:

1. Consume less and Share more
2. We all live downstream

As a manager of a retail clothing store I can say that my most common complaint is that we do not sell enough products that are made in the USA. Wouldn't it be lovely if our Levi's were made in Ohio instead of Vietnam? Are you willing to pay $10.00 more per pair? I can tell you in Missoula I am seeing the Eco Bulbs flying off of our shelves and we have a very conservative client base. Missoula is a bicycle town and I am seeing more and more Hybrid cars on the streets so I am seeing changes take place every day and that gives me hope for our future.
As Dr, Martin Luther King Jr. stated on that hot August day in 1963 "it would be fatal for the Nation to overlook the urgency of the moment." VOTE for change and do your part to help our country now.


We said, Montana Stace.

And, she made it a group email, so the word, HER WORD, is out.

And that is what it's all about anyway.

Saturday, September 06, 2008


Things that happened today:

Hiked on the trail @ Sarver

Listened to an exceptional episode of
~James Prosek
shared his thoughts on
life and fishing~

Picked up a hitch-hiker
on the way home

Did not get murdered

Rosie O'Donnell published
my comment
on her blog

taught Babs to cast
with a fly rod,
for about 9 minutes,
until she got bored,
as expected

so we moved on
to skipping stones,
discussing autopsies,
envying the kayakers,
and sitting in silence

later, we made a big salad
and John shot at chipmunks
while we talked about:
an Easter Bunny sighting
a witch
dreams we had as kids

and this evening
I made chili
with Babs' B-Day Honey
as the Special Ingredient

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

"like a scar that won't quite heal"

Heard this on NPR the other day.

-click Listen Now

Trying to tell what it's like,
3 years now,
living in Katrina's wake.

lyrics to "Long Black Line"

Friday, August 22, 2008

Uncle Frank's Ceiling is Another Man's Floor

The floor
that was a deck
is now a
It's like getting to explore
an old attic;
jackhammering and prying through the structure
that my Grandpa and Uncles
and who knows else built
(really, who knows?!).
And, the bricks and the wood
that made this house
were salvage.
Where've they been?
Who was the last one to touch,
to lay to rest? I wonder
as daylight strikes
for the first time
since my childhood.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Baby Wave Shout Out

Yes, it's late. I'm on my second glass of wine, on a Sat night, looking up olde Designing Wmn clips on Youtube.

In honor of my many friends who make up The Great Baby Wave of 2008, I post this clip:

Tuesday, May 06, 2008


I love this guy!

He reminds me of Sesame Street- doesn't this look like one of their segments?

Here's his blurb from YouTube:

I made the trumpet from the cucumber and the paprika.
The mouthpiece is a carrot.
Being not able to take the interval is neatly worry.

Moyers- Wright On!

What's a citizen gotta do to get the whole story around here?

I'm tired of soundbites and snippets... or as Bill calls it- "fast food with emotional content."

Here's what he had to say about things~

Here's my fav comment on the YouTube site: "Do your homework people! If you think you deserve a democracy, then know your government!"

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Don't forget Liz!


who loves

i'm the fungus among us.... and so are you!

It all started when I was filling JenG in on an encounter I had at the Justice Revival.

When I snuck downstairs for coffee, a lady (A Stranger!) started talking to me.

Though I often am outgoing, this is not always the case. And, I had used up all of my "Outgoing Power Reserve" (think video game street-fighter) on inviting people to this thing in the first place! Ug.

This is why I needed my coffee. And now, The Stranger was asking me if the coffee was strong? Should she get one cream or two?

One? Two? Something Funny-to-say? I DONT KNOW!! Why is this happening to ME?

little me

So, I did what I often do when I'm nervous, I asked her a question.

At this point, JenG pointed out that "That's your defense mechanism."

Which, kinda put me on the defense. Well, I mean, I thought about it.

Am I not genuinely interested in people? Am I just throwing questions at them like pelting them with snowballs until they leave me alone?

Sometimes yes. Sometimes no.

It occurs to me that, in social situations, I'm like a little mushroom. I live on the forest floor, amidst ferns and rocks and trees. I love my little spot and am perfectly content. And, one on one, I am at ease. But, throw in a herd of deer or a bunch of kids and I am suddenly realize how fragile I am. I Don't. Want. To be Stomped!

Are you a mushroom too?

Mushrooms, snowballs... I mix my metaphors like a tossed salad! But a salad it seems to work for me.

Now, meet my mushroom people:


eljabo~ a fancy friend

alise ~with 4 kids... J's back at work

The Cats~ Mugsy & Pooper
who've taken to napping

in a nice basket

Jen & Ben

Power Paradox

Greater Good Magazine ran an article called "The Power Paradox."

Here's a snippet.

Perhaps more unsettling is the wealth of evidence that having power makes people more likely to act like sociopaths. High-power individuals are more likely to interrupt others, to speak out of turn, and to fail to look at others who are speaking. They are also more likely to tease friends and colleagues in hostile, humiliating fashion. Surveys of organizations find that most rude behaviors—shouting, profanities, bald critiques—emanate from the offices and cubicles of individuals in positions of power. My own research has found that people with power tend to behave like patients who have damaged their brain's orbitofrontal lobes (the region of the frontal lobes right behind the eye sockets), a condition that seems to cause overly impulsive and insensitive behavior. Thus the experience of power might be thought of as having someone open up your skull and take out that part of your brain so critical to empathy and socially-appropriate behavior.

Power may induce more harmful forms of aggression as well. In the famed Stanford Prison Experiment, psychologist Philip Zimbardo randomly assigned Stanford undergraduates to act as prison guards or prisoners—an extreme kind of power relation. The prison guards quickly descended into the purest forms of power abuse, psychologically torturing their peers, the prisoners. Similarly, anthropologists have found that cultures where rape is prevalent and accepted tend to be cultures with deeply entrenched beliefs in the supremacy of men over women.

This leaves us with a power paradox. Power is given to those individuals, groups, or nations who advance the interests of the greater good in socially-intelligent fashion. Yet unfortunately, having power renders many individuals as impulsive and poorly attuned to others as your garden variety frontal lobe patient, making them prone to act abusively and lose the esteem of their peers. What people want from leaders—social intelligence—is what is damaged by the experience of power.

Monday, April 21, 2008

"We're not our hair,
we're not our skin,
we're the soul that lies within."

~ Robin Roberts this morning on GMA

after you follow your heart,
& take off your wig,
life only gets better...

cuz then she went on to interview Danica Patrick!!

words fail

words fail
fooling with that new knife
before you know it
before i felt it
no pain
there was a white slit
no blood
at first
just looking in there...
like time stood still
no pain no action no nothing
it was open
and nothing happened
looking in there

then it bled while I looked for the band-aids

Mom's Take on Voyager Episodes

As I was reading in my room,
I heard Mom ask Dad:

"Don't they get caught by the Borg
every other episode?"

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

QOTD: What Makes You Happy?

Question of the Day!

What makes you Happy?

Here's my list:

  • rediscovering ALF on dvd
  • having a generous friend who took me for a spin in his sportscar
  • then, let me drive it!
  • "i love it when a plan comes together" ... any of my plans
  • npr
  • having cousins
  • having friends who are family
  • listening to/singing in my college gospel choir
  • church "work trips"
  • weekends at the Eastern Gros Ventre B&B!
  • icanhascheezburger
  • the Goat Trail
  • finding new radio shows/websites.. (NerdAlert!)
  • getting comments on my blog

Monday, April 14, 2008

You are Invited

Wouldn't it be something if we could get a few people together, invite our friends, and check this out?

Wonder what kind of discussion we could get going if we brought together some people with different backgrounds, lifestyles, and expressions of spirituality?

Wouldn't it be a good opportunity to build some bridges? Make some connections? Explore and affirm different ways of working for Social Justice?

I'd like to have a coffee/discussion time afterwards.... if it's not too late.

If you're free Wed, Thurs or Fri night at 7pm, come over and check it out!

Who knows, it might be a total bust. ...but what if it's not?

Drop me a comment!

The Vineyard's Promo Video

Vineyard Leader's Letter

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Some Tutu for Youtu

Thanks to my local library, I've been able to hear his book, "God Has a Dream" on cd.
It totally rocks.
I wish we had a "Tutu Minute" on the news (and Christian radio) every day.
There are so many stories & examples that we need to lift up.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

I am not the Cookie Monster

Cookie Coma!

no-bakes, specifically

been hungry all day

way hungry & eating everything I can cook, thaw, unearth from a drawer or find in a ziplock lying in state under some magazines in an old basket (yes, I write of FORGOTTEN HUNTING SUPPLIES- Hershey Miniatures- from way back in rifle season- or, as you may call it, "December")

Oh, and I ate a block of baking chocolate. Yes I did!

Now, the suffering.

The no-bakes put me over the edge, just after the orange juice.

I think I accidentally doubled the sugar. I can never remember the recipe.

All of this to tell you that, as I climbed into bed to sleep it off, I hit play on my music player device.

A book on tape... my attempt at redemption.

A People's History of the United States.

IF you are like me and don't/didn't know who Howard Zinn is,

Netflix introduced me to him the other day when
You Can't Be Neutral On A Moving Train
was waiting for me in my mailbox

Thursday, February 14, 2008

"Don't Play Me Small"

To look at polls that cut "We the People" up into

Red, Blue, Evangelicals, Well-Educated, Women, Men, Black, Hispanic, White Caucasion, etc, etc...

one might assume that reason & choice don't factor in.

Dont' play us small.

We, The People of These United States of America

Friday, February 01, 2008


Saw this on Yahoo this morning.

I'm captivated by Whiplash's Trainer.
With this, he has no doubt cinched Favorite Grandpa in his family!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Sarah Vowell on MLK

I'm being lazy.

I have some things about MLK that I've been thinking about writing. But, when one runs across an op-ed article about him by a very favorite author, and it's kind of along the lines of what one's thinking.... well, tonight it is just easier to post the link.

Here it is.

And, I totally recommend any and all Sarah Vowell books (maybe not "Radio On")- get the audio versions from the library.

You can also find (& hear) her on This American Life's website if you look around a little.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

The Kingdom -title sequence

I just rented The Kingdom.

Mostly cuz I was missing the good ol' days of ALIAS.

The Title Sequence blew me away.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Many Ways to Say ThankU

This one is pretty neat.

There are so many ways
to connect with each other.

And, there are lots of
really great people
out there.

Some of which,
I need to go
and thank...

May U C the Wonder of R New Year