Archive for February, 2008

leap year

February 29, 2008


This year is a leap year, and today is the extra day…

I received some info about Leap Year and I found this part especially interesting:

Leap year cycle in Ethiopia:

The four year leap-year cycle is associated with the four Evangelists: the first year after an Ethiopian leap year is named in honour of John, followed by the Matthew-year and then the Mark-year. The year with the sixth epagomenal day is traditionally designated as the Luke-year.

props to Scott for the info.

The above image is of a plaque showing the Agnus Dei (Lamb of God) surrounded by symbols representing the four Gospel writers– Matthew: a man. Mark: a lion. Luke: a ox. John: an eagle.


larry is gone

February 25, 2008

4/8/47 – 2/24/08

This evening I read that the “Father of Christian rock,” Larry Norman, reposed at 2:45 a.m. Sunday morning.

Good or bad, Larry helped create “Christian Rock.” I was first
introduced to Larry Norman’s music when I received a compilation album as a Confirmation gift that had one of Larry’s songs on it.

Since that time I had the opportunity to see Larry perform live on 3 different occasions (4 if you count the one song he did with Grammatrain at Tomfest.) And I always considered it a score when I found a Larry Norman lp at a thrift store (i think i have 3 copies of ‘Only Visiting This Planet’)

I was saddened to learn of Larry’s death.

add this one to my Netflix que

February 25, 2008

Last week a friend told me about a movie ‘The Monastery: Mr Vig and the Nun.’ After listening to her describe the movie and the people in it to me, it struck me that this is a movie that I want to see.

‘The Monastery’ webpage: here

“Let your prayers be simple….”

February 24, 2008


The following quote seems fitting to share on this, the Sunday of the Prodial Son:

“Let your prayers be simple, for both the Publican and the Prodigal Son were reconciled to God by a single phrase.”
— St. John Climacus

The Publican (tax collector)– Lk 18:13
The Prodigal Son– Lk 15:18, 19
(The above painting of ‘The Prodigal Son’ is by Christopher Koelle)

now it is getting interesting

February 24, 2008

This morning Ralph Nader announced his candidacy as a 3rd party candidate.

Many Democrats blame Nader for costing them the White House in 2000; Nader (who received 2.7% of the national vote) says that the Democrats are to blame for costing themselves the White House.

Mike Huckabee, apparently agreeing with Democrats, said that Nader’s prior runs for the White House have taken votes from the Democrats “So naturally, Republicans would welcome his entry into the race….” With the Democrats appearing to be able to unite behind whatever candidate gets their nomination, while a different story seems to be seen in Republicans who do not seem quite as cohesive in supporting McCain at this point; this causes me to I wonder who will blame Nader for costing them the White House this time around.

I see Ron Paul, a man who is willing to make some hard statements, as the Republican version of Ralph Nader (I mean that in a positive way.) With that, I wonder if he will make a 3rd party announcement after the Republican convention later this year? With Nader and Paul running as 3rd party candidates, and if the media sources will take them seriously and give them equal time, then this election could be an interesting one!

added thots to this post:
–I wonder how this news will impact my earlier prediction?
–Silouan shares a “Message to Ralph Nader”
(additions posted at 2:43pm on 2/24/08)

interpreting kidspeak

February 19, 2008

Last nite, the final evening of an extended out-of-school weekend for my two older kids, turned into an ordeal over homework.

And so hearing my wife ask about homework status after school today was no surprise. Although the following dialog did provide yet another glimpse into kidspeak–

Mom: “Do you have homework?”
Becket: “Not exactly…”

Not exactly? That sounds like a yes to me.

As I listened to the conversation continue it turns out that “not exactly” meant that he had Latin homework to do.

And Andrew, learning that his brother has Latin, must think that Latin is something a person would want to have because he is telling my wife, “I want Latin.”

Ah dear Andrew, your day will come my son… your day will come. And you will probably not be so excited about Latin (or any other homework for that matter) then.

monday i have friday on my mind

February 18, 2008

Some people have a day off from work today in recognition of President’s Day. Not me.

‘Friday On My Mind’ by The Easybeats

(video length 2:40)

So much to like about this video, for instance:
-Singer, Stevie Wright’s, peppy disposition.
-The striped suits.
-The guitars and background vocals.
-Lyrics like: “I’ll spend my bread / I’ll lose my head” and “Today I might be mad / Tomorrow I’ll be glad”
-At 1:02 into the video when you see a camera man in the crowd who has that “this is a job” look; he probably has Friday on his mind too.



February 17, 2008

When I was a kid we had two days off from school in February: Lincoln’s Birthday and George Washington’s Birthday. Now these two Presidents have been united with all of the other Presidents and put into one day– President’s Day. Even though kids no longer have two holidays in February it all evens out; because when I was a kid we did not have Martin Luther King’s Birthday as a holiday in January which kids get now.

But the point of all this is, we have gone from focusing on two Presidents to putting them all together… which means Presidents like Zachary Taylor and Rutherford B. Hayes are finally getting some props. 43 different people have been President (some with more than one term, 1 with a different person between his two terms– but there have been 43 individual people.) Take a quick mental survey, how many Presidents can you name?

The following U.S. President’s are getting their recognition tomorrow:

George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, William H. Harrison, John Tyler, James K. Polk, Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James Garfield, Chester A. Arthur, Grover Cleveland, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William H. Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush

With a day devoted to all of the Presidents a person could just chose a different President each year to focus on. But if none of these individuals strike your fancy; I guess you can just spend your day pondering the musical contributions of the rock band: The Presidents of the United States of America

Giving a day an ambiguous title like “President’s Day” leaves it open various options.

task completed

February 16, 2008

For those keeping score, I finally got this job done today.

Now I can mark that off of my rather relaxed ‘to do’ list.

as seen through the eyes of a three year old

February 9, 2008

I wonder at times how my three year old son, Andrew, thinks and processes the information he takes in. Sometimes the results can be interesting.

The past two weeks we were in California following the death of my Father. During this time Andrew had the opportunity to see Grandpa in a casket at the viewing in the funeral home. Andrew thought that Grandpa was sleeping, which was pretty understandable. At the same time Andrew was pretty interested in knowing about Grandpa’s feet –following the viewing Grandma and my wife showed him Grandpa’s feet so he was okay with that.

But the amusing thing to me was when people would say to Andrew that Grandpa “…is with Jesus” Andrew would respond, “No. Grandpa is sleeping in Heaven.”