Archive for January, 2009

House Blessing

January 24, 2009

The Feast of Theophany was celebrated earlier this week (Monday) and today our family gathered with some other families in our neighborhood to have our homes blessed. Unfortunately one family was not able to join us due to illness.

We gathered, adults and children together, at the first home and enjoyed a potluck breakfast while waiting for Fr Daniel to arrive. It was tasty eating.

When Father arrived, after he had a plate, we visited each house for the blessings.

Together we all went to each home, and with our friends we prayed and we sang: “When You, O Lord, were baptized in the Jordan, the worship of the Trinity was made manifest! For the voice of the Father bore witness to You, and called You His beloved Son! And the Spirit, in the form of a dove, confirmed the truthfulness of His word. O Christ our God, who has revealed Thyself and hast enlightened the world, glory to You!” And Fr Daniel went from room to room blessing each room with Holy Water.

At our house I asked Fr. Daniel to also bless the area where our garden is –currently that area is mostly dirt and snow. At the conclusion of our house blessing I also asked if we could sing ‘Memory Eternal’ for my Dad who died a year ago this coming Tuesday.

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moments

January 24, 2009

Letterman – Farewell Tribute to Great Moments in Presidential Speeches

(thanks to Amrah)

January 23, 2009

Message from Metropolitan Jonah (Paffhausen) spoken this week; short but powerful.
Metropolitan Jonah’s message begins at 45seconds

if above video does not work, go to:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-qzcPBaerg&feature=player_emb
(props to James)

the daily show

January 22, 2009

John Steward and his program: The Daily Show.
If I had to say why I like his program it would be:
1) I remember back in the day when John Stewart was just a guy doing stuff on MTV (I think he hosted a game show.)
2) With the Daily Show it seems that he is willing to lay it out there, letting the viewer decide what they want to do with it. Like how he would show the inconsistencies of Leaders and politicians– funny stuff.

With our new President it appears that he continues this course of action….

See what I mean: here.

Do the same people who thought it was funny when he would do this to President Bush still think it is funny now?

an imaginary conversation that i imagined i overheard:

January 19, 2009

Mom- “You know what I saw today? I saw a person riding their bike in the snow!!”

Child- “Wow Mom!! People who ride their bikes in the snow are like ninjas or Navy Seals or something. I feel safer knowing their is that sort of caliber of people in our town. Our town rocks because of the snow bike riding people!”

people in order

January 17, 2009

The concept of this short video is simple– show people, in order, from ages 1 to 100 with a drum.

It was interesting to watch the film, wondering if the individual was typical of the particular age…. For instance, I found the four year old to be a pretty accurate portrayal of our four year old. But on the other hand… I turn forty-six years old next month and I hope that the man shown is not preview of my next year. Fifty-nine looks like it will be interesting.

It also seemed to me that the older the people got, the more alive they became: “I’m ninety-one and playing the drums.”

statistics– pt 2wo

January 14, 2009

My friend, Mike, shared a link with me that shows a list of States ranking the percentage of Orthodox Christians in that State, the numbers were as of 2000.

Some of the results include:

1 Alaska 3.4%
2 Massachusetts 1.2%
7 New York 0.6%
8 Connecticut 0.6%
13 Maryland 0.4%
13 California 0.4%
21 Nevada 0.2%
23 Oregon 0.2%
25 Washington 0.1%
32 Idaho 0.1%

I just shared the number ranking and percentage of a few States; the actual site also shares the number of adherents too. Check out the full list here.

Thanks Mike.

statistics

January 13, 2009

One of the things I find interesting, in a casual yet catching-my-attention-sort-of-way, are those graphs/maps that show changes between then and now.

Maybe one reason that I like them is that they are like a snapshot, which does not require a whole lot of reading to get to the idea being expressed.
Like this statistic map here:
bush-map-kluge

I am aware that whoever can sometimes tweak statistics to reflect what they want it to say. Sometimes they can’t; sometimes the statistic is different than what the presenter had hoped the end result would be.

Anyways….

Some of the statistics from the map that caught my attention, for various reasons, include:

Hours of TV viewed per person (12+) per year-
2000: 1502 2007: 1704

That really is not much of a change.

Hours of video games played per person (12+) per year-
2000: 65 2007: 80

That is really not much of a change either, especially considering the number of people I know who play various video games.

Street price of a pure gram of meth-
2000: $179.87 2007: $365.0

This surprised me, mostly because I always assumed that meth was a “cheap” drug. Perhaps this statistic is an indication as to why the selling of meth seems so prevalent.

Street price of a pure gram of cocaine-
2000: $161.28 2007: $166.90

This one surprised me as well. I would have thot the value of cocaine would be much higher. When in fact the cost is not much different now as it was in 2000.

School groups visiting NSA’s Cryptologic Museum
2000: 65 2007: 134

I wonder if the Smithsonian or the Simon Wiesenthal Center saw a significant jump in numbers.

Hate groups operating in the U.S.-
2000: 602 2007: 888

Sad. Unfortunately with the current concerns and fears about such things as our economy, “terrorism” and etc, hate groups created out of fear will only increase.

National violent crime rate (per 100,000)-
2000: 506.5 2007: 466.9

But unfortunately, even with this slight decline in violent crime we still see…
Inmates in custody-
2000: 1.9 million 2007: 2.3 million

And one final statistic… a positive one, in my opinion
Total cosmetic surgery procedures in the U.S.-
2000: 1,901,049 2007: 1,837,118

A decline!!! Yes!!

You can look at the whole map here.
The sources of these statistics can be found here.

but it was not snowing when i left the house this morning

January 2, 2009

Recently I have had opportunities to drive our car to work. For those of you in the Pacific Northwest you are aware of the snow that we had recently; but last week alot of it melted so I rode on two days. But still I have been driving this week, and so that combined with the food that I have been eating made be feel a bit… thick– for lack of a better description.

So I woke up this morning and decided that I would ride my bike to work. Looking out of the window it was a bit rainy, but that was okay because I have foul weather gear.

So I suited up and headed out just a wee bit before 5am.

As I got about 2 miles from home my hands were feeling cold so I pulled over and put my gloves on.

As I continued to ride I felt some gusts of wind, and what felt like ice? As I continued, yes… it was ice and sleet. I rode holding up my gloved hand to keep the ice from my eyes.

As I rode up to work I looked up into the flood lights and saw snow flurrying about. Well I was at work now so all was good.

I went to the locker room and changed, and when I came out I saw snow falling, with flakes about the size of quarters.

And the snow continued to fall….

The ride home was a slushy slow one.

But still it felt good to ride.

a question…

January 2, 2009

A question that I am currently asking is:
Why have you, who are Christians, chosen to be in the particular Christian T/tradition (or denomination) that you are in?