Archive for August, 2007

I feel this is an appropriate tribute to the first day of school. Enjoy.

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Did I Slip Off the Earth?

No. Although with the amount of sweat I produced this afternoon at Evelina’s Kindergarten picnic, it would have been possible to slip about anywhere.
The combination of illness and essay mayhem has contributed to the neglect of my ever-faithful playgrounders.
This admissions essay is sucking away my soul. I have totally over-hauled it four times putting my total word count for this past week roughly around 10,000. It’s damn near a magnum opus. I doubt the office of admisions will appreciate it’s true value.
We shall see, we shall see.
Assimilation into PTAs, school nights, fundraisers, and lunch money commences in one week. Evelina starts Kindergarten, and I can’t form one coherent thought about that.

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Mythological Creature

You Are a Centaur

In general, you are a very cautious and reserved person.
However, you are also warm hearted, and you enjoy helping others in practical ways.
You are a great teacher, and you are really good at helping people get their lives in order.
You are very intuitive, and you go with your gut. You make good decisions easily.

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Who is Your Neighbor?

It’s a relief to me to know that my eternal life is based on my own walk with God, and not other people’s opinion of my walk with God. In the midst of harsh judgement it’s comforting to know that I’m in fact not a wayward backslider as many people suppose. I am also thankful that I’m currently not mired in a pit of sin because I’m afraid if I was, everyone would be too disgusted by my offensive filth to be “Christian” and would instead run away or ignore me or judge me.
I’m often struck by the irony when a group of people claim to serve God and yet hate their neighbors. But as the young man in scripture asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?” Maybe that’s what these judges ask now. Maybe I don’t qualify as neighbor and should therefore not receive the loving-kindness Christ embodies. It’s truly a good thing that I’m not whithering away under addictions, abuse, depression, anger, self-doubt or all the many bondages to which people are enslaved. I think that if I was, I’d have to trust the mercies of any other social agency rather than subject myself to the judgements of these pharisaical christians.
At the end of the parable of the Good Samaratin in Luke 10, Jesus reiterates the question, “Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was a neighbor unto him that fell among the thieves?” The young man answered, “He that shewed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do thou likewise.”
It’s a simple fact: If you’re not showing mercy, you’re not showing God.

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