Thursday, February 22, 2007

Eyes Without A Face

eyeless face

Isn't it odd that sight is typically what makes us blind? We judge others based on what we see and keep that judgement alive on the consistency of the repetition of those sights. Those sights in turn are accompanied by emotional ties that are typically forever liked to that sight. I drove in this morning listening to JackFM for a bit. Billy Idol came on; which has great music, actually the music may be better than the lyrics. Anyway, it just makes you wonder.... Are we more trusting of just eyes or do the attributes of a face confuse us?

Eyes Without A Face
~~~Billy Idol ~~~
I'm all out of hope
One more bad dream could bring a fall
When I'm far from home
Don't call me on the phone
To tell me you're alone
It's easy to deceive
It's easy to tease
But hard to get release

Why are we more offended from someone lying looking us dead in the eyes?

Monday, February 19, 2007

Do it; I Dare You!

penguin committing suicide

That's it...shake your fists at fate and break out of your field mouse trail. Do something completely out of the norm for you. Create new footprints. Trample new grass. As adults, we often become to conditioned to fear failure or embarassment; so we stay the same, we stay consistent, we stay stagnant. But you control your destiny. Let them all watch YOU. Tell us how it turned out.


Wednesday, February 14, 2007

It's Valentine's Day!!!

I was just thinking....we spend alot of time looking for someone just like us. Isn't it ironic, that if we find them, we don't like them. They seem to irritate us on a profound level. What does that say about ourselves? Then all of a sudden we want someone "different." What an odd normal.

Anyway, love is cool and love is hot!
If you aint in love; give somebody a shot!
Might be a bullseye, could be a miss
But its gotta be better than reading this.

Ok, don't know where that came from; but I'm not sending it back. I am loving mine so you can't. Here's a great recipe that you can prepare for someone special. From one who loves to eat; to those who love the cook.




4 (1-inch thick) beef tenderloin steaks
2 tablespoons softened cream cheese
4 teaspoons blue cheese, crumbled
4 teaspoons plain yogurt
2 teaspoons minced onions
dash of pepper
1 large garlic clove, halved
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
2 teaspoons freshly chopped parsley

Combine cream cheese, blue cheese, yogurt, onion and pepper; reserve. Rub each side of beef steaks with garlic. Place steaks on rack in broiler pan so surface of meat is 2 to 3 inches from heat. Broil 5 to 6 minutes. Season with salt. Turn and broil 3 to 4 minutes. Season with remaining salt.
Top each steak with an equal amount of reserved cheese mixture. Broil an additional 1 to 2 minutes. Garnish with parsley.

Yield: 2 Servings
Category: Beef, Main Dishes, Dinner for 2

Enjoy. Love someone or love the one you're with.


Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Yourself, Myself — Against Us?

So if you could see your other self in the mirror and trap it there; would you be still yourself? Would you be friends or enemies? If you had secret powers, would you tell anyone? Would it be worth the trouble and pain that your friends and family would suffer? If you knew someone was thinking something bad about you; would you still be nice to them? Could you love anyone who was secretly and deliberately against you? These and other great questions are constantly being entertained on my new favorite show since the X-Files called Heroes. No, it's not the X or really even like it or really even as good as the X in its hayday; but it is very good.

heroes on NBC

Who cares who is sleeping with who and if the world is going to end in 24 hours or is there something going on at Studio 60? Give me Heroes or give me mediocrity!!!


Friday, February 09, 2007

It's Friday and The Lion Sleeps Tonite!

Lion Sleeps

Isn't it odd that we have more faith in cartoons than people? Afterall, we are much more willing to listen to a cartoon than anyone who might be trying to give us direction or help.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

SuperBowl About Super Creator

Class always outweights flash! This Superbowl was better!
You ever wonder why all those talented guys need coaches? A friend sent me this and it speaks for itself. Read it all.

Dungy Wins Super Bowl - Behind the scenes

It was with great pride and joy I watched the Colts, led by Head Coach - Tony Dungy, win their Super Bowl this past Sunday night. There was good reason and insight to support and cheer with enthusiasm for Tony Dungy's Colt team?

Below is a very touching story about this great man, and the essence of his purpose in life. It was most amusing to hear Coach Dungy's responses to the TV sports interviewer, when he was asked how great it was to be one of the first "African-American" head coaches to take his team to a Super Bowl?

Head Coach "Tony Dungy" responded immediately with: "Yes that's good, but what is really great and awesome, is how God worked this out for us; it 's just amazing how He made this all come together!" The article below is from last year's news, last year's Athletes in Action Breakfast - A Super Bowl Week Annual Event. What a blessing to see Tony's team finally at the top. Thus, (as Paul Harvey would say after reading the following) "and now, you know the rest of the story."

----------Dungy Makes Super Bowl Stop to Speak at Athletes in Action Breakfast ----------

DETROIT, Mich. - They were there for breakfast, and they were there to cheer New York Jets running back Curtis Martin. And it was Martin who received the Athletes in Action Bart Starr Award Saturday morning, but the hundreds who gathered in fourth-floor ballroom at the Marriott Renaissance in Detroit, Mich., on the morning before Super Bowl XL were clearly touched by the featured speaker. That speaker was Colts Head Coach Tony Dungy.

Two hours into the breakfast, emcee Brent Jones introduced Dungy, who was welcomed with a lengthy standing ovation. Dungy thanked the crowd, shared an anecdote about Martin, then told the crowd he was going to speak for about 15 minutes.

"It's great to be here," Dungy told the crowd, then adding with a laugh, "I just wish I wasn't here in this capacity so many times of being just that close to being in the game and just being an invited speaker.

"My goal is to have our team here one day and have a couple of tables with all of our guys here. Because we have a special group of young men, a great group of Christian guys. It'd be wonderful to have them here so you could see their hearts and what they're all about.

"It hasn't quite happened yet, but we're still hoping one day it will." He told them he was going to talk about lessons he had learned from his three sons. The crowd fell silent. Then Dungy spoke.

And although this was a breakfast - and although at many such events speakers speak over the clinking of glasses and murmurs from semi-interested listeners - for most of the 15 minutes the room was silen t except for Dungy's voice.

He spoke of his middle son, Eric, who he said shares his competitiveness and who is focused on sports "to where it's almost a problem." He spoke of his youngest son, Jordan, who has a rare congenital condition which causes him not to feel pain. "He feels things, but he doesn't get the sensation of pain," Dungy said. The lessons learned from Jordan, Tony Dungy said, are many.

Payton Manning Colts

"That sounds like it's good at the beginning, but I promise you it's not," Dungy said. "We've learned a lot about pain in the last five years we've had Jordan. We've learned some hurts are really necessary for kids. Pain is necessary for kids to find out the difference between what's good and what's harmful." Jordan, Dungy said, loves cookies. "Cookies are good," Dungy said, "but in Jordan's mind, if they're good out on the plate, they're even better in the oven. He will go right in the oven when my wife's not looking, reach in, take the rack out, take the pan out, burn his hands and eat the cookies and burn his tongue and never feel it. He doesn't know that's bad for him."

Jordan, Dungy said, "has no fear of anything, so we constantly have to watch him." The lesson learned, Dungy said, is simple. "You get the question all the time, 'Why does the Lord allow pain in your life? Why do bad things happen to good people? If God is a God of love, why does he allow these hurtful things to happen?'' Dungy said.

"We've learned that a lot of times because of that pain, that little temporary pain, you learn what's harmful. You learn to fear the right things. "Pain sometimes lets us know we have a condition that needs to be healed. Pain inside sometimes lets us know that spiritually we're not quite right and we need to be healed and that God will send that healing agent right to the spot. "Sometimes, pain is the only way that will turn us as kids back to the Father."

Finally, he spoke of James. James Dungy, Tony Dungy's oldest son, died three days before Christmas. As he did while delivering James' eulogy in December, Dungy on Saturday spoke of him eloquently and steadily, speaking of lessons learned and of the positives taken from experience. "It was tough, and it was very, very painful, but as painful as it was, there were some good things that came out of it," Dungy said.

Dungy spoke at the funeral of regretting not hugging James the last time he saw him, on Thanksgiving of last year. "I met a guy the next day after the funeral," Dungy said. "He said, 'I was there. I heard you talking. I took off work today. I called my son. I told him I was taking him to the movies. We're going to spend some time and go to dinner.' That was a real, real blessing to me."

Dungy said he has gotten many letters since James' death relaying similar messages. "People heard what I said and said, 'Hey, you brought me a little closer to my son,' or, 'You brought me a little closer to my daughter,''' Dungy said. "That is a tremendous blessing."

Dungy also said some of James' organs were donated through donors programs. "We got a letter back two weeks ago that two people had received his corneas, and now they can see,'' Dungy said. "That's been a tremendous blessing."

Dungy also said he received a letter from a girl from the family's church in Tampa. She had known James for many years, Dungy said. She went to the funeral because she knew James.

"When I saw what happened at funeral, and your family and the celebration and how it was handled, that was the first time I realized there had to be a God," Dungy said the girl wrote, "I accepted Christ into my life and my life's been different since that day." Added Dungy, "That was an awesome blessing, so all of those things kind of made me realize what God's love is all about."

Dungy also said he was asked often how he was able to return to the Colts so quickly after James' death. James died on December 22, and Dungy returned to the team one week later. Dungy said the answer was simple.

"People asked me, 'How did you recover so quickly?"' Dungy said. "I'm not totally recovered. I don't know that I ever will be. It's still very, very painful, but I was able to come back because of something one of my good Christian friends said to me after the funeral. "He said, 'You know James accepted Christ into his heart, so you know he's in heaven, right?'

I said, "Right, I know that." He said, 'So, with all you know about heaven, if you had the power to
bring him back now, would you?' When I thought about it, I said, "No, I wouldn't. I would not want him back with what I know about heaven."

That's what helped me through the grieving process. Because of Christ's spirit in me, I had that confidence that James is there, at peace with the Lord, and I have the peace of mind in the midst of something that's very, very painful.


Thursday, February 01, 2007

Did You Ever Wonder

lighted world

I was thinking this morning as I looked about my desk...what's on God's desk (if He has one)?
What level of amusement must we all present.