for Sam

goodbye, Sam. 
know you were well loved
our hearts and thoughts are with your mom and sisters

Now cracks a noble heart.
Good night, sweet prince;
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest

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mid-afternoon of a winter day

when things around me look like this

shame that excavator, eh?  takes away from the poetry of the moment.
fun bonus fact:  said excavator has been parked in front of our house since past Sunday night. they were to have dugup our gas lines this past Monday.  apparently, it is "too cold". *

* obviously these folks are not of hardy Kansan stock.  Kansans would have laughed at the cold. laughed.

the ivy is outside.  draping around the outside of the house.

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kill her, Stains, kill her!

from the often sublime E! Online's The Soup comes this clip featuring an Australian dog, Stains:

edit 20090127@9:41pm:  removed, as "embedding is disabled by request"

watch the clip at YT, at E! Online (direct link)

or look for it in The Soup's blog (posted on Friday, January 23rd)

Canajans, check here

UKers, here

Aussies,  here

and just so you get an idea of what I'm talking about, a screenshot via VOX neighbor Dewitte:

… I was so wishing for Stains to first bite her on the crotch and then eat the cupcakes.

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happy year of the brown cow!

…at least according to one website,  2009/4706 is:

Chinese New Year 2009 – The Year of Ox –

The Year of Earth Cow – The Year of Brown Cow

since I me meself was born on 1961, this year is the beginning of my 4th cycle.  a 4th cycle female brown ox

seems pretty fucking awesome to me.

bringit.  on

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You gotta help me keep ‘im down

Bishop Robinson’s prayer – 01192009

given at the opening of the "We Are One" concert.  which was dropped from the broadcast

NOTE: many thanks to e2c for linking to the full text of the prayer in the comments.

O God of our many understandings, we pray that you will…

Bless us with tears – for a world in which over a billion people exist on less than a dollar a day, where young women from many lands are beaten and raped for wanting an education, and thousands die daily from malnutrition, malaria, and AIDS.

Bless us with anger – at discrimination, at home and abroad, against refugees and immigrants, women, people of color, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

Bless us with discomfort – at the easy, simplistic “answers” we’ve preferred to hear from our politicians, instead of the truth, about ourselves and the world, which we need to face if we are going to rise to the challenges of the future.

Bless us with patience – and the knowledge that none of what ails us will be “fixed” anytime soon, and the understanding that our new president is a human being, not a messiah.

Bless us with humility – open to understanding that our own needs must always be balanced with those of the world.

Bless us with freedom from mere tolerance – replacing it with a genuine respect and warm embrace of our differences, and an understanding that in our diversity, we are stronger.

Bless us with compassion and generosity – remembering that every religion’s God judges us by the way we care for the most vulnerable in the human community, whether across town or across the world.

And God, we give you thanks for your child Barack, as he assumes the office of President of the United States.

Give him wisdom beyond his years, and inspire him with Lincoln’s reconciling leadership style, President Kennedy’s ability to enlist our best efforts, and Dr. King’s dream of a nation for ALL the people.

Give him a quiet heart, for our Ship of State needs a steady, calm captain in these times.

Give him stirring words, for we will need to be inspired and motivated to make the personal and common sacrifices necessary to facing the challenges ahead.

Make him color-blind, reminding him of his own words that under his leadership, there will be neither red nor blue states, but the United States.

Help him remember his own oppression as a minority, drawing on that experience of discrimination, that he might seek to change the lives of those who are still its victims.

Give him the strength to find family time and privacy, and help him remember that even though he is president, a father only gets one shot at his daughters’ childhoods.

And please, God, keep him safe. We know we ask too much of our presidents, and we’re asking FAR too much of this one. We know the risk he and his wife are taking for all of us, and we implore you, O good and great God, to keep him safe. Hold him in the palm of your hand – that he might do the work we have called him to do, that he might find joy in this impossible calling, and that in the end, he might lead us as a nation to a place of integrity, prosperity and peace.


edit 20090121@1354: added link to video. by Christianity Today via YT:

edit 20090121@1622: changed text to full remarks as printed in Grace Unfolding

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another way to pimp GodBlog

this is the email I just sent to the "suggest a book for our collection" at the local library.

Laurie Channer is a Canadian author. this is her first novel.
I found the reading gripping and the topic relevant, as blogging, which many people thought had "peaked" a year or so ago, is instead becoming more and more integral to our daily experience.

I think GODBLOG would be a great addition to the Fiction collection of the library.
thanks for your consideration

the library "regrets that due to the large number of suggestions they receive they are unable to either put on reserve or notify patrons when/if items they request are purchased".   no matter.  I'll check periodically and report back.

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the daily show with jon stewart live broadcast, 01/20/2009

attempting an embed so (perhaps) the non-US peeps can watch.

EDIT:   nope.  tried it twice and neither worked.   sorries.   but give it time.  patience little grasshoppers, patience.

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ah, Louisville! a traditional Southern city in the grand Southern manner

as exemplified by this young man

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