Thursday, May 29, 2008

The Dance!

squared circles - Clocks
Originally uploaded by Leo Reynolds.
Time has always felt like my I have been amazed by a number of "strange coincidences" in my life lately that depended on proper timing. It feels like they are in response to my request to God to show me how to dance in step, to use my time wisely and in an organized way. I'm sure many would see them as just pure chance...but it feels like more.

making friends at the stop light
Originally uploaded by emdot.
A few days ago I happened to turn out onto the highway just in front of someone who knew that someone else was looking for me. The light turned red right in front of us and we were able to roll down the windows and chat the old fashioned way long enough for me to find out how to help get some important documents in the mail.

Ghoomar - the folk dance
Originally uploaded by Abhy..

Just tonight, I went to get the water I had forgotten to refill earlier and happily ran into someone I had been missing. I don't know if I'll get to see her again, so just in case I don't I will send my best wishes here. "May you also hear the music and join the dance that brought our paths together ever so briefly."

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Memorial Day Secrets

I ran to Safeway to get a last minute ingredient for our family get-together and the radio automatically turned on to NWPR. It was the introduction to the weekend's THBOOK:

SECRECY POST 9/11 Program 08-05-25-A Listen!

"Shhh… I have a secret… Now, I could tell you but then I’d have to kill you."
Classic spy joke – but not so funny when it’s true. In this hour of To The Best
of Our Knowledge, we’ll go the dark side of secrecy - warrantless wiretapping,
secret CIA prisons, “extraordinary rendition,” waterboarding. All wrapped in a
classified Pentagon Black Ops budget worth some 30 billion dollars. Join us for
the pros and cons of secrecy after 9/11.

After purchasing two jars of canola oil mayonaise for $5 I headed back to the car for the 5 min drive back to Grandma's. I was just in time to hear the story of the detainee and what a sad story it was. I had to turn off the radio after it got too intense for a party day - I didn't want to come in with all the horror in my mind, but it is a story that should be known. These things should not be left in the dark corners of our country's history

SEGMENT 1: Douglas Feith served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
under Donald Rumsfeld and was one of the architects of the Bush administration's
war on terrorism. He talks with Steve Paulson about decision making in the
aftermath of 9/11. His book is "War and Decision: Inside the Pentagon at the
Dawn of the War on Terrorism." Also, Alex Gibney is the director of the Academy
Award winning documentary "Taxi to the Dark Side." He tells Anne Strainchamps
about one detainee at a US Air Force Base in Afghanistan. And we hear clips from
the film.

The words of Matthew 10:26 seem appropriate here:

"So do not be afraid of them. There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. "

Wednesday, May 14, 2008


Frog Prince Slides Again
Originally uploaded by gehmflor.

Always do

what you
are afraid
to do.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Sun Halos above Walla Walla Valley

From my Dad:
On May 8, 2008, Heather called me around 1:30 pm from the school where she teaches. She wanted me to see, and photograph, some wonderful arcs in the sky. With my little Nikon CoolPix, I shot a number of views, downloaded them, and found that I could arrange them using MS Word and the Draw - Free Rotate feature. I don't have the skills to "stitch" them together, but Heather reminded me I could digitize the grouping using Print Screen feature, and then edit it. So I put MS Word on "Full Screen" view and caught my work that way.
If my research on Atmospheric Optics is accurate, then the ring around the sun is a 22 degree "halo" and the larger ring is a 120 degree "parhelion." (^_^Thanks Dad, and a special thanks to Lindsey for loaning me her phone!)