My friend Jim Gilbert is one strapping tiler. If you’re looking for someone to do tile in midcoast Maine, you might want to consider him.
1. I’d really like some uplifting words right now.
2. “Ow!” is the word you’d most often hear me say if I stubbed my toe. (Another word probably entered my mind, but I wouldn’t say it.)
3. Possession is a song by Sarah McLachlan that I particularly love. (Read about it here.)
4. What’s all the fuss about Captain Jack Sparrow.
5. Marshmallows and fire go together like grape juice and frog legs.
6. I have twin boys; it seems their energy is always on and on.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to hanging out with my sons, tomorrow my plans include tubing at the Snow Bowl with the whole family and some friends, and Sunday, I want to get a haicut!
1) “An oracle: The word of the LORD to Israel through Malachi.” (This is the book I’m currently reading.) Answer: This actually is the book of Malachi! I try to read five chapters in the Bible every morning. I start at the front, and read to the end. Once I get to the end, I start over. Someone mentioned that when they did that sort of reading, they picked a new translation each time. So, I’ve decided to do that! I read the King James, and am working on the New International now. I start Mark tonight! (I also sometimes read in the evening.)
2) “THE ‘Red Death’ had long devastated the country.” (One of my favorite short stories.) Answer: “The Masque of the Red Death” by Edgar Allan Poe. I figured some of you would at least be able to guess that one. I’m a huge Poe fan, and “Masque” is high on my list of favorites. I made a blog template with that theme, and produced a Reader’s Theater piece based on it.
3) “My grandmother, in her own way, shines like a beacon down the stormy American past.” (A favorite book I read over and over. Most of you probably haven’t read it.) Answer: This is “Revenge of the Lawn” by Richard Brautigan. I think my English teacher Roz Costa introduced me to him. He’s one of my favorites. I own all his works I can reasonably afford. The only things I don’t have are the outrageously expensive out-of-print stuff. The rest of it I’ve read.
4) “He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days know without taking a fish.” (This one you’ve probably all read, and should be an easy guess. This is a book I want to re-read.) Answer: “The Old Man and the Sea” by Hemingway. I figured this would be an easy guess too. I didn’t read this in high school, but it’s frequently required reading. Last week I mentioned I wanted to re-read it. I did–this week!
5) “When you ask why I dwell here docile among the far green hills, I laugh in my heart. My heart is happy.” (I’d guess none of you have ever read this book; I read it rather frequently.) Answer: The Jade Flute: Chinese Poems in Prose.” It’s out of print. It’s everything about me, in poems: it’s romantic, wistful, and melancholy. See if this sounds like something I might like…
To His Dead Lover
“The swishing sound of silk is still. The dust gathers on marble floors. The room is hollow, cold and silent. Leaves have drifted against the doors.
Longing for that lost sweet girl, I wonder how to lull my aching heart to rest.”
On Saturday, the kids and I went to the Owls Head Transportaion Museum. Not only was there free admission, but there was a workshop where the kids could build their own Styrofoam glider. We had a great time, and I took some photos. I took Susan’s new Pentax digital SLR. The LCD screen looks much different that how the photos actually come out. On the screen, the photos with a flash looked very over exposed. So I shut the flash off. Then, they looked ok on the LCD. When I got home to the computer, though, it was exactly the opposite. The photos with the flash looked fine (although there were harsh shadows), and the ones without flast were under exposed. Ah well, it’s a sophisticated camera, and will take some time to learn. Maybe I should read the manual!
Shuffling Canada Jack tagged me. Here’s the low-down:
Rules of the game:
1. Go to the the 4th folder where you keep your pictures on your computer.
2. Post the 4th picture in the folder.
3. Explain the photo.
4. Tag 4 fellow bloggers to join in the fun!
Ok, let’s go to My Photos. Fourth folder in is called Birthdays 2007. The fourth photo in is my youngest, Matthew.
The file notes of the photo say it was taken with a Kodak camera. That’s not my brand. I think Grammy-Nan actually snapped this photo.
I’m supposed to tag three people. Here’s where I run into issues. Lisa and Susan have lots of photos, but I don’t think they know how to post them. Jim doesn’t post anymore. Jack already played, and she already nominated Amber. So how about Melanie and Amy? You guys take, and know how to post, photos. Why not give it a go?
I was working on an ad for a local phone book. I needed a place to save it on the office file server. While poking around for a folder to which I had permissions to save files, I found a folder called “Bill’s.” I found a bunch of photos taken one day when the boys came to visit me. You can see those photos here.
1. Oh, I am so looking forward to a weekend off!
2. Spokane Washington proposes changes, big and little.
3. During my morning shower, I stick a neti pot up my nose.
4. American Idol; are you kidding me???
5. Right now I’d like to be enjoying a nice breakfast, knowing I had the rest of the day off.
6. My iPod Touch is my favorite gadget.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to not playing any gigs, tomorrow my plans include doing something with the family and not gigging, and Sunday, I want to not play any gigs! (I’ll probably still play drums in church, though.)
Take five different books, and type in the first line of each
book. You can pick a book you just read, a book you are reading, and a book
you want to read. You can use fiction, non-fiction, poetry, textbooks,
whatever. If you want to create your own similarities among the five books,
you can. However, you can pick any random five books you want, whether you
have read them or not. DO NOT post the name of the book, nor the author.
Only list the first line. Over the next week, visit the blog of each MI-5’er. Make yourself post a comment. It can be any comment, with one exception: DO NOT TRY TO GUESS THE BOOK OR THE AUTHOR. This is to the keep the “surprise” for those of us who like to guess. You may indicate that you’ve read the book, that based upon the first line you’d like (or not like) to read the book, or you can
indicate that you know the book (just don’t name the book or author). Next Thursday or Friday, each MI-5’er should add the title and the author to
their original entry.
1) “An oracle: The word of the LORD to Israel through Malachi.” (This is the book I’m currently reading.)
2) “THE ‘Red Death’ had long devastated the country.” (One of my favorite short stories.)
3) “My grandmother, in her own way, shines like a beacon down the stormy American past.” (A favorite book I read over and over. Most of you probably haven’t read it.)
4) “He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days know without taking a fish.” (This one you’ve probably all read, and should be an easy guess. This is a book I want to re-read.)
5) “When you ask why I dwell here docile among the far green hills, I laugh in my heart. My heart is happy.” (I’d guess none of you have ever read this book; I read it rather frequently.)
OK, rememeber: If you know the answer, DON’T mention the name or author in your comments! Next week, I’ll reveal who is what. By my guesstimate, though, you’ll be able to get three out of the five I posted.
When I got home last night, I asked the kids what they learned in school. Nat said he learned about giraffes. I asked what he learned about giraffes, and he said “I learned about their guts, their bones, their skin, and their allergies.”
“What are they allergic to?” I asked.
He responded: “Lions.”
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