28 August 2008

Lunch Box Days Cometh

It won't be long before my little girl starts Preschool. Hard to believe she's 4 years old and harder to believe she's going from daycare at Kim's work to Pre-K at First Baptist Church of Laurel School. Tuesday is her first day.

Funny where the mind goes with thoughts like these. Such as the pic above. My widdle mind wandered to my first lunch box...maybe not literally my first since I think that was Battlestar Gallactica...but I definitely remember ole Luke kickin it swamp style with Yoda and the red thermos with the yellow lid. That was a schweet lunch box.

So, G has her choice of two. One is a fabulous gift from the Rials boys in Mississippi...all monogrammed and fun with a lady bug on it. Havin a total brain cramp right now on what the other one is. Hmmm. Oh well.

What fun! She's been waiting for it like a hungry monkey for two months. "Do I go to my new school next week?" inquires the child who likes to know her schedule and what's next. Of course when she first started asking that I was responding, "No, sweetie, you've got quite a while. It's like two months away." She's solid on today and tomorrow...so, since it wasn't tomorrow she was either off to something else or frustrated that it wasn't time. Girls. :)

19 August 2008

Roseanne: From Grab To Gab

Give me a break. Here's a wonderful example of how Hollywood is cannibalistic...not that you should be surprised.

Perhaps you missed the story. Roseanne in a post to her website expressed her opinions about how Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie use their money and thinks that Angelina should make a choice on who to endorse in the Presidential race.

Roseanne writes, "Also Miss Jolie says she likes McCain too and hasn't decided who to endorse....huh? Aren't you supposed to be somewhat enlightened, or do you not know that the African daughter you hold in every picture had parents who suffered and died because of the Republican party's worldwide economic assault on Africa over the last few decades since Reagan?" she adds.

The only reason I'd even spend time on this post is to applaud this A-List Hollywood couple for at least being open to another candidates views. Typically, Hollywood clings to liberal issues and Democrat candidates. So, for major figures in Tinseltown to go on record and even consider a Republican candidate to me is nearly unheard of.

In case you are wondering, I feel that Senator Obama is little more than great spoken words in slick clothes. So many are ready for "change" and something "different" that they seem to be focused on a candidate who is young and African-American. Dismiss how wrong he'd be for the Oval Office.

Senator McCain wouldn't be my first choice for President either. However, given the choice, I'd rather have him than Obama.

Thanks Brad and Angelina for being open-minded. Roseanne, you've faded into oblivion ever since your horrible grabbing rendition of the National Anthem. Perhaps you should grab and gab less and focus more on helping those around you.

Check out the article here

13 August 2008

Anyone For A Howl?

We've had some amazing weather as of late in Maryland. Nothing like upper-60s to low-70s as evening falls. It's even gotten into the 50s in some burbs. And this is August?!

While walking Maddy tonight, I noticed the moon looking very similar to the image on left. My thoughts instantly went to what's around the corner: my favorite time of year!

I love Fall...the temps, the smell on the winds, the color of leaves, and Halloween. Mmmmmm, time for some shut-eye with the windows open. :)

02 August 2008

Madame Speaker, Where Art Thou?

One of my father-in-law's favorite quotes is: "If you always do what you've always done...you'll always get what you've always gotten."

So, to our vacationing members of Congress, thanks for continuing to ignore the people's desires to drill offshore and find LOCAL means of energy. If you're not around to vote, maybe people will forget? Maybe the energy concern will go away, right? Grrrrr.

On April 19, 2006, the then Senate Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi stated, "Democrats have a plan to lower gas prices…join Democrats who are working to lower gas prices now.”

Since Democrats have been in power with promises of lower gas prices, $4+/gallon gas prices have become common place.

Yesterday, the lights and mics were turned off and the House had stopped TV feeds to C-Span after the pre-noon vote to adjourn Congress for the August recess. Republicans, however, demanded that Congress stay in session until it did something about high gas prices.

"Madame Speaker, where art thou?" shouted out Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, in a glancing rhetorical shot at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. "Where oh where has Congress gone?"

Democrats blocked Republicans from a vote on allowing more offshore oil drilling and increasing domestic oil supplies. Meanwhile, Democrats argued Republicans blocked their efforts to stop market speculation, press oil companies to develop the leases they have and force the president to release oil from the strategic petroleum reserve.

The result is that Congress is leaving town without a comprehensive energy bill.

Yet, the Democrats had a plan in 2006 to lower gas prices. It take two years to put the plan in place?!

I say it's time we fire our representatives (okay, NOT re-elect them) who have gotten too accustomed to always doing what they've always done...which gets us what we've always gotten.

01 August 2008

Music To The Soul




This post will have nothing to do with my adventures in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Yet, it still reflects on me today.

I served in the Contemporary Christian music field for nearly 10 years at WHJT and WYJS in Jackson, MS. It was here that I learned CCM was years behind the mainstream music scene. Lyrics at the time weren't strong, music was weaker, and CCM had a growing following that could be so much larger if the music was closer in quality to mainstream tunes.

Flash forward to today and the clip I've posted from Superchick. Glorious. Artists today can go toe-to-toe with their mainstream counterparts in lyrics, sound, and music videos.

Additionally, there's something to be said for making Christian radio a habit. You know the ole phrase "garbage in, garbage out"? If we listen to and watch garbage on a daily basis, we become immune to it and our spirit is grinded down each time. However, the positive messages of Christian lyrics coupled with whatever your flavor of music is very uplifting. That's right, whether it's pop, rock, country, metal, jazz, or hiphop...there's a Christian message for you.

If you're in the DC Metro area, check out WRBS 95.1 for some great examples. Otherwise, visit Lifeway or Family Bookstores for some great selections.