Saturday, January 31, 2009

You, too, can put your words on a bus

Marian McPartland

There is a lovely interview with the jazz pianist and host of Piano Jazz at The Episcopal Cafe.

You can hear the concert at Trinity Wall Street here.

Father Matthew Moretz on Evangelism

It amazes me that some believe that evangelism requires scaring the hell out of people then inviting them to church. Or vice versa. NOT!

I don't believe you can "convert" people by promising prosperity if they attend worship regularly and give money.

If you have never seen Fr Matthew on YouTube, you are missing some great "amateur" video messages. You can find him online at The Geranium Farm or in person at Christ's Church, Rye, NY.

Your Spiritual Number is Two

You bring kindness and harmony into other people's lives.
Whenever a situation or idea seems extreme, you try to lend some balance.
Right now, your life is about benefiting from choices you've made in your past.
You have done your best to be a good person, and it is starting to pay off.

You are an idealist with interesting ideas. You can't help but see all of the beauty in the world.
But you are also aware of the world and its limitations. You have realistic expectations.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Friday shuffle

1. Cry Baby - Garnet Mimms and the Enchanters
2. White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane
3. Everyday People - Sly & the Family Stone
4. You're That Certain Someone - Warrior River Boys
5. Mr. Tambourine Man - The Byrds
6. PDQ Bach: Missa Hilarious, Sanctus
7. Good Morning Starshine - Oliver
8. Schubert: Mass in G, Benedictus - Upshaw, Atlanta, Shaw
9. Lover-O-Lover Polka
10. My Boyfriend Polka

More snow photos

Downtown Greenville


The golf course

Our road

The homestead

Cathouse mess

Tommie eats lunch while I survey the ice mess that has the cathouse roof covered with water and ice. Fortunately the box has a plastic bottom so it shouldn't get wet. I hope Sunday's 40 temperature will allow me to get rid of the ice and patch the plastic roof. I nailed a closed cell foam pad over the carpet so the water will run under it. I have a heater there to help melt the ice but the noise scares the cats. We'll see if PuddyTat gets bold and ignores it for the comfort of her box. She won't need the heating pad. The little heater really makes the entire space quite warm. I'll probably turn it off during the night.

Friday cat blogging

It is this kind of day. Tommie and PuddyTat have been cuddled in her box almost all the time since last evening. Sorry the cats have made such a mess on the window. It is almost impossible to clean it without dismantling the cathouse.

Later in the day, Dude came out to eat and met PuddyTat. She said, "Sorry, I'm not interested", and walked away as he watched.

Jellico appeared to eat this morning. Tommie watched from the box but didn't even sing. The furry cat runs when he sees me so I didn't bother him. He hasn't been around lately so he needs to eat.

Already campaigning

Sarah Palin has launched a political action committee - SarahPac. The ABC story is here. Perhaps the comedians won't need a bailout after all.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Feeling guilty

The last time we had this much snow I didn't have a garage or anyone to plow me out and it didn't last this long. I parked my car up at the road and walked to the house with a little plastic sled to carry groceries and other items and to ride occasionally. Now I have a wonderful neighbor who takes good care of me. He plows but I still have to shovel the car out as well as paths to the door and the cathouse for the felines. I usually also keep the spaces under the feeders clear for the ground feeding birds. Not this time. I'm not strong enough to shovel this much wet snow. So I'm feeling guilty. But the birds do have food and water just like the cats.

Monday, January 26, 2009

I want me one of these

Complete with all the bishops. You can get one too. The story is at Padre Mickey's Dance Party.