December 03, 2009

Draft Autosaved at 11:19 am

Title idea stolen from Dylan, who also offers this:
Maybe Tiger Woods should have a fling with the gal who crashed the state dinner at the White House with her husband, so as to combine the two most annoying stories of the current news cycle.
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A happy birth anniversary to Steven Riddle today!

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TAN Books has a handsome new Douay-Rheims version for sale and advertises: "Give the Gift of Holy Scripture - The words of guidance, comfort and love!" Not a bad summary of the Bible - guidance, in terms of the commandments and law, comfort, in the form of reassurance that God triumphs, and love in the descriptions of what God has done for us.

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I would write an ode to the morning commute! While still experiencing the fast-perishing post-vacation euphoria, heard the 1812 Overture on the radio and in one of those pleasing and rare synchroniticies the fabulous ending coincided with my pulling into my parking place. I had the music blaring within and it seemed almost impossible not to roll down my window and share it with passerbys.

Speaking of real reasons for joy, 1 John 4:4 says "He that is within is greater than the world." Josh Hamilton said that any temptation that lingers longer than eight seconds is apt to be acted on, therefore it's crucial to drive out negative thoughts within those first eight sentences. For him the driver-outer was: "Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up." That was the little piece of Scripture he carried with him like a viaticum during the process of his conversion.

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Also what pleasure last night to read part of Bill Simmons' book on NBA basketball history. It has it all: weight, humor, nostalgia. He talked about why we forget history so easily, why we want our new superstars to eclipse the old.


Enbrethiliel said...


Isn't it also the birthday of Walt Disney and Tyra Banks? =)

TS said...

Banks, Disney & Steven. Quite a motley crew!

Steven said...
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Steven said...

Hi TSO and Enbretheliel,

Thank you for the birthday greetings. It's a lousy day here--one of the rare "cold" ones and rainy. Nevertheless, being stubborn and not prone to mere meteorological persuasion, I have full intent to go and party with Mr. Disney's legacy much of this morning and afternoon. If I'm fortunate the foul weather may mean light park attendance as possible attendees deal with Christmas shoppping and other indoor activities.

Thanks again!