Archive for January, 2009
Nothing I have ever posted, or will ever post for that matter, has gotten more hits than what I have posted about professional bull rider Lee and his wife Mary Akin. There is such concern and desire for information on Lee that when people search for info on Lee they often hit this site. So here is a link to the latest article about him. Right HERE.
Here are links to the other articles and links on this blog.
Because we attend the same church, I see Lee and Mary regularly and I think it is safe to say that the road to recovery is ongoing and that they are doing as well as can be expected. Recovery slows down after the initial phase but it is steady. From my limited perspective, these kinds of rehabilitation are hardest on the spouse and it appears to me that Mary carries a huge burden with great grace and love but she does get tired and needs our prayers as much as Lee does. Thank you for praying. If you want to support the Akins financially you can access information about that HERE.
All in all, from where they were to where they are, they are doing really well. Glory to God!
A friend and fellow blogger Krisy at the HouseofHenry posted these creative word flips, for lack of a better description, that caught my attention. They are published yearly in the Washington Post after a contest for readers invited them to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition.
Here are the winners. Read carefully as flipping one letter changes the real word into an artificial one. Enjoy! (Thanks Krisy!)
1. Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.
2. Reintarnation : Coming back to life as a hillbilly.
3. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stop bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future..
4. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period.
5. Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.
6. Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn’t get it.
7. Inoculatte : To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.
8. Hipatitis: Terminal coolness.
9. Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)
10. Karmageddon: It’s like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibe s, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it’s, like, a serious bummer.
11. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.
12. Glibido: All talk and no action.
13. Dopeler effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.
14. Arachnoleptic fit(n.): The frantic dance performed just after you’ve accidentally walked through a spider web.
15. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.
16. Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding half a worm in the fruit you’re eating.
Gig Harbor, Washington
Only a couple of more days for me here in the NW. It has been a really good time seeing the kids and grandkids as well as some good friends. Lot’s of snow, which is pretty unusual including about 3 inches last night, which is all gone. We are spending a few hours in the Harbor with Summer, Canyon Paul and Sage. Brad is at work. We will go back to Shelton tonight and spend tomorrow getting ready for me to head out with Jake. Linda is going to stay here a few more days and meet me in Salt Lake City. I will be driving with Doug to Idaho Falls to meet Cody at Todd and Leslie’s house for a couple of days of talking about the PBRO ministry. I am looking forward to the time with these guys who have had such a huge role in my life these last three years.
Item one. I am looking for ways to change the Juniper Tree at the beginning of it’s third year. One thing I really want to do is add pictures on a regular basis since we are regularly in some really beautiful places and a lot of people would rather look at pics than read. Another thing I think I will start is commenting on the comments. For the first two years I haven’t done that but I think it will be a good change. Maybe spark some added interest. I wish I knew how to design my own site because I get bored with the stock WordPress formats. Some of you do such a great job of bringing your own style to your blog. Anyone want to teach me?
Item two. Anyone have any regrets you are carrying over from 2008? Anything you wish you had done but didn’t get to? Something you know you were supposed to do but you just flat didn’t do it? Anyone want to share any regrets from 2008? Mine? I didn’t enjoy each day for what it was. I didn’t laugh enough.
Item three. Ever wonder how long it will take for you to get really good at something? How long will it take to be a success. Apparently it is about 10000 hours, so says Malcolm Gladwell in a book called Outliers. No, I didn’t read it but I did read a review. The book offers a number of ways to reach success at anything but the number one way? Work hard and put in the time. 10000 hours is roughly 10 years. Made me wonder why in the church we expect people to have it together spiritually in a few weeks? What would happen if we invested 10 years in really entering in to a life of faith?
The Canyon man is up so I will stop the meandering a little short today. Have a wonderful week.