Archive for March, 2009

The Early Edition

“What if you knew beyond a doubt what was going to happen tomorrow? Sure, I know it’s crazy… but what if you did? Whether you’d be rich, or poor; a hero, or a loser; lucky in love, unlucky in life. What would you do? What if, by some magic, you found the power to really change things? People, events, maybe even your life? Would you even know where to start? Maybe you can’t know. Until it happens…”

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I haven’t watched much Early Edition – there’s a language issue with the show. But I always thought that it was a VERY cool show. At one point, I wished that I could be the one that got tomorrow’s newspaper today.

Some of you may be lost at this point because you have no clue what Early Edition is. So let me backtrack a bit. Early Edition is a show that ran from 1996-2000. Gary Hobbs is the main character, and each episode shows him as he tries to save the lives of people who are poisoned, drowned, in car accidents, who attempt suicide, etc. How does he do it? He gets tomorrow’s newspaper. Today. The newspaper includes all of the details he needs. When. Where. How.

Gary’s friend Chuck is constantly wanting Gary to use the newspaper to advantage. Making bets would become very profitable if you already knew the outcome of a game. But Gary steadfastly refuses. The paper is not for personal gain.

Now back to what I said earlier – I used to wish that such a thing could happen to me. The truth is, it HAS happened! I do know the future. I have my Bible, and know the future of all of the people in the world based on whether or not they know Christ. My problem is that I’m selfish – like Chuck. Because I know the truth, I’ve taken care of myself. But I’m not helping others. I’m not trying to stop people from going to a fate far worse than a car accident. Millions of times more painful than being trapped in a burning building. I’m not telling others that they are going to spend eternity in Hell!

But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

I don’t know when. But I do know where. I do know who. I do know what. So the question I pose to you is:

What are you doing with your Early Edition?

early-1.jpg image by bigbro79

Giveaway!!!

The movie I mentioned last week (or was it two weeks ago??) is being given away over here. Go check it out!

St. Patrick’s Day Post

Here’s my post for St. Patrick’s day. I hadn’t really planned on doing one, so I’m just referring you to other St. Patricks’ day posts I enjoyed. 😀 First I’ll recommend that you go here , and then here’s a video of St. Patrick’s Day. (I’m not a big Veggie Tales fan, but oh, well… I’ll send you here anyhow.)

 

P.S. If anyone can tell me how to embed a video into my posts, I’d be much obliged! Thanks!

(Portions of) My Day in Pictures

Today I thought I’d do something new… and instead of telling you about today, I’ll post some pictures of the routine stuff that happened. =D Part of this is because it takes time to type, part of it is because I’m in love with my camera and want to take opportunities to use the various opptions on it. Hope you enjoy!

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Starting the day right…

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Which I’ve obviously neglected to do several times.

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Dream a little… (Phantom is playing at our theatre, and I want to go see it, but the PRICE!!!)

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Enjoy some music (One of my FAVORITE songs on this soundtrack! I mean… I always see Peter’s sword coming up out of the water as the song starts… :D)

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Math (No comment)

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Take a little nap… (NOTE: This is not me, but I did take a nap!)

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Snack (Annie’s honey-graham bunnies, chocolate chips, raisins, and walnuts. MMM)

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Piano Lesson!

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Computer time

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My desktop

And I took more, but I need to get going. You probably all think that I’m crazy anyhow. But I’ve seen a few blogs where people do this, and personally, I like it. Not as an all-the-time thing. But I just love pictures! 😀

Anyhow, hope ya’ll have a great week!

It never ceases to amaze me…

iPods are pretty awesome, and I am continually thinking that there’s no way that they could be improved on. Yet Apple is always there to prove me wrong. I thought that my third-generation iPod nano was about as good as it could get (except for the backside scratching so easily) — but lo and behold, Apple threw out the fourth generation. It blows my mind! But… would you just look at this??? It’s tiny! But it fits a lot of music! And… the controls are incredible! Wouldn’t people from hundreds of years ago be amazed? Actually, I’m amazed!

(P.S. The incredibleness of this doesn’t make me want one. I still think my nano is better. I mean, you can’t watch movies on a shuffle!)

So here’s the deal…

I’ve been thinking of sharing some of the essays I’ve written for school. I don’t know if ya’ll want to read my school assignments, but it would be a good way to post more frequently! If you’re opposed, just let me know, but in the mean time, here’s an essay I wrote a couple weeks ago. My assignment was to define a word in five paragraphs.

 

Courage
         Since creation, man has been challenged with various opportunities to show either courage or weakness. Courage is often wrongly defined as boldness, which is often stupidity rather than courage. Examples of courage can be found throughout history and even in modern times. We will be looking at the true definition of courage, related words, and examples of courage in the twenty-first century.
         Going to a dictionary and looking up the word courage, you will find a definition similar to this one: “the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear.” Although at first glance, this seems like a good definition, it is not correct. As was once said, “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.”[I] A better definition would be: “The state or quality of mind or spirit that enables one to face danger, or fear, with self-possession, confidence, and resolution.”
         Words often associated with courage include bravery, fortitude, and heroism. Although any of these character qualities may be found in a person, some people are not given the chance to show them. People such as Todd Beamer and Captain Chesley Sullenberger III would never have become famous had not opportunity come to show their courage. Though acts of bravery, fortitude, and heroism don’t always lead to fame, many famous people have given displays of these characteristics.
         Examples of courage in the twenty-first century include the aforementioned Todd Beamer and Captain “Sully.” Though these two men are certainly not the only examples, we will use them as illustrations of courage. Both of these men displayed their courage in the air, though they differ in that one lived to tell about it and the other didn’t. Todd Beamer was a thirty-three year-old husband and father from New Jersey who helped defeat a small group of hijackers on September 11, 2001. Captain “Sully” Sullenberger is the pilot who landed an Airbus A320 in the Hudson River in order to save the lives of the 155 on board.
         Now that we have seen definitions of courage in the dictionary, looked at related words, and observed two examples of courage from the twenty-first century, we should have a good idea of the meaning of courage. Though not all dictionaries are correct, we found that courage is defined as the ability to face hardship with self-possession. We also saw that bravery, as well as heroism are commonly associated with courage. Though all people have courage in some amount, they must take opportunity as it comes, or else they will show that the characteristic of weakness is stronger than their courage.

[I] Attributed to James Neil Hollingway (a.k.a. Ambrose Redmoon) Also used by Meg Cabot

Help me spend my money…

One of my very good friends gave me a Borders gift card for my birthday, and I need to decide what to spend it on. So I thought I’d ask for any input ya’ll might have.

  1. Daniel Deronda
  2. Wives and Daughters
  3. Rhapsody in Red
  4. Til We Have Faces

Also, please let me know if you have any suggestions of books I shouldn’t miss! I’m also considering three titles by Eric Wilson… if I mention his co-authors, you’ll probably be able to name the titles without any help: Alex and Stephen Kendrick. =D I’ve heard that the books are as good as the movies!