Friday, January 22, 2010

Bits and Pieces

Latest in The Return land available here and now. Excited? Oh well. Worth a try I suppose. Looks like Haiti is beginning to shape up a little bit from the news. Long way to go. Looks like some folks plan to rebuild the whole place. This could be a good thing? Depends on what happens next, I suppose. They still don't have a governing body that governs. What little they had believed in a form of trickle down idea. They get theirs and anything left over might go to the next layer of society. Since it appears most folks live at the bottom that works not so well for them. We'll see how this works assuming the press goes back in a year or so.

Anyone got a handle on what the Supreme Court actually did in the decision that hit the news yesterday? Lots of frantic hype out there, but a nice balanced report might be nice. Did they just open the door for some take over? (As if it weren't already a done deal, but we'll pretend the people still have some input for the sake of argument.) Some comments I've heard and read see the end in apocalyptic 3-D at a minimum. One of the thoughts that occurred to me is that the hallowed separation of church and state has a large gaping hole in it now since most religious type organizations are incorporated and speak for their populations. Hmm. If that's so, it's going to get interesting soon. And the high court will be busy sorting that out.

Jumping to a totally different subject---I've decided to try to learn biblical greek. Might have mentioned it before. Yes, I'm probably crazy, but it's just beginning to get interesting now. Pretty well got the alphabet and pronunciation guides. Well, maybe almost pretty well. The writing part and all those little marks that go over and somewhere near some of the letters is still a challenge. That's OK. I'm new to all this. Learning to cut myself some slack. That's more difficult than the actual material at hand. But that's another story for some other time. Just started the noun forms. You know, all those endings and whether it's this case or that. Should keep my brain from turning to mush. Or it'll be the cause of said mush attack.

Part of the plan is to try to beat the winter blahs. Nano helped in November but the rest of winter is still there and gray. December is always exquisitely bad. Have to find something to cover that month. But for now the January thru April looks covered. Studies and rating a few more books ought to be enough. The end of April is a vacationish trip. Looks good. Hopefully by then it'll be warm enough to get out more. Was last year. We're going to the same spot again.

Think that ought to be enough for this time around. Besides, I'm getting hungry and want to go on a foraging mission to see what is available to munch on.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Disasters of All Sorts Mash-Up

As you may have noticed I put up a review yesterday. My first ever. It's a little harder than it looks like it ought to be. For me anyway. Trying to say something negative but nicely isn't my style. Generally just put it out there and let the chips fall. Guess I could continue that way, but as I mentioned elsewhere the authors get feedback and I don't want to need a lawyer or something in case someone gets offended. Besides after doing a couple of the NaNoWriMo sprints I have a little more compassion for an author. A little more. On the other hand, if I can churn out something coherent then authors with all the agents and editors ought to be able to do that much more. Right? I think so.

So now what's next? Do it again, I guess. Requested another book and figure it'll get here in a couple of weeks. Book rate to the sticks is so so so slow. That's OK. I'll find something to occupy myself in the meantime.

Like trying to learn Greek, biblical Greek that is. Found a site that has the lectures et al so I ordered the books I needed and started a little bit ago. So far so good. But how much trouble can you get into in the intro and first lesson? Time will tell.

Surprised how much I already recognized. Did a workbook style study a long time ago but had no instruction to go with it. Must've been a pretty good workbook for me to have remembered anything. Why would I want to do such a thing as study Greek? The challenge mostly, I guess. To have a new way to look at the NT maybe? What about I just feel like it?

Following the Haiti mess as closely as I can. Can't begin to imagine. And what's worse it's not all that far from the way they live most of the time really. Just accentuated with more death and need. The questions are beginning to surface about how much assistance is enough in this situation. Outside of the obvious, urgent needs, is building an infrastructure that didn't exist before the earthquake the right thing to do? (Back to the we can but should we line from Jurassic Park.) Or is that considered overstepping bounds and interferring with their right of self determination or something? BTW, where's whatever's left of their government besides whining that he had nowhere to sleep. Just asking.

Enough to the newsy stuff. Get a steady flow of that elsewhere anyway. But before I leave that behind, one last thing. What's Congress up to these days? Pretty quiet on that front newswise. That's generally isn't a good thing. Lately, at least. Is it possible they are working? Picked up a couple of lines that they are trying to get healthcare jammed onto the desk in the Oval Office before some elections take place and before the state of the union. Hmm. Oh, btw. Tax the bad banks idea. Wonder who is really going to pay for that one? The banks? Sure. As they pass the cost through to guess who. Or maybe I'm jaded.

That's my two cents worth for the time being. Have to practice writing my alphabet now.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Post 'n Review

How to Reach your Full Potential for God
Charles F. Stanley
Thomas Nelson

Pastor Charles Stanley explores a three fold approach to reaching your, and his, full potential for God. Heart, body, and interestingly, schedule. I expected some other third choice but discovered that it worked well for this book. Within each category different essentials, as the author labeled them, emerged and were examined more closely.

Dr. Stanley's discussions and suggestions in this book are based on Scripture and applied appropriately in my opinion. I particularly liked the repeated emphasis on the importance of individual uniqueness.

His style is readable and accessible to most Christians, but he covers so much in each chapter that the reader can feel overwhelmed occasionally. So, expect to reread and rethink some portions of this book. I noticed that there is a study guide available for purchase. If you want to get the most from this book that might be the best way to proceed.

A major issue for me was that this book's target audience seemed to be older Christians judging from the arrangement of chapters and some of the discussions. When a topic that lent itself to a younger audience was introduced it felt out of place. Also since he had decided to cover so much territory within this book, the discussions tended to be thin and left me wishing for more depth. Maybe the next edition will include some helpful references in key areas.

Another weakness was Dr. Stanley's trying to discuss health and healthy living, which was clearly not one of his stronger areas of expertise. Nice try, needful topic, but just refer me to my health care providers.

Overall though, How to Reach Your Full Potential for God offers the reader a good entry portal into the topic of reaching your full potential for God.

Friday, January 8, 2010

First of the New Year Rambles

Happy New Year! even though it's a week old now. How'd I celebrate? Yawned and crawled into my nice warm bed. Boring. Sure, but no hangover or longish-party-with-folks-attempting-to-act-like-it's-the-best-time-they've-ever-had fond memories. So far the only difference aside from a 10 instead of the 09 isn't terribly distinguishable. To me any way. News is the same, weather is too. Here anyway. The south may say otherwise right now.

I have read one whole book so far and restarted a study I'd laid aside. The book was one I kept hearing about on a TV program I normally watch. So I thought I'd read it for myself. The author might do well in the fiction market with this one. Reads like it, but is supposed to be a nonfiction work. So, do I mean it's not true. No. Although, he does say he's interpreting his research in one of the end notes related to Jonathan Edwards, and earlier he mentions that a previous article wasn't contested. I guess in this day and time that makes it accurate or the lawyers would've been invoked.

It was an interesting read and it left me wondering not about the content but what the author was really looking for in this work. The last quarter of the book seemed unrelated to the rest, but investigated what the author sees as a form of Christian fundamentalism. Meandering is a good word for this work.

I don't understand why he's surprised that an interest group like the one he describes exists and is rather strong according to his reporting. Other groups of equal influence exist apparently, so why not one that reflects the views and interests of these people as well? Isn't it a bit naive to exclude such an idea? Or are the only groups permitted the ones he believes to be valid?

Why haven't I mentioned the title or author? Seems as if there's a link that finds mentions like this one and distributes it to the author and others. Since this is my opinion, not a review I don't want it carried further than this site. "Big Brother is watching" :)

Nearly succumbed to getting another cat. Close call. If there's been any kittens where I went it'd been another story. But, as it turned out the furniture is safe and I'm not sneezing. Yes, even though it appears I have an allergy to cat dander I still wanted one. For a while. Miss seeing the way they stalk around in their royalness attitudes. Oh well. The web site with all the pictures and captions will suffice.

Time to check what's cooking now. And maybe grab a bite of something to hold me until dinner time.