Saturday, January 12, 2008

Would You Like a Pillow? Um, no thanks....

Eight mice found - dead and alive - on
United Airlines flight

by Catherine
Jan 9th 2008 @ 11:00AM

If something runs over your foot on
your next flight, beware: it might not be the beverage cart.

In a
reversal of roles, the United States nearly imported its own tainted goods to
China on a United Airlines flight recently. While en route to China, United
employees discovered a total of eight mice -- some dead, some alive -- hidden in
pillows throughout the cabin. On arrival, Chinese officials greeted the plane
with rat poison and mouse traps.

The story was printed in newspapers
yesterday, along with lists of viruses mice can carry. The articles also
probably incited panic when they wrote of the potentially fatal damage mice
could do by chewing through wires on aircraft.

Could these tiny
creatures be more dangerous than the

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

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Saturday, December 23, 2006

Undeniably Awesome!

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Monday, August 28, 2006

DarnNews Blues

My Own Self-forgiveness and Redemption

An entry I received via email from a respected counselor.... - goodsoul

"If we live our spiritual lives only in fear of punishment (in some form of exclusion) or in hope of reward (in some form of inclusion), rather than in the simple awareness of the One because of Whom all life is totally meaningful and worthwhile, we can end up becoming very 'religious' people, but not very 'holy' people. Then life becomes simply a series of tests and trials and disciplines and scores, instead of the moment-by-moment, joyful revelation of God Who is present in everything that happens to us, in every single thing we do. Sanctity is about how we view life, and then how we live life from that vantage point. It is not about empty, ritualistic spiritual exercises designed to evaluate our spiritual athleticism or a kind of spiritual bribery designed to win us prizes we've already received and can never really earn or deserve. ... I used to think that sanctity meant keeping all the rules (or at least appearing to do so). Now I know that it means knowing and managing the self. When I really know myself, I know what I must do to be the best me I can become. Then and only then does it become impossible to judge another."

-- Joan Chittister, in Becoming Fully Human; The Greatest Glory of God

"There must be no limit to your goodness, as our God's goodness knows no bounds."

-- Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount

Who do I think I am to judge anyone else's spiritual life (or, for that matter, to judge those others who I think are judging others), as if I am living a life of unique quality and depth? There is no official "ranking" that I need to concern myself with, no grade or performance that can ever make me "good enough," while others are clearly not measuring up. The only human experiences that are in my control are my own attitudes and behaviors, and forgiveness of everyone and everything is the only path to my own self-forgiveness and redemption. I have more than enough battles to fight inside my own skin, battles I've been instructed to focus on and die to, as I "remove my own plank." I really don't need to be distracting myself fighting battles with others. When I see their speck, I can simply name it with love, because I recognize it inside myself, and let it go.

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Saturday, August 19, 2006

Sly Takes a Hike

Monday, July 31, 2006

Owed to a Spell Checker (with apologies to Percy Dovetonsils)

[I don't know who E. Bear is - I came across this delightful poem years ago and have no other artifact from its author. Since I frequently use the incorrect spelling of common words or blindly allow the spell checker to incorrectly correct words I use, I thought this fine little ditty should crawl off my hard drive into the public eye once more]

I have a spelling checquer
It came with my pea sea
It plane lee marks four my revue
Miss steaks aye can knot sea

Eye ran this poem threw it
Your sure real glad two no
It's vary polished in it's weigh
My checker tolled me sew

A checker is a bless sing
It freeze yew lodes of thyme
It helps me awl stiles two reed
And aides me when aye rime

To rite with care is quite a feet
Of witch won should be proud
And wee mussed dew the best wee can
Sew flaws are knot aloud

And now bee cause my spelling
is checked with such grate flare
Their are know faults with in my site
Of nun eye am a wear

Each frays comes posed up on my screen
Eye trussed to be a joule
The checker poured o'er every word
To cheque sum spelling rule

That's why aye brake in two averse
By righting wants too pleas
Sow now ewe sea why aye dew prays
Such soft wear for pea seas

E. Bear

Friday, July 21, 2006


From the bottom up;

Through the physical differences

That both separate us

And allow us to join;

And through that which marks

Where once we were joined with our Mother,

From which separation we find our anger;

And through that which beats

At intervals that parallel the cycles of the Universe,

And so makes us one;

Then through that which speaks,

And so, through renouncement, articulates

That which is known;

Unto that which beholds the image of God,

Or that which cannot be known:

Whereby this coiled up energy

Emerges through contemplation

Of all that we embrace, and

All that we release.

cleonard– 06/30/03

In explanation of Kundalini Yoga, from Thou Art That by Joseph Campbell, pp 98:

‘The word Kundalini means “the coiled up one,” and it refers to the spiritual energy

which is coiled up on itself in most of us most of the time…. [1]