Reading the Bible-The Division of land of the Children of Israel

Our Daily Reading of the Bible

CHAOTIC TIMES - READ the Bible with Us for Peace

Join Us As We Read Through the Bible This Year

READING THE BIBLE IN 1 YEAR: Lies, Trickery & Deception

Reading the Bible in 1 Year: Ai Destroyed

READING THE BIBLE IN 1 YEAR: Joshua 7 - Greed, Theft & Punishment

Reading the Bible- Talking about Atlantis, Math & More

Angels...? We're Reading the Bible Today: Joshua 5

Reading the Bible in 1 Year: The Death of Moses

Generosity and Divorce are themes as we Read the Bible this year

Reading the Bible in 1 Year: History of the Children of Israel

The Nation of Israel - Reading the Bible in 1 Year

Sunday, February 28, 2010

March Forward

March is full of celebrations, events and holidays so let's get ready. Did you know it's National Women's History Month?

The Birthstone for this month is: Aquamarine, Bloodstone
The flower of March is the Jonquil

March is also National Nutrition Month, so maybe this would be a good time to start eating a little bit better.

Daylight savings time begins on March 14th (but remember) not all places in the U.S. observe daylight time. Hawaii and most of Arizona do not use it.

And March 2nd is Dr. Seuss' birthday.

We've also got St. Patrick's Day, the First Day of Spring, Palm Sunday and more.

Plus, who could forget, it's spring break in Oregon for all the school kids.

So it looks like we've got a lot to celebrate and even more to get ready because it all begins tomorrow.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

LIKE MANNA FROM HEAVEN - Gaming Gear

How 'bout some Manna or maybe a little extra Health?

That's what's contained in these two little vials: Manna and Health.

I know there are accessories that go with every hobby known to mankind. But I never realized there were specific foods that went along with hobbies. I mean--of course--I know about Gatorade for sports and things like that. I just didn't realize that Gaming Gear was a niche market.

My kids have tried to explain this Gaming Gear stuff to me before but I never got it. Then, when my son came home the other night with an energy drink, and my husband asked what it was (I think because he thought it was a beer and probably wanted one too), I was surprised when my son said it was a video-gaming energy drink.

"What?" I said.

I really had no idea there was such stuff. And, come on, a Gaming Energy drink - I mean how much energy does it take to sit in front of a monitor and hit some keystrokes--unless it's to do creative writing, at least I can understand the energy that might take?

But here it is.

I guess it really is true.

I just didn't believe my son when he told me, "it takes Bawls to play video games."

Friday, February 26, 2010

Green Spring - Here's How to JUST DO IT

March Into Spring Being Green

Buy Organic and/or local micro beers or locally grown wine, you’ll be supporting your local farmers and keeping the earth green at the same time.

Plant something green this month: spinach, broccoli, asparagus. It will be fun and festive.

Wear organically grown fabric, cotton, wool, or knit your own sweater out of recycled yarn – yes, it’s out there.

Take part in the Shamrock Run – it’s for a good cause and it will be festive and heart-healthy.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

I LIE

Okay it was only a game - I'm not really much of a liar - but then again I do love to write fiction - so maybe I am a liar at heart. . .

Anyway, here are the six lies and one truth:

1. I sang in a girl band back in the 80's.
ANYONE WHO HAS HEARD ME SING KNOWS THIS IS A HUMONGOUS LIE
2. I competed at downhill skiing in high school.
I'M A PRETTY GOOD WATER SKIER BUT I NEVER GO OVER WATERFALLS ON SKIS (MAYBE IN A
KAYAK-WHICH I HAVE DONE A COUPLE OF TIMES) BUT I SUCK AT DOWNHILL SNOW SKIING
3. I was engaged to another man before I married my husband.
MY ONE TRUE LOVE I WAS LUCKY TO MEET WHEN I WAS FAIRLY YOUNG - I WENT TO UofO WHEN I WAS 17 AND MET MY HUSBAND MY FRESHMAN YEAR - WE'VE BEEN TOGETHER EVER SINCE
4. I was voted Best Actress in my high school for Senior Year.
MAYBE I REALLY AM A GOOD LIAR - 'CUZ THIS IS THE ONE TRUTH - AT LEAST, I MUST BE
A GREAT PRETENDER (AND NO ONE GUESSED THIS)
5. I won a dance competition in school.
SEE #1 ABOVE-I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO RHYTHM -BUT MY SISTER WON A DANCE COMPETITION
6. I met my husband on a vacation in Europe.
READ 3 ABOVE, I MET MY HUSBAND AT UofO MY FRESHMAN YEAR
7. I LOVE liver and onions.
THERE IS NOTHING - AND I TRULY MEAN NOTHING - I HATE (IN THE FOOD REALM) - MORE THAN LIVER AND ONIONS-EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

Creative Liar-I mean Writer


Rena gave me this award so here are the rules:

1. Thank the person who gave you the award and link them: THANKS RENA and Kristi
2. Add the award to your blog.
3. Tell six outrageous lies about yourself and one truth.
4. Nominate six creative liars ... I mean, writers and link them.
5. Let your nominees know they've been nominated.

This will be fun - see if you can guess which one is true 'cuz six are lies:

1. I sang in a girl band back in the 80's.
2. I competed at downhill skiing in high school.
3. I was engaged to another man before I married my husband.
4. I was voted Best Actress in my high school for Senior Year.
5. I won a dance competition in school.
6. I met my husband on a vacation in Europe.
7. I LOVE liver and onions.

So, now it's your turn to take a guess -- which is the one truth? And here are the six creative liar/writers I'm nominating ...

1. Ellen Oh 'cuz she's my cybersister
2. Danette Haworth 'cuz she knows how to make up some stories
3. MG Higgins
4. Lily Robinson
5. Jen on the Edge
6. Dr. Grumpy 'cuz sometimes I think he's making things up.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Answer to Word for Wedneday

Rigmarole is an elaborate or complicated procedure. If you want to read more, check it out here.

Word for Wednesday - a game for Writers

Word: Rigmarole

Guess what it means in comments and then come back around 3:00 to see if you guessed right.

My Mom used to always say this word.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Tuesday - Pet Time


My sister got a new dog: a 2-year old Collie. So, we had to get the girls (Sasha and Lacie) together to become friends. We took them down to the Esplanade and went for a WOG-that's a cross between a walk and a jog. I'm still getting reading for the Shamrock Run and feeling sorely out of shape. But it was too beautiful to stay inside this weekend. I think it was around 60 degrees. Not bad for a February weekend.

How did you spend your weekend?

Monday, February 22, 2010

Monday Movie Review

The Wolfman

It was definitely NOT my favorite film. I like scary films and with Anthony Hopkins and Benicio Del Toro I had some expectations walking into the theater. My expectations were not met. Sadly. I wasn't scared and the transformation of the man into the beast was the only interesting thing. Unfortunately, the beast the man was transformed into was more similar to the 1950's Wolfman than what I had hoped for. I was hoping for more of a WOLF than a man.

Disappointingly, NOT on my list of recommendations for the week.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Arizona Dinner

A gfriend sent me these photos and info. This is how I feel after dinner.

These pictures were taken by one of the road crews at Cloudbreak, Arizona last week.

It took a total of 5 hours for the Snake to finish off the Goanna(Sand Monitor).

As you can see, they put some signage up so it couldn't be run over.













I can't help but feel sorry for the sand monitor.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

THE NAUGHTY LIST by Suzanne Young


Have you ever had a boyfriend who cheated or one you suspected of cheating . . . ?

Well then you should read Suzanne Young's debut book THE NAUGHTY LIST.

This is a frothy story that will make you laugh, if you've ever cried over love.

So join in the fun and cuddle up with the Smitten Kitten cheer squad to find out if these girls are able to bring justice to their cheating boyfriends.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Go Green on St. Paddy's Day


St. Paddy's Day is just around the corner. Here are a few ways you can go green and celebrate.

1) Plant some Irish Bells in your yard.
2) Add some green food coloring to mashed potatoes for dinner
3) Eat spinach and broccoli today - it's good for you and it's green ;)

What ways can you think of to go Green and celebrate at the same time?

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Tabletop Thursday

In my husband's spare time, he's a carpenter at heart. So he builds things whenever he gets a chance--which means a little extra time. And this past weekend was a three day holiday so my husband built another table for a friend's children. He built this out of left over wood that he had sitting in the basement. He's so very handy.

The table goes with these little stools


Is there anything you like to do in your spare time that you share with others?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

ANSWER TO WORD FOR WEDNESDAY

The WORD: CONTROVERT Means to argue against; dispute; deny; oppose. If you want to read more, check it out here.

Word for Wednesday - a Writer's Game

Guess the word, post it in comments, and then come back around 3:00 to see if you were right.

WORD: CONTROVERT

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Tuesday - It's Time

Time slips by so very fast
Nothing on Earth will ever last
SO
get ready before the time is past


I've started getting ready for the next holiday - how 'bout you?

Monday, February 15, 2010

Giveaways Going On

Check out Market My Words where Shelli is having a week-long celebration with giveaways galore.

It looks like fun, so come on, let's get in on the goodies.

Monday - Making a Rose


We all want to give gifts that last and roses are beautiful but their beauty fades fairly quick. So, why not make a rose that will last a while?

All you need to do is have a little patience and a good eye. I tried to make one but my son asked me if I had my glasses on while I was cutting my pieces - needless to say, I gave up. But here's my son making a Valentine's present.






Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Days



Wishing you all Love and Laughter

Happy Valentine's Day

Oh my Love is like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in June:
Oh my Love is like the melody
That’s sweetly played in tune.

As fair art thou, my Bonnie lass,
So deep in love am I:
And I will love thee still, my dear,
'til all the seas gone dry:

'til all the seas gone dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt with the sun;
I will love thee still, my dear,
While the sands of life shall run.

And fare thee well, my only Love
And fare thee well, a while!
And I will come again, my Love,
Though it were ten thousand mile.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

FLEXIBLE

Thought For The Day:



Women are Angels.

And when someone breaks our wings....

We simply continue to fly ......... On a broomstick...

We are flexible....

Friday, February 12, 2010

Have a Green Valentine

And I don't mean a holiday filled with jealousy. I'm talking about an earth-friendly celebration. There's no better way to share the love. We all know you can't buy happiness or love and tree hugger has some great ideas.

You'll not only be protecting the planet, you'll be saving a little money at the same time, all while relaxing at home. If you decide to have a nice romantic dinner at home with your sweetie. Or, make some popcorn balls and use a little red food coloring to decorate the treats and then simply shape them into hearts.

What about you, do you have any sweet ideas to help celebrate in a green-theme kind of way?

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Secrets of Eden by Chris Bohjalian

Tuesday night I went to Powell's Books to hear Chris Bohjalian talk about his new book Secrets of Eden. Considering the topic of domestic abuse, it was a very fun reading. I thoroughly enjoyed Chris Bohjalian's is talk and will plan to read his book, as soon as I get a little further down my stack of TBR.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Answer to Word for Wednesday


Answer: The word Convoluting means to coil up or form into a twisted shape. If you want to read more, check it out here.

Word for Wednesday - a game for Writers

Guess the word in comments then come back around 3:00 to see if you were "write" or wrong.

WORD: Convoluting

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Airport Security Got you Down?




This eliminates getting to the airport 2 hours early, but you still have to take off your shoes.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Fun for Monday - LAUGH OUT LOUD

Disorder in the American Courts -

These are from a book called 'Disorder in the American Courts' and are things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and now published by court reporters that had the torment of staying calm while these exchanges were actually taking place.

ATTORNEY: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect
your memory at all?
WITNESS: Yes.
ATTORNEY: And in what ways does it affect your
memory?
WITNESS: I forget.
ATTORNEY: You forget? Can you give us an example of
something you forgot?
___________________________________________
ATTORNEY: Now doctor, isn't it true that when a
person dies in his sleep, he doesn't know about it
until the next morning?
WITNESS: Did you actually pass the bar exam?
_________________________ ___________
ATTORNEY: The youngest son, the twenty-year-old, how
old is he?
WITNESS: He's twenty, much like your IQ.
___________________________________________
ATTORNEY: Were you present when your picture was
taken?
WITNESS: Are you kidding me?
_________________________________________

ATTORNEY: So the date of conception (of the baby)
was August 8th?
WITNESS: Yes.
ATTORNEY: And what were you doing at that time?
WITNESS: getting laid
____________________________________________

ATTORNEY: She had three children, right?
WITNESS: Yes.
ATTORNEY: How many were boys?
WITNESS: None.
ATTORNEY: Were there any girls?
W ITNESS : Your Honor, I think I need a different
attorney. Can I get a new attorney?
____________________________________________

ATTORNEY: How was your first marriage terminated?
WITNESS: By death.
ATTORNEY: And by whose death was it terminated?
WITNESS: Take a guess.
____________________________________________
ATTORNEY: Can you describe the individual?
WITNESS: He was about medium height and had a beard.
ATTORNEY: Was this a male or a female?
WITNESS: Unless the Circus was in town I'm going
with male.
_____________________________________
ATTORNEY: Is your appearance here this morning
pursuant to a deposition notice which I sent to your
attorney?
WITNESS: No, this is how I dress when I go to work.
______________________________________
ATTORNEY: Doctor, how many of your autopsies have
you performed on dead people?
WITNESS: All of them. The live ones put up too much
of a fight.
_________________________________________
ATTORNEY: ALL your responses MUST be oral, OK? What
school did you go to?
WITNESS: Oral.
_________________________________________

ATTORNEY: Do you recall the time that you
examined the body?
WITNESS: The autopsy started around 8:30 p.m.
ATTORNEY: And Mr. Denton was dead at the time?
WITNESS: If not, he was by the time I finished.
____________________________________________

ATTORNEY: Are you qualified to give a urine
sample?
WITNESS: Are you qualified to ask that question?
______________________________________

And the best for last:

ATTORNEY: Doctor, before you performed the
autopsy, did you check for a pulse?
WITNESS: No.
ATTORNEY: Did you check for blood pressure?
WITNESS: No.
ATTORNEY: Did you check for breathing?
WITNESS: No.
ATTORNEY: So, then it is possible that the
patient was alive when you began the autopsy?
WITNESS: No.
ATTORNEY: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
WITNESS: Because his brain was sitting on my
desk in a jar.
ATTORNEY: I see, but could the patient have
still been alive, nevertheless?
WITNESS: Yes, it is possible that he could have
been alive and practicing law.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Sana's - a New Place in Town

Do you love pizza? How 'bout spaghetti? Or do you just want a cold glass of wine or a mug of beer?

Well, then check out this new restaurant in Portland, Oregon. It's on 11th and S.E. Powell and is guaranteed to become a new hot spot, with a restaurant upstairs and a cozy club atmosphere downstairs.

Don't miss this treat.






Friday, February 5, 2010

Earth-Friendly Friday: Driftwood Horses

These women make driftwood horses - it's a perfect way to use mother nature's gifts.




Thursday, February 4, 2010

When I Was Elena


I went to a lecture hosted by Willamette Writers to hear one of their guest speakers at the Old Church in Portland, Oregon. I wanted to hear Elena Urbani-Hiltebrand talk about her Memoir When I Was Elana.

She was a brave girl even at 22. The year was 1991, when she left college to go in the Peace corps and spend two years in rural Guatemala, armed only with her dog, and a fluency in Spanish, she managed to make a difference in the world--something so many of us would love to do but rarely have the courage to do. She saved children in her village by hiding them when army troops came to steal them away from their families. It was a rough time when children were taken and forced to join fighting units of revolutionary guerrillas.

She spoke of her time in Guatemala and why she wanted to write the story of the women she met while she was there. She also talked about her writing process and why she chose to write in multiple voices.

I thought she was fascinating and an inspirational young woman.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Answer to Word for Wednesday

Word: Nefarious means vile, atrocious, extremely wicked, villainous.

If you want to read more about it, check it out here.

Word for Wednesday - a game for Writers

Word: Nefarious

Put your guess in "comments" and then come back around 3:00 p.m. and see if you were right.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Transformations

Where Did the Time Go
Wasn't it just Christmas? Somehow the time slipped by in the flash of an eyelash.

Now, Valentine's Day is just around the corner and the time has come to change out my decorations.

The transformation has begun

How 'bout you - are you ready for the next wave of holidays - Valentine's and St. Paddy's?