Saturday, May 18, 2013
Rooms by James Rubart was a compelling book--an amazing and insightful book outlining one man's struggle to find what world he belongs in. Exceptionally inspiring with just the right amount of action, suspense, romance, mysticism and Truth. Definitely challenges the reader to examine which world they are living in, whose voice is guiding their actions, and the very real consequences each action brings.
On a rainy spring day in Seattle, young software tycoon Micah Taylor receives a cryptic, twenty-five-year-old letter from a great uncle he never knew. It claims a home awaits him on the Oregon coast that will turn his world inside out. Suspecting a prank, Micah arrives at Cannon Beach to discover a stunning, brand new nine-thousand square foot house built just the way he loves. When bizarre things start happening in the rooms of the home, Micah suspects they have some connection to his enigmatic new friend, Rick, the town mechanic. But Rick will only say the house is spiritual. This unnerves Micah because his faith slipped away like the tide years ago, and he wants to keep it that way. But as he slowly discovers, the home isn’t just spiritual, it’s rooms are a physical manifestation of his soul, which God uses to heal Micah’s darkest wounds and lead him into a new destiny.
Rooms is as great an allegory as Dinner with a Perfect Stranger or Pilgrims Progress. The mysticism in the book fits the theme. It makes me want the freedom that God gives and the possibility of an unencumbered life--a definite 5-star book.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Some of my favorite things this past week:
|Great Grands showing me their pretty cactus|
|Great Grands mud cakes are almost done|
|Littlest Great Grand ready for Auntie's gladuation|
|All the great grands ready to go|
|Daughter getting diploma from college president|
|The graduate and her family|
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Today's prompt is: Leash
First thought, of course, is the tether thats used for leading something such as a dog. Or perhaps a child. I know that many look askance at a parent with a child on a leash, but let me tell you that if you have ever had a young one whose middle name is bullet you know the peace of mind that even though they have some freedom to roam, you still know where they are. Even as they get older it is hard to release the leash that binds them to you, but it necessary.
In hunting country leash sometimes refers to a set of three, like three foxes or deer.
Leach also infers control, such as having a leach on your temper.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
1. May is National Blood Pressure Month...what sends yours soaring, either literally or figuratively? What calms you down? When did you last have your bp checked?
I had my bp checked last month by my PCP. Conflict is sure to raise my blood pressure, I hate listening to or be involved in squabbles. Music, reading or prayer will calm me down.
2. You just found $1-what do you spend it on? How about 10$ 100?
With a dollar I would buy a bag of ice--it was 107 at my house today. 10$ would get some treats for the grandkids, $100-I would pinch myself to wake me from my dream.
3. Mandatory labeling of genetically engineered (GE) food has been proposed, but not enacted in the US. How much attention do you give food labels before you buy? Are you in favor of labeling if it means an increase in food prices? Is this an issue you've been following and feel strongly about, or is this the first you've heard of the controversy?
I have to pay close attention to food costs, so anything that would increase prices I would oppose. I really don't think that GE foods will affect me.
4. May 15th marks the birthdate of Frank Baum, author of The Wizard of Oz. At this point in time, are you more in need of brains, courage, heart, or a trip back home? Explain.
I'd take a trip back home--I love revisiting my past, a time of innocence and freedom.
5. "There's no place like home" is an oft repeated line from Baum's book. When was the last time you felt the truth of that statement?
When I returned home Saturday night. I love the peace and quiet of my house.
6. Steak...yes please or no thank you? What cut do you prefer and how do you like yours cooked? Sauce or no sauce? Besides your own kitchen, where's a place you like to go to get a great steak?
I can live without steak, I prefer seafood. I hate fat on a steak, or one that I have to chew for half an hour. If I do order a steak it is usually a rib-eye, and I eat it medium rare with no sauces. I have had good steak at Durants in downtown Phoenix.
7. When was the last time you were in a genuine hurry?
I hardly am ever in a hurry, as I hate to be late, so I always tend to be early.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
Saturday my youngest daughter graduated from college with honors (for the second time--first with a degree in legal studies, now with a degree in computer science) all this while working full time and raising a family. She is a special person.