Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Rose Bush

Growing along a garden gate was a beautiful bush of yellow roses. Every day was sunny and beautiful, and the rose bush blossomed. 

As the days passed, she grew big and beautiful delighting in the joy she brought to the people who walked by her gate. The perfume from her yellow buds swept through the neighborhood on the afternoon breeze coaxing smiles from even those of a melancholy nature. Her spirit was optimistic and saw the positive even in a rainy day.
 
After a time the rose bush became too overgrown. Her limbs heavy with her beautiful buds and their delightful fragrance. But also those shrewd thorns that snag unwary fingers.

So as the afternoon began to wane, the Gardener brought out His pruning shears and began to cut away some of the growth.

The rose bush wept for her lost limbs, the beautiful buds and even those shrewd thorns. For they had been part of her.

As He worked the Gardener whispered in her ear, "Shhh, my beautiful rose bush. Be brave. For though the pain is sharp right now, one day this pain will make you stronger and more beautiful than ever."

The moon began to climb across the sky when He finished and left her in the night air with the pieces of her scattered at her feet and her heart broken. While the crickets chirped their part of the night symphony, she mourned what she had just lost feeling every missing leaf and thorn so keenly that it was hard to breathe.

When the symphony finished and dawn began to break along the horizon, the rose bush thought about what the Gardener had said and what He had promised. With the first rays of the morning sun warming what was left of her, she began to hope.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Tuesday Trivia: Food

Tuesday Trivia is a weekly post of interesting trivia questions. Leave a comment with your answer - or best guess - and come back tomorrow to see if you were right. Happy guessing!

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What color is caffeine: black, brown or white?

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Stretch It

In The Bar Method, the teacher will provide feedback throughout the class. Some of it is positive reinforcement, some is encouragement to power through a hard set and some is posture correction to help you get the most out of the posture and exercise.

Occasionally, the teach will come over and physically help you by gently guiding your body deeper into the correct posture.

There is one stretch called the butterfly stretch when we cross our legs like we're sitting in a chair while lying on our backs, grab our ankles and then pull them to our shoulders. It is a great stretch for the butt and hamstrings.

But I never know where to look when she's helping me stretch in this position by pushing my ankles even closer to my shoulders as she stands over me.

Do I look into her eyes? Do I look at the ceiling past her head? Or do I just close my eyes?

Since it's just so damn awkward and I never know what to do, I usually end up doing all three.

But as long as I don't make any inadvertent sex noises, I'm probably okay.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Tuesday Trivia: Shakespeare

Tuesday Trivia is a weekly post of interesting trivia questions. Leave a comment with your answer - or best guess - and come back tomorrow to see if you were right. Happy guessing!

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What is the last name of Sir Toby, the burping drunkard in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night?

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Hump Day Humor: Treadmill Fails



(hat tip Cary)

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Greek Mythology

Which character from Greek mythology carries the weight of the world on his shoulders?

Atlas

Congratulations Jenn for being the first - and only - to get the correct answer!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Tuesday Trivia: Greek Mythology

Tuesday Trivia is a weekly post of interesting trivia questions. Leave a comment with your answer - or best guess - and come back tomorrow to see if you were right. Happy guessing!

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Which character from Greek mythology carries the weight of the world on his shoulders?

Friday, June 8, 2012

Book Review: Their Eyes Were Watching God

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

This classic American novel is about Janie, an African-American woman raised by her grandmother, a former slave, in Florida. All Janie wanted from life was love. It's about her journey through three marriages to live according to her beliefs and not according to what others wanted for her or demanded from her.

Their Eyes Were Watching God is a story of love. Of feminism. And a subtle hint of inter-race relations.

The difficult part of reading this book was the dialect. The vernacular speech of Hurston's characters made for slow reading, but once I got the hang of it, I was reading more smoothly. It would probably have been easier to listen to the book instead of reading it. 

Hurston's prose is beautifully written. Very insightful and inspiring. Here's one of my favorite passages:

Then you must tell 'em dat love ain't somethin' lak uh grindstone dat's de same thing everywhere and do de same thing tuh everything it touch. Love is lak de sea. It's uh movin' thing, but still and all, it takes its shape from de shore it meets, and it's different with every shore.

If you like to read classic literature and you haven't read this book yet, add it to your list.

Next month - Isaac's Storm by Erik Larson

Disclosure: No one paid me in any way, form or fashion for this review.
 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Hump Day Humor: Local News Idiot







ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: The Simpsons

Kelsey Grammer, star of Frasier, is the voice of what recurring character on The Simpsons?

Sideshow Bob

Congratulations to rockman for being the first - and only - to get the correct answer!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Tuesday Trivia: The Simpsons

Tuesday Trivia is a weekly post of interesting trivia questions. Leave a comment with your answer - or best guess - and come back tomorrow to see if you were right. Happy guessing!

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Kelsey Grammer, star of Frasier, is the voice of what recurring character on The Simpsons?

Monday, June 4, 2012

June

I did not hit all three of my goals this month. And I'm okay with that. Goals are not always supposed to be easy to attain. They are meant to stretch you. So not  hitting all three of my goals for May does not make me feel bad.

I did not get in another day of sailing. The weekend I had in mind came, and we opted to stay home instead of heading to the lake and work on the doors.

Which speaking of, the doors are not done. We are however one coat away on each side from being done. So we're definitely a lot closer to the end of this particular project than the beginning.

But I did get some pretty flowers and potted them. And so far, I haven't killed them.

Here they are before I potted them. Basil on the left, a hibiscus on the right and I can't remember the name of the one in the center. 


Goals for June:
1. Finish the doors
2. Finish the doors
3. Finish the doors