Monthly Archives: August 2009

Kim Dae Jung

When I was in Korea back in the 1970s there was serious political turmoil. One of the leaders of said turmoil was Kim Dae Jung. He met his maker last month. Read the obit put out by The Economist about this great S. Korean leader… if nothing else, read the last couple of paragraphs… click here

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cultivating skills

I’ve begun using our nature trail for hiking 3-4 times a week. The map says that the whole thing is about 3 miles in length and it rises from a low point of about 150 meters to the highest point of nearly 230 meters. Some of the climbs are a bit steep. Like all activity of this sort, the more one does this the easier it becomes.

The other day it occurred to me is that one reason some folks struggle to pray when they get in trouble is that they are trying to climb a tough hill with no training. They are trying to suddenly have this conversation with someone they don’t talk to very often and they don’t get why its hard. Its hard because prayer is really a kind of skill… and skills need cultivating… The more we pray ahead of time, the easier the praying when things are tough and I would even suggest, the more the prayer works on US when there has been ample preparation.

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I just couldn’t help myself

I got this in an email today and I sure did smile big!!!

God was missing for six days. Eventually, Michael, the archangel, found him, resting on the seventh day..

He inquired, “Where have you been?”

God smiled deeply and proudly pointed downwards through the clouds,
“Look, Michael. Look what I’ve made.”

Archangel Michael looked puzzled, and said, “What is it?”

“It’s a planet,” replied God, and I’ve put life on it… I’m going to call
it Earth and it’s going to be a place to test Balance.”

“Balance?” inquired Michael, “I’m still confused.”

God explained, pointing to different parts of Earth. “For example,
northern Europe will be a place of great opportunity and wealth, while
southern Europe is going to be poor.

Over here I’ve placed a continent of white people, and over there is a
continent of black people. Balance in all things.”

God continued pointing to different countries. “This one will be
extremely hot, while this one will be very cold and covered in ice.”

The Archangel, impressed by God’s work, then pointed to a land area and
said, “What’s that one?

“That’s Virginia, the most glorious place on earth. There are beautiful
mountains, rivers and streams, lakes, forests, hills and plains.

The people from Virginia are going to be handsome, modest, intelligent, and
humorous, and they are going to travel the world.

They will be extremely sociable, hardworking, high achieving carriers
of peace, and producers of good things.”

Michael gasped in wonder and admiration, but then asked, “But what about
balance, God? You said there would be balance…”

God smiled, “Right next to Virginia is Washington DC. Wait ’til you see
the idiots I put there…”

I told you, I just couldn’t help myself, I HAD to post this.

I tried to find the source, a Google search had this on a GOP site but it didn’t look original to them so I’ll not give them credit.

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Wednesdays and buying plane tickets

I heard a few years ago (and have further spread) the rumor that early (0400?) Wednesday mornings the airlines dump specials into the Internet. I have, since hearing said rumor, always tried to watch and wait till Wednesdays to buy. Well, I’ve been shopping for the annual fall trip.

Just now, I saved about $150 on a flight from Bp to Kyiv and you know what day it is? Wednesday.

SO, plane ticket buyers, perhaps you too should make plans and check Wednesday mornings for new specials. Yes, I am still using Kayak.com.

Itinerary to friends/partners will be out pretty soon!

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you have, I have

Isn’t it funny how competitive we are? When I was a teenager it was Ford or Chevy (I drove a Ford). Now it’s what phone you have, or are you a Mac or a PC? Which football team do you follow (this one works no matter which football you think I am talking about). What is it about our psyche or personality or whatever makes us so competitive? Is it just a male thing (are the female readers nodding right now?)? Well, that’s my pondering for the morning…

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the Yugosphere

Read a surprising article about developing business realations within the west Balkans, click here for an article from The Economist

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mentoring

This painting hangs in the Musee d’Orsay in Paris. It is titled “The Floor Scrapes”, I call it mentoring. I’ve mentioned it on this blog before… a copy of it that the girls bought me in ’07 is on a bookshelf in my study/office… it reminds me of one of the most important things we do… working and walking alongside our fellow travelers… teaching while doing… note the guy in front … he is looking back at the guy to our right, I imagine that he is instructing as he is doing…

"The Floor Scrapers

"The Floor Scrapers

Showing how to travel the journey by walking beside our fellow is more effective than telling what to do. This was Jesus method… he came, he showed, he walked with, and… he still does… Are we abiding/dwelling with Him to get our due instruction? Are we walking beside and bringing others who need to see us following the Master?

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