Friday, February 25, 2005

quote of the day

"I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book."
- Groucho Marx

Thursday, February 24, 2005

a little reading

From Metropolitan Anthony Bloom's God And Man:
...the revelation of God is always in human terms because it is addressed to human beings; whatever can be revealed by God about Himself can be revealed only if there is a conformity between the object who is revealed to and the subject who reveals it. All that can be revealed must be capable of being put in human terms. What we forget and where we make our God extraordinarily small, and indeed not acceptable for many Christians and non-Christians is that we imagine God is nothing but what can be revealed about Him.

In the news...

Tiger shot is Simi Valley yesterday, just a couple of miles from where my mom lives.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005


I felt a growing unrest sitting in the dark of the bus. What a long day. I turned the headphones off and sat quietly looking out at the rain. I spent nine hours in airports/planes today. Ugh. It was an even longer day adding the driving. I worry about being grumpy with my family. So I remind myself that I have a choice in how I act, and that it will affect other people. I smile again. Sure, I left sunny, cloudless blue skies behind. But I'm used to rain by now. It's nice to be away from work, even with the sailor saying, "I don't know what I'll do without you." Because I know there will be someone else there to feed him his chocolate and cocoa, and laugh at his jokes. My friend Jenny is awesome to stay at my house and take care of my dog. Of course, that meant cleaning a lot, and organizing things for someone else to find. So when the hour and a half bus ride finished(what should have been a thirty minute bus ride), and I saw my brother-in-law and sister, I gave them hugs, prayed in my head, and smiled. We got to my mom's, ate dinner and visited. It was nice. I was so tired that I started laughing hysterically while looking at childhood photos. I had tears streaming down my face. Much better than being a grump. Now I'll crawl into bed and sleep(finally). How I love my sleep.

And with that, I can't resist adding the latest thing the sailor said. There's something new every day. Yesterday he waved me over... "Lady fair, I want you to give a ration of love to every member of my fanclub."

Saturday, February 12, 2005

I finally did it

I actually did something with my engine besides check the oil. It involved cutting wires and tightening bolts and such, and no, I don't want to do it again. But it worked. I replaced the post terminals on the battery. Next up, disconnecting the annoying alarm, I hate that thing. I don't think I'll be leaving my job any time soon.
What the sailor said this week:
"Bob!" looking at me and gesturing.
I said, "Do I look like a 'Bob'?"
His reply, "Better than a banana."

Friday, February 11, 2005

mixed nuts

I will admit to one tv watching addiction. Alias. My mom mailed me a tape with the first two episodes of the season, which I stayed up to watch after work last night. Cheap entertainment. The next two episodes are in the mail. Someone lent me a movie to watch, Danny Deckchair. A guy in Australia attaches helium balloons to his chair and floats away and lands in a small town. Funny. Strange Aussie sense of humor.
Matushka and I went to Seattle, took the ferry from Bainbridge Island. Nice, clear weather. Walked to Elliot Bay books, and over to Pike Street Market for lunch. It was nice. I love bookstores. I love that bookstore. I'd never been there before.
This week the sailor said, "stand clear or it'll explode!" Speaking of his wheelchair. I was never warned about exploding wheelchairs.
One of my patients died yesterday morning. She had just turned 99 years old. She was a poet and film maker, among other things. A very interesting lady. I brought my wee dog in one day to visit, she looked at it and said, "Is that my child?" One day she said to me, "You're a pile of poetry." Uh, I don't know, but it can't be a compliment with the word pile in it.

Sunday, February 06, 2005

Have Courage

From a letter to Father Dimitri Gagastathis from Priest-Monk Ephraim of Katounkia, the Holy Mountain
The saints didn't ask God to take away from them the sorrow and tribulations, but rather to give them patience to endure uncomplainingly. Tribulations and sorrows, my brother, are the means, the vehicles, that will lead us to Paradise. Don't expect anything else in this world. Joy and gladness are reserved for the other life. Doesn't Christ say in the Gospel "You will have sorrow in the world," "Many are the sorrows of the righteous," "Narrow and sorrowful is the way"? We read these things every day. Were there not any tyrants, we would have no martyrs. Sorrow gives birth to joy. Have courage then and don't lose your hope. You do well, very well that you pray often and ask help from God. Do so always. But I consider it good to tell you that you must also say the prayer "Lord Jesus Christ have mercy on me." You will find great consolation...You will see how much joy it will bring you in time. Say the prayer at all times, wherever you are, whatever work you do, don't abandon it ever. Sometimes with your tongue, sometimes with your mind mystically(without anyone hearing you).

Saturday, February 05, 2005


I just found out that my friends' brother was killed Thursday night. He was hit by a driver under the influence of alcohol and marijuana while riding his bicycle. The driver left the scene and was later turned in by a friend. The man that died was 28 years old and mentally disabled.


I've been busy, busy, busy. So I forget what I've done and what I'm doing. Here's a small list...
-planning my garden, which will be in pots and such on my porch. I've got a big area, but it's all shaded. Mostly herbs, and some veggies. Things we can use for the mission. We make herbed vinegars and oils and sell them at the local farmer's market.
-thinking of some other items we can sell. I've got some vegan cookbooks that have ideas for homemade bath things that sounds neat, bath salts, eye pillows, etc.
-trying to get my computer at home running. I will never use UPS again. Trying to have them deliver some software. Need to get power for the speakers, so I can start my Spanish again.
-Read two books lent by my priest, Papa-Nicholas Planas:the Simple Sheperd to the Simple Sheep, and Papa-Dimitri[don't remember the rest]. They were very good.
-I finally finished the scarf I started knitting after Nativity. Now I can look for some yarn to start another purse.
-I have to set up my sewing machine, and work on learning how to sew things besides skirts.
-Need to go through the boxes piled in my extra bedroom and get the stuff out to Value Village or the Good Will. Anywhere but my house.
-ordered two icons online, St Xenia of St Petersburg, and the Holy Myrrh Bearers
-need to visit my friend Erica, that just had a baby 2 weeks ago
-need to leave the library, or I'll be late for work!