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Jake Herbert wins Dan Hodge Trophy


From: Wrestling Insider News Magazine – via email group.

After turning in a near-perfect season of wrestling, Jake Herbert of Northwestern has been named the winner of the 2009 Dan Hodge Trophy. The trophy is co-sponsored by WIN Magazine and the Dan Gable International Wrestling Institute and Museum, in Waterloo, Iowa.

On March 21 in St. Louis, Mo., Herbert defeated the defending NCAA champion, Mike Pucillo of Ohio State, to claim his second title at 184 pounds. Herbert finished the season 34-0 and did not surrender a takedown all year. Along the way, he scored 15 pins, four technical falls and nine major decisions.

Herbert is the 15th winner of the trophy, dating back to 1995. It is presented each year to the college wrestler who best represents the dominating style of Dan Hodge, who was an undefeated, three-time NCAA champion for the University of Oklahoma in the 1950s. Hodge is considered one of the three or four greatest pinners of all time, pinning 36 of 46 foes during his career, and 15 of 16 his final season, 1957.

“We have several criteria, including winning the national title and domination on the mat,” said Mike Chapman, creator of the award. “The Dan Hodge trophy was designed to be wrestling’s counterpart of the Heisman Trophy in football, and to reward wrestlers who go all out to dominate the opponent, either by pin or tech falls and major decisions. Jake is a great example of that philosophy.”

“Two things really impress me about Jake. First, he really goes out every match to put a lot of points on the scoreboard or get a pin. That’s what most fans want to see,” said WIN publisher Bryan Van Kley. “And when you take into consideration that he’s doing that at 184, that’s impressive. He’s a very worthy recipient of the award.”

A native of Wexford, Pa., Herbert was a four-time All-American as a Wildcat. He finished third in the NCAA in 2005 and was second the next year with a mark of 33-1. He was 32-0 as a junior, winning the NCAA title at 184. He then took an Olympic redshirt year to try out for the 2008 Olympic Team.

As a Wildcat, Herbert was an amazing 149-4, winning his last 66 matches in a row. His winning percentage of .973 is the highest in Northwestern history. He is second on the all-time Northwestern wins list behind Jack Griffin, who was 156-21-1 (percentage of .879).

“Jake has been the face of Northwestern wrestling for the last five years,” said Tim Cysewski, Northwestern coach. “He heads the list of guys that have made a mark on our program.

“Jack Riley was a two-time NCAA champion back in the 1930s and won a silver medal in the 1932 Olympics. We’ll have to wait and see on the Olympics, but I think Jake’s better than Riley was.”

Herbert was vacationing in California when informed of his selection as the Hodge winner for 2009.

“It makes me so happy to win this great award,” he said. “It’s a great way to cap off the season, and my career.”

Winning the Hodge Trophy was a goal he set for himself prior to his senior year. He approached Brent Metcalf, last year’s winner, and told him he wanted the Hodge Trophy this season. Herbert said that Metcalf told him to go for it.

Watching Metcalf lose in the 149-pound finals, Herbert knew he had to keep his focus for his finals match with Pucillo.

“I couldn’t believe Brent was losing,” he said. “I knew it was probably down to him and me for the Hodge.”

But Herbert didn’t feel any extra pressure himself at that point, he said.

“I felt like Mike (Pucillo) had more pressure on him, being the defending champion and his team still having a chance for the team title,” Herbert said. “I just had to focus and wrestle the best that I could.”

Cysewski, who was a Big Ten champ and All-American at Iowa, feels winning the Hodge Trophy will be a big plus for the Wildcat program.

“In the past, before the Hodge Trophy, wrestlers were focused on winning the Midlands, their conference and the NCAA,” he said. “Now, the Hodge Trophy is added to that list. It’s become a big deal, for sure.

“Jake winning the Hodge provides another sense that we’re doing the right things here at Northwestern. It’s important, and Jake knows

Hillary Clinton leaves flowers for Our Lady of Guadalupe, asks ‘Who painted it?’



During her recent visit to Mexico, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made an unexpected stop at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe and left a bouquet of white flowers “on behalf of the American people,” after asking who painted the famous image.

The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was miraculously imprinted by Mary on the tilma, or cloak, of St. Juan Diego in 1531. The image has numerous unexplainable phenomena, such as the appearance on Mary’s eyes of those present in the room when the tilma was opened and the image’s lack of decay.

Mrs. Clinton was received on Thursday at 8:15 a.m. by the rector of the Basilica, Msgr. Diego Monroy.

Msgr. Monroy took Mrs. Clinton to the famous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which had been previously lowered from its usual altar for the occasion.

After observing it for a while, Mrs. Clinton asked “who painted it?” to which Msgr. Monroy responded “God!”

Clinton then told Msgr. Monroy that she had previously visited the old Basilica in 1979, when the new one was still under construction.

After placing a bouquet of white flowers by the image, Mrs. Clinton went to the quemador –the open air area at the Basilica where the faithful light candles- and lit a green candle.

Leaving the basilica half an hour later, Mrs. Clinton told some of the Mexicans gathered outside to greet her, “you have a marvelous virgin!”

This evening Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is set to receive the highest award given by Planned Parenthood Federation of America — the Margaret Sanger Award, named for the organization’s founder, a noted eugenicist. The award will be presented at a gala event in Houston, Texas.

Monday Night…

Do you believe in Love

It is a good day today. I spent some time talking to God about Adam this morning and now we wait on God to make his miracles. I will take him to service tomorrow and set him on the altar. We are on the march to Holy Week and I will be attending services over the weekend.

I went to class early tonight so that I could go over my notes some more before the exam. It was the first time that I have ever taken a “group” exam. We had 38 multiple choice questions and 6 short answers to work on. We reached concensus on all of our answers and we took our time on the short answer questions. I think we did alright.

Now I have a final paper to write for this class which is due in a weeks time on top of my New Testament Studies paper that I am also working on as well. Thank God this semester is coming to an end. Next up will be Biblical Greek over the summer and this class is proving to be very exciting.

Take a few minutes out of your day to pray for Adam. It is crucially important that we give him all the support we can now, as he begins to look for new alternatives to his cancer treatment.

And so that is it for tonight. I need to go eat and work on my sermon on predestination for Curtis.

Stay tuned, more to come…

Effects – from Adam tonight…


If you believe in the Power of Prayer, I call upon you to pray. If you are a cancer survivor or you know of scientific studies on cancer leave us a comment. This is what Adam had to say tonight.

Goodday Everyone,

My chemo had no effect on anything and although it died in one tumor, it spread to two new spots on my liver.  My HCG is as high as it was during my initial diagnosis and the new chemo regiment is a pill that is more about quality of life than actually beating my cancer.  I was given a timetable on my life and it was not fifty years, in fact it was not even five…two seems likely, months if it is left untreated.

I find out Monday if it would be safe to laser out the lesions (the liver is one organ they can literally burn cancer out of), then I go back on a drug I had a year ago and with good effect.  My cancer does not respond to platinum drugs, meaning all the main drugs they use to treat TC were voided.  This means I went through high dose for basically nothing and could have just had the other two with the same effects.

I am almost happy that I do not have to go through that chemo regimen anymore.  It hurt, it was miserable, and it beat me up.

I am not quitting, or accepting this, and overseas I have learned of some therapies that involve stem cells and other therapies that cure cancer.  I am looking into it because conventional medicide is just not doing the trick.  It is too strong for chemo.

This is starting to annoy me more and more, the consistant failures.  It is frustrating living like this, fighting hard and doing things right just for it to do nothing.  Well, I guess I have to take things into my own hands and research the unconventional methods.  They apparently work very well, and that is the next step.

Well, I was always unconventional…

God Bless,
Adam Frey

Kings review "Serenity"


There is a sickness that the king [Ian McShane : King Silas Benjamin ] is being called away from the ballet for and the queen does all she can to keep him there with her at any cost. But the king’s team has a plan to get him away from her so that he can return to [Serenity] the code word that his team has put in place to explain his absences from the queen and company. It is all so cloak and dagger…

It seems King Silas has a secret that he has been keeping from the queen in that a relationship with a commoner and has a son who is sick. We find him getting away to [Serenity] to be with his son. Offering up a transfusion to keep him alive. We also find Silas calling on the good reverend preacher for advice as he seems to think that God requires a sacrifice from Silas, which in the end tonight is made [ the cost] as he walks out of the hospital.

The queen [Susanna Thompson : Queen Rose Benjamin] once played the “Borg Queen” on Voyager – does not think highly of David in saying that he is “not that virtuous.” The Queen has orchestrated a night to be with the king because she feels that is what the people want, to see the royal family. And she has worked to keep out her “undesirables” ala David and his new found fame in the kingdom. She thinks that David is taking up too much of the spotlight.

David [Chris Egan : David Shepherd ]gets [dis-invited] to the the Queens ballet production and ends up spending a night with his nemesis Jack, the bad boy. But not only do we see that Jack has brought some of David’s friends from the front, Jack has immense power that he has a command of in public places.


It seems that Jack’s [Sebastian Stan : Jack Benjamin] story line is getting  juicy. Their first stop at a club finds a very good looking boy who walks in upon Jack and asks him if they can get together “afterwards” because he knows the drill. This young paramour says the words “I love you Jack” which sends Jack into an emotional rage. What about this love? Who is he and will we see more of him???

Jack quickly spurns his male counterpart. In opt for keeping up “straight” appearances for David’s night out. But Jack has ulterior motives – he gets David drunk and David finds himself in the arms of another woman, [ not the princess, Allison Miller: Michelle Benjamin] whom he has been linked to in the last three episodes.

As the night progresses Jack finds himself amid a fistfight in a bar – with his boy toy following him, there are words and the boy toy finds himself being thrown out of the club where Jack has brought his crew of horny and amorous young friends. It seems the Gay Story line is not over by a long shot.

Jack continues on his “straight” track, having one of his henchmen take pictures of David in a most unflattering position, kissing on another woman, and these pictures will be leaked the following morning to the web where the princess can see them and the queen as well, “not so virtuous is he?”

Silas is having to  make a sacrifice for God – David has been caught in a compromising situation and Jack has a skeleton in his closet. A very cute skeleton if I may say so myself.


So David is not so virtuous and Jack is not so straight afterall. The King has to make a sacrifice for God [ the end of serenity] and the queen is working hard to turn her daughter away from the beautiful boy David. What will happen in next week’s episode?

Stay tuned for More “Kings” on NBC at 8 p.m. Sunday night.

Fifth Sunday of Lent…

Jesus Predicts His Death: Jn 12:20-33

Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the Feast. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus.Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.

“Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!”

Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.” The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to him.

Jesus said, “This voice was for your benefit, not mine. Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.” He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die.

We get to see in John today the High Christology. Jesus is foretelling the death he will suffer to those around him. There are several things we can take from this Gospel. John is the most different from the other Gospels. Just reading the Gospel for reading sake is not enough. One has to engage the text for every word is a piece of information [in the Greek] texts.

The voice from heaven stating that “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again” In John everything happens at the cross. The cross is the signifying piece in the Gospel of John. The High Christology of John becomes apparent. Where the Son of Man meets the Son of God. Because for a Jew death on a cross is abhorrent, so the two Christologies come together and the Son of God is there to make good Jesus’ death on the cross.

“Now the prince of this world will be driven out.” this would be satan. “But I, when I am lifted up [ On the Cross ] from the earth, will draw all men to myself.” There is such a wealth of information to be gleaned from this Gospel when read at close hand. With the death of Lazarus, and Jesus raising him from the dead, Jesus seals his own fate. This was the final straw that drove the people to find a way to kill Jesus. By raising Lazarus from the dead, Jesus will be Glorified in his resurrection. [Jn. 12:32-33].

Everything happens at the cross. The Son of Man will die and the Son of God will be Lifted Up. Jesus the Son of man will be lifted up, the death of Jesus with his elevation is Glorification encapsulated in the crucifixion scene. It is a Realized Eschatology – at the Cross.

Moving to the 19th Chapter of John [ 19:30] Jesus gives up his spirit at the cross – the Spirit was given. The meaning – the Salvation of the world.


Everything in John revolves around the person / identity of Jesus. Sin in John is “not believing in the person of Jesus.” John 20:30-31 believing “Jesus is the Son of God” The initial faith one has subjunctive case [in the Greek] faith is something that you continually do, continually believe.

Funk …


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So I have been in a funk for a few days. Kind of feels like a little depression I don’t know if I am working stages once again without knowing it.

It seems that I am suffering from an acute case of Applied Human Sciences student funk. The more one studies the topic of interpersonal relationships the more one changes because of what one is learning in the class. My mind races and all the baggage of the past few months is creeping up on me now. And I don’t have an outlet for all that insanity since I stopped going to meetings. That’s another problem in itself that I will explore further down.

I’ve been feeling the loss of people in my life in an acute way. And it bothers me still, and I am powerless over people, places and things. A few weeks ago one of my friends sucked me into working on our final paper for New Testament studies and it was going really well, we have been busting our asses over sources and writing the paper itself. And after our last jam session my friend started writing a final draft that I was included in working on, choosing our words carefully and writing a solid work. And then he went radio silent when I asked him to email me a copy of the first pages of the paper.

What happened was this: A few days later (last Thursday) he said to me after class that (with his arm around my shoulder) all buddy buddy and so told me that he did not feel right sharing what we had worked on together and to save face I nodded my head in assent not to throw him off because I’ve been cultivating this relationship very closely over the last year … and now he’s come to the point of push me – pull me .

After the fact I was really bent over this. I was a little resentful and angry. I chose not to attend the conference on Friday because I was in response mode and I did not trust my emotions. Yeah so he used me to get to a certain point and then dropped me like a bad habit once again. At least that is how I am processing this event. It is not sitting well with me at all.

I have a rough draft of the paper (on paper) that I was writing out as he was typing into his laptop and I can write the paper by myself – I have the same information that he does so why am I fretting over this like this? Because I am feeling bent over being treated this way. I imgined that once we started that we would take this to the very end together. I guess I was wrong.

Friday morning I got up out of bed and was sitting here checking my mail and hubby was sitting on the sofa and he blurted out that he was going to his parents over Easter and ………. I could have the house to myself (cue the internal conversation – I was not invited to go). It’s not I was expecting him to include me in his plans – but once again I am sitting here like saying what the fuck??? Does nobody care about my feelings? Or is this a big test from God to see just how I am going to react to these goings on. I know that my going to Ottawa would be “touchy” since there is bad blood between me and his brother – but it would have gone over better for me had he asked a question instead of making a blank statement of intent. Am I being too touchy here? He knows that I enjoy having time to myself when he goes to Ottawa, I’ve just got family on the brain right now. And the fact that I have none is rearing its ugly head right now in advance of the upcoming holiday…

This is another example of Applied Human science funk…

So I wrote the good Rev. Canon Joyce the other night looking to see if she was available and she’s been very busy working and now she’s leaving for a pastor’s retreat until Wednesday but she can see me after then. I need to get the parish schedule for the Holy Week events at the Cathedral. Since I will be home alone I don’t have to worry about hubby – because I will be going to church over the weekend. Once again, this year, I will be celebrating Easter alone. I am used to this now, one day someone will notice this little fact and it will change but until then so be it.

Meetings – I have been away from meetings for a month now and it is starting to affect me emotionally. Not having that weekly contact with people is starting to make me a little crazy. I know it is about time for me to start looking for someplace else to go to meetings – but I am weary about putting myself out there once again – I just don’t see the value in investing in another group after all the heartache that I have been through since December. I just don’t know if I can do this right now. But I know I have to because the longer I stay away the more crazy in my head I am going to get.

Not having contact with anyone is making me a lot crazy in the head. All the people I used to talk to on a regular basis are absent from my life and that leaves me sitting in the middle of the room all by myself. I converse with hubby when I need to – but it seems that all of my friends I relied on once are all gone from my life. There has been a dynamic change in my social life and it is starting to make me crazy and bitter. People are going to do what they do whether I like it or not and all of them forget that there are two people in this dynamic and not just once, and it seems that people do not pay attention to the collateral damage they create by doing what they did. And this goes for all the stories listed above.

I am aware of what is going on in my head a bit more because this is the process we are working on in Applied Human Sciences and I understand where I sit in the grand scheme of things. So I am going to talk to my prof on Monday after the class to sort myself out.

I am thinking about the future and what I am going to do after I finish this certificate and I investigated applying to McGill for a Masters of Divinity degree in the Fall and that is going to cost me $100.00 and secondly I am applying to Concordia for my MA in Theology which is another $100.00 in administration and application fees. I know that I can get into the MA program here at Concordia but I am not sure I can get into McGill with the GPA I had at the completion of my BA a few years ago.Everything costs money and there are no guarantees except in staying where I am.

Decisions – Decisions – Decisions…

So that’s where I have been over the last few days…

The Blessed Virgin Mary A Question…


Was the BVM raped? that’s a good question. Was she forced to conceive? well, from my studies and reading side literature, i like side literature because it helps me form a picture that the bible does not intentionally give us…

I think that Mary acquiesced – that she was a humble woman who had a choice really, she could have said no. But I think the whole angel business did her in emotionally. What other choice could she have made, say no to the almighty – via the angel? Rape is a strong word to associate with biblical scripture. I guess if we look at it logically this big man comes along and says “hey you, the holy spirit is going to overshadow you and you’re gonna conceive and have a child and call him Jesus, what would you do? I get the notion from reading side literature that had she been branded a harlot or someone who was unclean or defiled by another that her life would have been in danger. There is literature out there that posits a man named Pantera a Roman soldier that may have fathered the child. That there was no Divine act taking place, but a human to human union. But I am not well versed on Pantera, or that side of any literature. You’d have to read scholarly work on the subject and not dabble in heresay or heresy. I’ve not explored the other stories about who might have fathered Jesus.

Mary to me seems to be a woman who was raised out of her poverty and elevated to the status as mother of the savior. I don’t think that biblical scholars have seen to attribute anything other than right thought to the biblical stories. When God spoke, you listened. I think that Mary listened. It does however raise the question, “what if she said no?”

Then you have to read ahead in the next passage about Joseph being visited to make sure he kept Mary and did not leave her as he had intended. And also the fact that Elizabeth and her husband were also visited by angels as well, kind of like an angel trifecta. With all that angelic activity, who was going to say no to God?

On the other hand, I think that Mary gave up her humanity to bear the savior and to follow and dote on him as she did. I have read several books on the holy family that give me a picture that Mary was the keeper of Jesus secrets from his childhood. You know she knew he was divine before he did. She knew what miracles he had performed as a boy and she kept those secret. There was immense pressure on her from the very start and including Joseph to protect the child Jesus.

She knew the real story and that at some point in his childhood she explained it to him, and that secret extends into Jesus’ adult life. Mary could not be a normal woman, because she bore the savior. God chose her to do this task, and she had only to say yes, which she did. I’ve never seen any writing that tells me that she ever thought other wise. or that others would postulate the possibility that she resented God for what He did to her. but we could discuss it. It is a real question.

The Annunciation


Luke 1:26-38
The Birth of Jesus Foretold

In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”

“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.”

“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her.

From Rev. Bryan Franzen


Rev. Bryan Franzen
Head of Staff at First Presbyterian Church Highstown
Read during Fall Presbytery meeting

At the root of this issue before us today is whether or not people who are gay be able to receive and be received fully into the Body of the church? Let us not kid ourselves. Full inclusion for Gay and Lesbian people means that churches would not patronize the individual but reach out to include them in all of its sacraments, ceremonies, ordinances, and offices.

This is where the issue of ordination, and marriage, enter into the dialogue. When we accept GLBT people into the church we must truly accept them as full participants of the Body, not a weak link since they bring their gifts which God has bestowed on them. However I must state that I really do not think that the underlying issue is the sexual acts performed (or perceived to be performed). Rather, it is a power issue.

Through my ministry both here and in Iowa, I have had many discussions with Gay and Lesbian youth and adults. From their stories and struggles I have come to see the importance of working with them in ways that are not patronizing, but real and honest. And I have come to see, it is as unnatural for a homosexual to be in a heterosexual relationships as it would be for a heterosexual in a homosexual relationship.

I believe that the position that many churches currently hold against sexuality has nothing to do with the actions, rather it is a label bestowed by the group in power upon the those who have no power. I believe that this is rooted in our society and learned at an early age. I also have suspicion that the debate has far more to do with differentness than sexual orientation.

Thinking back to the schoolyard, I start my argument with the asexual term “Gay” which is often brought into a child’s vocabulary long before the child has a clue as to the sexual connotation of that word. Often the label Gay was given to the child that did not fit into the mainstream crowd. Also labeled Queer or Fag, the titles given to the child on the playground did not denote a sexual orientation or really have anything to do with sexual acts; they were a mark of separation from the norm of the greater culture.

As a child begins to develop their sexual identity, if they do have natural homosexual tendencies, they are often forced to make a choice of denying the primal understanding of themselves or accept being different from the power community and possibly reap the persecution. Even if they accept their sexual orientation, most of the time their openness within a community has little to do with the act of sex; rather it has to with honest relationship. Unfortunately, the persecution which they receive is based on perceived sexual acts, Also known as the unknown. People have a natural fear of the unknown, but to persecute people for that fear is wrong!

I do believe that the church’s current stance on homosexuality has very little to do with the actual act of homosexuality. It is an issue of power over the powerless!

The real question before us tonight is whether or not Gay and Lesbian people are part of the covenant with God. The answer, looking at the whole of the Bible has to be yes. GLBT people are not singled out nor are they restricted. In fact they are not even discussed outside of orgies and sex worship. As a community they are standing at the doors of our church and I think the ultimate fear of the members of the mainline church is that they may change us, maybe even force us to be honest and re-examine our relationship with God.

As a church we need to accept them and stop letting the fears of this world guide the relationship we have with God.

I found this posted by The Pastor of Disaster on his new blog:
Open Doors/More Light Presbyterians – Where its at…

Shannon … Sydney Au.




I know three things:

  1. I need a body
  2. I need a tan
  3. I really need a vacation somewhere warm and sunny…

Go visit Shannon’s Blog Here…

Boys and Cake

Do you have cable tv??? Do you like to watch cooking shows? We do. Especially around midnight weeknights, we have Food Network Challenge.

A show we watch all the time. And we have to talk about the boys who make cake. We often see Jason on Food Network Challenge with different partners and on some shows we have seen Jason and Joshua work on cakes together.

Jason Ellis – from New York and Cakes by Jay.



Second we have Joshua John’s Cakes from Atlanta Georgia … The cake above is from Jason’s and Joshua’s Food Network Challenge.


And finally James Rosselle from Los Angeles California you can find his Cake Page [It’s a Rosselle].



I guess you could say that we like the boys who make cakes. Each has their own style and perfection point in cake making. They are Masters at their crafts. Watch Food Network Challenge – CAKE !!! It is interesting when the boys can be found in the same kitchen competing with or against each other.

Monday Musings …



Let’s begin with a little inspiration. Jake Herbert from Northwestern University in Top Form at the NCAA Championships. Here are a few more from Tech.Fall.com…



YEAH !!! BABY !!!


Northwestern University Sports Information
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Just as he did in March of 2007, Northwestern senior Jake Herbert completed an undefeated season with a 184-pound national title at the NCAA Championships Saturday in St. Louis. NU’s four-time All-American held off last year’s NCAA champ, Mike Pucillo of Ohio State, by a 6-3 decision to become just the second two-time national title-winner in school history and the first since 1932.

“They say college is the best four to six years of your life and I think I’m proof of that,” said Herbert, who has already earned his degree after taking a redshirt year in 2007-08 to train for the Olympics in Beijing. “College wrestling is an awesome lifestyle. I just have to thank (head coach) Tim Cysewski because I wouldn’t have done any of this without him. I wouldn’t have wanted to wrestle for anybody else and it’s a special kind of guy that can handle me for six years.”

With Herbert’s win, Northwestern separated itself as the only wrestling program in the country to have had an individual national champion in each of the past three seasons. Herbert, who ends his college career on a 66-match winning streak, won his first title in 2007 while Dustin Fox brought home the heavyweight title in March of last year.

“We knew Jake was going to be special when we recruited him and every year Jake has just continued to up the ante for us as coaches,” Cysewski said.

As a team, the ‘Cats came in 13th for the second straight season (46.0 points) to record their fifth consecutive top-15 national finish. Iowa repeated as the team champions with 96.5 points.

Herbert (34-0), the 2009 Big Ten Wrestler of the Year, used the NCAA Championships to put the finishing touches on a four-year varsity career in which he posted a 138-4 record, good for the fifth-best winning percentage (.972) among all Division I wrestlers since the 1974-75 season.

Saturday’s title bout marked the first time Herbert squared off against Pucillo, who moved up a weight class to 197 in NU’s regular season dual match versus the Buckeyes and who lost in the Big Ten Championships before he could meet Herbert.

Nevertheless, Herbert dismissed the possibility of there being any feeling-out period by diving at and grabbing a hold of Pucillo’s right leg just nine seconds into the match. After one restart, Herbert tilted the Buckeye and was on the verge of collecting back points when Pucillo managed to roll off onto his stomach.

Following an escape by Pucillo, Herbert distanced himself with a second takedown but Pucillo continued to hold strong, pulling to within 4-3 in the second on another escape. With Herbert leading 5-3 in the third, Pucillo got a great hold of Herbert’s left leg with 30 seconds remaining but was unable to finish the move as Herbert completed his season without surrendering a takedown. His 1:53 of riding time brought his final winning margin at Northwestern to 6-3, setting off a celebration among NU’s coaches and contingent of fans in the stands at the Scottrade Center.

“I thought it went well,” Herbert said of the much-anticipated matchup against Pucillo. “I did what I needed to do but he made me work for it. He wasn’t going to hand it to me and he wasn’t going to roll over. I didn’t give up a takedown which was good but I think Mike’s a great wrestler and I can see him winning another national title.”

Herbert concludes his career as one of the most decorated Wildcat wrestlers in NU history. He is the program’s only four-time All-American, three-time Big Ten champion and three-time Midlands titlist and ranks second all-time in wins with 149 (including his redshirt season).


It was a quiet weekend. Not much going on here. The weather has been just dandy although a little on the cold side. We are in the final push for the end of the semester now – and we are all working on papers now.

I don’t have much to say at the moment. I just thought I should put something up here because it has been days since my last post. I will try to get over to the Cathedral for service tomorrow. I am not sure that Joyce is back from New York. So we shall see.

Stay tuned for more later.

Congratulations Jake for a job well done.

Romans and James


The cafe was packed tonight with people and their laptop comupters. They do good business with all the students who come to work. The Dr. Gagne team got together this evening to work on our ‘Romans and James’ paper, Luigi doing the typing on his laptop and I writing on paper, we got a good portion of our paper written. He is the thinker and I am the writer. We still have a ways to go to finish the paper. We sat for over three hours writing and thinking, drinking coffee and eating muffins.

They were playing some good music. It seemed that the music was played in a certain order from instrumental to pounding vocals, you could see the mood change in the cafe as people were working as the music rose, the talking rose and it almost was frenetic at one point. The music was coming from the speakers and the room was packed with people, then as the music died a lot of the non-students did not hang around long.

We are down to the final few weeks of class, and major papers will be due in the coming weeks. I still have a paper to write for AHSC and I am procrastinating on it terribly. UGH !!! It’s gonna be a nightmare…

that was the day …

stay tuned, more to come later…

Thursday thoughts…

Do you believe in Love

We mourn the passing of Natasha Richardson. Actress of the stage and in film. Because this tragedy happened here in Quebec, there is a lot of talk about prevention in the future of such accidents and over the past three days the discussion of mandatory helmets on the ski slopes has risen. We send our thoughts and prayers to Liam and his sons and family. It was such a tragedy and the people of Quebec feel a greater sense of loss because she was injured on our watch.


Eternal rest grant her and may perpetual light shine upon her.

Obliquity writes:

“Yesterday’s loss of Ms. Natasha Richardson was a very sad one. Her accidental death has left me in a fog of melancholia I just can’t seem to shake. Such a vibrant, larger-than-life woman was taken from this realm way too early. She had a joie de vivre that was infectious–and a hearty laugh to match. She had numerous memorable film and television roles (’Patty Hearst’, ‘Asylum’, ‘Widows’ Peak’, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, ‘The Comfort Of Strangers’), however, it was on the grand stage where she really shined. Her Tony award-winning turn as the inimitable Sally Bowles in ‘Cabaret’ was a definite iconic moment. But, her range was wide and she gave enthralling performances in such varied works as ‘Anna Christie’, ‘The Seagull’, ‘Closer’ and ‘The Lady From The Sea’. It was on the stage where Ms. Richardson dared you to take your eyes off of her. It was, of course, a futile proposition. She commanded the entire theatre’s attention and she gave back a sense of humanity and spirit that was indelible.

Beyond her obvious beauty and numerous talents, Ms. Richardson was a doting mother, wife and humanitarian. She gave of herself freely for many charitable causes and endeavors. She was one of the rare few who just didn’t use her prestigious family and fame to raise money, but instead volunteered of her time and experience in too many causes to name. But, it was her enduring work on behalf of the Foundation For AIDS Research (amfAR) that will surely stand as a testament to what a remarkable human being she was. HIV/AIDS remained a personal issue for Ms. Richardson after the death of her father Tony from AIDS-related causes. Mr. Richardson was openly bisexual. In addition to her work for amfAR, Ms. Richardson participated in numerous other AIDS charities, including Bailey House, Gods Love We Deliver, Mother’s Voices, AIDS Crisis Trust and National AIDS Trust.”


It is a beautiful day in the neighborhood once again – we seem to be on a warming trend. It is (4c) today which is really nice. The sun is shining and people are starting to bike, skateboard and roller blade here in the downtown core. Almost all the ice has melted on sidewalks and gardens here and there. They are saying that next week we might get some rain and possible flurries. We are being tested by mother nature, she gives us a few good days then she rains on our parade… not fair !!!

Other than that, I am working on my papers for AHSC and New Testament studies. Things are coming along nicely. I finished my business with my ex-home group on Tuesday. Rick warned me not to stay away too long. I told him I wouldn’t.

I am just not ready to go out and have to deal with all the bullshit from other members in this city. I know many of them and they can’t seem to get past me being gay or out in the open like I am. I just don’t know that I want to put up with that shit again. I’ve got enough time banked and my spiritual life is just as good as it has been so, I am in no rush to reconnect. I may never reconnect. Who knows. Getting reconnected is not at the top of my list of things to do right now.

Someone sent me an email yesterday asking about my profile and bio here on the blog. So let me put it to rest right here and now. Yes I am Gay and Yes I am married to another man. It’s called a same sex union, we have those in Canada. I did not approve the comment because this is an incendiary topic and I won’t entertain incendiary conversations. I choose my battles wisely.

So stay tuned more to come later …