Loving the Sacred through Word and Image. Parliament Hill Ottawa. A Wordpress Production

Archive for May, 2009

Star Trek

star_trek_400x765

new-trekkie-photo

Star-Trek-Trailer-Image-28

Last night we went to see Star Trek. I have to say that I quite enjoyed it. The new cast seemed to gel quite nicely. There were times during the movie when the young Kirk did things that have been referenced in the latter Star Trek movies, like the Kobyashi Maru test. Referenced in Star Trek II the Wrath of Khan. Kirk being the one who beat the test.

I think they did a good job with casting all of the bridge crew. I thought that the ship would be rudimentary and simple seeing that the movie was a prequel to the series, but I was wrong. It was all very flashy and new. There were also shades of the Wrath of Khan when Nero used the little brain animals to get the captain to talk. It seems that they took liberty with bits and pieces of the older Star Trek movies.

I did notice that the crew had that kind of relationship dynamic that the elder crew had. The quips between McCoy and Spock and Kirk. Well written to give us shadows of their elder statesmen. Chekov and Sulu were really great parts down to the diction and accents. It was great that all the bridge crew had meaty parts and played big roles in the evolution of the film. Who knew Chekov was so knowledgeable about computer targeting… And Scotty having learned how to beam from one location to another while a ship was in warp, this little truth comes from the temporal shifting Spock.

And the little “Time Twist” with the appearance of SPOCK during the film, and the promise of keeping the ‘Temporal Prime Directive’ this would have been seen in the Voyager series, with Captain Janeway and the Time Ship Relativity.

Spock is coming from the future to make sure that his younger counterpart did what he was supposed to do and to forge a friendship with the younger Kirk, who happens upon Spock on that icy planet. And then at the end of the film the younger Spock and his much older counterpart meet in the hanger bay where the younger Spock calls out to his father and SPOCK turns around and says “I am not our father…” And he gives some revelatory information to spock when he says “put logic aside and do what feels right…”

Overall I would give the film a big SEE IT. I may go to see it once more because it was that good.


Supermarket Safari …

shopping-cart

Friday is a busy day at the homestead. In the morning is laundry and house cleaning. With the deposit of financial aide in our accounts that means today was also supermarket safari day.

Hubby went one direction. I set off in another. I had to make several stops in the mall for things. It is very efficient to be able to cover all of ones bases at one shopping mall. I needed to get a new battery for my watch (check) then it was off the “The Tire” for more light bulbs. You know, those new CFL bulbs do not last longer than regular bulbs. I hought a box of four a few months ago for the bathroom and three have blown already, so I bought two boxes of globe lights once again, they are much prettier than the cfl bulbs.

I had to make a stop at Pharmaprix to get some perscriptions filled. It seems that our insurance company with the University has approved the coverage of my lancets and testing strips. Thank God the government covers test strips because they would have cost me over $81.00 and the lancets are $11.00 a box. I am paying over $80.00 a month in copay prices for all of the pills I am taking now.

On the way home I stopped off at Provigo for Supermarket Safari… I am finding it a challenge shopping these days seeing that I am on a limited diet now. We stick to basic foods like steak, chicken and pasta and hamburger. We’ve been on a run with hamburger helper, which is quick and tasty. Over the last month the store has had a run on fresh fruit and berries. So I’ve been eating strawberries and raspberries at night after dinner. The one problem with this store is that I don’t think that the produce manager looks at what their employees are putting out on display, because today I was looking for more berries and most of the containers were filled with bruised and moldy fruit. YUCK !!!!

I found one container of good strawberries and a couple of pints of raspberries which will make a tasty dessert. Then it was back home to unpack and get sorted out…

I’ve had a run of good number days. Last night I hit a 5.5 after dinner which was lower than usual, and I hit a down really quickly before bed and I had to make a sugar push to get my blood sugar back on track. I’ve been sleeping a full nights sleep lately which is good for me.

Well, that’s all I’ve got for you.

Stay tuned, more to come…


The Trophy Voodoo: You can’t touch this, or can you?

ept_sports_nhl_experts-751751176-1243490579

Much has been written since Tuesday night when Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby(notes) went against all that the hockey gods teach us and decided to touch the Prince of Wales Trophy, later carrying it off the RBC Center ice.

Crosby’s reason for breaking tradition? He left it alone a year ago and things didn’t work out quite as planned.

One could say the “to touch/not to touch” debate is all hooey, especially since Detroit Red Wings captain Niklas Lidstrom left the Clarence Campbell Bowl alone after the Western Conference champions advanced to last year’s Stanley Cup finals — and that ended fairly successfully for Detroit.

It’s all a matter of superstition, something for which NHL players are famously known.

The Toronto Star’s Damian Cox? Not a fan of such superstitions:

Well, thank goodness for Sidney Crosby.

The Kid ended (hopefully) one of the truly moronic semi-traditions in hockey Tuesday night after the Pittsburgh Penguins clinched the Eastern Conference crown by sweeping the Carolina Hurricanes.

In recent years, team after team had declined even to touch the trophies for winning the Eastern or Western Conference, with the silly excuse being “that wasn’t the trophy they wanted” in their pursuit of the Stanley Cup.

Even Crosby bought into it last year when the Pens won the east. But Tuesday night, he gratefully accepted the Prince of Wales Trophy from NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, then carried it away into the arms of his joyous teammates.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Cox also doesn’t believe in avoiding the logo on the floor of team lockers rooms, too.

Last night, subbing for injured captain Nicklas Lidstrom(notes), Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg(notes) went with what worked for the Red Wings last season and kept his paws off the Campbell Bowl. Unlike Crosby and the Penguins, not touching the trophy worked for the Red Wings, so why bother with tradition?

Over at PensBurgh, Hooks Orpik believes that trophy presentations are a reason to celebrate a season’s accomplishments:

First of all, I’m happy the Sidney Crosby picked up the Prince of Wales trophy, posed for a few pictures and nonchalantly skated off the ice.

[…]

And while that’s all well and good, a perfectly fine message to have, the Penguins deserved to have the happy moment to recognize their monumental achievement for such a huge season turnaround.

Digging into their hockey archives, ESPN found four instances since 1991 when a team’s captain lifted their conference trophy and went on to win the Stanley Cup. Mario Lemieux (1991) and Scott Stevens (2000, 2003) both bucked tradition and left fingerprints on the Prince of Wales trophy. In 1997, Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman had no fear and lifted the Clarence Campbell Bowl and a week later was celebrating a Stanley Cup victory.

So, like many hockey superstitions and traditions, they may not make any sense to some fans or writers; but to the players, they’re an important part of the hockey culture.

Whether it’s tossing your cookies before a game, growing facial hair between the months of April and June, or becoming bosom buddies with the goal posts, these superstitions are one of the things that make hockey as unique as it is.


The Trophy Voodoo: You can't touch this, or can you?

ept_sports_nhl_experts-751751176-1243490579

Much has been written since Tuesday night when Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby(notes) went against all that the hockey gods teach us and decided to touch the Prince of Wales Trophy, later carrying it off the RBC Center ice.

Crosby’s reason for breaking tradition? He left it alone a year ago and things didn’t work out quite as planned.

One could say the “to touch/not to touch” debate is all hooey, especially since Detroit Red Wings captain Niklas Lidstrom left the Clarence Campbell Bowl alone after the Western Conference champions advanced to last year’s Stanley Cup finals — and that ended fairly successfully for Detroit.

It’s all a matter of superstition, something for which NHL players are famously known.

The Toronto Star’s Damian Cox? Not a fan of such superstitions:

Well, thank goodness for Sidney Crosby.

The Kid ended (hopefully) one of the truly moronic semi-traditions in hockey Tuesday night after the Pittsburgh Penguins clinched the Eastern Conference crown by sweeping the Carolina Hurricanes.

In recent years, team after team had declined even to touch the trophies for winning the Eastern or Western Conference, with the silly excuse being “that wasn’t the trophy they wanted” in their pursuit of the Stanley Cup.

Even Crosby bought into it last year when the Pens won the east. But Tuesday night, he gratefully accepted the Prince of Wales Trophy from NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, then carried it away into the arms of his joyous teammates.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Cox also doesn’t believe in avoiding the logo on the floor of team lockers rooms, too.

Last night, subbing for injured captain Nicklas Lidstrom(notes), Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg(notes) went with what worked for the Red Wings last season and kept his paws off the Campbell Bowl. Unlike Crosby and the Penguins, not touching the trophy worked for the Red Wings, so why bother with tradition?

Over at PensBurgh, Hooks Orpik believes that trophy presentations are a reason to celebrate a season’s accomplishments:

First of all, I’m happy the Sidney Crosby picked up the Prince of Wales trophy, posed for a few pictures and nonchalantly skated off the ice.

[…]

And while that’s all well and good, a perfectly fine message to have, the Penguins deserved to have the happy moment to recognize their monumental achievement for such a huge season turnaround.

Digging into their hockey archives, ESPN found four instances since 1991 when a team’s captain lifted their conference trophy and went on to win the Stanley Cup. Mario Lemieux (1991) and Scott Stevens (2000, 2003) both bucked tradition and left fingerprints on the Prince of Wales trophy. In 1997, Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman had no fear and lifted the Clarence Campbell Bowl and a week later was celebrating a Stanley Cup victory.

So, like many hockey superstitions and traditions, they may not make any sense to some fans or writers; but to the players, they’re an important part of the hockey culture.

Whether it’s tossing your cookies before a game, growing facial hair between the months of April and June, or becoming bosom buddies with the goal posts, these superstitions are one of the things that make hockey as unique as it is.


Downtown pedestrian mall is open

450_pedestrian_mal090528

ctvmontreal.ca

Montreal has shut down a big chunk of Ste. Catherine St. East to traffic for what has been billed as Canada’s largest pedestrian mall.

The gay village between Berri and Papineau is a huge pedestrian mall for the next three and a half months.

It’s a popular idea that’s common in other cities around the world.

Even New York city is experimenting with closing part of Times Square.


Integrity Appalled By California Supreme Court Ruling

PressReleaseBanner

Originally found on: Walking with Integrity

May 26, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LOS ANGELES–Integrity joins with those around the nation who express profound disappointment in the California Supreme Court’s abdication of its responsibility to offer equal protection to all California citizens in today’s decision regarding Proposition 8.

“This morning we saw justice both denied and delayed,” said Integrity President Susan Russell. “Today’s ruling by the California Supreme Court does not just affect the lives of same-sex couples hoping to live happily ever after with the love of their life; it sets a terrible precedent that a simple majority of voters can relegate millions of citizens to second class status. Until ‘liberty and justice for all’ really means ‘all’ we are not yet the nation we are called to be and today was a sad step backward on that arc of history that generations of equality leaders have told us bends toward justice.”

Russell continued, “It is a decision that is not only antithetical to the core American values of liberty and justice for all, it flies in the face of the core Christian commitment to love our neighbors as ourselves. It is a decision that grieves the heart of God, violates core values of both our faith and our founding fathers, and puts the State of California on the wrong side of history on the issue of marriage equality. It is a decision that should not and will not stand.”

“As the mother of a son in uniform,” said Russell, “I find it deeply ironic that our Supreme Court would issue an opinion allowing discrimination to be written into our statutes the day after a national holiday dedicated to the memory of the brave men and women who have given their lives to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic–to preserve for their fellow citizens the American dream of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

“Integrity will work, pray, and advocate for the full inclusion of all the baptized in all the sacraments within the Episcopal Church and work with our California Faith for Equality allies toward marriage equality in California as we continue our 35-year history of giving voice to the LGBT faithful within the Episcopal Church and from the church to the world.”

For more information contact:

The Reverend Susan Russell, President
president@integrityusa.org
714.356.5718 mobile

Ms. Louise Brooks, Media Consultant
lebrooks@earthlink.net
626.993.4605 mobile


California Supreme Court Upholds Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

The California Supreme Court upheld a ban on same-sex marriage today, ratifying a decision made by voters last year that runs counter to a growing trend of states allowing the practice.

The decision, however, preserves the 18,000 marriages performed between the court’s decision last May that same-sex marriage was lawful and the passage by voters in November of Proposition 8, which banned it. Supporters of the proposition argued that the marriages should no longer be recognized.

Today’s decision, written by Chief Justice Ronald M. George for a 6-to-1 majority, said that same-sex couples still have the right to civil unions, which gives them the ability to “choose one’s life partner and enter with that person into a committed, officially recognized, and protected family relationship that enjoys all of the constitutionally based incidents of marriage.” But the justices said that the voters had clearly expressed their will to limit the formality of marriage to heterosexual couples.

Heated reaction to the decision began immediately, with protestors blocking traffic in front of San Francisco City Hall, their hands locked.

The same court had ruled in May that same-sex couples enjoyed the same fundamental “right to marry” as heterosexual couples. That sweeping 4-3 decision provoked a backlash from opponents that led to Proposition 8, which garnered 52 percent of the vote last November after a bitter electoral fight.

The opinion marks a new round in the long-running battle in California over the issue, and will almost certainly lead to a counter-initiative intended to overturn Proposition 8, which changed the state constitution, as early as next year.

The opinion focused on whether the use of a voter initiative to narrow constitutional rights under Proposition 8 went too far.

Supporters of same-sex marriage, who filed several suits challenging the proposition, argued that the change to the state’s constitution was so fundamental that the initiative was not an amendment to the constitution but a “revision,” a term for measures that rework core constitutional principles.

Revisions, under California law, cannot be decided through a simple signature drive and majority vote, which is what led to Proposition 8; they can only be placed on the ballot with a two-thirds vote by the legislature.

It has historically been rare, however, for the state’s courts to overturn initiatives on the ground that they are actually revisions, and many legal scholars deemed the challenge against Proposition 8 a long shot.

The question of whether Proposition 8 was an amendment or revision was the centerpiece of the oral arguments before the State Supreme Court during its hearing on March 5.

The justices who had issued the ringing support of same-sex marriage in 2008 presented a far less supportive front during the three-hour hearing. A number of justices who had voted in the majority in the 2008 case, particularly Joyce L. Kennard, strongly suggested in their questions from the bench that they were reluctant to overturn the will of the voters or to undercut the initiative process.

The justices had seemed to be seeking a middle ground that would allow the rights they had affirmed the year before to be preserved in the form of civil unions, which would be different from marriage in name only. Justice Kennard suggested that the substantive rights of gays were the same after the proposition, and all that had changed was “the label of marriage.”

That distinction was deeply dissatisfying to an attorney for plaintiffs, Shannon Minter, who argued that without the right to the word “marriage,” same-sex couples would find “our outsider status enshrined in our Constitution.”

In the months since the case was argued, three other states have legalized same-sex marriage. On April 3, Iowa’s supreme court struck down a state statute that limited civil marriage to a union between a man and a woman — and cited California’s 2008 decision repeatedly in support of its ruling. Less than a week later, the Vermont Legislature narrowly overrode a veto by Gov. Jim Douglas of a bill that allowed same-sex couples to marry. Then on May 6, Maine’s legislature, too, passed a bill allowing same-sex marriage, and Gov. John Baldaci signed it.

Initiatives are also moving forward in New York and New Jersey; a similar measure has stalled in the New Hampshire legislature by a slim margin this month, but could come up for a new vote next month.

At the same time, attitudes of Americans toward same-sex marriage favor liberalization of the practice. In an April CBS/New York Times poll, 42 percent of those surveyed favored same-sex marriage, up from 21 percent at election time in 2004, when it was a wedge issue during the presidential campaign. That poll suggests the trend will continue into the future: 57 percent of the respondents favored legal recognition for same-sex marriage, compared with 31 percent of respondents over the age of 40.

The language of Chief Justice George’s decision seemed almost regretful, as he wrote that “our task in the present proceeding is not to determine whether the provision at issue is wise or sound as a matter of policy or whether we, as individuals, believe it should be a part of the California Constitution.” Instead, he wrote, “our role is limited to interpreting and applying the principles and rules embodied in the California Constitution, setting aside our own personal beliefs and values.”


St. Irenaeus – Proof of the Apostolic Teaching

StIrenaeus

The Three Articles of Faith

And this is the drawing up of our faith, the foundation of the building, and the consolidation of a way of life. God, the Father, uncreated, beyond grasp, invisible, one God the maker of all, this is the first and foremost article of our faith.

But the second article is the Word of God, the Son of God, Christ Jesus our Lord, who was shown forth by the prophets according to the design of their prophecy and according to the manner in which the Father disposed; and through Him were made all things whatsoever. He also, in the end of times, for the recapitulation of all things, is become a man among men, visible and tangible, in order to abolish death and bring to light life, and bring about the communion of God and man.

And the third article is the Holy Spirit, through whom the prophets prophesied and the patriarchs were taught about God and the just were led in the path of justice, and who in the end of times has been poured forth in a new manner upon humanity over all the earth renewing man to God.

Seven Heavens

But the earth is encompassed by seven heavens, in which dwell Powers and Angels and Archangels, giving homage to the Almighty God who created all things, not as to one having need of anything, but lest they too be idle and useless and accursed.

Therefore the Spirit of God in His indwelling is manifold, it is enumerated by Isaias the prophet in the seven charismata resting on the Son of God, that is, the Word, in His coming as man. For he says: the spirit of God shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the spirit of counsel and fortitude, the spirit of knowledge and of godliness; the spirit of the fear of God shall fill him.

Hence the first heaven from the top, which encloses the others, is wisdom; and the one after it, that of understanding; but the third is that of counsel and the fourth, counting from the top downwards, that of fortitude, and the fifth that of knowledge, and the sixth that of godliness; and the seventh, this firmament of ours, full of the fear of the Spirit, who lights up the heavens.

For after this pattern Moses received the seven branched candlestick always burning in the sanctuary, since it was on the pattern of the heavens that he received the liturgy, as the Word says to him: Thou shalt do according to all the patterns of what thou hast seen on the mount.

Side note: Lectue information…

It is said that when the angel Lucifer was cast out of heaven, (the seven heavens) that he fell down to the firmament, because the firmament was seen as a dome, a ceiling.


Go and Preach …

Do you believe in Love

Mark 16:15-20

He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”

After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.

Do you know that there are Christian congregations in the South that take this passage from Mark, quite literally. Last Summer I took a Religion class that covered a multitude of traditions and religious practices. One of the sections dealt with Christians who worship with very poisonous snakes for hours at a time each and every week. You have to see it to believe it – you can find these videos on You Tube. I just mentioned this story because of the scripture that came up this Sunday.

Jesus said: “GO into all the world and preach the Good News to all creation.”

I may not have posted much of my standard fare writings as of late but life took its turn and I have needed to address personal medical issues that have taken precedence over any other writing. My stats have gone into the toilet over the last week. I gather from those numbers that not many people are interested in my daily ditherings. As long as I post gratuitous celebrity photography, I am guaranteed a little repeat traffic. The same photographs have maintained my average of 300 to 500 hits a day. I suspect that if I removed all those postings that my stats would fall further into the pail.

If you read the synoptics you will find that the story of Jesus varies in the number of days he spent on earth after his resurrection and the time that he is taken up into heaven. Who did he appear to after his resurrection? And where did he go? For those of you who like my CLOSE READ studies of scripture, this should keep you busy for a little while.

GO and preach the Good News to all creation…

Isn’t that what we do here? Isn’t that why we have worship on Sunday mornings? Isn’t that why we gather in numbers greater than one? Do  you preach the Geen News to all creation? It’s a very simple question. Do you share yourself with those you meet on any given day at any given time? It’s not like we must go door to door with little tracts and our bibles, but we are called to be ministers to our fellows. You never know when the smallest gesture you might make in someones life, will change them forever.

It’s called Reaching Out to our fellows.

I am taking a class on the Trinity this session, and I have to write a one page synopsis of David Bentley Harts, “The Beauty of the Infinite, The Aesthetic of Christian Truth.” This is a mammoth theological treatise that, in my estimation, is written well above my academic abilities to fully comprehend or understand. And like many of my fellows in class, I feel like I have surely missed something or else I should be a learned theologian in order to fully comprehend and appreciate in its fullness what David is trying to say about TRINITY.

I only have to select one section from our assigned reading and pump out a page – but it has to be one really good page because my instructor in this class is a truly exceptional man of impeccable stature and of academic wisdom, and I am only an undergraduate in a room full of graduate students who are farther up the pike that I am at this point of the game.

But if you are so inclined to pick up this text, be forewarned, it isn’t easy reading, by any stretch of the imagination. Our fearless leader in class just waxes on with words of praise and wonder at the way David Bentley Hart writes. This does not make this task any easier.  The more a professor loves a text, the more critical he will be in reading some drither that an undergraduate student could write or even presume to understand. (That would be me…)

I have until tomorrow at 5 p.m. to finish one page of writing, and I am putting off writing this piece because I haven’t been able to set word to paper on this topic as of late. Add to this the fact that my eyes are bugging on me because of this damned diabetes and reading has become a task which is starting to ware on my nerves. I don’t know how long this watery eye syndrome is supposed to last? I am sure I will get it done. I just need to sit a reread the text tonight before bed.

They say that Tuesday is D Day in California. Let us pray that minds and hearts have been changed and that a positive outcome will occur and that the California Supreme Court overturns Proposition 8…

Tomorrow is a holiday in the U.S. the day set aside to remember all those who gave their lives for our country. Make sure you make time to remember…

That’s about all I have to say for tonight…

More to come, stay tuned…

LET’S SEE, I HAVE A DEGREE IN RELIGIOUS STUDIES AND A DIPLOMA CERTIFICATE IN PASTORAL MINISTRY. DOES THAT QUALIFY ME? WHAT KIND OF CREDENTIALS DO YOU HAVE? AND HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU BEEN STUDYING SCRIPTURE? I’M SURE THAT IT IS NOT AS LONG AS I HAVE BEEN STUDYING…

Jesus commanded his disciples to preach. They didn’t have anythng but what they knew and what they believed. They didn’t have prepared texts or books to quote from, all they had were their own words and experiences of the risen Christ. There wasn’t even a “Christianty” to speak of for 60 to 70 years after the life of Christ.


Sunday Journeys…

STM Montreal.gifA

When we last met I was fretting over the fact that I was sitting on my sofa last night watching Casino Royale and I got up when hubby got home and my glasses snapped in half. Thank God I had a second pair that are sunglasses and are the same frames.

I’m having a bout with blury vision – the doctor tells me it will pass, let us hope sooner than later. This morning I got up and called the nearest lenscrafters and made sure they were open today. They were.

I trotted off around noon to the core and as I was walking to the metro station I noticed that the city has planted flowers in all the tree spaces along the street I can imagine that in a few weeks those plants will be huge and the flowers are beautiful. I didn’t have my camera so I didn’t take any photos.

I got to the mall and gave up the borken pieces and my other frames and they took all of 5 minutes to change them out. Now I can see again… I got home in under an hour now hubby is watching Austin Powers on tee vee…

I guess I will have more later…

Stay tuned…


Saturday May 23

Do you believe in Love

Blood Sugar check tonight: 9.5  YAY !!!!

It was movie night tonight and as I got up off the sofa a little while ago, my glasses snapped in half… FARK!!!! I can’t afford a $600.00 pair of glasses, I am hoping that they can transfer my lenses into my old sunglasses frames without charge.

UGH!!!


Wednesday 20 May

Do you believe in Love

Evening numbers: 16.4 checked it at school. A little high. I had a meal before going to class with some milk. I sipped my diet pepsi during class.

Did I mention that I am taking a PILE of PILLS now every night before I go to bed? I took all those pills last night before bed and this morning I was awoken by the taste of bile in my throat that got me wretching trying to get out of bed before I threw up all over my bed. I wonder if I was taking too many pills at the same time and not having enough to drink overnight? I mean I have water on the bedside table but I don’t get up overnight to drink, it is there should I get up and need a drink.

I don’t have much else to say, other than, I have to make dinner and then I am going to chill for the rest of the night. I see my GP tomorrow morning. I hope my labs will be pleasing to him and not make him get crazy on my ass…

Now a little Gospel:

John 16:12-15

“I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.

G’nite.

Stay tuned, more to come…


Diabetes Diet and Meeting talk…

weight-scale

Blood Sugar: 14.2 before dinner… must have been that diet coke I drank at the meeting…

It’s not all bad. I mean, walking through the grocery store lamenting all the food on the shelves that I can no longer eat, drinks I can no longer drink, and junk food I can’t feed my face with… I am getting used to going to the store now and carefully reading the packages and doing the math in my head being I have become a very methodical grocery shopper.

The good thing this morning??? I LOST 10 POUNDS…

Without all that sugery shit and soda and crap that I used to eat, I may finally get down another 10 pounds and make my doctor very very happy and maybe in a few months might have that tummy of death… Let Us Pray …

***************************

I hit a meeting tonight. The first meeting I have been at in a couple months. It was good. Step 3 – I kept my mouth shut for once.

Picture this: The room is full, the meeting is already started, and in walks a very well known “SLIPPER” we call her Marie… Seven years ago when I got sober she was a regular fixture at our meeting. Even then she couldn’t stack two days sober together to save her life.

She would piss and moan in the winter that she was stuck indoors drinking herself sick. In the summer she would piss and moan that she could not ride her bike down the street because people were drinking beer on the terraces.

She could not stay sober… that was then, this was tonght.

She came in, made sure we all noticed her. She took up two chairs with all her bags and layers of clothing. (it is a little brisk out lately) She takes off her shoes and sox and then whips out her trusty notebook. She takes notes and names…

Eventually she got the courage to speak up. Those of us who knew her could imagine what was about to come out of her mouth… She spent the long weekend with family and because they were drinking – she got terribly drunk and sick, she got pulled over driving drunk and she escaped without being arrested. There is a God…

The she starts spouting all this spiritual shit. That she prays and meditates and that she is so wise and she is talking a good game. She went on and on about spiritual things, and I am sitting there across the room with Louise and I am just biting my tongue. It is one thing to talk spiritual things, it is quite another to know exactly what you are talking about. Talking the game and participating in the game are two different things. She isn’t even IN the game.

After the meeting Louise asked me why I was so quiet? Had I opened my trap I would have pulled a Garrett… Which is a “good gay reading of the room.” Better I keep quiet. I think it is like spiritual blasphemy to sit in a room and spout spiritual axioms and truths and talk up the game of prayer and meditation knowing that not one word that one is syaing has entered their mind or heart or soul. Because If those axioms and truths HAD she would be sober and not coming back from another slip …

But for the grace of God go I, I could be her…


D-Day … that’s “D” for Diabetes

contour copy

This post will be continually updated throughout today as I go for my intake at the Diabetes clinic at the General. I have been on diabetes medication now for four days and some of the symptoms of the conversion have been alleviated and I feel ok.

1. Gen-Metformin 1000 mg twice a day
2. Novo-Glyburide 5 mg three times a day
3. Crestor for my Cholesterol

Last night my doctor called me at home to check on me and to make sure I got into the clinic today (Tuesday). He made sure I had enough phone numbers if I had any trouble getting in today to get my meter and do my education training on how to use and code a meter and know what I am doing.

Next update: post medical intake later this morning.

Update:

I didn’t sleep last night and I was wide awake at 7 this morning and had to be at the clinic for 9. I was early. I dropped some more labs 9 vials worth, ugh!!! Then I went to the diabetic clinic where they processed me with pin point precision. I sat with the nutritionist about food, fat and sugar. We went over meal plans and other food related questions. Which was good for me.

Then I saw the nurse who set me up with my glucometer. It is a Bayer CONTOUR meter(Pictured Above). It is a nifty little gadget that looks like the doctors mobile emitter from ‘Voyager.’ It fits in a nice little carry case that has my plunger and lancets and blood strips. I learned how to use the meter and I even got to do my first test in the clinic (it was 10.7) down from 22 on Friday.

Then it was off for a visit with the intern who did my intake and medical history and she asked me all kinds of questions. She gave me some guidance and then we set off to see the doctor. It took all of 10 minutes with the doctor – he upped my Glucophage to 1000 mg twice a day, and my Diabeta 3 times a day as prescribed by Dr. C …

They did not put me on insulin yet. I have to take the meds, follow a diet, get some more exercise and go back in a month for more labs and a checkup on my progress.

I have a little booklet that I am supposed to log all my test numbers into throughout the day. So it’s all good. I see Dr. C on Thursday. I am sure he will want to make some changes to my regimen – because my labs from today should be finished by then.

so that’s the update.

I am hitting a meeting tonight. The first meeting in a couple of months…
Let us pray…

More to come, stay tuned…


D-Day … that's "D" for Diabetes

contour copy

This post will be continually updated throughout today as I go for my intake at the Diabetes clinic at the General. I have been on diabetes medication now for four days and some of the symptoms of the conversion have been alleviated and I feel ok.

1. Gen-Metformin 1000 mg twice a day
2. Novo-Glyburide 5 mg three times a day
3. Crestor for my Cholesterol

Last night my doctor called me at home to check on me and to make sure I got into the clinic today (Tuesday). He made sure I had enough phone numbers if I had any trouble getting in today to get my meter and do my education training on how to use and code a meter and know what I am doing.

Next update: post medical intake later this morning.

Update:

I didn’t sleep last night and I was wide awake at 7 this morning and had to be at the clinic for 9. I was early. I dropped some more labs 9 vials worth, ugh!!! Then I went to the diabetic clinic where they processed me with pin point precision. I sat with the nutritionist about food, fat and sugar. We went over meal plans and other food related questions. Which was good for me.

Then I saw the nurse who set me up with my glucometer. It is a Bayer CONTOUR meter(Pictured Above). It is a nifty little gadget that looks like the doctors mobile emitter from ‘Voyager.’ It fits in a nice little carry case that has my plunger and lancets and blood strips. I learned how to use the meter and I even got to do my first test in the clinic (it was 10.7) down from 22 on Friday.

Then it was off for a visit with the intern who did my intake and medical history and she asked me all kinds of questions. She gave me some guidance and then we set off to see the doctor. It took all of 10 minutes with the doctor – he upped my Glucophage to 1000 mg twice a day, and my Diabeta 3 times a day as prescribed by Dr. C …

They did not put me on insulin yet. I have to take the meds, follow a diet, get some more exercise and go back in a month for more labs and a checkup on my progress.

I have a little booklet that I am supposed to log all my test numbers into throughout the day. So it’s all good. I see Dr. C on Thursday. I am sure he will want to make some changes to my regimen – because my labs from today should be finished by then.

so that’s the update.

I am hitting a meeting tonight. The first meeting in a couple of months…
Let us pray…

More to come, stay tuned…