Saturday, December 30, 2006
what would you do if you were told you had three days to live?
things are not fine...
Friday, December 29, 2006
please pray for my family.
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Awhile back I made a list of things I wanted to do before I die.
Since the list was written when I was in high school some of the things on it were pretty funny. I have been adding to it and editing for almost 7 years.
I thought I would post so I work hard to live each day to the fullest rather than sleeping life away.
In no particular order here is my list:
1. sky dive
2. get married
3. learn to speak another language fluently
4. get my degree and then get accepted to medical school (since then changed to nurse/nurse practitioner)
5. write my own song and sing it
6. scuba dive
7. ride a ferris wheel
8. learn to play piano (or guitar)
9. prove that money doesn't buy happiness
10. Read the whole Bible
11. Get my nose pierced
12. See Reliant K in concert (totally in grade 10 when I wrote that one)
13. Be in the Amazing Race
14. Adopt or be a foster parent
15. Go to Paris and drink a café near the Eiffel Tower (café, I think was supposed to mean coffee)
16. Live in another country
17. Cure a disease
18. Be on TV
19. Learn to not procrastinate
20. Write a children's book
21. Learn what it means to be a good friend
22. Go to Egypt and explore a pyramid (if possible with a camel)
23. Have Christmas family dinner at my house and make the whole dinner myself, and have people eat it, and like it.
24. Swim in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans
25. Win a championship
26. Set up a medical clinic in Africa
27. Make my own clothes
28. Learn to ski to prove I'm not an accident waiting to happen :)
29. Beat someone in a foot race
30. Learn sign language
31. Swing dance a routine and have everyone else circle us and clap like a movie
32. Stop biting my nails
33. Learn to relax, de-stress, Sabbath day it up? :)
34. Go white water rafting
35. Save a life
36. Go on a big road trip with friends
37. Be in the majority of all Nathan's pictures
38. Become a patient person
39. Be President of something
40. Join a soft ball league
41. Throw a surprise party without the person it's for knowing about it beforehand
42. Take a picture of an elephant on an African safari
43. Rebuild a home
44. Sponsor a child
45. Go backing packing in a foreign country (preferably Europe)
46. Sing on Broadway (or if that's not possible, just go see a Broadway show)
47. Go para-sailing
48. Raise $1 000 000 for a charity
49. Win in BINGO
50. Learn to follow Jesus...
I'm sure this list will grow as time goes on...
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
The countries included below are currently experiencing a crisis.
- Burkina Faso
- Central African Republic
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Republic of Congo
- Côte d'Ivoire
- Islamic Republic of Iran
- Russian Federation - North Caucasus (Chechnya)
- Sierra Leone
- South Africa
- Sri Lanka
For more information click the link above...
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
...5 months to go as of today...
Eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York's Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history's most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps.DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old."Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus."Papa says, 'If you see it in THE SUN it's so.'"Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus? VIRGINIA O'HANLON.115 WEST NINETY-FIFTH STREET.VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except [what] they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measure by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge. Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! How dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light which childhood fills the world would be extinguished. Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world. You tear apart the baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest man that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, VIRGINIA, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding. No Santa Claus! Thank GOD! He lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood