Sunday, August 12, 2012
Today in history - I remember trying to reconcile, in my young little mind, the famous, joyous photo of the "Times Square Kiss" after WWII that us kids were always taught in elementary school history clases, with the seemingly angry, uncaring, and for sure, no celebratory party mood, upon the fall of Saigon in April 1972 and the return of our troops. Today marks the anniversary of when the last American combat ground troops left Vietnam., August 12, 1972. My thankfulness to all Veterans who served our countries (USA and South Vietnam) and my sorrow for the families of the ones who gave their lives, during the war and ever since then.
Monday, August 06, 2012
Last night I got a text from a friend that I've known since we were both about 11 or 12 years of age. She said her mom was dying and not expected to last the night. She's the youngest child but her older three sisters have already died, so she was really the only one left, other than a niece. And in texting, I found out her mom was only about 20-25 minutes away now. Last I heard, her mom was a couple counties away. So anyway, talked to my husband, and I drove on out to sit with my friend and some of her family that was there. It was a long night... and when her mom was still hanging on early this morning, I went ahead and returned to my home right about dawn.
It was so sad...hearing one of the family members recount how she snapped after a completely different relative who attends a completely different church, claiming to be "Christian" just inform her that she and her own recently deceased mom were both destined for Hell. I couldn't believe it. I'm not naming churches but was one of the well known protestant churches. The Bible doesn't show Christ going around and saying, "Well lady, you are already going to hell, just because you have a tatoo and listen to rock music." Uh huh. No way.
And when I read through the Book and looked up the words in the Strong's Concordance, I discovered that many Hebrew and Greek words with COMPLETELY different meanings were all mistranslated as the English word "Hell". Each one has a different meaning, a different concept - no way can they all be the same word "Hell" other than the translators made a mistake (hopefully it was an honest mistake.).
I'm noticing some bible translations these days just skip using the word Hell and just use the original word, like Sheol etc.
Anyway so back to the death watch. This poor girl just seemed so crushed, so defeated, and I have no idea what she tells or will tell her children about their grandmother (her children were at home with her husband.). At this point I can tell she's not receptive to hearing a different belief, no matter if I believe it is a "truer" truth. I'll just have to strive to be a better example... so that some day she can ask.
And it occurred to me that this holds true for other aspects of my life. I can't just go around popping people and saying "You should be following the way of SparkPeople in your attempts to lose weight. Walk ye in this way! Eat this food, not that!" etc etc.
Okay... so maybe this should be in the journal page, to treat this like a draft, as I'm not a fine example, wasted out from lack of sleep and not yet exercised or really even felt like eating all day (some fruit this morning.).
I want to be a better example but I am just not there...
Saturday, August 04, 2012
I'd noticed some time ago that the My SparkPoints page no longer had a link to the Planner page, where one could make calendar entries or jot down personal notes in the Journal section.
Got around to looking at it again today (I had long ago added the links to my Websearch page
ch.asp as I tended to get lost and not able to find it in the usual SparkMenus... ). I was pleasantly surprised to see that I did continue to get SparkPoints for making a calendar entry. Think I also did for the Journal entry although I wasn't paying attention specifically...
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Was reading James Fell column today "Body For Wife"
The Weight-control Information Network provides the general public, health professionals, the media, and Congress with up-to-date, science-based information on weight control, obesity, physical activity, and related nutritional issues.
Another article, this one written by James Fell:
And have you seen the new icons? I can see that there is a new blob of color on some of them, but I can't actually SEE some of them well enough to know exactly what it is!?
A) what are these? Red hot chili peppers that escaped from the "Food" section of emoticons? Tied up with red ribbon?
B) This one has long puzzled me. Is the guy about to jump out of a window? Freezing in the window? Is this wintertime? summertime?
Moving on to Foods -
C) It's kinda next to an icon that looks like popcorn? french fries, but this particular one is like a wooden can with something goopy on top?
I keep wishing that this was an iPhone and I could just swipe it and make it larger. But it won't even do that much even on my iPhone (and I'm on the PC now.).
D) OOps this guy isn't in Foods - but what is he? Military? or just a really strange duckbill hairdo?
Did you see the new Dancing Fitness icons? Cool!
Okay, well I need to skedaddle...
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Need to figure out who does those positions for me?
And my part, for other friends I have seems to be "The Informer" - always reading and passing along some information. Sometimes that takes the form of the old saw "Here, take my advice! I'm not using it!" ( ashamed to say...).
Motivator – someone good at picking you up when you fall down and re-energizing you
Positive Thinker – someone good at always looking at the bright side
Goal Guardian – someone good at keeping you focused on your goal and on track
Exercise Buddy – someone good at making workout time fun and social
Listener – someone good at being an outlet when you need to vent or talk about problems
Informer – someone good at circulating health and fitness info, ideas and opportunities
The Bizarre One – someone good at finding fun, interesting and crazy ways to stay active
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