Books Read in 2007
My Favorite Video Blogs
(for others, see Links page)
Dick Cheney was Right!
(this is an amazing video from 1994)
Ordination of Women Priests
Sideshow Bob sings HMS Pinafore
Family Stories Vlog
New on My
16 August 2007
This is like the Jeopardy category where they throw all the questions that they didn't have time to answer during regular play. It's all the thoughts that didn't quite make it to full-length journal entry.
First of all, if you didn't see the Today Show today, this is very scary. (Be sure you scroll through all 9 photos.) Lizzie and Sheila are unimpressed.
Speaking of Lizzie, she has her own language. This morning Walt left early to go to breakfast with the office retirees. I had been up until 2:30 finishing my book (Tess Gerritsen's "Life Support") and so was still sleeping when he left. I heard the door close and then Lizzie come to stand next to me, but I ignored her. Soon she started softly licking my arm and when I still ignored her, she licked my face more vigorously. She was trying to let me know he'd left.
When she's hungry or thirsty is when she leaps at me whenever I walk anywhere. If I am late getting them dinner, she comes in here and goes behind my chair and puts her paws on my shoulders.
We really have learned to communicate quite well, Lizzie and I!
My newest obsession (because I didn't have enough of them already) is Shelfari, a site where you can list all of your books. The graphical look of it is what I like. I have Missbehavens to "thank" for the suggestion that I check the site out. I now have over 500 books on my shelf, some with reviews I've written of them. It kind of pleases me to see how eclectic my tastes are! There are some folks on there who have over 2,000 books on their shelves. Talk about tossing down the gauntlet and issuing a challenge!
Walt is dragging me to the gym more often now. He also thinks he's fooling me when he drops me off at the theatre a block away so I'll have to walk farther, but he's not. When I started back on the treadmill a few months ago, I was walking at 1.8-2.0 mph and last time we went, I had it at 2.4-2.6 mph for a good part of my half hour. The depressing thing about all this activity is that I've lost 5 lbs and I'm feeling better. But don't tell anybody that, OK?
We went to see Hello, Dolly last night and it occurred to me that I should give some "theatre etiquette" tips for people who occasionally attend theatrical productions.
Know where your seats are and arrive accordingly! It seems that the longer a row of seats is, the less likely are the people in the middle seats to arrive early. They generally wait until everybody in the row has been seated and then have to climb over everybody to get to their seats. I hate that.
By the same token, there is a woman who is in a wheelchair, who sits in the row to which we are usually assigned. She used to arrive just before the show started, but this time she was the first person there. She is not as large as I am, but she is not a small woman and her helper is also not a small woman. They sit in the first two seats on the aisle, the disabled woman cannot move and everybody has to climb over the both of them. Why don't they wait until at least most of the people are already in the row before sitting down?
Finally, I found out something absolutely fascinating yesterday. Did you know that the Catholic church has ordained women? Legally? This didn't make front page news, but I read it in The Advocate, which is a gay magazine. It seems that in 2002 seven women were ordained on the River Danube in Austria (the spot was chosen because it was out of the jurisdiction of any local diocese). The women were excommunicated shortly afterwards, but two of them were secretly ordained as bishops by three Roman Catholic bishops "in good standing" with the church. (The article says that the identity of these bishops will remain secret until they have died.)
I've always been taught that once you are ordained, you are a priest for life. Presumably this holds true no matter what your gender.
In 2005, one of those female bishops ordained eight other women on the St. Lawrence Seaway in Canada, again out of diocesan jurisdiction.
Rome isn't mentioning this, because they don't want to create any sympathy for the ordination of women. (Women were ordained in the church up until 1024, when the mysoginistic men decided that women weren't good enough to serve as priests because women are subordinate to men and were "incapable of imaging Christ." Support for ordination of women is strongest here in the United States.)
The women are not permitted to say Mass in a traditional church, but the woman about whom the article was written says a weekly Mass in a "house church" congregation in Santa Cruz, California.
There are now about 20 women priests in the United States and there will be additional ordinations which will take place in the U.S. this year in Minneapolis, New York, Portland, and Santa Barbara (our friends in Santa Barbara are really going to be shocked to hear that! They were upset that Walt's sister and her husband were allowed to participate in the Mass at their wedding!)
(Be sure to watch that Dick Cheney video over there under "Look at these videos." It's amazing!)
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