March 2003 Archives (29)

Last Signal

The Pioneer 10 space probe has sent its last signal. Originally launched on March 2, 1972, Pioneer 10 was the first spacecraft to pass through the asteroid belt and swing by Jupiter. It’s original mission was to last 21 months, but lasted for nearly 30 years. In 1983, it was the first man-made object to […]

Sitting Right Next to You

If Jesus was sitting right next to you, just like any other person, what would you say to Him? What would you ask Him? How would you act around Him? Would you say or ask anything different than in prayer? Would you act any different than you do now? Think about it. Do you need […]

Ash Wednesday

The ashes of Ash Wednesday are to remind us that we came from dust, and shall return to dust after we die. It is also a reminder that we are given the gift of time between those two stages of dust. It is up to us to fill that time. How are you spending your […]

A Touch Heals the Pain

My two-and-a-half year old son smashed his thumb while closing the toy box lid. He came to me whimpering about how it hurt. I looked over his thumb intently like a doctor, and then gently kissed it. I softly asked, “All better?” He replied with a smile and a yes. And then he went back […]

Outward Process

In Father Ken’s homily on Sunday, he described his past experiences with Lent as a time for “spiritual spring cleaning.” (Lent does mean spring.) He had always felt that Lent was a time for introspection—a deep and long look at one’s self. With mediation and prayer, a conversion or renewal toward Christ and God will […]

Jelly and Cats

If you drop a jelly-covered donut, it always lands jelly-side down. If you drop a cat, it always lands on its feet. What would happen if you put jelly on a cat? (Thanks Kelsey)

Broken Arm

My two-and-half year old son broke his arm last night. He and I were running across the parking lot at McDonald’s because a kind lady had stopped and motioned us across in front of her car. I was holding his left hand when he tripped. His hand slipped out on mine and he hit the […]

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Happy Pi Day!

Did you remember that today is 3/14, that is, the first three digits of π (3.141592654…)?

Inherit the Wind

The Achilles’ heel of the modern, scientific view of the world is that it does not embrace the spiritual side of things.

Last Day for Diplomacy?

Well, today is the date for the last day of diplomacy for Iraq as stated by President Bush. It is all over the news that goverments from around the world are starting to pull out their diplomats from their embassies in Iraq. The United States has also told the United Nations to pull out the […]

High Stakes Poker

President Bush is playing a game of high stakes poker. He has bet his political career, his administration, his place in history, and the future of American foreign policy and position on the world scene all on this showdown with Saddam Hussein. All of the small countries around the world, (including the European Union) are […]

Greatest Fears about the War

President Bush has backed Saddam Hussein into a corner. Saddam has demonstrated that he can be ruthless in the treatment of his enemies and to his own people. For the last 15-20 years, he has tried to develop and obtain weapons of mass destruction, from biological and chemical to nuclear. After the Gulf War in […]

Father and Son

I was playing with my five-month old baby son this afternoon. He has a tickle spot on his chest near his arms and neck. He bunches up, smiles, and squeaks a bit with just a hint of giggles. I imagine there is a father in Baghdad playing with his son today too. And he is […]

Spring is Here

Looks like spring is here in central Oklahoma. The dogwood trees started blooming two or three days ago. Many types of grasses have greened up. And today, I noticed that first hint of green on a lot of the trees. Although the skies were gray today (and despite the news of the war), my heart […]

Talking Heads

Today I was trapped for two hours in a doctor’s office (see why), forced to watch Dan Rather on CBS and his merry band of talking heads discussing the war. They kept rehashing what little information there was at this stage of the conflict. They managed to over-analyze the data as if they were planning […]

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“A” Day

The Coalition air war against Iraq, also known as “A” day, has begun at about 9 pm local time in Baghdad. The military nicknamed the type of operation as “Shock and Awe.” What we saw was impressive, but I am sure there is a lot more of it going on around the whole country, and […]

Spring Break Weather

Our esteemed state leaders decreed that every school in Oklahoma will have spring break at the same time, that is, during the third week of March. As the weather would have it, we have had four days straight of rain and gray skies with temperatures in the 50’s and 60’s. Today, the last official day […]

Cats and Shower Water

I apologize before hand for the cat picture and story. It seems like a lot of weblogs have at least one entry about their pets. Here’s mine.

A Song for Lent

This song, “I Turn Everything Over”, by Switchfoot, does a pretty good job of trying to describe my attitude for Lent. Some days I am better at it than others. Monday found me on my knees again Breathing You in To blur the lines that mark where I begin And where You end No use […]

Empire Building?

Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return. — Colin Powell

Tweedledum & Tweedledee

Tweedledum said, “The sum of your weight and twice mine is 361 pounds.” Tweedledee replied, “Contrariwise, the sum of your weight and twice mine is 362 pounds.” How much do Tweedledum and Tweedledee each weigh? — Based on the characters in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass

Marriage Sacrament

At last night’s RCIA class, we talked about the sacrament of marriage. It reminded me of something I heard many months ago that has resulted in a shift in my attitude toward marriage. Someone was listing the seven sacraments, and they described marriage as one of the sacraments of service. Service?! That was not in […]

Stations of the Cross

Dappled Things posted this link to an older version of the Stations of the Cross.

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Levels of Friendship

At Wednesday night’s RCIA class, Father used a set of concentric rings to describe how an individual develops friendship (see diagram below). People in the outer ring are considered acquaintances, and there are many of them. You just chit-chat with acquaintances. You talk about everyday kind of things, like the weather or how green the […]


I have placed the POW/MIA symbol on my journal homepage as a reminder of the Coalition (American and British) forces fighting in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Please pray for these men and women on both sides of the conflict. To learn more about POW/MIA’s, visit: a list of American POW/MIA’s in Iraq, National League of POW/MIA […]

Home for Christmas?

It is Day 12 of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The news reports are talking about another 100,000 U.S. troops being sent to Iraq to help topple Saddam Hussein’s regime. Some reporter made the comment that this will most likely push the war into the summer. I don’t think that the troops will be home for Christmas. […]

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