Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Shriving for Semla


Some internationalism of this Tuesday :-)

Shrove Tuesday is the English name for the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of Lent

For Roman Catholic countries in Europe and the Americas, this is the last day of Carnival. In some historically Francophone places like New Orleans, it is Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday)

The most famous Shrove Tuesday celebration is the Brazilian Carnival (what a fantastic smile! ;-})

It is also known as Pancake Day or Pancake Tuesday in Britain, Ireland, Australia, and Canada (wait a minute - from Brazilian Carnivals to Pancakes?)


The origin of the name Shrove lies in the archaic English verb "to shrive" which means to absolve people of their sins (so easy!) It was common in the Middle Ages for "shriveners" (priests) to hear people's confessions at this time, to prepare them for Lent


In Sweden Shrove Tuesday is known as Fettisdagen (Fat Tuesday) an is marked by eating traditional Swedish pastry, called Semla. Supposedly, the pastry is only to be eaten on this day but it is seasonally available from New Year until the beginning of Lent (the temptation of Semla...!)


In Italy, lasagne is a traditional dish for this time of year (fattening :~ })


In Iceland the day is known as "Sprengidagur" (Bursting day) and is marked with the eating of salt meat and peas (wow!) :-)


In Poland, Pączki are traditionally eaten on Fat Thursday (hey, what happened to my favorite day, Wednesday?) However, in areas of Michigan, USA with large Polish communitnies, they are eaten on "Fat Tuesday" due to French influence (oh those French!) :-)


In Lithuania, Shrove it is called Užgavėnės and of-course pancakes (blynai) are devoured


In Estonia (Vastlapäev) and Finland (Laskiainen), this day revels in hopes for the coming year, when families go sledding and eat split pea and ham soup. A toy is made from the ham bone by tying the bone to a string and spinning it around to make a whistling noise (ahhh, so lovely! hope, family, spit pea, ham bone, whistling! – love it!)


In Finland, sweet buns filled with cream or almond paste (similar to the Swedish Semla) are popular on this day (yum). There is a tale told that if you cut your hair on this day, it will grow fast and thick for the next year (if I only I had known this, I would have become a barber and moved to Finalnd for a day!)

In Pennsylvania it is a Pennsylvania Dutch tradition to eat a type of doughnut called a Faschtnacht, which is made of all the sweets and other forbidden (oooh!) items in the household and then consumed on Fat Tuesday so that one would not be tempted during the Lenten Fast

In other parts of the world, the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday is known as - "Tuesday before Ash Wednesday"

so share some semla & soup, sled, shave, shake & sing - & shrive! so simple!
Happy Vastlapäev!

(source: wikipedia)

Monday, February 27, 2006

van den Anker & Aalsmeer


Alderman Marianne van den Anker of the Leefbaar Rotterdam (LR) party says that forced abortion and contraception would reduce the incidences of child abuse and the "problem" of unwanted children in Holland and its territories

Van den Anker postulates that Antillean teenage mothers, drug addicts and those who are mentally disabled should be forced to have abortions and use contraception if they are having sex, or these poor children may face "unacceptable risk" of "violence, neglect, mistreatment and sexual abuse"

She pointed out that courts would determine when women should be forced to have abortions and also that social workers "can see in 95 percent or even 100 percent of cases whether the child has a chance of growing up with love."

My opinion - because you know i have one - while this proposal will probably not be passed - her points should be noted.. Even the most developed nations are unable to prevent heartbreaking child abuse - so perhaps prevention is a viable method. Besides, I personally think she is trying to provoke her government into reacting to a crisis that needs to be resolved

As for the reputation The Netherlands faces, as an easy & acceptable access to drugs in a world faced with drug addicts - I say, "glass houses"...alcohol is widely available everywhere in a world of prolific alcoholism and drunk drivers...

Personally, I associate The Netherlands with Aalsmeer (the largest flower auction house), windmills, love notes, and vermeer...here's to Holland!

Arrivederci - See you in Vancouver!


Fireworks light up the sky during the Closing Ceremony of the Turin 2006 Winter Olympic Games on February 26, 2006 at the Olympic Stadium in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Saturday, February 25, 2006

don't hate Denmark - hate the Haters


Denmark has been in the news lately - have you heard?

So let's look at the country from an objective standpoint:

firstly - the premier and the people are not anti-muslim as a nation - they had absolutely nothing to do with the cartoons - so why boycott Danish products?

secondly - most of them probably don't even read the newspaper, Jyllands-Posten

however! however - let's not forget that 1 billion muslim people were deeply hurt - we might not understand why they "over-react" or why they hurt - but do we understand everything? i personally do not understand how cricket is such a passionate sport. so? does cricket need to care about my lack of understanding?

I just came across this article by Abdelwahab El-Affendi

Here is an excerpt that sums what i hold true with respect to democracy and the freedom of speech/press: "democracy abhors absolutism of all kinds, and is based on compromise and accommodation. Democratic coexistence is about negotiated compromises rather than dogmatic adherence to abstract principles at no matter what cost."

it's one thing for the press to publish the cartoons once - but to republish - just to make the self-righteous point of "freedom of press" at the expense of hurting 1 billion people? come on! (this applies to only some the press of-course)

with respect to freedom of press - the press does not report objectively - they are biased and sensational. before the US went to war in Iraq, why did the press not check the changing story/information of the governement about the WMDs. also why not critical reporting on the tens of thousands of lives lost there? (civilians and soldiers)

why hurt 1 billion people? freedom is a right - let's not make it wrong!

and yes yes, the muslims should protest with greater fervor against terrorism and the sabotage of their religion by terrorists...and yes, i shall work on getting this message across to any organization who will join to take this stance

in fact, here is one such organization - anotherdenmark.org

(...more tomorrow - enough with philosopies for tonight - even i need my beauty sleep ;-) on this mountain-top perch)

but don't hate the Danes - hate the Haters

Right to Play

Right to Play is an organization headquartered in Toronto, whose mission is "to improve the lives of children in the most disadvantaged areas of the world by using the power of sport and play for development, health and peace. Their programs are currently implemented in Azerbaijan, Benin, Chad, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Israel, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, and Zambia. New projects in Sri Lanka and Indonesia will start later this year.


They have Olympian ambassadors from many countries.

In particular, Olympic Gold Medalist, Joey Cheeks of the US donated his bonus 25,000 winnings and raised $300,000 going to help refugee children in Chad and the Darfur region of Sudan

Clara Hughes of Canada donated $10,000 of her own money to Right to Play.

Champions through and through

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Torino 2006 - Medals Table ( Feb 23)

...still no sign of Zimbabwe or Lesotho on the medals board...strange...

Shizuka Shines!


golden achievement for Japan's Shizuka Arakawa

supporting the troops

...while I am fiercely passionate in pursuit of peace, i support the international troops on their tours of duty - because there are many who fight the good fight - being pro-peace and pro-troops are not mutually exclusive factors

...i will never forget that the finest man i know - certainly my bravest soldier - served in the military



...pulling out the coalition troops from Iraq right now is not the right solution...Iraq will implode without them

...if you think that Iraq is not your problem...the question remains, what created the problem?...who created a Iraq that is now on the brink of bloody civil war? saddam - who is currently in custody?

who is to blame for this democracy?


Three journalists for Al-Arabiya television, including a well-known woman correspondent, Atwar Bahjat, were kidnapped and killed today while covering sectarian violence in Samarr


the Americans/West did not kill them - their own countrymen did. why? becasue they tried to cover the news objectively?

one could argue that this would not have happened had tthe americans not preemptively invaded iraq and ignited a potential civil war

but hindsight is 20/20 - whoever is to blame, Atwar's sister and mother have lost their vivacious girl - what could bring her back? Such an irrevocable & unbearable loss. And the world loses a rare professional and objective journalist

heartbreaking...

not to forget the American journalist, Jill Carroll who remains kidnapped to this day

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

what a champion is made of

Reuters:

Italian speedskater Enrico Fabris stunned a sell-out crowd in Torino on Tuesday by winning gold in the men's 1,500 meters at the Winter Olympics.

Sitting in the center of the rink, Fabris had waited impatiently for the feuding Hedrick and Davis to complete their races.

The crowd stood up and cheered for the 24-year-old who will occupy a place in their hearts alongside former Olympic skiing champion Alberto Tomba -- until now Italy's most famos Winter Olympian.

Hedrick, who badly wanted a second gold medal after two disappointing races, was left dejected, looking at Fabris.

Hedrick, the 5,000 meters gold medalist, and Davis have locked horns over the past week after Davis, the winner of the 1,000 meters, refused to take part in the team pursuit.

Hedrick accused him of selfish behaviour, spoiling his chances for five gold medals at these Games.

Davis had hugged Hedrick after the latter had won the 5,000 meters. Hedrick did not even shake hands after Davis won the 1,000 meters.

Today, Hedrick, visibly disappointed, forced a brief smile for the cameras as Davis congratulated Fabris in front of the photographers.

at the expense of sounding judgmental...some winners are champions while some winners are just fast skaters...

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Humanity...

inspires me...

Hopes have faded of finding more survivors of a landslide that buried a village of 1,800 people on the Philippine island of Leyte, including an elementary school that held as many as 300 students. Only about 57 survivors have been found, and they were rescued Friday, shortly after the disaster hit.

Yet, search efforts are continuing, and international help is arriving ... from all over the world...


Philippine army soldiers work with U.S. Marines as they try and build a pathway through the mud of a landslide in Guinsaugon village, Feb. 19, 2006





Croatian Champions

My most favorite story of the 2006 Torino Winter Olympics is the one of the Kostelic Siblings, Janica and Ivica.

Janica became the
first woman Alpine skier to win four Olympic golds when she retained the combined gold on Saturday February 18 - and this is what she said: "I'm more happy for my brother than for my medal because I know it means so much to him."



Her brother,
Ivica had won silver, his first Olympic medal, in the men's combined on Tuesday. During an interview he had mentioned that Janica was his champion.

What medal could comapre to have champion siblings with hearts of gold?

Saluting Shani

Shani Davis became the first black person to win an individual gold medal in Winter Olympics - but regardless of color - achievement is achievement, a winner is a winner, a champion is a champion!

Shani Davis, Joey Cheeks, & Erben Wennemars at the flower ceremony for the men's 1,000-meter speedskating race: Turin 2006 Olympics

The world belongs to those who believe in the power of their dreams! Believe it.

Rolling Stones Rock Rio


The Rolling Stones performance during their 'A Bigger Bang' free concert at the Copacabana beach, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006. The Observer estimated a crowd of 2 million strong at the Copacabana Beach.

Rolling Stones should get satisfaction for spearheading the true spirit of
celebrity!

Saturday, February 18, 2006

a voice of reason in the Muslim World?

The printing of the Muhammed cartoons is justifiable, according the the world at large as freedom of the press

The hurt it caused to every single Muslim is understandable - pure, raw human emotion

Freedom to protest is necessary - they bring about reform - consider the peaceful civil rights movement in the US and the peaceful freedom marches in India against the British Empire (there were violent ones too)

However - the protests in the Muslim world have escalated to beyond the cartoons. Burning the efigy of President Bush, burning down cinemas, fast food restaurants, embassies - all perceived as symbols of the West - has little to do with the cartoons. In fact the US has condemned the irresponsibilty of republishing the cartoons. The US should be applauded for that!


One of the few sincere and plausible voices of reason I have heard about this is from
Punjab Chief Minister Pervez Ellahi: "Is this the image of ourselves that we want to paint for the outside world?" Are we trying to convince the West that Muslims are indeed violent people?"

"Salaam walyaikum" (peace be upon you) is the universal Islamic greeting - so the Muslim world could consider if its actions are really pleasing to Creator of the Universe and the Defender of the Worlds.

Peace be upon you too...


Italian Ministry Reformed

WOW! No sooner had I opined on the Italian Reform Minister on his "civilized" comments:

"I've had T-shirts made with the cartoons that have upset Islam and I shall start wearing them today"....it is "time to put an end to this story that we need to dialogue with these people. What have we become, the civilisation of melted butter?"

....I read that he has resigned!!


I trust it had nothing to do with my little blog :~{

...very buttery indeed!

Italian Ministry of Reform

The Italian Reforms Minister Roberto Calderoli recently flaunted a T-shirt displaying one of the controversial Muhammed cartoons on state TV this week.

Well done you Reforms Minister you! Bravo! Good for you - you stand for reform and you will flaunt any t-shirt you want to! It's all about freedom of expression.

After all, it is the
Italian Supreme Court which recently ruled that "an isolated and impulsive" pat on a woman's derriere at work did not constitute sexual harassment, and returned a verdict that a woman could not have been raped because she was wearing skin-tight jeans - it's all freedoms of expression, right?

Oh and the protest this Friday in Libya where the Italian consulate was attacked, possibly aggravated by your t-shirt, was clearly not your problem. You and your civilized & reformed t-shirt wearing choice cannot be held accountable for such uncivilized reaction!

The Case for Western Civilization

Italian Supreme Court ruled on Friday, February 17 that it is fair to argue that the damage for the victim would be lower if the abused girl was not a virgin.

But at least there is freedom of speech to fight against this "civilization" as female politicians from across the political spectrum strongly condemned the court's decision:

"I think we have gone back 50 years. It is inconceivable that such a serious crime that ruins the life of a woman, irrespective of her age, might be considered in a different light depending on whether she is a virgin," said Maria Gabriella Carnieri Moscatelli, head of the Telefono Rosa association that helps sexually abused women.

"This is a shameful, devastating ruling," said Alessandra Mussolini, grand-daughter of wartime fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. "The real problem is that there are no women in the supreme court."

Luana Zanella of the Greens opposition party called the court's arguments "abominable".

Friday, February 17, 2006

Torino 2006 (Week 1)

passion lives here!

medal standings after week 1...Norway, US, Russia, Germany, Canada still looking most dominant...and still no sign of Swazliland & Zimbabwe


Canada’s Dominique Maltais, left, Switzerland's Tanja Frieden, center, and the United States' Lindsey Jacobellis.

Jacobellis was about 5 seconds from winning the snowboard cross race, but fell on a landing (showboating or balance maneuvering is debatable) and while she recovered herself, Frieden snowboarded beautifully into 1st place.


picture courtesy: nbc.com

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Fearless Friday!

Fridays - I feel fearless! I own Fridays. Fridays reinvigorate me in my relentless pursuit of being alive.

Child's Play...

Fill in the grid so that every row, every column, and every 3x3 box contains the digits 1 through 9

I completed mine in 1minute - because I am so brilliant...and I had the answers in front of me

source: Sudoku

Stargazer...


words could never express
what on hearts stars impress

Meetings

The other day I was in a two hour meeting where two of the participants spent half an hour discussing whether or not they should even discuss a particular topic. And the topic had not even been on the agenda!

So you can see why I appreciate this quote:

"If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be "meetings."

The snapshot of my relentless pursuit of being alive...


courtesy of snapshirts

Thursdays!

Thursdays are made for me. Every single Thursday, I think, "this is my day!" In fact did you know that Thursday actually means "Nazli's Day"? Just ask Thor!

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Miss Universe...

... contestants used to say, "I dream of world peace" and I would laugh in disbelief (and yes, I do watch Miss Universe every year - if only to ensure that I remain un-matched), but the truth is that world peace is actually an incredibly lovely idea.


It's not that I am always peaceful & caring person myself, it's not that I am always warm & thoughtful, it's not that I am always good & loving - but, lately I am so in love with world peace...and increasingly in love with myself, naturally.

In my reality, my happiness & gratitude is boundless, I can barely contain it - it's just that in my pursuit of being alive, I want to feel human enough to always remember that world peace is truly a worth cause to speak out for...


Monday, February 13, 2006

National Geographic on Love

The National Geographic is a must-read every month, despite the Internet's reach of information, mostly because I am enchanted to read of cultures and countries from a people-perspective. And I pore through the maps of the universe and skies and the waters in sheer wonder.

So this month I was mildly surprise to see that their feature story was on Love - though it is February after all. The article was good - however, the note from the Editor, Chris Jones, caught my attention:

"To be madly in love could be exactly that - madness....People experiencing romantic love, it turns out, have a chemical profile in their brains similar to people who suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder. Love blurs the line between mental health and psychopathology.

Still, we can't resist the siren's song, and science has an explanation for that too. Love, it seems lights up certain areas of the brain and releases chemicals that provoke hyperactivity, recklessness and exhilaration. That's why, spellbound lovers stay up all night to see the sunrise, take extraordinary risks to see each other or, as Britain's Edward VIII did, throw a whole country aside for "the woman I love." Love can be dangerous.

A counterweight to the heavy sorrows of the world, love is a joyful part of life...Science can explain how love affects the brain - but not the mystery of how it affects the heart."


I respect the brilliance of science & research, the power of logic & reasoning, the beauty of the classics & poetry...but they are all simply out-matched...

Torino 2006 - Medals Table ( Feb 13)

USA vs Norway: quality vs quantity? ;-) (Switzerland will take either)

Winterings

Today in my relentless pursuit of being alive, I had decided to rectify my lack of love for winter. To me the cold, the wind and the slippery snow has never compared to the warm, breezy summer green. However, one must try - so I took a deep breath and tried to see the pristine beauty of the snow.

The deep breath was cold, I saw the empty bench, the stark leafless tree and the frozen pond beyond....

I suppose I should just not compare summer to the winter. Summer is summer and the winter is winter. Gosh! Philosophically I can win any argument, even with myself - but doesn't mean I am convinced!

Locks of Love

This morning I came across a girl who had cut her long hair short - it looked fashionable and lovely and I complimented it such.

Since I too had cut my hair recently, I felt a certain camaraderie. But then she mentioned that that she had donated her hair to "locks of love". And in fact she grew her hair to do just this - and had done so 3 times.

This lovely young girl made my day - what a fantastic gal to have such a lovely, big heart - to have such compassion for others and to act accordingly. And of-course it reminded to me of what I clearly needed to remember...

In my relentless pursuit of being alive - I have been appropriately reminded - by the actions of a warm, comapssion, sweet, lovely person with a heart of gold.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Kerberos


Kerberos is the 3-headed dog in Greek Mythology that guarded Hades

It occurs to me that this blog has been much about my thoughts on social states and on the world at large. So in the interest of representing the scope of my relentless pursuit of being alive, here is the object of my current professional interest - information and network securities.

Something basic but extremely relevant is "kerberos" which is an effective authentication service for computer networks. Authentication is the verification of the identity of a party. In fact information/network securities is very much based on the "old world" spy/social/criminal securties. I would have to argue that we have superceded the masters since network securities is more complex and savvier infrastructurally - I mean how exactly would the world run without network securities? Unimaginable.

Let me attempt to explain how Kerberos works.
Three players:
1. The Client (or the Principal)
2. The Server (or the Verifier)
3. The Authentication Server (AS)

1 needs to communicate with 2

2 first wants to verify that 1 is who 1 says 1 is (follow?)

1 thus will contact 3 who is the trusted authenticator (note - both 1 and 2 are registered with 3)

3 verifies 1 and serves a Kerberos "ticket" which simplistically consists of a session key and a certificate. The certificate is like a driver's license and has specific information about 1 and also an expiration time. This ticket is encrypted by a server key

Only 2 and 3 have the server key, so 1 cannot change any information in the ticket

1 then presents 2 with this encrypted ticket - and 2 can decrypt this ticket

Once 2 decrypts the key and is satisfied, then communications will ensue between 1 and 2

For each different 2 that 1 wishes to communicate, 1 must acquire a new ticket from 3

Now if you understood all this then - you already knew how Kerberos worked or you are brilliant as I am and thus can follow me, or you are just misleading yourself.

See! How would the world function without computer scientists? Saving the world one day at a time.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Torino 2006 (Day 1)

precious colors: Gold, Silver, Bronze - Day 1

Saluting Norway
Royal Motto: Alt for Norge (All for Norway)
1814 Eidsvoll oath: Enig og tro til Dovre faller (United and Loyal until the Dovre Mountains fall)
Anthem:
Ja, vi elsker dette landet (Yes, we love this land)

enthusiasm: Canadian fans cheering on freestyle ladies’ moguls, Jennifer Heil


fearless: ski jumping qualifiers

Beautiful Day...


Today was a simply fantastic day!

Manchester United won 3-1 against Pompey (Portsmouth)!
Chelsea lost 3-0 against Boro (Middlesborough)

(see, I am doing my part to educate North America on the beautiful game!)



Snowed-in today



Very very very happy - because I am beautiful, and life is beautiful, and the snow is beautiful, and United is beautiful and I am the most adored girl in the whole wide world


On that note, back to writing a research paper on Network Security Baseline


Friday, February 10, 2006

Passion Lives Here!


I am so excited about the Olympics!

Though I believe that man-made borders are a sham in a world that belongs to me (and you), there is something incredibly magical and moving about those athletes who come with such hope in representing & competing for their countries. And also a world united for a while in the spirit of sport - now that is fearless & fun!

Torino 2006

Fearless! Fun! Friday

Today - only fun, fearless, fabulous thoughts - light, easy, breezy, beauitful, cover girl thoughts only...stay tuned...

Wednesday, February 8, 2006

My friend Bonnie

Bonnie is the Secretary in the Department of Computer Science - and in my opinion, what she has is of greater value than all the doctorates of the Department combined.

She epitomizes human qualities that are priceless - she is true to her word, she is true to herself, she is true to her children and husband, true to her work. She is100% solid!

She is not complicated - and that is the loveliest quality. She works hard from 8-4 and then it's her time with her family. She is kind and thoughtful in words to students, strangers, and professors alike - she feels what others miss...and she rides a Harley Davidson.

So in my relentless pursuit of being alive, I salute my friend Bonnie, who reminds me that when you know who you are, when you know what makes you happy, when you know what you are made of - that is the foundation of being truly alive!

Tuesday, February 7, 2006

shoe update

...during the meeting, the heel snapped again through the tape. Fortunately I was wearing a long skirt, and I casually slipped it back into place and kept the firm smile on my face without drawing any attention to the dilemma at foot. So - it remains our secret...till the next episode, of the inevitable snapping heel!

Still smiling, still exhilerated, still the most adored :-)

my shoe broke!

The high heel snapped in half as I was speaking to a colleague. What is a fashionista to do, with meetings all day, and a ego to save?

Cellotape and lots of laughter to the rescue!

When I inquired about glue - the Computer Science Department had only paper glue and even wood glue, but no all purpose super glue. I was even helpfully offered a stapler and also a rope. The rope had me in knots of laughter. Ultimately the cellotape in my office bound the sorry facade of a heel.

I remember at my first job out of university - at an international bank - my heel snapped in half on the second day - but thankfully I had sport shoes in my gym bag, Posh suit and sport shoes - at least I made an impresion

Then once I was out with friends, and thinking I was the queen of the world, and my heel snapped in half - quick detour into the the store before the restaurant - and I was queen of the world again

And at the beach one summer, the heel snapped on the train, for no reason

Not to mention the time I was 10 and at a birthday party and thinking I was the princess of the world (starts early), and my heel broke and I sat with my dad all afternoon

And a few years ago, I was presenting an event at Madison Square Garden in NYC - and - you guessed it, my heel broke

(all these are different shoes by the way)

So given this heely history one would think I would have an extra pair of foot wear in my car, office, handbag, pocket etc. Alas, no - so off the meeting I go, with a cellotaped heel but still plenty of appeal!

Laughing at myself: shoe broken - but heart exhilerated in sheer joy & completely adored - what more does a girl really need?

Sunday, February 5, 2006

Pittsburgh Steelers win the Superbowl...



...beating the Seattle Seahawks 21-10 and join Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers as the only teams to win five Super Bowl titles.

T
hough I still cannot decipher all the rules of the game, I thoroughly enjoyed the show. And just for the record the Steelers have been my (first and only) favourite American football team at least for the last two weeks.

While I am not saying that having me as new fan attributed to their win - the fact remains that I became their fan and then they won... :-):-)

Friday, February 3, 2006

spam, wham, sham

Alright, to rambunctious core of readers (whom I can count on my two fingers, including myself), I promised to keep it light, breezy, beautiful, cover girl...here goes..

light thoughts in my head - currently in my e-mail account, I have spam from the following entities:
Christian Singles (what, sabians need not apply?)
wind storm vacuum (what??)
Christian Loan Advise (I am going to call to see what they are offering)
Thicker Hair Genie (yikes???)
Gorgeous Elbows (now you are talking)
Christian dating (there's a definite theme here)
Ponderosa R. W. Smith (bless)
Beautiful Babe (I may not be modest, but I am no luddite)
Dr Hittotomasinert (whatever his cure, I am afraid)
Do you have Thunder (Thunder? I don't know...??)
Redeem-R-Us (oh heavens!)

Off for a spot of brunch now - more later on beautiful cover girl thoughts...

February!


The month of:

Feb
cold winter nights
blue skies & moonlights
snow etched trees
sleeping bees
slips
leaps
4*7
in Fiji it's heaven
valentine
fine, dine, time, mine, divine
blue
true
fearless

Thursday, February 2, 2006

Today...

...was unimaginable

...whether or not, life is temporal or eternal, the fact remains that it has to lived - on one's own terms, by one's own conscience. People think one way is either right or it is wrong - but that is not true - everyone has their own way, every way is a way, every life is a means that serves a purpose- whether or not it is clear to us

...certainly this is from no scripture - (for culture, religion, and tradition are the roots of many wars) - but what I firmly belive more than ever


...human emotion is so strong that it drives a man to be ruthless and cruel on earth to find happiness in eternity. Why hell on earth, for heaven in eternity? They cease to see the reality, that no one human has any right over another - at all

...whenever something does not make sense, I remember that history is filled with stories of human suffering and triumph, or rebellion, and hate, and love - it is the way it is. Tomorrow is not promised - and today - I am inspired to live the life given to me on this earth - because if heaven is eternal, then it can wait