Monday, December 11, 2006

i've been sick for a week. it's the weirdest cold i've ever had - SUPER cyclical, with me feeling okay in the mornings, CRAPPY in the afternoon, and okay in the evenings.

because i am a moron whose social calendar is overbooked, and because i feel pretty good at night, i'm staying up far too late. and the internal alarm clock that goes off in my head every morning is precluding any semblance of sleeping in.

fortunately, i don't have anything going on this week. this is good news, as in the last hour i have gone COMPLETELY HOARSE.

this sucks...

Thursday, December 07, 2006

words from a hobbit who's currently staying at my house...

so yeah. go watch the lord of the rings with your loved ones this christmas. watch them and think of your own story. and think of someone you love, and someone who loves you.

but take something from em. they're great stories. they say:
life is hard. sometimes you have to do some shit that you don't want to. and sometimes those things turn into adventures. or sometimes you want to have adventures and they turn into difficult trials. but either way, it's good to have friends there with you. live well. live fully. be ready for loss. or don't. but know that you have to keep going, even if you're crying as you walk. enjoy the nights by the fire. enjoy the days under the sunshine. enjoy the moments of shelter and kindness from people of all walks of life. live well. live full.

via hooch dupree and the whiskey priest

Monday, December 04, 2006

i'd like to buy a vowel...

wheel watchers, tonight you can see my friend edye bisagno as a contestant on WHEEL - OF - FORTUNE!!!

this is so random, so fun, and soooo edye...

be sure and watch!

Thursday, November 30, 2006

world AIDS day
december 1, 2006

In the 25 years since the first case was reported, AIDS has changed the world. It has killed 25 million people, and infected 40 million more. It has become the world’s leading cause of death among both women and men aged 15 to 59. It has inflicted the single greatest reversal in the history of human development. In other words, it has become the greatest challenge of our generation.

For far too long, the world was in denial. But over the past 10 years, attitudes have changed. The world has started to take the fight against AIDS as seriously as it deserves.

Financial resources are being committed like never before, people have access to antiretroviral treatment like never before, and several countries are managing to fight the spread like never before. Now, as the number of infections continues unabated, we need to mobilize political will like never before.

The creation of UNAIDS a decade ago, bringing together the strengths and resources of many different parts of the United Nations family, was a milestone in transforming the way the world responds to AIDS. And five years ago, all UN Member States reached a new milestone by adopting the Declaration of Commitment -- containing a number of specific, far-reaching and time-bound targets for fighting the epidemic.

That same year, as I made HIV/AIDS a personal priority in my work as Secretary-General, I called for the creation of a "war-chest" of an additional seven to ten billion dollars a year. Today, I am deeply proud to be Patron of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, which has channelled almost three billion dollars to programmes across the globe. Recently, we have seen significant additional funding from bilateral donors, national treasuries, civil society and other sources. Annual investments in the response to AIDS in low-and middle-income countries now stand at more than eight billion dollars. Of course, much more is needed; by 2010 total needs for a comprehensive AIDS response will exceed 20 billion dollars a year. But we have at least made a start on getting the resources and strategies in place.

Because the response has started to gain real momentum, the stakes are higher now than ever before. We cannot risk letting the advances that have been achieved unravel; we must not jeopardize the heroic efforts of so many. The challenge now is to deliver on all the promises that have been made -- including the Millennium Development Goal, agreed by all the world’s Governments, of halting and beginning to reverse the spread of HIV by 2015. Leaders at every level must recognize that halting the spread of AIDS is also a prerequisite for reaching most of the other Goals, which together form the international community’s agreed blueprint for building a better world in the 21st century. Leaders must hold themselves accountable -- and be held accountable by all of us.

Accountability -- the theme of this World AIDS Day -- requires every President and Prime Minister, every parliamentarian and politician, to decide and declare that "AIDS stops with me". It requires them to strengthen protection for all vulnerable groups -- whether people living with HIV, young people, sex workers, injecting drug users, or men who have sex with men. It requires them to work hand in hand with civil society groups, who are so crucial to the struggle. It requires them to work for real, positive change that will give more power and confidence to women and girls, and transform relations between women and men at all levels of society.

But accountability applies not only to those who hold positions of power. It also applies to all of us. It requires business leaders to work for HIV prevention in the workplace and in the wider community, and to care for affected workers and their families. It requires health workers, community leaders and faith-based groups to listen and care, without passing judgement. It requires fathers, husbands, sons and brothers to support and affirm the rights of women. It requires teachers to nurture the dreams and aspirations of girls. It requires men to help ensure that other men assume their responsibility -- and understand that real manhood means protecting others from risk. And it requires every one of us help bring AIDS out of the shadows, and spread the message that silence is death.

I will soon be stepping down as Secretary-General of the United Nations. But as long as I have strength, I will keep spreading that message. That is why World AIDS Day will always be special to me. On this World AIDS Day, let us vow to keep the promise -- not only this day, or this year, or next year -- but every day, until the epidemic is conquered.

Kofi A. Annan
source: UNAIDS

other helpful links:
* (RED) (be sure and also click on the global fund link)

rachael ray, i'm talking to you...

i made this soup for dinner last night. it was pretty tasty. the hen house in fairway didn't have chipotles in adobo (although they did have canned snails), so i settled for some roasted chopped jalapenos. a decent second for sure. the soup was pretty good (could have used more jalapenos), but next time i make it, i won't be finely dicing the zucchini. the texture reminds me too much of raw onions.

anyway, this post is not a commentary on my last night's dinner. it is me, asking rachael ray the question...

are you kidding me? Why-the-Chicken-Crossed-the-Road Santa Fe-Tastic Tortilla Soup?? rachael, ye who are supremely overexposed at the moment, please, PLEASE stop trying so hard.

i was reading some food blog the other day, and the recipe that the woman had listed called for extra virgin olive oil. the woman said, and i quote, "don't call it EVOO"

heh. it seems i'm not the only one who shares this opinion.

but the soup was good. and for that i say, thanks rachael...

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

early out...

it's disgusting outside. sleet, ice, twenty eight degrees...

as such, the long arm of justice has determined that we should all go home early! i was campaigning for immediately, but 3:45 will certainly do.

i'm going to make a pot of soup, and pray for snow.

from this, to houston tomorrow. a shock to the system, for sure!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

in advance of the front...

outside, it's as windy as a spring day in texas. the kind of day where, for those of us of the female persuasion, we are careful to avoid wearing skirts.

it only took once for me to learn that lesson.

thank you to the ENTIRE month of march in plainview, texas...

Thursday, November 23, 2006


i thank You God for most this amazing
day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky;and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes

(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun's birthday;this is the birth
day of life and of love and wings:and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)

how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any--lifted from the no
of allnothing--human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?

(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)

~ e.e. cummings, XAIPE, 1950

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Thursday, November 02, 2006

you can't make this stuff up...

on the menu last night at bar natasha: the barclay martini.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

this is good news...

a new book by wendell berry. arriving on my doorstep november 28, 2006.


Tuesday, October 31, 2006

from my second grade halloween play, miss morgan's class...

strange things can happen
on a dark halloween
you ever have seen

Sunday, October 29, 2006

jill and dave humes...

here's to you, jill and dave. you know how to throw one hell of a party. my red hat and i had the most lovely time...

oh, and best wishes for your new life together.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

good news for your thursday...

guess who has a new cookbook out?

ina garten is my favorite. FAVORITE.

i must have this cookbook. there are not alot of things in this world that i feel i must have, but friends, this is one of them.

many of you have enjoyed the benefits of my obsession with ina garten and her fabulous recipes - apple crostada, macaroons, sun dried tomato pasta salad, turkey meat loaf, peanut butter cookies, sour cream pancakes...


i heart you, barefoot contessa...

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Sunday, October 08, 2006


my new friend, paxton sharp. paxton's mom and dad, ryan and holly, are some of my favorite people. they live in san francisco.

welcome, little one!

Friday, September 29, 2006

category: superfluous things for the kitchen...

this would fit so nicely in my kitchen. as if i have any extra countertop space...
           italian glazed antiqued salt box

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Friday, September 22, 2006

recommended reading...

eat, pray, love: one woman's search for everything across italy, india, and indonesia.

so, i just finished this book, and i'm recommending it to everyone i know. especially those of the female persuasion. I NEVER buy books any more, but this one will certainly make its way into my library.

an excerpt from each section of the book...

it was interesting for me to discover what i did not want to do in italy, once i'd given myself executive authorization to enjoy my experience there. there are so many manifestations of pleasure in italy, and i didn't have time to sample them all. you have to kind of declare a pleasure major here, or you'll get overwhelmed... i found that all i really wanted was to eat beautiful food and speak as much beautiful italian as possible. that was it. so i declared a double major, really - in speaking and in eating (with a concentration on gelato).

the other day a monk told me, "the resting place of the mind is the heart. the only thing the mind hears all day is clanging bells and noise and argument, and all it wants is quietude. the only place the mind will ever find peace is inside the silence of the heart. that's where you need to go."

then, yesterday, i was standing in the courtyard, saying my good-byes to ketut, and nyomo came shuffling past with her broom, sweeping and pretending not to be paying attention to everything that happens in her empire. i had my hands clasped behind my back as i was standing there, and she came up behind me and took one of my hands in hers. she fumbled through my hand like she was trying to untumble the combination on a lock and she found my index finger. then she wrapped her whole, big, hard fist around that finger and gave me this deep, long squeeze. i could feel her love pulsing through her power grip, right up into my arm and all the way down into my guts. then she dropped my hand and limped away arthritically, saying not a single word, continuing her sweeping as though nothing had happened. while i stood there quietly drowning in two rivers of happiness at the same time.

and the last paragraph of the entire book:
in the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. in the end, maybe it's wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.

Thursday, September 21, 2006


the post office has a new set of stamps featuring the quilts of gee's bend. in a word, they're stunning.

have you heard of the women of gee's bend? if not, here's an introduction from their website:

Gee’s Bend is a small rural community nestled into a curve in the Alabama River southwest of Selma, Alabama. Founded in antebellum times, it was the site of cotton plantations, primarily the lands of Joseph Gee and his relative Mark Pettway, who bought the Gee estate in 1850. After the Civil War, the freed slaves took the name Pettway, became tenant farmers for the Pettway family, and founded an all-black community nearly isolated from the surrounding world. During the Great Depression, the federal government stepped in to purchase land and homes for the community, bringing strange renown — as an "Alabama Africa" — to this sleepy hamlet.

The town’s women developed a distinctive, bold, and sophisticated quilting style based on traditional American (and African American) quilts, but with a geometric simplicity reminiscent of Amish quilts and modern art. The women of Gee’s Bend passed their skills and aesthetic down through at least six generations to the present. In 2002, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in partnership with the nonprofit Tinwood Alliance, of Atlanta, presented an exhibition of seventy quilt masterpieces from the Bend.

tania and i saw the second exhibition of the quilts of gee's bend this summer at the museum of fine arts, houston. these works of art emerged by the hands of women who were simply working to keep their family warm by cutting up old work clothes and sewing them in to quilts. they are a living history - a testimony to the tenacity and determination of these women, raising their families in the post civil war south. and generations later, the women of gee's bend are still quilting.

never would they have imagined that their work would wind up on a stamp...

as always, NPR delivers in spectacular fashion. the women of gee's bend are profiled on this episode of all things considered...

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

another tale from the christian ghetto...

a gem from the piece, business gets religion, on NPR...

FaithGuard car insurance waives your deductible if you're in an accident on your way to or from a church function, or, as it happened to Pastor Jim Goforth, in an empty church parking lot.

and this isn't even the most unbelievable statement made in this article! you'll know what i'm talking about when you read the transcript, or listen to the entire story here...

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

everybody's got their thing...

season six of gilmore girls comes out on dvd today.

this is good news...

Sunday, September 17, 2006

sugary sweet...

raise your hand if you knew that a can of del monte stewed tomatoes contains HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP.

this irritates the heck out of me.

how did i make this discovery, you ask? well, it's okra season, and i love me some okra. i recently ran across a couple of recipes for stewed okra and tomatoes, and picked some okra up at the farmers' market yesterday so i could whip up a batch. one of my recipe calls for canned tomatoes, and another for fresh. today i decided to try the recipe with the canned tomatoes, and as i was opening the can to dump them into the skillet with the okra, i read the ingredients. first ingredient (thank god): tomatoes. second ingredient: high fructose corn syrup. grr...

perhaps it was purely the power of suggestion, but the okra seemed too sweet to me. i mean, it was still tasty in all its slimy loveliness. but still...

so, this experience has led me to a couple of resolutions:

1) try the recipe that calls for fresh tomatoes. it will be interesting to note if, when using non fructose corn syruped tomatoes, the dish is less sweet that what i made today.

2) i am instituting a boycott of del monte stewed tomatoes. or, for that matter, any stewed, diced, or chopped tomato containing anything other than said tomatoes and perhaps a few spices within the auspices of its can. tomatoes, by nature, are tart and sweet at the same time. there is no need for sugar syrup in my stewed tomatoes. soup season is coming up (hooray!) and i go through multiple cans of tomatoes each week. this year, they will not be the tomatoes of del monte.

(mary begemann, i thought of you the entire time i wrote this post...)

Thursday, September 14, 2006

happy birthday!

holy crap, i'm running behind...

happy 30th birthday to tania on september 2
happy 30th birthday to lauren TODAY!

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

another reason to move to portland...

Realtors in and around Portland, Ore., will soon be able to search more easily for homes that have met national green-building standards. Starting in 2007, houses certified by LEED, Energy Star, and other such programs will be searchable in Portland's authoritative Regional Multiple Listing Service. Added amenities like on-site solar power and high-efficiency furnaces will be searchable individually. "People increasingly want energy efficiency in their homes, indoor air quality, and lower energy bills. This gives them the ability to find those features and a mainstream tool, which is important," says Terry Miller of Portland's Office of Sustainable Development. Advocates hope that the new policy will benefit low- and middle-income buyers; lenders may be willing to give bigger loans for energy-efficient homes, as money saved on electric bills could potentially go toward paying a higher mortgage.

source: grist

Monday, September 11, 2006

according to gram parsons...

the best thing we can do is learn from the past and live our lives the right way so, in time, when we can do something to change things, we will be real people. not sick or haunted by what life has done to us. we have the advantage of seeing definite examples of what can happen when people permit life to tangle them so badly that there is no escape. for us there is time - life can be real and beautiful if you build it that way honestly so there will be no lies or shadows to be afraid of requires alot of work, knowledge, and love.

Sunday, September 10, 2006


new pictures of baby tess...

Saturday, September 09, 2006

this is national public radio...

NPR how do i love thee? let me count the ways...

today i love thee especially for introducing me to a new band, the weepies.

listen to their interview from weekend edition here.

and a visit to the NPR website indicates they're going to be in kansas city next month!

NPR, you're so great...

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

two things...

1. i SUCK at blogging these days. (clearly)

2. just in case you were wondering, i have fabulous new glasses...

more soon, and thanks for your patience,

Friday, July 21, 2006


so my glasses just broke. in half.

i was on the phone with trenda at the time, and i let out a flurry of expletives such that i asked her to wash out her ears before she touches her baby again.

this is such poor timing...

Wednesday, July 19, 2006


Last October, Scott pledged to transform his sprawling company, which employs 1.8 million people worldwide and ranks No. 2 on the Fortune 500 list, into a lean green machine powered exclusively by renewable energy, producing zero waste, and selling sustainable products. Those goals are so lofty they sound downright deluded, but Scott has followed them up with specific, seemingly achievable commitments and timetables. He aims, for example, to reduce Wal-Mart's total greenhouse-gas emissions 20 percent by 2012, and invest $500 million in environmental improvements each year.

read the entire article here

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

a gift for the person who has everything...

The problem facing the Asian elephant is simple yet complex. In the age of technology, how does the elephant survive? Man had taken away its way of life when he cut the rain forest indiscriminately until there was little left. Now, the elephant had to find a new way of life or face extinction, or worse yet - degradation at the hands of man. Eventually an idea was formed. The simplicity of the idea (making Elephant Dung Paper) is remarkable. Collect the dung of elephants, turn it into handmade paper and then recycled products. We then sell the dung paper and return profits to feeding and caring for the Thai elephants

more information, plus photos of dung paper production in action, can be found here.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

today's heat index...

is a blistering 107 degrees. a plastic cup melted in my car while amy and i were in the grocery store. MELTED!

raise your hand if you're ready for october...

Thursday, July 06, 2006

hot dog, anyone?

Man Relishes Wonder Dog

by Mike Peters, Greeley Tribune
June 26, 2006

This is the story of an anniversary.

No, not a wedding anniversary or some company's anniversary.

This is likely the strangest and most bizarre anniversary you have ever heard of.

This is the hot dog anniversary for Richard Carroll of Milliken.

Five years ago, on July 4, Carroll was grilling some hot dogs for a family gathering, and he dropped one of them on the ground.

Josh Severin, a family member, quickly picked it up, and instead of merely brushing the hot dog off and putting it back on the grill as most men would do (remember the 5-second rule), he stuck it, lengthwise, on the radio antenna on Carroll's pickup truck.

That hot dog, after five years, after 80,000 miles, after rain and storm and sleet and hail, is still on that antenna.

And it's not a pleasant sight.

It's shrunken, this wonder hot dog, and it has turned black and kind of fuzzy and hard.

"It kind of makes you wonder," Carroll said this week, pausing to look at the shriveled symbol of picnics everywhere. "It kind of makes you wonder about all the hot dogs you've eaten over the years..."

He doesn't remember what brand of hot dog it was. Whatever brand, there must have been enough preservatives in it to prevent it from simply rotting away and falling off.

Instead, it's stayed on the antenna of Carroll's 1992 GMC pickup, stuck right at the top.

"I kept thinking the birds would eat it, or the wind would blow it off on the highway," Carroll said. "But I've been on a lot of hunting trips with it, and it's been brushed against tree limbs and bushes, and it's still there."

Carroll, 52, is a native of Weld County and worked as a heavy equipment operator for the Colorado Department of Transportation for 22 years.

He said he'll leave the wonder dog on the antenna until it finally falls off, but it appears it's become part of the antenna now.

As for the 5-year anniversary of the hot dog, Carroll said there won't be anything special. They'll just have a barbecue like they always do on the Fourth of July.

Cook something on the grill and have a picnic.

But Carroll said he probably won't be serving hot dogs.

the nieces...

Tuesday, July 04, 2006


Ben Wallace appears ready to sign with Bulls
Free-agent center Ben Wallace is leaving the Detroit Pistons to sign with the Chicago Bulls, a person within the NBA said Monday.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Friday, June 23, 2006


my new niece, tesslyn scott hazell, born sunday, june 18 to my sister trenda and her boyfriend jacob.

as you can see, she's perfect...

Sunday, June 11, 2006

a cacophony of errors...

i just spilled an ENTIRE sonic limeade all over my pants. while driving. and the limey-ness that was once was so pleasurable is now reacting with my freshly shaven legs to give me a nasty case of razorburn.

good grief...

Saturday, June 10, 2006

you can take the girl out of the country...

i am currently the inhabitant of a hillbilly fabulous farmer tan (complete with v-neck accents).

it really is so classy.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

it's pouring outside...

the evil bird left his poop upon my car
the evil bird left his poop upon my car
the evil bird left his poop upon my car
and the rains came tumbling down

bye, bye hot pink bird poo. while your fluorescent presence was certainly a curiosity, i bid thee farewell.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006


is there such a thing as hot pink bird poo? my car has been christened with such a substance, and i'm curious as to its origin.

regardless, it's gross. and fairly substantial.

when i finally get a job, the first thing i'm going to do is pay someone to clean the inside and outside of my vehicle. until then, i'm praying for rain...

Friday, May 26, 2006

recommended reading...

what could closure mean to a believer in an eternal soul? what could closure mean in the shadow of an all-seeing, all-remembering god? even to someone whose faith is as shaky as mine, it seems simply common sense that true stories do not end.

from vows: the story of a priest, a nun, and their son by peter manseau

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

a cornucopia of musical offerings...

ticketmaster is once again singing to me its siren song. listen to this...
  • toad the wet sprocket - sunday, july 23rd at the uptown theater
  • lyle lovett - tuesday, july 25th at the uptown theater
  • laci's 30th birthday - saturday, august 5th (well, technically, that wasn't on the ticketmaster website...)
  • ben harper - friday, august 25th at starlight theater
you have got to be kidding me. how in the world to choose?

Thursday, May 04, 2006

the jukebox in my head...

is currently stuck on one particular line of an alabama song.
i'm guilty of love in the first degree
you have got to be kidding me...

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

i am a sunburned moron who CLEARLY doesn't learn from her mistakes...

so when my mac died earlier this year, you would have thought that the threat of losing all of my thesis work would have made me religious about backing up my computer.

you would have thought that, wouldn't you...

well, monday i narrowly avoided DISASTER when the blue screen of death appeared on my PC. the PC with ALL my email on it. with EVERYTHING regarding brian's booking. the last time i'd backed that up was in january. do you know how many emails i've sent since january?

i said a very short prayer (over and over and over...) that if my computer would just start for ten minutes - just long enough for me to back this information up, i didn't care if afterwards it burst into flames.

it took about an hour and a half for my miracle to come, but god delivered in spectacular fashion. i now have a comprehensive set of backups. stuff i know i'll need, stuff i'll likely never need again. spare copies of it all.

perhaps you, too, might take the time to back up your computer today. no doubt there are files on it that you would be loathe to lose to the irretrievable ether of a crashed hard drive.

technology - i shake my fist at you!

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

kerrigan v. harding, the opera...

MEDFORD, Mass. -- When Tufts music student Abigail Al-Doory sought inspiration for her opera, she looked not to Wagner's "Ring" cycle but to the Olympic rings, where themes like power, envy and greed are plentiful.

In "Tonya and Nancy: The Opera," Al-Doory provides 18 movements on the scandal that turned the once-dainty sport of figure skating into a soap opera of whacking, wailing and time spent in jail.

Scheduled for two Tuesday night performances, the production portrays the skaters not as rivals but as a pair, singing for the audience's sympathy as the tawdry affair unfolds.

continue reading...

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

big shot brent?

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - With the San Antonio Spurs down by three points and time running out, Manu Ginobili drove the lane and made a perfect pass to wide-open Brent Barry in the right corner...

Spurs survive scare from Artest-less Kings

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

homeward bound...

houston, here i come! i'll see y'all when i get back...

Sunday, April 23, 2006

jesus calling...

Need some inspiration every time your cell phone rings? Then get set up with a new Christian music ringtune from Cingular or Virgin Mobile.

Cingular customers can purchase ringtunes online or via handset. To download directly from a Cingular phone:

  • Create a new text message from your phone.
  • Text the key code "WT" to 7296.
  • You will receive a new text message with a link.
  • Select the link to see a list of available ringtunes.

You can also view Cingular's list of available worship and alternative Christian rock ringtunes online.

Virgin Mobile customers can get ringtunes directly to their phone by entering the keyword for any available track in the message body and sending it to 868. A confirmation message is received in return to complete the download purchase. For a full list of Virgin Mobile ringtune choices and song codes, visit

Other cell phone service users can visit to download inspirational ringtunes.

Finally, take our one-minute mobile survey, and we'll provide a link to Dove Award-winning Artist of the Year Chris Tomlin performing "Holy Is The Lord" at the Passion 06 conference. Now there's a deal that rings true!

i am SO BUMMED that i'm not a cingular or virgin mobile customer...


Friday, April 21, 2006

for the love of all things holy...

This five-part documentary series follows four young men through the emotionally wrenching final weeks that lead up to the most important decision of their lives - whether to become Catholic priests or not. Traveling with his brother to the Catholic celebration of World Youth Day in Germany, Joe also looks forward to reconnecting with Anna, the love of his life. In Columbus, Dan leads his youth group of high schoolers in protest prayer outside an abortion clinic, sparking a conflict with pro-choice college students. Mike is thrilled to see soul mate and girlfriend Aly, but her visit exacerbates tensions with his mentor, Father Pauselli. And Steve makes a nerve-wracking journey home, finally telling his best friends about his aspirations toward the priesthood.
and a response to this horrific display of exhibitionism, from my friends at SoMA review...

In the breathtakingly crass world of reality TV,
“God or the Girl” stands head and shoulders above the rabble. Not because it’s better than the other dreck, but because it takes the biggest, boldest leap yet into the muck of shameless narcissism that has become the hallmark of the genre.

you said it, mary beth crain. read the complete article here.

and now if you'll excuse me while i go take a shower, throw my television OUT THE WINDOW, and sever all ties to the church...

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

gold dust radio...

friends across america (and those currently on holiday in europe...),

barclay and his friend zachary ross are spending the next week(ish) playing parts of the great american west. they've already covered los angeles and phoenix and will hit the ground running in albuquerque tonight, playing the first of seven shows in six cities in seven days.

included in the whirlwind tour...
april 18
the cell theater, albuquerque
7:30 pm

april 19
the kachina, taos
9:00 pm

april 20
rock n' soul cafe, boulder
8:00 pm

april 21
cricket on the hill, denver
8:00 pm

april 22
coal creek coffeehouse, laramie
8:00 pm

april 23
avogadro's number, fort collins
8:00 pm

april 24
ziggy's saloon, denver
9:00 pm
barclay's got complete information (addresses and such) for each show on his myspace page, and you can listen to clips of both artists by clicking on the links above.

two options:
1. you, yourself, should go.

2. if getting yourself to a show is a bit of a stretch (perhaps you live in new hampshire - certainly a credible excuse for non-attendance), TELL YOUR FRIENDS! almost everybody knows at least one person who lives in laramie, wyoming...

you'll love it, i promise.

Monday, April 17, 2006

happy birthday, aunt katy!

i've searched everywhere, and there is nary a picture to be found. i guess salutations and good wishes will have to do!

happy birthday, amy wallenbeck!

amy's the one in the back...

happy anniversary, nikki and eddie!

Sunday, April 16, 2006

he is risen, indeed...

learning to weep, learning to keep vigil, learning to wait for the dawn. perhaps this is what it means to be human.
from reaching out, by henri nouwen

Friday, April 14, 2006


from the NPR series kitchen window:

When the white dogwood and pink cherry tree blossoms start to bloom along my street, I know one of my favorite springtime migrations is under way: Millions of fresh, newborn Peeps are making the great journey from their birthplace in Bethlehem, Penn., to destinations all over the world. This annual tradition has turned a classic Easter tale of rebirth and renewal into a kitschy celebration of spring. And every year, I make sure to spend some time chilling with my Peeps.

read the entire article (which includes a recipe for the chocolate and peeps pie seen above) on the NPR website.

i dare somebody to show up at their mother-in-law's house for easter dinner bearing that as their contribution to the family meal...

Monday, April 10, 2006

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

anyone got a light?

when playing doubles tennis at 11AM on a tuesday morning with three of your favorite semi-retired investment banker friends, it is important to 1) not exert yourself too much and 2) keep one hand free so as to allow yourself to CONTINUE SMOKING without interruption...

Saturday, April 01, 2006

field and scream...


ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Dentist Michael MacKenzie is in serious but stable condition following an accident while on an Alaskan baby seal-clubbing expedition with Vice President Dick Cheney. Cheney was in the process of clubbing a 1-week-old baby harp seal when MacKenzie somehow got in the way, sustaining a concussion, broken jaw, and several missing teeth.

Asked to comment, MacKenzie stated, "Umph schmph fluh shuh buh fuh," as his jaw is wired shut and his mouth stuffed with gauze. In comments scrawled on hospital stationery, he said that he harbors no ill will towards the vice president: "I realize that it's all just part of the sporting risk and giddy thrill of baby seal clubbing. More morphine, please."

A Pentagon investigation into the matter has determined that Cheney did nothing wrong, as his executive office affords him the privilege of ignoring international conventions regarding the clubbing of both seals and dentists. A Pentagon spokesperson also indicated that the vice president overpaid $7 for his baby seal clubbing license, and should seek reimbursement from the state game warden.

Animal rights leaders have expressed outrage; they're very good at it. Seal-clubbing safety experts have also expressed concern.

In response to waves of criticism, Cheney plans to go on FOX "News" in four days and say he's sorry for clubbing his friend but that the Iraq war is an unparalleled success.

Reports have also noted that Cheney has restricted his outdoor sporting companions to members of unpopular professions in order to mute public outcry in the event of an accident. MacKenzie, 65, is a dentist, 78-year-old Harry Whittington, whom Cheney shot in the face with a shotgun earlier this year, is a lawyer, and Ronald DuPre, a campaign donor who was accidentally harpooned while on a dolphin hunting tour earlier this year, is a DMV attendant. Reports indicate that Geoffrey Payton, a parking enforcement officer with whom Cheney had scheduled an outing to go dynamite fishing this June, has since cancelled the trip and moved to an undisclosed location.

click here to read the entire april fool's edition of sojokemail...

Friday, March 31, 2006

quote of the day...

they stepped out onto the platform and the wind brushed by emily with the insistence of a man...
from a winter's love, by madeleine l'engle

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

damn you, cheese toast...

i just came out on the losing end of a fight with my toaster oven. ugh...

Monday, March 27, 2006

consider me officially on the george mason bandwagon...

did anyone else watch the connecticut - george mason game yesterday?


the patriots take on florida saturday for a spot in the national championship. i am, as you may have noticed, looking forward with great anticipation to the game. if you need me in the late afternoon on saturday, you know where to find me...

perched in front of the tv (and if you've ever seen me watching the end of a close basketball game, perched is indeed the appropriate term...), yelling at the players, yelling at the refs, cursing the commercial breaks, and all-in-all thoroughly enjoying my favorite sporting event of the year.

go patriots!

Sunday, March 26, 2006

i tell ya, life ain't easy...

barclay has added this gem of a song to his repertoire (a particular favorite of my mother's, if i remember correctly). it cracked me up so much last night that i decided the world needed to revisit the story of a boy named sue...

My daddy left home when I was three
And he didn't leave much to ma and me
Just this old guitar and an empty bottle of booze.
Now, I don't blame him cause he run and hid
But the meanest thing that he ever did
Was before he left, he went and named me "Sue."

Well, he must o' thought that is quite a joke
And it got a lot of laughs from a' lots of folk,
It seems I had to fight my whole life through.
Some gal would giggle and I'd get red
And some guy'd laugh and I'd bust his head,
I tell ya, life ain't easy for a boy named "Sue."

Well, I grew up quick and I grew up mean,
My fist got hard and my wits got keen,
I'd roam from town to town to hide my shame.
But I made a vow to the moon and stars
That I'd search the honky-tonks and bars
And kill that man who gave me that awful name.

Well, it was Gatlinburg in mid-July
And I just hit town and my throat was dry,
I thought I'd stop and have myself a brew.
At an old saloon on a street of mud,
There at a table, dealing stud,
Sat the dirty, mangy dog that named me "Sue."
(note from laci: this is my favorite line from the whole song...)

Well, I knew that snake was my own sweet dad
From a worn-out picture that my mother'd had,
And I knew that scar on his cheek and his evil eye.
He was big and bent and gray and old,
And I looked at him and my blood ran cold
And I said: "My name is 'Sue!' How do you do!
Now you're gonna die!!"

Well, I hit him hard right between the eyes
And he went down, but to my surprise,
He come up with a knife and cut off a piece of my ear.
But I busted a chair right across his teeth
And we crashed through the wall and into the street
Kicking and a' gouging in the mud and the blood and the beer.

I tell ya, I've fought tougher men
But I really can't remember when,
He kicked like a mule and he bit like a crocodile.
I heard him laugh and then I heard him cuss,
He went for his gun and I pulled mine first,
He stood there lookin' at me and I saw him smile.

And he said: "Son, this world is rough
And if a man's gonna make it, he's gotta be tough
And I knew I wouldn't be there to help ya along.
So I give ya that name and I said goodbye
I knew you'd have to get tough or die
And it's the name that helped to make you strong."

He said: "Now you just fought one hell of a fight
And I know you hate me, and you got the right
To kill me now, and I wouldn't blame you if you do.
But ya ought to thank me, before I die,
For the gravel in ya guts and the spit in ya eye
Cause I'm the son-of-a-bitch that named you "Sue.'"

I got all choked up and I threw down my gun
And I called him my pa, and he called me his son,
And I came away with a different point of view.
And I think about him, now and then,
Every time I try and every time I win,
And if I ever have a son, I think I'm gonna name him
Bill or George! Anything but Sue! I still hate that name!

johnny cash, you're so great...

Thursday, March 23, 2006

encouraging millions of americans to pray daily for the President, his Cabinet and the Nation

would somebody please tell me how in the world i got signed up for the presidential prayer team's mailing list?

from the email that arrived in my inbox this morning:

The Presidential Prayer Team
is seeking special individuals from its membership roles who God is calling to be a PPT Ambassador.

PPT Ambassadors are individuals who represent The Presidential Prayer Team to their church and community. PPT Ambassadors desire to strengthen the culture of prayer in America by inspiring others to join the Team.

If you believe that God would have you become a member of this elite group of prayer warriors then follow the directions below. There is no obligation.

well, since there's no obligation...

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

one more dollar...

because i am blessed to have more-than-the-average-bear's number of musicians in my life, i found this cartoon to be particularly amusing. so barclay, ryan, seth, don and lori, troy, and all the rest of you who don't leave home without a guitar...this one's for you.

sorry the print is so small. if you click on the comic, it'll take you somewhere you can actually read the words. which is, after all, the point...

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

fill 'er up...

so i went grocery shopping last saturday night. that giant box of a supermarket (the hyvee on state line) contained approximately four shoppers that evening - me and three overworked mothers who were exceedingly happy (i could tell from the tears in their eyes...) to be shopping sans children. my social life is really happening...

at any rate, as i exited the store, i saw the following sign:
spend $50 at hyvee wine and spirits and receive a $.10/gallon discount at the hyvee fuel center!!!
let me get this straight. you'll make it worth it for me to spend at least $50 at the hyvee liquor store by giving me cheap gasoline?

friends at hyvee, discount fuel + $50 worth of keystone light = bad news. just so you know...

Saturday, March 18, 2006

completed project, number one...

that is one fine "backpack." and the kid's pretty cute, too...

Saturday, March 11, 2006

the big D...

from this morning's kansas city star:
I want to point out here that Dallas is a very fine city known for many things such as, hold on, where’s that tourist guide?

Oh, here it is. Dallas is a very fine city known for many things such as having five I.M. Pei edifices, its famous cheerleaders, headquartering many famous companies like 7-Eleven and for having the No. 1 volume Kia dealer in America. Dallas also has an airport that is “bigger than the Island of Manhattan,” a fun little fact you probably knew if you’ve ever had to change terminals there.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

and that's pretty much all there is to say about that...

overheard at chubby's on broadway at approximately four o'clock sunday morning...
i hope you shit for a week...