Fall Colours Writing Retreat, Sept 19 – 21, at Arowhon Pines resort in Algonquin Park
|From Stacey D Atkinson's website|
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Space is very limited.
Should I bring my laptop?
Posted on 2 July 2015 | 1:31 pm
What to do about 'undignified' worship
|Michal despises David - James Tissot|
TO CHEW ON: "Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal, the daughter of Saul, came out to meet David and said, 'How glorious was the king of Israel today, uncovering himself today in the eyes of the maids of his servants as one of the base fellows shamelessly uncovers himself!'" 2 Samuel 6:20
How deflating to return home from a grand and successful day, feeling full of love and good will toward your household, only to be met by the sarcastic words of a disdainful wife.
What was Michal's problem?
- Did she think David had actually debased himself before the people with his leaps and spins of celebratory worship?
- Or perhaps she thought she needed to educate him in behavior seemly for a king, seeing she had grown up in a king's household?
- Obviously she didn't understand the depth of his devotion to God—a devotion that didn't pay any attention to his own dignity.
David didn't accept the put-down. His response matched Michal's in heat when he said, "It was the Lord who chose me instead of your father..." (entire answer - 2 Samuel 6:21,22).
This story is a cautionary tale to those of us who would judge others for their style of worship. Michal's criticism reminds me of the way the scribes and Pharisees reacted to Mary who showed her love for Jesus by anointing His feet with expensive spikenard perfume and wiping them with her hair. Let's let Jesus' rebuke of them ring in our hearts and minds any time we're tempted to criticize (verbally or mentally) the way someone else is worshiping: "Let her (him) alone..." John 12:7.
PRAYER: Dear God, help me not to be held by the chains of "what will others think?" or "we've never done it that way." May I not shackle others with those things either. I would rather say with David, 'I will be even more undignified than this, and will be humble in my own sight." Amen.
Unless otherwise noted all Scripture quotations are taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Posted on 3 July 2015 | 9:00 am
That was quick
Posted on 3 July 2015 | 3:20 am
OMG! I Reached the Target!!! -24.5kgs!!
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Posted on 15 January 2015 | 7:14 pm
Dr OddGlove – or how I came to hate my dentist
Yes, I know, I know, we’re on a “break”. But I just have to interrupt our brief holiday to up-date you on my harrowing experience with the Demon Dentist of Harley Street. I wrote the post below, along with a follow-up, about a year ago, detailing all the ways I’d like to torture my (former) […]
Posted on 2 June 2015 | 12:13 pm
22 Stages Of Attempting To Avoid Spoilers
I won’t be spoiled. It’s just not going to happen.
Hell yes, your favorite show is on tonight!
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But wait, you won't be home in time to watch live.
No. This isn't happening.
Posted on 2 July 2015 | 6:36 pm
The One Where I Share Too Much About Me
Posted on 2 July 2015 | 12:01 pm
cartoon life: Final thoughts
Filed under: art Tagged: despair, destiny, dialog balloons, Doom, madeWithPaper, space, thought clouds
Posted on 3 July 2015 | 8:54 pm
Haters gonna hate, beheaders gonna behead
The pro-Islam crowd, meanwhile, are hopelessly mired in their own contradictions. The fundamental failing of white liberal apologists who like to play the "Islamophobe" card is that they're the same crowd who yammer endlessly about misogyny and homophobia, knowing full well that both are well-entrenched in the Islamic faith. I have yet to hear anyone adequately reconcile Islamist apologia with the institutionalized subjugation of women or routine summary executions of homosexuals. In fact, I haven't even heard them try - either because they know it would be a futile exercise, or they're too busy haranguing a Christian baker for balking at making a cake for a same sex wedding while gay Muslims are being thrown off rooftops or hanged from construction cranes.
Posted on 31 May 2015 | 2:43 pm
A moral leader???? Canada???
Posted on 26 June 2015 | 8:55 pm
Posted on 1 July 2015 | 4:34 pm
Quebec’s Website Blocking Plan Gambles With the Open Internet
For governments accustomed to wielding their power to regulate local activity, the Internet has long been a source of frustration. From music sites to Uber to AirBNB, online services represent an enormous challenge to conventional government regulation, which typically relies on a jurisdictional hook to compel compliance.
While most reputable global companies can ill-afford to simply ignore laws or court orders, there are still websites that operate largely beyond the reach of government regulation. In response, some governments have attempted to regulate online behaviour, ordering Internet providers to block access to offending websites.
My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) notes that Canadians have generally been spared website blocking initiatives due in part to the Telecommunications Act, which prohibits carriers from controlling "the content or influence the meaning or purpose of telecommunications carried by it for the public." That rule means that Internet providers are effectively prohibited from unilaterally blocking content.
The post Quebec’s Website Blocking Plan Gambles With the Open Internet appeared first on Michael Geist.
Posted on 30 June 2015 | 2:53 pm
Horror Story: The Ghastly Picture of Chris Alexander
As some of you may know, I like to compare the Con Immigration Minister Chris Alexander, to the ghastly portrait in The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde's classic story.
Except in this story Dorian is Chris, and his portrait starts to turn monstrous after the once young bright diplomat sells his soul to Stephen Harper.
And today I have another scary chapter in that horror story.
Which begins when Alexander is interviewed, appropriately enough, by Vice Magazine.
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Posted on 13 June 2015 | 8:53 am
For Blacks, That Goddamned Flag Is Their Swastika
For "black folks" that flag has an enduring meaning.
Posted on 21 June 2015 | 3:28 pm
Defra Fracking Report ‘Vindicates’ Lancashire Vote to Reject Cuadrilla Planning Applications
Revelations that shale gas extraction could lower property values, increase insurance costs, and damage the environment – according to the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ (Defra) report – have served to reinforce the Lancashire County Council’s decision to reject Cuadrilla’s planning application at Preston New Road.
The fracking report was released this week following a lengthy battle and appeal by Greenpeace to the Information Commissioner which ruled at the end of June that Defra must release the report in full. On Wednesday evening ministers complied with the order and quietly sneaked the report out, two days after the Lancashire vote refusing fracking in the area.
“This report gives the lie to the shale lobby and ministers’ claim that there’s no evidence of negative impacts for fracking whilst questioning many of the arguments made in favour of it,” said Daisy Sands, Greenpeace UK energy and climate campaigner. “It’s a complete vindication of Lancashire County Council’s decision to reject Cuadrilla’s bid to frack in the region, and provides other councils with compelling reasons to do the same.”
Posted on 3 July 2015 | 7:01 am
The Wire Troll: Carlos Beltran Looking Like His Old Self
Posted on 29 June 2015 | 3:08 am
Thinking of knee surgery? Your relief may be short-lived
Posted on 2 July 2015 | 3:48 pm
An open letter to the woman demanding a million dollars to avoid abortion
Posted on 2 July 2015 | 3:41 pm
Freedom Flotilla activists deported from Israel, to arrive in Canada today
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Kevin Neish and Robert Lovelace, the two Canadian activists detained in Israel, are flying home today.
Posted on 2 July 2015 | 5:37 pm
Posted on 22 June 2015 | 12:03 pm
Lavazza Series 2015: La Bête Noire (The Black Beast Recipe)
The Traditional Black Beast Recipe is Transformed Past Perky Perfection! On holiday in Bijeljina, Bosnia, but with contract requirements to meet, what greater pleasure than La Bête Noire or The Black Beast Recipe? I developed this recipe for the Thermomix machine 5 years ago for my dear friend, Marie’s 30th wedding anniversary, and it is...
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Posted on 25 June 2015 | 8:59 pm
The Coaching Grey Zone: When to Simply Shut Up
A common concept that consistently comes up is that exercise technique has to be bullet-proof and perfect for the individual to get the most out of it and to reduce the risks of injury or creating muscle imbalances. While this is true in theory, it’s also incredibly difficult to individualize for the person in front…… Read More
Posted on 29 June 2015 | 12:07 pm
Ernie goes to Italy: Part I
I was going to blog about Italy today, but I didn’t get around to it. Here’s the thing: an Italy post needs pictures. I have a new camera (a real one, not a phone) and I’ve started learning Adobe Lightroom but I’m still figuring it out. So far I’ve imported our 1,987 Italy pictures, sorted [...]
Posted on 24 November 2014 | 2:42 am