Monthly Archives: July 2006

The Chrisses

Once in awhile I look back over events in my life. I think about people I knew in the past and present and one name seems to reoccur. This name, or a derivative of it, has been present at just about every junction of my life. Of course you have probably guessed it by now.

The first has been mentioned earlier in this blog (July 21) and his name is Christopher. My first friend and longest held friend. Treehouse and childhood spirit. Still my friend today.

The second is Christine. We were briefly friends in first and second grade. She liked dolls, I liked treehouses and baseball. She taught me that there are distinct perceptual differences between boys and girls.

The third is Kristine. My best friend in high school. A smiling, laughing, kind-hearted soul. Alas, I recently visited her headstone at the Catholic cemetery. Rest in peace my friend, fellow voyager of the teenage, boy-crazy years. I smile at the memories of our first boy-girl parties, whispered crushes and multiple drive-by passes of the homes of boys we were crazy about.

The fourth is Christopher also. This person may be reading this blog (you know who you are!), so instead of divulging shared feelings and secrets on a public forum, I will just say that this person was the first serious love relationship in my life. It was intense, surreal at times, and left some scars which I treasure. I love this person very much still and am blessed that we remain very close friends. Our bodies have changed but the souls are the same. Incredibly, his wife, whom I am fond of, is named Christine.

The fifth is Christian. An adult romance that taught me a lot about trust and lack of it. My first taste of betrayal. An opportunity to apply my intuition toward my best interests and act on it before making serious mistakes. We actually retain a fondness for each other and correspond frequently, although from a distance.

The sixth is Kristen. I was her literacy tutor for 6 months and we remain friends. Kristen taught me a lot about people with disabilities and how normal they are, compared to the rest of us! I learned much about patience and that remarkably, I had lots of it!

I’m sure if I think hard enough I’ll come up with some more Chrisses. These are the milestone Chrisses.

And there’s one name that’s the most important in my life: Bill. My husband, man of a thousand nicknames. The one I love. A common name, but the only one in my life.

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Worth a thousand words

This pretty much says it all for me.

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Faith and science

I was having a heavy rap with a very wise and cherished friend of mine yesterday. She in turn has a friend who is a scientist. These are her observations about him. I don’t mean to pick on scientists at all, I respect them highly and some are actually quite spirit-minded after seeing natural wonders up close. So, scientists, take this an object lesson, not a personal barb.

My friend writes:

“He is a scientist. He wants to see God as something tangible, with physical features. That’s the only thing that would satisfy him. He can’t accept that God is Intelligence (but what else could have created all this?) because you can only see the effects of Intelligence, not Intelligence Itself. You don’t see Intelligence with eyes that only register physical phenomena, but you can see Intelligence with your mind’s eye. Buy that’s not enough for a scientist who want to see it with his physical eye.

I would like to ask him “What do you hope to see when you’re looking for God? What do you want God to look like?””

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Cory in Action

Cory is a blur of energy. He has discovered the joys of the indoor temperature-controlled Burger King jungle gym. Where else can you climb to new heights, make friends, and run around in your socks? You should have seen the bottom of his socks when he was done! It was hard getting a good shot of him because he was in contant motion! Via fiddling, I have not been able to figure out how to change the shutter speed on my little Casio camera. Apparently I will have to break out the owner’s manual and do some reading.

Another scorcher today. Nice to be in a cool place. It seems the computer room is the hottest room in my house. I guess the CPU is emitting lots of heat.

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A good picture of Me

My friend Candace took this photo of me today. I usually don’t look good in pictures, but I look somewhat human in this one.

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Gobi-Pixel news

Gobi, just feathered, playing with his food like all young animals do!

Gobi is not yet weaned and must spend another week with his breeder mom. We are disappointed, but want what’s best for the little guy. So, we’ll just have to wait till next Saturday!

big sister Gizmo
This is big sister Gizmo. She really likes being the only child and couldn’t care less if Gobi ever makes an appearence!

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Dogma

excerpts by Edwin Harkins Spina 

After a lecture, someone asked, “Isn’t connecting with God the goal of all religions?”

In their purest form the answer is yes. But based on the particular culture or state of affairs, additional guidelines are tacked onto the universal laws. these rules should be relied upon as suggestions meant to improve a person’s life, not as universal truths. As an example, the doctrine of “heaven or hell” is meant to teach that there are consequences to your actions. The universal law underlying this principle is karma, i.e., the law of cause and effect.

Whenever such rules become “the only way”, they become dogma. This is true whether we are talking about religion, science, or politics. If the letter of the law is rigidly followed without consideration for the spirit of the law, there is the danger of fundamentalist behavior. Understanding the underlying principle would avoid uncontrolled mobs from burning people at the stake…

Religions play a vital role in encouraging virtuous behavior to the benefit of all, but rigid adherence to these rules to the exclusion of the main goal of communing with God is counterproductive and can lead to separation and intolerance. The “Golden Rule”, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” is universally accepted by every major religion. Any action that violates this universal truth can ultimately lead to war…

Imagine God as a bright light covered with various veils. As you peel away these veils, which represent various beliefs and ideas, the light brightens. Your goal should be to connect with this bright light directly. This is your right and reward as a spiritual being living on earth. To the mystic this represents the ultimate goal: illumination.

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