Life Savers

Feb 24, 2008 at 3:25 PM
Hi -

As someone trained in Search and rescue, basic fire fighting, and CPR, life saving and generally helping others is something I espouse and try to live by. I have had a few chances in my life to save lives. Not as many as you'd think. And actually, none were related to the above training.

I'll save my stories for another day... Today, I want to hear your stories about HOW YOU HAVE SAVED A LIFE.

Write a comment to tell me about how you've saved a life - even if it's terribly minute, or even several degrees separated from actually pulling someone from the water or out of burning wreckage... It doesn't have to be a big deal to be life saving.

Tell me about it. OK?

Poll Results

at 3:20 PM

Hi -

Here are the results of the poll data.

Apparently, cigarettes are something most of you have had to quit.

Good. I will remember this as I continue to feel the pull.

Does anyone else feel like the constant TV ads about smoking work AGAINST the urge to quit? I hate them. They talk about tobacco and nocotine CONSTANTLY - I'm having to turn off the TV, because the whole thing about quiting smoking is tha it is very hard o do in an environment where cigarettes are a topic of discussion.

I had a relapse when I found my emergency cigarette pack, but I'm OK again now.


at 3:03 PM
Here is a great professorial article about my religion of Scientology.

I think it does a very good job of summing up what and why.

But I think my favorite scholarly work on the subject is this Japanese Shinto-Buddhist perspective of Scientology, in which it is stated that there are many paths up the mountain but the view of the moon is the same from the top.

I agree, religions of every stripe and color deserve as much credence - one to the other - as is possible. We live in a world that needs to contain MORE belief in greater purpose and capacity for good, not less.

Browse Happy

Feb 20, 2008 at 11:05 PM
I love this site - I'm sending anyone who asks why I have so many browsers installed here from now on.

Total Lunar Eclipse

at 10:42 PM

The eclipse is beautiful. An ephemeral shadow, the moon wavers and wiggles in the night sky. Slipping in and out of visibility, the moon is playing tricks on my eyes.

I stare at it and marvel at the coincidence that our earth's shadow and the moon could align so perfectly. Such a totally boggling scientific improbability, the two matching up so well.

And beautiful to behold, the moon appeared three dimensional, virtually popping out of the sky, then seemed to disappear altogether, the barest glimmer of a moon in the sky... There were small wiggly lines of light that were so spectral as to almost not really exist for a moment, then the moon literally glowed red for a moment.

Right now, I can't see the moon at all.

What would the sky be without the moon?

Look up right now to find out.

More about this ecipse.

PS, I got the picture from the news story abut this eclipse. I'd send my own but my camera's busted.

Poll results

Feb 15, 2008 at 10:41 AM

Looks like you all have a blog. Cool!


at 10:31 AM
I quit smoking again this morning. I've done it before, so I know I can do it again. Smoking my last cigarette, I continually postulated that I was going to be a non-smoker.

"I am a non-smoker.

"I am a non-smoker.

"I am a non-smoker."

Like that.

I watched the cigarette I was smoking, as it curled tendrils of smoke down my hand, around my wrist, smoke playing between my fingers, silently wrapping me in choking smoke. It spoke poetically of the difficulty of staying a non-smoker. It spoke to me of the uncomfortable hold smoking has had on me, often against my will.

There is nothing else in my life that I do that I actually don't want to. This is IT. Now that I am ridding myself of smoking, my life can truly become only mine to do with as I wish. I can spend all that time of smoking on bigger better things. That's 10 minutes, 10 times a day, 7 days a week of wasted time that I am reclaiming.

700 minutes a week, 600 HOURS a year I am not going to waste anymore. That's enough time to write a book, or just snuggle with my kids more, enjoy more time with my family, work more, WHATEVER.

Each time I've been quit, I started up again because there are people I love who smoked. But this time, I have no smokers around me at all. My new husband and his family have NO smokers in their midst. My best friend Amber still smokes, but since we only talk on the phone, it should be easier to stay quit.

I'm very excited about this particular attempt to quit...

I'll keep you posted.

But you're going to want to stay away from me for about a week in the meantime, because I'll probably be spending my reclaimed time on bitching out everyone around me, being ill and throwing tantrums. It's never easy to break an addiction.

Otters in LOVE

at 10:30 AM

How cute!

Poll Results - The Oscars

Feb 7, 2008 at 3:24 PM

Sounds like the majority agree that the Oscars are drivel anyway.

Argument to Beethoven's 5th

at 3:22 PM

More about the DDOS attacks on the Church of Scientology

Feb 4, 2008 at 3:56 PM
Hey! Cindy blogged about it here:

Get the word out that all of us need to make our sane, happy voices heard on the internet. Millions of people watched the parody of Tom Cruise, and millions of people have been visiting church websites as a result of that.

But because ofthe nature of the web, there are countless forums, groups, and social places where the nattery are able to black PR us without being checked or balanced by our truthful, sane and reasonable answers.

It's honestly quite cowardly of the enemies of the church to use lies and deceit to fight us - but that's all they have. The truth is too plainly simple. We help people, we have great tools to use to improve our own lives, and we help people far more consistently than any other means of self-improvement.

We should be glad that the baddies are lying. Because that contains the seeds of the destruction of that counter-effort. All we have to do is tell the truth.

More Scientologists need to communicate online. This happens in blogging, social media sites, and elsewhere.

Basically, it's time to up the quantity of the outflow we product online.

Scientoloyg myths website kicks butt

Feb 3, 2008 at 3:59 PM
For once, someone gets it right!

I don't think about aliens at all, really. I certainly don't pray to them.

Well, except right now, and when watching scary alien invasion movies.

Anonymous is cowardly

at 2:23 PM
A group calling itself "anonymous" or "Anon" is organizing cyberterrorism against the Church of Scientology.

Get details about it here.

This is religious discrimination, a federally prosecutable offense, and quite ineffective.

Every time I visit the church of scientology's website, it's still up.