Monthly Archives: February 2009

Almost Famous

It was a nice little surprise to see our name in US News and World Report:

Check out number 8.

Health is such a big topic right now. I myself am a subscriber to three health related magazines (Self, Fitness, and Natural Health. Though I might cancel Self or Fitness, because they are basically clones of each other and I only need one…) and it’s amazing how many different spins can be thrown on the same topic: diet and exercise. “Eat this….not that” or “Eat lots of Blueberries!” or “Remember the Artichokes!” Ya know what they are all basically saying? Eat a balanced diet and exercise daily. Granted it’s nice to be able to see different ideas for crafting your own diet and exercise plan that works for your life, but the simple tool for health has not changed. If we eat enough fruits and vegetables, articles won’t be needed to remind us that blueberries have antioxidants and that artichokes have beneficial phytochemicals (as do a lot of fruits and vegetables…) because we’ll already be including them, or similar items, in our meals plans already.

It’s nice to know that Adventists are still recognized as concerned with holistic, healthful living. Though diet and exercise is a HUGE part of health, we realize that spiritual connection with our Creator, time management, healthy relationships and time to relax are also key to being a whole, healthy person. Let’s make sure we keep that up, since in this health-crazed trend, people will be watching us. On that note, I think I will have a banana and take a five minute break.

Antioxidants to all, and to all a good day!


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That Poor Little Pevensie…

I’ve informally written about this before, but something reminded me of it today.

It has been a while since I’ve watch The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, but something made me remember poor little Edmund. I feel for him. Many viewers categorize him as a bad guy, a traitor, a mischevious troublemaker. And while that may be how things turned out, I beg to differ.

Things aren’t going well for Edmund from the start. He’s the annoying little brother, teased and looked down upon by his older siblings (who, of course, he idolizes). He never really had actual evil intent. He was suffering from insecurity and guilt through the entire beginning of the story, which in turn surrendered him over to the White Witch.

I think it can be easy to assume that he got suckered into the turkish-delight-dispensing dastardly dame’s grip because he was into power and indulgence, and a bit jealous and vengeful, but there’s way more to it than that. Think about it. He is afraid to admit to finding out about Narnia because he knows that Susan and Peter wouldn’t believe him, and he’d look silly, which he is already deathly afraid of. When he’s in Narnia, the witch toys with his mind. When all the Pevensie quartet is in Narnia and Edmund is proved both wrong and a jerk to his little sister, he is ashamed and bewildered. When they find out about Mr. Tumnas being taken, and that it happened to be because of Edmund’s information, he feels overwhelming guilt. So much guilt that, if he admitted it, he’s afraid of losing everything good in his life, everything he strives for: his sibling’s love and respect, and his own dignity and reliability. So he runs away and goes back to the white witch. Not because he wanted to, necessarily, but because he was more afraid of everything he held so high crashing down and crumbling, than he was of hanging out with an evil being. His guilt and shame consumed him. Just like the real Devil does, poor Edmund got used as a tool for evil without even choosing to actually “be evil.”

As for me, I pray that I may be able to spot various young Edmunds I might come across in my own life, and then be able to see through their annoying or mischievous exterior and help build them up. After all, if I truly have a “burden for souls,” I should want everyone to be saved from being a tool of the devil without even realizing it, no matter how annoying and possibly infuriating they may be on the surface. God help me. Who knows, I can and probably have been a young Edmund myself at many times throughout my life.

So there you have it. While thoroughly evil and witchy people do exist and we should be on guard, know that many angst-ridden troublemakers aren’t necessarily bad to the bone, but just might need some help.

(And I just can’t get enough CS Lewis. I hope to meet him someday in the Great Beyond and we shall enjoy conversation over tea. Maybe a heavenly crumpet or two.  Maybe the tea we’ll drink will be “Celestial Seasonings.” *giggle*)

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The Great Synaptic Bottleneck Catastrophe

This is happening right now.

I have so many ideas, so many things I’d love to write about or talk about. So many theories and possibilies that must get on paper. Here’s my chance:


It seems that these ideas, hunches, notions, wonderments, thoughts, dreams, visions, plans, etc., are all trying to come out at once. A traffic jam ensues. I think they need to start taking numbers.

Really, this is the story of my life. One manifestation of this condition is my social life in my head vs. my actual social life. I have a growing list of people dubbed, “I know I could have lengthy, profound conversations with this person about pertinent and soul-grabbing topics. Our minds could connect if we only had the chance” Most of the people on this list I rarely talk to, or I see occasionally and end up spouting small talk (which I HATE—whoever invented schmoozing ought to be profoundly punished) and saying, “oh man, we really have to get together sometime and ruminate,” and then it rarely comes to fruition. Sometimes we’ll actually get together, but I just can’t seem to get the deep-conversation-mode switched on.

Other times, some of my best ideas come out when I’m driving, sitting on an airplane, waiting at a stoplight or while zoning out during a long conversation, movie or lull at work. Usually, I write these ideas down on post-its, napkins, my hand, the “stickies” application on my laptop, the back of receipts, little notepads in my purse….and then I lose them.

You may ask, “Amy, have you thought about a daily blog? Have you thought about journaling your thoughts each day, so to keep an accurate record?”

What a marvelous idea!

But I’ve tried this before. I have accounts on blogger, blogspot, xanga, myspace and now wordpress. So far, this one has seen the most posts (and we’re now at 2, I think). Usually, by the time my day’s events are done, it’s already bedtime and I’m zonked.

But I’m going to try again. May my napkin musings no longer be in vain. May my neurons develop a traffic light system and be defensive drivers as they cross the synapses. May I be a better steward with my time so I can document my day’s thoughts before I retire to Great Foam Mattress of Slumber with my purring cats.

“The LORD will fulfill [his purpose] for me; your love, O LORD, endures forever — do not abandon the works of your hands.”

Psalm 138:8 (NIV)

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To everything…

(turn, turn, turn)

There is a season… and right now it is still winter. February is right when Nebraskans get really tired of winter. It starts warming up just enough to make you hopeful that spring is soon, but remains just cold enough that you’re annoyed.

I’m annoyed. It’s been 2009 for 55 days, and I have barely scratched the surface of all the things I wanted to tackle for the year. My resolutions are still in my mind and I mean to keep them, but things just keep coming up! I suppose the last couple months have been a time to tear down. I’m cleaning out my desk at work (and it looks like a tempest ran through), trying to reorganize closets at home, things are never staying put away, and something happens every weekend that immediately reverses all cleaning efforts. I have terrific plans, mind you! Plans to get my life in order, to have a schedule! If I could just get these plans runnin’, things would be so very peachy. But alas, life does not just stop so you can have time to regroup. I’ve barely regrouped from my recent wisdom teeth surgery (more tearing down, I guess). You just gotta adapt. Sometimes I have to stop myself, and refuse to think about the world turning without me.

So I guess I’ll have to make spring my time to build up. That’s probably why “spring cleaning” happens in the Spring—nobody has any ambition in the doldrums of February…

It sure does help when I put time in perspective. There is a time for making a mess and time for cleaning up. There is a time for planning and a time for doing. Now that my teeth are in order, the weather is sluggishly trying to warm up, I can now see a few square inches of my desk, my taxes are done and I now have an iPhone, bring it on!

Well, actually, maybe give me two more weeks. Then bring it on!

…Actually, maybe add another week to that.

April, maybe? Yes, bring it on in April!


“What does the worker gain from his toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on men. He has made evrything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. That every man may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil—this is the gift from God.” Ecclesiastes 3:9-13

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