Thursday, April 10, 2008

Quotes of the Day...

Today I received some indirect compliments:

I am often an "advocate."

I am a good leader.

And one person told me that she appreciates that we don't have to communicate "with kid gloves on."

I appreciated these people taking time to speak love and truth into my life. I pray I can pay it forward and take advantage of opportunties to speak equal amounts of love and truth into the lives of others.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Really... is that how it happened?

I love going into Philly and just walking around. I especially love the Quaker history that is present all over town.

Today I took the train in to meet up with some family that happened to be in town on a trip. We went into one of the famous Philly Meetinghouses, Arch Street Meetinghouse. I've been there a few times and have loved to interact with the tour guides. I usually don't say that I'm a Quaker off the bat (mostly because they start right in and don't give me time to say anything). Normally the tour guides are pretty "fair and balanced" in how they portray the differences among Friends. Today the lady that gave the tour said a few things that made me chuckle. She went into her speech and showed a map of the various types of Friends across the US. As she got out West (where I'm from) she said "And as the Friends migrated West they soon became too tired from farming to run their meetings, so they hired pastors to run the meeting." Really... is that how it happened?

Also, she went on to discuss how George Fox is the one man responsible for empowering women in the US. Really...is that how it happened?

Finally she stopped talking and let us tell her that we are from Oregon and are part of an Evangelical Meeting there, and see seemed taken aback and started asking questions. She even had us tell her the size of the congregation so she could write it in some book of hers.

Good times. I love Philly, especially being a minority when it comes to my Quaker flavor.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

New Site

This is easily my new favorite site.

It's the Garfield comic strips remixed, and basically Garfield has been removed. It's hilarious. You really need to check it out.

I know, I know, it sounds dumb. But really, give it a look.

Stimulus Check...

So I heard this story the other day. I was startled. For those of you who don't like following links, it basically was about the fact that the IRS has decided that for certain people in this country they will send gifts in lieu of cash for their stimulus checks... yes... gifts. The story recounts how one couple in Arizona already received an air conditioner. THEY DIDN'T EVEN NEED AN AIR CONDITIONER.

The woman they interviewed at the IRS said that the stimulus package is meant to be spent on consumer goods, so the IRS is doing research before they send out the checks and if the person receiving the money looks as though they won't spend the money but will save it instead, then they will buy something for them that is "geographically appropriate" and send it to them. HOW MESSED UP IS THIS?

Isn't this a republican stimulus package? And isn't the republican stance on economics small government and personal responsibility. So why in the world are they deciding how to spend people's money?

According to the story, Melissa and I are prime targets (aka large amount of debt). All I have to say is I hope I don't get a package in a month with $1200 worth of Philly Cheese Steaks.