Thursday, November 29, 2007

The Snow Cometh

Greetings from the frigid upper midwest. We're bracing ourselves for the first groundcover of the year:

Dare I admit, since a few Minnesotans read my blog, that I'm a wee bit excited? It's always like this. . . The first snow fall is exciting, by the end of winter, we're ready for it to be over with.

Fortunately, there is one creature who always enjoys the snow. Gratuitous Eli pictures? You betcha!

Now I'm excited. And so is Eli! He woke me up multiple times last night, begging to join me in bed. I'm not sure he stopped staring at me in the eyes the whole night - until I let him in this morning. Silly puppy.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Both Eikon and I couldn't resist purchasing this priceless Threadless t-shirt.
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Sunday, November 25, 2007

To the Mouse Pooping under My Sink

Were I alone,
without dog or friend,
i might let you stay,
nibbling your way through
rice and grains,
dancing through sticky honey and crumbs.

I would wisp up your droppings, giggling,
what a mess,
throw them in the trash
and pat you on the head,
and tell you how much you mean to me.

But I am not alone yet,
so you must die.

Never mind karma or curses -
I wait for you to walk
into my spring loaded guillotine,
where you will meet your lord.
I hope you suffer much pain.

Friday, November 23, 2007

More Thanksgivings

I left work on Thanksgiving morning, picked up my dog, and embarked on a six hour drive to my ancestral home in west-central Iowa. Along the way, I became very tired and wanted to stop somewhere and get something to drink. I took the first exit I came to, and tried to find a fastfood stop to drive through, but all the restaurants were closed. I stopped at a 24hour gas station, grabbed a drink and took off again.

Driving along on Interstate 35, it occurred to me that Thanskgiving was the one of only a few days when those McDonalds, Burger Kings, and Culvers were shut down. Strangely enough, at work (Church) more people show up to Mass on Thanksgiving than appear for most obligatory Holy Day masses throughout the year.

As a church musician, very grateful for the two century old holiday, I can't help but wonder - what does Thanksgiving have that our holy days of obligation do not. Part of feasting is work. Many sociologists will tell you in order to celebrate a festival, you must work. If you don't work, you can't aptly celebrate a feast, because the element of rest is just not present.

In our high-paced world, it's hard to believe that stores might be closed at any time, even on Thanksgiving. Our world doesn't shut off anymore, ever. How lucky those McDonalds workers are, to be home with their families or friends - or even just to have a day of rest.

I remember going to Germany when I was 15. I happened to be there on the Feast of the Assumption, which is also a day off for many Europeans. In Italy, I believe it's called Ferragosto (August Fair). The ornate Bavarian church was full of people and singers. As I left, I was offered, along with all the other attendees, was given small bundles of summer flowers. It was truly a celebration, in a city and country that has lost much of it's Christian Heritage.

I wonder why we can't make all of our Holy Days into Thanksgiving Celebrations. Why can't assumption or ascension or pentecost or all saints bring families together? Why don't we take a bold step, and ask for these days off for religious observances, just like many devout Jews and Muslims do. Our Liturgical year covers much more than Christmas.

We don't need to be given the day off by the Government to celebrate with our families, do we? We have to take control of our own lives -find our rest. We need more Thanksgivings - whatever the religion, whatever the tradition. Once a year is not enough.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

For Elias

Does God love you,
Little beast of my heart?
Your cozy cuddle –
How could he not.

Here we thrive,
Dancing in a pit of disparity.
Anxious and unworthy,
We bathe ourselves in muddy puddles
Of altruistic charism-
with escape as our only motive.

But you, little beast,
Your life will be short,
Because God needs you
(so badly)
At his right hand,
Licking the salt off his skin –
Reminding him
Creation has not gone amuck.

Here on earth,
I give you a place in my kingdom to prepare you,
my dear little beast,
for your place in his.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

My River Penthouse

I paid a security deposit for my new apartment (as of January 1st), which will get me through my last 6 months in St. Closet! Want to see pictures? I bet you do!
The living room . . .
The Kitchen
The bedroom. . .

Ok, well it's looking pretty lived in. I assume the women living there will have moved out by January. I'm really looking forward to having my own place, and the coolest part. . . it's on the Mississippi. With a view! It makes me feel rich and famous. No not really.

So I've been scanning through facebook profiles to find out if my friends have blogs. By golly, they do! It seems that most of them are better written then mine, but oh well.

Here, this picture of Eli will make up for it.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Next time you're considering domestic nudity. . .

Aparently it is against the law to sleep naked in Minnesota. Who woulda thought? Garrison Keillor explains:
Dear Garrison

Is it true that it is illegal to sleep naked in the state of Minnesota? -- Not that anyone would want to try it at this time of year! Any light that you may shed on this subject would be greatly appreciated.


Dear P.J., It is illegal to sleep naked and Minnesotans do it all the time, especially at this time of year. The unlawfulness of it only adds to the thrill. It is illegal because we feel that a naked unconscious person is particularly vulnerable, and in our state's great liberal tradition, we protect the vulnerable and unwary. (This is why Minnesota is chockfull of warning signs and guardrails.) One would only be arrested for nude sleeping, of course, if your house caught on fire and authorities had to break in to save you. So you'd probably be grateful for the arrest.

Not having good air conditioning, I claim to have never committed the crime. Now that we've had our first snow flakes, and I'm dealing with 30something degrees, I don't foresee such an egregious violation any time soon!

Friday, November 2, 2007

30 Rock

I'm not a TV fan, but one show has had my attention for a whole year. That's pretty impressive. . . and we're not talking beefcake Rome here, we're talking 30 rock. The comedy is my style. Here's a great example. . . I wish i could embed, but you can click on a link, right?