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TN Ridge TN
August 31st, 2008 under New Orleans. [ Comments: 1 ]

Donkey

We’re back in TN Ridge. Seems like deja vu all over again. Last time I lost my job, but kept my house. This time I’d like to keep both but if not…I’d like to keep my job and lose my house.

Four months alone in Nashville added about 25 pounds, made me pretty bitter and a diabetic. That didn’t go so well.

If you’re into prayer, say one for us. Jesus and I are having a few “issues” right now.

Hope all my New Orleans friends make out well!

Take care. Be good! And if you can’t be good, be careful!


LPGA will require players to speak English starting in 2009
August 28th, 2008 under New Orleans. [ Comments: none ]

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Seems the LPGA is just as bigoted as the Terrebonne Parish School Board!

The LPGA Tour boasts players from all over the world, and it wants all of them to be able to speak English.

The LPGA will require players to speak English starting in 2009, with players who have been LPGA members for two years facing suspension if they can’t pass an oral evaluation of English skills. The rule is effective immediately for new players.

There are 121 international players from 26 countries on the LPGA Tour, including 45 players from South Korea.


NOBTS Professor Challenges Gustav
August 28th, 2008 under Baptists, God. [ Comments: 3 ]

Joel Rainey’s blog is always very interesting. I wish I had his gentle and caring spirit. Today, a guest blogger, Dr. Jack Allen, a missions professor at NOBTS (New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary) laid down this challenge for Gustav:

So, I have a counterintuitive plan. I am challenging Gustav to finish what Katrina could not. Come on in brothah! I dare you. Bow up to Cat 5 and waltz right up the Mississippi. I do not care. You, Mr. Hurricane, cannot touch me, this city, or anyone in it without the express permission of your Creator. If He says to have a go at New Orleans, then fine. Otherwise, stop making people scared. We have better things to do with our time.

Very interesting approach.


Gustav, Katrina, and Life
August 28th, 2008 under family, Katrina, New Orleans, Recovery. [ Comments: 2 ]

Creedmoor Presbyterian ChurchTuesday afternoon I tried to calm the lovely wife a bit by explaining that I would see where Gustav was the next morning, check on it at noon, check on it when I got home and not get obsessed over it. As I reflect on that conversation a bit (One reason we’ve lasted 24 years) I realize that my cavalier attitude was very inappropriate. The next morning, I gave the same little speech to a co-worker and she teared-up. Man, was I an idiot.

It’s not something that you can put in the back of your mind. Once you’ve had your life totally changed by something like the Federal Flood, there’s no going back. In fact, it’s so deeply embedded in your psyche that sleep is no escape. Since I worked as a case manager trying to help persons impacted by Katrina I have had nightmares about their plights. I had several last night. I admire those who have sucked it up and are ready to stick it out here even if we get another big one. I will not. I can’t afford to lose my job and stay here doing something I hate. I can’t handle any more health issues. I can’t handle being separated from my family for four months again. I can’t handle losing any more friends. I can’t handle the daily struggles of living in a place with so many frustrations that go on and on and on.

I’m not panicked. I’m sleepy, I’m apprehensive, and depressed. I’m angry that Katrina has become a big joke for outsiders and even some of my family members. I’m angry at most of the politicians and public figures that have failed us.

So we’ll head out tomorrow to spend a long weekend away. Hopefully we’ll come back to our home. But unfortunately, this serves as a reminder of how fragile our lives really are. Many people have grown stronger from the Federal Flood experience. God Bless em’!

I’ll know that I’ll be with two of the most important people in my life and that my two sons will be safe from the storm because they are away at college. This event reminds me that even though I love New Orleans and that it has given me great joy, my real joy is with the family. My real comfort is in the love they bring me. I know that at least I won’t lose that this week and that brings me great peace.


It’s Going to Be a Long Weekend
August 27th, 2008 under New Orleans. [ Comments: 2 ]

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More here.


Jimmy Carter on Katrina
August 26th, 2008 under Baptists, Christianity, ChristianWalk, Katrina, New Orleans, Politics, Poor, Recovery, Social Issues, Walking Like Jesus. [ Comments: none ]

President Jimmy Carter shows the lack of progress after Katrina. He makes me proud to be a baptist!

HT: Schroeder


Michelle Obama’s Speech
August 26th, 2008 under New Orleans. [ Comments: none ]

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Sorry fans. I didn’t hear Michelle Obama’s speech. My guess is that it was good. My guess is that it was inspiring. After one (Why did I waste my time with CBS?) knucklehead “reporter” said that she needed to be less Jackee and more Jackie O, I turned it off and went to sleep.

I guess we deserve shallow journalism. We’re obviously not smart enough to elect a good president…You know–“fool me twice.”


Happy 24th!
August 26th, 2008 under Shirley. [ Comments: 3 ]

Me and the Hottie

I can’t believe it’s been 24 years! Of course, it’s actually been a lot more.
Words can’t express how much love and joy you’ve brought to my life.
I love you!


Bush aide O’Dell says New Orleans City Hall ‘failing’ at recovery
August 25th, 2008 under Bush, Katrina, New Orleans, Recovery. [ Comments: none ]

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I thought having to do without my computer for 6 days was bad! I can’t imagine what a blow it must be for someone to be called a failure by someone from the Bush administration! OUCH!

Douglas O’Dell, federal recovery coordinator said the following about Mayor Ray Nagin’s recovery director, Ed Blakely:

“I’m basically asking Blakely, who’s probably getting paid a whole hell of a lot more money than I am, to do his damn job,” O’Dell said.

“He’s there not only to plan, but to execute. Not only to manage, but lead. He’s not an elected official, but as a nonelected official he wields enormous influence over the future of this city and the speed of its recovery,” he continued. “And he’s failing, in my view.”

Dang! Guess that’s why we haven’t seen any cranes in the sky yet even though Blakely promised them quite some time ago.


Baptist Pastor Caught Plagiarizing!
August 19th, 2008 under Baptists, Christian Crap, Hypocrisy. [ Comments: 1 ]

winona.jpgLooks like Dr. Samuel Krouse, the pastor of First Baptist Church of Colusa, CA has been caught plagiarizing from Al Mohler. Here’s the story.

Daniel Florien highlights the most ironic plagiarized quote:

Then, as now, the task is to articulate, communicate, and defend the Christian faith with intellectual integrity and evangelistic urgency.

Two thoughts:
Plagiarism is stealing.
Why Al Mohler?

I sent the Reverend Doctor an email at sskrouse@succeed.net to get his response! Here’s his original article.

HT: Daniel Florien


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