Archives for August 2011

You are what you eat…so choose wisely

I was reminded last night, at Georges Seafood and BBQ, that I become irrational when I'm too hungry.  I order something that will bring immediate pleasure, and certain delayed pain.  Last night is was the Seafood Threesome: scallops, haddock, and shrimp, all fried, and served up with a tiny green salad, and some beans and rice.  I won't mention that, in need of even more immediate gratification, I'd also ordered a fried calamari appetizer.  It was all good while going down - satisfying, ple … [Read more...]

Grace, generosity, gratitude, God – the real 4G network

There was no way it could happen.  Last Thursday afternoon, I was watching ESPN and happened to see that the "biggest series of the year" was about to happen for the Red Sox, as they met the Yankees at Fenway park in Boston.  Then it dawned on me that, with the red-eye flight out of Seattle Friday night, I'd be IN Boston on Saturday, which meant that, in theory at least, I could go to the Sox/Yankees, in August, with these two teams tied for first, at one of the few remaining ballparks in the c … [Read more...]

Forgive us our debts…and teach us to stop creating them.

If it weren't so tragic it would be funny.  The news has been filled lately, whether on Fox, or CNN, or in the New York Times, with average Americans enraged at the inability of our elected officials to manage our collective money.  Enraged!   Hahahahaha!The average American has three credit cards and is carrying, on average, $15,799 in credit card debt. We spend too much in our personal lives and reflect that problem when we vote for officials, some of whom promise cradle to grave security wh … [Read more...]

Fasting: The foundation of a life of Feasting

"I like food too much to not fast"David Steindl-Rast, in his "A Listening Heart", writes about what he calls sensuous asceticism.  He's trying to find that space between the over-indulgences of our culture, where food, sex, shopping, social networking, music, movies, television, web surfing, clothing, drugs, and alcohol are just some of the many appetites that, at their worst, rise up and become masters in our lives, and the vilifying of appetites that so often occurs among Christans.  The r … [Read more...]