Lying Dormant and Waiting to Bloom Since 2005
- Name: WinterWheat
- Location: The Prairie, Illinois, United States
I am a beauty-loving ambidextrous higher-order primate who learned transcendental meditation at 7, statistical analysis at 23, tap dancing at 30, and piano at 35. I tolerate gluten, lactose, and differences of opinion, but not abuse. Or beets.
Saturday, April 30, 2005
Your Five Alternate Lives
The exercise I'm remembering went something like this: If you had five lives to live over again and you could have a different occupation each time, what would you pick? It has to be something you can actually earn money doing; you can't say "I'd get paid a million dollars just for farting." But the amount of money earned or the difficulty of achieving success in your chosen field(s) shouldn't be primary concerns. The question is, what five things would you like to do?
The first time I tried this exercise, here were my five:
The second time I tried it, I ended up with:
The third time:
No-kill dog shelter owner
Bartender in a pool bar in a tropical country
The fourth time I can't remember. I guess it's safe to say I like the idea of being an astronaut. And performing in front of people. And exercising my creativity. And, occasionally, leading a simple life in which my daily chores are pretty much spelled out for me.
Oh--and wearing a costume.
What are your five?
Friday, April 29, 2005
Even if you don't have a good relationship with your in-laws (or don't have in-laws), take a moment to think of someone who has treated you like family. Now give them a call.
My Dad Just Forwarded Me this Joke
Every Inn Is a Jesus Inn
As it turns out, it’s no secret at all. This, from the Gideons International website:
“The Gideons International, founded in 1899, serves as an extended missionary arm of the church and is the oldest Christian business and professional men's association in the United States of America. A board of distinguished Christian laymen, international in makeup, supervises the worldwide Gideon ministry, ensuring an efficient, economical operation. The association has more than 236,000 members, located in 179 countries of the world. They are united in carrying out the same program using the same methods to accomplish the one objective of winning others to Christ.
“Annually, The Gideons International is placing and distributing more than 59,000,000 Scriptures worldwide. To God be the glory! This averages one million copies of the Word of God placed every seven days, or 112 per minute! A non-profit organization, The Gideons International is generously supported by pastors and churches, who realize that presenting people with the gospel message is an indispensable element in winning people to Christ. Every dollar contributed by members of the churches is used to make it possible for others to have their very own copy of God's Word.”
Get this: If there are 236,000 members placing 59,000,000 bibles per year, that means each member places an average of 250 bibles per year, or about 5 per week. And not one of them is getting paid for it. I’m reminded of a famous quote attributed to Margaret Meade: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” I’m not a practicing Christian, but I can’t help but admire the Gideons’ tenacity. They had to start somewhere. Whatever our cause--religious, political, social, or artistic--let us remember the lesson taught by their success. We all have to start somewhere.
Thursday, April 28, 2005
The Truth About Dogs and Men
The dog: english bulldog
What he thinks it says: I don't care about looks
What it really says: I'm a slob too
The dog: great dane
What he thinks it says: I like things BIG
What it really says: I couldn't afford a horse
The dog: bichon frise
What he thinks it says: I'm très sophisticated
What it really says: I'm très confused about my sexuality
The dog: beagle
What he thinks it says: I love hunting
What it really says: I love Snoopy
The dog: jack russell terrier
What he thinks it says: I'm spunky, smart, and very tenacious
What it really says: I've got ADD
The dog: dalmatian
What he thinks it says: I'm an off-duty fireman
What it really says: My dog's name is Spot
The dog: collie
What he thinks it says: I'm a safe, reliable guy
What it really says: Will you and Lassie save me?
The dog: doberman pinscher
What he thinks it says: I'm in charge
What it really says: I like it ruff, ruff
The dog: mutt
What he thinks it says: I'm easygoing and unpretentious
What it really says: I'm easygoing and unpretentious
Mutt lovers unite. :-)
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
Random Perfume Musing: Or des Indes
This past weekend I had the pleasure of trying Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier (MPG) Or des Indes. It reminded me of Guerlain l'Heure Bleue, that powdery, creamy, love-it-or-hate-it masterpiece (can you tell I'm in the love camp?), updated with a modern, spicy edge. I didn't buy it because I already have l'Heure Bleue. Today I received a sample of Or des Indes in the mail from MUAer SuburbanSue (bless her generous heart) and got the chance to try it again. Why, oh why didn't I buy it when I had it in my hot little hands?? I smell a cola nut accord underscored by dusty-spicy, rooty orris/iris, the kind that lends a cool, mineral loaminess. This is undoubtedly one of MPG's finest scents, and does not, emphatically NOT, have that wet dog accord so common to MPG fragrances, especially the musks. (I love and own Sanguine Muskissime but it can be too much at times.)
If you like l'Heure Bleue run out and give this appealingly nonlinear scent a try.