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Archive for October, 2006

Lost and Found

I was incredibly excited today to have located my lost recipe book.  I had misplaced it in the move back in April and could not find it.  There have been quite a few times when I wanted to make a certain recipe that was tried and true but I couldn’t find the notebook.

I found it tonight.

So in celebration I made a batch of iced pumpkin cookies.  Perfect.  Yummy.  The very essence of fall.

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Dear Friends,

I have some exciting news.

This Sunday, the CBS newsmagazine "60 Minutes" will air a story about the genocide in Darfur. 

The Sudanese government restricts reporters from entering the region, but CBS correspondent Scott Pelley and his 60 Minutes crew went anyway, putting their lives in jeopardy. 

It is sure to be a haunting and truthful piece.

I encourage you to watch it.  You can find out more, including local TV listings, by clicking on the link below.
http://www.cbsnews.com/sections/60minutes/main3415.shtml

And you can also click below to watch a brief clip of the report.
http://www.savedarfur.org/pages/darfur_on_60_minutes

Thanks,

Melissa

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Interviewing JC

Enjoy! In case you don’t know — Jim Caviezel is the actor who played Jesus in the movie The Passion of Christ.  And Ron Burgundy is from the movie Anchorman. Without this knowledge, the clip really isn’t that big of a deal.

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Friday Five: Civic Duties

Here’s the Friday Five for the Week.  As election proganda is in overdrive, let us think about our own civic duty attempts.

1) How old were you when you voted for the first time?  I have no idea.  Probably 18.  I did register not long after I turned 18 but since I can’t remember what I had for dinner last night, the odds of me remembering when I first voted some 15 years ago are slim.  Now, if you are talking about non-official ballots, I do believe I voted when I was in 3rd grade regarding Joe Pena chances of  "going out" with me.  If I recall, I checked "maybe".

2) What was the contest at the top of the ballot? See my answer to question one. 

3) Can you walk to your polling place? Yes, I can.  Will I walk to my polling place?  No, I won’t.

4) Have you ever run for public office? No. It will be a cold day somewhere notoriously hot when I run for public office.

5) Have you run for office in a club or school or on a board?  I made the attempt to represent my freshmen class in college.  Nice, big campaign. Gruel, small votes.  Then my senior year of college I did serve as the president for the Student Missouri State Teachers Association.  A good time.

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Friday Laughs

Seriously funny stuff here. Well worth your click.  Plus check out the other videos on their site.

Hat tip to Kristen McCarty.

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Featured Blog Shock

Have you ever had one of the moments where something happened that you kind of wanted to happen and then when it did you suddenly became nauseated and freaked out?  You know … for a long time you thought "Wouldn’t that be swell . . " and then it happened and you think "what have I done?" as you reach for the nearest trash can. 

That happened to me tonight. (The trash can is right next to my desk so I am okay.) I was looking at the hits for my website today and I saw nearly 200 hits.  Many came from email accounts.  I can’t see specific email addresses but rather email providers like hotmail, yahoo, etc.  Of course, curiosity set in because I typically average 30 – 35 hits a day. So, 200 – – yep, big difference.  After a few clicks, I uncovered the reason for the traffic.

I was the featured blog in an email newsletter sent out to youth ministers from Youth Specialties – an national (really, international) organization for youth workers.  I have no idea how that happened.  The best I can come up with is that I am a member of a blog ring for youth ministers. Whatever the case, I now have many comrades in ministry dropping by today to check this "featured blog" out and I must admit that I feel completely inadequate to be featured.  All of the sudden I face the question of how valuable my reflections on anything are for the world at large.  I wonder if Andy Rooney ever feels this way.

Anyway, I feel this pressure to put up something of value for you friendly folks dropping by because someone at Youth Specialties had a lapse moment in blog judgement.  You know, something like a mini-loaf of lemon poppy-seed bread wrapped in colorful seran wrap and tied with curly ribbons with a note.

So here it is.  It reminds me a lot of youth ministry – or at least my career in youth ministry! Enjoy the laughs.

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