Alright, boils and ghouls, it’s officially Halloween season. And that means an entire month of spook-tacular, horror-ific blog posts are about to creep into your inboxes. Continue reading
Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love.
~ Saint Francis of Assisi
Today, many Christians celebrate the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi. Saint Francis is the patron saint of animals and ecology. Francis serves to remind us that all of God’s creatures are worthy of our attention and care. They should be treated with the same dignity and respect we extend to one another.
Whether you have domestic pets, or like me, befriend animals in the wild, take a moment today to consider that like you and I, their lives matter too. The Lord made our dogs and cats, foxes and squirrels, and I believe, bestowed them each with their very own soul. Continue reading
Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.
Well, it’s September already. And you know what that means. It’s TV premiere season! I must admit that I get more excited about marking past television premieres than I do about current shows starting up again. Yeah, there are some cool shows to watch now in 2015, but let’s be honest. Even the best that today’s writers have to offer usually pales in comparison to the TV programs from decades ago.
One of my favourite premieres to mark was on Sunday the 13th — “Scooby Doo, Where Are You?” (1969). And coming up in the next two weeks, we of course have “The Addams Family” (1964) and “The Munsters” (1964). Hey, I like Supernatural, Once Upon a Time, Sleepy Hollow, and Gotham, but give me the former three over these ANY day of the week.
Speaking of television show premieres, last week, a good friend shared a super cool newspaper clipping with me. Continue reading
“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Continue reading
Wanderlust: a strong desire to travel
Wanderlust is a word I had never heard before I discovered Pinterest. But today, you can find it everywhere. Everybody wants to travel. Well… not everybody.
“Wanderlust” is a term that does not apply to me. I’ve never had the travel bug. Both my parents loved to travel — though they never ventured farther than the United States. But like me, my grandma doesn’t enjoy travelling either. She says I must have inherited my desire to stay put from her. Since our birthdays are only a day apart, I can believe that.
Having said this, I will admit that there ARE a few countries I’d like to visit before I die. Italy for the art, Egypt for the ancient culture, and France, England and Russia to do some genealogy/family research. But anything beyond that? Nah. I’m not really interested.
There are also a few smaller scale places I’d like to go though. Not surprising, I love museums and art galleries. And thanks to the internet, today, you don’t always HAVE to travel to see what treasures places like The Metropolitan Museum of Art have hidden inside.
Ever since I can remember, my grandmother has always said that I was her birthday present.
Just delivered a day late.
Having birthdays just a day apart has created a special bond between us. That, and the fact that as far as grandchildren go, it’s just me. One lowly granddaughter for her. But I think we both recognized the unique blessing that was. We could spend time together, just the two of us, without any trouble at all.
The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble.
~ Nahum 1:7
Grandma taught me how to play Chinese Checkers at an extremely young age, and it will forever be “our game”. We don’t get to play often as she doesn’t live as close as I’d like, but when we do, we still use the same two sets of marbles that we’ve used since the very beginning. Continue reading
I have a dilemma.
There are just no good movies being made today.
Sure, I could pick out maybe one or two a year that are enjoyable. Movies that are well produced, cast, directed, written, or acted. But more and more, I find that good films are hard to find.
Because of this film drought, I’ve been working my way through Hammer Films’s six Frankenstein movies that feature Peter Cushing. (Hammer made one other — “The Horror of Frankenstein” (1970), a remake of “Curse of Frankenstein” (1957), starring Ralph Bates in the role of Victor Frankenstein instead of Cushing.) And you know what? They’re amazing. Continue reading
~ Psalm 25 ~
“To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul; in you I trust, O my God. Do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me. No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame, but they will be put to shame who are treacherous without excuse.
Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Saviour, and my hope is in you all day long.
Remember, O Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old. Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you are good, O Lord. Continue reading
Ask any little girl (or big girl for that matter!) what literary heroine had titian hair and drove a blue roadster, and we’ll all answer immediately — Nancy Drew.
I can still remember the first time I drove full speed into the town of River Heights, USA. I was in the fifth grade, and standing on a chair in my school library, and I chose which Nancy Drew book to begin with based on two things: The title and the cover image.
The school library had a little less than half of Nancy’s original 56 titles, but the beauty of this series is that you can pick up any book, at any time. Reading them out of order, you won’t miss anything in terms of continuity. Each book stands alone on its own two feet. Only the main character relationships and a few random references to past mysteries carry over from book to book.
At the time, I was no stranger to mysteries. I’d been vicariously sleuthing with Scooby and the gang since I was a wee lass. My mom had the entire Nancy Drew series when she was young (sadly lost in a flooded basement when she was a teen), and she encouraged me to start reading them. And like any really good thing, once you start, you just can’t stop. But seriously, who would want to? Continue reading
An era has ended today. The last of a group of legends has died. The man we could always “Count” on to rise again, will sadly rise no more.
The news was released this morning that 93-year-old Sir “Count” Christopher Lee passed away on Sunday, June 7th, 2015. It doesn’t seem possible, does it? Our immortal Count, mortal after all. News of his death is spreading like fire in Frankenstein’s castle, and like anyone who grew up on Hammer horror, I don’t want to believe it.