Monday, February 28, 2011

Oscar--lest we forget!

I watched the Oscars last night. The glitz and glamour were missing ONE thing....God. Not one acceptance speech (at least that was aired) gave any recognition to a Higher Being. Coincidence?

I didn't know this until tonight, but the phrase "Lest we forget" comes from a poem written by Rudyard Kipling (circa 1897) called, "Recessional". In light of the Oscars I found Mr. Kipling's poem quite appropriate...(italics added for emphasis):

God of our fathers, known of old—
Lord of our far-flung battle line—
Beneath whose awful hand we hold
Dominion over palm and pine—
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

The tumult and the shouting dies—
The Captains and the Kings depart—
Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice,
An humble and a contrite heart.
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

Far-called our navies melt away—
On dune and headland sinks the fire—
Lo, all our pomp of yesterday
Is one with Nineveh and Tyre!
Judge of the Nations, spare us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

If, drunk with sight of power, we loose
Wild tongues that have not Thee in awe—
Such boastings as the Gentiles use,
Or lesser breeds without the Law—
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

For heathen heart that puts her trust
In reeking tube and iron shard—
All valiant dust that builds on dust,
And guarding calls not Thee to guard.
For frantic boast and foolish word,
Thy Mercy on Thy People, Lord!


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Like Riding A Bike

As you may have noticed, it's been over a year since I posted last. What's even funnier is that my last post was all about Facebook and it's hypnotizing power that pulls you in. Yes, it certainly has bewitched me the last year...make that two years (yikes!). I'm happy to report that in the meantime I have successfully developed a "healthy" relationship with Facebook and am ready to enter the "blogosphere" again. :)

You may have also noticed the "face lift" my blog has received. Books! I'm not really known for my love of books. Those who know me well can vouch for that....Allison, BriAnne, Lyd, Nat, etc. In fact, in the 9th grade I was grounded for an entire month because it took me that long to read Little Women. Fortunately, I have since overcome my A.D.D. toward books and have become, what I like to call, a "born-again reader". I still don't read as often as I like, but I now consider reading a leisurely pleasure instead of cruel and unusual punishment :) Hence, my choice of decor is to hopefully encourage me to keep reading! (Not to mention it makes me look smarter and feel more intelligenty)

AND, since I have such a "serious" and grown up blog template I thought I should have a "serious" picture....serious people don't smile. On the other hand, I don't want to seem like a bore, so I went with sunshiney-golden-yellow for my blog title background. Now then, don't you feel warm and fuzzy all over?

Sigh. It feels good to be riding a bike.