Friday, June 15, 2007

So, How Do You Cool Off?

Becca said it was like walking under Niagra Falls! Who wants to just run under a sprinkler when you can get a soaking like this?!

We leave for cool, dry Colorado tomorrow, so don't expect any updates for the next couple of weeks.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Folklife Festival

My brother and I were in one of the dance groups at the Texas Folklife Festival last weekend. I don't have any pictures of us, but here are some of the other shows we saw. There was so much to see and do there! We spent the whole weekend taking in as much as we could. It was great for the most part, but I found that it's a little hard to live on festival food for very long.

Here's a Filipino group dancing around moving bamboo poles.

I thought this washboard player had a great costume, and a beard that went with it!

Turkish dancers


Saturday, June 9, 2007

Vice or Virtue?

I was thinking the other day that vice is often times just virtue turned on its head. We all have certain tendencies, gifts, or talents, that, if used properly, will be our greatest assets, but if used improperly, will be our worst faults.

For example, leadership ability can either make you a respected, successful leader, or it can help you become a bossy tyrant.

The ability to talk well can either enable you to be a pleasant person to visit with, or it can make you an annoying babbler who always monopolizes the conversation.

So what makes the difference? It seems like often, in order to positively use a gift, you must let it die.

You can't be a great leader...
... until you've learned to serve.

You can't be a great conversationalist...
... until you've learned to listen.

In broader terms, you can't use your gifts in a positive way unless you've learned to think of others first.

Sound familiar?

"If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing....So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love."

~I Corinthians 13:1-3, 13

Monday, June 4, 2007

So, How Was Your Memorial Day?

I know this is ancient history for a blog, but you might be interested to know that I spent Memorial Day weekend housesitting for a lady who thought her cats would be lonely while she was on vacation.

I detest cats.