Saturday, December 26, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Also, this was the comic from xkcd on Friday. (Sorry for the swearing in it.)
Friday, December 11, 2009
Kayleen and I were recently talking about the 12 days of Christmas song and I was telling her that they days of Christmas all had a meaning and she looking them up.
"According to Ace Collins in his book Stories Behind the Best Loved Songs of Christmas, all these gifts are symbols of the Catholic faith that come from a time when the Catholic religion was banned in England.
Beginning in the Sixteenth Century, according to Collins, Catholics, including children, could be persecuted for practicing their religion. The Church of England was the legal religion of the land. “The Twelve Days of Christmas” was a means Catholics used to teach their children the tenets of their religion in a way unrecognizable to the English authorities, according to Collins' book.
To some, the idea that the song contains symbolism associated with the Sixteenth Century Catholic Church is pure legend: it has always been simply a whimsical secular tune, they say.
Below are the meanings Collins says were hidden in the song.
The “true love” giving the gifts represented the pure love of God. Each gift represented a major doctrine of the Catholic faith.
A Partridge in a Pear Tree
The partridge represents the courage and devotion of Christ dying for his people. A mother partridge will lure predators away from her chicks, even sacrificing her life for them. The pear tree symbolizes the wooden cross upon which Jesus died.
Two Turtle Doves
This represents the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. Doves also symbolize truth and peace.
Three French Hens
French hens were the food of kings in sixteenth century England. Here they represent the expensive gifts brought by the wise men to the newborn Jesus.
Four Calling Birds
These symbolize the authors of the four Gospels.
Five Gold Rings
These are the five Old Testament books known as the Law of Moses.
Six Geese A-Laying
Here we have the six days in which God created the world. The eggs, from which new life springs, symbolize creation.
Seven Swans a-Swimming
These represent the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit outlined by the apostle Paul: prophesy, service, teaching, encouraging, giving, leadership and mercy. The swan, a graceful bird, symbolized these virtues.
Eight Maids A-Milking
Being a milk maid was one of the lowest jobs in sixteenth century England. Jesus came to save the poor and the humble, thus this gift represents Jesus’ love for the common people.
Nine Ladies Dancing
This dance represents the nine fruits of the spirit: love joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Ten Lords A-Leaping
Here is a reminder of the Ten Commandments.
Eleven Pipers Piping
These represent the eleven faithful apostles who followed Jesus to the end and spread his message after his death. While there were twelve apostles, one betrayed Jesus.
Twelve Drummers Drumming
This is a symbol for the twelve tenets of the Catholic faith laid out in the prayer, “The Apostles’ Creed”. The drummers may provide the cadence for reciting this prayer."http://folkmusic.suite101.com/article.cfm/the_twelve_days_of_christmas
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
This is what it told be to do when I was asking for directions in Pullman. I was testing to see if it knew that a street went under main street, because on the map it didn't clearly show that the road does go under main street. Well, it wasn't clear because google doesn't recognize it as an underpass and if you are going to go onto main street from that road, google wants you to go through the bushes and up the steep hill.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
This was actually from the zoo in Washington D.C. If you look in the background you might see flying fruit because they were feeding the Brown Bear at the time. I had Pat take this picture of me because I had started using the nickname "michaelbear" and thought it would be cool to have a picture of me, Mike, with a bear.
Well, today's visit to the zoo didn't have any bears, but we did see some reindeer, otters, gibbons, elephants, sea lions (ugly sea cows), puffins (cute sea under-water birds), a tiger and a bunch of parakeets, which apparently are really budgies. The budgies were a lot of fun because they let anyone feed them (for a dollar). But it's pretty much the only thing they let you get right up to and touch, aside from the camel rides which were got to too late. (I'm not blaming anyone, just lamenting the fact that I couldn't ride around on a camel.) Kayleen was pretty nervous feeding them, it was pretty funny to watch, so much so that I thought others would enjoy seeing it too.
Here are some pictures from our day.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
He is a picture from the game. I was amazed at how well it came out because I just pointed and shot the picture.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Here are Gina and Isaac on the right and Louisa and me on the left. (I hope you're ok with this picture, Gina. Kayleen took two pictures and this is the better of the two.)
Here is Henri and Louisa. Louisa has had some "stranger danger" and has started to cry when strangers, typically men, hold her. Henri was able to trick Louisa for a while.
Here is Louisa after she realized that neither mommy or daddy were holding her. She warmed up to Henri later on though. We find that it just takes a little time for her to warm up to guys.
Here is Isaac, clothed in white after his baptism. "All you who have been baptized in Christ, have put on Christ! Alleluia."
I don't know why but this picture came out sideways. It didn't when I previewed it. I'm just going to be lazy and make you do the work. If you want to see the picture correctly, please tilt your computer monitor or tilt your head. Or save the picture and rotate the picture yourself.
Louisa got in some good playing time on all of her great-aunt's toys.
Here we are visiting grandma.
Here is our family picture before we left for home.
Friday, August 7, 2009
As for Louisa, yesterday we bought her a sippy cup of sorts. It's a cup with a nipple on it. We are giving it to her for somewhat of a toy and also a way to slowly introduce water to her. (Apparently babies don't have well developed kidneys and are not supposed to have a lot of water or else it will flush out their electrolytes.)
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
"There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org."
I think this was partly in response to Matt Drudge posting a link to this video on his website:
There is also a video on the white house website showing the link to this video and saying how it is misleading in saying how they recut the video to make it look like Obama's goal is to get a single payer health care system in place. I don't see how it's misleading when that is exactly what Obama says in the video "I happen to be a proponent of single payer healthcare system." The gal in the White house claims that the video is a lie and shows video of Obama this year saying that American's with the current bill on the table would allow people to continue with their current health care prividers, but that fails to address what he said in the video. Has Obama changed his stance on the issue now? He states in the video he would have a transition to a single payer system, so is this bill the transition to single payer?
Here are some videos from a guy I found on youtube a while ago. He is a conservative comedian and here is a video he did about the Canadian health care system. (Just a warning, this video is 20 minutes long.)
This is an earlier video he had done just talking about health care. (This video is about 3 min.)
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Also today is the anniversary of Kayleen and my first date. (I didn't plan on it being this date, it was the best day for Kayleen.) Here is a picture from when we were dating. We went and saw Gaelic Storm, it was a great show. (This picture is so old, I still had my mole.)
These are excerpts from emails between Kayleen and I of me asking Kayleen out.
ME: Do you think you would be available to hang out sometime?
KAYLEEN: I may be able to do something with you, will you plan something and invite me?
ME: Did you want to do something Wed or Fri night? Do you like to play pool?
KAYLEEN: Pool sounds like a fine idea. I can't say with certainty that I will have Friday evening off, but it's a possibility.
I'm not sure if Kayleen was playing hard to get or what. She insists that she did want to go out with me. I guess God blesses the stubborn.
Monday, August 3, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
I'm so proud of Louisa. Here she is watching some Sports Center. I'm thinking she will be kind to her younger brother and let them watch sports shows instead of tying up the tv and watching cooking shows and TCL.
Here is Louisa in the car. I can't remember who took this picture, all I know is that she looks so cute.
And for my last picture, Kayleen and I stopped at KFC and ate. When we left I saw this and thought "What did someone do to my car!!!!"