Monthly Archives: May 2008

George Verwer meets Billy Graham

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The Internet Anagram Server

The internet anagram server  is useful for rearranging letters into words, such as for finding the best score in scrabble, jumble, and maybe even for boggle or for figuring out ways to memorize things.

Here are some of the classic rearrangements from the anagram hall of fame:

Dormitory = Dirty Room

Elvis = Lives

Listen = Silent

Clint Eastwood = Old West Action

A telephone girl = Repeating “Hello”

The cockroach = Cook, catch her

The Meaning of Life = The fine game of nil

Slot Machines = Cash Lost in’em

You can type in your name. I typed in the names of my family and got:

Male Rock

Am Close

Neglect Chore

Can Heal Hon







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30 wise sayings annotated

(the stuff in parenthesis are my comments which may not be as wise as the sayings themselves! They are there to promote thoughtful reflection on the wise saying. Comments are always welcome)

Proverbs 22:20-24:22 (Contemporary English Version)

20I have written thirty sayings

   filled with sound advice.

    21You can trust them completely

   to give you the right words

   for those in charge of you.



 22 Don’t take advantage   of the poor

   or cheat them in court.

    23The LORD is their defender,

   and what you do to them,

   he will do to you.

   (Walmart, homeless, Katrina)


 24 Don’t make friends with anyone   who has a bad temper.

    25You might turn out like them

   and get caught in a trap.

(root of bitterness)



 26 Don’t guarantee to pay   someone else’s debt.

    27If you don’t have the money,

   you might lose your bed.




 28 Don’t move a boundary marker [a] set up by your ancestors.

(respect for old standards and measurements, Jubilee principle)   


 29 If you do your job well,   you will work for a ruler

   and never be a slave.

  (work hard! work smart!)

Proverbs 23


 1 When you are invited   to eat with a king,

   use your best manners.

    2Don’t go and stuff yourself!

   That would be just the same

   as cutting your throat.

    3Don’t be greedy for all

   of that fancy food!

   It may not be so tasty.

   (good manners, others first, avoid gluttony)


 4 Give up trying so hard   to get rich.

    5Your money flies away

   before you know it,

   just like an eagle

   suddenly taking off.

   (You cannot serve both God and money)


 6 Don’t accept an invitation   to eat a selfish person’s food,

   no matter how good it is.

    7People like that take note

   of how much you eat. [b] They say, “Take all you want!”

   But they don’t mean it.

    8Each bite will come back up,

   and all your kind words

   will be wasted.

   (no such thing as a free lunch)


 9 Don’t talk to fools–   they will just make fun.

   (foolish chatter)


 10 Don’t move a boundary marker [c] or take the land   that belongs to orphans.

    11God All-Powerful is there

   to defend them against you.

   (Jubilee principle again – God sides with the have-nots. The WSJ sides with the haves)


 12 Listen to instruction   and do your best to learn.

   (you never stop a learner – pay attention!)


 13 Don’t fail to correct   your children.

   You won’t kill them

   by being firm,

    14and it may even

   save their lives.

   (children are not hurt by firmness – and may be helped by it)


 15 My children,   if you show good sense,

   I will be happy,

    16and if you are truthful,

   I will really be glad.

   (good sense is good – truthfulness is even better!)


 17 Don’t be jealous of sinners,   but always honor the LORD.

    18Then you will truly have hope

   for the future.

   (good life does not equal being a rich and famous sinner)


 19 Listen to me, my children!   Be wise and have enough sense

   to follow the right path.

    20Don’t be a heavy drinker

   or stuff yourself with food.

    21It will make you feel drowsy,

   and you will end up poor

   with only rags to wear.

(don’t drink too much or eat too much!)



 22 Pay attention to your father,   and don’t neglect your mother

   when she grows old.

    23Invest in truth and wisdom,

   discipline and good sense,

   and don’t part with them.

    24Make your father truly happy

   by living right

   and showing

   sound judgment.

    25Make your parents proud,

   especially your mother.

(mom’s are awesome!)



 26 My son, pay close attention,   and gladly follow

   my example.

    27Bad women and unfaithful wives

   are like a deep pit–

    28they are waiting to attack you

   like a gang of robbers

   with victim after victim.

   (avoid sexual temptations as well as falling into deep pits)


 29 Who is always in trouble?   Who argues and fights?

   Who has cuts and bruises?

   Whose eyes are red?

    30Everyone who stays up late,

   having just one more drink.

    31Don’t even look

   at that colorful stuff

   bubbling up in the glass!

   It goes down so easily,

    32but later it bites

   like a poisonous snake.

    33You will see weird things,

   and your mind

   will play tricks on you.

    34You will feel tossed about

   like someone trying to sleep

   on a ship in a storm.

    35You will be bruised all over,

   without even remembering

   how it all happened.

   And you will lie awake asking,

   “When will morning come,

   so I can drink some more?”

   (avoid alcoholism!)

Proverbs 24


 1 Don’t be jealous of crooks   or want to be their friends.

    2All they think about

   and talk about

   is violence and cruelty.

   (bad friends corrupt good morals)


 3 Use wisdom and understanding   to establish your home;

    4let good sense fill the rooms

   with priceless treasures.

   (Better Homes and Gardens)


 5 Wisdom brings strength,   and knowledge gives power.

    6Battles are won

   by listening to advice

   and making a lot of plans.

   (strategize life. Make plans or plan to fail. Listen to advise)


 7 Wisdom is too much for fools!   Their advice is no good.

(Ignore bad advise)



 8 No one but troublemakers   think up trouble.

    9Everyone hates senseless fools

   who think up ways to sin.

   (good sense)


 10 Don’t give up and be helpless   in times of trouble.

  (Never Give Up! Never Give Up! Never Give Up! – Winston Churchill)


 11 Don’t fail to rescue those   who are doomed to die.

    12Don’t say, “I didn’t know it!”

   God can read your mind.

   He watches each of us

   and knows our thoughts.

   And God will pay us back

   for what we do.

   (Burma, China, Katrina, abortion, Uganda, slavery and human trafficking)


 13 Honey is good for you,   my children,

   and it tastes sweet.

    14Wisdom is like honey

   for your life–

   if you find it,

   your future is bright.

   (wisdom equals honey)


 15 Don’t be a cruel person   who attacks good people

   and hurts their families.

    16Even if good people

   fall seven times,

   they will get back up.

   But when trouble strikes

   the wicked,

   that’s the end of them.

   (good people fail but they get right back up)


 17 Don’t be happy   to see your enemies trip

   and fall down.

    18The LORD will find out

   and be unhappy.

   Then he will stop

   being angry with them.

(Love your enemies)



 19 Don’t let evil people   worry you

   or make you jealous.

    20They will soon be gone

   like the flame of a lamp

   that burns out.

   (Don’t be overwhelmed by injustice.)


 21 My children, you must respect   the LORD and the king,

   and you must not make friends

   with anyone

   who rebels

   against either of them.

    22Who knows what sudden disaster

   the LORD or a ruler

   might bring?

   (be careful of the temptation to side with the rebellious – it may backfire!)


  1. Proverbs 22:28 marker: In ancient Israel boundary lines were sacred because all property was a gift from the Lord (see Deuteronomy 19.14).
  2. Proverbs 23:7 People. . . eat: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
  3. Proverbs 23:10 marker: See the note at 22.28.


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RIP: Thelma Keane, Family Circus Mommy

She is survived by Billy, 7; Dolly, 5;Jeffrey, 3; and PJ, 18 months, their dogs Barfy and Sam, and their cat KittyKat, as well as her husband – Daddy.

Inspiration for ‘Family Circus’ Mommy dies at 82

CIRCLE OF FAITH: Cartoonist Bil Keane

Thelma Keane is the wife of Bil Keane, and the inspiration for mommy in his comic strip Family Circus.

Family Circus Web Site

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Phoenix Mar’s Landing 7:53 EDT May 25, 2008

The Phoenix Mar’s lander is going to land on the polar cap of Mars to search frozen water for signs of life. As I write this, it is 2 hours, 1 minute away from touchdown at 7:53:33 EDT.

The last two landing on Mars has been done by inflating huge balloons and doing a bounce landing. Retro-thrust landings for non-manned spacecraft on Mars have been previously unsuccessful. This is going to be a retro-thrust landing so everybody has their fingers crossed hoping that everything will go all right. to see how things are going.

The landing will be streamed on NASA TV here.


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This weekend: Rochester, NY



We are going to Rochester, NY  this weekend to go to Sam’s Graduation. Sam is graduating this weekend and getting married in August. Katie, his fiance, is in an art show that same weekend!
The 2nd Annual CIAS Senior Show: WORK IN PROGRESS

Saturday, May 24th
Visual Studies Workshop @ 31 Prince St.


There will be food, beverages, and of course, some awesome artwork by your very own RIT seniors.

We’ll have SWEET CATALOGS (11×14!!) and tshirts (AWESOME!) for your purchasing pleasure.

Bring your families, friends, and fine selves.

Featuring work by:

Rebecca Arday
Lisa Barker
Greg Caggiano
Megan Charland
Aeryn Daboin
Mike DiCocco
Kyle Dorosz
Kyle Ferino
Kaci Hampton
Katie Lindquist
Dave Londres
Nate Mumford
Tom Schirmacher
Scott Slagsvol
Paul Stonier
Ross Thompson
Whitney Tressel
Alison von Dollen

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Drinking water with dead bodies in it does not make you sick

According to the World Health Organization:

The micro-organisms responsible for the decomposition of bodies are not capable of causing disease in living people. Most infectious agents of public health concern that may be present at the time of death will themselves die within hours of the person dying.

So if you are ever in a major disaster you should help the living before burying the dead.

Here is the article:

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The Law of Return to Messianic Jews applies because of fathers

Some Messianic Jews are now getting automatic new immigrant status and citizenship for the first time ever!

Court applies Law of Return to Messianic Jews because of Fathers April 23, 2008 Jerusalem Post

The law has been that if a Jew converted to Christianity they were no longer a Jew, so the Law of Return did not apply to them. However, if you don’t have a Jewish mom, then you never were a Jew. However, if you have one parent or one grandparent who is Jewish, the Law of Return does apply if you are included in the group:

Who is included in the Law of Return?

According to Amendment 4A (a) to the Law of Return, passed in 1970, “The rights of a Jew under this law… are also vested in a child and a grandchild of a Jew, the spouse of a Jew, the spouse of a child of a Jew and the spouse of a grandchild of a Jew, except for a person who has been a Jew and has voluntarily changed his religion.”


But, as was explained to The Jerusalem Post by a legal assistant to Myers, this is apparently a misunderstanding of the ruling, which determined that the petitioners were entitled to automatic new immigrant status and citizenship precisely because they were not Jews as defined by the Law of Return, but rather because they were the offspring of Jewish fathers.

Confusing isn’t it!

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West Chester University Baseball

UPDATE: The situation – bottom of the ninth, a guy on first and third, last out. The score is 5 to 4, our team is losing, and Matt Cotellese is at bat. The tying run is 90 feet away. STRIKE ONE. STRIKE TWO. FOUL ONE. STRIKE THREE. Casey has struck out. game over.

Casey at the Bat by Ernest Thayer

West Chester Univ. 9th – REDICK to p. HARTMAN to rf for TAUGHINBAUGH. / for WRIGHT. TAUGHINBAUGH to dh for HARTMAN. HARTMAN to rf. Dameron walked. Wolfe reached on a fielder’s choice; Dameron out at second 3b to ss. Bechter reached on a fielder’s choice; Wolfe out at second 3b to 2b. Spisak singled; Bechter advanced to third. Cotellese struck out swinging. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.


UPDATE: West Chester wins the NOON Shippensburg game 12-10, so West Chester and Shippensburg are tied at one loss apiece. They play again at 3PM for the right to advance to the div II college world series.

UPDATE: West Chester won their 7PM game by a score of 6-2 – and now must beat tournament undefeated Shippensburg twice – at noon and 3PM tomorrow – to advance to the div II college world series.

UPDATE: West Chester lost their game against Shippensburg 10-5. They will now play the winner of the 3:00 game at 7:00 tonight (Sat May 17, 2008) for a must-win game.

West Chester is fighting for a chance to play in the Division II College World Series. They were there once before in 2006.

The Rams are at the NCAA Division II North Atlantic Regionals where they are playing a double elimination tournament. On Thursday, West Chester (42-14) beat conference rival Kutztown (30-25) in the opening game. On Friday, West Chester beat Concord rallying from a 4-0 deficit in the last four innings. Today they play Shippensburg at 11 AM. This will be webcast at this site:

Red Zone Media

If West Chester wins – they play the winner of the losing bracket on Sunday to get into the World Series. If they lose that game, they will have one more chance on Sunday to win the whole thing, since this tournament is double elimination.

If West Chester loses – they play again Saturday evening.

Official West Chester Rams Baseball Site

North Atlantic Regional Tournament Central

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Same-sex marriage

Quoting from Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis on marriage (p86)

“My own view is that the churches should frankly recognise that the majority of the British People are not Christians, and, therefore, cannot be expected to live Christian lives. There ought to be two distinct types of marriage; one governed by the state with rules enforced by all citizens, the other governed by the Church with rules enforced by her by her own members. The distinction ought to be quite sharp, so that a man knows which couples are married in a Christian sense and which are not.” 

The easiest solution to the problem of whether homosexuals are allowed to marry is to distinguish religious marriage from the civil contract “marriage”. People have a right to make contracts with each other on how to live together, how to make important life decisions together, how to be happy together etc.

A Christian Marriage is something different from the civil contract part of marriage. It is an arrangement where you become one person, one organism, that is for life. Jesus called it “becoming one flesh” between one man and one woman. It is not the role of the government to be the church, but it is the role of government to give equal protection under the law.

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