Saturday, March 26, 2011

Living Language

If you had the news on for even a second last night, you heard the big news that the Oxford English Dictionary has added words to its tome once again.

The words that made the cut (and the news) are symptoms of our times--LOL, OMG, and couch surfer.

Earlier this week, I heard a radio article on how high schools are trying to keep kids from using these texting abbreviations in their English papers. Turns out kids rule, at least according to Oxford. Of course, a dictionary's purpose is not to determine the value of language, but merely to record it.

Some of the new words in the dictionary this year surprised me. I thought these words would have been in there a long time : headline (as a verb), rototill, and rubberize.

Other words delighted me. It would be so much more awkward to say, "Look at that girl with a pouch of fatty skin sticking out above her pants that are either too tight or too low... or both," than to say, "Check out the muffin top." I'm also happy to see la-la land on the list.

My favorite new word this week, is just new to me, not to the dictionary.


I'd define it for you, but I bet you can tell what it means just by looking at it. More on that later.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Are We There Yet?

We used to have a navigator, but by the time she broke down, I was so sick of her telling us to make a legal u-turn that we never replaced her.
I've been wanting a new one lately, though, not so much to help me find where I'm going as to help kiddo number 3 not have to ask, "Are we there yet?"
The kids and I and some friends are heading out on a long road trip next week--100 hours of driving, 2 weeks on the road.
I do NOT want to answer the "are we there yet" question every 10 minutes.
So... tomtom will join the family trip. And maybe, jjust maybe, he'll get us there and back again.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Super Proud!

My brother David is an amazing photographer. And I'm not just saying that. I have proof.

Check it out!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Guess Where

It won't take some of you 3 guesses to know where we went and what we saw this week. Go ahead. Give it a try.
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Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Forty Days

Often in the Bible we find stories of events that lasted 40 days. Can you remember any of them?
  • The rain fell to flood the earth- 40 days and 40 nights
  • The Egyptian physicians embalmed Israel (aka Jacob)
  • Moses spent 40 days on Mt. Sinai jotting down the 10 commandments (twice)
  • The 12 spies spent 40 days exploring the promised land
  • Goliath challenged the Israelite army every day for 40 days before David took him down
  • Elijah ran away from Jezebel, a 40 day journey
  • God gave the Ninevites 40 days to repent
  • Jesus fasted in the desert 40 days before he began his public ministry
  • Jesus stayed 40 days on the earth after his resurrection

So many things accomplished in a 40 day span. People around the world today knelt to have an ashen cross drawn on their foreheads. Today, they enter into a period of remembrance, of repentance, and sorrow for what they have done this year.

I've never observed Lent, though I'm intrigued by the idea of sacrificing something for the sake of remembering my sins and Jesus' suffering. God worked so many sacred rhythms into our lives, I can't help but believe he must be pleased by the millions who sacrifice in his memory. Lent is like the modern, stretched out Yom Kippur, a chance to let go of all the evil that weighs us down and be rescued.

If you had to give something up, what would it be? Chocolate? Coffee? Movies? Are the things we surrender really where we should be spending our resources in the first place?

What will you do with your next 40 days?

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

What's Worth It?

From an interview with a Libyan fighter:

"We will fight for freedom to the last drop of our children's blood."

What in your life would be worth that level of commitment?