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  1. Sarah says:

    Crickets…. ; )

  2. Live sound for a bluegrass band at a chili cook off, setup at noon, downbeat at 2, set ends at 4.

    Hoping to hear a tribute to the Soggy Bottom Boys’ version of Man of Constant Sorrow

  3. Xenia says:

    Concerning Ukraine, I don’t know who to root for. I gather it all began (“began” being a relative term) when the Ukrainian gov’t decided not to participate in the EU? I hate the EU! Oh, if you only knew all the reasons I hate the European Union… But then the gov’t came down too hard on the pro-EU protesters, looks like? Well, that’s bad for sure, they certainly do look like thugs in uniform. Then the current big protest/riots developed out of anger for the clobbering the original pro-EU protesters took from the police? I can understand that, but I have seen videos of cruelty on both sides. I have also seen the dismal results of the so-called Arab Spring where everyone is pretty much worse off than before the uprisings.

    That photo of the three monastics for the Kiev Cave Lavra (Monastery) sparked some crazy comments on another site. People were angry with them because in that photo, they were facing the protesters and to the commentators eyes, it looked like they were supporting the police. Actually, those monks refuse to take a side (although I am pretty sure they would be anti-EU, but the EU is not really the main issue now, I’ve been told?)

    Increasingly, whenever a news site shows a photo of a Christian- any kind of Christian- the comm boxes go crazy with what I can only call anti-Christian hate speech. A Seattle paper did a photo essay about the kinds of religious head coverings women in the Seattle area wore, including Muslims, Hindus, Orthodox Jews and Orthodox Christians. The comm box went crazy, “How dare the paper glorify female oppression?” It was the most hateful, intolerant stuff you could imagine. Apparently my delight in wearing a scarf at Church shows I am complicit in the global patriarchal oppression on women.

  4. Michael says:

    “Apparently my delight in wearing a scarf at Church shows I am complicit in the global patriarchal oppression on women.”

    šŸ™‚

  5. Xenia says:

    The Seattle commentators showed their disdain of all traditional religions, not just Christianity, I should add.

  6. filbertz says:

    “O Brother…” is arguably the best movie soundtrack in the past 25 years. P’r’aps longer. Have fun g’s.

    Sarah, “Out of doors the cicadas sounded hot as drills…” from “Nancy” by Elizabeth Enright, one of my favorite short stories. I also stumbled on “Well here we are, Mr. Pilgrim, trapped in the amber of this moment.” from Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse Five.” It struck me for its simplicity and depth.

    Derek, I’m partial to your b&w’s.

  7. Xenia says:

    Lovely photos, Derek. I like the black and white ones best, too.

  8. filbertz says:

    X, the best responses will come from women who wear coverings, not those who presume to speak for them. Everyone else is simply cocky know-betters.

  9. Xenia says:

    filbertz, you would think so, but we are brain washed so our thoughts don’t count. We need to get degrees in Feminist Theory from the local liberal university in order to be taken seriously.

  10. Steve Wright says:

    People were angry with them because in that photo, they were facing the protesters and to the commentators eyes, it looked like they were supporting the police
    ———————————————
    I’m sure if there was video they turned back and forth to either side multiple times during that time. I read the protesters tried to get them to join their side and they refused, which is probably where the real anger lies….

  11. filbertz says:

    X, so…you’re enrolling? šŸ˜‰

    Richard Sherman’s well-publicized rant led to all sorts of hand-wringers and doom-sayers to weigh in earlier in the week, but Josh Brent’s 180-day slap-on-the-wrist sentence for killing his Cowboys teammate in a drunk-driving wreck (as a repeat offender) instead of a potential 20 year sentence has raised barely a murmur. Shows of sportsmanship are more galvanizing than miscarried justice these days. Evidently our culture is wafting away on the mesmerizing breezes of mssing the point.

  12. Xenia says:

    Iā€™m sure if there was video they turned back and forth to either side multiple times during that time.<<<

    I think so too.

  13. I too hate the EU – aren’t they the ones who are supposed to support the anti christ? šŸ™‚

  14. Xenia says:

    They are certainly anti-christian.

  15. Thanks all.
    I am actually partial to black and white.

  16. Hey,
    In case anyone missed it, here are two pieces of news on Saeed Abedini.

    Iran’s foreign minister talks of possible relief for jailed Americans.
    http://security.blogs.cnn.com/2014/01/23/irans-foreign-minister-talks-of-possible-relief-for-jailed-americans/

    and

    Rand Paul sends letter to President Hassan Rouhani of Iran urging the release of American Pastor Saeed Abedini.
    http://www.paul.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=1081

  17. brian says:

    Normally I try extremely hard not to allow such nonsense to effect me but I decided to watch a bunch of “Christian” films on youtube. The plots were extremely shallow, contrived etc. But there were moments that really touched me and deeply moved me, sort of felt stupid for a bit but still watching, I just needed some encouragement.

  18. Brian,
    If you like watching YouTube shows let me suggest “Time Team”
    Here is a link to the youtube site:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/rszaaijer?feature=watch

    They have 20 seasons of this British TV show on youtube.
    They go around Britain and have 3 days to excavate an archaeological site and present their findings.
    There s no shortage of archaeology in Britain.
    I always learn something from this show.

  19. London says:

    The people want to join the EU because it brings them a whole new level of opportunities to work, travel and live, which are severely lacking in Ukraine.
    The poverty level in that country is outrageous.

  20. sarahkwolfe says:

    Fil…love your response.

    I am working my way through the Count of Monte Cristo right now. I need to pick smaller books if I am going to make my goal of books read for the year!!

  21. sarahkwolfe says:

    London…how are your friends doing today? Are they safe…relatively?

  22. filbertz says:

    Sarah, I zip through Monte Cristo in a lunchtime… šŸ˜‰

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