Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Murtaugh List

Stole the idea from How I Met Your Mother, but think it still applies.

Things I'm too old for or should be too old for:
1. Texting every 5 minutes.
2. Dr. Pepper lip smackers
3. Lunchables
4. Body glitter
5. Cruising the strip or main street or anything related.
6. Coloring (unless it's with my kids)
7. Taking seductive pictures of my face for my myspace page--never did this btw, but I'm definitely too old for it.
8. Pouting, blubbering, whining, etc.
9. Saying "dude" or "like" too much.
10. Sneaking food into a movie theater... (definitely should be too old for, but still do.)

What's on your Murtaugh list?

Monday, March 30, 2009

A Good Man is Hard to Find

I asked my students this question to front load some reading: "Have you ever connected with a book/text on a deeply personal level? Explain."

So, I felt determined to answer it myself. The first piece that jumped to mind was Flannery O'Connor's A Good Man is Hard to Find.

While reading this piece I found it delicious, yet it's meaning came gradually. It was kind of like my brain was sucking on a fruit leather. The satisfaction constant and eventual.

It's a rather morbid story of a family murdered by The Misfit--whose name is only that (an intentional barb at labeling). The last member of the family to die is the grandmother. In her moments before death she becomes overly religious, praying emphatically, and repetitively insists that The Misfit is a good man (the very same man she was terrified to meet on their road trip). Her last words, the one's that drive The Misfit to murder her are "You're one of my own children." It is such a revelatory statement--she birthed the man figuratively. Her prejudices gave birth to The Misfit. the misfit. categorically. The murdered then says to a companion, "She would of been a good woman," The Misfit said, "if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life."

And then the irony of the title projects itself.

A Good Man is Hard to Find.

A Good Woman is Hard to Find.

A Good Person is Hard to Find.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Buffy the Movie???

Cole forwarded this information to me. Didn't mention the source:

"When Twilight was feeling its rise to popularity there were twocomparisons that were thrown about. The literary popularity in youngreaders like Harry Potter fans, and the criticism that the romance wasripped from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And now Hollywood is rumoured to be alive with the buzz that JossWhedon, creator of the aforementioned Buffy the Vampire Slayer is eyeingthe success of Twilight with anxious hands gripping a feature filmscript he had prepared for the continuation of the show.

Moviehole Reports:The monster success of girly vampire pic Twilight at the US Box officelast weekend could kick open the door for a big-screen return of JossWhedon’s much-loved Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Rumours are circulatingin Hollywood that Whedon has a feature-film script based on his hit TVseries ready to roll as soon as a studio is prepared to commit."

Let's hope he does it. Joss, you have our support! We love you!!!!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Neil Gaimania

You know how I love Neil Gaiman! Well, here's an interview with the lovely Brit and Stephen Colbert on March 16, 2009. He does interviews almost as well as he writes. Also, Neil's hair looks especially independent this March.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Here we are now. Imitate us.

Ha!-Sarah, you should've used that as the title for your idea-stealer post.

Anyhow...I'm using it to describe Gavin's language development. He just turned one, and I think he's doing great. The other day I called up the stairs for Cole to come down and eat. Gavin walked up to the stairs and totally mimicked me in baby-talk.

Me: Cooo-ole! Time for dinner!

Gavin: Daddad! Dad Dad Dad Dad.

I swear it had the same number of syllables and everything. So cute.

He's such a stud. Gavin also likes to grunt at everything. He hits me when I'm not paying attention to him and then grunts as if punctuate. Also, he makes vroomm noises when playing with his Tonka trucks.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Thursday, March 19, 2009


Sometimes I think I'm exactly like the guy in Blake's "Poison Tree" poem. I'd like to talk issues out with people I don't get along with, but it never gets that far. I guess I retreat at the first sign of an attack. That's not true always, I suppose, but nevertheless. Anyway, I let things build too much and usually regret it later. This may seem to be obscure, but it's making sense to someone right now. So here it goes. I'm going to talk it out.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


I got rejection letter in the mail for One-Armed Freak. Didn't let it get me down too much. I sent out 4 more copies of the book to 4 other publishers. This particular rejection letter had a hand-written note explaining how the editor liked the novel, thought it was well-written, but that she didn't have room for it at this time. She said she had to reject it with regret. So chin up. Like Layne here. She looks hopeful, eh?

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Scripture I was looking for...

I found that scripture I was looking for. It was D&C 134: 4 &5. I've italicized the parts that I was referring to in my "gay marriage" post.

4 We believe that religion is instituted of God; and that men are amenable to him, and to him only, for the exercise of it, unless their religious opinions prompt them to infringe upon the rights and liberties of others; but we do not believe that human law has a right to interfere in prescribing rules of worship to bind the consciences of men, nor dictate forms for public or private devotion; that the civil magistrate should restrain crime, but never control conscience; should punish guilt, but never suppress the freedom of the soul.
5 We believe that all men are bound to sustain and uphold the respective governments in which they reside, while protected in their inherent and inalienable rights by the laws of such governments; and that sedition and rebellion are unbecoming every citizen thus protected, and should be punished accordingly; and that all governments have a right to enact such laws as in their own judgments are best calculated to secure the public interest; at the same time, however, holding sacred the freedom of conscience.

I'm still researching the origins of marriage, which comes from matrimony. Matri-means mother. Mon-means warning or reminder. however, moni-means one. So is the word going for "one woman"? "one mother" maybe? I keep forgetting to look up the Greek origin in our concordance, but I will. I'll keep you up to date.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Rena needs...

You google your name followed by “needs” and post what comes up.

1. Rena needs a forever home Dog Rescue. (I'm a dog?)

2. Rena needs a new cello. (True, cello-ing is a secret passion. My other secret passion: Pokemon.)

3. Rena NEEDS lived in Lawrence Township. (My alter-ego lived in this weird town).

4. Rena needs a family dedicated to training, house breaking, and helping her grow healthy and strong (I'm a dog again.)

5.Rena needs a firm, experienced owner yet one who can show her some lovin' too! (Sounds kinda kinky, huh? A little S & M action.)

6. RENA offers solution packets for wet chemical surface handling. (The solution: baby wipes. They can clean my kid, they can clean wet chemical spills.)

7. Rena needs a new outfit!Can you say revealing!? (Um...I do need a new outfit, but not b/c of that.)


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