Thursday, June 22, 2017

Happy Hour and Hoolaganism . . . and Hoaxes

This afternoon, as I have done many afternoons at the behest of my stomach, I indulged in the time-honored tradition of Happy Hour.  I had some tea, and maybe a scone or two.  After that, I was watching a show where the existence of the Loch Ness Monster, which we all know is a bunch of ballyhoo and nonsense, not to mention tomfoolery, was being discussed.  As a skeptic tried to disprove the monster, his colleague rightly reminded him that it is more fun to imagine the existence of such a creature (ridiculous and ludicrous as it is), than to definitely disprove it.  I must agree.  It was a happy hour indeed.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Friendship and Change

Oh, my friends.  I love them, and I love sharing serious conversations and silly times together.  Today, I had lunch with two close friends . . . not close to me, but close to each other.  These two had played on several city sports teams together, and had spent a lot of time at parties together, dancing and talking about boys and then marriage, and then the joys and hardships of motherhood.  Now, twenty years later, one of these women has dementia, and the other is living her retired, empty-nester life to the fullest. She couldn't have been nicer to her old friend, a relative of mine with dementia.  We had such a nice time together.  It did make me think, though, of my friends and the effect that time and illness may have on our friendships.  What will I do if one of my friends develops dementia?  What will my friends do if I get dementia?  Knowing an elderly person suffering from dementia is one thing; it's not entirely unexpected in older friends and relatives.  But what will I do if dementia happens to one of my friends, someone my age who I've always known to be fun and witty, vivacious and smart?  My mom had a friend her age who got dementia.  My mom did her best to accommodate her friend's "quirks" (no one knew then that she had dementia), but my mom's friend refused her help.  She got very angry with my mom several times, and after trying repeatedly to call her friend and reconcile, my mom thought it best to stop visiting her since that only seemed to make her angry and confused.  I think my mom did the right thing.  It was pointless to go over to Doris' house.  She wouldn't leave the house, and she refused the help my mom offered.  It's very hard to know what to do with a friend who has dementia-I can't imagine it, and I hope I never have to experience it.  It's always nice to have a visitor when you're sick, but when receiving visitors makes you sad and confused, then maybe it's better not to have visitors.  I don't know.  I don't even know what I would want if I had dementia.  I think I would enjoy visitors, but the disease eats away at your brain to the point where you are almost a different person.  I guess the bottom line is that we need to be led by God's word and be patient and kind, and keep in mind the Golden Rule and do unto others as we would want done to us-even that might not be the best thing to do, but all we can do is trust God and be led by love.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Screenwriting Job Opportunity

Since Finding Bigfoot has been so successful on Animal Planet, I am workshopping ideas for an original show whose star is never seen.  My latest (and I think best) idea is about an elderly man rumored to live in New York City.  This man would have to only go out at night, and have all his food delivered to his home so that he is never seen.  Maybe he is rich and has a chauffeur, and can afford to pay doctors to come to him so he doesn't have to go out.  Let me know if you have any ideas.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Another Great Day at the Beach.

I wake to a perfectly cool and foggy morning.  No better time to take the dog for a walk.  As we walk, we hear the endless rhythm of the waves crashing just across the street, behind a row of cute little cottages.  Before long, before the end of the walk, even, my delusions of the beach are gone.  As the sun beats down on my back, I recall that the little cottages are really in the middle of the desert, and the calming and rhythmic "waves" was really the traffic from the boulevard.  Time for me to become nocturnal again!

Monday, June 05, 2017


I'm learning that God can and will use me to help others, even when I feel beaten up and useless, like a room without a roof; and He will use other people who feel useless to help me.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Perfection and Utmost Delight

Once in a while, I get the urge to really crack down on my brain and learn something.  That is why I was thrilled (and even did a happy dance in the street) when this book arrived in my mailbox.  The book deals with the 500 years of Protestant influence across the globe, from toppling government regimes and rejecting communism, to work ethics, to the way we think about our families.  I can't wait to start getting smart!  As a warm up for my brain, to force it to think deeply and Biblically, I started reading The Christian Counselor's Casebook by Jay Adams.  Just holding the book made me feel smarter!  Seriously, though, if you want to be challenged to think Biblically about your own life and problems, and those of other people, I can't recommend the Casebook enough.  In my sudden desire to know things, I also started reading a book called The Gospel & Mental Illness by Heath Lambert, the executive director at the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors.

Inspired by me, Renee also wants to start reading.  She would love it if someone would give her any back issue of Dog Fancy magazine.  As I want to encourage her efforts, I'd be happy to pick it up anywhere in Santa Clarita.  (Except for Mayfair Ave.)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Fruit of The World

A walk through the mall tonight confirmed to me just how counter-cultural Christianity is.  According to the t-shirts I saw, our society places a high value on being bored, not caring, and being temperamental. (If you're shocked that there's an "a" in that word, know that I am too.)  I contrast that with the virtues that God desires to see in us:  love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, self-control, moderation, faithfulness, thinking of others, being pure, reverent, dignified, sober-minded and level-headed, submissive, sensible and steadfast.  Quite the contrast!  The children of God are not to be quarrelsome or divisive.  To the world, we will be labeled timid and weak; to God, we will be pleasing in His eyes.