Archive for the ‘Public Service Announcements’ Category

I suddenly WANT THIS BOOK.

May 27, 2010

When it came to music, Matthew’s church similarly taught him that any pop music was evil, especially if it featured a (GASP) syncopated beat! We in the South, in contrast, were handed sound-alike charts by youth leaders and chapel speakers: “Like Journey? Listen to Petra! They sound just like Journey, only Christian!” (Yes, these sound-alike charts did, and probably still do, exist, as many of my readers will attest.) When he arrived at college to study music, he was a blank slate. The episode he relates of hearing Bob Dylan for the first time in class, and then raising his hand to ask who Dylan is, is heartbreaking, cringe-worthy, and hilarious all at the same time. It reminded me of so many music majors I met in school who dreamed of a career in “Christian music” but who had been sheltered from the vast majority of any kind of music. The only categories of music they knew were “Christian” and “secular” rather than “good” and “bad.”

There are many such “I want to cry and laugh out loud at the same time” moments in Hear No Evil, such as the story of a group of rebels from his church who conspire to arrange a clandestine trip to a (GASP again) Sandi Patty concert, his buying, throwing away, and re-buying (a total of four times) a contraband Amy Grant cassette, his “inspiration” to rewrite George Michael’s “Faith” with Jesus-y lyrics, and many others.  The combination of “this wouldn’t be funny if it weren’t so true” and Matthew’s keen self-awareness and honesty (I found myself repeatedly embarrassed for him) is a winning one.

Read the full review here, aaaaaaand enter to win by June 2.

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Poland, I’m so sorry.

April 11, 2010

The President, his wife, the army chief of staff, the navy chief commander, heads of the air and land forces, the national bank president, the deputy foreign minister, the army chaplain, the head of the National Security Office, deputy parliament speaker, Olympic Committee head, civil rights commissioner, three lawmakers, at least two presidential aides–to name just a few–were among the 97 killed in this tragic plane crash yesterday.

How does that even happen?!

The word “widower” is stupid

February 12, 2010

Or at least it certainly is the way we use it.

Consider:

If a woman whose husband has died is called a widow, then shouldn’t the man who died, the husband who widowed his wife, be referred to as the widower?

Yes. Yes, he should.

Just sayin’.

Leno? Conan? Conan? Leno?

January 16, 2010

I think I’m about to go off
Max Weinberg kicks the show off
Wit, charm and a devious smile
We’re gonna be here for a while tonight

He is the only guy we turn to
For our celebrity interviews
Red hair that’s never going anywhere
All I can do is sit and stare
Don’t bother me ’cause I don’t care tonight

Oh Conan, can’t you see?
You’re the one for me
Conan, don’tcha know?
You’re my late night TV hero

I wish and hope and pray he might
Let me be a guest on the show tonight
Talking about anything and everything
Oh golly, how I want to be
A part of his hilarity tonight

Oh Conan, can’t you see?
You’re the one for me
Conan, don’tcha know?
You’re my late night TV hero

And I don’t mean to sound like a jerk
But you’re the only show that still redeems your network

Oh Conan, can’t you see?
You’re the one for me
Conan, don’tcha know?
You’re my late night TV hero

Oh Conan, can’t you see?
We were meant to be
Conan, don’tcha know?
You will always be my hero
Be my hero

(Thanks, Eleventyseven, for so eloquently summarizing my thoughts on the matter…waaaaay before it was a big to-do!)

Haiti: what you can do

January 14, 2010

I don’t even know what to say other than this is devastating. Please reach out to help if you possibly can.

Brent Gambrell Ministries (mail to: 501 Metroplex Dr. Suite 112, Nashville TN 37211) works with an orphanage in Carrefour, near the capital, Port Au Prince. They need the following items: Tylenol, Children’s Tylenol, Advil, bandages, antibiotic creams, antibiotics, peroxide, anti-fungal ointment, ace bandages, cold packs, anti-bacterial gel, non-perishable foods, canned meat & other food, canned milk, pasta, baby cereal, baby wipes, wash cloths, thin blankets, shoes, flashlights and batteries (They’re also accepting monetary donations via the BGM Haiti Relief Fund in any Regions Bank)

World Vision has set up a Haiti Earthquake Relief fund–your donation will help provide food, clean water, tents, and blankets.

Compassion International is accepting donations..$35 will provide a relief pack with enough food and water to sustain a family for one week. $70 helps care for a family’s needs for two weeks. $105 helps provide relief packs with food and water for two families for two weeks. $210 helps care for two families’ needs. $525 provides relief packs with food and water for ten families for two weeks. $1,500 cares for ten families’ needs. $1,500 helps rebuild a home. $2,100 takes care of twenty families’ basic needs for three weeks.

Donate $10 instantly to the American Red Cross by texting ‘Haiti’ to 90999, or make a donation of any size here or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Funds will go to Red Cross relief efforts, including rescuing trapped survivors, administering first aid, and providing food, water, temporary shelter, and emotional support for thousands of families.

Mercy Corps and many other organizations are also taking donations for emergency relief. Do what you can. Stay informed. Love people.

God’s work, hahhahaha.

November 14, 2009

Tim Weaver has nicely posted contact information for Goldman Sachs along with the advice “Tell them how you feel.” GO!

Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
85 Broad St.
New York, NY 10004

212.902.1000

 

Those of you who also started listening to Christmas music before Halloween, or just never stopped from last season:

November 4, 2009

Stay tuned, I’m working on compiling a master list of the ultimate Christmas mix cd collection. No, it will not include every Christmas song ever written and/or recorded, but it will include all the besties. :)

I’m also making myself a nice Halloween mix cd collection, and I’ll be posting my preferred Halloween playlist up shortly. Better late than never! And it’s good listening allllll the time! Savvy?