Archive for the “Politics & Religion” Category
Feb 08 2012
Dec 02 2009
A friend of mine recently posted a Facebook status suggesting that people send Christmas cards to "A Recovering American Soldier" in care of the Walter Reed military hospital. Unfortunately, the hospital will not accept such cards. Here is a link to Walter Reed's official statement on the matter.
For ideas on how to support our troops at Christmas, they recommend...
Additionally, the Red Cross is offering a program to deliver holiday cards to our troops and their families, but cards have to be received (not postmarked, but actually in their hands) by Monday, December 7th.
Please feel free to share this info.
So, the traditional Yom Kippur fast is coming up (sundown Sunday through sundown Monday). I'm not the most observant person, but I figured I need all the help I can get. But I'm a diabetic and managing your blood sugar and medications during a fast is a complicated task. Most rabbis agree that diabetics should not fast, because of the health risks, but find another method of spiritual denial to demonstrate their contrition and perform an act of atonement.
So I tried to think what I could give up for 25 hours that would make me feel denied... Computers. No internet, no e-mail, no digital cable, no cribbage or solitaire on my phone, no CDs, no DVDs, no MP3s, and since all my radios have digital tuners, no radio. So, basically, I get to read real paper books and go for walks. Although all my phones have chips in them, I'm making an exception for phone calls because a potential employer may try to contact me or my kids' day care may try to contact me, and I need to take those.
Computers and TV are such a part of my daily routine, it's going to actually be hard. It's not even a matter of addiction so much as force of habit. You have to be on your guard against ingrained behaviors. You want to do these things because they're your ritual, and by not doing them, you have to leave your comfort zone.
Hopefully God will appreciate the sacrifice.
Aug 28 2009
An old college buddy and former roommate of mine sent a chain letter out to a bunch of his friends today. It was the same old BS... "if you pass this on to a bunch of people, you'll have good luck, but if you throw it away, bad luck will get you."
I've blogged on this, so I copied a few bits out of that blog post, edited it a bit, and replied to all with:
Amazing what you'll do for luck, [friend's name].
He didn't respond, but two people did. His sister e-mailed to agree with me. And the woman who sent the chain letter to him (a conservative whom I've chided in the past for some racist crap disguised as "humor", and who I added to the "reply all") wrote this:
How to tell Greg's a liberal:
So I responded...
Who's upset? Did my suggestion that sending on chain letters is evil make you feel defensive?