I had the nicest thing happen to me this evening. One of the readers (a lurker) of my blog wrote to check on me since I hadn’t posted since Tuesday. And since I usually post on the departing Idol contestant on Wednesday nights that increased her concern. I’m very serious when I say, it is nice to be missed.
After a day of writing on Wednesday, I had a Homeowner’s Association board meeting to attend. I am the HOA’s treasurer, and after a very hard winter with lots of snow removal, we had important budgeting issues to discuss. Thus, I didn’t get to watch American Idol "live." (We don’t actually get it live in Boise.)
Thursday was a running around day. I wasn’t home much at all. Then it was off to speak to the newly formed chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers. IdaHope Writers — cool name, huh? That was a lot of fun but I did Q&A for about an hour and a half so was very tired when I got home. No time to post.
My mom’s hospital stay two weeks ago really put me behind on my book, and I’ve suddenly found myself needing to write many more words per day than is normal for me, so as soon as I was home from the chiropractor’s this morning, I hit the writing hard.
TMI? Sorry. But it isn’t as if I haven’t thought of things I needed to post about. So I am going to do an "information dump" with a much more attractive name of Potpourri.
Farewell to Chikezie.
On Tuesday, I said that Ramiele and Chikezie looked to be in danger. I also thought that Kristy Lee could have gone. I do feel that Chikezie has more talent than some who are still on board, but I never thought he would go the whole distance to Idol status. This kid has such a sweet heart, from all appearances, that it’s impossible not to like him and wish him great success wherever life takes him.
Let me tell you about a book that you simply must read!!!
This book — only 125 pages, not counting Notes and Discussion Guide — is amazing. Like the man who wrote it (pastor of the Boise Vineyard), it is simple yet profound. Here’s the back cover blurb:
What would you sacrifice to change the world? Your job? Your lifestyle? Your money?
We need a smaller footprint. The pursuit of the American dream has left most of us empty, stretched in nine different directions and self-absorbed. Aside from the occasional natural disaster, we’ve all but forgotten about the people around the world and down the street who need us and need us to live differently. We need to live more simply.
We want to make a bigger handprint. In a world crying out for help, we struggle to believe we can make a difference. But reformation starts with people who have one idea they believe can change their world and the power of God’s love changes everything. We need to love more extravagantly.
The world is changing whether we like it or not. The question that begs to be answered is this: Will you sit by idly and watch it change for the worse or will you allow God to put you on the forefront of changing it for the better? Small Footprint, Big Handprint is your invitation to embark on a journey for the latter.
How much is too much?
In the midst of reading the above mentioned book, my latest People Magazine arrived, and in it was an article about the McCartney divorce. Poor Heather Mills only gets $33 million cash plus two homes, additional funds for security and vacations and $70,000 a month in child support for their four year old daughter. She complained because Paul can fly A Class while his daughter will be forced to fly B Class with this little bit of money (my wording, not the article’s). In the same issue is a beautiful photo display for J Lo and Marc Anthony’s twin babies, including pictures of the pair of $3,000 prams (one for each baby) and their gorgeous mansion and her Mercedes.
The contrast of the way these celebrities live compared to how the rest of the world lives (and too many barely survive if they survive at all) made my heart break. I have been working at rendering down my life, at simplifying, at owning less and being owned by less. And yet, Have I given enough, Lord, to those who have so much less? Have I loved extravagantly?
I have watched some really good movies recently that I simply must recommend.
A truly charming, feel good film. Okay, this isn’t food for your brain. This is a movie to watch when you want to smile for a couple of hours.
I am not sure when I added Martian Child to my Netflix queue, but I’m so glad I did. This is a charming movie, one that gives you hope for mankind. A story of a heartbroken widower, a writer of Sci-Fi, who adopts an orphan who believes he is from Mars. It’s about unconditional love and trust and acceptance and being an imperfect parent in an imperfect world but doing the best you can and a whole lot more. John Cusack is wonderful (he’s such a talented actor), and the kid who plays his adopted son, Bobby Coleman, is a young actor with loads of talent. Do not miss this. And never, never, never, never, never give up. (You’ll know why I said that after you watch the film.)
So there you have it. Several days’ worth of posts all in one.