Apparent major breakthrough with patient paralyzed 19 years
Can you imagine if this had been embryonic stem cell that had done this? There would be shouting from every major newspaper in the country.
Well boys and girls and boys dressed as girls and girls dressed as Kaylee, the time is almost upon us. This Friday we take that old rust-bucket out of the shipyard and see if she can breach atmo. It's been a long (to paraphrase a band I like) strange trip, and it'll be nice finally to show everybody what it is we've been tinkering with all this time. You already know you have my thanks, from the hardcore fans to the softcore... fans.... let me try that again. From the people manning the booths, buying DVD sets for their friends, getting banners seen everywhere on Australian TV, raffling artwork for ticketholders (Adam Hughes, take a bow), to the most casual fan who just wants to see the flick and won't ever even read this. You guys are the fuel in the engine, the Fire in the Fly, the weird green stuff coming out of Serenity's butt. (Hmmm. Forget that last one. I'm a little bit out of control here.)
Everyone needs something to keep them going. Mal has his ship. Zoe has her integrity. Jayne has Vera. And I've got you guys.
So what now? There have been so many posts about seeing it, seeing it again, the first weekend, the second weekend, being enthusiastic without being obnoxious (and yes, it IS hard to see over the pom-pom of a Jayne hat), buying tickets in advance, making a noise... I honestly wouldn't know what to add. I can tell you this: the movie will play in about 2200 hundred theaters, which is a good number. Too many, and you get empty theaters with no energy -- not enough, and you get, well, not enough. It may be hard to find in some areas but it'll be out there. Leave no multiplex unturned! This is going to be a ground war, peeps -- we have to hold the valley for a long while. However it opens, it needs to HOLD. Instead of the Alliance we'll be fighting viewer apathy, fear of something new, the urge to wait for DVD, and Jessica Alba in a bikini. (Although I have it on good authority that she spends 90% of the film in a huge wooly parka. Make sure that gets out.)
The day this puppy opens, I'll be seeing it with my family (don't worry, there's a lot of them, and they're all paying) and then I'm off to Europe to learn the word 'Browncoats' in nine different languages -- 'cause like I said, it's all about holding. I'll never be far from a computer, though, so I can check in with y'all. Thanks for every damn thing.
And remember, amidst all the urgency to make this an event, all the work and the worry, to take two hours and just enjoy yourself. That is, after all, what all this fighting's about.
Mal (Nathan Fillion): “This is your captain. We might experience some slight turbulence ... and then explosion.”
Jayne (Adam Baldwin): “I don’t wanna explode!”
Mal (with macho bravado): Do you want to run this ship?
Mal (confused): Well... you can't.
Hoban 'Wash' Washburn (Alan Tudyk): This is gonna get pretty interesting.
Capt. Malcolm Reynolds: Define "interesting".
Hoban 'Wash' Washburn: Oh, God, oh, God, we're all gonna die.
No one can exhort others unless he shows them an example first. Therefore, each one of us must ask the grace of genuine holiness in our private, domestic, professional, social life.
To neglect prayer in order to do more work is a ruinous expedient. Work done to the detriment of prayer gains nothing for ourselves or others.
NarniaWeb: How much time did you get to spend in New Zealand?
Douglas Gresham: I made three or four trips out there last year spending a total of probably about four or five very enjoyable weeks in all. It’s a bit hard to remember exactly as the time seemed to go past very quickly while I was there, but when I got home after spending a week or so in Narnia, it seemed as if I had been away for ages and yet no time had passed. I suppose I should have expected that.
Not everything is evil. But having red, black or green glasses, one interprets things as red, black or green. Green glasses signify envy; black glasses, the suspicion of evil; and red glasses, irritableness over everything that happens, a tendency to interpret everything negatively.
My own extended family is safe, with the exception of a cousin in Bay St. Louis, MS, whom we have still not heard from. For the first time in his life, my Dad (age 75) evacuated for a hurricane. He and Mom were picked up by my brother Thomas at midnight last Sunday morning, and by 5:00 had arrived at Thomas’ in-laws in Monroe (far north Louisiana). They were followed in a kind of caravan by my two single sisters, Jane and Nell, with their respective pets. All together, the three vehicles contained two men, four women, one child (Thomas’ 17-month-old daughter Kate), FIVE dogs (four of them quite large) and three cats. (These would be joined on Thursday by another woman (my niece Erin), two dachshunds, another cat or two and a rat named Charley, but that is a story in itself...
Oh, and you want to know about Charley, the rat. Charley is
Erin’s pet, only he didn’t start out as a pet. Erin has two
pet snakes (ball pythons) and the rat was lunch. Only this rat
didn’t take kindly to the idea, and bit the snake into whose
cage he was dropped. My niece grabbed the rat and plopped it
in a handy cage (this is a girl who works at a veterinary
hospital, mind you), then took her snake to the vet for a shot
and to get its wound irrigated. When she got home, she
wondered what to do with the rat. Try to feed it to the snake
again? But her mother told her, “The thing is in a cage. It is
now a pet. It earned its freedom.” So, Charley (as in
Algernon) is a free rat. Except for the cage. "
Thanks to Richard Chonak at Catholic Light.
Telephone numbers for rescue
11:49 pm Saturday September 03 2005
Story: If someone is lost or trapped - call the coastguard:
225 925 7708
225 925 7709
225 925 3511
225 925 7412
314 539 3900 - press 0 for operator
314 539 2276 - press 0 for operator
314 539 2279 - press 0 for operator
1 800 742 8519
IN LOUISIANA, Louisiana State Police:
IN MISSISSIPPI, Call the State EOC at (601) 360-0054
IN ALABAMA, or
To inquire about family and friends that did not evacuate the Greater New Orleans area contact the American Red Cross at the following number:
Prayer for My Love
May your nights be filled with sleeplessness
May your days be filled with woe
May you only know utter misery
Wherever you chance to go
I pray that your every moment
A waking nightmare shall be
Until you cease your wanderings
And come back home to me
The ways of making the eucharistic Visit are many. Because it is easy at times to put it off, the first way is determination to make it. The second way is the same. And the third, likewise: to make it.
As St. Francis de Sales says: if you ask me how to walk, I must reply, first move one foot, then the other, and then the first again, etc.
To discover the will of God is both a simple and a complicated matter, both clear and obscure, both sad and joyful, both ordinary and extraordinary, depending on the individual case. Therefore, neither a casual attitude nor exasperation, nor tormented uncertainty is called for. But prudence, examen, prayer, counsel, and decisions in faith.
Where there is innocence and the right environment, the divine voice often manifests itself soon after the age of reason (i.e. seven years old -- Rae).