Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Lost Goddess, by Tom Knox - Surprising Read

Thursday, June 07, 2012

The Amazing Chibi

I first saw Chibi on a season (can't remember which it was now) on S You Think You Can Dance and was blown away by what he did. Although he was not chosen to participate in So You Think You Can Dance, I made sure to keep up with this amazing young dancer. It appears others are also following, and I wish him the best of luck in everything he does simply because his performances are breathtaking! Watch for yourself.


As all of you know, I am a BIG So You Think You Can Dance fan. I am really just a fan of dance in general. On SYTYCD recently there was a performance that simply took my breath away. This young man, I'm unsure of his name sadly, was simply remarkable. His choice of song and the dance was extra-amazing. His facial expressions, the control of his movements and the fluidity that came from him was exceptional. I invite you to watch for yourself as well as tune in to this year's So You Think You Can Dance because this young man could possibly be meant for greatness, if not in dance, then surely in something. Even Nigel Lythgoe of SYTYCD called him "a genius."

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Against the Storm (The Raines of Wind Canyon, #4)Against the Storm by Kat Martin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I don't normally read Kat Martin's series novels, although I love her work. It seems I usually just read one book out of a series and I'm fine. Because she can incorporate stand-alones in her series work, I enjoy a good book and story and move on. Not this time! After reading Against the Storm, book #4 in her The Raines of Wind Canyon series, I am determined to read more of this particular series!

This book is a perfect stand-alone, Kat Martin does excellent work in telling any story she decides to tell, but the characters were so alive for me I want to get to know some more of the men in the series and see what has happened in their lives.

Trace Rawlins, the security expert in this novel is the cowboys' cowboy. He is an ex-Ranger and his description made my lil' ol' heart just flutter! I do declare! It was the same for Maggie O'Connell, a redhead (which just so happens Trace has a weakness for) with ambition, career, and life of her own. Maggie even makes the statement she isn't looking for anyone. We all know what happens when that gets said!

I won't give any more away about the book and story line. All in all, I just loved it.

Next for me in this series is Against the Wind. I am extremely excited!

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Sexy And I Know It Cover is AWESOME!

Was tooling around the Internet just a short bit ago and came across this cover. It is the most awesome cover of a song I have ever heard, and I even believe it is better than the original, even if the original is by LMFAO! Check it out!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Dark Shadows the Movie...Aint Bad

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="300"]Jonathan Frid at Lockwood Matthews Mansion in ... Jonathan Frid at Lockwood Matthews Mansion in Connecticut, Fall 2001. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)[/caption]

Dark Shadows, along with Star Trek, kept me interested in something through many of those long hours of pain and unhappiness. True, being so young, I didn't understand everything that was happening in Dark Shadows then, but it was spooky and there was something about Barnabas Collins that made me feel funny in the pit of my stomach. He was coool in a way no one, except Spock (of course), was coool.

When I heard there was going to be a re-make of Dark Shadows in movie format, I was dubious, to say the least. My husband and one of his best friends practically had to drag me to the showing Friday night. We had dinner and I ordered popcorn and a Coke to eat and sip on while watching the flick. "At least there will be something I will enjoy about this movie!" I proclaimed. True, the movie does have Johnny Depp playing Barnabas Collins, and, for many, this will be enough to make the movie grand. His being Barnabas didn't help me any at all. I was nervous, especially since I have been re-watching the original series via Netflix recently, completely unrelated to the approach of the movie.

I am here to say...Dark Shadows the Movie isn't bad. In fact, it had just the right amount of camp and the right amount of seriousness to make it funny and keep you interested in what was happening with the characters. There were loops you had to go through because, as my husband pointed out, no one could put an entire series into a movie. Still, the loops you were asked to follow did not detract from the story at all - which was a stunner for me - and the humor present was exactly at the right places and the right times.

The main thing about the movie for me was when Johnny Depp's Barnabas spoke the perfect line. I won't spoil it for everyone, but if you've ever watched the series you will know the line of which I speak, and it concerns a name. It was there. It wasn't as elegant as when Jonathan Frid spoke it, but it was still elegant and had the Johnny Depp appeal we've all come to love (ladies [and some gents], you understand exactly what I mean!) and almost expect.

If you haven't seen the movie yet I urge you to go and make up your own mind.

Oh, and as a side note: Jonathan Frid gave his approval of Johnny Depp playing Barnabas and the cane in the movie is the original cane from the series.

It is a sad note that Mr. Frid passed away April 13, 2012 at the age of 87. Although he didn't get to see the remake of his show, I think he would actually be pleased.

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Feels Like Summer

Love these two songs by Lenny Kravitz!

This song is by Bobaflex. I really like this one. What do you think? It's off their album/CD Hell in My Heart. It isn't what you think. I highly recommend you check them out on YouTube.

I also think I like this group. What do you think?

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Charlaine Harris to be at Joseph Beth's in Lexington, May 5th

New York Times Best Selling Author
Charlaine Harris
discussing and signing

Deadlocked: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel
Saturday, May 5 at 7:00 pm

With Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), in town, it’s the worst possible time for a body to show up in Eric Northman’s front yard—especially the body of a woman whose blood he just drank. Now, it’s up to Sookie and Bill, the official Area Five investigator, to solve the murder. Sookie thinks that, at least this time, the dead girl’s fate has nothing to do with her. But she is wrong. She has an enemy, one far more devious than she would ever suspect, who’s out to make Sookie’s world come crashing down.

This is a ticked event. Tickets are free and available with the purchase of Deadlocked, available May 1st, at Joseph-Beth Booksellers. Vouchers for the book will be available April 2nd and will come with a ticket. Gives Back Members will have a limited opportunity to meet the Author first.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Two for the Dough (Stephanie Plum, #2)Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Just one simple thing: I love Grandma Mazur!

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Thursday, April 05, 2012

Getting to Know Sookie

Again - could not copy and paste the entire post here from Again there is a clickie you need to do. So...make with the clickie!

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Something Interesting!

So sorry everyone, but I can't get the post to copy here. You will just have to make with the clickie.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Friday, March 09, 2012

A String of Bus Fires of Country Music's Newest Stars

Jerrod Niemann, one of country music's "newest" up-and-coming stars, had his bus catch on fire.

It should be an isolated incident, but other country music stars have also had this happen within a short period of time according to this article from

Lee Brice, another country music performer, was also at the same charity concert event for St. Jude's Children's Hospital and just so happened to be on the bus with Niemann and was aware of the unusual scent that was present and was able to get everyone off the bus in time before the explosion.

This might just be the paranoid person, as well as the writer, in me, but doesn't this sound like a serial attack on country music stars' buses? If it isn't, and I hope it isn't, then the manufacturer of the buses needs looking at very closely by the authorities. It would be interesting to know whether or not if all three buses were manufactured by the same company and/or at the same place. Things like this just don't "happen" without there being some sort of serious problem.

Randy Houser, another bus fire victim, lost a lot of his own personal effects in his bus fire.

If the above link doesn't work to the article mentioned, click below

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Readings for Today

This is a picture from my back door out onto my back yard. It is amazing how often I end up taking pictures of the little storage "barn" out there. This photo was just so pretty! It almost looks like it was taken in the middle of the country somewhere instead of a city!

Below are the readins for yesterday and today. I want to apologize for not getting the readings out here yesterday: My entire day got thrown off. I didn't get a lot of things done I normally do through the day any more. I'm still keeping up the schedule and the readings myself! It is truly a challenge and a discipline to do the readings every day, at least for me. Hopefully this will get me into the full habit of reading the Bible every day.

Monday, 3/5/12
Isaiah 4:2 - 5:7
Genesis 3:21 - 4:7
Proverbs 3:34 - 4:22

Today, Tuesday 3/6/12
Isaiah 5:7 - v.16
Genesis 4:8-15
Proverbs 5:1-15

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Tuesday Tidbits: Feet From Suicides?

According to this article, feet have been washing ashore in Washington State and British Columbia.  "The appearance of 12 feet in rubber soled shoes in five years, with six surfacing in a six-month period" has brought up questions of whether there was a serial killer or not.  One theory was it could possibly be the result of an "airplane crash" - which could be plausible, but there sure would have had to be a lot of airplane accidents, and a big crash would already be reported I suspect.

However, the "British Columbia coroner Stephen Fonseca, who has been studying the phenomenon for years, says the source is a bridge over Vancouver's Fraser River, and most of the feet belonged to suicide victims."

Suicide victims.  OK - I can see how this could happen quite gruesomely, but from what I could find on the World Wide Web and the ever popular Internet, there weren't that many reported train accidents in that area.  Could a train hit someone and the engineer not know they had done so?  A train is hard to stop and a normal bump probably doesn't exist for them, but still...this makes me question this particular answer.

Here is the direct link to the article in case the above doesn't work

I couldn't find the photographer of the above photo to list him/her here.

Snow and Readdings

This is a picture from my back door out onto my back yard.  It is amazing how often I end up taking pictures of the little storage "barn" out there.  This photo was just so pretty!  It almost looks like it was taken in the middle of the country somewhere instead of a city!

Below are the readins for yesterday and today.  I want to apologize for not getting the readings out here yesterday:  My entire day got thrown off.  I didn't get a lot of things done I normally do through the day any more.  I'm still keeping up the schedule and the readings myself!  It is truly a challenge and a discipline to do the readings every day, at least for me.  Hopefully this will get me into the full habit of reading the Bible every day. 

Monday, 3/5/12
Isaiah 4:2 - 5:7
Genesis 3:21 - 4:7
Proverbs 3:34 - 4:22

Today, Tuesday 3/6/12
Isaiah 5:7 - v.16
Genesis 4:8-15
Proverbs 5:1-15

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Lenten Readings for Today

Sorry I didn't post the readings for yesterday. Saturday has become the day where there is "spoon reclamation" and I get as much rest as I possibly can. If all goes, well, however, I will not miss next Saturday's posting of the Lenten readings.

Today, in the Orthodox Church, is the Sunday of Orthodoxy. A celebrational feast of our Church and faith.

The readings for today are:

Luke 24:13-35
Hebrews 11:24-26, 32-40
John 1:43-51

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Video Game Responcibility

I am a gamer. I love the Xbox 360. On those days when the story isn't going well I play a game, shoot some bad guys and usually relax enough to go back and finish the troublesome scene without too many problems. Because I am way over 21 I play "adult" games. As most of you know Gears of War is one of my favorite game series, and Halo, and, of course, my beloved Dragon Age.

One of my friends recently made the comment that video games were taking away the essence of character and the understanding of being a good person and that all video games were violent and destroying the youth. "How can video games instill the desire to protect your family like literature did?" she asked. So, I sat down and looked through my game collection and seriously did an assessment.

There are games inappropriate for children even though they demand to play them (just like there are movies children should not see). The Grand Theft Auto series of games is one of those games a five year old should not play. In this game when you are low on energy/health you have sex with hookers and to make sure you don't lose your money you beat them up to get your money back. This game is for adults - not children. However, a lot of parents refuse to be parents and as long as they, the parents, say it is all right for the child to do something then heaven help anyone who tries to explain how a mature game might not be appropriate for their child, or any child under the age of _____.

I have been in several game stores where children, twelve years of age and under, are picking up games like Grand Theft Auto, Gears of War, and several other titles that are written and made for adults and older teens. Even though there is a rating system on the game listing what age group it is for, the parents don't even look or seem to care. They just buy the game because the child wants it. I have also seen where the store personnel have told the parents or adult with the child that the game has a specific rating and has "mature themes unsuitable for those under age *insert age here*" and the store personnel have been given verbal smacks and insulted. I heard one parent tell a game store clerk, "Wait until you have children and you'll change your mind: You will do anything to shut them up." The store clerk replied, "I have three children, and I won't let them play this game or any game with this rating until they are older." The parent looked totally shocked, as if that was the strangest idea they had ever heard!

Children are, well, children and need to be guided until they have enough experiences to make good choices and decisions for themselves. Video gaming is here to stay, folks. It is not only a multi-billion dollar industry, but it is a part of the entertainment world we live in now. Just as children should be guided in what books they read, they should also be guided in what games they can and cananot play, and when they can play them (playing until Midnight is fine if you are an adult and know you are going to be wiped out the next day for work, but not for kids).

Games such as my own personal favorites listed above are not for children. There is foul language and lots of blood and adult problems to face in an adventure setting. The main character of Gears of War is the hero and must not only survive, but get his team through what happens. There is camaraderie and a deep sense of responsibility and respect for the other characters in the game for Marcus Fenix (the main character). In the second installation of the game, Marcus Fenix kneels beside a wounded young man and stays with him until he dies so he will not die alone. Fenix's best friend, Dom, has lost contact with his wife Maria, and when she is found some tough choices have to be made and Fenix tells Dom in a cut scene, "We can plan this thing through or we can storm the gates. It's your call and I'm with you." The decision is for the two of them to storm the gates of the enemies because Fenix isn't going to let his friend go in alone.

In playing Gears and Halo I can see why there is a desire for your people to want to join the military in real life: They want to live what they have played, especially if they have played Call of Duty. Usually they do not completely understand the consequences of their decision at first from a few young men and women I have spoken with in that the adversary they faced and will be facing is not an alien but a real human being and they will have to kill or be killed in many situations. The U.S. military has also clued into this and have set up simulators in malls and other areas where the prospective recruit is in the back of a "Jeep" or other vehicle and shooting other vehicles and faceless/helmeted people.

The bottom line in all of this is really quite simple: Video games are ultimately meant to entertain, not teach life lessons. The lessons of life are supposed to be taught by the parents and elders to the children as well as experience. Although there are "educational" games out there, they should not replace parenting, but only assist in the parenting and teaching arenA. There is heroism in the games being made and played, but there needs to be a boundary between children and adults in the playing and purchasing.

The video game industry writes games for all age groups and I am not going to stop playing video games. I even encourage some younger people I know to play some games I have played, but I am very careful as to what title I suggest to them. Some parents at my Church have even asked if certain titles were acceptable for their child and I have given my honest opinion on them.

Video games do not "destroy" the innocence of the child playing them. It is ultimately the parent(s) who does that by simply not taking the time to be parents.

Friday, March 02, 2012

Lenten Readings

Today we're doing it a little differently. Here is the link to read them from the site I usually read them from. Just to make sure everything is listed, though, here are today's reading listed for you:

Isaiah 3:1-14
Genesis 2:20-3:20
Proverbs 3:19-34

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Thursday, March 01, 2012

Lenten Readings for Today: LIGHTBULB!

Isaiah 2:11-22
Genesis 2:4-19
Proverbs 3:1-18

Something struck me today when I read the Genesis portion of today's reading. The portion that stood out to me is "The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it." Why did this leap out me? Because of a "documentary" that was talking about the Garden of Eden and exactly what it was Adam and Eve had done to get thrown out of the most wonderful place on the Earth.

According to this particular program, the thing that ultimately did it was that Adam and Eve would become like gods. What would make them most like gods? Growing their own food. So, when Adam and Eve learned how to grow crops they were dangerous and thus kicked out of the Garden of Eden.

n today's reading this argument is easily stripped away because God had put Adam in the Garden to "till it and keep it" which says to me, Adam actually grew food in the Garden of Eden. Not only this, but Adam was also given the task of taking care of everything there. What kind of knowledge and skills would he have had to possess in order to do his job properly. I mean, Adam had to have knowledge of agriculture, horticulture, and animal husbandry and veterinary skills. Plus, he had God there directly teaching him and giving him knowledge of how to care for everything. God trusted Adam enough that Adam named all plants and animals. This is a big trust, and one you only give to your best employee and servant.

Sometimes it is fun to see how the "logical" scientific mind thinks when they are trying to "debunk" Christianity and The Bible, but if you actually look at the words in the Bible and use logic and common sense, you see just how easily the arguments against the faith melt away. Is this why Christianity is so feared, even in our own country and among our own people?

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Happy Leap Day!

Back home in the mountains, when I was young, not overly young, but young, a leap year, or Leap Day was super special. Not only did women get to ask men to marry them, but girls usually got to ask guys to a dance, and the guys couldn't say no! Unfortunately, I never did get to ask a guy to a dance on Leap Day, but asked my husband to marry me today and he said he would! Sometimes you just have to wait for good things. To read more about Leap Year and Leap Day, check out this link.

Lenten Readings for today:
Isaiah 2:3-11
Genesis 1:24-2:3
Proverbs 2:1-22

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Lenten Reading for Today

Here are the Lenten readings for today.

Isaiah 1:19-2:3
Genesis 1:14-23
Proverbs 1:20-33

Here is also The Jesus Prayer:
O Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Tuesday Tidbits

Here is a song someone from my tai chi group sent out today. I thought it was very interesting - the song says a lot. What do you think? As always, open for comments and e-mails.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Lent Has Begun

Lent has begun for us Eastern Orthodox/Eastern Rite Church. It technically began last night with Forgiveness Vespers. This truly is one of my more favorite services and really does get your mind on forgiveness and spiritual growth.

Talked to Father a little about what I could add to my daily routine that would be positive and spiritual. I like the idea he laid out for me and then I got to take and make mine. I am not going to share what I am doing here on the blog. If you go to Church with me just come up and ask me if you're curious. This Lent I am seeking my own spiritual growth and peacefulness. However, I have also decided that, since I never can remember to do the daily readings during Lent, I am going to set myself a goal of putting down the daily readings for myself and any of you that would like to read along. Sometimes it's easier to read the Bible and say prayers when you have a reminder. That's all this project is - a reminder, and it is more to myself than anyone else.

So, to start off the Lenton season, here are the readings for Monday 2/27/12:

Isaiah 1: 1-20, Genesis 1:1-13, and Proverbs 1:1-20

Friday, February 24, 2012

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Japan Plans On Building A Space Elevator?

Here is the article. Sorry, but am having to link to it today instead of posting here. But the link sould work. If it doesn't, you can copy and paste the address into your brower. There is also a bit there about the current writing.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

An Article Concerning Marijuana and Rheumatoid Arthritis

My husband found this article and shared it with me and thus, I am sharing it with you all.

Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the most painful diseases around. I know this from first hand experience. This encourages me to find different things that could help the pain as well as other symptoms of the disease. I am currently reading up on red mineral algae. In the mean time, here is the article. I would like to know what you think. As always, comments are welcome (though comment mediation is on so bear with seeing your comments right away).

My husband found this article and shared it with me and thus, I am sharing it with you all.

Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the most painful diseases around. I know this from first hand experience. This encourages me to find different things that could help the pain as well as other symptoms of the disease. I am currently reading up on red mineral algae. In the mean time, here is the article. I would like to know what you think. As always, comments are welcome (though comment mediation is so bear with me in not seeing your comments right away).

Can Medical Marijuana Help Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Monday, February 20, 2012

The Full Car Music Video

I tried my best to upload a video here, but Blogger refuses to cooperate so go here. It is the full video of the musical car from OK GO. It is actually very impressive.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

I'm Alive

I did some blogging here earlier today.  It was meant for here, but I opened the wrong blog and so decided it would be best to just pub it there and link it here.  Thanks for understanding guys.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Interesting Story: Utah Mountain Man Eludes Authorities for Year(s)?

The unknown mountain man has been breaking into summer cabins and eating food and staying warm during the winter. It seems the man has been going into the summer cabins of people who only live in them during the summer. The man has quite a few guns of his own, but, from my understanding of the article, has not stolen any guns, but has stolen parts to repair guns. At one summer camp of this Unknown Mountain Man, the authorities recovered 19 guns and expensive camping equipment and gear he has taken from the cabins. Although there has not been any violence to people, there has been escalating violence against several of the properties he has broken into. This entire thing causes me to wonder several things: 1. Why did he break into a cabin and then shoot it up? Is this because of the information in the newspapers about him? The locals are very frightened, naturally, and have resorted to carrying guns with them - of course this is not surprising since it IS Utah. 2. The authorities have several sets of fingerprints, but, according to their information, this man is not in the criminal justice system - you see this all the time on shows like Bones, CSI, and Criminal Minds all the time. 3. Why is this man trying to stay off the grid? 4. How long has he been in the mountains? 5. Where is he from originally? 6. What is this man's complete story? Hopefully this man will make it through this adventure of his without killing someone or being killed.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Tuesday Tidbits: Taking a Break to Communicate

I am taking a moment to just sip on a warm Coke for my stomach and catch up with you all about things going on with me and in the world. This might be a more "jumpy" post than normal, but it is always good for friends to visit and get re-aquainted. Currently I am fighting a stomach bug - again. Having RA means having a lowered immune system and my immune system is really low, so there is a good chance I will pick something up any time I leave my home or will catch whatever a friend has if they come over sick. Last week I took Kolbar out for lunch and to celebrate his birthday. I began feeling ill then but was determined to power through whatever it was, and a point. It caught up with me this weekend. I had to miss a get together with all of my friends and couldn't help celebrate their birthdays and being able to just touch base with them. Today I am feeling better, but definitely know I am not well, like I had been thinking yesterday. Yesterday was a day when I felt pretty much normal and did a lot of research and prep work for the werewolf extravagana. I even ate some chicken tenders (that's what I asked Kolbar for when he asked what food I thought I could eat) and I ate a couple. They stayed...until today. I also discovered I have a slight fever, too. I do not feel well. Enough said about my health because there are other things to share! When Kolbar and I were out for his birthday lunch/day last week, we went into F.Y.E. at the mall. The letters stand for For Your Entertainment. It is the video/music place in Fayette Mall. (I think there must be a music/video place in a mall to be considered a mall.) There was a song playing I was very unfamiliar with, but it was catchy and the song itself was good. The next song to play was by the same artist so I took me over to the counter and asked who it was: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Her sound is really bluesy with some funk and rock thrown in for good measure. Her sound is wonderful and I actually went straight and picked up the CD. On the CD one of my favorites is turning out to be "Good-bye Kiss". Grace Potter is in the same musical realm as Adele. The name of the CD we picked up is called, simply enough, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals. The new computer is awesome! It has been a shame I haven't been able to mess with it over-much due to just working on the novel and feeling icky. The more I work with it, though, the more I am enjoying it. Currently I have gotten rid of McAfee and installed another form of virus protection. I am also downloading Rift Lite to try it out. It is a newer MMO I wanted to play since the first time it was advertised on TV. My laptop was unable to handle it and it is almost questionable about this machine, but this one has a far better chance of letting me check it out than my beloved laptop. Along with the computer being wonderful, I have tackled Gears of War 2. When this version is finished I am saving ALL of my spare change for the next one. I love playing Halo and this one has simply won me over from the very first moment I heard about it. Marcus Fenix, the main character of the game, is AWESOME! When the games are through I will go back through on a different difficulty setting to get more achievements. Halo 2 is also calling to me. What will probably happen is: while I am saving up my pennies for Gears 3 I'll head into the next Halo game.

Monday, February 06, 2012

Video Monday

Normally I am not a Lady GaGa fan, but this video actually made me stop and watch it all the way through. She said this is the most autobiographical of all of the videos. It makes me wonder what she was in the hospital for.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012


Wow – it’s 2012.  It is the year of our Lord two-thousand-and-twelve.  When I was growing up and even as a teenager, 2010 was science fiction; it never once occurred to me I would actually see another Century much less live in said Century! 

According to a lot of people, this is the year the world is going to change and the Apocalypse is going to happen because the Mayan calendar said so.  There are even people I know who jokingly talk about this being the End of the World Year. 

I have two questions for these folks, and for anyone else:  1) Have you really considered what “the end of the world” means?  2) What if it doesn’t end? 

If this is the year the world, as we know it, ends, then shouldn’t people actually start considering what happens after death and maybe start getting their lives in order just in case there is a hereafter and God?  And, if this isn’t the year the world ends, shouldn’t the future be viewed with more hope and a desire to make that hope into a reality instead of destroying what is left of our planet and world? 

Me, personally, I don’t know if the world is going to end or not.  The Mayans predicted a change for this year.  A lot of people are taking this change as being bad, but, What if it is good?  It is so easy to believe negative things than to actually look to the future with hope.  I know – I fight with this almost every day and make a conscious choice to be hopeful and positive (and even then I fail sometimes).  I don’t put on rose colored glasses where I refuse to see reality and “how things really are” around me, but I hope for the best part of humanity playing out and I try, very hard, not to just hope:  I actually try and put that hope into action somehow even if it is nothing more than praying or knitting a scarf for a homeless man, or buying someone a cup of coffee who looks cold.

The positive aspect of human kind rests with each individual human, and that includes me…and you.  This year I want to make my efforts be stronger so the human in me is not wiped out or taken over by cynicism; instead, I want the human in me, the good in me, the God in me more visible because I don’t think it always is.