Thoughts While Aching

I’m dealing with the beginning of the flu, it appears — headache, body aches, fever. No sore throat, no drainage, no stomach (yet), so probably not H1N1. But, still no fun.

Here are a few random thoughts while I take a break from doing work for the office:

Brothers and Sisters: The Vertical and the Horizontal

(“Brothers and Sisters” is the weekly prayer-and-share diary on Daily Kos where community members share their burdens and needs, and support one another. I was the host for tonight’s edition, and worked for some hours on it once I got home from church. Unfortunately, somehow my draft version got lost just as I posted it on Daily Kos. I later found it, and since it was too late to post there — and since it is time-specific to today’s lections — I decided to just post it here. If you want to read the comments in the Daily Kos version, it is here. Enjoy! — Bruce)

Tonight’s “Brothers and Sisters” is going to go off in all directions. Well, actually, just two: the vertical and the horizontal. Come on in, pull up a chair, and let’s think about both vertices as we gather together. All are welcome to enter, speak, and share, as little or as much as you wish or need.

Acreage Available in Downtown Louisville!

One of my favorite blogs is Broken Sidewalk. It’s a calm-yet-provocative look at The Ville, development, and what’s happening around town. (Or NOT happening, as the case may be.)

The latest post reveals some amazing news: there is a large tract of undeveloped acreage right in downtown Louisville! What’s more, it’s only a few blocks from 21-C, Slugger Museum, and Glassworks! Make the jump to learn more …

Live Like A Cat

(reflections on a cat on concrete outside a shop in Swansboro, NC)

I think there are many life lessons to be gained by observing cats.

Random Observations for Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Why do counter people think being cold or grumpy toward the customers is a good idea? Why doesn’t iTunes have a “play this playlist” command? Why do people scream about disrespecting the American flag, then leave it out in the rain and snow? Why can’t I start again at 18 with what I know now … Read more

Sunday Night Quick Hits — Obama, the C-J, Young Republicans, and More!

I’ve not posted for a while, due to being slammed with work and life … and now that I’ve got some time to write, there’s just so much to talk about! So, rather than flood my many loyal readers with multiple posts all at once, I decided to do a single set of Sunday Night Quick Hits, touching on the following news items:

  • Obama and Indefinite Detentions (an American Gulag?)
  • Investigation into Afghan Massacre (was US involved?)
  • Cheney and Lying (“go together like a horse and carriage”)
  • Young Republican Practice IOKIYAR (but it’s really not)
  • C-J Fights Obesity, Gets Even Thinner (Gannett == PhenFen)

OK, sports fans, let’s get right to it.

Iran Pictures … and some Green Avatars

Quick note — Amazing pics of Iran protests, both in Iran and around the world: If you want to reset your Twitter or Facebook avatar to support the Iranian protesters, go here:

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised — But It Will Be Twittered

Sorry to all for not getting the longer C-J article up. (It’s coming, I promise, and I think it will be worth the wait.) I had planned on working on it this weekend, but my schedule got completely blown away by two things: yardwork (much soreness) and following the events in Iran via Twitter (much amazement, fascination, and concern).

Some of you may remember the CNN coverage of the first Gulf war and how we all tuned in, both amazed and shocked at watching the opening of a war in real time. That’s something of how I felt over the weekend: while the traditional media were almost completely blocked and only able to tell what the Iranian government allowed, I was reading tweets like these in real time:

C-J Cuts Jobs, Gannett Execs Get Bonuses

(I’ve only got a few minutes before leaving for work, but I thought this needed to get up this morning. I’ll expand on it later tonight.)

Even while our local paper is hollowed out to a shell of its former self, and Gannett slashes jobs and freezes salaries across the country, Gannett execs are making the big bucks — including a one-million dollar salary for the CEO.