Tuesday, August 25, 2009


The Five Most Annoying Social Network Citizens:

5. The Friend Collectors. These people aren't really interested in you. You're just another notch on their friends list belt. Don't be a statistic.

4. The Subtle Shameless Pluggers. Yes, it's all about networking, but really... It's one thing to openly promote your business or product; ok, you gotta make a living. It's the subtle hinters who are annoying. Just be up front about it. "Hey everyone, look at me!!"

3. The Gamers. They have nothing to say or do but play those lame games all day long and post the results. Or throw things at you. Or send virtual items. If you send me flowers, they better be real.

2. The PDA's. Public Display of Affection on the web. OMG, there ought to be a law! If you really love your honey that much, you'd be finding something better to do than write about it on FB. Or are you trying to impress the rest of us? Not buying it.

1. The Church Promoters. This is the worst cyber-citizen of all. This particular town is disgraceful enough with its church-hopping habits. Don't encourage them by endlessly plugging your services (especially see #4). Or maybe this is a passive-aggressive stab at your previous church? Either way, this is not a competition, people!!
I'm just sayin'.

Saturday, August 15, 2009


It's been awhile since I posted a Friday Night Mindstreaming. I was going to last night and got busy with something else.

I really don't have anything stirring around anyway; just a string of minutiae. (That's what Facebook is for, haha). Oh stop me before I go on a FB rant. I'll save that for another day.

So I think I'll just post some random pictures that have nothing to do with anything.

Maybe this picture is relevant after all....it's my brain at the moment.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

No Need for Words

Yes, it really is a piece of beam from the Twin Towers. Now resting peacefully in the park of a small Oklahoma farm community.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

The Oklahoma Chronicles - Part 4

I took my sister to see the Oklahoma National Memorial in Oklahoma City, the site of the Murrah Building bombing . Just two weeks after the bombing, I was in OKC on business and decided to see if I could find the building. Of course the immediate area was fenced off and I had to park a couple blocks away. The building was not in view, I still hadn't seen it. I'll never forget walking down the street and turning a corner. I was slammed. Pictures on tv and in the papers can't convey the reality of such horror.
  Where devastation stood is now a place of solemn beauty. It has to be the most symbolically rich memorial in the nation.The Gates of Time stand guard at either end of the street which ran in front of the building. On one is inscribed "9:01" The other is inscribed "9:03". They denote the time between innocence and the end of it on April 19, 1995.

In between the gates, where the street ran in front of the building, is a black reflecting pool

The most haunting thing of all is The Field of Empty Chairs; 168 "floating" chairs on the grassy lawn where the building itself stood. At night, the bases are lit.

Each chair represents a person who died in the bombing. They're arranged in rows according to which floor the person was on. The saddest of all are the little chairs. They represent children.

It's a very moving place. Across the street is a church, and a statue of Jesus, his back to the memorial. At his feet is a simple inscription, the shortest verse in the Bible: "And Jesus wept."

There's a huge American Elm, known as The Survivor's Tree. It lived through the blast and still thrives. Now surrounded by a courtyard inscribed "The spirit of this city and this nation will not be defeated; our deeply rooted faith sustains us."

A lot of good information can be found at the Memorial's website: http://www.oklahomacitynationalmemorial.org/