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If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.

Thoughts on Today's Verse...

Some of the saddest words a loving child ever can hear are these: "I'm so disappointed in you." We don't want that to be the reaction of our Heavenly Father. We want the world to know that we love and honor Jesus as Lord so they can come to know our Savior, too, and so that we can bring delight to our Father in Heaven!

 

My Prayer...

LORD God Almighty, please give me boldness, wisdom, and respect as I seek to stand up for Jesus each day. May my words and my life declare my allegiance to Jesus as my Lord and Savior. In the name of the Lord Jesus I pray. Amen.

 

The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@verseoftheday.com.

Weekend reading roundup

Sep. 26th, 2016 09:18 am
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How did your weekend reading go? If you planned on anything specifically, did you read it?
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Once Upon A Time’s best season premieres have an intriguing premise to keep us hooked for the rest of the season. Last year’s “Dark Swan” meandered a bit, but had a satisfying payoff with evil Emma strolling in to the dismay of her family and friends (unfortunately, she didn’t turn out to be nearly dark enough, but that’s OUAT for you). The show’s season six premiere—and really, it should know better by now!—is a similar mish-mash, but without the satisfying payoff. We already knew the Evil Queen was bound to show up sooner rather than later.

We won’t be doing regular reviews of OUAT this season, and I have to say, after this premiere, I’m kind of glad, even though I’ve been reviewing this show off and on since 2013. The last premiere I was this lackluster about was the ...

Daily Happiness

Sep. 26th, 2016 12:50 am
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1. The ants got better for a bit but then SO MUCH WORSE, so I finally tried the suggestion of putting the catfood plates in a dish of water and it seems to be working. Also has the bonus of catching 95% of food scraps in the water, making for less cleanup. (Molly likes to stick her hand in the food and eat off her hand, which is super cute but doesn't work particularly well with cat paws, so a lot of food gets outside of the bowl.)

2. It was hot today and supposed to be even hotter tomorrow, but then is supposed to drop pretty dramatically in a day or so, so I'm really hopeful this is just one last heat spell and not the start of a super hot autumn like last year.

3. The second half of the week is going to be sooooo busy, but at least I get tomorrow off. I'm looking forward to sleeping in and relaxing.

4. Look at this sweet sleepy Chloe.

Fight Bullying

Sep. 26th, 2016 01:44 am
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 Sit With Us is a new app aimed at bullied students who feel alone and vulnerable at lunch.  It helps them find people to eat with, for strength in numbers.

Greetings from Tacoma

Sep. 26th, 2016 02:34 am
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We spent Sunday with son in Tacoma beside the water, first at the Port Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, where we saw lots of animals and ate lunch, then at the Museum of Glass, where we watched glassblowing and visited the galleries and Dale Chihuly installations, and finally on the campus of the University of Washington Tacoma, where we went looking for more Chihuly exhibits on the grounds and had coffee.

The weather was perfect, 70 degrees and partly cloudy though not so overcast to block spectacular views of Mount Rainier from the zoo and museum. My knee felt better so we did a lot of walking, all around the zoo grounds and across the Bridge of Glass. We ended up going back to son's apartment, ordering Indian food, and watching the late football games (the Ravens and Seahawks had both already won).


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MacGyver: Reluctant Review

Sep. 25th, 2016 11:26 pm
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When the original series aired, I wasn't able to watch much television at all. I caught an episode while visiting family, and was immediately hooked, but had to wait for reruns to try to catch up. The only consistently annoying element was that all the female characters were one-shot appearances, talking heads, stupid, OR some combination of the three. Everything MacGyver did was just THIS much shy of plausible, with steps left out of his Rube Goldberg devices, but never falling into science fiction or what could be called a 'future fic.' Somehow, I still think the show should fall under my usual umbrella, even though it only had a couple of not-quite-supernatural episodes.
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We found ourselves in front of the most beautiful old farmhouse. It was three bedrooms. And two stories and a basement. They told us that it had been built in 1792. It was in great shape. It felt like it was meant to be. Like the universe just wanted us to be there at that moment.

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September 26th, 2016: This is real science facts!! We HAVE revised our species estimate downwards lately, because we've seen less biodiversity there than we expected. ALMOST AS IF SOMETHING IS KEEPING THE LIFE THERE IN CHECK, PERHAPS THROUGH DARK MEANS??? SCIENCE LITERALLY CANNOT SAY

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This poem came out of the August 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] ari_the_dodecahedron, [personal profile] alatefeline, and [personal profile] helgatwb. It also fills the "discovery" square in my 8-1-16 card for the Survival Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Monday, September 26. All times are Eastern.

Top picks

Regular Show (Cartoon Network, 8 p.m.): Finally, the return of Fall TV slows down. Last week was rough, wasn’t it? Sure, there are still some new episodes, but nothing’s really premiering here tonight. Thanks, Ob… er... Clinton and Trump. Oh wait, now here’s a show that’s premiering this week. Thanks for keeping it real, Regular Show. Also, enjoy it while it lasts, because this is the final (and eighth) season of Regular Show. But luckily, this season is starting off with the things people want to see. First, in “One Space Day At A Time,” “after the events of ‘Rigby’s Graduation Day Special’ the 7 (including Eileen) get sent into space.” So of course the series isn’t just Regular Show anymore—it’s ...

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First there’s nothing, then an entire forest. A mountain range emerges in three strokes: a rough, black triangle; a deposit of fresh snow settling over a broken, rocky cliff face; and finally a long, blue shadow across the lee side. Barren tree trunks are placed in a succession of downward stripes before a series of small swipes fill them out with thick evergreen branches.

It’s so immediate that its creation feels more like brushing away the dust obscuring an image hidden underneath. There’s no preliminary planning, no blocking out of shapes or composition. It’s a hypnotizing illusion Bob Ross delivered for 11 years on his show, The Joy Of Painting, which lasted from 1983 until a year before his death in 1995. Netflix recently added 25 episodes of the show to its streaming catalog (under the name Beauty Is Everywhere), demonstrating how compelling the artist remains ...

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In Let’s Playlist, the Gameological staff assembles a themed lineup of video game music and packages it in a YouTube playlist. But we’re just providing the start. It’s up to you to nominate your own candidates and fill out the list (with a YouTube link if you can find it, please). We’ll choose our favorite nominations, add them to the YouTube playlist, and present the final collaborative compilation in the Keyboard Geniuses column at the end of the week. This installment is dedicated to the music Castlevania, which celebrates its 30th anniversary today.

The first Castlevania game was released in Japan 30 years ago today. Known there as Demon Castle Dracula, Konami’s melding of 8-bit action and monster-movie horror stuck, and the resulting series became an industry staple. Through nearly 30 games and several major overhauls, one of Castlevania’s most consistent qualities has been ...

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In 1941, Jane Holt, a writer for The New York Times, walked into one of Manhattan’s smattering of Indian restaurants, stuck her face over a simmering pot, and breathed in the scented steam rising from its surface. In her column, “The News Of Food,” she wrote about the “rare Oriental ragout that is called curry” she experienced there, prepared in a variety of styles she described—quite spuriously—as “the true foods of occult India.”

In truth, the “Oriental ragout” she tasted wasn’t especially rare, nor did it resemble the “true foods” of any particular place. By then, the word “curry,” in one form or another, had already been assimilated into the cultures of Fiji, Japan, and Singapore; made its way to South Africa, Jamaica and Guyana; and even popped up in Britain, Germany, and Scandinavia (see: currywurst and curried herring). Even Americans had been eating it for ...

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A single television episode can exemplify the spirit of its time. A Very Special Episode presents The A.V. Club’s survey of TV at its most distinctive.

What did we expect from Johnny Depp? When he first started appearing on our television screens regularly in 1987, looking impossibly pretty as undercover policeman Tom Hanson in 21 Jump Street, who imagined him as a future Oscar nominee, or as one of Hollywood’s preeminent weirdoes? Who saw him as anything other than an unusually soft-featured and soft-spoken model of young American masculinity? Who, that is, besides Depp?

Back in ’87, Johnny Depp was a 23-year-old nobody: a high school dropout and unemployed rock guitarist who’d made a minor impression in the movies A Nightmare On Elm Street and Private Resort, but hadn’t shown any of the intensity, charisma, or restless intelligence that he’d bring to TV. 21 ...

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Gonzo storytelling is often the purview of the low-budget genre television show. Without quality production values and lacking the prestige or dramatic cache of its more polished brethren, TV series will often turn to the ridiculous or over-the-top. When this works, you get something like Z Nation’s recent episodes. And when it falters, it just feels slapdash, like an over-caffeinated screenwriter couldn’t be bothered to bear down and get a narrative right. Aftermath, Syfy’s latest foray into end-of-the-world entertainment, has potential, but only if it calms the hell down for five minutes and starts creating some believable characters and scenarios.

Just as you can’t accelerate a car too quickly lest you give yourself whiplash, an apocalyptic scenario can’t go from grounded family drama to demons possessing bodies and flying strangers into the sky without laying any foundation of who these people are and why we ...

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In Page To Screen, we compare a movie or TV show to the book that spawned it. The analysis goes into deep detail about specific plot points—in other words, you’ve been warned.

The biggest difference between Ken Kesey’s novel One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and its film adaptation is obvious from the start. The novel is narrated by “Chief” Bromden, a half-Native American mental patient who pretends to be deaf in order to avoid interacting with the outside world. Bromden’s paranoid fantasies take center stage immediately, establishing a perspective full of metaphors made literal and psycho-sexual, racially tinged terror. It takes a page or two for the reality of the situation to sink in, and even then, the reader spends much of the first half of the book working to translate Bromden’s fever dreams into a more level-headed narrative. The result is a ...

Monday!

Sep. 26th, 2016 03:17 pm
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And I'm feeling pretty chipper.

I am nutting out the week ahead and it doesn't look too bad.

Once I've done my to-do list I may need to lie down with a pillow over my head, but until then I shall be fine.

And I'll be fine after that too, given that I will then gently lay the to-do list aside probably in the compost bin.

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