February 10, 2011

A Response To: ESSAY; The Valley Is The Place For Me by Christine DiGrazia

Posted in Lighter Moments, Stories at 9:13 pm by Sarah Bosse

A response to:

ESSAY; The Valley Is The Place For Me
By CHRISTINE DiGRAZIA
Published: March 21, 2004

That was a good article. I lived in Ansonia growing up, and as an infant I lived in New Haven. I went to school for several years in Ansonia, and my family attended a church in Orange. I remember all those lonely-looking, empty factories, some of which were still being used, typically for purposes other than that for which they were originally built. And I do have to agree that sports fanaticism has become part of the local culture of that area. LOL. 😀 Dad still roots for UCONN, especially women’s basketball. He would bring me home little stuffed teddies with “UCONN” on their sports jersey shirts. 🙂 To be honest, the stereotype that Valley folks don’t travel as much as others is probably true, but there’s nothing particularly wrong about that.

The problem isn’t even so much the stereotypes, but the fact that people tend to care more about silly preferences and cultural differences than they care about moral and ethical issues, character qualities, etc. “So what!” if you have more or less education (and coming from my “stock,” I’m not dissing education, but…) – there are things much more important in life than education, culture, etc. For instance…Do you love God and others? I can assure you that truly loving others and making that your “career” will be more challenging than any other job, career, or goal you set in your life – it’s one you will never fully perfect, but growing in love is worth every bit of work, effort, toil, sweat and tear you will pour into it.

If I speak in the tongues of men… but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I …understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends. ….As for knowledge, it will pass away.
(1 Corinthians 13:1-8 ESV)

Rather than being known for their high education, cultural astuteness, and equality with the rest of the world, I hope the Valley will feel challenged to be known for Christ-like love, grace, and the fruit of the Spirit.

*Jumping off my soap box, hoping to land on my feet.*

July 25, 2010

The Ostrich – An Example of Stupidity

Posted in Lighter Moments at 9:33 pm by Sarah Bosse

ostrich Yup, this is random. Ready? Here goes. Last week I was reading a friend’s blog, and a quote (totally unrelated to ostriches) roused my full curiosity about ostriches and I decided to look for ostriches in the Bible. Guess what! They are all over the place! Here’s what I found out about the ostrich – one of God’s oddest creatures – from the Bible….

Job 39:13 “The wings of the ostrich wave proudly,
but are they the pinions and plumage of love?
14 For she leaves her eggs to the earth
and lets them be warmed on the ground,
15 forgetting that a foot may crush them
and that the wild beast may trample them.
16 She deals cruelly with her young, as if they were not hers;
though her labor be in vain, yet she has no fear,
17 because God has made her forget wisdom
and given her no share in understanding.
18 When she rouses herself to flee,
she laughs at the horse and his rider.”

Job 39 is pretty cool and really shows the awesomeness of God. Actually, God talks alot about the ostrich! Check this out!

Leviticus 11:16
And these you shall detest among the birds; they shall not be eaten; they are detestable: the eagle, the bearded vulture, the black vulture, 14 the kite, the falcon of any kind, 15 every raven of any kind, 16 the ostrich, the nighthawk, the sea gull, the hawk of any kind,…

Deuteronomy 14:15

Job 30:29

Isaiah 13:21
20 It will never be inhabited
or lived in for all generations;
no Arab will pitch his tent there;
no shepherds will make their flocks lie down there.
21 But wild animals will lie down there,
and their houses will be full of howling creatures;
there ostriches will dwell,
and there wild goats will dance.
22 Hyenas will cry in its towers,
and jackals in the pleasant palaces;
its time is close at hand
and its days will not be prolonged.

Isaiah 34:13

Isaiah 43:20

Jeremiah 50:39

Lamentations 4:3

Micah 1:8

Looks like God made the ostritch to be an example to us of a creature that is: stubborn, dumb, “cruel” (Lam 4), unclean, a symbol of desolation. It is an animal that inhabits Babylon in Isa 13; a creature without wisdom living in a place that forsook Wisdom.

What I learned from Google and National Geographic is that an ostrich’s eye is LARGER than its brain, but it’s the largest bird on earth. But they lay the largest eggs in the world (ouch!). An ostrich can run up to 43mph, and those powerful legs can kick hard enough to kill a human.

Perhaps that’s more than you ever were curious to know or wanted to know about ostriches. I’ll probably be researching them for a few days now, however. 😛 LOL.

July 6, 2010

Lighter Moments – Ode To My Massager

Posted in Lighter Moments at 8:17 pm by Sarah Bosse

Ode to my massager

    I love you dear massager
    This much is certainly true
    For when my back is aching
    I’m glad to sit upon you

    You know the meaning of tough love
    You find my every knot
    You leave me wincing the first time through
    And sometimes we have fought

    But how tender is your love, dear friend
    When all my knots release
    And a sigh of relaxation
    Ends my day with blissful ease

    How wonderful you are in the mornings
    When I’m loathe to get out of bed
    And how rejuvinating you are in the afternoons
    When a long day of work I dread

    And when they sun’s setting
    And the day is done
    Once again your rollers
    Will have spin and spun

    Massager, sweet massager,
    Never give up on me
    Keep working your heated magic
    Till I’ve got no more aches in me