While Rome Burns*

Ivan and I have just feasted on a sumptuous meal of tender Broiled Gluten with Lime Garlic Sauce. MMMmmm good. It took quite a while (2 and a half hours) to proceed from start to finish, but the end result was definitely worth it! For those who are interested, here's the recipe, thanks to Mr. Marsh.

1 cup pre-seasoned gluten flour (season with Mckay's Chicken seasoning)
2/3 cup cold water
1/3 cup peanut butter (chop into dry mix before adding water)

Knead until formed into one dough ball, squish into oven-suitable container (caution, this mixture is akin to Flubber!), and bake for about 2o minutes at 350 until firm. Remove from oven and cut several slits in the dough. Then cover with your favorite salsa (Lime and Garlic in this case) and return to the oven for another 45 minutes or so. Wait eagerly and then carefully remove from the oven. Serve however you like (we had sandwiches) Delicious!

Now, back to those pesky books!


*For those confused by the title, see my Distractions post:)




I found something very profound and I want to share it with you. This is a selection from Sandra's blog.

Interpretations. Is Bible all about interpretations? You mean when I read it and explain the idea it presents in simpler words its already my interpretation and wrong?
This week, I learned that to say "I believe", or "I think this is how it is" really works. Among my friends my interpretation doesn't count. So no longer do I even say these words, because what I believe will not change the world. It might change my actions, my character if I truly cling to what I believe in the Bible, but my spoken word of my faith will not proof that that's what necessarily Bible is speaking.
How did Jesus defend His truth? "I believe..."???? No. Rather here are the texts that He used in His confrontational situations:
Lu 4:4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
Lu 4:8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve
.Lu 4:10 For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee:
Lu 19:46 Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves.
Lu 24:46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
John 6:31 Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.
Jesus quoted the scriptures. God Himself abiding in His own word. He knew it, knew it in His heart, because Bible doesn't say "Jesus ran to the synagogue to get the book of Isaiah so He could read to the devil who was tempting Jesus in the wilderness".... Not at all, because He kept saying "It is written..... ".
I am convinced, time after time when I am asked certain questions and am confronted with what I say from the Bible, whether I read it to the questioner or quote it my self, that there is no way of proving the Bible but through quoting, or showing what it speaks for itself . . . There can only be one truth . . .
"There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." Pr 16:25

Wow! Is it possible?

Thanks for the inspiration Sandra!




In case you're interested, here are some of my latest musical and literary acquisitions :)

Music I've been listening to recently:

Books on my shelf:

Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 by Tony Judt

Planet Narnia by Michael Ward

Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation by Bede

A Brief History of the Paradox by Roy Sorenson

1066: The Year of Conquest by David Howarth

Lord, Save My Church by Richard O'Ffill




She sits in silence,
Her heart hurts.
I want to save the day,
But I cannot.

My heart breaks.

She speaks in sorrow,
Of life's woes.
How can I help her now,
What can I do?

My heart aches.

There is One who was
Silent and sad.
He bore our wounds and grief.
I can tell Him.

Peace awakes





Today marks a very important milestone in my life. I have successfully completed my final report for Business Communications (20 pgs), my ethanol position paper for Ethical, Social, and Legal Environment of Business (13 pgs), my semester project for Principles of Management (10 pgs), and as of 10:40 a.m., my research paper on the life and influence of the Venerable Bede for Historiography (16 pgs).

So what does this mean for you, faithful reader? Well, simply that I will have less of an excuse for not posting anything on my blog, and if you reside within zip code 37315, you will be seeing a bit more of me. And for my roommate, it means that I might finally clean up my side of the room, as well as ceasing to get up at unearthly hours :)

To everyone out there who is still toiling away at your word processors, carry on! The end is attainable.