Monday, January 12, 2009

Birding.....

I wish I had taken this photo, but I didn't. But I did see a Cardinal that was this vivid on Saturday with the boys, as we went on our weekend hike. I'm really pleased that they've kind of gotten into the idea of these hikes. This past weekend, we went out with the intent of birdwatching. Well, we did see a few cardinals, and we heard some titmice, but it wasn't a very fruitful adventure in as far as birding went. But the boys had fun, we got some exercise, and I actually felt pretty good. In retrospect, I probably should have brought the dog with us, but theres always next time.
Here are my ever watchful assistants, looking for the titmouse and the bluejay that were carrying on somewhere in the trees.
A tree had been cut down recently, and here my assistants are dilligently counting the rings in said tree to see how old it was. I think they gave up after 35 rings.


Lastly, I took this picture with the macro enabled on my little Sony Cybershot in an attempt to get a decent enough picture to enter an amateur photo contest our local parks dept is putting on. whatya think? I've got more, perhaps some that are even better (hopefully).

Friday, January 9, 2009

I love winter...........I LOVE winter. This morning found me in one of those moments where you dont want to be anywhere other than where you are at that precise point in time. Boudreaux and I were up early for school; up earlier than we usually are. We were ready to go, getting ready to eat breakfast, and on a whil, I took him out for breakfast. Just he and I, munching on cinnamon rolls and bacon egg and cheese biscuits under a darkened landscape that led out to the most gorgeous hue of pink I've ever seen in a horizon.

But the real ingredient in the whole recipe, the only thing it really needed, was me and my son spending some time together. It really meant a lot to me, because we dont always get time to do stuff just he and I. I need to do that more often, because he's really such a sweet kid, and I dont want these moments to slip away too fast, you know? It's like my youngest, Thibadeaux; I hate the fact that he's almost to that point where he is getting to be too big for me to pick up. I have a theory; I dont think Heaven is actually like the traditional concept. I think heaven is a culmination of all the moments you cherish in your life. The tears in the corner of your wifes eyes as she walked down the aisle towards you on that cold November morning, the first time you held your newborn son and he looked up at you with those sleepy eyes, watching "101 Dalmations" with your family, all underneath the same blanket, carrying your youngest in from the car after he fell asleep, his warm little face nuzzled into your neck. You can feel how safe and content he is in your arms. These are the things Heaven is, and if they arent, then youre doing something wrong.....

God made us a family.

We need one another.

We love one another.

We forgive one another.

We work together.

We play together.

We worship together.

Together we use God's word.

Together we grow in Christ.

Together we love all people.

Together we serve our God.

Together we hope for heaven.

These are our hopes and ideals.

Help us to attain them, O God,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Inheritance

I found this video yesterday, during a discussion over whether or not Matt Damon was digitally altered in the opening and closing scenes of "Saving Private Ryan" to look like an old man. I knew from reading the credits that it was a different actor, because I had wondered the same thing myself at one time. Turns out the man who played the older Ryan was an actor named Harrison Young, who also did a short called "Inheritance", which apparently Youtube doesnt want anyone on Blogger.com to use, so I've had to provide the link for it instead of posting this one here. Please go watch it, it's really important anda very timely piece for a lot of us.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

"Leading the Examined Life" (or St. Francis was a tree hugger)


Happy New Year everyone! I trust you guys had a happy and safe New years Eve! After working in nightclubs for so long, I'm pretty much burnt out on the whole stereotypical new years celebration. No, my New Years eve celebrations these days are between me, the Cajun Princess, Boudreaux, Thibadeaux and Molly, our trusty beagle. We pop a whole lot of popcorn, make ice cream floats, watch a movie, and somewhere along the way, we talk of resolutions.

This year, my resolutions have taken a slightly different path. I'm "going green" as they say. The choice was obvious to me; Our Tiger Cub den is getting ready to start their "Leave No Trace' project, since we have started camping I have become more "ecologically aware"...Conscious if you will, and since I have started riding my bike regularly, I feel like I'm working towards making my own carbon footprint smaller. this whole concept became even more of a certainty for me when I read the following on the Patagonia Footprint Chronicles blog.

Environmentalism: Leading the Examined Life™

Every one of us does things in the course of a day that adversely affect the health of the planet. We don’t decide to, we just don’t give it a thought.

Surprising, though, how many habitual practices we can – and do – change once we give them some thought. We can all name environmental habits we’ve changed and more we intend to. This has to be done, and more often by more of us. The impact of an unexamined life is far more serious than it once was – deadly so.

Here we’ll examine Patagonia’s life and habits as a company. The idea is to give more of our practices some air and thought, and to change habits often played out on an industrial scale, with concomitant effects. We’ve been in business long enough to know that when we can reduce or eliminate a harm, other businesses will be eager to follow suit.

Tying my Catholicism into my edological endeavors
Certainly a noble endeavor, this desire of mine to be less of an impact on the earth than I already am, and one that perhaps we all should take a look at as individual citizens of the earth. This resolution of mine was further cemented early this morning when I found the "Assisi Nature Council". They're a " environmental organisation inspired by St.Francis of Assisi ’s vision of a universal brotherhood as ecological interdependence and the frugal use of earthly resources. It is concerned with the preservation of the natural and cultural heritage of the area Assisi/Mount Subasio, and it is focused on education to sustainability and environmental ethics as its foundation." Anyone who has followed my blog for any period of time will know that I am an aspiring Secular franciscan, and one of these days I'll actually have the time to devote to it. But until then I study all that I can find about st. Francis, and I try-Lord do I try- to live by the example that he set for us as disciples of Christ.

So that clinched it for me. I'll teach the boys of our pack about Leave No trace, I'll ride my bike instead of driving my car when I can, and I'll follow the examples of St. Francis. I think that's a pretty decent set of resolutions for the new year, dont you? So what resolutions do you have? I'd love to hear about them so drop me a line in my comments, and have a great new year!