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Name: Kelly Wolske

Maryland born, Florida raised, and transplanted to the Mojave for the love of my husband. Big Red's wife, Tele's mom, part time student. Child of God, Christ follower, United Methodist in exile. More than anything I strive to hear His voice every single day.

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Friday, February 23, 2007
Best twenty dollars we have spent all week.
Jon and I braved the Friday night crowds to see Amazing Grace. In fact, Jon ate a movie theater hot dog for dinner (Note to self-- Pick Up Stix is not fast Chinese food like Panda).

I encourage any and all of you to see this film. (And we are pretty sure it is real film, a fact which warms the cockles of my Jonathan's heart)

I am not going to go into detail about things at this point. I have too much on my heart this evening. Suffice to say, my prayer is to find what it is which wrecks me.

Finally, I leave you with this:

My memory is nearly gone;
but I remember two things;
That I am a great sinner, and
that Christ is a great Saviour.

John Newton (1725-1807)
English minister and hymn writer


Amen.

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Thursday, February 22, 2007
Friday Feast No. 132
Appetizer
Where on your body do you have a scar, and what caused it?

I have several, but the worst is on my left knee. When I was thirteen or so, I thought it would be fun to skate down the hill. It was about a 7% grade. Ok, maybe it wasn't quite THAT steep, but it was steep. So, I fell and ruined my favorite paisley jeans (it was the late 80's, okay?) and was picking asphalt out of my leg for hours. It is a reminder of one of my less though-out adventures.

Soup
What is something that has happened to you that you would consider a miracle?

Rolled my car when I was nineteen and had only a small bruise on my ankle. And some shock. But the car was upside down and ten feet away from being wrapped around a tree.

Salad
Name a television personality who really gets on your nerves.

Kate Couric, Joy Behar, anyone who uses the non-word "irregardless" or "that" instead of "who"

Main Course
What was a funny word you said as a child (such as "pasketti" for "spaghetti")?

I called my Uncle Jim "Unca Yimmy"

Dessert
Fill in the blank: I have always thought ______ was ______.

I have always thought chocolate was overrated. My husband gasped when he read that last one.


Ok, I played and so can you. Head on over to dine with us.

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Monday, February 19, 2007
Oh the irony!
Last week, our small group was discussing the spiritual discipline of Slowing.

Jon and I missed the meeting because our schedules were jam packed.

*sigh*

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Sunday, February 18, 2007
It was on Oprah, so it must be true, right? part 1
Christine is looking at The Secret as any good Berean should, and measuring it against scripture. Yay!! She is asking our thoughts, and as I have several, I though it best to not hijack her comments. So goes Kelly's woefully inadequate analysis of "The Secret"

I am really torn about this, because I hate to spend money on something like this. I shall, however, in the interest of fairness. I have made it about one hour into this movie, and here are my initial thoughts. I shall measure this against scripture, but that will most likely come in a later post, as I have a couple of e-mails out to trusted spiritual mentors.

1) One of the first quotes came from Bob Proctor, listed as a "philosopher." He states, "The secret gives you anything you want." This quote sets the theme for "The Secret"-- self. Everything is about what you want, what you think, what you feel. Hmm...

What does the Bible have to say about self? Let's see:

Luke 9:24-26 (New International Version)

24For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. 25What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self? 26If 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.


John 12:24-25 (New International Version)

24I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 25The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.


Googling "Death to Self" pulled up an interesting Bible study from Acts 17:11 ministries. Worth reading.

2) The problem of the "Reverend" Dr. Michael Beckwith. This is from the Agape International Spiritual Center's own website:


Is Agape a church, and do its members follow a mainstream religious teaching based on scripture?
Agape’s teachings embrace a Reality the world’s scriptures and sacred texts endeavor to describe, even as they acknowledge the impossibility of such a task. Some call it God, Great Spirit, Hashem, or Allah, while others simply prefer to leave it nameless. Agape teaches that this Spirit is the Source of our life, that we are made in its image and likeness, which makes us co-creative participants in the three-dimensional world in which we live.

Through Agape’s teaching of the New Thought-Ancient Wisdom tradition of spirituality, individuals are taught the universal principles, cosmic laws, meditation, prayer and visioning techniques that have been practiced by spiritual seekers for thousands of years, teachings which to this very day are practical in meeting humanity’s challenges of 21st century living. Agape’s universal truth teachings point the way to how an individual may cultivate their own unique relationship with the Ineffable, live their life from a place of conscious connection with the already enlightened essential Self, and be of authentic service to the planet.

In Agape’s services and classes we refer to the world’s scriptures and sacred texts, as well as the writings of ancient and contemporary mystics, teachers, sages, philosophers, pundits, scientists, and even the enlightened person next door!

In everyday parlance, “church” is associated with Christian denominations and their houses of worship. Agape’s founder has designated Agape as a trans-denominational spiritual “center” and community because this terminology best describes the inclusiveness for which Agape is known.
Is Agape Christian? And what about the Bible and Jesus?
No, and yes.

Yes, some Agape members are Christian, and their personal encounter with the spirit of Jesus as an embodiment of the Christ Consciousness richly informs their spiritual lives.

No, if by Christian you mean the acceptance of Jesus as the only savior and Christianity as the only path to God and eternal salvation. Yes, in the sense that New Thought- Ancient Wisdom history includes the Gnostic teachings of the earliest Christian mystical sects, as well as the founders of the uniquely American New Thought Movement including Emmanuel Swedenborg, Ernest Holmes, Howard Thurman, and transcendentalists such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and others.

The Bible is referenced in Dr. Beckwith’s services and Agape’s classes. However, the version that is used is a metaphysical, Gnostic-inspired edition translated and interpreted from the original Aramaic, rather than the Greek translation used in traditional Christian churches such as the King James version, or the Saint Gregory version used by the Catholic church.

Agape teaches that Jesus was not the great exception, but rather the great example. Classically, the New Thought-Ancient Wisdom tradition of spirituality regards Jesus an enlightened being, one who attained cosmic consciousness, or liberation from a sense of separation from the Source of all that is. Jesus is revered as a wayshower, as an exemplar of unconditional love, selfless service, and self-mastery.
Can I still practice my Judaism/Christianity and become a member of Agape?
Absolutely. Many within the Agape community maintain their Jewish/Christian faith, while others continue to practice the teachings of Jesus, Buddha, or other spiritual master teachers of past or present generations. As a result, mixed-tradition couples and families often find common ground at Agape without compromising other loyalties.


(h/t Devin)
Um, yeah. So this one was easy. What does the Bible say?

John 14:6 (New International Version)

6Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.


How, pray tell, can one maintain Christian faith and "find common ground" at Agape? For that matter, what common ground is there? Scripture is pretty clear on this issue, don't you think? Interestingly enough, a pastor once told me that the book of John was anti-semitic and to be pretty much taken with a grain of salt. Needless to say, my husband quickly removed us from this man's sphere of influence. I will never forget him accusing me of "limiting God" by embracing scriptural truth. But that is for another day.

So what is The Secret? Well, it is the "Law of attraction" Like attracts like. The metaphor of a magnet was used several times. This is ironic, because a magnet is NOT an illustration of like attracting like. Like poles on a magnet actively repel each other. Duh.

The Secret is about "creating" your own reality. It is about creating your life and commanding the universe to respond to your desires. Really, the secret is about getting zhlubs to pay five dollars to watch a movie on a website.

More to come...

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Friday, February 16, 2007
Just one more reason that "Choosy Moms Choose Jif"

My Jonathan's silence on this subject can only mean that he has not heard the news. If anyone knew the amount of peanut butter consumed in this home, it would cause wonder.

It also puts to rest many ideas that the private labels (store brands) are any worse than national brands. I remember my dad explaining to me that many of the private labels were processed alongside national brands, but I was never quite sure if I believed him. Well, twenty years later, here it comes:

Dad, you were right. I was foolish to doubt your wisdom on the subject of food processing.

That didn't hurt too much.

Update: While I was uploading the picture, MJ came out of the shower and informed we that he knew about the recall and knew also that our far-superior brand was not in question.

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Thursday, February 15, 2007
Feast One hundred thirty-one

Appetizer
What sound, other than the normal ringing, would you like your telephone to make?

Our phone at home plays "When Irish Eyes are Smilin'" and my cell phone sounds like a can of soda pop being opened and poured. I like those. We listened to some fun ring tones the other evening, but my Scots nature won't spring for them (at $2.50 apiece!!!)

Soup
Describe your usual disposition in meteorological terms (partly cloudy, sunny, stormy, etc.).

OOhhh, this is tough. I really struggle to get out of cloudy. My default is definitely cloudy, but I earnestly try for sunny skies.

Salad
What specific subject do you feel you know better than any other subjects?


None. I am a wealth of useless information. Jon is fond of telling people that his retirement plan is to get me on Jeopardy! I am a voracious reader and have been blessed with good retention.

If I absolutely had to choose, I would guess science. Mostly because my mother is a scientist and science teacher, and I have spent years learning from her and helping in her classrooms.

Main Course
Imagine you were given the ability to remember everything you read for one entire day. Which books/magazines/newspapers would you choose to read?


No magazines, but I would go through as much of my Dad's collection of history books as I could in that day.

Dessert
If a popular candy maker contacted you to create their next confection, what would it be like and what would you name it?


I don't really like candy. This in itself is something of an oddity, I realize. My only defense is that my mother successfully brainwashed me as a child. I am so grateful for this.

Dine with us...

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007
I really don't see a problem with this...
So Bank of America is offering a credit card for people with no SS number. The idea is to tap into the rapidly growing Hispanic market. Of course, Michelle Malkin is outraged and thinks I should be, too.

But I am not, and this is why:

1) I would rather see BOA open accounts with no SS# than with fraudulent SS# (which is what we know is occurring now).

2) BOA is letting the market drive its decisions. A novel idea for a capitalist nation?!

I have read comment after comment about aiding and abetting. I just to do not see it. Does that mean that the gas station on the corner which sells gasoline to the landscapers is aiding and abetting? After all, they may be hiring illegal immigrants. I love how, instead of outrage that we are seeing no results at whatever it is our tax dollars are going to, we take frustrations out on corporate America.

I would much rather see these people putting their money into our banks than carrying it around in their pockets (which, incidentally is what happens much of the time). Their are many cultural barriers to overcome here, not the least of which is a distrust of institutions (my brother can explain why) such as banks. If Bank of America is able to break through some of these barriers, I am glad to see it.

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Saturday, February 10, 2007
Hot Friday Night Date
I am not sure what it says about me, but I am pretty sure it isn't a good thing when a girl looks forward to a hot steamy date with her new carpet cleaner.

Gig season is back in full swing, so I must find new ways to amuse myself.

Of course, my living room looks pretty darn good, and it was pretty icky what was pulled out of our carpet. We are now blissfully allergen-free. That is, until Tele next decides to roll around on the floor.

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Friday, February 09, 2007
Deal breakers... (some Kelly nosiness)
I have already mentioned my interest in a particular presidential candidate, so this is not another post cheering on Dr Paul. Election season has already begun, it would seem, so I am thinking about what are important traits in my candidates. What issues REALLY matter to me? Do I care about flag burning, school prayer, and gay marriage? More importantly, does the electorate really care about these things? Do you?

What are your deal breakers? Has that list changed for you? What precipitated these changes? I have finally composed my list of "must-haves," and it is shorter than I thought it would be. My deal-breakers:

1) Must be committed to radical tax reform.

2)Must be committed to the preservation, protection, and defense of the US Constitution.

Pretty much everything else is just gravy; I can boil my expectations down to the above mentioned criteria. Of course, I am realistic enough to recognize that I dwell in a lonely lonely place.

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Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Who are you calling cheap?

I must preface this by saying that, as a no-child household, we are already ahead of the game. I don't even want to think about how expensive a sitter is these days. I remember my babysitting days, and they were pretty lucrative.

Anyway. My favorite cheap date with consists of two bottles of water each, some Gorp (or a Cliff bar), and our annual pass to Red Rock Canyon. The park has so many trails, from an easy stroll into Ice Box Canyon to the more challenging scramble and climb to Turtlehead peak. We throw everything into a knapsack and head off.

Check out state and national parks in your area, as our annual pass was only $20.00. Very often there are plenty of other programs to enjoy-- group hikes, star-gazing, children's hikes.

Head on over to Shalee's Diner and check out everybody's ideas.

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Monday, February 05, 2007
Still Daddy's Girl?


"I long to worship Jesus with the heart of a child, in a state of pure and true adoration. Yet so many things of the world cloud my thoughts and pull on my heart until it's no longer just a girl in the arms of the Father"
~ Darlene Schacht ~
"The Mom Complex"


When did everything become so complicated? When did I stop being able to freely respond to my father? Oh, it isn't that I don't love him, because I do. But somewhere along the way, I stopped running down the stairs shouting, "Daddy's home!" I was no longer clinging to his pant leg being dragged across the kitchen floor as he left for work. When was it that I stopped climbing into his lap or snuggling up next to him on the couch to share my day's adventures? Somewhere I closed off a part of me that used to be open to him.

I have done, of course, exactly what a healthy adult is supposed to do. With my dad. But have I done the same thing with my relationship with God? Have I lost somewhere the transparency, the sheer joy of being in His presence?

I live with some pretty distinct boundaries in my life. Certain acceptable parameters that are painfully attached to my personality. (Frankly, I am quite happy with eighty-five percent of them) Don't cross this line; don't even venture over there; stay within the markers. These guidelines serve me well, thankyouverymuch.

But boundaries don't serve God well. Not when I attempt to create boundaries in my relationship with Him. He defies every silly "rule" I make. Time and again, He reminds me of His sovereignty. Time and again, He will drive me to my knees. To Him.

My dad is no longer "the man" in my life; that chapter has been written. However, he taught me something important about a father's love and about Father's love: there are times in a girl's life when all she wants is to cry to her daddy. When I was a young girl, it was skinned knees; a few years later a broken heart. Now my cares may be greater- at least they seem so- but I only have to dry my eyes long enough to see Him with arms wide open.

Thank you to Iris, our gracious host this week.

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Gimme an "S"... Gimme a "U"... Gimme another "S"...

Add an "I" and and "E" and you get bloggy design euphoria.

Once again, Susie at Bluebird Blogs has worked her magic for my little corner here.

I love my new digs. Thank you, Susie!

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Saturday, February 03, 2007
Cheap! Cheap! Cheap!
She's smart and funny, and she has started the newest carnival craze!
Shalee is asking for all our cheap date ideas.

Tuesday is the day, so put on your thinking caps and staple your wallets, then head over the Shalee's Diner and share your ideas (Or steal someone else's, perhaps).

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