Nabeel has gone Home

Sep. 17th, 2017 08:42 am
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I was shutting down for the night, when I saw this.

I never had any direct contact with him, not even online. But something about him was special. 

I am sorry for his family and friends. My heart aches especially for his little girl. But I am glad we will never again see his dark eyes full of pain and confusion. 

Only that beautiful smile.

No more suffering for you, dear brother. I can't wait to meet you one day and tell you, "Thank you for staying faithful to Christ, even through the horror of this final year."






I love this girl so much!

Sep. 16th, 2017 10:23 pm
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As an amateur singer, I know how exhausting it is to sing. (Both emotionally and physically.) People who aren't singers might not really understand how much breath it takes to sing properly and sing well. The fact that Mary can do this with her limited lung capacity is nothing short of amazing.

But more than that, I know it's from the heart. That's what touches me the most.




Oh, I haven't heard this in years!

Sep. 16th, 2017 10:13 pm
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Such powerful lyrics!



Alleluia Alleluia
For our Lord God Almighty reigns
Alleluia Alleluia
For our Load God Almighty reigns
Alleluia
Holy holy
Are You Lord God Almighty
Worthy is the Lamb
Worthy is the Lamb
You are Holy
Holy
Are You Lord God Almighty?
Worthy is the Lamb
Worthy is the Lamb
Amen







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Sep. 16th, 2017 09:36 pm
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Re-reading Gone With the Wind has been so deeply meaningful to me this time around. I've gotten to the burning of Atlanta, and her return home afteward.

I feel her exhaustion, the weight of having to care for others, and the impotent rage that comes when you can do so little, while there's so much to be done. I feel the crushing weight of it all. 

I love this movie so, so much!


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Sep. 15th, 2017 03:18 pm
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I am dying to go to this. We'll see if I am able or if I'm stuck  here. Or if I'm just too sick to even make the trip.

This is the area of the family for whom I used to babysit. I miss the area and I miss that family so, so much. I went back a couple of years ago just to walk around and remember them. I saw their old apartment and the little playground across the street. We spent so much time there.

I admit, I cried.

I don't know how it looks these days, but when I was there, this was one of the most peaceful, beautiful residential areas I'd seen in the city. (The home of He Who Must Not Be Named was just down the street.)

But there was also an "artsy" vibe going on. The Lilltreet Art Center was on the way to their place. 



The Ravenswood Art Walk


This was stunning!

Sep. 15th, 2017 12:39 pm
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I've always loved everything to do with space exploration.

YouTube comments are usually a wasteland of idiocy. But I came upon this today and it was breathtaking. (Just like the video, which is beautiful and unexpectedly moving.)

I don't know if the comments originated with this person or whether they copied it from someone else. Whoever wrote it is an eloquent writer. This is gorgeous. (I broke it up into what I hope are appropriate paragraphs.)

Isn't this beautiful? The narration of the video was good. But I could imagine this one as being even better!

Mushopia


4 months ago

Feel for the scientists and the engineers who made this little probe. To them, it would be nothing short of their child, millions of kilometers away, unseen for twenty years, and taking hours to respond to the simplest of commands, yet it continues to make its parents proud, and delivering what is requested. The suspense and anxiety those mission controllers must have felt in the last twenty years have to result in some kind of emotion bond to that little computer.

Imagine sending your daughter out into the unknown, facing countless dangers and always playing the odds, running on processors two decades old yet still functioning and transmitting massive amounts of data home, never giving up. The little probe has made hundreds of maneuvers, each one painstakingly planned and executed, each one biting into her fuel reserves, each one bringing her closer to her end. Imagine the programmers who gave her the knowledge to keep herself safe, the engineers who designed her to be our eyes and ears, and the flight controllers who worked nonstop for twenty years to keep their child safe. To some it will be their entire career, others their magnum opus, but for all of us Cassini is our trailblazer, for in her footsteps we must follow.

We must continue to send our robotic creations into the abyss, so that someday we might go ourselves, wielding all the knowledge these brave children of ours have collected. Our descendants might never find Cassini after her cremation into Saturn, but they will go where Cassini has gone, see what Cassini has seen, and they will remember her and thank her for leading them there. Cassini might not be able to think as we humans do, or talk as we can, but she is more human than many of us will ever be, she embodies our spirit of courage, curiosity, fascination and exploration, embarking on a one way trip in the hopes that others will follow.

Don't be afraid to shed a tear for our little girl, be afraid that we might let her down, and to squander her efforts. Next time you see a bright star in the low summer sky, glistening over the horizon, just know that Cassini is there, beckoning you to come visit her.














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Daniel Greenfield is such a powerful (and elegant) writer and speaker.

More importantly, as it relates to Islam/jihad and the struggle for survival going on in the West, he has the moral clarity that is so desperately needed. We would do well to heed him.

The entire thing is worth watching - every last word.


HOW SEPTEMBER 11 CHANGED MY LIFE (VIDEO)



Aw, I remember this song!

Sep. 13th, 2017 03:02 pm
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 Jessica Andrews - Who I Am

Not a perfect performance, but that's why I like it.




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But when you're beaten down your entire life, sometimes you feel this way.


How desperately I long for my independence day from this nightmare, this hellish life I am living right now. I see their expressions, I see that finger in my face, I hear those words.


The key is that I cannot take it for myself. That's where the song goes wrong. God has to do this for me. Vengeance is not for me. I don't want vengeance.

I want justice. And I want mercy for them. 


And only Jesus Christ can bring either one, and in perfect balance. 

I only ask, Lord... when?



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I thought she was from Italy (?) so I always wondered if she spoke English at all. She speaks like a native U.S. person, so maybe I'm mistaken about where she's from. I'll have to check her website at some point.



ETA:

Just a quick bio skim from her official website says she's Japanese/Sicilian. Now there's a combination!



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The ‘X-Files’ Dana Scully conquered GIFdom, one eye-roll at a time




Ah, a classic: The eyebrow and eyeroll (ETA: and tongue/lip thing!), uh, rolled into one!

Don't try this at home, kids. You might sprain your face.








For litlover12

Sep. 10th, 2017 09:19 pm
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Watch and learn, Grasshopper!





He shreds my heart

Sep. 8th, 2017 04:44 pm
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I could not bear to watch/listen to his actual prayer.

Please, Lord, don't let him lose his trust in You.

He was trusting You to heal him. As of this posting, You have chosen to not do that.

Please, Lord, be near to him. Don't let him despair or feel forsaken.

Give him your rest. Give him your presence.




 

Supernatural 11X21 All in the Family

Sep. 6th, 2017 07:50 pm
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Not sure how this episode going to go. I actually had to skim a review and spoil myself a bit. I'm reading captions, volume off.

But this:

"I know you had a complicated upbringing, Dean. But don't confuse me with your dad."


Wow. Ouch.

Once again, humanity's story, right there.

There are few things sadder than Jensen Ackles with tears streaming down his face.

I long ago repented of my former view that he was a poor actor! Not that tears alone makes you a good actor. Not at all. He's all-around heartbreaking. They both are!

And it just dawned on me. Holy Chuck, people, this is Season 11 of what has always an emotionally exhausting show. It's also pretty much a 2-lead show. (Though a bit less in later seasons, with the addition of Castiel.) 

Both actors are still giving it their all. That's saying a lot. I do think this show needs to end or have ended already. I don't want to see it become a shadow of its former self, with the actors just phoning it in. (Yeah, I'm looking at YOU, Duchovny and Anderson! Don't even talk to me.) A good argument can be made that later seasons have not been quite as good as earlier ones. The whole angels/demons mythology has become SO convoluted. Or rather, it was from the start. I wish it was over already, but no end in sight. 

But one thing can't be said (at least, as of this almost last episode of S11 is that Jensen and Jared are "phoning it in."


All right. Let's finish S11 so I can finally catch up on S12 to prepare for S13 (!!!) come October. I might be able to catch up in time! (Although that's almost more painful, since I don't have a working TV and so can't catch the premiere.

***twitch***


That is, if I can find S12 at all! I don't think Netflix has the current/just ended seasons? Oh, crap. I'm afraid to look!

***

"Call me Donatello. I'm named after him."

"The Mutant Ninja Turtle?"

"The, uh, the Renaissance sculptor."

All of their expressions in this little bit were hilarious! (Sam can be SO me sometimes!)

Okay, that cracked me up! Especially because the boy I watch is obsessed with various superheroes, and even has some Turtles figures. I swear, I don't think he's ever watched the show. And yet somehow he knows all their names and which is which. I can't keep them straight for anything! And I've asked him a few times! I'm afraid to ask him again, 'cause he WILL remember and be insulted. Hee!

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