Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Wonderful Anniversary Celebration

To celebrate our 16th wedding anniversary (& b/c we weren't able to celebrate our 15th anniversary in style), I took my wife to eat out at the Calgary Tower. This tower is a landmark of the city, and now having been to the top of it, it is a quite remarkable piece of engineering.

Here's a video showing how crazy (daring?) my beautiful wife is....

After a great meal, we went back to the observation deck where my vertigo kicked into high gear (I'm sure it had nothing to do with what I drank!).

Calgary is amazing to see at night all lit up. We had a great time, great conversation, great views. Thanks, Heather, for the great marriage!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Heard @ the Fergie's today...

Dad helping Miranda with a school problem:

Dad: Can you tell me the name of a vegetable that rhymes with "potato"?

Miranda: Mashed potato?


At the dinner table:

Dad: Kevin, we need to mow the yard tonight.

Kevin: But there are bees out there.

Dad: Don't bother them and they won't bother you.

Kevin: Not true. You shoo them away and they come back with a buddy!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Who is John Galt?

Okay. So at the urging of my wife and my friend, Shawn, I've been reading Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged at night before bed. I'm some 250 pages into this novel of over 1000 pages. So far so good. It's an interesting read. I'm enjoying it (even though I'm not buying into her objectivist philosophy). Good story, etc.

Except for one thing: when Rand feels the need to throw in a, um...let's call it, "romantic encounter," the whole thing becomes a train wreck (of the kind that Taggert Transcontinental would want desperately to avoid). Seriously, the whole things derails into some schmaltzy, cheap, third rate, Faubian-type crap. The book would be a lot better without it. Wife's advice: just skip it (which one has to do to avoid the unpleasant taste of the previous meal coming back up).

Okay, I got that off my chest. It needed to be said. [And I do feel the better for it.]

Friday, August 21, 2009

Let there be light

Let there be light, originally uploaded by Christolakis.

simply amazing!

Happy 16th Anniversary, Heather!

Today, August 21st, marks the 16th year that I have been married to the greatest wife in the world, Heather. As anyone who knows us, she is the better half of the marriage, and I certainly got the better end of the deal.

I love the life that our Lord has given to us. We've been through so much together having lived in three countries now, having been given 5 wonderful kids. You still kill me with your gorgeous brown eyes, and I love being married to you. Thanks for all the memories. May God give us many, many more years together, until death do us part!

A Shout-Out to Joshua the Poet

My friend, Joshua, can wax eloquently when writing poetry. His topics cover the wide range of life-lived-as-a-Christian. But I especially love seeing through his eyes, and the camaraderie that can be experienced through similar life experiences. Some are serious, some are heartbreaking, some are just plain fun.

Like this one. Check it out....
Why sleep when I can read?
Insomnia wrapped in gilded leaves,
Silent, but for the sounding swish,
As I deliciously turn and wish:
The story would never end,
The sun would never ascend,
My will would never bend—
To feeble needs of a body.

Why slumber whilst literacy,
Calls upon my eyes to see,
To spy a thought within the thought,
Follow an “is,” and discern an “ought:”
Why ought I to cease,
Why ought I be released,
When piece after piece after piece—
Of love and learning mingle?

Why doze when I can dream,
In far off forest and stream,
Worlds within worlds collide,
Stories within stories coincide:
Experiences out of flesh,
Experiences, weaving, mesh,
Why must I experience less—
By giving into darkness?

Be sure to check out his blog for others.

Posting Favorite Flickr Photos

I love photography (not that I'm particularly good at it; my wife's got the talent in our relationship), but I love looking at photos. I love how photos capture a particular moment, almost always a particular mood, and they help me to see God's world better.

I love flickr, and will explore the "interesting photos" categories when I have a spare moment (while talking on the phone, battling insomnia), etc. They have a neat feature that allows people to blog their photos so I will do that from time to time to share with my friends some of the discoveries that I find interesting. I hope you enjoy them as well. So, for example...

Parlez-moi d' amour..., originally uploaded by *Glauka.

Monday, August 17, 2009

This is awesome...

New scanning technique lets an expectant mother hold her unborn baby....

I wonder how this would alter the debate?