Archive for February, 2006

Golden Ohno
February 26, 2006


Apollo Anton Ohno, one of my all-time favorite Olympic athletes, won gold in Torino last night in the speedskating 500m to go along with his bronze in the 1000m. It may have been his last Olympic race…if it was…what a way to go out. He had a brilliant start from the inside position and took the lead in the first corner… and never gave it up. It was a special thing to watch. The Olympics and it’s athletes are so pure and undefiled. It is a treat to watch athletes from all countries compete for respect and hardware. I look forward to Beijing.


Autistic Senior Drops 20
February 25, 2006

Jason McElwain, an autistic team manager for his high school basketball team, unloaded 20 points in his team’s last game of the season. Check out the story and video.

The Ranting of an Irishman
February 21, 2006

If you haven’t ever met my friend, Travis “T-Boney Bone” O’Whalen from Cin City…do so today. Check out his thought provoking, insanely accurate, incredibly informal rants:
The Sickness and We Suck.

Ultimate Foreshadowing
February 21, 2006

While instucting Moses of what to tell Aaron and his sons regarding the issue of eating blood, my Lord reveals this subtle statement in Leviticus:

“Any Israelite or any alien living among them who eats any blood – I will set my face against that person who eats blood and will cut him off from his people. For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life. Therefore I say to the Israelites, None of you may eat blood, nor may an alien living among you eat blood.”

Did you catch it?

God’s Glory: Fat’s Pleasing Aroma
February 16, 2006

It’s been a while since we visited an obscure manifestation of God’s Glory in our world here at Smittycity. I believe you’ll recall that our last encounter with God’s Glory involved manure. Today we will learn of another neglected intracacy in God’s Kingdom. Allow me to explain…

While reading two different books, for two different purposes, both within an hour, I made a starteling discovery that you might be interested in. Maybe not. I was reviewing the previously lectured chapter for my nutrition class. The subject was Lipids (fat). I read this: “…fat carries with it may dissolved compounds that give foods enticing aromas and flavors, such as the aroma of frying bacon or french fries. In fact, when an ill person refuses to eat, dietitons offer foods flavored with some fat to tempt that person to eat again…” So, God made fat smell good.

No more than an hour later, I read this in Leviticus (don’t ask me why I was reading in Leviticus): “…the priest is to sprinkle the blood against the altar of the Lord at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting and burn the fat as an aroma pleasing to the Lord.” (Lev 17.6)

Very cool.

Appreciate the small things.

Don’t Waste Your Cancer
February 16, 2006

Piper’s cancer surgery on Tuesday was flawless. It would be worth your time to read his 10 Ways to Waste Your Cancer…very compelling. Statistics say that 1 in 3 will aquire cancer. If I’m of that 33%, I hope that I can view my disease in this manner.

For Mathematicians on V-Day
February 14, 2006

This equation does not apply to these three women: Melanie, Pamela, & Kathryn Smith.

Valentine’s Day Simplicity
February 14, 2006



A Lesson in Chili Preference
February 9, 2006


I was rummaging through my parents fridge the other day with my little brother, Solomon. He was enthusiastically chattering like all 2 year olds do. We found a little of mom’s white chili left in a bowl. Dibs. As I threw it into the microwave, I told my brother that white chili is the best chili in the world, and that it was better than all the rest. A beautiful assortment of white beans, chicken, herbs, and spices, white chili kicks the crap out of dark chili. It then dawned on me what I had just said to my brother. So, I quickly changed my tune. “You know, buddy, all chilis are equal in taste and experience. White chili is not better than dark chili…I like them the same.” Upon further thought, I saw an opportunity to build the young man’s confidence. “Come to think of it, Solomon, I think chili is ten times better when you mix white and dark chili together. It is much more exciting when you mix the two.” What a teachable moment. The boy responded to my lesson with a hearty, “yaaa” (he tends to pronounce his “yes” like he’s swedish). Who would have thought that I could teach my biracial brother a lesson in diversity with a simple bowl of chili?

post scrip: He understood nothing I said…and I am ridiculous.

a related quote
February 8, 2006

In reference to the discussion at Marvelous Light, I dug up this quote that can significantly relate. It is from former theologian/philospher O.S. Jenkins…

“Sorrow engulfs my spirit to see and encounter characteristics of the biblical pharisee evident in this era. Like their ancestors, they have veiled their haughty, Godless attempt at piety with theological pursuits and “right thinking.” We must realize, beloved, that God rejects our knowledge whether of His essence or otherwise, because true knowledge comes from His mouth, not His creation’s. He longs to lift up the humble creature who seeks eternal wisdom instead of finite knowledge, for it is this man who impresses our Father. Yes, it puffs – and is considered rubbish in the eyes of Holy God.”