The Tiger's Eye: April 2006

28 April 2006

A few thoughts for the weekend

  1. Yes, I have been really busy with work and the thought of posting anything has been unappetising. Most evenings I get home and the thought of typing anything just feels exhausting.
  2. No I will not see the "Da Vinci Code". I didn't read the book either. No interest, no desire.
  3. I DO plan on seeing "Flight 93".
  4. I believe President Bush did NOT lie to the nation about Iraq's WMD program. I also believe the war was fought for essentially the correct reasons and that history will judge us well over this issue.
  5. I am upset that I am paying nearly $3 a gallon for gas but I'm not upset that Exxon is having a record year. I am upset that we haven't done anything constructive to lower the price when we KNEW it would eventually bite us in this way. Heck, Even PRESIDENT CARTER saw this one coming in the 1980's.
  6. I plan on reading Ramesh Ponnuru's book "The Party of Death" as soon as I can purchase a copy. Maybe this weekend.

There, thats enough. I'm going to Louisville this weekend to spend some much anticipated time with my dad. Hopefully the rain will hold off till Sunday.


18 April 2006

Poets without a cause...

Unless documenting the lamented late great southern sound classifies as a cause.
These guys KNOW how to write a sad song.

They know how to write rockers and can play the strings off a guitar.
..."I'm not drownin cause I can see the beach from here..."

16 April 2006

The reason for the Day

"You have brightened this night with the radiance of the risen Christ” (Collect of the Easter Night Mass)

Rejoice, heavenly powers! Sing, choirs of angels! Exult, all creation around God’s throne! Jesus Christ, our King, is risen! Sound the trumpet of salvation!Rejoice, O earth, in shining splendor, radiant in the brightness of your King! Christ has conquered! Glory fills you! Darkness vanishes for ever!Rejoice, O Mother Church! Exult in glory! The risen Savior shines upon you! Let this place resound with joy, echoing the mighty song of all God’s people!
…It is truly right that with full hearts and minds and voices we should praise the unseen God, the all-powerful Father, and his only Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. For Christ has ransomed us with his blood, and paid for us the price of Adam’s sin to our eternal Father. This is our Passover feast, when Christ, the true Lamb, is slain, whose blood consecrates the homes of all believers. This is the night when first you saved our fathers: you freed the people of Israel from their slavery and led them dry-shod through the sea.This is the night when the pillar of fire destroyed the darkness of sin!…This is the night when Jesus Christ broke the chains of death and rose triumphant from the grave…

O happy fault, O necessary sin of Adam, which gained for us so great a Redeemer! Most blessed of all nights, chosen by God to see Christ rising from the dead! Of this night Scripture says: “The night will be as clear as day: it will become my light, my joy.” … Night truly blessed when heaven is wedded to earth and man is reconciled with God!

Therefore, heavenly Father, in the joy of this night, receive our evening sacrifice of praise, your Church’s solemn offering. Accept this Easter candle, a flame divided but undimmed, a pillar of fire that glows to the honor of God. Let it mingle with the lights of heaven and continue bravely burning to dispel the darkness of this night! May the Morning Star which never sets find this flame still burning: Christ, that Morning Star, who came back from the dead, and shed his peaceful light on all mankind, your Son who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.
Roman Missal
The Easter proclamation:
the “Exsultet”

14 April 2006

It's the price we pay for redbuds

It would appear that there is no place you can escape the wrath of nature. California has mudslides and earthquakes, the south has the hurricane, the northern plains have massive winter storms and here in the Midwest we have tornados in the spring. Little damage here although west and north of here apparently we had tornados and baseball sized hail.

Still its a small price to pay for this. The Eastern Redbud, quite possibly the prettiest tree in the spring.