Daily Archives: February 19, 2012

(NBC Video) Quite a Lady–She's 105 but she looks about 75 to me

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * General Interest, Aging / the Elderly, Health & Medicine, Women

Kevin Costner's Remarks at Whitney Houston's Funeral Service Yesterday

“You weren’t just pretty, you were as beautiful as a woman could be. People didn’t just like you, Whitney. They loved you. I was your pretend bodyguard once not so long ago, and now you’re gone, too soon, leaving us with memories – memories of a little girl that stepped bravely in front of this church, in front of the ones that loved you first. In front of the ones that loved you best and loved you the longest. The bolder you stepped into the white-hot light of the world stage, and what you did is the rarest of achievements.

“You set the bar so high that professional singers, your own colleagues, they don’t want to sing that little country song. What would be the point? Now, the only ones who sings your songs are young girls like you, who are dreaming of being you some day. And so to you, Bobbi Kristina and to all those young girls who are dreaming that dream, that maybe thinking, are they good enough? I think Whitney would tell you, ‘Guard your bodies, guard the precious miracle of your own life, and then sing your hearts out,’ knowing that there’s a lady in heaven who is making God himself wonder how he created something so perfect.

“So off you go, Whitney, off you go. Escorted by an army of angels to your heavenly father, and when you sing before him, don’t worry . . . you’ll be good enough.”

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Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, Death / Burial / Funerals, Parish Ministry, Psychology, Women

Today in History–February 19th

You can check here and there. This is what stood out to me:

1414 Thomas Arundel, Archbishop of Canterbury, Chancellor of England, died.

1878 Thomas Edison received a U.S. patent for “an improvement in phonograph or speaking machines.”

1968 Damages are to be awarded under a settlement agreed in the High Court to 62 children born with deformities, after their mothers took the drug thalidomide during pregnancy.

1985 William Schroeder (d.1986) was the 1st artificial heart patient to leave [the] hospital. He spent 15 minutes outside Humana Hospital in Louisville, Ky.

What stands out to you?

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Emma Rush and Caroline Norma–Sexed up tween advertising shows fashion needs to grow up

‘Corporate paedophilia’ is a worrying global trend on the rise.

For those who might have missed it, Witchery has just launched a new clothing range for eight- to 14-year-old girls called “8fourteen”. In a brilliant stroke of imagination, the launch occurred on Valentine’s Day ”“ because, of course, girls from the age of eight need to understand that male romantic approval, and attracting it through your physical appearance (euphemistically termed “personal style”), is what really matters in life.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, Australia / NZ, Children, Corporations/Corporate Life, Economy, Ethics / Moral Theology, Media, Personal Finance, Sexuality, Theology, Women

A Prayer to Begin the Day

O Lord God, perfect in us that which is lacking of thy gifts; of faith, to increase it, of hope, to establish it, of love, to kindle it; and make us to fear but one thing only, the fearing aught more than thee, our Father, our Saviour, our Lord, for ever and ever.

Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, Church Year / Liturgical Seasons, Epiphany, Spirituality/Prayer

From the Morning Bible Readings

Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens, praise him in the heights! Praise him, all his angels, praise him, all his host! Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars! Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens! Let them praise the name of the LORD! For he commanded and they were created. And he established them for ever and ever; he fixed their bounds which cannot be passed. Praise the LORD from the earth, you sea monsters and all deeps, fire and hail, snow and frost, stormy wind fulfilling his command! Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars! Beasts and all cattle, creeping things and flying birds! Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the earth! Young men and maidens together, old men and children! Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his glory is above earth and heaven. He has raised up a horn for his people, praise for all his saints, for the people of Israel who are near to him. Praise the LORD!

–Psalm 148

Posted in Theology, Theology: Scripture

Whitney Houston: The rise and fall of a superstar

She told ABC’s Diane Sawyer in 2002: “The biggest devil is me. I’m either my best friend or my worst enemy.”

Houston tried to stage a comeback with the 2009 album I Look To You, but things fell apart when a concert to promote the album was clearly off-key.

Broadcaster and music journalist Paul Gambaccini described Whitney Houston’s voice as “the template for female vocal performers for the last 30 years”.

But in the end, he told the BBC, she became the victim of a “self-administered decline” and, sadly, threw all it all away.

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Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, Death / Burial / Funerals, Drugs/Drug Addiction, Movies & Television, Music, Parish Ministry, Psychology

(BBC) Digital tools 'to save languages'

Facebook, YouTube and even texting will be the salvation of many of the world’s endangered languages, scientists believe.

Of the 7,000 or so languages spoken on Earth today, about half are expected to be extinct by the century’s end.

Globalisation is usually blamed, but some elements of the “modern world”, especially digital technology, are pushing back against the tide.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, --Social Networking, Blogging & the Internet, History, Psychology, Science & Technology

(Bloomberg) Google sued by Safari user over privacy flap

Google Inc. officials were sued for violating users’ privacy rights on Apple Inc.’s Safari Web browser by bypassing computer settings designed to block monitoring of consumers’ online activity.

Google, the world’s biggest Internet-search company, has been dodging privacy settings in Safari, which serves as the primary Web browser on Apple’s iPhone and iPad products, lawyers for an Illinois man who uses the Safari browser said in a lawsuit filed today in federal court in Delaware.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, Blogging & the Internet, Corporations/Corporate Life, Economy, Ethics / Moral Theology, Law & Legal Issues, Personal Finance, Theology

(ENS) The Presiding Bishop’s Lenten message for 2012

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, Church Year / Liturgical Seasons, Episcopal Church (TEC), Globalization, Lent, Presiding Bishop