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(2) Computer trespass in the first degree is a class C felony.

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Monday, May 30, 2005

I'm one proud Nana!

I'm very blessed to be the mother of two children. These children have made me a Nana a few times.

This is about my son and his family. My son is a marvel. He got some good genes from his paternal side and is a "natural" when it comes to managing a store. I was at his store today and one of his employees told me how much they appreciate him as their manager. Of course, I'd like to take all the credit, but in reality, only his goodness and great personality come from my side of the family. I'm very proud of him and naturally so.

My son married a wonderful and talented girl. She can take some dried flowers and turn them into a beautiful flower arrangement that's prettier than any "store bought" arrangement or picture in any magazine. She just has the "eye" for it. She loves to cook, too. Not only can she fix a great meal, she can decorate the table, too.

My son and his wife produced three offspring. The oldest is "mature" he told me yesterday. Thirteen going on thirty. So mature that he knows how to set up a free webpage and has done so for a friend he met online. The friend lives in Wales. I'm awed. The boy plans to work for Nintendo after graduating from Auburn University. He has a few years of school left and if his interest still holds, I have no doubts he'll do just that.

My son's second child is a sweet young lady. She reminds me of me in some ways; she's helpful and pleasant. She's musically talented and has taught herself how to play the keyboard. She has a guitar signed by Jo Dee Messina. And she's got a lovely singing voice and has sung in her school chorus.

My son and his wife have a third child. She is their free spirited child. My granddaughter told me she wanted one of those "things on the computer" like I had. So, my first grade graduate granddaughter has her own blog. How many people do you know who can brag about that?

I am so blessed. And I'm well aware of it.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Wow time

Whatever you do, don't look at the time. . . it's nearly two in the morning and I've been websurfing since a bit after nine pm. I go off on tangents. One thing leads to another. I read a piece of email from ZENIT and found some Catholic Bishops blogs.

Well, of course one thing lead to another and I found a Daughter of St. Paul's blog, too.

And suddenly it's two o'clock in the morning and I have to be at work by nine.

So, I'm going to leave you to websurf and I'm going to call it a . . . morning.
+Pace e Bene+

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Sunday's musings about Poison Ivy

So, I'm a muse? Probably not. Today was spent in quiet contemplation. Well, if running a weed-eater is quiet. I keep spaces around some trees in the yard for my 'animals' to have a place to hide. There is or was a box turtle in one area that I weed-ate (weed-eated?) and if he is still there, I'm sure he thought I was going to harm him. Of course I didn't and wouldn't. The only harm came to the poison ivy which is trying to climb a couple of trees in the yard.

Now, poison ivy is not a plant to be grasped lightly. If you doubt, there is help here, or here. However, I dislike poison ivy because I am allergic to it now. All in my childhood and youth and young adulthood right to middle age, I never had a problem with poison ivy. Then one foolish day, trying to impress someone, probably a grandchild, I grasp the ivy, rubbed it on my forearm, and declared I would not suffer.

Ohhhh, but suffer I did. Like never before in my life. Well, I take that back. I have suffered worse. I think I used lotion or something to get rid of the rash but what I didn't realize was that the poison was now in my blood. A bit later, maybe a summer later, I was out working on a piece of the Appalachian Trail that I maintained (at the time, not now) and I was whacking with my swingblade, taking down poison ivy vines where ever they grew on tree or land. I had covered myself up with long sleeves and a headnet so that I wouldn't get spit upon by the ivy. Well, nature called as nature does. I went behind a tree and without t-paper, used an oak leaf. After all, oak leaves are safe, right? Yes, OAK leaves are okay, but the alert person distinguishes between poison oak and real oak leaves. And I was not very observant that day.

A trip to the doctor and a steroid shot later, I was better but I did walk funny for a while.

I now use the easily identifiable sassafras leaves.

End of tale.

Friday, May 20, 2005

Friday's thoughts and ramblings

I'll probably add onto this or maybe just make another post later.

It's been a full week at work. Today I was at a meeting in a nearby County and had lunch as I had last month, with the administrator (although she doesn't see herself as that) of one of the agencies I met with. We got to catch up and commiserate and solve some of the world's problems. It's good to have friends you can talk with and who can share with you. It's good to have friends who see God at work in what you're telling them.

Did I mention the dream I had? If I did, I'll retell it here. In the dream, it was in the "end times" and Christians were being killed by the army of the anti-Christ. Those who expected a "rapture of the church" were the first to be knocked off because they were running around looking for the 'rapture' which didn't occur. So here's a clue, folks: there is no rapture of the church. It was just someone's 'good idea' as a way to promote their denomination. I was with a teen friend of mine and we were looking for this Christian tatoo artist. We were going to get tatoos of a cross on our backs. The armies of the anti-Christ were stripping the shirts of men to show their bare chest and then shooting them. They were taking the women to the guillotine, pulling their blouses back to expose their necks and then chopping off the Christian women's heads. So we decided to get a small cross tatooed on our necks at the nape of the neck. The idea was that when our blouses were pulled back to expose our necks, the Cross of Christ would be staring right back at our executioners.

I'm going to get a cross tatoo placed on the nape of my neck after I thru hike the Appalachian Trail the second time.

Didn't I mention that in 2009 I plan to hike from Earth Day to Birth Day? Sure I did somewhere. Or I meant to.

So what do you think? Rapture or no rapture? Tatoo or no tatoo. (Mom and Dad, you don't have a vote in the tatoo decision.)

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Late thoughts

Solar Views

I was just looking at the sun -- not the one outside, which since it's nearly midnight Eastern Time and I'm indoors would be impossible -- the one on the website right above this paragraph. I am totally intrigued by the sun. It's awesome. I can pour over photos of the sun or just about any geological 'map' with the curiosity of a first grade child. Totally fascinated.

I love reading regular road maps, too. I'll study them, follow roads, see where they go and what other roads they intersect. One road I'd like to travel sometime is US Route 1. I'd start at Key West, Florida, and drive all the way to Kent, Maine. I'd stop in towns and eat at 'greasy spoons' and buy the local newspaper and take photos all along the way. I'd talk to the locals and ask about what makes their town special to them. Then I'd compile it all into a $39.95 coffee table book that I'd sell it through television advertisements. You know the kind. If you buy this book within the next fifteen minutes, we'll send you a disposable camera for free and we'll include free mail-away film processing. No, I'm kidding you. No television advertisement to sell my book. Not my style.

I've given this 'idea' away many times. Some people have even said they thought it was doable and they'd be interested. But so far, I've not seen the book for sale at any of the 'mall' bookstores. So, maybe I'll just plan to take that ride and take a few photos for my own enjoyment. After I Thru Hike the Appalachian Trail a couple times, of course.

Life is good. And it gets better with time.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Oh and another thing

It's late. I'm tired. I just got off a website where hikers who are Christians go. Or went. It seems that Catholics aren't perceived as Christians there by some who frequent and post. So, I've "Via con Dios"-ed my last post there and will concentrate on other avenues which open to me.

The most fun I've had is over at Free Republic. It's a conservative website and I've learned so much and enjoyed myself immensely. Where else can I find interesting news from so many sources? I don't have time to peruse the papers and websites to grab at the best-of-the-best or at least the most interesting items. So Free Republic "FReepers" have done it for me. And you know what? FR is more tolerant than some of the hikers who call themselves Christians.

Now what does that say about Christians? Better, what does that say about FReepers?

Maybe it's because FReepers have banded together as a political group and don't see differences in religious beliefs as a hinderance to political unity.

Ya think? I think. I am, because I think. Amen that.

On the Road to Retirement

Wow, just knowing I've made the decision is such a freeing experience. Problem is that I want to retire NOW and not in three years and a week plus. I know the time will pass quickly but at the same time, I wish it were here already. It's like being a child and waiting for what seems forever for Christmas to arrive. Or being 15 and it taking forever to get to 16 and the ability to get a drivers' license.

So much to do, to plan, to get ready to be ready to quit one job and take on the adventures of "the rest of my life."

I got a very nice email from my very nice daughter today. She and I were extremely close during her growing up years. I've tried to give her enough space as a married mother of two so that she can be her own person. I like my daughter. I'd like her if she weren't my daughter. She's smart and pretty and everything a person looks for in a good friend. She married a very intelligent man. And I have two very talented grandchildren living in that household.

I spoke to my son on the phone recently and marveled at how mature he is. How can my 'baby' be so smart? He knows so much about managing people and has learned it all first hand. Of course, he's had a few very good teachers. And a couple very bad teachers who taught him what not to do. He got a good education in management from the manager of the grocery store he worked in while he was a teen and we lived in Montgomery, Alabama. He amazes me. He married a very patient young lady who has produced three very fine grandchildren for me.

One thing I can't do much of is complain. I have been blessed with wonderful family members. All the way to all those zillionthed cousins a zillion times removed. I don't think there's a 'bad' one in the bunch.

Regarding relatives: If you're related in any way to Daniel Boone, then you're related to me. My ancestor was Samuel Boone who married Sarah Day. Samuel was the oldest Boone brother to Daniel. Sarah taught Daniel what little readin' and writin' he knew. And Daniel NEVER spelled his last name without the final 'e' -- those carvings "Dan'l Boon kilt a bear here" were not made by my 5th great uncle Daniel Boone.

I think I'll find all my genealogy information and post it here. Or I may make a new blog and post it there. I'll let you know.

Monday, May 16, 2005

I'm really planning my retirement!

Not really too much modification. I plan to work until the 31st day of May in 2008. However, I'll probably take vacation days during the last half of the month. Don't want to miss Trail Days in Damascus, Va.

Hiking with me will be the eighteen year old grandson of a friend. He will have graduated from his private school program on 25 May 2008 and we will mark our new freedom (from work and school) with a Thru Hike.

On either the first of June or the first of July 2008, we plan to begin a Thru Hike of the Appalachian Trail, beginning at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, hiking North to Katahdin in Maine. Then we will return to Harpers Ferry and hike South to Springer Mountain in Georgia. We should be able to complete the hike in 5 to 6 months.

For more information about the Appalachian Trail, please see ATC

Sunday, May 15, 2005

My midnight decision

I plan to retire either 1 May 2008 or 1 June 2008. That's the goal.

I will have all my bills paid off before then and money saved for another vehicle.

I plan to hike the Appalachian Trail beginning either 1 June 2008 or 1 July 2008 starting at Harpers Ferry, WV, North, then from HF South.

Nothing is set in stone, but this is what I'm aiming at.

Good Lord willing and Jesus say so.

Can I hear an "A-Men"?

Retirement and Social Security

Did you read the previous post? Better read it.

Life for me just got 'easier' -- or maybe it didn't. I have made the "big" decision to retire. Well, I can't until I'm at least 62, that I know. But I'm looking at the big "Social Security Computer" and devising a plan to escape the confines of employment and enjoy the thirty some years of the rest of my life.

Here's how it goes. If I retire at the ripe young age of 62, I'll receive State Retirement from two States of approximately $1000 total. My SS would be approximately $714 a month. For a monthly income of approximately $1714. If I wait until age 63, my SS would be approximately $768 and my total monthly income would be approximately $1768. If I wait until I am 64, my SS would be $843 and my total monthly income would be approximately $1843. At 65, my total monthly income would be approximately $1919 a month. And at 66, it would be approximately $1998.

So, the question of the day is: At what point of time does the diminishing return kick in? Or, in the vernacular, at what age will I want to kick myself in the butt for not retiring sooner?

With a base of age 62 the difference in amounts is:
Age 62 = $0
Age 63 = $54
Age 64 = $75 + $54 = $129
Age 65 = $76 + $75 + $54 = $205
Age 66 = $79 + $76 + $75 + $54 = $284

My goal date for retirement is 6/2008 or 5/31/2008. I will receive approximately $821 in SSA benefits. This puts the 'diminishing return' at approximately $107.

Now here is a very strange mathematical concept: Using the "compute your own benefits" at the website (click on my title), I come up with a HIGHER SS amount if I quit work NOW and start drawing SS at 62 than if I continue to work until 62 and then draw SS.

Can someone explain this to me?

A well read blog?

I recently found out that I have friends who actually read this blog. Since I write what I think and as I think, that might be scary. For them.

I was not aware that I had an audience as mostly this is written for my parents and my kids (if they ever get the opportunity to read it), my grandkids, and myself. Yes, I actually do re-read my own blog.

You probably know why. Haven't you found something that you wanted to save, but didn't have a place to save it? Especially if you found it on the Internet. There are only so many "favorites" you can screen through before you forget why you saved a certain website. A blog helps explain the why.

I want to thank my audience. I hope that you're challenged to think outside the box, amused, or both at my ramblings.

Because it's about to get even better.

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Happy Mother's Day!!

I have been saying Happy Mother's Day for 60 years to my Mom. In the early years, I'm sure my Dad said it for me. Yes, my parents are still alive. And I am aware how blessed I am to have them both still alive. Many of my peers and friends have already lost their Moms and some have lost both parents. Being a "half-orphan" or an "orphan" at a grown up age is just as difficult as being orphaned earlier in one's life. I for one am not ready to be orphaned.

I have a functional family. In a world where that's not the norm any longer, I realize how much that's worth.

My Dad was a good provider. He was also a good planner. Both parents are safe and secure in a Retirement Community. And this is not your "high-rise wonder" style of Retirement Community, either. It's more like a huge luxury liner set up on dry land. And I am so fortunate that Dad planned for their future.

Actually, they are the fortunate ones. They don't have to live with me or my brother! THAT is a great Mother's Day Gift to themselves.

If you read this Mom, Happy Mother's Day, and I can't wait to say it again next May!

Monday, May 02, 2005

Tell me what you see.

Credit: NASA, ESA and A.Zijlstra (UMIST, Manchester, UK)

This one is what it looks like when stars are being born.

Credit: NASA, C.R. O'Dell and S.K. Wong (Rice University)

The Hubble Telescope

I found a wonderful new website. It's got photos from the Hubble Telescope. They are absolutely awesome. It's one of those "you have to see it" websites. Photos of galaxies, nebulae, stars dying, stars being born, rare photos of a triple eclipse of Jupiter's moons, space 'dust bunnies' even.

If you've ever wondered about wondering what's out there. The Hubble Site is the place to be.

I am in awe of God's creation.

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Apologies to those who look for them

You know, I was doing my usual FreeRepublic reading, hit a link, then another, then another. Found some GOOD stuff. Websurfed and found some "not so good" stuff. Mostly a lack of research on the part of the pamphlet writer. Shot off an email before I'd completely read one of the websites I used in the email.

Uh Huh.

Apologies extended. The website was RIGHT ON TARGET! I mean, good historical research. Then . . . it called the Roman Catholic Church the 'great wh%re' and that shot their accuracy rating down to the depths.

Why is it, please, that someone can be right on 99% or 98% of what he is writing or expressing and then let satan or self-aggrandizement sneak in and spoil it by 1% or 2%? It's like buying a gallon of sweet milk and then pouring the last drops of the soured milk into the fresh milk bottle. It's no longer sweet milk. And it doesn't take but a drop of sour milk to ruin an entire gallon of sweet milk.

Oh, people! Why do you insist on posturing when you're trying to express yourself? There is no reason for someone who calls himself a Christian to bash another Christian just because the two do not attend the same Church. Do both preach Jesus Christ crucified? Do both preach salvation through the atonement of Jesus' death on the cross? I could go on, but I won't.

I am so disappointed when I come upon Catholic Bashing in something I'm reading. Is it not enough that satan has his claws embedded in USofA culture? Must someone who professes to be a Pastor and one who's dedicated his life to the gospel of Jesus Christ back-stab other Christians?

Let's look at something. How old is your church? If you are of Western European lineage and are not a Catholic, your church was created out of the Catholic Church. Every other denomination is a man-made and man-instituted organization which broke off from the Catholic Church.

Face it. Be honest. Do your research. Google "How old is your church" and read what you find. And then come back and thank me.

This is not to say that what you write is of less value. God has given you an insight into the Scriptures and you rightly share that online. I only admonish you to share it with the same sweet spirit with which Jesus speaks to all people, including his believers.

+Pace e Bene+

Jihad Watch on Dhimmitude: a Global Scandal

I'm copying this from the link in the title.

IT IS LONG PAST time to bring the world's attention to a global scandal.

Dhimmitude is the status that Islamic law, the Sharia, mandates for non-Muslims, primarily Jews and Christians. Dhimmis, "protected people," are free to practice their religion in a Sharia regime, but are made subject to a number of humiliating regulations designed to enforce the Qur'an's command that they "feel themselves subdued" (Sura 9:29). This denial of equality of rights and dignity remains part of the Sharia, and, as such, are part of the legal superstructure that global jihadists are laboring to restore everywhere in the Islamic world, and wish ultimately to impose on the entire human race.

If dhimmis complained about their inferior status, institutionalized humiliation, or poverty, their masters voided their contract and regarded them as enemies of Islam, fair game as objects of violence. Consequently, dhimmis were generally cowed into silence and worse. It was almost unheard-of to find dhimmis speaking out against their oppressors; to do so would have been suicide. For centuries dhimmi communities in the Islamic world learned to live in peace with their Muslim overlords by acquiescing to their subservience. Some even actively identified with the dominant class, and became strenuous advocates for it.

Spearheaded by dhimmi academics and self-serving advocacy groups, that same attitude of chastened subservience has entered into Western academic study of Islam, and from there into journalism, school textbooks, and the popular discourse. One must not point out the depredations of jihad and dhimmitude; to do so would offend the multiculturalist ethos that prevails everywhere today. To do so would endanger chances for peace and rapprochement between civilizations all too ready to clash.

But in this era of global terrorism it must be said: this silence, this distortion, has become deadly. Before 9/11 it was easy to ignore and whitewash dhimmitude, but the atrocities changed the situation forever. In jihads throughout history, untold millions have died. Tens of millions have been uprooted from their homes. Tens of millions have been stripped of their cultural identity. To continue to gloss over the destruction wrought by jihad ideology and its attendant evil of dhimmitude is today to play into the hands of jihadists, who have repeatedly vowed to dhimmify the West and destroy any recalcitrant elements. While jihadist groups, even with their global diffusion, are not strong enough to realize this goal by themselves, they have a potent and destructive ally, a genuine fifth column, in the dhimmi academics and dhimmi journalists they have recruited in the West. They have succeeded in confusing millions in the West into mistaking honesty and truthfulness for bigotry, and self-defense for oppression.

Before it's too late for Western Europe and the United States, which gave birth to the traditions of freedom and equality of rights for all that shine today as lights in the entire world, this must be stopped. Therefore Dhimmi Watch seeks to bring public attention to:

The plight of the dhimmis, an immense but almost completely ignored ongoing scandal that continues in Muslim countries today;
The plight of women under Sharia provisions, similar to conditions imposed on dhimmis, in the denial of equal rights and dignity;
Slavery in Islamic lands, which continues today, justified by Sharia-'s dhimmi codes;
The integral role of jihad and dhimmitude ideology in global terrorism today;
The license that academic and journalistic whitewashes of dhimmitude gives to radical jihadist enemies of human rights for all.
Dhimmi Watch fights to ensure that deeds done in the darkness for so long will not continue to be done. The light of world attention is anathema to the proponents of jihad and dhimmitude: we have seen in recent years that women sentenced to stoning for adultery, often victims of rape unjustly accused thanks to Sharia laws disallowing rape victims' testimony, were freed following international outcry. Dhimmi Watch will seek to provoke similar, continuous and increasing outcry wherever and whenever the Sharia's institutionalized injustices threaten dhimmis and women.

May the truth prevail.

Islam Coexist? Muhammed said "Never!"

Islam Coexist?  Muhammed said "Never!"
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"We love death. The United States loves life. That is the big difference between us." – Osama bin Laden
"I have been made victorious through terror." Muhammad, founder of Muhammadism now called Islam (Submit or Die)

Barack Obama Says He Lacks Experience To Be U.S. President

And HERE he proves it.

Obama calls it "My Muslim Faith" and This Raises More Questions

George Stephanopoulos tries to correct Obama when he says "my Muslim faith" but it wasn't a gaffe and Obama corrects Stephanopoulos. The Question is: Why say "MY Muslim faith" first? He went back to correct Stephanopoulos, but again "MY Muslim faith" was used. WHY?

Obama is to the USofA as Castro was to Cuba!

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