Groundhog’s Day Tweet–YOU DECIDE!!!

I am giving you the power!  I can’t decide which Groundhog’s Day joke to tweet for Wednesday.  Consider the following options and then vote below.  The winning tweet gets tweeted.

1.  Citing “snow fatigue,” local groundhog checks into rehab at the Jefferson Co. Vet’s Clinic after weekend party with Charlie Sheen.

2.  Punxsutawney Phil unable to shovel out of hole, Groundhog’s Day postponed

3.  Groundhog reveals self only to deliver profanity-laced tirade, mock TV weathermen; ends with, “Why don’t you ask the weasel?”

4.  Punxsutawney Phil appears publicly only to pick the Steelers in the Super Bowl, no mention of Spring

5.  Punxsutawney Phil refuses to appear until a settlement is reached with Columbia Pictures over Bill Murray film


I’ve Been Reading

First up is, “The Boy who was raised as a Dog and other stories from a child psychiatrist’s notebook” by Dr. Bruce D. Perry.

I actually began reading this in a bookstore in PA while on my anniversary trip last November.  I read the first couple of chapters before having to leave, and finally bought a copy the end of December.   It contains fascinating and terribly sad stories of abuse and neglect but also some success stories.

The author is big on neuroscience and the development of the brain.  He has been able to effectively help many children by recognizing the age of the child when the neglect/abuse occurred and then comparing that to the development of the brain in that same period.

Some of his helpful therapies include holding and rocking older kids who didn’t get that as babies. Although parents and adults thought a problem child was being “babied,” they really needed it.  There were examples such as a 6 year old who was experiencing “failure to thrive”.  Doctors assumed all kind of stomach problems or even genetic anorexia.  By talking with the mother he realized a disconnect.  Because of the mother’s childhood of neglect, numerous foster homes, etc. she was smart enough to take care of the baby physically but didn’t know how to be a mom otherwise..

Dr. Perry oversaw the evaluation and help for the children rescued from the Branch Davidian (David Koresh, Waco, TX) group.

The story about the boy raised as a dog (in a cage by a step-grandfather who didn’t know what to do and requested help from social services) wasn’t even the saddest.  Two other boys endured long periods of severed neglect.  A mentally handicapped mom and then a babysitter who left babies alone all day long for months!  9-5!  One child became a sociopath who killed two girls as a teenager.  The other boy made great recovery.  Therapies used for this second boy included a rhythm class and massaging.  He walked funny and did not like to be touched.

Dr. Perry associated the rhythm problem to lack of being rocked as a baby.  He talked about how parents naturally rock a baby at the perfect rate, which equals a healthy heart rate.  Pre-K-level rhythm classes for a teenager helped him a lot.  Massage therapy helped him to actually initiate a hug with his mom for the first time.

The most interesting story may have been a small-town abuse/Satanic cult scandal in Texas.  It was discovered that fundamentalist foster parents were using a “holding” method which was pretty much torture, resulting in children claiming whatever the adult wanted to hear.  Perry was brought in to help discern which kids were telling the truth about abuse and which had been forced to make up stuff or agree with the religious nuts.

The book would be enjoyed by anyone who likes psychology/sociology, child development, social work, foster care, and neuroscience (although he doesn’t get too technical on the neuroscience).  His modern, evolutionary philosophy shows itself a couple of times but does not detract from the book.

Bruce wrote a second book about the significance of empathy in society that I would like to read as well.

Headlines-First Edition of 2011

Iraq cleric cranks up anti-US rhetoric (

US responds by cranking up Merle Haggard’s “Fightin Side of Me”

15 Headless Bodies found in Acapulco

Lead Detective says the worst thing is this may distract them from the case of the 15 heads that were found on the other side of town.

Snooki not trying to be role model


Big Zero? Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh miss Miami Heat practice

Wasn’t there some tweet about Karma or something recently?

January 31st, 2011

Who will you be at the end of this year?  What kind of faith will you have?  How close will you be with Jesus?  Your present actions will have a great impact on your future.

You are in control.  More than what the preacher does or doesn’t do.  More than what the church provides or doesn’t provide.  Your relationship with Jesus is about what you do or don’t do. Or maybe better said, What you allow God and Jesus to do.

Of course, we are all here to help each other encourage one another but your soul is in your hands.

Yes, it is all about God and what He does.  But how will you react and respond to what He does or what He doesn’t do?  Will you hear His call, His Will, and follow?  As the old hymn cuts to the heart by asking, “what will you do with Jesus?” That’s more than your initial salvation.  What will you do with Jesus on Thursday at 10:00 a.m.?  What will you do with Jesus on Monday morning and Friday night?

Yes, Satan will continue to prowl and attack and deceive. But how will you fight, respond, recover?

There is an old proverb that says, “If you want to know your past – look into your present conditions. If you want to know your future – look into your present actions.”

God is waiting on you.  God is calling you. God wants you.  What are you going to do today and tomorrow and the next day?

A Winter’s Dilemma

What to do.  What to do.  My old shoveling gloves were not waterproof.  My hands would get soaked, cold, and even stained from whatever was used to color my old gloves.

Back in December, my wife picked out a pair of nice waterproof gloves.  I liked them.  They were comfy.  No black/blue stains.  My hands were no longer soaked after shoveling.

But…alas….a problem:  once you get them sweaty inside, it is difficult to dry them.

Now, it’s not enough to just hang them up. I stick the hair dryer deep inside and run it a bit.

I am worried they will be moldy or gross inside and they have already developed a little smell.

What do I do?  What other option is there?  How can I effectively dry them?