Monday, May 09, 2005

Careful What You Blog!

In the past week I have had three different old friends surface out of the deep blue. It was interesting to find out that two of the three already read my blog! So be careful what you blog, you never know who might be reading you!
The last few weeks have been mentally busy. There is a lot going on, but its all a good thing. At church I have been asked to head up a new program for the "mid-singles." The "mid-singles" are the ones too old to be called "young singles" (ages 18-30), and too young to be called "singles" (which generally has a connotation of being the 50-dead age group). So the mid-singles will be the 27-40ish crowd that just doesn't have a place to quite fit in. And this group is scattered all over Northern Virginia, making cohesion a little tricky. I'm up for the challenge, but I have to admit, too much of my life is revolving around my marital status. I'm writing a column about singles, and now my church job is to "serve" the singles and create activities for them. Its a little too much time spent "being single" and not enough time to spend getting to "not being single." This Saturday we are having our first "Officially Unofficial" activity for the mid-singles. I thought I'd go a little crazy and plan the easiest activity ever. We're doing the ever popular dinner and a movie. Hopefully we will have 20-30 people show up (i'm hoping for low numbers so that i am pleasantly surprised), so it will be a little more exciting than just dinner and a movie. Dinner will be at Chili's, and the movie will be "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." (I've already seen Hitchhiker and absolutely loved it. I also saw "House of D" and loved it. I would not recommend "D" to anyone that does not have a truly dark sense of humor.)
This past week a very poignant photo story ran on washingtonpost.com (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/custom/2005/05/06/CU2005050601042.html?startat=1&referrer=emaillink) regarding some children amputees from Sierra Leone. These children (and their parents) have had limbs amputated in the rebel wars over the diamond mines. The photo story is about how these children were brought to the States and given prosthetic limbs. Just a few slides into this story and you will be crying and wondering where you can make a donation to their cause. One of the things that truly stood out to me were the families in the US that adopted the children. In two cases the children were adopted by single women who had very large families. One of my long term goals is to become a foster parent. Right now I am not in a situation where I could take in a foster child. But hopefully within the next two years I will be able to buy my own place, (you can't be a foster parent in a rental), and take in a teenager. Reading this article has me very interested in taking in a refugee foster child. If anyone has any feedback on this issue, I'd love to hear it.
I've been taking part in several discussions lately about the war, government, etc. I have come to realize that some people will truly never be happy unless they are complaining about leadership. These same people have no interest in taking a leadership role, or even constructive criticism. They just want to complain. I will never understand this personality type. How can people be content to sit around and whine all day? Do they think just sitting around and whining all day will somehow be heard by the powers that be and make something happen? Or do they care if anything ever changes? I suppose I am just not that type of person. I'm more of a "see it and fix it" type. If you don't like the leadership, do something about it. Vote, campaign, demonstrate. But don't just sit around and whine! It gets you nowhere and annoys the rest of us!
I think that is enough blogging for one day. I promise to blog a little more often in the future!

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