It is time for the second installment. I want to give props to Galen at Kudzen for cleaning up the introduction to this meme. She is also participating in this, so check her out. If anyone else is doing it, let me know. I haven't had a chance to check out my blogs lately.

NEWS FLASH is basically news or thoughts that may be changing over time - an update or an evolution of thought that covers a multiple of topics. It is what makes a blogger tick and it is the reason why we read. So, with that in mind, I came up with NEWS FLASH as an acronym that stands for what is going on in life:

News (or current events)

Entertainment (movies, TV, celebrity, etc.)

Work (thoughts on the job or employer)

Spirit (thoughts on God and/or the supernatural)

Family (or friends)


Anxiety (a rant or a trouble)

Sports (those who have no interest in sports can be creative such as contests, reality tv, recreation, cards, games), and

Home (house, yard, or even another family type of thought.


NEWS - This really isn't news (the way I think of it), but I would be remiss if I didn't mention Paris Hilton. She was sent to jail, had a meltdown, got released, sent back to jail, and now she is not going to appeal the judges decision to send her back. This whole thing is whether or not celebrities get special treatment. Both sides of the argument say, "Yes." One side says that she was released because the poor dear was disraught over having to be in jail (who isn't?). The other side says that she is handled more harshly because of her celebrity status because anyone else wouldn't do jail time at all for her offenses. I say that the celebrity in her (or at least the money) is giving her special, favorable treatment. She is in a cell alone (despite the fact that the jail is overcrowded), and her visitors do not have to stand in line to visit her (some jail visitors have to wait in line 5 hours or more). I think I could do jail (and perhaps enjoy it) if I had those terms. I wonder if she was de-loused.

ENTERTAINMENT - I can't wait to see "Sicko", the new Michael Moore film about the state of healthcare in this country. From all accounts, even Moore detractors were touched by this film. He was on Oprah last week and you know what that means: record box office receipts for Moore. He can count me as one of the opening night attendees, the Lord willing.

WORK - I was on vacation last week, so that is why I have been remiss about my blogging practices lately. I am used to being on a specific schedule, so when I am off it, my life goes haywire. Therefore, if anyone else is doing NEWSFLASH, this is the reason I don't know it yet (but should by the end of the day - or tomorrow).

SPIRIT - I think about the pain and low times I have been going through lately. Sometimes the going gets so rough that you wonder how anything good can come out of it. Then, I am reminded of Israelites escaping the Egyptians under Moses' leadership. He told them, "Don't be afraid. Just stand where you are and watch the Lord rescue you. The Egyptians that you see today will never be seen again. The Lord himself will fight for you. You won't have to lift a finger in your defense!" That sounds wonderful and everything, but we all know of good people that have perished. Not everyone is an Israelite. However, I do have the comfort in knowing that it isn't MY will but His that is important. Any suffering that I have to endure, I am sure that there is a higher purpose - even higher than my own earthly life. Since I am only going to be on this Earth for a short while, that's okay.

FAMILY - My wife is coming home this week after being gone on the west coast for two weeks. It will be good to have her back.

LOVE - Love is more than a feeling. As a matter of fact, the feeling is probably overrated. Love, to me, is about commitment and sacrifice. The feeling is just gravy.

ANXIETY - I am a little anxious about the reunion with my wife. Things are going to change in our marriage, and I worry that we both will not believe that it is changing for the better.

SPORTS - I am a horse racing fan. I am not the typical fan, I could care less about the betting aspects, I just love horses and a good story. This year, for all three triple crown races, my second choice won. There wasn't a real good story this year, except that a philly (Rags to Riches) won the Belmont Stakes Saturday for the first time since 1905. That's a good story, I guess.

HOME - I hired my nephew and his girlfriend to clean up and landscape my mother's lawn. Those two are the most anti-lazy people I ever met. I hope they end up getting married and settle on a farm. They are hard workers and they care about doing things right. They work well as a team, too. My mom has an old tree that was inundated with poison ivy. The girlfriend isn't allergic so she was all over that tree climbing it cutting and pulling, while my nephew comes behind her to do the heavy stuff (although she does wield a mean chainsaw). This stuff probably doesn't mean too much to anyone else, but I was darn impressed.

Hopefully, this week will be closer to normal with the blogging. However, we can never boast of tomorrow, can we?


Galen Brannagh said...

What I anticipate is Paris Hilton getting out of jail (such that it is) and parading herself as a street-wise, hardened criminal. Acting like she's been there, done that. PUH-leeze.

And thanks for pimpin' my blog! Yours was the idea. I'm having fun with the News Flash!

Sayre said...

Hey, Jeff!!!

Hope your reunion is happy. I'm sure she's been thinking about stuff too - perhaps a meeting of the minds will occur??? Anyway, I wish you the best with that.

I could be your nephew's girlfriend. I love DOING stuff and work pretty hard at whatever I'm doing. It's pretty satisfying to feel like you've accomplished something. I think I get it from my parents.

Hope your vacation was spent doing stuff you enjoy. Me? I usually wind up working harder than usual during "time off".

Stepping Over the Junk said...

may it all go smoothly with much communication and commitment and not too much sacrifice from either of you I hope.

I love how you write about your nephew and his girlfriend, they sound really neat.

DesLily said...

hi Jeff:.. first, I absolutely do not delete comments (that's why I leave the funky letters there, so I don't have to)

Second: hmmm, about what fantasy book to read.. There's so many kinds out there I don't know what to tell you... the one book Many readers say that "turned them on to fantasy" (and it includes me) is J R R Tolkien's, The Hobbit.

Generally I am reading what I'd call "high adventure".. good against evil... sorcerers, dwarves and a mixture of other type characters mixed in the the human type lol..(that would be like: the Dragonlance series, or Eddings Belgarath series.)

Being a first timer, is what's holding me back from true suggestions... I love fantasy so much but don't want to turn off someone who may tend to like it too!

The books you've seen on my site lately are Young Adult books. Written for kids usually 10 and up. "UP" means all the way to old ladies!..

The Harry Potter books are considered Young Adults, but you coulda fooled me! Those are excellent too!

I hope this helps!

Anonymous said...

Galen: Update - it looks like she is pulling out the God tip instead of the thug one. Of course, that is today. Wouldn't it be something if this changed her life in that way, though. (Jeff asks while trying to choke down skepticism).

Sayre: Thanks for the encouragement! All signs look pretty good.

Stepping Over: Thanks. I love compliments on my writing - too much for my own good. I think that the compliment is really directed at my nephew and his girlfriend though. However, I will take what I can get. ;)

DesLily: Thanks! The Hobbit, of course. I have been conditioned to NOT like Harry Potter, though, but I will work on that simply as a result of your recommendation - and I am serious.

Knock knock - it's cancer! said...

Ewww to Paris Hilton's de-lousing. Yuck. Thanks for that mental picture ;-)

Maybe I'm missing something (i'm gonna go re-read the other posts in case I missed it) but after 2 weeks of not seeing your wife, I bet things will be well, right? I hope so.

I love NEWSFLASH by the way, I said it before, but yes, very cool idea.

Michelle said...

Great news flash.

I think I enjoyed the bit about your nephew and girlfriend the most. I've done that twice - the get in and attack the overgrown garden thing. Once for my gran, once for another family member. It's tiring but such fun - if you're warped that way! :-D

Best wishes with your wife's homecoming.

Michelle said...

Here's my first NewsFlash:


Jeff said...

Mermaid: I don't think you missed anything. I didn't talk about it much.

Michelle: The family thing is getting high ratings. Hmm . . . I like your NF, btw!

kimber said...

I hope the homecoming goes smoothly and is full of hugs and love! And I adore your description of your nephew and his girlfriend.... They sound like the kind of people who are the foundation of a family, around whom everyone else flits and flies. :)

Anonymous said...


I just tagged you for the "thinking blog award". ...'cause I know how much you love those memes. :)


Shan said...

Your blog is so good looking. It put me to shame... But thanks for visiting and commenting! I have so little time to read but I will once I finish exams!

I've added your blog to my "Recommended Blogs". I just know I'm going to enjoy checking out your articles!


Jeff said...

Kimber: I guess my nephew and his girlfriend are stars!

Steph: Thanks! It means a lot that you think my drivel has some value. I will have to look over my reads carefully. ;)

Shan: Thanks and welcome! You have been here once before, I think. I never forget a face. ;) I can't take credit for this blog appearance. I had help from Two Write Hands.