July 5, 2020

Saturday Ramblings 7.24.10

Lexus is our usual horse for Saturday Ramblings. But as everyone deserves a vacation, we gladly granted her the weekend off. She said she had some shopping she wanted to do, get her mane done, things like that. Her pasture-mate, Majesty, is filling in today. You may say, “Big deal. A horse is a horse, of course.”  Ah, but there you are wrong. Majesty is a horse of a different color. She is not costing us anything—in other words, she’s a gift. Don’t go looking in her mouth. Instead, stand by for Saturday Ramblings.

I knew it was going to be a slow week when I turned on the TV Monday night and saw the words “Breaking News.” Uh-oh, what happened? Another oil spill? Did a hurricane form in the Gulf? Maybe the Dow Index fell by a record amount. No, no and no. It was just a story about a Disney brat going to jail for being a brat. Sorry, no link provided here. You want to read about Lindsay Lohan, do your own search.

Don’t you just love it when someone tries to distill a person’s life—or, in this case, a group of people’s lives—down to a handful of “principles” or “secrets”? Here are five such bullet points to ponder from the lives of Trappist Monks. I have been among these monks, and there is no way you could make list of their character traits that translate into how you can live better. In order to live as they do, you would need to, um, live as they do.

Could the Garima Gospels be the oldest known illustrated Christian works? Perhaps, according to new data. Monks believe these Gospels have magical powers. When they are read aloud, people are healed. What do you take from that?

While this NPR story tells of the growing church in China in a good light, things are not as rosy as we might think. According to Voice of the Martyrs, there are more Christians imprisoned or otherwise detained for their faith than in any other country. Once again, we need to be reminded to pray for our brothers and sisters in persecuted lands as if we were in chains with them.

In another form of torture, this 13 year old girl from Dorchester, Massachusetts went an entire week without technology. And guess what? She liked it! Interesting that the article points out she didn’t stop communicating—she just switched to doing it in person. How do you do that again?

Did I mention it was a slow news week? Thankfully we have 38 year old Roberto Sol Cabrera Zavaleta who was arrested in the Mexico City airport smuggling 18 monkeys into the country. In his clothes. Yep, Roberto had a dozen and a half little titi monkeys stuffed under his clothes. Authorities noticed he looked “markedly nervous.” Uh, you think? And don’t you think Smuggling Monkeys would make a great name for a rock band?

This week’s birthdays included Earle Stanley Gardner, the creator of Perry Mason; Art Linkletter; John Glenn (one of my all-time heroes, the first American to orbit the earth); gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson; Ricky Skaggs; Vicki Carr; Diana Rigg; Ernest Hemmingway; Garry “Doonesbury” Trudeau; and Alex Trebek.

Let me leave you with a song that will grip your heart and encourage you in God’s love for you. Let the tears flow freely.

Comments

  1. Smuggling Monkeys DOES sound like a good name for a rock band, Jeff!

  2. “Five leadership secrets of the Trappist monk”

    Thanks for the laugh, Jeff. Merely looking at the headline had me giggling.

    As for the monkey smuggler in Mexico, all he has to do to get off is claim it was a drunken bet. Under what conditions is the idea of smuggling monkeys through airport security by hiding them under your clothes a good or even remotely feasible idea? How do you even go about stuffing 18 monkeys down your jumper? And do I really want to know the answer to that?

  3. Don’t you just love it when someone tries to distill a person’s life—or, in this case, a group of people’s lives—down to a handful of “principles” or “secrets”? Here are five such bullet points to ponder from the lives of Trappist Monks. I have been among these monks, and there is no way you could make list of their character traits that translate into how you can live better. In order to live as they do, you would need to, um, live as they do.

    I live in Belgium and enjoy trappist beer. I am hoping to have a retreat at the Chimay Abbey in a few week’s time. I have visited there earlier this year, which I share about here. But not a retreat yet.

  4. Isaac Rehberg (the poster formerly known as Obed) says

    Did you watch the video linked to the “5 Secrets” article? It was pretty neat.

  5. Enjoyed the story on the teen who gave up technology for a week. My cell phone died about three weeks ago, and I finally decided I am not going to replace it. What’s amazed me is how unhappy this has made other people–my mom, my sister, a couple of my friends–because I’m no longer available 24/7. Somehow, the fact that I have a land line at home and a telephone at work doesn’t seem to make it OK.

    And to think that, just five short years ago (but a lifetime in terms of modern technology), I didn’t even have a cell phone, and no one seemed to mind.

  6. I’ve been called a “titi monkey” and a “monkey smuggler” before but I don’t think it was ever meant in a favorable light.