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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Friday Five on Saturday Morning

Picture from a Pond on Cape Cod this summer 07, August. Wish I was there.

Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8, NRSV)

Friends, it's nearly Thanksgiving in the U.S. and it's the time of year when we are pressed to name things for which we are thankful. I want to offer a twist on the usual lists and use Paul's letter to the church at Philippi as a model. Name five things that are:

1.True, That each day arrives and that we put one foot in front of the other
2.Honorable, That most of us try to do the best we can in our work and in our lives-I do.
3. Just, That people believe in causes and are free to pursue their beliefs, soldiers in Iraq and protesters in the US
4.Pure, My nap at 4:30, getting home exausted, collapsing onto the bed.
5.Pleasing, A brand new book by a favorite author, just waiting to be read. And when I can eat it, LiLac Chocolates.
6.Commendable, excellent or worthy of praise. Those of us that have the time and energy to go above and beyond.

the recovering counselor speaks

Thursday, November 15, 2007

This is my gall bladder that fell out and walked away

Well, what surgery... ?

Actually it's a Bananna slug I took a picture of. I just wish my gall bladder would walk away.

I had the ERCP, and all I got was this pancreatitis! For which I've been in the hospital and in pain and a promise of another ERCP as the MRCP didn't see all of the massive stones that I actually have and they couldn't remove them all. I am home now. I have two options, one to have another ERCP-risking another bout of pancreatitis then the laprascopic surgery. Or open surgery, and no gall bladder. Guess which way I'm leaning.