Archive for May, 2005

An Extraordinary Girl

Friday, May 27th, 2005

I have decided not to get too personal on this blog for the last few months. The reason is that opening up my personal life on here has resulted in a degree of confusion for my regular readers, since I feel comfortable sharing the good things, but (for obvious reasons) am reluctant to speak of break-ups and the bad things (and spare others any embarrassment). Therefore I just figured I would suspend speaking of the good things so as to not have to explain any changes or negative results that may come. However, after I thought about it, I realized that I really value this blog as a personal and theological venue.  So I have decided to speak about personal things again, perhaps on a more limited basis than before. I thought quoting a song would be appropriate to describe this past weekend, when I hung out with my new girlfriend Jennifer and her friends. I chose this song:

if the weather was inclement
I’d have told you in a minute
you can rest your worries here
anytime you want to dear
and if it’s moving way too fast
well there is this looking glass
the future and the past
are breaking down in all this sunshine

you ought to know i guess
it’s a different sort of day
when you walked by in that dress

and she’s not an ordinary girl
she’s a million miles away
in an extraordinary world
and i guess i’d have to say
come whatever come what may
i just pray to reach you
where it hurts the most
hold you just a little closer

with the blue sky over my head
and it’s so plain to everyone
the street is beat
and there’s a lot of nothing to be done
here’s a loyal heart
has yours once ever been broken?
and all the loudest words it seems
are the ones that don’t get spoken

color me impressed
you could say i’m in deep
yeah more or less

and she’s not an ordinary girl
she’s a million miles away
in an extraordinary world
and i guess i’d have to say
come whatever come what may
i just pray to reach you
where it hurts the most
hold you just a little closer

Extraordinary Girl by Bill Mallonee

Trinity Sunday

Sunday, May 22nd, 2005

RublevToday is Trinity Sunday, when the Church celebrates the most Holy Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Trinity is ultimately a mystery. This does not mean we can not begin to grasp it, or that it is simply confusing. I have heard mystery described like this (forgive me for not recalling who said this): Mystery is not a brick wall to run up against, but an ocean in which to dive. Such is the Trinity and all of the mysteries of the Church. Their meaning is not attached to our being able to fully explain them.

Also, Fr. Al Kimel has has posted an excellent Trinity quote by none other than my patron saint, and defender of Nicene Trinitarianism, St. Hilary of Poitiers. The image is Rublev’s famous icon of the Trinity. Happy Trinity Sunday!

 

Poison Ivy

Wednesday, May 11th, 2005

Ivy_1As I was running outside this afternoon, I was reminded of summer’s entrance and what comes with it. Every year around this time I have to be careful to avoid one of nature’s greatest scourges: poison ivy. Actually, poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac all have the basic effect, but poison ivy gets the blame. A good friend of mine is currently battling an outbreak, and I sympathize. I have had numerous nearly total body outbreaks. In high school I got it so bad that it covered my entire calves, and I remember having to practice football in the hot summer with socks pulled up to my knees while the oil oozed from the sores.

The oil in poison ivy responsible for its effects (urushiol oil) is so potent that one ounce of it could cause everyone in America to break out. There is just no real good way of treating or preventing poison ivy, save avoiding contact with it, which is difficult for those like me who like to run and hike outside. I usually avoid an area of the local state park we call "the pines" because poison ivy grows on and around the trail. That is too bad because it’s an intriguing area of the park that smells like Christmas year round.

As far as treatment goes, as I said, not much works. Sure, some of the products relieve the symptoms, but in general you just have to wait it out. I have tried various home remedies as well, and nothing really works. I just have to be very careful and avoid it like the plague and wash well after any potential exposure. However, I got a few patches in late April that disappeared in a few days. I scrambled to think what I might have been taking or doing to reduce the outbreak. The only thing I am doing differently this year is taking Stinging Nettle (whose white blooms fill the forest in the late summer) capsules for my allergies. Of course, it all could just be a coincidence or maybe it wasn’t even poison ivy to begin with. Remember "leaves of three, let it be!"