Friday, December 22, 2006

Free Hugs - is this all we need???

Anyone familiar with the Sick Puppies "All The Same"?

Here's some of the commentary from the YouTube site:

"Sometimes, a hug is all what we need. Free hugs is a real life controversial story of Juan Mann, A man who's sole mission was to reach out and hug a stranger to brighten up their lives.
In this age of social disconnectivity and lack of human contact, the effects of the Free Hugs campaign became phenomenal.
As this symbol of human hope spread across the city, police and officials ordered the Free Hugs campaign BANNED.
What we then witness is the true spirit of humanity come together in what can only be described as awe inspiring.
In the Spirit of the free hugs campaign, PASS THIS TO A FRIEND and HUG A STRANGER! After all, If you can reach just one ... "

FYI hugs can be found at Bacon's Haven, anytime :) see you there...

later man, jan

The Enneagram Personality Test

I googled the test and got an answer - possible not the right answer :) however...

The following is a quote from GospelCrazy (one of my favourite members) over on

"It provides a system of understanding our own motivations, desires, and strengths and weaknesses. It is, first, an image that represents the human psyche, the community of all humanity, and the universe."

"It is a nine-pointed symbol (which is what the word "Enneagram" actually means) and we all experience the world from some location around the edge of the circle.The most amazing thing about it is that it tells us not only why we do the things we do, but how to achieve better functioning and how to work on our spiritual development."

"It may sound hard to believe if you haven't experienced it and you're a cynical person, but the Enneagram as a system of understanding is immensely precise, accurate, and helpful."

"In the fully expanded system, there are 729 different locations at which you can reside (nine cubed) and every one of them has a suggested direction of growth and "inner work."

"I recommend the Enneagram Institute website if people are looking for more information."

... sigh ... I don't think this is the real me :) I think I will have to take this again - maybe a few times - just to see how right I am... probably depends a lot on what kind of day you have had :) here's my score today... later man, jan

Scale (%) results:
Enneagram Test Results
Type 1 Perfectionism66%
Type 2Helpfulness66%
Type 3Image Focus54%
Type 4Hypersensitivity62%
Type 5Detachment58%
Type 6Anxiety54%
Type 7Adventurousness58%
Type 8Aggressiveness62%
Type 9Calmness34%
Your main type is 2
Your variant is social
Take Free Enneagram Personality Test

Monday, December 18, 2006

Bethlehem's Best...

Grandma's 5 year old angel was in his first Christmas pageant...

They have been practicing for weeks and were so excited...

then stage fright overcame the boys and they became statues of angels.

Once their part in the performance was over however,

they reverted to their former selves and talked and poked each other

as they enjoyed the rest of the puppet show.

The best part was when the animals were helping Mary to put baby Jesus in the manger and they misjudged where the edge was and tipped him out. It was a long fall and the whole audience gasped. The Sunday School coordinator just happened to be sitting on the floor where she could direct the program and managed to save the baby and return him to his bed of straw and all was well. Then we could have a good giggle, but times were tense for a miniute.

Next stop - Christmas Eve - I can hardly wait...

later man, jan

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Christmas Carols for the Disturbed...

1. Schizophrenia --- Do You Hear What I Hear?

2. Multiple Personality Disorder --- We Three Kings Disoriented Are

3. Dementia --- Was I Going To Be Home for Christmas?

4. Narcissistic --- Hark the Herald Angels Sing About Me

5. Manic --- Deck the Halls and Walls and House and Lawn and Streets and Stores and Office and Town and Cars and Buses and Trucks and Trees and.....

6. Paranoid --- Santa Claus is Coming to Town to Get Me

7. Borderline Personality Disorder --- Thoughts of Roasting on an Open Fire

8. Personality Disorder --- You Better Watch Out, I'm Gonna Cry, I'm Gonna Pout, Maybe I'll Tell You Why

9. Attention Deficit Disorder --- Silent Night, Holy Oooh look at the Nativity, Can I have a chocolate, Why is Santa's suit red?

10. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder --- Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle, Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle....

later man, jan

Friday, December 15, 2006

New look on the Living Spirit website...

Some SAIT students built this new website for our church as part of their studies. Isn’t it great?

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Get a tissue for this Special Christmas Message...

Please take the time to stop and feel this Special Christmas Message...

titled... A Child's Song
United Church Moderator David Giuliano recalls an encounter with God's surprising and encouraging presence when the Holy One came among us as a child.

Watch the video, or read the full transcript.

later man, jan

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

16th Anniversary of Tragedy

It's worth a minute or two of your time ---
Here's a link to a blog I follow...
I'ts a short reflection on the Montreal Massacre ...
Another Lest We Forget Day...

later man, jan

Monday, December 04, 2006

Are you Sentimental about Christmas traditions?

Guest Speaker this week at WonderCafe is Graeme Burk - a writer and a communications coordinator for a non-profit agency that works with at-risk youth in downtown Toronto.

He says that even though he is a practicing Christian...

..."I also love the secular holiday that has sprung up around it..."

..."I love the kitsch and the commercialism and the lights and Santa Claus and the singing..."

..."Christmas is a season where we put a giant amnesty on being sentimental..."

..."the best thing about the holiday season is that it's okay to like schmaltzy, sentimental and pretty things for their own sake. It's like taking a vacation from good taste and good sense..."

You can read his whole article and even post your own sentimental thoughts at

later man, jan

Time to apply for a passport...

Looks like it is time to apply for a passport and take John to Sweden...

-- this CBC news item is all about plans for an ABBA museum to open in 2008...

later man, jan