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Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

Subject:New blog page....
Time:7:17 pm.
Mood: happy.
About a month ago, my hard drive just stopped working. Despite our best efforts, we weren't able to recover anything so we needed to start from scratch. Alas, it took me a while to remember my password to this blog. Thus, I have been unable to read blogs for a while now. Mrsbennett moved - and now I'm finding out how it went. Spinthemoon has more snarky tales for me to read. Oh, how I've missed my fix!

Also, we have a new family blog (with pictures!) at http://presentingthejohnsonjournals.blogspot.com/

Come and visit!

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Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

Subject:LOST and found....
Time:9:24 am.
Mood: intrigued!.
What an incredible show! And now I have spoilers for the final two episodes which, if proved to be accurate, are MIND BLOWING and completely *do* change the show. Wonderful - and daring! I love this show.....
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Thursday, March 15th, 2007

Subject:Yes I am.... BWA-HA-HA
Time:11:12 pm.
Your IQ Is 180

Your Logical Intelligence is Genius

Your Verbal Intelligence is Genius

Your Mathematical Intelligence is Genius

Your General Knowledge is Genius

....and yet I still can't figure out how to get from point A to point B using just a map. So book smarts don't necessarily translate into real life common sense.
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Friday, February 9th, 2007

Subject:Ok....I did it :-)
Time:11:27 am.
An LJ 'friend' requested commenters to answer five interview questions, based on what she knows/doesn't know about us. I volunteered and so here are my answers. If *you* want me to interview you, email me - or mention it in my comments - and I will send you 5 questions. The only catch is that you have to post the answers in your blog.

So here goes....

1. What is your favorite thing to do for fun, and why?

Reading is one of my top favorites, because with four children and a busy life, I never seem to get enough chances to do it. I find reading stimulating, relaxing and interesting. I don't have a favorite genre, but I do prefer nonfiction these days. :-)

2. Have you always been strong in your faith, or have you grown into it?

This requires an extremely loooooong answer, so I'll try to summarize quickly. I grew up in a Catholic home (where fear and guilt were taught, not necessarily the 'good parts' of the faith). My mother, an abusive woman with her own struggles, was constantly searching for something - perhaps an inner peace that eluded her. So we (she and I, and to a lesser extent my younger brother) went on a religious version of Where In the world is Matt Lauer? We studied Judaism (a personal favorite), Hinduism (but only until my mom decided she liked meat too much), Wicca, various Christian sects (although she rebelled against the sinner dogma) and a few less known religions/beliefs. By the time I was 15, I'd learned about many major religions. Oddly enough, we never studied the Muslim faith.

In my 15th year, I started attending a Baptist church with a school friend and really began to search for a deeper purpose of my own. Something always felt a bit "off", like a puzzle piece wasn't quite fitting correctly. In 1990, my 15 year old cousin (I was 22) was murdered by a classmate and we buried her on Christmas eve. I remember my aunt crying, and asking WHY? but no one had any answers. My mind filled with a sense of warmth and light - hard to explain - but the answer came very clearly. I likened Christ on the cross and his mother, Mary, who at that moment saw him as an innocent son. Perhaps in the back of her mind she remembered the plan, but at that moment....she was mired in sorrow, rage and pain. I explained that, in this life, we may never know WHY Michelle was killed, but that there was a deeper purpose and one day we would know what it was.

I remembered how I felt as I shared those words. It would be a few years before I'd meet a family who would have a conversation that helped me feel the same way. Once I'd heard - and felt - their message, I knew I was home. Oddly enough, as a somewhat practicing Baptist, once I found out that the family was Mormon, I forgot the feeling and focused on what little I knew about the Mormons.

A few years of studying later.... I ended up getting baptized (June 1996) and my life has been significantly effected - all for the better - by my choice. I'm not the "typical Mormon" because some of my views might be a bit more liberal, but the doctrine makes sense to me and the puzzle has all the pieces perfectly fitting into it.

(Told you it would be a long answer, but I tried to shorten it).

3. What made you want to blog, and how did you decide on LJ?

A church friend, mrsbennett, has a blog. I'm not nearly as faithful about it as others... I think I enjoy reading others' blogs more than writing my own. *grin*

4. If you had three days all to yourself, how would you spend them?

Catching up on sleep, reading, and cleaning my house from top to bottom. :-)

5. What is a place you have never been, that you would love to visit?

I didn't even have to think about this answer: Israel and Egypt. That would be wonderful!!!!!! In today's world, either choice is highly unlikely, but I can dream, right? I'd also like to go to the moon! (You didn't specify earth as the only destination! LOL)
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Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

Subject:Just call me Ms. Einstein :-)
Time:11:40 pm.
I am smarter than 91.62% of the rest of the world.
Find out how smart you are.
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Thursday, January 18th, 2007

Subject:The book of Revelations.....
Time:8:27 am.
A rare hurricane will be hitting Germany - the whole country! Tsunamis.... A tornado in downtown London.... Birds falling from the sky in Australia. And so forth and so on....

Are we getting close to the end?
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Sunday, November 12th, 2006

Subject:12 Days of Christmas (spirit)
Time:10:13 pm.
Mood: creative.
Okay, in no particular order, I present our 12 days of christmas (spirit). Some activities are designed to be service-oriented, while others are just "fun".

1/ Straw for the manger (this will happen on the first day) - Every time one of the kids does something positive (nice to a sibling, helps out, etc), they place a piece of straw in the manger to keep baby Jesus warm. More straw= more warmth.

2/ Make an ornament - from a kit purchased at Michael's

3/ Cookie cutters - make cookies to give to neighbors with a missionary card about the Savior.

4/ Christmas angel tree - each child picks a name from a Santa tree and goes shopping for that gift to put back under the tree. (Reminds the children of their blessings by giving to others)

5/ Stationery & Christmas pencils - Letters to missionaries in our ward and to members from our ward who are serving missionaries.

6/ Snowman soup - colorful snowman mugs, each with a packet of cocoa mix, mini-marshmallows, Hershey Kisses & a candy cane

7/ Christmas CD - practice some Christmas songs to then go caroling. (In neighborhood & possibly at a local nursing home)

8/ Christmas socks - we'll read the story "Socks for Christmas" and then talk about the meaning of Christmas.

9/ Snowman kit (for when it snows) - to "decorate" the snowman (scarf, etc)

10/ Veggie Tales DVD Christmas 2 pack - cute videos with the message of outting CHRIST in Christmas

11/ $5 per child - to go to the dollar store and pick out gifts for his or her siblings (and mom & dad)

12/ Polar Express DVD & small bells (one per child) - watch the movie & keep the little bell ornament as a reminder to "Believe"

Then, on the 24th, they get their traditional PJ gift and then we take photos and prepare the cookies for santa and the oats for the reindeer. (The soon-to-be 14 year old isn't impressed with this particular tradition anymore, but the 6 years old & the soon-to-be 4 year old still love it).

And there you have it! The new annual tradition at our home!
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Saturday, November 11th, 2006

Subject:I'm nearly done with christmas shopping
Time:11:19 am.
...which clearly shows my type A tendencies. I despise having to fight the crowd for last minute savings. I'd rather be done early and spend the time baking, etc. This year, we're doing the "12 days of Christmas" which is hosted by Santa's Elves. Each day from Dec 12-23, the kids will receive a mystery box with some sort of gift or craft to help them get into the Christmas spirit. For example, the box will have cookie cutters & a note about making Christmas cookies for the neighbors. So the activity will be baking goodies and delivering them. On a different day, we'll select a Christmas star from a local tree (for less fortunate children) and they will go shopping for a gift to wrap and place under the tree. I want the focus to be on GIVING, not GETTING.
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Saturday, November 4th, 2006

Subject:My name is Kathi and I am a Bibliophile.
Time:1:59 am.
Here is the ALA's list of Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990-2000. Paste this in your blog and bold the one's you've read.

Scary Stories (Series) by Alvin Schwartz
Daddy's Roommate by Michael Willhoite
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling
Forever by Judy Blume
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Alice (Series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Giver by Lois Lowry
It's Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine
A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck
The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Sex by Madonna
Earth's Children (Series) by Jean M. Auel
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
The Stupids (Series) by Harry Allard
Witches by Roald Dahl
The New Joy of Gay Sex by Charles Silverstein
Anastasia Krupnik (Series) by Lois Lowry
The Goats by Brock Cole
Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane
bber by Judy Blume
Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan

Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam
We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier
Final Exit by Derek Humphry
Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood ** LOVE THIS BOOK!
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
What's Happening to my Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Daughters by Lynda Madaras
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
The Pigman by Paul Zindel

Bumps in the Night by Harry Allard
Deenie by Judy Blume
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden
The Boy Who Lost His Face by Louis Sachar
Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat by Alvin Schwartz
A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)
Asking About Sex and Growing Up by Joanna Cole
Cujo by Stephen King
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

The Anarchist Cookbook by William Powell ** YEAH, IT'S OK TO KEEP THIS ONE ON THE BANNED LIST
Boys and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
Ordinary People by Judith Guest
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
What's Happening to my Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Sons by Lynda Madaras
Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
Crazy Lady by Jane Conly
Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher
Fade by Robert Cormier
Guess What? by Mem Fox
The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Native Son by Richard Wright

Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women's Fantasies by Nancy Friday
Curses, Hexes and Spells by Daniel Cohen
Jack by A.M. Homes
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya
Where Did I Come From? by Peter Mayle
Carrie by Stephen King
Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume

On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
Arizona Kid by Ron Koertge
Family Secrets by Norma Klein
Mommy Laid An Egg by Babette Cole
The Dead Zone by Stephen King ** THE STAND IS HIS BEST WORK, IMHO
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

Always Running by Luis Rodriguez
Private Parts by Howard Stern
Where's Waldo? by Martin Hanford
Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
Running Loose by Chris Crutcher
Sex Education by Jenny Davis
The Drowning of Stephen Jones by Bette Greene
Girls and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
View from the Cherry Tree by Willo Davis Roberts
The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
The Terrorist by Caroline Cooney
Jump Ship to Freedom by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

I've never even heard of a few of these books. Might look into reading one or two of them. Those who want to ban books bring attention to that which they are fighting against. Having said that.... Hmm, some of these books are inappropriate for certain age groups and there are others that would never be welcome in my home. But how much freedom is too much? Can we even legislate morality and ethics? Tough questions without any real answers.
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Friday, November 3rd, 2006

Subject:Now if only I could live this ideal 24/7
Time:4:30 pm.
Which Positive Quality Are You?
Your Result: Love

You are Love. Love is the glue that binds us all together. The love of family, the love of friends, the love between husbands and their wives--these things form the foundation of our happiness, our security, and our comfort. "All you need is love."

Which Positive Quality Are You?
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Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

Subject:Sad news
Time:8:45 am.
Mood: profoundly grateful.
My daughter's heart surgeon, Dr. Bechara Akl, died on October 21st of cancer. He was only 61 years old. He was a man of few words, but a giant in his field. My daughter was transferred into his care when she was only 3 weeks old. She had two large holes in her heart (called Ventricular and Atrial septal defects). He knew I was a nurse so spoke to me as professional to professional, which wasn't always the case with other physicians.

After her surgery (which went well), it took a long time for her heart to regain its natural rhythm. Several cardiologists were trying to prepare me for the possibility that she would need an internal pacemaker. But not Dr. Akl. He knew where he'd operated and had faith that Brooke would be fine.

The morning of day seven, it was determined by the cardiologists that she would need the pacemaker and plans were made for later that afternoon. A few minutes after they left, Dr. Akl came in. He looked at the chart, and then looked at me. I was tearful but still hopeful that a miracle would come. And it did, in the form of Dr. Akl. He softly put his hand on my shoulder, looked me in the eye and said, "It (her heart rhythm) will come back. Soon. She won't need that pacemaker. I promise it." Within a few hours, she no longer needed the external pacer wires and surgery was cancelled.

He didn't have lengthy conversations with his patients' families, but he was tender with the children. Brooke had her picture taken with him at one of the annual cardiac patient picnics. In her scrapbook (whenever I get to it), he will be listed as one of her heroes. She is alive because he did his job and, I believe, it wasn't just a career - it was a calling.

Dr. Bechara Akl will be greatly missed...but his memory carries on in the lives of the children he saved.
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Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006

Subject:School Tragedies
Time:8:35 am.
Mood: dismayed.
In the past few weeks, there have been a handful of shooting incidents at school: Colorado, Arkansas and now Pennsylvania. In each case, someone innocent dies at the hands of someone in a great deal of emotional anguish. Why do those who hurt choose to hurt others instead of resolving their own issues? Why does the world seem so unsafe - and how much worse is it going to get for our children's children?
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Sunday, September 17th, 2006

Subject:Need to make it a perfect 3-0
Time:6:26 pm.

create your own visited states map.
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Monday, September 11th, 2006

Subject:Five year anniversary....
Time:9:40 am.
Mood: reflective.
What were you doing the morning of 9/11?

I was sitting in front of the TV watching the Today show, while my twins were sleeping - after a rough night with them. (They turned 6 this past July, so they were only a little over a year old!) I heard the news reporter say a plane hit the first tower and everyone speculated it was an accident. Then, I saw (on live TV) the second plane come towards the tower.

My initial thought was that it may be one of those fire planes that dumps retardant on the flames (because it was so high up in the tower) and then the plane crashed into the second tower. Within seconds, I went from thinking about the odds of a second accident to realizing that this was intentional. And I began praying.

My husband was out of town. Ironically, he was attending a terrorism conference. They had to bus him (and other participants) home. (In the days afterwards, in DC, we passed marine tanks armed and ready to fire at any incoming targets).

We never expected the towers to come down....and for so many heroes to be killed. I remember a political cartoon in the days after the attack which showed the New York skyline with two large figures: a fire fighter and a police officer. The headline: "Our other twin towers".

We've visited the sites: Pennsylvania and the Pentagon... No one on those planes (except for the terrorists) or those in NYC and DC....none of them knew that their lives would end that day. The sudden-ness of it. The random-ness of it....

The outpouring of support from various countries of the world..... the increased sense of community each of us felt.... I wish we would have been able to hold onto that a bit longer.
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Monday, September 4th, 2006

Subject:By Crikey!
Time:9:35 am.
Mood: sad.
Steve Irwin, best known as the Crocodile Hunter, died today. He was filming a documentary on stingrays in the Great Barrier Reef when he accidentally "boxed in" a stingray that was mostly buried in the sand. It startled and shot its spiky tail up, getting Irwin right in the chest. From reports, he died instantly. He was only 44 and leaves behind a wife and two children.

I remember staring at his daring (or stupidity, depending on my mood) getting so up close and personal with crocodiles, snakes and other dangerous creatures. My husband and I thought one of the crocs would eventually win the tussle, but I don't think either one of us expected this! I don't know the man but I felt surprised and saddened this morning as I read the news.

My daughter is in the other room watching the Wiggles DVD that features Steve Irwin... At least he died doing what he loved....but at what cost to his family? :(
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Friday, September 1st, 2006

Subject:Happy September! :-)
Time:11:20 am.
Mood: working.
I love Autumn, and although the season doesn't begin for a few weeks yet, September is a happy month for me. :-)

Cute little quiz result below. I'd love to live in Europe and just backpack from country to country, enjoying the experience. I have family in Ireland so I found it interesting that my result came back as Dublin. I'd have expected the Mediterranean: Italy or Greece or maybe France or Switzerland....since those are the areas of greatest travel appeal to me. But I guess I'm sticking with my Irish roots.

You Belong in Dublin

Friendly and down to earth, you want to enjoy Europe without snobbery or pretensions.
You're the perfect person to go wild on a pub crawl... or enjoy a quiet bike ride through the old part of town.
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Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

Subject:Two great books
Time:10:20 pm.
Mood: creative.
THE NOVELIST (Angela Hunt) has so many different layers of story... In one level (the "exterior story"), a famous novelist is teaching a college class on writing novels. To illustrate her examples, she writes a novella (the "interior story" of the book) unlike her usual genre of action/thrillers. We learn about her son Zack and how he struggles with psychological issues and how she, as a mother, tries to cope with the uncertainty. The interior story involves an allegorical tale of the Creator & the garden of Eden. The main character of the novel uses this interior story to teach her class how to construct a novel and also attempts to use the story to help bring her child closer to God.

Sounds confusing, right? But it works.

REDEEMING LOVE (Francine Rivers) is the Biblical story of Hosea retold from a nineteenth century point of view. The story of Angel, a child prostitute who overcomes her past because of the deep and patient love of Michael Hosea, could be trite....but it is subtle and loving and a kind reminder of the endless love that the Savior holds for us. It's a looooong book, but worth every moment spent reading it.
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Monday, August 28th, 2006

Subject:If the DNA doesn't fit
Time:9:39 pm.
...then he is an ID-I-OT!

Ok, Karr is confirmed to be a creepy man with an unhealthy interest in high profile, young victim murdered cases. Eeeeew. We should lock him up on principle....
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Friday, August 18th, 2006

Subject:The big IF
Time:8:47 am.
Mood: confused.
I'm guessing we'll all have to wait for DNA results to be conclusive, but the media reports regarding the suspected killer of JonBenet Ramsey are quite troubling. Is the suspect *really* the one who murdered JonBenet or is he someone disturbed enough to try and insert himself into this frenzy? The facts - and his public statements - aren't adding up.
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Thursday, August 17th, 2006

Time:11:51 am.
Mood: thoughtful.
After a ten year wait, it appears that the murder of JonBenet Ramsey might finally be solved. Of course, we don't yet have all the answers (including the all-important WHY?) and we should presume innocence unless and until proven guilty in a court of law, but how amazing to have answers, even if only to a few of the questions.

For so long, the parents were suspects and Patsy Ramsey died (of ovarian cancer earlier this summer) under the same cloud of suspicion that was held over her for so many years. The media reports that she knew that authorities were closing in on a suspect and she died with the knowledge that her daughter's killer may finally meet earthly justice. Gratefully, she is spared having to listen to the details be repeated by the killer (*if* the suspect is the killer)...

We can debate the wisdom of having a small child go through pageants, wearing clothing & makeup completely at odds with her age... We can debate why John Ramsey moved his daughter's body, albeit in a state of grief & shock... We can question all the particulars of the case, but in the end, if the killer has been found and can be brought to justice, we can have closure, even if we also still have the knowledge that a little girl lost her life.

I'll hold my children just a little bit tighter tonight....
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