Monthly Archives: May 2015

The Pope and No TV

Hi there,

I caught the news yesterday.  They were talking about the Pope, and how he hasn’t watched TV in several decades.  (I think it was several decades!)

The Pope had promised the Virgin Mary he would stop watching TV, and so he did.

I think he is the better for it.

The news people couldn’t believe it, however.  They wondered how the Pope would get his information or know what was going on in the world if he never watched the news.

Someone pointed out newspapers.  Before TV, people used to read what was happening in their community and in their world via the printed press.

‘But, that’s just so old fashioned,’ you say, ‘Not to mention the black ink you get all over your fingers and hands from holding the newspaper.’    I feel your angst…

I think the problem still remains:  What the media presents, is not always or is rarely what actually is!

I am not crying, “Conspiracy”.  I just think that the media is not entirely reliable.

I am quite certain the Pope has advisers, who advise him.  This advising business is probably their job, and I assume they must do it pretty well.  The Pope has to know what is going on in the world.  He’s the head-honcho of the Catholic Church, for Pete’s sake.

And, being the head-honcho of the Catholic Church comes great responsibility toward, not only your people, but other people in the world, who are hurting or experiencing suffering.

The media is biased.  They want us to believe that they are the source for all our news, for everything we need to know, and in my opinion, everything we don’t need to know.

This is my bias.  I just don’t trust them.  I think I have shared a story where I was passing by a newspaper box and saw a headline.  It had to do with some local athlete and his terrible antics (according to the paper).

My gut reaction was anger against this person I did not know personally.  My reaction was so strong that it took me by surprise.  This ended up being a good thing, as it made me realize I had just been controlled and manipulated by the newspaper.  This angry outburst was exactly what they wanted out of me.

Maybe I’m slow, but it wasn’t until adulthood that I had this grand realization, this revelation.

But at least I finally caught onto those news mongers.  Better late than never, I always say. (I actually never always say that!)

Moral of the story:   TV is evil (except HGTV of course!)

Blessings,

Ellie

Questions:  What do you think about the Pope not watching TV?
Or about the media in general?
Are you willing to share one of your “revelation” moments with us?

 

Show Business

Hi there!

My business is your business, that’s show business.

Michael Jackson had a song called, Tabloid Junkie.  I think I prefer my version better.  Of course, mine doesn’t fit so nicely into song…Or maybe it does…

One time I was watching an interview on a talk show, the host will remain nameless (but I will say she was blonde).

It turns out the host was walking down her street when a car drove by, slowed down and backed up.  (She was the one telling the story.)   Anyway, as the car slowed and backed up, she was thinking something like, ‘O great…’ until she saw that it was a co-celebrity in the car, not one of us annoying civilian nobody’s.

Okay, so that’s not exactly how she worded it, but it kind of felt like that was its intended meaning.  Maybe that was not how it was meant, but it begged the question, ‘Why it is okay for celebrities to stalk celebrities?’

Ready to play?  The answer to the above-identified question is:

a)  Because they know what it’s like to be stalked
b)  Because they ‘re above the law
c)   Because they’re most likely not going to say or do something stupid like you or I would
d)  None of the above
e)  All of the above

When asked what she thought of having people come up to her, Dolly Parton said, “I always wanted to be famous. I’m not going to bitch about it now.”  (I love that woman!)

Being a private person myself, I do kinda get it.  I don’t really like everybody knowing my business and get annoyed with myself for telling too many people my business.  (But, feel blessed to have such a great support group of people who love and care for me!)

From what I gather, some celebrities think that “Show Business” means they’re supposed to show all their business to anyone who’ll watch them.

Some people throw themselves in front of any camera possible because they can’t get enough attention, while others (non-celebrity types) hide behind a curtain, afraid to receive any attention.

Both are equally bad, but mirror the same issue:  insecurity

I was recently reminded that when we’re secure in God’s love, we don’t need the approval or affirmation of others.

We can live confidently, knowing that we are truly loved, beloved children of God.

Galatians 3:23-29 says,   “Before the way of faith in Christ was available to us, we were placed under guard by the law. We were kept in protective custody, so to speak, until the way of faith was revealed. Let me put it another way. The law was our guardian until Christ came; it protected us until we could be made right with God through faith.  And now that the way of faith has come, we no longer need the law as our guardian. For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.  And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes. There is no longer Jew or Gentile,slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you.”

I think living this way also means we’ll stop comparing ourselves and our lives to others, what we have or don’t have.  We’ll appreciate our own value and worth knowing God has created each of us with unique talents, gifts and abilities, and that He is providing all that we need.

“My cup overflows…” will be constantly on our lips (Psalm 23:5b).

It does, indeed!

We may just need to shut off celebrity culture though, so recycle those Tabloids and turn off the T’Elly’n…Show…

Blessings,

Ellie

Answer:  There really is no right answer so, “Congratulations!  You’re RIGHT!”  Kind of anti-climactic, isn’t it?

Birthday Post

Hello, People of the World!

Have you ever googled the year you were born to see what the Number 1 song was?  Well, I just did, and here it is!

(TSOP) The Sound of Philadelphia by MFSB.  (I was “this” close to being Benny and the Jets by Elton John!)  I had never heard MFSB.  The song is essentially a dance song.  Kind of a techno-diddy.

I am trusting that God knew what He was doing bringing me into the world when He did…

This year my birthday was better spent.  I did a very limited poll (of 2 people) and asked if turning 40 was difficult for them.  They said it was – it was worse than turning 50 in fact.

For me, I think I gave up hope.  I am getting older and there is nothing I can do about it, except make the best of it.  So, turning 41 was kind of a breeze of fresh air, topped with home-made chocolate fudge pie.

I am glad I’ve got my groove back.

I wonder if my love of everything shiny and glittery has to do with entering the world in the Age of the Disco Ball.

Enjoy my song!  (And, feel free to share your songs with me too.)

I pray that 2015 will be a most blessed year for us all!!

Blessings,

Ellie