Comments Posted By Gail Sheppard
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The Obama’s are just too young to get it. Michelle looks positively bored. Thank God, I “got it.” I was born at just the right time.
» Posted By Gail Sheppard On June 18, 2013 @ 9:53 pm
Thumbs up from me. Words do mean something.
» Posted By Gail Sheppard On June 17, 2013 @ 9:35 pm
See Frontline’s “Top Secret America.” Usually this program is so far to the left, it’s not worth watching, but it’s hard to argue with their conclusions when it comes to this segment. They said EXACTLY what you’re saying. Too much is, well. . . too much!
» Posted By Gail Sheppard On June 16, 2013 @ 6:40 pm
See? Even Sam knows that some things just aren’t right !
» Posted By Gail Sheppard On June 8, 2013 @ 5:11 pm
Why aren’t there any guys who look like the “Road Warrior” in CA? If there were, that would be reason enough to stay.
The guys in CA look more like this:
OK, I’m kidding, but not by much. :-/
» Posted By Gail Sheppard On May 26, 2013 @ 6:25 pm
California (I call it the ‘sunshine state,” because it deserves it more than FL) is just a little ahead of its time. “Coming soon to a theater near you!”
» Posted By Gail Sheppard On May 25, 2013 @ 9:44 pm
I think it may be a mistake to put a pious man in the office of bishop. Better to hire a “consultant” whose sole interest is in keeping everyone happy. If he fails, they can always get another one and say, “The guy just didn’t work out.” No need to publish inflammatory articles. No expectation of benefits, pensions or permanency. The guy could save money by writing off a percentage of his mileage, as he goes from parish to parish, as well the cost of his vestments for work related functions. You’d have to get him to sign something like a BAA under HIPAA, but instead of protecting personal health information, it would cover scandalous behavior on the part of the Synod.
I know, I know. . . This is a little too tongue-in-cheek even for me.
» Posted By Gail Sheppard On June 8, 2013 @ 2:28 pm
Praying. . .
» Posted By Gail Sheppard On May 21, 2013 @ 8:14 pm
RE: “Where are the Orthodox reproductive health and abortion alternative services . . . Where are the Orthodox adoption and birth-supportive programs and services? ” M. Stankovich
I’ve wondered this myself, although I don’t see this as an indictment of those who “march,” but rather an indictment of our entire Faith. – If we do nothing, pay nothing (not saying this is true of you Mr. Stankovich), we should not be critical of those who “march,” simply because it’s not enough. Forget the banners! WE are the ones who “go back into storage,” because we don’t put our money where our mouth is.
» Posted By Gail Sheppard On May 19, 2013 @ 3:57 pm
RE: “I am sure there is not a single healthcare professional at SLI who questions their own education, training, capability, competency, clinical judgment, or simple common sense. . . ”
Your statement is completely true and this is precisely the problem. That which was formerly under the Providence of God is now subject to (subordinate to) a clinician’s education, training, capability, etc., without question.
» Posted By Gail Sheppard On May 13, 2013 @ 8:55 pm
I seriously want to “wake-up” from this very bad dream.
» Posted By Gail Sheppard On May 13, 2013 @ 12:22 am
RE: “I hope this is the worst “scandal” you ever cause, George.”
I doubt it is George’s “worst” or his last. If I were a lexicographer, I would add this to the definition of scandal: “A means to affect positive change when no other avenue is possible.” – Definitely not for the faint of heart, but our George. . . well, he can slay dragons.
» Posted By Gail Sheppard On May 9, 2013 @ 8:42 pm
“And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.” Numbers 21:9
I’ve always believed the bronze serpent healed the Israelites, because it was a symbol of their sin. To be saved, they had to look at it and acknowledge it, like we do in confession. It is part of the path toward salvation. Maybe the bishop’s staff is supposed to remind of us of that.
“Brass,” naturally, is used in Scripture as the symbol of what is firm, strong, lasting; hence, “gates of brass” (Psalms 107:16), “hoofs of brass” (Micah 4:13), “walls of brass” (Jeremiah is made as a “brazen wall,” Jeremiah 1:18; 15:20), “mountains of brass” (Daniel 2:35, the Macedonian empire; the arms of ancient times were mostly of bronze). It becomes a symbol, therefore, of hardness, obstinacy, insensibility, in sin, as “brow of brass” (Isaiah 48:4); “they are brass and iron” (Jeremiah 6:28, of the wicked); “all of them are brass” (Ezekiel 22:18, of Israel). ”
James A. Patch
These files are public domain.
Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. “Entry for ‘BRASS; BRAZEN’”. “International Standard Bible Encyclopedia”. 1915.
» Posted By Gail Sheppard On May 6, 2013 @ 11:08 pm
The ACOB already has a venue in place to do precisely this. What a feather in the cap of Metropolitan Philip, were he to suggest it. He would be credited with growing Orthodoxy in this country, on an unprecedented scale, AND laying the foundation for having one Church in North America, something he has long said he wants. It wouldn’t really change anything, but it WOULD send a message that we are mature enough to cover one another (jurisdictionally), when necessary. I know I’ve said this before, but I’m saying it again: To BE one Church, we have to start ACTING like one Church.
» Posted By Gail Sheppard On April 19, 2013 @ 8:01 pm
RE: “Happy New Calendar Name Day” Thank you!
“. . . until with one heart, one mind, and one voice we are able to confess.” With God’s help, we are almost there.
» Posted By Gail Sheppard On April 17, 2013 @ 10:13 pm
RE: “A problem that could be solved right now . . .” From your lips to God’s ears.
» Posted By Gail Sheppard On April 17, 2013 @ 9:56 pm
Yes, George, you are absolutely speaking for me. The logistics could be managed.
» Posted By Gail Sheppard On April 17, 2013 @ 9:50 pm
There is no “shortage of bishops;” only a shortage of bishops in the OCA. I know this is crazy, but maybe it’s time to come together as one Church and allow a bishop, regardless of jurisdiction, become THE bishop of a region. – Lots of obstacles to overcome, I know, but why can’t a single bishop report to two jurisdictions? We already loan priests to one another. Why can’t we share a bishop; even if it is only until a proper OCA candidate can be found? – We’re accustom to seeing things as a problem. Maybe we should look at this as an opportunity.
» Posted By gail sheppard On April 15, 2013 @ 8:46 pm
May God bless you richly for what you’re doing. You will be in my prayers.
» Posted By gail sheppard On April 13, 2013 @ 12:17 pm
I scanned the links you posted and they’re definitely worth the read. Thank you.
There are two points I’d like to add: (1) God will not allow anything that belongs to Him to be “destroyed for good.” It just isn’t possible. The “gates of hell shall not prevail . . .” (2) God’s “monuments” are less important than God’s people. It bothers me, a little, to mourn what’s happening in the Middle East because of the loss of structures. It’s sad, I know, because we treasure our heritage and the artifacts we associate with it, but they’re material. The loss of a Christian presence in the Middle East is of far greater concern.
» Posted By gail sheppard On April 11, 2013 @ 11:04 pm
There was a kid I knew, through Facebook, who told me that in Egypt, where he lived (as in past tense; he has since dropped off the radar), many Christians were so poor, all they could do was raise pigs. Apparently, pigs really DO eat anything and garbage was all they had. Some radical Muslims, under the auspices of Allah, went through his little community and destroyed all the pigs, leaving poor Christian families destitute. How people can continue to maintain that our God and Allah are the same, is beyond my understanding. Clearly this wasn’t about God or “pork.” This was about persecution. Lives are being lost in increments; day by day, moment by moment. It would be more merciful to kill a man outright than to starve his family. We don’t often hear these stories, but I suspect they are painfully real.
» Posted By gail sheppard On April 11, 2013 @ 8:59 pm
RE: “This was in 1984 and it is still going on.”
Too funny! George Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four,” where society is tyrannized by the Party and its totalitarian ideologists, is alive and well in Syosset!
» Posted By Gail Sheppard On April 22, 2013 @ 9:41 pm
Now, YOU can have a gun, in my book! You are sober minded and intelligent. – Others? Not so much. – Every time I go to the DMV, I shudder to think I share the road with some of these people. Imagining them all having access to assault rifles is BEYOND terrifying, especially here in CA. Thank God we have more restrictions than most states (or so I am told). Every day in the “sunshine state” is an adventure.
» Posted By Gail Sheppard On March 25, 2013 @ 8:55 pm
Your wife sounds amazing! But seriously, Michael, would you want the REST of us to be armed? Tell the truth. I hate to say it, but I wouldn’t. Especially after seeing some of these reality shows. Imagine “Dance Moms” with assault rifles! It’s just plain scary. Not that all women are like that (of course), but I’ve got to say, some of us shouldn’t be “packing heat” Even I have my limits. There is something about a pink assault rifle that totally turns me off. I don’t WANT weapons to be “feminized.” They are deadly and if someone is going to carry one, I don’t want them to think it’s “cute” or “chic.”
» Posted By Gail Sheppard On March 25, 2013 @ 8:39 pm
Ah, Michael, if only all men could see women the way you do. What a credit to your wife.
» Posted By Gail Sheppard On March 25, 2013 @ 8:27 pm
You are 100% right. Men truly are at a disadvantage when it comes to these things. Maybe God’s way of tipping the scales? Don’t know. In the work place, though, women should not be catered to. It should be about ideas; not someone’s sex. Twice in my life, male colleagues have told me they like working with me because I think like a man. Both meant it as a compliment and I received it as such. Today, a man at work emailed me and said: “I love you. I truly mean that.” He “loved me,” because of the way I handled a contract! (Of course, I quickly deleted the email so no one else would get the wrong idea.) This is the way I wish men would treat women, i.e. as their intellectual equals who have something to bring to the table. I hate being thought of as “just a woman.” – I have no problem with the article you wrote. I appreciate you letting me respond and considering what I said in response. So don’t hold back, George, and elias. . . er, uh, “nit picker.” Seriously. It would be no fun if you did!
» Posted By Gail Sheppard On March 25, 2013 @ 8:24 pm
Gosh, I hate to follow “Yo” with this less than edifying question, but how do you all feel about gun toting women? Gun manufactures are making women part of their target audience now. (Bet that will scare some of you.) There is at least one AR-15 out there sporting a “Hello Kitty” on it. http://tinyurl.com/ax6uhea
Do you think it is “feminine” to carry a weapon like this? Should women in the Church be armed with assault rifles? Because if the answer is “no,” maybe we’ve gone too far with Second Amendment rights.
» Posted By Gail Sheppard On March 24, 2013 @ 1:56 pm
She bugs me too. What’s with all the “chest clutching?!” Does she have any idea how distracting it is to watch someone grope themselves?
» Posted By Gail Sheppard On March 24, 2013 @ 12:48 pm
It’s hard to know what someone is thinking so you have to be careful here, but for the sake of argument, let’s assume she WAS upset because someone “dared to question her.” Is it fair to call her reaction “female?” Men react the same way when their reasoning or position is being questioned. Men who feel threatened by women, for example. – I have a hard time with “protectors of womanhood,” because the first time any woman steps outside of the box of what they consider to be “right” or “appropriate,” it’s “let’s trash women for being female time.” We’re compared to five-year-olds who are subject to triads when hungry and in need of a nap. This is really so insulting. Don’t believe me? Go talk to your wives and see what THEY think! True “protectors of women” don’t want to fashion women into something we’re not; and we’re NOT just wives and mothers. We are adept in assuming a variety of roles, without losing a sense of who we are. Feinstein and Palin are just very bad examples. – Now I guess it’s time for me to go eat and take a nap, right?
» Posted By Gail Sheppard On March 23, 2013 @ 12:07 pm
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I wonder how many men have littered the the landscape with political corpses. More than a few, I would imagine.
» Posted By Gail Sheppard On March 22, 2013 @ 11:28 pm