In the Hockeyville race

Hockeyville Canada

Year: 2006

Producer: CBC

Length: 1hr

Category: Sports

Media: On TV

Rating: 3 out of 5

The town I live in is one of the finalists in this competition CBC/Kraft are running to find the one community in the country who has the greatest passion for hockey and the deepest community spirit. I must admit that when I first thought about this contests and Hanover’s entry I thought we stood little chance of getting as far as we have. Kudos go to the organizors of our entry for pulling the community together and entering such a successful bid for the title.
What is hockeyville? Well the winner gets a bunch of cash prizes towards the improvement of the community arena but the thing that intrigues me the most is that there will be a NHL Exhibition game held in the winning towns arena. That’s pretty cool.
Anyway, tonight showcased the final 25 communities that are in the running which will be narrowed down to 10 communities by Friday (by judges and people’s votes). I’ve gotta admit that the only thing that really keeps me watching the episode itself is wanting to see representation from Hanover but honestly the rest of the show itself isn’t a real attention getter. It would be if they would have less talk and more profiles of the individual communities…but I understand theres’ only so much they can show in an hour when there are 25 communities involved! More than likely the next episode on Friday will have more such profiling.

Falling asleep in the window

Devotional PicturesI’ve preached some long messages in my time – but I don’t think anything tops this story!

As Paul spoke on and on, a young man named Eutycus, sitting on the windowsill, became very drowsy. Finally, he sank into a deep sleep and fell three stories to his death below. Paul went down, bent over him, and took him into his arms. “Don’t worry.” he said, “he’s alive!” Then they all went back upstairs and ate the Lord’s Supper together. And Paul continued talking to them until dawn; then he left. (Acts 20:9-11, NLT)

Wow!

Holy Spirit, “Holy handkerchiefs”, and evil spirit thumpings

Devotional PicturesVerses Read: Numbers 32; Acts 19 (NIV, NLT)

I read through Acts 19 today as part of my devotional and there’s a number of verses that jumped out at me (from Acts anyway). In this post I think I’ll make a few “brief” comments on some observations I’ve made…(note to self, there’s gotta be an easier [and more search-friendly] way of entering these devotional thoughts – I have the “StructuredBlogging” plugin and I’m thinking sometime I may develop a microformat for devotionals…if anyone reading this knows of one that’s already developed let me know…it’ll save me time :lol:…in the meantime for lack of time I’ll keep publishing my devotional thoughts as a simple post!)

“Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” he asked them. “No.” they replied, “we dont’ know what you mean. We haven’t even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” (Acts 19:2, NLT)

Man…that’s gotta hurt!

WARNING: This post contains descriptions that might bother the squeamish…
The pox has invaded the Ethier household. Chicken pox that is. I vaguely remember having it as a kid but watching my kids go through it almost makes me want to scratch ouch! Karissa went through it about 2 weeks ago and the scars (scabs) are just starting to heal over (if you have a good imagination you might be grossed out about now :lol:) Liam, Jenna and Zachary now have it. Out of the three I think Liam has it the worst but that doesn’t mean Zack and Jenna got off easy. Needless to say they are pretty antsy (more than usual hehe) and are finding it difficult to sit still (really nothing new there). I really feel bad for them….hey! where was children’ benydryl when I had chicken pox?

Ugh…a bug!

UPDATE (June 4, 2006; 12:47am): I think I’ve crushed this bug…please comment if you notice anything awry though. Thanks!

Well, you may have noticed that I’ve been hard at work changing the theme and adding various things to my blog. Well…some are things you’ll notice, some are things you won’t. Anyway, i just realized that this theme doesn’t display my photo gallery that well which means I have to do some more…yes, you guessed it…tweaking! hehe. Looks like I’ll have to play around with the .css and stylesheets BUT I can’t get to it right now…I’ve already stayed up past my bedtime. I just thought I’d put this post up so that in case anyone was browsing the picture albums (yeah right! :lol:) they’ll know that, yes “I know there’s something wrong with the page…”

Tweaking, tweaking…and yes more tweaking

I haven’t posted much lately because in the little spare time I’ve had the last few days I’ve been downloading and testing out various themes, widgets, and plug-ins for my blog.? It’s something I can’t seem to avoid – I always have to be modifying or “fiddling around” with things on any websites I maintain.? Anyhoo, there may be some funny things happening with this blog off and on in the next few days as I transfer what works on test to my live blog…hopefully everything will work okay lol.

Aliens, UFO’s and the Extraterrestrial “conspiracy”…

Alien Intrusion by Gary BatesI just finished reading the book, “Alien Intrusion” by Gary Bates last night. The summary and title of the book intrigued me because from childhood I have always been interested in stories involving “ET’s” (extraterrestrials) and UFO’s. I remember doing a presentation on UFO’s as a project for one of my classes in high school. The reason why this book interested me is because I discovered a website for it advertised in the Creation Ministries International flyer that I recieve in the mail and after checking it out I thought the book would be worth a read (because of my already piqued interest in ET’s). Here’s the description found on the back of the book:

UFOs have been seen throughout the centuries. But in our enlightened technological age, are we any closer to solving the mystery? This book revisits the most famous events that have defined UFO culture, such as Roswell and alien autopsies; astronaut Gordon Cooper’s sightings; Major Donald Keyhoe’s allegations of official silence; and the claims of famous contactees Billy Meier and George Adamski.

Also discover evidence about alien abductions and other UFO phenomena that is widely ignored by the UFO community. The author’s research and conclusions will surprise you and challenge your thinking — not just about UFOs, but about the nature of life itself.

This landmark volume that brings together the most important evidences, and comes to conclusions far more sinister — yet profound — than most could imagine.

I don’t want to write too much about Gary Bates conclusions about UFOs here because of the profound amount of evidence he amasses and the well-thought out progression he takes through the book to reach them. For me to just list the conclusion might prevent some from reading the book because of bias’ they may already have. However, I will say this – my eyes were opened – WIDE OPENED – to the reality of the UFO phenomenom and how far off from the truth most people are when reading about it and explaining it.

Bates does an excellent job of presenting a logical and reasonable explanation for the numerous reports and evidences that have been collected in the past century (and referencing supposed ancient sightings as well). I can’t help but wonder if any honest, sincere, and open-minded investigator would not reach the same conclusions he did. Certainly when I finished the book I agreed with his conclusions.

For the Christian – this book helps us to understand the UFO phenomenom and grasp the significance of its influence in our culture. It also gives good reason for our faith to be strengthened and encouraged about what the Bible has to say about the “conspiracy” behind UFO’s and Aliens. I believe Bates correctly identifies the religious (or spiritual) nature of the UFO phenomenom and how it requires a belief system that is inherently antagonistic to the Christian faith. In his conclusions, he expertly gives opinions why this is so (the conclusions are shocking to say the least!). After reading his book I definitely feel it’s a worthwhile read for Christians – let me put it this way…like I said earlier, I have always been fascinated by stories of UFO’s and aliens (and a bit of a sci-fi buff to boot) and the idea that there may be life on other planets in our universe. Yet, after reading this book I’ve realized that such interests cannot be taken lightly or even seen as a harmless indulgence…

For the non-Christian I would invite you to read this book and not be put off by what I stated in the paragraph above. For certainly, in my opinion, Bates is not writing this book as an apologetic of the Christian faith and doesn’t even mention the Christian connection until the last chapters. Instead, it very much read as an honest attempt to have an objective look at the UFO phenomena, it’s origins, it’s ideals, it’s evidences, and it’s stories. Bates draws from an incredible amount of resources (from a multitude of differing viewpoints) that demonstrate the diligence in his research and investigation into the subject. The way he presents this information is in the method of an open-minded researcher. It is clear that Bates was honestly trying to get to the bottom of this mystery from a scholarly perspective. By the end of the book I think you’ll appreciate the high plausibility that his conclusions are true – and at the very least give you something to really think about.

Bates presents numerous stories, evidences, and research that no doubt many people have seen presented in documentaries, or read before (a testimony to how widespread talk of UFO’s has become…almost an accepted expectation in our society). Overall this book was a very interesting read and one I will be recommending to many people!