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Open Letter to S.C. Supervisor Ken Yeager

Today I awoke to what can only be described as another assault upon our choice and ultimately our responsibility as human beings.  Santa Clara Supervisor Ken Yeager has taken it upon himself to spearhead legislation that will ultimately ban the "happy" part of the "Happy Meal" - namely, the toy! 

Here is my open letter to Mr. Yeager in a plea for sanity:
Dear Mr. Yeager,

I do not work for the fast food industry.  I did about 22 years ago when I was in high school, but that has no bearing on my plea to stop the insane legislation you are proposing.

I am a 37 year old male who grew up in Santa Clara Valley and current reside there.  I have three children, ages 10, 7 and 4 and I place a lot of value in their health and happiness.  My wife and I make their lunches every day and provide a balance between fun and healthy items within that lunch. 

As a parent, it is my responsibility to ensure that my kids are taught right from wrong, fact from fiction, and healthy from not.  …

St. Patricks Day

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Got my beef! Thanks to my mother-in-law!

She loves me!

Some Days - All Depresses

Some days, the weight of existence is falls hard and reality sets in.  Growing up as a child of the 80's, I watched a lot of TV and found solace in shows like Little House on the Prairie and movies like the Lost Boys and Lucas.

Two deaths have hit home hard this week.  Corey Haim died yesterday and today was Merle Olson.  For the uninitiated, Corey was an 80's movie star who was age 38 at the time of his death yesterday.  Merle Olson, amongst playing in the NFL for the RAMS, also played in Little House on the Prairie and some other shows.

I also have a head cold which doesn't enlighten my darkened mood.  I pray for both of their souls that they find the peace with GOD they could not have here.   Life is a many splendid thing and our existence is very short and fragile - how peaceful this world would be if we all understood that and embraced it.

Sad.

40 Days of Lent: Day 7

What is prayer?  What does it mean to you?

Is it a personal conduit to the Lord or a form of personal meditation?

Is it how you ask for things, or thank the maker for his gifts?

How do you use prayer?

Today's reading is very interesting because it shows Jesus teaching his disciples how they should pray.  Not prayer for the sake of prayer, but a meaningful prayer that says it all - it praises God, asks for forgiveness, and prayers for guidance and understanding.  The reading is from Matthew 6:7-15
Jesus said to his disciples:

7"And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
9"This, then, is how you should pray:
" 'Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
11Give us today our daily bread.
12Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13And lead us…

40 Days of Lent: Day 6

Today marks the Holy Day of the Feast of The Chair of Saint Peter, the Apostle.  While we reflect through Lent, our yearning to strengthen our relationship with Jesus, we must take notice and also reflect upon the prophetic words and beauty, spoken by Jesus to Peter:

Peter 5:1-4
13(A) Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?"14And they said, "Some say(B)John the Baptist, others say(C) Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets."15He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?"16Simon Peter replied,(D) "You are(E) the Christ,(F) the Son of(G) the living God." 17And Jesus answered him, (H)"Blessed are you,(I)Simon Bar-Jonah! For(J) flesh and blood has not revealed this to you,(K) but my Father who is in heaven.18And I tell you,(L)you are Peter, and(M)on this rock[a]I will build my church, and(N)the gates of(O)hell[b]shall not prevail against it.19I wi…

40 Days of Lent: Day 5 - Sunday

Today marks the first Sunday during Lent and the appropriate time to tell the story of Jesus and his 40 days in the desert with the devil.  I find that in life, we are all put to the test of our faith.  Faith that the Lord has a plan and knows all that is occurring.  Is it the 'plan' that we would see unfold?  No.

I watch the news and see a 2 year old killed by a falling tree and I pray and ask God, WHY?  Is it my place to ask this question?  Is my faith so shallow that I ask an all powerful and loving father, why he allows this to occur? Is my faith lacking, that I question the Lord how these things can be allowed to occur?

When we pray to GOD, we enter into a very personal relationship with the LORD.  It is a unique relationship in which we find solace and meaning and the act of praying helps clear the mind and for me, reboot my soul.   We live by faith and not by sight.  Why should we believe that in order to have our faith, a visible miracle should occur.  How is it that we …