Monthly Archives: November 2003

Media news

Current mood: calm

It looks as though the media and the government went with thier own desires rather than with the truth. . .so what’s new? Pray for Christians around the world.

The characterization of the Riyadh’s attacks took off without accurate data. Both the BBC and CNN ignored the victims: their names, their socio-economic realities and the history of the Jihadists in this regard.

First the statistics: According to Diaspora-based Lebanese sources, among the injured from the attacks about 90 victims were Lebanese. Five Lebanese nationals were burned to death, including two children, Jad and Raya Mezher. A newly married woman, Nina Joubran, was also massacred. A pregnant woman, Houry Haytaya, and her husband, Dany Ibrahim, were also killed. Another family, the Haidars, were murdered, as well. The fact is certified: The massacre of the Muhayya compound was directed at the Lebanese Christian community living in Saudi Arabia.

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Sexual Boundaries 1

Current mood: cranky

Current music: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – Like a Diamond

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I had an interesting conversation Friday. We had our “sexual boundaries” workshop–the first of 2 four hour sessions before we can do fieldwork. Anyway, we were supposed to think of instances where our boundaries were crossed and we felt betrayed, angry etc. . . Well, I told the story of how one of my first serious girl friends had neglected to tell me–had hidden the information–that she had had a child. Now, what interested me was one of the questions I got in response to my story. . . they actually asked me if I felt betrayed because she had the child or because she hadn’t told me. . .because she hadn’t told me of course. . .I didn’t care that she’d had a kid, and from the background I found out it wasn’t a pretty situation anyhow. In fact, I respected her for having the baby instead of having an abortion. ..I didn’t appreciate being lied to or used as a crutch. I think this was an illustration of different ages. .. granted, I would be considered “conservative” by most people, but it really never entered my mind to not date someone because they had a child. As a matter of fact, many of the mothers I’ve met have learned from their past and, as I alluded to earlier, having the child actually testifies to their morality. Which would you prefer, a young unwed mother who cares for her child or an overgrown juvenile who had an abortion rather than face reality? Just a thought.

Sexual Boundaries 2

Current mood: confused

Current music: Billy Brag: Birds and Ships

Well, how wonderful is this. We have our second sexual boundaries workshop tomorrow. . . another four hours (Lord have mercy). . if only the world wasn’t so warped, we wouldn’t need these things. I wonder what will happen this time. You remember the last one don’t you?

A good movie

Current mood: complacent

Current music: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – Dreamville

Just watched. . .

a good movie.

I just watched the odd but good “A Mighty Wind.” Those of you into Folk music will definitely recognize the references. . .any of you with a smattering of yiddish and a love of folk will laugh hysterically.

While I’m talking about movies I want to plug “About Schmidt” as well… this had one of the most interesting endings I’ve seen in awhile. The more I think about it the more I like it.

Pax,

jody