Thursday, April 26, 2007

B is for:

BVHE (the distribution arm of Disney Studios). I am working part-time foe Mosaic Sales Solutions, they are a marketing firm. One of their major contracts is BVHE, and that is the division I work for. I have four 'big box' stores locally that I maintain/display/reorder BVHE DVD movies for. BVHE also includes: Hollywood Pictures, Touchstone, Miramax and now Pixar. It is part time. I work most Tuesdays when one of the above studios is releasing a new movie in DVD. Those days I may have to visit all 4 stores on 'Blitz'--to make sure the new title and all the promotional material is displayed properly. Other then these Tuesdays, I will usually be scheduled to visit each store several times a month to check proper placement of BVHE titles on the planogramed (POG) movie shelves, and re-order low and out of stock titles. These merchandising visits can usually be done any time during the week, just as long as they are transmitted before Friday evening. I enjoy my work, and the people I work with.
The only problem I have with this position is it can be sort of 'feast or famine' with hours at various times of the year; although there has been opportunity for extra hours working with the Movie Crews at Best Buy, and other short-term assignments.
I don't consider this to be my primary source of income. I am on SSDI--for a mental health diagnosis-- I have Major (aka Clinical) Depression. The government wants me to work! They allow me to make up to like, $650/month with out it affecting my benefits. They have a lot of support programs to help people get back to work. I have been able to take care of a lot of debt I have had for several years... I looked for work for almost a year before deciding, with a job coach's encouragement, to apply for SSDI. I have always intended to work at least part time. SSDI is my primary income. If by some miracle I find a position to work full-time in, SSDI will (I hope) still be there for me to fall back on--if something should happen (condition tends to re-occur do to stress). I will not have to go through and reapply, or have a waiting period.

Monday, April 23, 2007

A is for:

A is for Ann. That's my middle name. At first my parents were gonna call me 'JudyAnn'. A lot of kids during the 50s had double names like Mary Ann, Betty Lou, Jim Bob, Jerry Lee. But it was decided to call me just Judy. Oh, and it is just plain ANN, no 'e' at the end, as Roman Catholics are wont to do. The only times I recall being called 'Judy Ann' is when I was upstairs in my room listening to music, or more likely had my nose buried in some book I was reading, and didn't respond to the first 2-3 times my name was called. Then it was usually bellowed loudly by my Mom!

Lesson/reflection: I'm glad it is just Judy--even if alot of people parrot Cary Grant and go "Judy, Judy, Judy" when I'm introduced. And I know it could have been Judith. But I am Judy.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007


My nephew, Kyle has what I think is an interesting school assignment for "Language Arts" (what ever happened to English/Spelling and Reading). He has to write an Alphabiography. It is like writting the story of your life, except you are supposed to write seperate essays for each letter of the alphabet, then collect them all together in booklet format.
He and his classmates have been working on this in class and at home since October. Now they are editing and reviewing their work.

I wish we had assignments like this when I was in Junior High School: grades 7-9 (except now they call that "Middle School" and it is grades 4-8--insert eye rolling emoticon here!). Then I thought, life is continuous lesson, so I am going to write my own Alphabiography using this blog. I may not always go in alphabet order, and some letters may get more then one entry-- well, they should, I am almost three times older....

They are supposed to add a reflection/life lesson at the end of all the essays.

One last note about Kyle's class and the assignment: the teacher has read to the class a book titled "Totally Joe" by Jamie Howe. This book is written in the form of an Alphabiography of the main character, Joe Bunch. Joe is a 7th grader, who is gay. The book details the normal struggles of adolescents, and how Joe is percieved to be different, and how he handles being labeled, and admitting to his family and friends that he is a homosexual. I have read the book cover to cover. It is a well written book. That said, however; I do not believe it should be read aloud to a class. Yes, the book can be made available for students to read. It does have a place in the classroom and school library. But to force students who may not be mature enough to understand what is going on, or able to handle peacefully their classmates who may not be mature enough to take it seriously to listen to it or read it for class, I think is just wrong. It should not be a part of the curriculum.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Eisenhower on Military Spending

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children . . . Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron."
--Dwight D. Eisenhower
Excerpt from "The Chance for Peace" address delivered before the American Society of Newspaper Editors, April 16, 1953

According to the 2007 Time Almanac, the United States 478 billion dollars (or $1604 per person) for military expenditures annually. That amounts to 48% of the military spending world wide. The next closest country is England, which spends 48 billion USD. Now I grant it, that figure probably includes salary and wages for current Armed Forces members, and uniforms and such.

Still I think we should be able to say 'hey, wait a minute, I don't want $1604 of my dollars to buy weapons--convert it to international implements of peace, humanitarian efforts; with things like basic health care for third world countries, basic farm implements like rakes and shovels, better home building materials for earthquake and hurricane prone areas, etc.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

the longest Bible based answer I have give so far on Yahoo! Answers

some one asked:
If Jesus is so meek and humble, why does he command 'every kneel shall bow, every tongue confess' to obey him? kind of seems like a dictator or a self-absorbed ego-maniac...

And I answered:
two similar verses appear in the New Testament(Romans 14:11, KJV) "For it is written, [As] I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God."
This verse alludes to Isaiah 45:23 (KJV) "I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth [in] righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear."
In Isaiah, God the Father is speaking through the prophet Isaiah. Paul is the writer of Romans. If you believe in the Holy Trinity, it would seem reasonable that what God the Father states about himself in prophecy would also apply to God the Son.

The second instance is again written by Paul in Philippians 2:10-11 (NKJV), which occurs at the end of what I consider a Holy Spirit inspired teaching:
(Phl 2:1) Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, (Phl 2:2) fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. (Phl 2:3) Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. (Phl 2:4) Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. (Phl 2:5) Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, (Phl 2:6) who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, (Phl 2:7) but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. (Phl 2:8) And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. (Phl 2:9) THEREFORE GOD ALSO HAS HIGHLY EXALTED HIM AND GIVEN HIM THE NAME WHICH IS ABOVE EVERY NAME, (Phl 2:10) THAT AT THE NAME OF JESUS EVERY KNEE SHOULD BOW, OF THOSE IN HEAVEN, AND OF THOSE ON EARTH, (Phl 2:11) AND THAT EVERY TONGUE SHOULD CONFESS THAT JESUS CHRIST IS LORD, TO THE GLORY OF GOD THE FATHER. (all Philippians verses from NKJV) So now we have the third part of the Trinity (Holy Spirit) asserting that together and seperately, that because God has done such great things for us, we should show our humility through our actions--in this instance bowing our knees and confessing to that Jesus Christ is Lord!
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