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Christmas Gifts

The big and emotional gift we received today was a frame of photos of our family. Our children went through printed photo albums and our digital collection, to find photos, starting with one of Elizabeth and me in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, through with them growing up. It brought a tear to my eye.

One of the humor gifts is that I had an IOU to give my oldest daughter. I created a certificate using a MS Word template. I considered putting it in an envelope, the envelope in a box, and wrapping it. Middle daughter suggested rolling and tying with a ribbon. Next was rolling and putting it in a tube. We had a tube from a paper towel roll. It fit perfectly, but was plain. I put it in a half-used roll, but that seemed odd. I took an unopened roll, slit the bottom, placed the paper inside the tube, and middle daughter, who is an excellent, highly skilled wrapper, wrapped that.

Oldest daughter was excited to see the package, but disappointed upon opening it, since it was just a roll of paper towels, and these rolls are stored outside her door. It seemed an odd gift, and she thought she could put it in her hope chest to start her new home with one roll. It was about an hour before I had her flip the roll over and look in the bottom.

How to Deliver Bad News

I am out of podcasts, having been all caught up. On my BlackBerry I found some old Toastmasters podcasts, one of which is on delivering bad news. Timely, since I had to deliver such a message about expectations. I decided to remind the staff about the guidelines, and throw in some humor, so I sent the following email: (more…)

Movie: Exodus: Gods and Kings

Watched the move Exodus: Gods and Kings, with Christian Bale. It was the story of Moses. A new tale, a re-imagining, and not a remake of the 1956 The Ten Commandments. I enjoyed the movie, the backdrops, the effects, the characters, though it is a big macho movie, with the stare downs, fight scenes, and chest thumping.

In the story, after Moses suffers a head injury, he begins to talk to God, and embarks on his journey to free the Israelites. After recruiting and carrying out terrorist activities, the plagues start. The movie gives explanations about each of the plagues except the last one, and the parting of the Red Sea, as being a series of events with one causing another, and coincidences which Moses was able to take advantage of. For the last plague, what medicinal or preventative measures does lamb’s blood, or the blood of any animal, counteracts the angel of death?

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Movie: The Ten Commandments

In preparation for the release of Exodus, we watched Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments from 1956. It is considered one of the great epics. But what poor acting. I suppose that was the style: wooden, unrealistic, and over the top faked for the emotional parts. It has that flaw in the writing when Charleston Heston, at the parting of the Red Sea, states about “The Lord of Hosts…” which is a Christian concept not used until after the time of Jesus.

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