Archive for August, 2006

The Pessimists And The Optimists

Posted in Uncategorized on August 31, 2006 by legolasandfrodo


“The pessimist sees only the dark side of the clouds and mopes; the philosopher sees both sides and shrugs: the optimist doesn't see the clouds- he's walking on them.”

                                               -D.O. Glynn

            I read that quote a couple days ago and I thought it was very good. It made me start thinking about what it really means to be “optimistic” or “pessimistic.”  We have all seen those words used and we think that we know what they mean but do we ever stop to think about them? I don't think we do.  I think that we just see them as two different personalities but actually, whether or not we are optimistic or pessimistic is entirely our choice.

            So do we want to be optimistic or pessimistic?  Well, if you have ever been around a pessimist then you have probably realized that, though they may be amusing for a little while, they soon become annoying. Nobody wants to be around a sarcastic, sour or complaining person for very long. They just don't make us feel happy or satisfied. However, if you have ever spent much time with a person who is determined to be happy all the time, then you surely must know that it is enjoyable to be around optimists.

            So how do we become optimists?  Let me refer here to another nice quote which, I think, can answer our question.

          The Optimist and the Pessimist

“Two men look out through the same bars,

One sees the mud and the other sees the stars.”

                        -Langbridge

I think that being an optimist really means being someone who is always looking for the good in situations, people or things. Abraham Lincoln said “If you look for the good in people, you will surely find it.”  If we are looking for the bright side of things than we will be living in a world of sunshine. The only reason that pessimists find so much to be sad about is that they are looking for sad things! John Lubbock said “What we see, depends mainly on what we look for.”

            We can do even better than looking only at the bright side of obstacles: we can look beyond them. You can't see the dusky, cold morning around you if you are focusing on the sunrise ahead. If we decide to be optimistic than we will not even need to see the obstacle because we will be looking beyond it and looking beyond it, will take us over it.

Frodo



Cerin Amroth

Posted in Uncategorized on August 30, 2006 by legolasandfrodo

Cerin Amroth

In the grey lit hour before the dawn

On a starlit hill

The dew sparkled the moon glittered

All was still

With the stars as a witness, they plighted their troth

Hand in hand

One gave up her life's grace for the sake

Of a man

The other with new hope that he had not known

Was filled.

In the grey lit hour before the dawn

On a starlit hill,

A pledge was made.

 

– Written by Legolas

 

Redneck's Medical Terms

Posted in Uncategorized on August 28, 2006 by legolasandfrodo

Benign ………………………..What you be after you be eight.
Artery…………………………The study of paintings.
Bacteria……………………….Back door to cafeteria.
Barium……………….What the doctors do when patients die.
Cesarean Section………………..A neighborhood in Rome.
Catscan………………………..Searching for Kitty.
Cauterize………………………Made eye contact with her.
Colic………………………….A sheep dog.
Coma…………………………..A punctuation mark.
Dilate…………………………To live long.
Enema………………………….Not a friend.
Fester…………………………Quicker than someone else.
Fibula…………………………A small lie.
Hangnail……………………….What you hang your coat on.
Medical Staff…………………..A doctor's cane.
Morbid…………………………A higher offer than I bid.
Nitrates……………………….Cheaper than day rates.
Node…………………………..I knew it.
Outpatient……………………..A person who has fainted.
Pelvis…………………………Second cousin to Elvis.
Recovery Room…………………..Place to do upholstery.
Seizure………………………..Roman emperor.
Suture………………………..Looks good on her.
Tablet…………………………A small table.
Terminal Illness………………..Getting sick at the airport.
Tumor………………………….More than one.
Urine………………………….Opposite of you're out.
Varicose……………………….Near by/close by.

 

Quick Change Artists

Posted in Uncategorized on August 25, 2006 by legolasandfrodo

 

This Video is absolutely amazing!

 

Frodo and Legolas

Chapter Nine is Here

Posted in Uncategorized on August 23, 2006 by legolasandfrodo

Chapter Nine is Here!

 

I know, this is very, very late and I am very, very sorry but I have had fever.

 

Chapter Nine of the book I am writing has arrived.  You can read it by looking in the sidebar under THE LAST WAR.

 

Feed back is always welcome.

 

-Legolas

Water In The Well

Posted in Uncategorized on August 22, 2006 by legolasandfrodo

Thank you to everyone who has been praying for our water situation. Instead of sending us rain, God has decided to answer our prayers by putting water  in our well somehow! There was no water left in it  and no sign of rain but we all prayed that if we weren't going to get any rain, we would at least have water in our well. Fifteen minutes later our water was flowing again and now it isn't even coming in muddy! We've had water for three days now!  Thank you for praying for us!

 

Frodo and Legolas

From My Commonplace Book…

Posted in Uncategorized on August 22, 2006 by legolasandfrodo

Genius, that power which dazzles mortal eyes is often perseverance in disguise.

                                                   -Anonymous

 

Frodo

When the Well Runs Dry…

Posted in Uncategorized on August 18, 2006 by legolasandfrodo

            We get all of our water from a shallow well and we haven't had a good rain since early March.  Last week our well started to run dry so we filled some pans for washing dishes.  Mud was actually coming out of our pipes.  Once, a tadpole fell out!  So we strained it through a cloth a couple of times and then boiled it on the stove for eleven minutes to get rid of all the germs. It still looked nasty and brown but at least it was what could be called “clean enough.” Yesterday, it ran completely dry.

            Right now we are using the last of some old water from storage that smells like paint and is green with algae, but soon that will run out.  We boil this and put bleach in it.  We don't have to worry about drinking water because we can get that at the store.  We will have to wash clothes and take showers at a friend’s house. The only thing that can solve this problem is RAIN!  We need it desperately!  Please pray that we will get rain SOON!

 

Frodo and Legolas

 

The King Is Returning! Will You Be Ready For Him?

Posted in Uncategorized on August 13, 2006 by legolasandfrodo

            In Middle-Earth, the king of Gondor departed from his kingdom, appointing a steward to look after his affairs, and was never seen again. But his subjects still believed that their king would come back. About two thousand years ago, our King, Jesus, left the earth to prepare a place for us in heaven.  Now, centuries later, we still believe that he will return and take back His dominions which Satan has stolen.

            As long as the king of Gondor was absent, the line of stewards continued to rule in the king's stead but the steward's job only lasted until the rightful king returned. Aragorn was descended directly from the line of kings and he was the rightful ruler. When he came to claim his throne, the currently ruling steward, Denethor, was to give it up to him but Denethor was unwilling to resign his post. Why? Well, the reasons are quite simple. Denethor had broken the rules. He had been looking into the “Palantir” or “seeing stone” which only the king had the right to look into and he had been deceived by the enemy, Sauron. Sauron caused him to give in to despair. So Denethor failed as a steward. He broke the rules and refused to give up his post when the rightful king returned. But Denethor had a son, Faramir who was to become steward in his stead.

           Faramir was honest and merciful and Denethor did not understand his gentle son. Faramir tried to win his father's approval but Denethor was still mourning the death of his first son and was unwilling to realize that he loved Faramir. Faramir also was eager to do what he believed to be right, no matter what the costs may be. (Now, remember, I am talking about Faramir in the book. In the movie, Faramir was different) When Denethor committed suicide, Faramir was lying wounded in the Houses of Healing. No one could cure him. Then, Aragorn came and treated him with “athelas” or “kingsfoil.” It would be expected that Faramir would be distrustful of Aragorn when he awoke. After all, Aragorn is coming into Gondor during a war and trying to claim the throne. Here is the way that they met.

            “Suddenly Faramir stirred, and he opened his eyes, and he looked on Aragorn who bent over him; and a light of knowledge and love was kindled in his eyes, and he spoke softly.”My lord, you called me. I come. What does the king command?”

            So Faramir succeeded in his task as steward. He lived honestly and mercifully, regardless of what others thought and when the king finally did return, he was ready for him and willingly submitted to his lord.

            When Jesus left the earth, He appointed us as stewards to manage His affairs until His return. As stewards, our task is to show His love to others and to be on guard against the enemy all the time. We must decide what type of steward we will be. We can choose to be like Denethor, ruling our lives in our own way and ignoring the warnings that the King gave us before he left, or we can be like Faramir: honest, merciful and ready for the King to return at all times so that we will not be sorry when he does come. Only remember, that on the side of Denethor, the end will be bitter with the taste of despair but on the side of Faramir the joy of life will be ours forever to spend in the presence of our King.

 

Frodo

 

Kid Carnival!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 10, 2006 by legolasandfrodo

           

          Well folks, it's here at last, thanks to Gollum– the KID CARNIVAL! made by kids and for kids. Everyone should go there and submit something you wrote on your blog that you would like to share.  Stories, poems, narrations, book reviews, etc…Submissions are being accepted now for the opening date on August 23. Be sure you are there! Go here for more information on submission rules and how the carnival operates.

 

Frodo and Legolas