Wednesday, August 16, 2006


I must be the only person on the planet who hates Forwards. Every day my mailbox has at least two of them sent from someone with good, if somewhat confused intentions. Some days there are more. Usually they are sent to an address list longer than my Christmas card list, yet apparently the purpose of forwards is to make me feel special to the person on the "from" line. Me and the rest of the State of Texas, apparently. Honestly, I never have enjoyed being part of a crowd.

More often than not I don't read them, but occasionally I break down and at least look to see what they are about. Often they are a repeat of something sent to me by someone else, or even a repeat of a Forward the same person sent me once before. Sometimes they contain one of those urban legends filled with "good" but incorrect advice or warnings about threats that don't actually exist. Rarely one of them is funny and I decide to keep it moving.

Given my dislike of the impersonal Forward, I tend to repaste them into an email with a couple of people at most in the "to" line. If I can spare the time, I address them to each person individually, because I actually do want to let them know that I'm thinking about them personally, instead of giving them the impression that all the time that I can spare for them is the time it takes to put together a mass mailing. Forwards must have been conceived in hell.


whether I'm on haitus or not!

A reader sent in a link to this year's Call To Action Conference. They have decided to announce that they are god:

“God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO AM…

This is what you will say to the sons (and daughters) of Israel: ‘I AM sent me to you.’” This passage from Exodus inspires the theme for our conference this year: “ I AM! Rise Up, People of God!” It calls us to recognize the divine in ourselves and in all those around us. It calls us to act on this consciousness of our own dignity and to expect others to treat us justly and with respect. It demands we act justly toward others and respect their dignity.

The godlist is interesting. Their presenters this year include Wall-Mart, and I see that David Clohassy has hitched his victims to this falling star. Will they be enjoying the company of Dignity USA which is also on the list of presenters, one wonders?

And which bishops will be joining them this year?

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!

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