Thursday, July 29, 2010

The defense rests....

I stand accused. It all started innocently enough with a post about a horoscope (see the post below). Then, some person named Anonymous called me out - he or she responded to my post and said:

I'm a bit surprised. I thought you were a Christian, but maybe I've jumped to a conclusion that isn't accurate. If you are, wouldn't you turn to scripture, then, for guidance?

Wow - jumping to conclusions much? I mean, Anonymous basically said I'm not a Christian because I like reading my horoscope and actually find some inspiration in it occasionally. Anonymous also assumed that I don't turn to the Bible for guidance. Really? I'm thinking at this point that this person can't possibly know me, or he or she wouldn't make such comments. Curious to see what a jury would think, I polled some folks about this issue. Actually, I posted the response on Facebook to see what sort of responses I might get about it and if others might jump to the same conclusion.

Throughout the day, my Facebook post received plenty of responses. The accusations came from some of the comments. Based on what some of the folks said, I stand accused of the following:

1. I'm lost
2. I'm a Satan worshipper and/or support the occult
3. I am not a Christian - astrologist might be more accurate

Once accused of something, I have to defend myself. Now, if I was a lawyer (oh wait, I am) preparing for the case at hand, I'd first start with discovery. I'd interview witnesses (including Anonymous who would be tracked down - the prosecution might be hard-pressed to pursue the case if the original accuser doesn't come forward), subpoena documents like the Bible (oh wait, I've got a couple already - we're good), etc. We'd interview experts on horoscopes, especially the source of the horoscope in question, because certainly we would need to know what this person's background is. Are they Satanic? Do they worship stars? All relevant questions. Hm, I wonder if computers spit out horoscopes these days like they do fortune cookie fortunes. Anyway, I'll be ready for whatever the prosecution was going to throw at me so I'd be prepared to defend myself in court.

At trial, we'd both present evidence - facts. And the facts are these:

I read a horoscope and said I loved it - it was positive and inspired me. I was having a particularly bad day, and I thought to myself, you know, this is going to help me get through this crazy day. Here is the horoscope in question:

You can really gain momentum with a special goal today and for the rest of the week. Even if your schedule is tight, you can at the very least start fantasizing and strategizing about how you want to proceed with an important plan. Get your mind ready - begin visualizing what you want to happen and seeing your dream come to fruition. This is just as important as the physical work you will be required to do. Create a plan of action now, and then leap on it the very moment you begin your quest for something you want very much.

Apparently by not discussing how much I'd prayed before reading the horoscope yesterday, God was nowhere in my equation. At least that's what the accuser assumed.

And look at all the references to stars - oh wait, there aren't any. This horoscope is evil and satanic and filled with horrible ridiculousness that I can't possibly rely on! Well, not quite. You see, here are some statements made by Joel Osteen in his book "Your Best Life Now":

"You must conceive it in your heart and mind before you can receive it."
"This could be the day I see my miracle."
"Find somewhere you can dream."
"What you will recieve is directly connected to how you believe."
"Nothing is going to be able to keep you down."
"We receive what we believe."


These quotes are straight out of pastor Osteen's God-based book. They kind of sound to me like they could've fit in anywhere in the horoscope and I wouldn't have batted an eye. So clearly the horoscope can't be all that bad, right?

But a problem arises! Did the person throwing accusations at me actually read the horoscope in question? At least admitted NO! Bingo - this could help me win my case. How on earth can the person I'm defending myself against be credible if they don't even know what they are arguing about? I've got him - I've got him because he made assumptions without facts. This person is instantly discredited and I start to feel a bit better about my case.

The prosecution throws out some other theories - one being that we shouldn't rely on anything that's not directly out of the Bible or "of God." Wait, the expert's opinion is actually this - "I think the we have to ask ourselves whether or not the bible is the ultimate authority to us. If it is, than no other source can be relevent to our lives even if the message appears to be good." Let's analyze this. The Bible is the center of my life - CHECK. It is the ultimate resource - CHECK. So therefore, no other source can be relevant even if the message appears to be good. Hmmmm.....

Sorry Coach Wooden - you great Christian man you. I am no longer to look to you for inspiration because you are not the Bible. Here are some good ones Coach, but again, I can't rely on these:

“If you're not making mistakes, then you're not doing anything. I'm positive that a doer makes mistakes.”
“Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”
“Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.”
“Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.”
“If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?”


Just a handful of the knowledge handed down by Coach Wooden that inspired thousands - but nope, not allowed to rely on it because it's not from the proper source.

Or how about posts from other Autism warriors fighting valiant fights on behalf of their children. All those inspirational stories on message boards that give me hope for my son's future? Nope, not relevant to my life apparently, even if the message is good. Oh, and sorry Pastor Osteen - the Bible is my main resource, so all the knowledge in your book can't be relied on either, even though it's ALL GOOD!

Big assumptions - overbroad generalizations. While there are many absolutes in the Bible, there are plenty areas of grey that are left open for interpretation. It's why there are different denominations of Christianity, why we have Bible studies to discuss passages, why some of us think it's okay to read a seemingly innocent horoscope and some think it's sinful. Why at some point, we all have to just agree to disagree, and that we don't have a right to tell someone they aren't being a Christian if we don't always agree. That certainly would be making a judgment, and we Christians all know that the only one who should be judging and whose judgment matters is God.

I digress. Back to the trial. I testify - I discuss how God is the center of my life, that I prayed to Him yesterday morning, that through the strength that He gives me, I can get through my day, that I read my horoscope and I thought, "Yeah, this is God's plan for me today - sounds pretty much like what he'd hope I can achieve." I feel good - convincing. I brought my A-game...

Then I get to face my accuser. Anonymous. Wait, Anonymous never identifies himself and isn't at trial. To allow his statement into court would be hearsay. Too bad Anonymous felt the need to hide when making such strong accusations because I like personally addressing my accusers.

The prosecution's case is weak - no way the jury was going to convict beyond a reasonable doubt. They conclude that simply reading a horoscope and finding some entertainment and maybe a little inspiration from it isn't necessarily a bad thing. I get to keep my Christian badge.

Case closed.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

I love horoscopes...

I recently downloaded a daily horoscope app on my phone and I try to remind myself to check it everyday, because usually it says something fabulous like this:

You can really gain momentum with a special goal today and for the rest of the week. Even if your schedule is tight, you can at the very least start fantasizing and strategizing about how you want to proceed with an important plan. Get your mind ready - begin wisualizing what you want to happen and seeing your dream come to fruition. This is just as important as the physical work you will be required to do. Create a plan of action now, and then leap on it the very moment you begin your quest for something you want very much.

Love, love, love. I recently embarked on a big, top-secret project that is incredibly relevant to today's horoscope - so, fantasizing and strategizing I will be!!!! And after the day I've had today (and it's only early-afternoon), I need to think positively!!!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

I live with your biggest fans...

This is what I told Wilmer Valderama last night while interviewing him on the red carpet for D210 at the premiere of The Dry Land. He gave me a funny little smile, then I told him those "fans" are 5 and 2. You see, Wilmer is the voice of Handy Manny on the Disney Channel and it's one of the kids faves! It was fun to meet him in person.

The Dry Land looks like an awesome flick - it's about soldiers coming back from war and the toll that it takes on them and their families. I was bummed I didn't get a chance to stay at check out the film - but I'll be catching it in a theater near me when it's released in a couple of weeks.


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Grand Opening of Wyland's Ocean Blue

I love hosting D210 - I get to cover so many wonderful events and meet amazing new people. Last night, we covered the grand opening of Wyland's Ocean Blue restaurant in the Village of Fairview in Allen, TX. My interview with the artist himself - Wyland - was so much fun! He's great to chat with and was so excited that we were there to cover the opening. The food at the restaurant was amazing - I can't wait to go back!


www.wyland.com

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Teammates for Kids - 2010




We've been involved in the most amazing organization for several years now - Garth Brooks foundation - Teammates for Kids. This incredible organization has donated MILLIONS of money to children's charities around the globe. What drew us in was the fact that the money we donate is triple matched, and 100% of that money goes to the kids. You can't beat that! www.teammatesforkids.com

As a "thank you" to the athletes and big donors involved, Mr. Brooks hosts an all-star fabulous weekend either in Vegas or Nashville. This year, we were so fortunate to be hosted by the Wynn Hotel where Garth is headlining! We had a fun-filled weekend - we rode the rollercoaster at New York New York (it's tradition - Blake Cieslak and I always do so to celebrate our birthdays), hit up the adults-only pool to tan, and then enjoyed a private concert featuring Garth and his amazing wife Trisha Yearwood. Always fun times!

We'd be involved in this organization without the glitz and glamour of the annual Teammates appreciation party - how many children are being positively affected by Teammates for Kids is thanks enough for us. At a meeting on Saturday morning, we were shown a video of some of the amazing things Teammates is doing, even internationally! They've recently built a medical clinic in genocide-destroyed Rwanda and are currently building a fun zone in a hospital in Tel Aviv. It is such a blessing to be a part of this organization changing the lives of children worldwide!

There was one thing missing from an otherwise perfect weekend - RYAN! We thought he had mini-camp this weekend (it's next week...) :(







Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Big things poppin'?

I've always been one of those people who likes to read their horoscope. I've always been amazed that more often than not, I read my horoscope and think, "Yep, that's right on." As I read the following this morning, it was more like "YES! THIS IS SO TRUE!"

The winds of change are blowing into you life now Moonchild, and they are bringing transformation across many levels. You have evolved tremendously recently - in your emotional reactions, in your empathy towards others, and in your ability to draw success to you. You are ready for an abundance of positive change now, and it is happening at this very moment. Be prepared to welcome new and happy developments in love, in money, in friendships, and in opportunities across the board. Your life is about to change dramatically for the better...

Things are changing around here - an amazing opportunity has presented itself and is shaping up! I can't really talk about details now, but will in the near future. You'll have to stay tuned!

Prosper Jackrabbits Appearance

Last month I made my first appearance as Mrs. Frisco and Mrs. Texas 4th Runner-Up at the Prosper Jackrabbits Invitational track meet. What fun! My official fitness sponsor Sheila (www.sheilastraining.com) and her husband Omar started this incredible track club - the kids were amazing! It was going to be a hot, long day but they were so excited to get out there and compete! Enjoy the pics!



Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Go shawty, it's my birthday!

Yippee! I love birthdays, even if it means getting a little bit older. Heck, each additional year is such an incredible blessing - I'll take it.

For fun - here's an old picture of me and one of Bryn - no resemblance at all!


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Summer fun at the Dallas Zoo!

We've visited the Dallas Zoo once since we've been back in the area. To say the zoo was "lacking" is an understatement. The exhibits were old and there wasn't much to do. We'd trek all the way to Fort Worth's zoo because it had so much more to offer!

Not so much anymore - the Dallas Zoo recently debuted an African Safari exhibit that is AMAZING! It's expansive and has so much to offer! There is a cafeteria-style restaurant with ceiling-to-floor windows overlooking the lion exhibit. Will was sitting face-to-face with a lion! So cool. We had a great time with good friends and can't wait to go back!