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Grand Re-opening August 7

I haven’t disappeared.  We’re just trying to get settled in Northern Virginia.  I’m gonna give myself another couple of weeks to get oriented (work starts July 24) and figure out how the DC edition of Ticklish Ears will be different.

Keep me in your bookmarks or on your bloglines list.  I promise I’ll be back.


We are here!

With the help of a lot of friends on both ends, we managed to get a good portion of our stuff up here this past weekend.  We rented a 26′ U-Haul, which I thought sure was going to be way too big, but apparently, we’re more materialistic than I feared.

Anyway, the truck was unloaded in our rented townhouse in Alexandria last night, so I’m sitting amongst lots of boxes (I had the good fortune to run into a Cox cable installer last week on an earlier trip to pick up the keys to the place, so high-speed internet is already in place).

We’ll head back soon to pick up the remainder of our stuff, and I have a brief stopover in Satellite Beach, FL, to attend my 30 year reunion, but we’ll be broadcasting full-time from the DC suburbs by the end of next week.  If I get a chance, I’ll post updates, and maybe some musings, when I get a chance.


More on the names of the Trinity

Great cartoon by Doug Marlette.  Backstory here.
(Hat tip: The Presbyterian Layman)


Transition and blogging

As you can tell, blogging has been exceedingly light. We are in the midst of making our transition to our new home and have been stressed out trying to (1) get the house ready for the new owners, and (2) arrange for the move of our stuff to the DC area.

Somehow, I thought I’d have more time to blog after school let out, but the stress and distractions associated with the move have really taken a toll on my motivation and productivity. I expect this will continue until mid-July, when we are finally settled in Northern Virginia.

Check back every couple of days or so, just in case the muse strikes.  I may need to spend some time thinking about how to re-tool the site to accomodate my new situation.



Thanks to Joanne Jacobs for pointing me to the advertising slogan generator. I plugged in Ticklish Ears and came up with several I like:

  • We’re Serious About Ticklish Ears.
  • It’s the Bright One, it’s the Right One, that’s Ticklish Ears.
  • Tough on Dirt, Gentle on Ticklish Ears.
  • We Don’t Make Ticklish Ears. We Make Ticklish Ears Better.
  • Ticklish Ears, and on, and on…
  • My Ticklish Ears to Yours

Think I should change the tagline of my blog to one of these?


“Storm that Melts Mountains” - huh?

Here’s a classic example of the inanity that going on at the biennial General Assembly meeting of the Presbyterian Church (USA). The Committee on Theological Issues and Insitutions sent forward a paper on the Trinity with some, uh, interesting ideas. The paper was “received” instead of “approved.” Get a load of these proposed alternative names for the Trinity:

  • Rainbow, Ark and Dove
  • Speaker, Word and Breath
  • Overflowing Font, Living Water and Flowing River
  • Compassionate Mother, Beloved Child and Life-Giving Womb
  • Sun, Light and Burning Ray
  • Giver, Gift and Giving
  • Lover, Beloved and Love
  • Rock, Cornerstone and Temple
  • Fire that Consumes, Sword that Divides and Storm that Melts Mountains
      • The One Who Was, the One Who Is and the One who is to Come

      (Go ahead - pick your favorite.)

      I’m glad these folks are considering the serious theological issues that the church needs to address today.

      Needless to say, a PC (USA) church is not likely a part of our future when we move to the DC area.


      Father’s Day 2006

      Happy Father’s Day to all you dads.  I wonder if your day started as early as mine.  My daughter came to wake us up at 6:30 to open presents.  We held off until about 7:30.

      From my daughter, I received a Mindy Abair CD (very nice jazz saxophone and vocals) and this book.  My wife gave me a Ted Dekker book (Obsessed).  I just finished my first Dekker book (Three) and liked it a lot.  His stuff is sort of Christian mystery thriller fiction.  If you like M. Night Shyamalan’s stuff, you’re sure to like Three.  I’m hoping that Obsessed will be equally as compelling.



      A 3.1 in Western North Carolina.  We felt it at the house.  Nothing came off the walls, but the rumble was pretty loud.  Here’s the USGS page on our earthquake.


      Fighting Sioux to Fight and Sue

      It’s official.  The University of North Dakota will indeed sue the NCAA over the logo/mascot controversy.

      I just love the NCAA’s response:

      Bob Williams, an NCAA spokesman, said the university was within its rights to sue. [ed: well, thanks for that!] “However, the NCAA, through its member institutions, has the authority to conduct its championships in an atmosphere free of racial stereotying,” Williams said.

      It will be interesting to see whether the courts agree.


      The Nanny State: a literal party-pooper

      From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s “Get Schooled” blog, we learn that school parties in one Atlanta county have taken a major hit. The school board is banning homemade goodies, due to concerns over “food safety, food allergies and increasing vigilance over childhood obesity.”

      Let’s dismiss the obesity and food safety issues first. I don’t accept that treats at school parties are a serious contributor to any “childhood obesity” problem. Anyway, this is a case where parental involvement and parent-teacher cooperation is needed. As for food safety, I can’t buy that, either. We’re talking brownies and cookies here. It’s not like kids are getting undercooked meat at their Halloween Party. Unless things are really different in Atlanta.

      As for food allergies, I am not unsympathetic to the issue, having just entered the ranks of those allergic to certain foods. I know the horror stories about kids and peanut allergies. But this strikes me as a “sledgehammer/fly” solution. Again, parents and teachers could work together at the classroom level instead of having the school district dictate such draconian measures from above.

      One wonders if any other solutions were considered. One also wonders what students will NOW bring to school parties. A bag of pretzels and some granola bars? Talk about your rockin’ school party!


      —Update 6/15/06

      Edited somewhat for clarity and so that I didn’t have to quote the entire blog post from “Get Schooled.”

      I can’t get that term increasing vigilance out of my head. Where is parental responsibility in all of this?

      —Update 6/17/06

      Apparently, I misread the Get Schooled post.  The school board was going to vote on this issue, but ended up tabling it.  AJC story here.  My apologies.

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