Thursday, March 23, 2017

Toruk - The First Flight

Toruk - The First Flight

Last night we went to the Nutter Center at Wright State University in Fairborn, Ohio to see the Cirque Du Soleil presentation of "Toruk - The First Flight," based on James Cameron's "Avatar". This is the prequel to the movie, but is just as spectacular and meaningful whether you've seen the movie or not.

The costumes and set designs were absolutely amazing, and flawlessly pulled us into the world of Pandora. Plants, props, lights, even performers oftentimes seemed to appear out of nowhere. We were transported to the five different tribes living on Pandora, and saw the people, animals, landscape, and rituals of each region. The performers and puppeteers did an outstanding job of acrobatics and showmanship; so much talent on one stage.

My favorite part of the show was the exciting and breathtaking conclusion when everyone and every part of Pandora came together. It's just something that is difficult to describe; you have to experience it.

If you have the opportunity, I encourage you to attend one of the six remaining performances:

Mar 23, 2017 (Thu) 7:30 PM
Mar 24, 2017 (Fri) 7:30 PM
Mar 25, 2017 (Sat) 4:00 PM
Mar 25, 2017 (Sat) 8:00 PM
Mar 26, 2017 (Sun) 1:00 PM
Mar 26, 2017 (Sun) 5:00 PM

I believe tickets range in price between $38 to $108 with discounts available for young children, people over $65, students and military. Check their website.

You can download their app (preferably before you go, as it was difficult to do at the event) to interact with the show on  a whole other level.

Note about accessibility at the Nutter Center: Keep in mind, there are approximately 21 rows of seats in each section with row 1 being closest to the stage. Each row is the equivalent of two steps (or maybe it's 3), so, if you're in row 1, you have approximately 42 steps to climb in order to go to the restrooms, buy a snack or swag, and to leave. There aren't intermediary levels to enter the arena.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Read the Bible in a Year - Week 11

It doesn't take much to make me happy, this week's reading list is one of them. In this one week, we'll be reading from SIX different books of the New Testament: Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, and 2 Thessalonians! How cool is that?

(Personally, I'm still about two full weeks behind on reading, but when I get to this week, I'll be excited about it!)

Week 11
Sunday, March 12             Galatians 1:11 - 4:20
Monday, March 13            Galatians 4:21 - Ephesians 2:10
Tuesday, March 14            Ephesians 2:11 - 5:21
Wednesday, March 15       Ephesians 5:22 - Philippians 2:24
Thursday, March 16           Philippians 2:25 - Colossians 2:10
Friday, March 17               Colossians 2:11 - 1 Thessalonians 2:20
Saturday, March 18           1 Thessalonians 3:1 - 2 Thessalonians 2:17

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Read the Bible in a Year - Week 10

Week 10
Sunday, March 5            1 Corinthians 6:1-9:18
Monday, March 6           1 Corinthians 9:19-12:11
Tuesday, March 7           1 Corinthians 12:12-15:11
Wednesday, March 8      1 Corinthians 15:12- 2 Corinthians 1:14
Thursday, March 9          2 Corinthians 1:15-5:21
Friday, March 10             2 Corinthians 6:1-10:11
Saturday, March 11         2 Corinthians 10:12- Galatians 1:10

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Read the Bible in a Year - Week 9

Week 9
Sunday, February 26        Acts 27:1-Romans 1:15
Monday, February 27       Romans 1:16-4:8
Tuesday, February 28       Romans 4:9-7:25
Wednesday, March 1        Romans 8:1-10:13
Thursday, March 2           Romans 10:14-14:13
Friday, March 3                Romans 14:14- 1 Corinthians 1:17
Saturday, March 4            1 Corinthians 1:18-5:13

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Read the Bible in a Year - Week 8

Week 8
Sunday, February 19             Acts 9:36-11:30
Monday, February 20            Acts 12:1-14:7
Tuesday, February 21            Acts 14:8-16:24
Wednesday, February 22       Acts 16:25-19:10
Thursday, February 23          Acts 19:11-21:14
Friday, February 24               Acts 21:15-23:35
Saturday, February 25           Acts 24:1-26:32

Valentine’s Day and a Colonoscopy

My late husband passed away on Valentine’s Day, 2011 for lack of $1000 (basically), the cost of a colonoscopy back then. For the past several years, the Affordable Care Act has paid for preventive medicine and tests like these, and I sincerely hope that people took advantage of that; it had to have saved lives. With the new administration, it probably won’t be long before the Act is repealed, and people who benefited from it will be back to fending for themselves, often times forgoing medical attention rather than have to come up with the exorbitant amount of money that healthcare now costs.

I don’t want to get into a political debate. My only purpose here is for everyone to take advantage of preventive tests before they are no longer feasibly available to the poor and middle class. I think healthcare should be a right, not a privilege, but that it was simply done badly. It needs to be fixed, but, more likely, the government will just do away with it completely.

Get a physical exam, bloodwork, mammogram, colonoscopy, etc. now. Don’t wait! If you wait, it could cost you greatly. See my post from several years back, about the cost of not getting tested. Click here.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Read the Bible in a Year - Week 7

I got really behind on my daily reading, but fortunately, this past week, I was moved to read and get really, really close to catching up. I was going to have a catch-up week, but wasn't sure if those of you who are reading this would need that, so I'm just going to plow ahead. If you get behind, don't give up; this isn't a race, or an 'all or nothing' task. 
For me, I need to plan and have deadlines, (even though I get really stressed when I have a deadline), and so this keeps me on track. I had gotten to where I was reading one chapter a day, along with commentary, and didn't feel like I was moving forward, so having this plan is really helpful, I believe. I hope it is equally helpful for you. Have a blessed week.

Week 7
Sunday, February 12             John 13:21-16:15
Monday, February 13            John 16:16-18:38
Tuesday, February 14            John 18:39-21:14
Wednesday, February 15       John 21:15-Acts 2:47
Thursday, February 16           Acts 3:1-5:21
Friday, February 17                Acts 5:22-7:50
Saturday, February 18            Acts 7:51-9:35