#gtstoogies 18 – How will the Dabrowski dogs spend Halloween?

“I’m really confused!” Sprite told me “I don’t know whether to celebrate Halloween or not! I read an article ‘Should Christians celebrate Halloween?’ by Pastor Scott Williams on his Big is the New Small blog http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com/2010/10/22/should-christians-celebrate-halloween/

He doesn’t tell you one way or the other. He says people debate about it every year and there are lots of good responses to his post too.

Intellectual Dabrowski was really interested in the whole debate and all the background history and found some great articles on Cybraryman’s page http://cybraryman.com/halloween.html – that Jerry Blumengarten has a page about almost any topic you can name!
There was a very interesting discussion about All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day at http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/family/halloween3.htm

Psycho Motor Dabrowski was just eager to go and play the apple bobbing games.

Sensual Dabrowski was anxious about the candy and the possibility of nut allergy problems after reading ‘Halloween and nut allergies – A scary combination’
http://www.sixtysecondparent.com/_webapp_418871/Halloween_And_Nut_Allergies_-__A_Scary_Combination
and also about the loud noises and scary costumes and wanted me to watch a short video on Safety tips for your pets at
http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/family/halloween.htm

Emotional Dabrowski, the resident drama queen, loves dressing up and acting out various characters; so she had a lovely time covering her face with green face paint (Sensual was anxious about that also!) and putting on a tall black hat to appear as a witch from The Wizard of Oz.
However, when she looked at her reflection in the mirror, she gave herself such a fright that she had to be pacified with doggy treats and we had to consult Dr Michele Borba for tips on ‘How to take the fear out of Halloween’ http://www.micheleborba.com/blog/2008/10/29/how-to-take-the-fear-out-of-halloween/

And dear little Imaginational Dabrowski dressed up as E.T. dressing up as a little ghost to go Trick-or-Treating in the film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. And he thought about how little Thinks He’s an Alien Black Dog had dressed up as a Pluto for Planethood Protester for Sprite’s P Party and how Thinks He’s an Alien Black Dog feels like an alien that had been left behind on Earth like many gifted people feel.
The Wikipedia entry about the film E.T. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E.T. says under the heading Themes.

“Other critics found religious parallels between E.T. and Jesus.[34][35] Andrew Nigels described the story of E.T. as “crucifixion by military science” and “resurrection by love and faith”.[36] According to Spielberg biographer Joseph McBride, Universal Pictures appealed directly to the Christian market, with a poster reminiscent of Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam and a logo reading “Peace”.[14] Spielberg answered that he did not intend the film to be a religious parable, joking, “If I ever went to my mother and said, ‘Mom, I’ve made this movie that’s a Christian parable,’ what do you think she’d say? She has a kosher restaurant on Pico and Doheny in Los Angeles.”[33]

As a substantial body of film criticism has built up around E.T., numerous writers have analyzed the film in other ways as well. E.T. has been interpreted as a modern fairy tale[37] and in psychoanalytic terms.[28][37] Producer Kathleen Kennedy noted that an important theme of E.T. is tolerance, which would be central to future Spielberg films such as Schindler’s List.[7] Having been a loner as a teenager, Spielberg described the film as “a minority story”.[38] Spielberg’s characteristic theme of communication is partnered with the ideal of mutual understanding: he has suggested that the story’s central alien-human friendship is an analogy for how real-world adversaries can learn to overcome their differences”

Imaginational Dabrowski decided that he and Thinks He’s an Alien Black Dog would visit the Planetarium together, eat Mobius Bagels and ‘call home’.

“So!” said Sprite “I am not quite sure how I will celebrate Halloween!”

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The time of the singing of birds has come. Song of Solomon 2:12

The Twitter birds joined a group of Australian birds for a sing-a-long.
Kookaburra tried hard to refrain from laughing, Wedge-tailed Eagle soared overhead seeking his next meal and the budgerigars were more interested in kissing (just a pair of lovebirds).
On the ground the Lyrebird donated  by 

Pearson Scott Foresman,  to the Wikimedia Foundation

held a full concert of his own complete with song dance and mimicry. If you would like to see Lyrebird’s concert go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjE0Kdfos4Y

 

Interdimensional Travel – Easter Devotional

The Easter holidays gave me an opportunity to pause and reflect on the central aspects of the Christian faith.
I am Sprite’s creator but it is only a delusion created by the April Fools Day blog entry that it is possible for her to physically visit my dimension and it is definitely not possible for me to physically visit her dimension.
But God, our Creator, both visited us physically in the person of Jesus Christ and by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ made it possible for us to enter and abide in His Presence.
Glory be to God!

The first SIP – S for Spiritual

The first step in our S.I.P. program for overcoming the negative influence of the Black Dog of depression on Spite, as I am a Christian, was to talk to our pastor and his wife and ask their advice.

I also asked several friends to pray that we would be led to solutions to Sprite’s depression and that we would all grow stronger and closer to the Lord. A couple of them are already mentors for her.

I was impressed with the degree of insight Sprite had already demonstrated about the possible causes and possible solutions
One of these was lack of self esteem and being awkward in social situations.
We looked for a vibrant church youth group which held social events and outings as well as Bible studies which would welcome and encourage her.

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