March 25th, 2005

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7 Days

More on the Terri Schiavo saga... USA Today has done a review of the many records from this case and they theorize that the level of acrimony between Michael Schiavo and the Schindlers may be because he did not share a $300,000 award he received for "loss of consortium". The money for the loss of his wife's companionship was in addition to the $700,000 settlement specifically allocated for Terri's medical care.

The article also cites court records which state that her parents did at one point acknowledge that Terri is in a persistent vegetative state. "Despite the row over money, Schiavo and the Schindlers agreed on one major point in the 2000 testimony: the extent of Terri's brain damage, according to additional court documents cited by The Miami Herald. In the documents, Pamela Campbell, then the Schindlers' lawyer, told the court that “we do not doubt that she's in a persistent vegetative state.” Campbell could not be reached to confirm the statement.

I fervently hope that her husband and her parents are not fighting this epic and public battle because they are angry with each other over money. I pray that Terri's spirit is untouched by the madness surrounding who controls her body.
dance, happy

Dance Then, Wherever You May Be

This was one of my favorite songs to sing when I went to Church. I am listening to an instrumental version and it reminded me of the lyrics which are very timely on Good Friday.

Lord of the Dance

I danced in the morning when the world was begun
I danced in the Moon & the Stars & the Sun
I came down from Heaven & I danced on Earth
At Bethlehem I had my birth:

Dance then, wherever you may be
I am the Lord of the Dance, said He!
And I'll lead you all, wherever you may be
And I'll lead you all in the Dance, said He!
(...lead you all in the Dance, said He!)

I danced for the scribe & the pharisee
But they would not dance & they wouldn't follow me
I danced for fishermen, for James & John
They came with me & the Dance went on:

Dance then, wherever you may be
I am the Lord of the Dance, said He!
And I'll lead you all, wherever you may be
And I'll lead you all in the Dance, said He!
(...lead you all in the Dance, said He!)

I danced on the Sabbath & I cured the lame
The holy people said it was a shame!
They whipped & they stripped & they hung me high
And they left me there on a cross to die!

Dance then, wherever you may be
I am the Lord of the Dance, said He!
And I'll lead you all, wherever you may be
And I'll lead you all in the Dance, said He!
(...lead you all in the Dance, said He!)

I danced on a Friday when the sky turned black
It's hard to dance with the devil on your back
They buried my body & they thought I'd gone
But I am the Dance & I still go on!

Dance then, wherever you may be
I am the Lord of the Dance, said He!
And I'll lead you all, wherever you may be
And I'll lead you all in the Dance, said He!
(...lead you all in the Dance, said He!)

They cut me down and I leapt up high
I am the Life that'll never, never die!
I'll live in you if you'll live in Me -
I am the Lord of the Dance, said He!

Dance then, wherever you may be
I am the Lord of the Dance, said He!
And I'll lead you all, wherever you may be
And I'll lead you all in the Dance, said He!
ink, words

Gender Confusion

I gave The Gender Genie a whirl. The Genie uses a simplified version of an algorithm to predict the gender of an author. You can submit fiction, non-fiction or blog entries.

When I submitted my recent entry about the the refinery explosions, I got the following result:

Female Score: 603
Male Score: 1054
The Gender Genie thinks the author of this passage is: male!

The big hint that I was a male in this entry was the number of times I used "the" throughout.

So I decided to try again. This time I submitted another recent entry about family annoyances and got this result:

Female Score: 927
Male Score: 790
The Gender Genie thinks the author of this passage is: female!

I was declared female due to my numerous uses of "so" and "like".

(Right now, I wish I had a margarita genie.)

And for more fun with words, check out _fucking_moron. Spelling does matter here.
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