Archive for April 2007

Heather Update and Prayer Request   1 comment


I posted a story about a fellow blogger named Heather a few weeks ago.  Heather has a brain tumor and is scheduled for surgery Thursday, May 3rd at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

God works in mysterious ways!  Her surgery is scheduled on the National Day of Prayer.  I think she has more than enough blogging buddies to represent each state!  

Please remember to pray for Heather, her family, the doctors as well as our nation this Thursday.

Posted April 30, 2007 by Lana G! in Encouragement, Events, Prayer

Word Challenge   10 comments

I have been tagged by Maria over at  Wordsmith Me

Often times, we use words without thinking about their impact.  Choosing the right word means understanding who our audience is.  We must be careful not to misuse our thesaurus to simply find a different, overstated, or trendy word.  Mark Twain said it best:

right-word.jpg“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” 

If we dare to believe that the pen is truly mightier than the sword, we can’t forget that words are powerful tools in the wordsmith’s toolbox

Here is the Challenge: Pick two or three common words that through overuse have lost their power or that fail to convey meaning precisely.  Then choose better alternatives and place them in sample sentences. 

My word choices are:

1. numerous (instead of ‘lots’) Actually, there are numerous words that could be used instead of the word ‘lots’. (The word ‘lots’ is exhausted and needs a vacation.)

2. peculiar (instead of ‘weird’ or ‘funny’) The clerk had a peculiar method of stocking the shelves.

3. consider (instead of ‘think’) “Why should any of you consider it incredible that God raises the dead?” (Acts 26:8 TNIV)

This challenge made me stop and consider the words I have chosen to express my thoughts in the past and what words I will be choosing in the future! 

Thank you Maria! I am off to search for better words!

I am tagging Ellen, Scotti and Cynthia  for this challenge!  Ladies,  if you do not want to make this an actual post on your site, feel free to just leave your answers as a comment on my post.  Good luck!

Posted April 30, 2007 by Lana G! in Entertainment, Events, Fun, Random, Tag, Writing

Do they look alike? You decide!   8 comments


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My wonderful husband apparently has a twin brother or so say they say.  I have been asked by so many people “Hey, don’t you think Steve looks like Luis Gonzalez.” or “Is your husband related to Luis Gonzalez of the Dodgers?” And my personal favorite, “Is Steve moonlighting as Gonzo of the Dodgers?

So, to set the record straight – Here are some pictures of the two of them – you be the judge!


No, they are not related. 

Steve bats and throws left handed.  Luis bats left handed and throws right handed.

Steve is older than Luis by 6 years.

What they do have in common- they both love baseball!

Oh and by the way, my husband is much better looking!

Posted April 30, 2007 by Lana G! in Baseball, Family, Fun, Photo

Replica of Noah’s Ark Opens Doors to Visitors   Leave a comment


Planning a trip to Amsterdam? Check this out – Noah’s Ark

Huibers said he hopes the project will renew interest in Christianity in the Netherlands, where churchgoing has fallen dramatically in the past 50 years.

Additional stories on this project – Dutchman , BBC

Posted April 29, 2007 by Lana G! in Entertainment, Events, History, News, Travel

Hymn for Sunday – In My Heart There Rings a Melody   13 comments


In My Heart There Rings a Melody

I have a song that Jesus gave me,
It was sent from heaven above;
There never was a sweeter melody,
‘Tis a melody of love.

In my heart there rings a melody,
There rings a melody with heaven’s harmony;
In my heart there rings a melody;
There rings a melody of love!


I love the Christ who died on Calv’ry,
For He washed my sins away;
He put within my heart a melody,
And I know it’s there to stay.


‘Twill be my endless theme in glory,
With the angels I will sing;
‘Twill be a song with glorious harmony,
When the courts of heaven ring.





The author and composer of this hymn, Elton Roth, was a well-known musician of his day. It was while assisting with evangelistic meetings in Texas on a hot summer day in 1923 that the words and music for this hymn suddenly came to him. Mr. Roth recalled, “That evening I introduced the song by having more than 200 boys and girls sing it at the open air meeting, after which the audience joined in the singing. I was thrilled as it seemed my whole being was transformed into song.”

Amazing Grace – 366 Inspiring Hymnal Stories by Kenneth W. Osbeck

Sunday Morning Post Script!

In my comments, Ellen’s “Dear” just asked, “what prompted you to sing that song?” 

I should have included this in my post!  Duh!

Answer:  I was reading a quote I had jotted down and knew I wanted to post a hymn for Sunday.  Here’s the quote:

I never knew how to worship until I knew how to love
Henry Ward Beecher

“Melody of love” popped in my head  when I read that quote and I started singing the chorus.  I looked up the rest of the words to the hymn and look how fitting the words are when you read the quote!  Go figure!

God Talk – A Poem for Saturday   5 comments


God Talk
by Lana Giacumakis

There are so many things I want to say.
Words to express my thoughts; the love I feel right now.
But how, how do you tell God what he really means to you?

How do you tell God the emotions that run through your mind?
How do you tell Him you’re angry or upset?
How do you tell God you wish he could hold you in his arms?
Would it be okay?

God, there are times I wish I could see your face.
See the look in your eyes and hear your voice.
I would love to sit and chat.
Can I just reach out and hold your hand?

God, how about a cup of coffee;
Maybe a bite to eat?
Let’s spend the afternoon together.
Two old friends sharing everything.

Psalm 42:1-2
As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, my God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?

Posted April 28, 2007 by Lana G! in Christianity, Encouragement, Faith, God, Jesus, Poetry, Prayer

What’s the best way to flip fish on the grill?   2 comments

While checking out the Cook’s Illustrated website  today, I came across their instructional videos and lo and behold there was one titled What’s the best way to flip fish on the grill?

If you have ever tried flipping fish on a grill, you know it is NOT an easy task!  Well, check this video out and Go and Get Your Learn On! By the way, this is for those of us who do not have or do not use a fish basket!  

(The link below takes you to the Featured Videos list.  You must then choose the What’s the best way to flip fish on the grill? video from the list)

Cook’s Illustrated Video

FYI their magazine – Cook’s Illustrated – is a very unique cooking magazine.  There are no advertisements.  They test recipes, gadgets, cooking techniques and cookware.  Every recipe is an experiment.  They test every possible way to perfect a recipe and tell you all the details. Informative and helpful indeed! 


Would you make 38 versions of the same dish to find the absolute best version?

We do, every day. Why? So you don’t have to.

The weekend is finally here!  Yippee! Remember to take  some time out for rest and relaxation this weekend.

Posted April 27, 2007 by Lana G! in Cooking Tips, Food