Archives for November 2005

Edelet has a heart!

I don’t suppose that the fact that my child has a heart is all that spectacular of a revelation. The spectacular bit, as any parent can attest, is being able to hear said heart for the first time.
My wife and I had such an opportunity shortly before Thanksgiving. It is truly amazing. It also serves as a pretty solid reminder of the wonderful thing that is happening. Serves to concrete, or make more real, the fact that we are going to have a child. It is really quite incredible.
We’ve also begun discussing names and while we can come up with several girl names, we really can’t come up with any decent boy’s names. The main problem seems to be my(our) last name. Ede. Rhymes with weed, just without the ‘W’. So… Imagine taking your name and adding ‘eed’ onto the end of it.

Billeed. Tomeed. Willeed. Pauleed.

You get the picture. Very few names don’t get some action when the ‘eed’ is added. And frankly, I’d rather not give my child any reasons to be made fun of on the playground.

The front runners for boys at the moment? Arthur and Conner. Caveat? Arteed. Conneed. But Art and Con are not necessarily as easy to get to as Bill and Will are to William or Tom is to Thomas.

Any other suggestions?

Related Books:
The Baby Name Wizard : A Magical Method for Finding the Perfect Name for Your Baby
Complete Dictionary of English and Hebrew First Names

Related Posts:
We’re Having a Baby!
How I found out we were expecting.

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Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6)

***SPOILER ALERT***(if you’re one of the few still haven’t read it, you might not want to continue)

I’ve been anticipating reading book six of the Harry Potter series for quite some time. I was not dissapointed. Half-Blood Prince was just as good as any other Harry Potter book, and better than a couple. HBP gets quite a bit darker than even Order of the Pheonix, but considering “he-who-cannot-be-named” is back, I suppose it was expected.

Harry, Ron, Hermione and the crew all return for year six at Hogwarts. Of course chaos, mystery and dark wizardry ensue. Harry Potter finds himself in possesion of potions book that is inscribed with the name “Half-Blood Prince” and has multiple shortcuts and new spells that quickly send Harry to the front of the potions class. Snape finally becomes Dark Arts teacher much to the chagrin of the D.A. members. Once again, Draco Malfoy is up to no good, but this time with a more sinister twist. He’s under orders from the Dark Lord himself. Harry becomes obsessed with finding out exactly what those orders are. Dumbledore begins giving Harry private lessons and begins preparing him for his eventual final battle with Voldemort. But alas, not all is cheery roses and such. Someone must die, and unfortunately, it was Dumbledore himself. (considering his last appearance in Goblet of Fire, this may not be all bad.) The adventure ends with everyone heading home for the summer and Harry vowing to not return to Hogwarts, but to begin the journey that will lead to his ultimate battle with Voldemort.

There is plenty of the usual from the regulars and plenty of hidden secrets throughout. I won’t tell you that the Half-Blood Prince turns out to be Snape.(oops:)) And of course as we all suspected from the beginning, Snape isn’t all that “good”.

Overall, quite a good read. Well worth the week and a half it took me. I seem to fly through the Harry Potter books. I give it a 4 1/2 out of 5.

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Weak

Weak and Wimpering,
Sitting in the innermost corner.
Seeing only the dark and twisting conscience,
Weave it’s way back and forth.

Afraid of what the future has become,
What I have made it.
Where have I lead tomorrow,
Change is not what I have done.

Stagnant and Fermenting,
The future waits for me.
And still I sit,
Weak and Wimpering.

~SHANE EDE 1999

The Wall

I sit, my back to the wall
I dont know why I cant move
I am afraid, although I’m not sure why
Maybe I’m afraid of what I will do
Or what I have done
I cannot move
I just sit, huddled against the wall
Thankful of its support in my time of need
I cannot say what I should have done
Or should do
The darkness behind the wall is inpenetrable
It eats away at me
It erodes my soul
I know that I can stop it
But I dont move
I cannot move against it
It is what I have made it
It is strong
I know its weakness
I can overcome it
And yet the wall still holds my weight
The fear I feel
Is just my mind playing an evil game
A game I can win
It’s my turn
Bishop or Queen?
Which way do I move?
Where can I go?
I cant quit
I cant give up
But what do I do?
The wall is so steady
It holds me easily
I can see it beginning to crack
To let the darkness through
To eat
What can I do?
My options are clear
But clouded by my fear
I cannot stay here
I must make my move
But I can’t yet
It is not the time
I pray that the wall will withold a while longer
While I sit against it
And cry.

~SHANE EDE 1999