Tunisian forces have exchanged fire with members of the deposed President's security guard, according to reports. Gun battles at the Presidential Palace, Central Bank and Interior Ministry grew steadily more widespread during the day overshadowing efforts to bring the opposition into a government of national unity. Two days after Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali was forced to flee the Arab world's first popular uprising in 50 years, the army's efforts to restore order in the capital city appeared to be floundering.



Up to 20 towns in addition to those already flooded or under threat are expected to be hit by floodwaters in coming days, and tens of thousands of Victorians face the prospect of no electricity.



At least nine Afghans have been killed by a roadside bomb in the northern province of Baghlan. Police said all were wedding guests and their car was destroyed in the blast. The news came as officials said six civilians were killed in a roadside blast in the south on Saturday.


Posted by Ormonde Plater at THROUGH THE DUST:

The murdered in the metro New Orleans area this week are:

Melissa Warren 34 F Shot Orleans
Donavin Donald 20 M Shot Jefferson

Please pray for the victims, their families, and their murderers.


Posted by Ginny at BLOGULA RASA:

Our cat Riley has been diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia and we’re about to embark on “the new normal” with him. He seems fine but his weight is down since last year and his white blood cell count was high, so our vet Dr Esbenson of Arlington Cat Clinic sent a sample on to the feline oncologist. So in a small scale we’re experiencing some of the fear and uncertainty that anyone with a cancer diagnosis faces.

It’s the chronic form, slow to develop, and depending on how this chemotherapy and steroids regimen works out, he could be happy and relatively healthy for years.


Posted by Kelvin at WHAT'S IN KELVIN'S HEAD:

Although a little better today, I’m still not up to taking meetings and services and so others are filling in left right and centre and I’m most grateful to everyone.




This morning (14th. January) the surgeon removed the stents on either side of my septum and I can now truly breathe freely. Woohoo! I can, mostly, return to normal life. There is some follow-up care and it is easy. I see the doc in a couple of weeks to check up on how it is doing. Things look good at this point. The goal is to have everything clean going forward so he will not have to do any follow-up surgery.

I want to thank everyone for all the love and prayers that have come my way through this. Compared to the ills others go through, this was chump change but I am grateful to have had friends all along the way.


THE PRAYER LIST17TH. JANUARY 2011 — 10 Comments

  1. Prayers.

    I seem to have survived another year—and this past year had its moments {nods knowingly in skittles’ direction}—so I’m thankful for that!

  2. Hermano mio, me gusta mi naríz y no quiero cambiarlo.

    Actually, there is a very slight difference between the pre-op and post-op nose but it is so minor even I cannot be certain of it. The bridge seems just a bit larger and my glasses need to be adjusted for it. But basically the same old me. Plastic surgery for cosmetic reasons has no appeal for me.

    Prayers for all the folks going through hard times.

  3. Paul, I mistakenly thought that the surgery straightened your nose, thus my additional error of thinking MP had posted a pre-op photo. Forgive my impertinence, please?

    I have a friend in Dallas who had a “nose job.” They corrected a deviated septum and “straightened” his nose. During recovery at home, unknown to him, he developed a huge blood clot in his nasal passages which eventually broke free, lodged in his throat and was suffocating him. He collapsed unconscious and fell face down on the floor on his new nose job. He decided he was not going through that surgery a second time, so his nose is mostly back to what it was before the surgery, but without the deviated septum.