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My passion is helping others defend themselves and their families. I am an NRA Certified pistol instructor, a NRA Chief Range Safety Officer, leader of TWAW Shooting Chapters - North Cincinnati, and the state leader of TWAW Shooting Chapters - Ohio. I also have a heart for the Lakota people and lead mission teams to the Pine Ridge Reservation each year, am founder and director of Backpacks For Pine Ridge,, and do various volunteer work in my own community. My greatest joy is being a grandma and hanging out with my husband of 30+ years.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Over the Rhine & Underground Walking Tour Pics

This morning Brian and I went on an underground walking tour in Cincinnati. Its about a 90-minute tour that includes a lot of historic places in the Over the Rhine area of Cincy. We even got to go through some of the underground tunnels and visit a crypt and we learned a lot about the area. I would highly recommend Queen City Underground Tours! They do a ghost tour too ... which we may have to look into. Over the Rhine is the largest historic urban area in the U.S. but it has become known as the most dangerous area of Cincinnati because of the low-income and high-crime rate there. There is hope for this unique area though ....

This building used to be a beer garden where some high profile people used to meet.

One was the president of the Reds. It was here that the idea of a World Series was sparked.
The orchastra that played in the beer garden became the nuclues of what is now the CincinnatiSymphony.

The crypts under St. Francis Seraph Church

many of the graves are of Irish immigrants

One of the tunnels under Cincinnati

A very cool ceiling in one of the old beer gardens
*Interesting note - the tours started as a way for a couple of school teachers to fund service trips to other countries. They also hoped to be a part of the revitalization of this area of the city. They were laughed at when they told the city officials what they had in mind and that they hoped to bring 100 people through the tours. Today there were 200 in our group alone. :)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

How to Dress For Church

Just how "should" you dress for church? Does dressing for church mean wearing your "best" to church? Does the bible say something about that somewhere?

I don't believe it does, at least not in the way someone asking that might think.

I was discussing this issue with a friend recently and it got me to thinking ... and searching scripture to see if it in fact did address the issue.

It doesn't ... and it does.

Shew! Good thing it doesn't say we have to dress up and look a certain way because I'd be in trouble. If you go to my church you know I'm always in jeans.

1 Peter 3:3 "And let not your adornment be merely external-- braiding the hair,
and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; 4 but let it be the hidden
person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit,
which is precious in the sight of God.

Let me break this down into two parts and then throw a thrid one in just for fun.

Part 1

From what I can tell from scripture, the people who believe that we should wear our "best" for God are mistaken. Its an example of people following the traditions of man rather than what the Bible really says. Traditons are just that - ways of believing or acting that the majority of people follow. Traditionally people believed that you should dress up for important thing - like church, or a date, or an evening out. Traditionally people believed that smoking was a cool thing to do too - until we found out it was killing us at an alarming rate. The thing about traditions are that they are hard to change. Being creatures of habit, we hate change.

So what's wrong with the traditon of wearing your best to church? Nothing really. I can see how it might become a problem, but in and of itself there's not a thing wrong with it.

Where it might become a problem is when we start to make it an issue. That happens when we get more concerned about what's on the outside than what's on the inside. And that's an easy thing to do - just look at where we're at - people judging others for how they dress when they come to church - can there be anything more absurd? And yet its so accepted in a lot of church circles.

I think this is especially difficult for women, which is probably why scripture seems to address women on this rather than men. Women like to compare. And that leads to all sorts of bad things.

And I've got to wonder about people who can't afford nicer things. What about them? Would they really feel comfortable (welcome) in a place where they can't fit in because of the clothes they wear?

I made the decision a long time ago that I would never wear a dress to church on Easter Sunday again. I did so for a number of reasons but one of the main ones was that Easter seemed to be more about a new dress than about a risen Lord. I got tired of that and chose not to be a part of it anymore.

That leads me to Part 2

Its all about what's on the inside. Shouldn't that be obvious by now? I mean really, why are we still having this discussion? Shouldn't we have grown up past this by now? Its not about the temporary things like clothes - its about the internal and eternal things. If it can rot, its not important. Clothes, hair, tattoos - they're all going to rot. Our souls however will be around for eternity in one place or another. We really should care a whole lot more about what we're wearing on the inside. And people wear some pretty crappy stuff to church. They wear bitterness, jealousy, hurt feelings, big egos, and gossip to church all the time. We've got too much nasty stuff all over our insides to be worried about what's on the outside.

Now for the third part ...

Whoever said the church was a building anyway? I've always found it sadly funny that people feel like they can't say or do certain things in the sanctuary but they can say or do them outside of the sanctuary. What's that about anyway? I know, I know, its about respecting God. But doesn't it make sense that if you really respect God you won't have the change your behavior depending on the place you are at? The church has never been a building - its always been a Body. The church is YOU and ME. You are the church at work or at the Reds game, or anywhere else you take yourself.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Skydive Video

Yesterday Brian and I went skydiving. Unfortunately his pics were "lost" but the video is here. Click on the link below and when the box comes up, type in bburiff@aol.com for the email and 45011 for the postal code and you can see him jump.

Skydive Video: "Skydive Video"

Monday, September 13, 2010

Its All Over Now

I can breath again. For a while. Saturday was a good day. As usual there are stories to tell. You just can't immerse yourself into the lives of so many people from so many walks of life and not have stories to tell. Some funny, some very moving, all memorable.

And really, that's what its all about. Yes its a fundraiser, but its so much more. Frankly, if it was only about money, I wouldn't do it. Its not worth all the hard work and sacrifice to just make a little money. But factor in the lives ... the souls, that are affected, and well, I'd do it all again just to touch one of them.

For you numbers people, we made almost $1000 above expenses on REZonate. It took a lot more than that to pull it off, but we came out well in the black. We had about 750 people attend. It grows every year. If we have the energy and desire to keep going, this may well go to bigger places someday. But that's not our goal. Our goal, as far as I'm concerned is to just take the next step and see where God leads and who He puts in our path. Its more exciting that way, and it keeps us focused on the things that matter rather than just numbers and dollars.

The Cincinnati Teamsters Motorcycle Association did incredibly well with their bike raffle ... I'll let the pics tell that story. :)

The Cincinnati Teamsters Motorcycle Association ride

The Nuclear Penguins


West Chester Police Department Honor Guard
doing a 9/11 tribute.
Jenny Rodriguez sang the National Anthem

Amazing Grace on bagpipes

Shelly Bently from Pine Ridge Reservation drawing the winning ticket
for the Harley-Davidson raffle

Dan Tackett calling the Darryl Vaughn, winner of the
2010 Heritage Softail Classic Harley-Davidson

Scot Witskin, Vice President of the Cincinnati TMA presenting
Backpacks For Pine Ridge a check for $10,180

Me and some of the Cincinnati Teamsters Motorcycle Association members
(Nicky was told to make that face)

Karyn Williams

Brian White

Blessid Union of Souls

Monday, September 06, 2010

That Girl

Well, he did it. Logan asked "the" question and Jenn said "yes".

They've dated for a little over a year... sometimes off, mostly on. And they were friends before that via Myspace, Facebook and text messages.

So who is this girl?

She's Jenn Baker, granddaughter of a couple in our church (guess how they met) and, you guessed it, a pastor's kid. What can be worse than one PK ... two of them married to each other. Wish them luck on that one.

Jenn is a girly-girl ... but then not really. She is better at working on cars than Logan is and until recently had a classic Firebird that was her baby. It came complete with a VERY loud exhaust system. We always heard her coming a few miles away. She's a big time animal lover. Logan is jealous because our dogs run to her rather than him when they come over. Jenn hates to see animals abused - and yet she hunts. In fact, she can dress a deer. How she can love animals and kill Bambi is beyond me but she does. She likes to go fishing too.

She's shy ... most people think she's stuck up or something (I can sympathize) but she's really just shy and a little bit unsure of herself. But make no mistake about it - don't you be giving her any lip because she knows how to take care of you if you do. Once a boy in school called her a "bitch" and she hurdled a couple of rows of desks, had him in a headlock and was punching him in the face before the teacher even knew what was happening.

She's from a little bitty town north of Columbus and I expect they'll be moving up there after they get married.

No date is set yet - they need to get school finished first. Logan begins the Police Academy next week and Jenn hopes to be a nurse someday.

Welcome to the family Jenn!

Well, I've Done it Now

I've just signed up for my first 5k! Nope, its not the Trax for Backpacks 5k ... that'll come later and yes, I'm signed up for that one already too, but this 5k is one I will run before ours. I'll run it on Oct. 2nd. Well, truth be told, I'll walk/run it. I'll try to run as far as I can with it but I doubt I'll be able to run all 3.1 miles by then.

This 5k is special to me. This 5k is the one that I originally wanted to run. People may think that the 5k for Backpacks is what got me started but they'd be wrong. You see, about a year ago I read my friend Karin's blog about her first 5k. Now if anybody has reason to rightly say they don't have time to exercise, it's her. She has three kids. Her youngest, Esther-Faith is a little red=headed firecracker with more personality than anybody has a right to. Esther-Faith also has Spina Bifida - which is what this 5k is all about. Even though her plate is full by anybody's estimations, Karin found time to ride her exercise bike every day ... for something like over 700 consecutive days! She also added running to her exercise routine and then, last year, ran her first 5k!

Needless to say, I was inspired.

And I had secretly planned/hoped to run the Walk, Run, Roll 5k for Spina Bifida this year as well.

See, I have a sister. Her name was Dana and she was born before I was and died shortly after her birth. I've never met her, but one day I will. She was born with Spina Bifida. She was born back in the late 50's when survival rates of babies born with Spina Bifida were only 10%. I suppose its because of dollars that have been raised by things like this 5k that have helped to improve greatly the ability to treat Spina Bifida and make it possible for babies born with this horrible condition to not only survive but thrive.

So, I've been running. I'm not very good at it, but I'm hanging in there. And I'll be in Columbus on Oct. 2nd to run/walk my first 5k!

Saturday, September 04, 2010

I'm a Runner

I've always wondered when I would feel like a runner. I've been running since April but I've never felt comfortable calling myself a runner. I'm not sure what the criteria is for earning the title "runner". Is it the number of miles you run? Or the length of time you've been running? Or maybe its after your first road race? I don't know and I'm sure its different for every runner.

I can now say that I feel like a runner but it has nothing at all to do with my performance. I don't look like a runner. I'm still a little chunky. I don't run well. I don't run fast and I can't run very far. So basically, I suck at running.

So why would I feel like a runner? Well, because yesterday it dawned on me that I've had every reason to quit. Its been a hard year. I started out very out of shape. And I'm old - only a fool would start running at age 48. I used to run. I ran 6 miles a day. But that was in my 30's. Once you hit 40, everything changes and it changes again every year after 40. They're not kidding when they tell you its a downhill slide. So running now is very, VERY different than it was in my 30's.

And I keep injuring myself. It started out with knee problems. I have a bad knee but that was not the one that gave me problems. Go figure. My "good" knee became my bad knee to the point where I literally couldn't walk after a run. I dealt with that by running at night and then going to bed with an ice pack. By morning it would be OK, at least until I ran again.

I got past the knee problem and then the incredible heat kicked in. Last year we had 4 days with a Heat Emergency. This year we had 30. Its been horribly HOT and HUMID this summer. At 6am it would be 86 degrees out and so humid breathing was difficult even when you weren't trying to run.

Then I missed out on running for a week before, during and the week after the Pine Ridge trip. Running my usual mile after not running for 3 weeks was tough but I did it and then added another half mile. That was when I got shin splints and my Achilles tendon felt like it was going to snap. Again with the ice packs.

But I've been determined to stick with it and yesterday I ran 2 miles. Not all that far, but for me, its great! I may be able to do that 5k in October afterall.