Monthly Archives: January 2009

Month: January 2009 The Way I See It #296

  My friend surprised me with a delicious Sbx this morning.  What a yummy treat and wonderful way to start the day!  Sbx coffees haven’t been part of my ‘diet regimen’ lately, but today I obviously had to make concessions for… well, what could I have done?  Tell my dear friend, no thanks, I’m dieting… what?  are you crazy? no… no… no… not me!  So… yum… it’s as delicious now, one hour later, reheated just a tad… and here’s what it says: By the time executives get married take on a mortgage, raise kids, cope with crabgrass, climb the corporate ladder, do their best to manage career pressures, build their net worth and get into their 40’s, they’ve lost touch with what they believe in and care about most deeply.” –Allan Cox I’d sort of dislike attempting to liken motherhood to corporate life — I’m not one to attempt jazz up the description of “occupation” when filling out forms. I don’t look to cleverly describe my life as a domestic engineer, in product research and development, nursing, transportation, nutritionist… etc., etc.  No, I never do all that.  I never attempt to describe my life or define it using corporate terms continue reading

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Month: January 2009 encouragement & geography today…

 I’m thinking of how our children learn, what motivates them the most and what creates the greatest results in homeschooling?  Yes! it’s enthusiasm and love — it’s saying to our children: I am so for you!!  I love you!! Maybe at home today we need to give a little more attention to what’s most important and, remember, we all need a little more enthusiastic encouragement for whatever we’re teaching (or learning).

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Month: January 2009 The Mothers Act

The MOTHERS ACT has been reintroduced in both the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R. 20 introduced Jan 6th 2009) and the U.S. Senate (S. 324 introduced Jan 26 2009). Messages to members of Congress should be gracious, direct and to the point. “The Mothers Act is a bill which will increase mental health screening of pregnant women and new mothers,despite the fact that the widely accepted treatment for women diagnosed with postpartum depression is antidepressant drugs — documented by the U.S. FDA to cause worsening depression, mania, psychosis, suicidal and homicidal ideation and birth defects. There is no language in the bill that would assure mothers are given non-drug options or accurate information about the subjectivity of the diagnoses (a checklist of questions) or the documented risks of psychiatric drugs. This violates informed consent and puts new mothers and their infants at risk.”  

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Month: January 2009 You’ll Have Free Speech (if you agree)

 Another day… what’s next?   Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee has launched a petition against Rush Limbaugh.  This, to me, is amazing — ludicrous, really, in light of the fact that Barack Obama was given a free pass — unwavering acceptance and free coverage by the adoring press for the last 18 months or so. This isn’t a Rush love-in — is not a blanket endorsement of Rush Limbaugh–sincerely, but is an encouragement to be mindful of treasured Constitutional rights. I offer this as an admonition to pay attention regarding the blessing of the rights of citizens of this free nation and further, if you think President Obama’s policies and proposals are in your best interest — the country’s best interest — they’re not.  They’re not truly in your best interest, nor your children’s, nor your great-great grandchildren’s.   Not only will the proposed policies have monstrously damaging results, this strike against or attempt at eliminating free speech or dissenting voices is fascism.  Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government continue reading

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Month: January 2009 News Dujour 1.26.9

The irony of headlines… one for preventing birth, one promoting.  Nancy Pelosi will likely regret the faulty logic she’s employing to suggest birthcontrol will help the economy.  A proponent of big huge government, Pelosi seems to forget or ignores the fact that socialism needs lots of new little producers (read: taxpayersandpayersandpayers) to support the regime. The Canon corporation in Japan sees the negative result of low birthrate and is scrambling to reverse the trend of negative population numbers.  Simple economics reveals the crisis of a pregressive nations’ aging population and low birthrate (to support that aged population).  Same thing will happen in the US.  Speaking in strictly econmic terms, if government programs — free to all, citizen or no, continue to multiply out of control and if this nation loses ‘workers’ or revenue generators in the next few generations, this nation will never survive.  It can’t at the current rate, and it certainly won’t in the future. And people are protesting a fence along the US border??  Do you suppose the US would be able to handle DNA testing on the estimated ten million illegals in this country?!?!  In an attempt to curb or expel illegals, the French government is continue reading

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Month: January 2009 About that Sad Day…

   Now it will begin to be very clear as to why I wrote the blog entry: one-of-the-saddest-days-in-the-history-of-this-nation.  I knew I wasn’t alone in holding that opinion — and I know I’m not alone now.  Tens of millions of *innocent* children — unborn babies — have been murdered in this nation since the legalization and government sanctioned abortions.  It doesn’t seem to matter one iota what George Bush did in his tenure as President — but if nothing else, he did stand for life — he stood in the gap for millions and did so publicly and through legal policy.  Barack Obama reversed that policy today.   He had opportunity to stand for life.  He sat down with pen in hand and stands against innocent babies.  Abortion is not about women’s reproductive health, it’s not about basic healthcare.  It’s not even about a right to choose.  Because in that procedure, of three of the people in the room, only two of the voices are heard.  The third voice is silenced.  Death is not basic health.  Life is basic health.  Abortion is not family planning. President Obama had an opportunity just yesterday to hear thousands of voices… to see thousands of hands continue reading

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Month: January 2009 Inauguration Day 2009

  Today, Barack Hussein Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of these United States of America.  It is a new day in this land as the 44th President began his speech, “My fellow citizens…”   Yes, indeed, change has come to America.  But what is this change, really? I listened to the speech… and I marveled: here is a man who has few (name some?) notable political accomplishments — what track record demonstrates what he says is what he will do.  Nothing really — other than becoming a US Senator, delivering attention grabbing, dazzling speeches, and being elected President of the United States.  I marvel.  Still, I marvel how it all came about anyway. After a little nervous bungle taking the oath of office, he was to deliver his highly anticipated speech — a speech that was ‘presidential’ and well delivered — but not necessarily memorable.  I guess I expected to hear lines that would become trademark quotes – like his Change! and Yes, we can campaign slogans.  Time will tell what the rhetoric produces and what comes of rebuilding America.  I keep wondering, with what?  And how will the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan be financed and… hmmm, continue reading

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Month: January 2009 The Way I See It #76

I suppose that I might have cause to celebrate.  It’s a sunny day.  The water surrounding our home receded at such a significant rate that we’re now able to see all of our property and much of the surrounding farmland.  This is amazing.  O, and I didn’t get Sbx cup #280.  Maybe, had I gotten cup #280, I’d not have written the previous two posts this afternoon.  I don’t know.  So, today’s cup reads: TheWayISeeIt #76 “The irony of commitment is that it’s deeply liberating – in work, in play, in love. The act frees you from the tyranny of your internal critic, from the fear that likes to dress itself up and parade around as rational hesitation. To commit is to remove your head as the barrier to your life.” – Anne Morriss, Starbucks customer So, I’m thinking about the freedom in commitment.   I don’t know the author’s intent in the above quote – but like most of the other Sbx cup quotes – this one got me thinking and thinking about so many things on so many levels. The freedom of commitment. I am committed to serving the Lord Jesus – and it is for freedom that He continue reading

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Month: January 2009 A Book and a Movie

I’m thinking about blind acceptance and emperors… the events of the days behind us and before us and a book and a movie come to mind.  And I wonder what really matters to people — if it matters that there’s nothing there or if there’ll be a little child standing in the crowd pointing out the obvious.  And will anyone there have the courage to see?     The Emperor’s New Clothes… a book.  Being There… a movie. Just thinking.  I remember reading the book as a child, reading to our own children along the way and seeing that movie thirty years ago.  I’ve thought of both story lines over the years as I’ve watched different societal or political trends and events.  And, all kidding aside, I do wonder will there be anyone listening to the speech willing to exclaim:  But he has nothing on!    

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Month: January 2009 cream puffs.

Blind trust is a dangerous thing sometimes.  It’s what makes us vulnerable to accepting things we’d not ordinarily accept and makes us do things we’d not ordinarily do.  Hope’s like that sometimes too.  We sometimes want something so badly that we’ll believe just about anything for that need to be met or filled.  Some will sacrifice just about anything to have deep seated longings fulfilled. When I was six years old my mother was dating a man she would eventually marry. I so wanted to call him daddy.  We took a train to his home and we visited him.  While we were there I noticed that in one of the bedrooms of his home was a beautiful white bed with a pink canopy — the bedspread was white and the pillow had a ruffle and lace around the edge… the curtains in that room were ruffled.  I didn’t know my mother was poor until I saw that room and I didn’t know I was born to be a princess until I saw that bed.  I didn’t know we had a very limited food budget until he brought great food to our home.  I wanted him to be our daddy.  So continue reading

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