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Thinking Politics??!

I voted on November 2.  But this has nothing to do with that.

You know when you’re in the shower, and you get all these great ideas?  Like mind-blowingly awesome ones that could change the world?  Then one of your kids bursts in, holding their pants, claiming an emergency is about to happen, and you forget all about it?  Come on, you know what I mean.

Well this morning that didn’t happen, and I still have the great idea.  I may run for office.  Actually, I hope someone else implements this, because I don’t *DO* things, I just think about doing them.  This is my life in a nutshell, and it really would not make a convincing campaign slogan.  I don’t have the energy for that anyway.

So, you know how some countries have bad, mean leadership, and that at times causes our country’s leaders to forbid trade with them?  Well, instead of doing that, let’s REQUIRE trade with them, but only with certain companies.  I propose McDonald’s, WalMart, Unilever, and Disney, but am open to suggestions.  Mattel and Viacom, maybe?

We could also make them eat all their food out of those compostable bags that SunChips come in, and all unhealthy meals could come with a toy.  I realize that the Hague may try to intervene with this one, but I think we could prevail.

Who’s with me?


Hello World!

I’m just going to start posting again, just as if I have not beed away from this blog for months.  Hope that’s cool with you.  To set your mind at ease, no major crisis has occurred to take me away from blogging.  It’s just Facebook.

I sent two envelopes for Red Envelope Day, an organized peaceful protest against the practice of abortion in the United States.  I wonder if it will get any press?


If I Would Just Get a Job…

There are so many things wrong with this article.  I don’t even know where to start.  The article, by Madeline Chambers from Reuters, is titled, “Working women hold key to world prosperity.”  She quotes Alison Maitland as saying, “There is a huge gap between women’s talents and skills and the use of that potential.”

I am taking this to mean that at least some of her “talents and skills” (a “huge” amount?) is being wasted when the woman stays out of the workforce to raise her kids.

Next sentence: “It requires a concerted effort by governments and the private sector in collaboration.”

If governments, private companies, and individuals all try hard, skillful and talented women can be convinced and enabled to leave the child-raising (which takes much less important talent and much fewer skills) to other people.  The article does not go on to say who these people are.

Chambers cites France and Nordic countries as examples of countries that have successfully drawn women away from child-rearing and into the workforce.  These women are still having babies, but they are leaving them in “good and affordable” childcare.  The families have tax incentives to have two income earners.

These countries also have some of the lowest marriage rates and higher than average divorce rates, according to the OECD.

The world economy will just have to do without my skills and talents.  I don’t intend to waste my life.


Actions and Reactions

Spitzer says he believes that people should take responsibility for their conduct. What his actions show, however, is that people should take responsibility for their conduct if and when they get caught. Show me someone who takes responsibility for such actions before anyone finds out about them.


Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

This made me cry. It’s a video highlighting a network of volunteers who offer to help families who have learned that their newborns will likely not survive birth. They’re photographers (including one of my favorite children’s photographers, Sugar Photography) who give their time and skills to give enduring tangibility to the memories these families are making with their beautiful children. The pictures provide evidence that these children existed and had lives that meant something. God, in His sovereign grace, makes no mistakes and is always good.

This also made me cry. The Born Alive Infants Protection Act. When President Bush signed it in August 2002, he said,

Today I sign the Born Alive Infants Protection Act. This important legislation ensures that every infant born alive — including an infant who survives an abortion procedure — is considered a person under federal law. This reform was passed with the overwhelming support of both political parties, and it is about to become the law of the land.

With this in effect, doctors are required to give medical care to a child who is “accidentally” born alive after a late-term abortion attempt. Why on earth does this even have to be discussed? In fact, although it was passed “with overwhelming support of both political parties,” Barack Obama did not support it. Logical, actually, if you set your philosophy on the flawed premise that we are all there is. So maybe I shouldn’t be surprised.

For another look at this issue, go here. This has Mr. Obama’s own words about why he did not support this legislation.

The value of life, no matter how short or how long, is a subject that is close to my heart. It’s one of the few things that can set me off (the others being depression and education). Can you tell?


Vermont Primary Today

If you live in Vermont, today is the day you should vote in the state’s primary election. Many towns will have other issues on the ballot as well. If you’re undecided or uninformed about the presidential candidates, just vote Huckabee. 😉

That’s a joke, people. If you are uninformed, stay home till you ARE informed. If you’re undecided… well, figure it out.

I am a little concerned for my registration, since I have gotten two calls asking for me, then asking me who I will vote for in the primary, giving Clinton or Obama as the only choice. Am I registered as a democrat? How could that have happened? I might be libertarian. I don’t remember how I registered last election. Is that awful?

These questions and more will be answered today, as I attempt to cast my vote for someone who has been apparently mathematically eliminated from the race.


My Voting Philosopy

I have principles. (I used to have principals, but then I left high school.) I won’t vote for a candidate if he/she doesn’t hold to the same principles I do. Dem or Rep doesn’t determine my allegiance. I won’t vote for the lesser of two evils. I won’t cast my vote based on the idea that a vote for a less-popular candidate is a vote for the other guy.

I will vote for the person I want to be President.


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Why This Blog?

Well, mostly this is for my family to see pictures and read anecdotes about the kids. It's also a venue for telling the story of my struggles and victories in my life as a Christian, a wife, a mother, and a teacher. Occasionally I toss in some weird or touching item that I've found.

What’s Christianity All About?

The Gospel is the news that Jesus Christ, the Righteous One, died for our sins and rose again, eternally triumphant over all his enemies, so that there is now no condemnation for those who believe, but only everlasting joy. [as said by John Piper]

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