Tuesday, December 30, 2008
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Last week I had the privilege of chaperoning the Intuitive Monkey and his class to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
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Monday, December 08, 2008
Because of his efficiency and the industry with which he pursued his trade, he worked a long life(retired at 70) and provided a fairly large family with a good home, good living conditions, and good education, which it is doubtful he could have equaled in any other country. If you want to verify that, take along look at his progeny. All the way through you will not find one hare-brained, long-haired hippie. [in reference to the Hall line]
Any 16 year old boy who left Ireland due to oppression(religious) and came to "free" America where in the short span of 20 years(1882-1902) did all of the above sure as hell must have been "efficient" and "industrious" while keeping his hair cut short. [in reference to the McC-- line]
If your educated prof. thinks his or any other relatives presence in the delivery room, through the aura of love they might project from their nervous, fidgeting bodies would enhance the chances of survival for the infant being delivered, he is less than a half-wit.
(This I heard but found a little hard to swallow. Who knows?)
By the way on the back of the lot where Tommie has his shop, Great Grandmother McC-- had a chicken coop. One Sunday morning when I was three years old I went down to see her and she went out to the chicken coop with a grrrrrreeeaaatt biiiiggg butcher knife--chased the hens around until she caught one, brought it up to the back door and gripping its body between her knees, proceeded to saw off its head and dropped the squirming bloody necked body in a bucket to kick out its last moments. She had it for Sunday dinner. Hot diggity; what a gal!You know, it just might be that that is the reason that I never could quite swallow that story about her being a well-bred gentlewoman--daughter of old Knight of the Garter--Colman.
In 1895, May 13 they had their 1st son--John---1897, June 13 -----------------2nd --Frances---1899, Mar. 18------------------3rd--Stupid [Leo labeling himself...not sure why]---1900, Oct. 20------------------4th--ThomasThis must be getting monotonous. No daughters????
From 1916 to 1929, [he would have been 17-30 years old] when I left McKeesport, all through the roaring twenties I changed jobs so many times that it is hard to keep things in perspective. Your dad can probably tell you more lucidly about those years than I.
Friday, December 05, 2008
I'm very predictable.
As John Mayer sang heartbreaking lyrics in the background, I wondered how someone whose personality I find so annoying could be so talented and make music that I love. I have to overcome my disenchantment with his sometimes vulgar attitude in order to appreciate his music.
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
The Assistant Village Idiot has an interesting post titled Understanding Jewish Thought, wondering how it may influence our reading of Jesus. It's a good read. I commented, and only later realized that my comment seems more confident and final than I really meant for it too. I could add more, but I tend to ramble when I'm thinking things through as I type comments, so I restrained myself from going on and on.
52"Put your sword back in its place," Jesus said to him, "for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. 53Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? 54But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?"
55At that time Jesus said to the crowd, "Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? Every day I sat in the temple courts teaching, and you did not arrest me. 56But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled." Then all the disciples deserted him and fled.
3Some Pharisees came to him to test him. They asked, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?"
4"Haven't you read," he replied, "that at the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female,'[a] 5and said, 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh'[b]? 6So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate."
7"Why then," they asked, "did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?"
8Jesus replied, "Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning. 9I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, and marries another woman commits adultery."
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Counting substance abuse, the study found that nearly half of young people surveyed have some sort of psychiatric condition, including students and non-students.
Is this a result of over-diagnosis, or are young people more prone to these disorders than past generations?
Friday, November 28, 2008
- thankful for my mother-in-law and sister-in-law who helped us through this difficult time.
- thankful for my children who weathered things well and showed compassion for me when I wasn't feeling well.
- thankful, most of all, for my husband who lived up to his marriage vows in an incredible way. As life has continued to unfold for us, I am thankful that we found each other and have stuck together for 11 years. I grow to appreciate and love him more every day....except for when he forces me to watch inane Jackie Chan movies--there are some things which go beyond the bounds of love.
There are endless things for which I should be grateful. I don't always recognize them at the time. May God help me to remember the unexpected graces which come my way.
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I have to say I was a little surprised by this one. Not that I regularly curse on this site, but I thought there might have been some commenters in the past that have. Or maybe a post or two in which I might have used even a tiny swear word.
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It's really starting to get on my nerves.
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So my support forum is all abuzz about last night's campaign. They are mostly Obama supporters, so there is a lot of McCain bashing going on. There are Republicans on the forum, but most of them steer clear of the political threads.
Then Assistant Village Idiot has a ton of posts about last night's debate which are fairly objective in their views. Then I read this quote:
"Democrats are going to vote for Obama, Republicans will vote McCain, Undecideds
are obviously not paying attention."
Like a stake to my heart....I say.....like a stake to my heart.
I am paying attention. Really I am. The problem is that I used to vote based solely on themes like this:
Which is not to say that I'm Catholic, because I'm not, but that being pro-life has made me choose some candidates over others with that issue as the deciding factor.
I am pro-life, but I have "lost the faith" in that as a deciding factor in this election cycle. I don't ever see Roe v. Wade being overturned. I don't believe that Obama and McCain are going to do anything striking in regards to abortion. The next few years are going to be overshadowed by the wars we're involved with and the financial mess our country is facing.
So...how does that impact my vote?
I like McCain's focus on cutting spending. I hate his willingness to even talk about going to war with Iran. That saber-rattling from him, and the administration, drives me crazy. We have enough on our plates to deal with...trying to intimidate a maniacal leader in Iran seems like waving meat in front of a starving cougar. It just feeds into Ahminejad's,"America is out to get us!" propaganda.
I like Obama's willingness to try diplomacy first.
On the other hand, I watched an interview in which Obama was asked why, specifically, he should be president and be the right person to deal with our current crises. He fumbled around, started going off-topic, and the interviewer called him back to the original question. Obama paused and said that he felt he was good at getting people to come together and work on things.
I felt like I was watching a job interview for middle management: "So, Mr. Obama, why should Acme Enterprises hire you? What are your strengths?"
I was not impressed.
McCain doesn't want to raise taxes and wants to make Bush's cuts permanent. I'm not usually for raising taxes, but this doesn't seem like the right time to make those tax cuts permanent. We have to get income from somewhere to pay down our debt and fund this bailout.
Obama wants to raise taxes on every family making over $250,000. He says that 95% of families will have relief.
That doesn't make sense. Most families that make $50,000 or less, which I would think are the vast majority in America, don't pay any real income taxes.
Ask me how I know.
I know because we do our taxes each year ourselves, and we fall into that category. By the time one takes standard deductions and factors in various credits for having kids, the amount owed is $0, and there is usually a refund involved.
Not that I'm complaining or anything. :-)
I just don't buy the smoke and mirrors of "relief for working families".
So...yes I am undecided. There are serious issues, more than the ones I have mentioned, that I care about which are not fully represented by either candidate. They are equally important to me.
It's not that I am not listening...it's just that I don't like what I am hearing.