Thursday, November 24, 2005
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Thanks for beaing thereBut grief doesn't end with the funeral and occasional phone call, note or visit will let me know you haven't forgotten.The death of my child has left me emotionally and spiritually shattered. It will take time to put the pieces together again, to rebuild relationships. But when things get really bad, knowing there is a friend who cares may be all I need to tip the balance in favour of recovery.
Written by Elspeth Ludemann. First published in "North and South" (New Zealand) in March 1991).
Sunday, November 20, 2005
Currently reading (and crafting)So many books!
Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto. All I can say is, this should be required reading.
Eats, Shoots, and Leaves . I love this book. I find myself nodding in assent frequently. Some of you will say that speaks ill of me.
Last but not least, after many years of faithful reading ... The Dark Tower. I was probably not much older than Filius Ceasar when I first read The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger. ( We'll lay aside for the moment whether my mom should have let me read it) Now, the clearing at the end of the path is in sight. I may lose sleep over this.
Finally- I have taken up crocheting. I am working on my second project ever, a scarf. The first was a dish cloth, which had proven quite useful. The fact that I'm self taught and don't count stitches makes things interesting. When I can afford the yarn, I plan to make some Hogwarts scarves.
Friday, November 18, 2005
"Woe to you..."Copied straight from a Sojomail alert, because it's so important. Visit www.sojourners.com
Note to readers: Early this morning, the House of Representatives narrowly passed a budget proposal (217-215) that, if enacted, would make severe cuts to our nation's most vital anti-poverty programs like food stamps, Medicaid, and child care. The margin was small because of your prayers, phone calls, e-mails, and letters to the editor. Thank you. In the coming weeks, the budget will face a House-Senate negotiation, followed by separate votes in each chamber. We will continue to raise our voices to demand justice for the poorest among us.
Jim Wallis says "Woe to you legislators of infamous laws....." in response to the narrow passage of the House Budget Reconciliation Bill.
Washington, D.C. ------(Friday, November 18, 2005) Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourners and Convener of Call to Renewal, made the following statement today on the narrow passage of the House Budget Reconciliation Bill.
STATEMENT BY JIM WALLIS:
The prophet Isaiah said: "Woe to you legislators of infamous laws ... who refuse justice to the unfortunate, who cheat the poor among my people of their rights, who make widows their prey and rob the orphan." Today, I repeat those words. When our legislators put ideology over principle, it is time to sound the trumpets of justice and tell the truth.
It is a moral disgrace to take food from the mouths of hungry children to increase the luxuries of those feasting at a table overflowing with plenty. This is not what America is about, not what the season of Thanksgiving is about, not what loving our neighbor is about, and not what family values are about. There is no moral path our legislators can take to defend a reckless, mean-spirited budget reconciliation bill that diminishes our compassion, as Jesus said, "for the least of these." It is morally unconscionable to hide behind arguments for fiscal responsibility and government efficiency. It is dishonest to stake proud claims to deficit reduction when tax cuts for the wealthy that increase the deficit are the next order of business. It is one more example of an absence of morality in our current political leadership.
Budgets are moral documents that reflect what we care about. Budget and tax bills that increase the deficit put our children's futures in jeopardy - and they hurt the vulnerable right now. The choice to cut supports that help people make it day to day in order to pay for tax cuts for those with plenty goes against everything our religious and moral principles teach us. It says that leaders don't care about people in need. It is a blatant reversal of biblical values - and symbolizes the death of compassionate conservatism.
The faith community is outraged and is drawing a line in the sand against immoral national priorities. It is time to draw that line more forcefully and more visibly.
I applaud those House members who have stood up for better budget priorities and fought hard all year to keep issues of basic fairness at the forefront of this debate. And I thank those on both sides of the aisle who stood up and did the right thing in voting against this bill, despite pressure from the House leadership. These strong voices provide some hope for getting beyond an ideology that disregards the role of government for the common good.
Thursday, November 17, 2005
And I've started a Yahoo GroupMy group is for Progressive/Liberal Christian Homeschoolers. If that's you, hook up here:
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Insomnia tonight, so you hear from meI need to lose weight. I have no excuse, I just comfort eat and sit on my fat glute. Even the almost daily abs work is having little effect. Sigh.
Passing some of my insomnia reading Order of the Stick: http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/GiantITP/ootscript?SK=17 Funny fare for gamer geeks.
Monday, November 07, 2005
Radical actionsFirst off, sorry to all of you that I have not been reading or posting. My head's been in an odd place, an altered state
Radical actions. I am going to the Gulf Coast. I'll be on a debris removal team this January. God told me to do it, and He is making it all fall into place. I know that sounds fruit to some people, but it is true.
Today I slept until 9, which is the time I decided way beack in the day, we would start school work. Instead of rushing, we ate, I did an ab workout, and I took the kids for a walk. But hey, we autographed an ant hill, and that's science! I'm letting things happen as they happen, and just decided not to do a few subjects, and the world is still revolving. Who knew?