Blogger Buddies, A fellow blogger buddy (props to my home girl - the Ever Fabulous, Beautiful, Intelligent, and always Thought-Provoking D'Arcy) forwarded the below email to me. It really resonated with me.
No matter WHO you're voting for, take a moment to be thankful what a great country we live in and take a moment to be thankful for all the things, as Americans, that we take for granted!
As an immigrant to this country I envy that you all have the ability next Tuesday to vote. I received a phone call today from my brother, who lives in South Africa. Last night people attempted to break into their home. Let me set the picture for you. My brother's home is behind an eight foot fence with electronic gates, there are gates leading to all the doors and then safety gates on the doors, the windows have bars on them, it really does look like Fort Knox. A while back I bought my brother a trellis gate for their back door, this is the gate that I feel saved their lives, they could not open the gate. In South Africa if you are burgaled, or car jacked, they kill you, they don't just tie you up. In this country I don't think people truly know what fear is, fear to walk outside, get in your car, go to the grocery store, fear for your children and their safety. I look across the parking lot and know that if I choose, I can walk to Target and not even second guess my safety. Freedom to me is watching your children play in the yard or at the park, taking a walk in your neighborhood at the end of a long day, taking a bicycle ride to the Nature Conservancy and letting your child walk to a friends home. I know that right now the economy is on everyone's mind, but we can have all the money in the world and not be free. When you cast your vote on Tuesday, think of me, my family and the so many other out there that don't enjoy what you have in this great country. On a side note, thank you, thank you for allowing me to be a part of this country, to be a part of your freedom and for giving me the opportunity to raise my son as an American.
"When we have been wounded by the Church, our temptation is to reject it. But when we reject the Church it becomes very hard for us to keep in touch with the living Christ. When we say, "I love Jesus, but I hate the Church," we end up losing not only the Church but Jesus too. The challenge is to forgive the Church. This challenge is especially great because the Church seldom asks us for forgiveness, at least not officially. But the Church as an often fallible human organization needs our forgiveness, while the Church as the living Christ among us continues to offer us forgiveness. It is important to think about the Church not as "over there" but as a community of struggling, weak people of whom we are part, and in whom we meet our Lord and Redeemer."
I voted early today. In fact, I was at the location that CNN has been showing on their broadcasts when they show the Really Long Lines in suburban Atlanta. Yes, I was one of the Frozen Masses waiting today in line.
Actually, it wasn't that bad. I brought a book but wound up striking up a conversation with the two funny ladies standing in line next to me (one was a lawyer, and one was an I.T. person).
The poll workers did a GREAT job. I made sure to thank them. I'm sure they get paid next to nothing and have to deal with scowling, grouchy people all day long, so I told each one how much I appreciated what they were doing.
And (just like Bob Schieffer said) when I was all done voting I felt "big and strong".
So this evening, I took my kids for an "emergency trip " to Target (it got REALLY cold here, all of a sudden.... and of course all of last Winter's sweaters are too small for my kids...)
Anyway, my 6th grade son said something in the back seat to my daughter about PLAGIARISM. My 5th grade daughter responded "What's plagiarism?" He responded "Oh, it's REALLY bad. If you plagiarize, you STEAL someone's idea without giving them due credit and you could go to JAIL."
I just love being a mom and hearing this stuff. So darn cute.
(Needless to say, I interjected and corrected the "inaccuracies" being put out there, but did let them know that plagiarism IS a big deal.... but the police wouldn't come screeching to a halt outside our door, sirens blaring and blue lights flashing....)
Hey blogger buds.... do any of y'all use the "Grocery Game" system? I had heard about it somewhere before out in the Blogistan (but can't for the LIFE of me remember where....)
I stumbled upon the website for it, and it looks like a good deal to me. Apparently you can save around 40% - 80% on your weekly grocery bill.
Anyway, let me know if any of you use it, and if so, has it been successful for you? I'd be very interested in hearing your comments, and will share them with everyone... after all we're all in this 'shaky economy' together, and I know we ALL want to minimize our expenditures as much as possible!
Tim Russert. I miss the twinkle in his eye, his big wonderful grin, his fierce intelligence, his excitement, and his respect for both parties.... which is so clearly lacking in today's pathetic excuse for the "news media" we have (I laughed out loud the other night when I heard Brian Williams blatantly self-congratulatory remarks about quality journalism ....). PLEASE, Brian.... your arrogance is almost visible these days....
Anyway. Tim Russert would have really enjoyed this presidential race.
Make sure you go to my sister blog and check out the new video of our two wild pooches. (It's been FOREVER since I've updated that blog, but now that KBL is back in the Blogistan - HOORAY!! - I felt the need to update!)
Actually, the flower is a Hubster original, considering I have a brown thumb. (We have a joke in our house.... whenever I bring home a new houseplant, my husband looks at it and says "Welcome to death row".... unfortunately, that's almost always the case unless HE takes care of it. I have a knack for killing plants.)
However, he grew some lovely sunflowers over the past month or so and I snapped the above photo in the late afternoon. The sun was hitting the petals in such a way that it truly looks like it was painted. It's not retouched at all.... this is just the way the flower looks. Pretty cool, huh?
To take a cue from D'Arcy, we can all appreciate an adorable puppy.
So here is a link to the Daily Puppy (one of my favorite sites when I'm feeling 'less than Happy'...) . Today's puppy is Braewyn, the Bassett Hound, and in this lovely photo, she's admiring some daffodils.
Thank you, Braewyn for reminding us humans to stop and enjoy the flowers. :-)
UPDATE: I'm sure this goes without saying, but in no way should the below post be construed as me making fun of (or condoning how our mainstream media makes fun of) John McCain. I think our current news system is anything BUT fair and balanced, and I also think they take glee in reporting on what garners RATINGS, instead of what is truly newsworthy. I merely am making a point that I would not want to live in the fishbowl that presidential candidates have to live in... that's all....
Can you imagine having a photograph that is this unflattering yourself on the front page of a major European newspaper? (This was on the front page of The Irish Times on Thursday, October 16th.)
No thanks. I'll pass.
And there are about 476 other reasons why I would never consider running for President as well, but this Nosferatu-looking photo tops the list for today.
Yup, me too. We're in some tough times these days. Watching the news makes it worse (so, turn it off). I realize the news tends to "bleed in" to our lives, even if we try to keep it out. Not only do we have our own personal stressors, it seems we have national and global stressors pressing in. It's enough to crush us, if we let it.
Kevin talked about dealing with fear/anxiety/worry today. The message was wonderful. It should be posted up on the website later today, if you'd like to take a listen.
If the above link doesn't work - go to www.12stone.com - click on Resources, Messages, Hwy 20, then today's date (10/12/08).
The ever-clever guys from our church band did this (very tongue-in-cheek) video recently.... our pastor was giving a message about taking care of your body physically...(you know.... good nutrition, exercise); and they couldn't RESIST making a funny video to tie in to Kevin's message. :-)
We recently commissioned an Israeli artist to do a massive original work for us which now fills our lobby. It's absolutely magnificent and one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen, and I wanted to share it with you. It's called "The Awakening". I met the artist several weeks ago, late one evening when I was doing some work at the church, and while he was working on the piece. He's a fascinating individual and lives with his wife in the Judaean Wilderness. (Obviously, he spent a substantial amount of time here in Atlanta to do this piece for our church.)
The Awakening is based on the story of Gideon in the Old Testament (a wonderful story which underscores how God's strength makes the impossible..... POSSIBLE...)
Below is a YouTube clip on the piece, narrated by the artist himself. Enjoy.
Happy Wife Happy Life (HWHL)is happily married to The Tall Cool One (a/k/a "Hubster"). We have been married since 1992 and have 2 wonderful kids. We lead a quiet, unassuming life and enjoy cooking, laughing, movies, music and each other.