putting to rout all that is not life

"To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other and to feel. That is the purpose of life." -from The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) Last December I started a tradition of watching a movie by myself once I got home from the last … Continue reading putting to rout all that is not life

Doing the Next Thing and the futility of five-year plans. Yes, again.

...Because I still need some practice at this, I guess. The long, slow slide into summer stability was slower than anticipated this year. I'm just now feeling like I've got my "sea legs" so to speak with having the kids home, and June is nearly over. The grey fog that I now recognize as the … Continue reading Doing the Next Thing and the futility of five-year plans. Yes, again.

Thoughts on “Bowling for Columbine,” Back to School Edition

Watching Bowling For Columbine, finally. They're talking about school violence, and I still wonder what I would have turned out like, had I not been delivered from my own little hellish experience in Glenwood. I know the three years I was there did enough damage on my ability to relate to people --I still assume … Continue reading Thoughts on “Bowling for Columbine,” Back to School Edition

What kind of America do I want to live in?

In the quest to answer the question, "Who would Jesus vote for?", that question has also come up. I think of stuff like September 11, and about Katrina and the response there. I think of how much more difficult our life is now than it was four years ago. Don't think I'm blaming our life situation on … Continue reading What kind of America do I want to live in?

Little-Known Facts about the Christian Reformed Church

I am in a little bit of shock. On my bouncing through the internet, I came upon a message board post by a CRC member who holds to the "full quiver" (holding to the idea that "God should plan our families") ideology. She stated that our church policy is officially against the use of birth control. Knowing … Continue reading Little-Known Facts about the Christian Reformed Church

Still most of y’all come out confused.

 If this post doesn't make any sense, don't be too concerned. If I wrote something that looks horribly offensive or condescending, it wasn't intended and I apologize. This post was really just to sort things out in my own mind (and to see where y'all are at ...it's been kind of quiet around here). I … Continue reading Still most of y’all come out confused.

Ladies and Gentlemen, May I Present …a Viable Presidential Candidate!

You know it's gotta be true --the press (a.k.a "The Liberal Media") is already in full-on attack mode trying to trip him up. Sounds like they're smelling a threat to me (grin)! ...How ironic is it that they have to dig all the way back to 2002 to find any dirt? http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071207/ap_on_el_pr/huckabee http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/politics/2007/12/05/huckabee.interview.cnn?iref=videosearch Good grief. … Continue reading Ladies and Gentlemen, May I Present …a Viable Presidential Candidate!

I don’t know whether to laugh or cry…

This is the August 2007 figures from the USDA on how much food for a family costs, on average. According to this, we should be spending ...are you ready for this???? $751.10 (!) a month for our family of five. On an extravagant month (like back last summer when I experimented with buying more organic … Continue reading I don’t know whether to laugh or cry…