Thursday, March 29, 2012

Watching Them Grow

It is a joy to be in Abilene with my grandchildren.  I am really loving watching them grow and change.

Each has his/her own personality and characteristics:  Maddie is the artist, writer, soft-spoken (except when she screams),  loves to read and is an excellent student.

Ella is our effervescent sprite with her own opinions. She is good at math, creative, helpful and loves to cook.

Sam just lost his first front tooth.  He is a red-haired ball of fun who loves to run, play soccer and has lots of friends--I am told that on the schoolyard, kids gravitate toward him; he also loves to draw.  And he is the sweetest, most obedient boy--I love that!

Thank you Lord for these days of watching!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

"Monkey Town" revisited

Well, it seems that the Scopes trial in the '20's didn't settle much in Tennessee; now instead of Dayton, Tn being a laughing stock, the whole state is.  The Tennessee Senate just voted 24-8 for a bill which protects teachers who wish to teach "alternate
scientific theories" from prosecution.  This allows creationists and change of climate deniers  to promote their theories in science classes.  Opposed by nearly all the science associations one could name, this silly bill opposes intellectual pursuits of students and further damages the name of religion in the state. The Tennessee House had okayed the bill last year.  So they thought about it for a year and then passed it.

Yes, I do believe in evolution--one cannot observe nature and  doubt evolution.  YES, I DO BE IEVE THAT GOD CREATED THE WORLD, and I am willing to give Him the respect that He could have created it the way HE WANTED TO.
Who am I to say that He couldn't have created it in six days or with a big bang? Or taken millions of years to do it?

By the way, the Hebrews did not have many words for time as English does--when
translating anything to do with time, it was translated "day".  Hmmm.  And of course, most of our translations are based on the Hebrew Bible.

I am no theologian, but things like this raise my blood pressure.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Retired Handicapped Status

Herb Patterson's story on video yesterday made me think about what I can spend the rest of my life doing since I cannot walk very well anymore and must sit down often--docenting at the NCCIL is out; subbing in elem. libraries is out (although I never thought about subbing much--it is my idea of hell), standing at tables at book sales and other fund raisers is out, etc.

What I think I can do is teach--I love teaching, and I think I can do a credible job.  I am teaching Ecclesiastes in ladies' class this semester, and I have agreed to teach Sabbath in our Sunday school class in June--so I do have some gigs to look forward to.  Anymore openings?

Thursday, March 08, 2012

What a Day!

International Women's Day was created in 19ll to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women throughout the world.  March is also Women's History Month.

I hope you know that it wasn't until August, 1920, that women received the right to vote when the 19th Amendment was passed. Unbelievable that it took that long to "allow" women to participate in one of their inalienable rights.  Shame on the men who kept them from voting, who imprisioned those who marched for this right, who still do not "allow" women some of the rights they deserve.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Limbaugh is Getting His

The flap over Rush Limbaugh's rant about Ms. Fluke continues--I did not hear the actual radiocast, but have heard it played over and over by several stations.  He is loing sponsors, as he should.  He is causing The Republicans trouble, yea!  He is finding that his big mouth does not charm all people.  I personally hope he has to resign because no one will sponsor him.  I am sure he has enough money to live on the rest of his life.

A pox on his beliefs and those who applaud him.