Saturday, December 25, 2010
...because I have a White Christmas! It's amazing and beautiful. Some of you may wonder why I'm so excited, but I don't remember having a real White Christmas before. A few with dustings of snow, but there's about 3 inches on the ground.
I'm at my brother's house in Athens, Alabama, which is about 15 miles south of the Tennessee border.
i didn't listen to the weather, and had no idea there was a chance of snow. My sister-in-law came into the den where I was reading and asked if I had looked outside, then drew back the curtains onto that beautiful scene. The snow was still falling then. It has stopped now, and melting rapidly, but for a few hours I've felt touched by Grace.... and literally, since the household here includes a cuddly dog named Grace. :-)
Merry Christmas, or whatever holiday you celebrate. May you and yours be blessed in the coming year.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
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Thursday, December 9, 2010
I'm not really sure how I feel about Wikileaks, but what I'm pretty sure of is that the story is not, for the most part, being covered honestly and fully in the media. Greenwald thus provides a needed corrective and he has been intensively covering the story.
Ed Brayton excerpts from a narrative of someone who was anti-gay and grew out of it, and says this is a common experience. It was for me as well. I don't think I was ever strongly anti-gay, but didn't think it "natural". One of my two best friends in high school came out to me as gay while I was in college and that started my path to acceptance.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
I'm a little late in posting this. The 55th anniversary of Rosa Park's ride was Dec. 1st. This post gives some interesting background that one doesn't see that often. She mentions that Mrs. Parks was part of a group that had been trained in passive resistance and had visited the Highlander Folk School, where a number of people worked on ideas for improving the civil rights situation of blacks. Highlander was run by Myles Horton, a labor organizer for many years and a fascinating person in his own right. I read his autobiography, The Long Haul.
Rosa Parks is a hero, and I celebrate her memory.
Monday, December 6, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
Both from Neat New Stuff:
20 Safety Tips for Decorating with Toddlers and Babies
Tips on decorating while protecting your children from the trouble their natural curiosity can get them into. You'll be surprised at how dangerous some harmless-looking decorations can be.
Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2010 - New York Times
Great children's books are wonderful gifts, because when they strike a chord, the child will read them over and over. See also Publishers' Weekly's Best Children's Books of 2010,