Archive / July, 2010

Doing Hard Things

Several years ago (when I thought I’d have more time to write seriously), I set a goal for myself:  to complete 100 sonnets. I’m under no illusion I’ll be able to “master” the form, but perhaps the effort will permit me a reasonable level of proficiency. I love the sonnet form, and writing 100 of […]

Movie Night

As long as we remain on the Netflix queue, there will be movies to watch and talk about. Wednesday night is a movie night here, since our grandson (who lives with us) isn’t working. Last night, we watched The Proposal with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. Cute movie. Before we cued it up, I wasn’t […]

Keep the Electoral College

The Founding Fathers established the Electoral College (EC) to resolve an unfair advantage the more populous states enjoyed over rural (sparsely populated) states in the Union. Electing a president based on electors (rather than popular vote) allowed a slightly greater voice for the small states. The framers considered this an appropriate trade-off to protect minority […]

Whimsy and Music

When it comes to “film reviews,” I defer to my younger daughter or my husband for their savvy. I watch films and enjoy them … or not. Movies with a story-line related in some way to music will usually get my thumbs-up, even if they’ve been panned elsewhere. We watched The Legend of 1900 this […]

My Mom, Ruthe

In the summer of 2006, we held a surprise birthday party to honor my mother who was celebrating her 80th birthday. Just before Christmas that year, she suffered a deep vein thrombosis (DVT). We might have lost her. Diagnosed with a genetic blood disorder, she received appropriate treatment which seemed incidental:  a small incision in […]

One of My Heroes . . . RIP

Today is my Daddy’s birthday. Were he alive, Norman would be celebrating 88 years. He was the first man who won my heart. He wasn’t a perfect man, but he loved my mother and did his best to provide her and their children a good life. Never having finished the eighth grade, he made his […]

There Was Blood

I’m not a dog-lover. I tolerate the black, four-legged creature (BL) who lives under our roof because he is a devoted friend and companion for my husband. BL is the offspring of my son’s chocolate Lab (CL) and my daughter-in-law’s yellow Lab (YL). So, we have a mutual understanding:  when they (or we) go out […]

Beginning . . .

Some years ago, I read Hugh Hewitt’s book BLOG:  Understanding the Information Reformation That’s Changing Your World. Hewitt laid out the case that blogging (for Christians and conservatives, and I am both) is imperative. He convinced me. As a lifelong writer and someone who can scarce await the occasional invitation to voice my opinion on […]

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