Saturday, May 30, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
- the courage to refrain from judging others,
- the courage to be chaste and virtuous, and
- the courage to stand firm for truth and righteousness.
Unfortunately, there are those who feel it necessary to criticize and to belittle others. You have, no doubt, been with such people, as you will be in the future. My dear young friends, we are not left to wonder what our behavior should be in such situations. In the Sermon on the Mount, the Savior declared, “Judge not.” At a later time He admonished, “Cease to find fault one with another.” It will take real courage when you are surrounded by your peers and feeling the pressure to participate in such criticisms and judgments to refrain from joining in.So much pain, alienation, and wasted potential in so many people's lives result from unkind speech. As a general rule, Thumper's mother was right: "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all."
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
My husband thought the only worthwhile thing in the movie was that one of the characters was played by the actor who is Mr. Weasley in the Harry Potter movies. (Men just don't get obsessed with Jane Austen, do they?)
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
And can I just say how cool my dh is for putting on the spare tire last weekend!
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Rather than immediately assign the incoming lawyers to client matters, the firm will enroll its hires in a new training program that will provide courses on taking depositions, writing briefs, and meeting client needs. The instructors will include Drinker attorneys, professional development staff, and firm clients. The 37 first-years also will shadow partners' client meetings and court appearances. The associates may handle some client work, but at significantly reduced rates.They need training in writing briefs? After three years of law school? Do you think some of them will get their spelling errors marked with a red pen by the professional development staff?
Friday, May 8, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Seriously, there are those who forward this argument who even seem to think that it is a good thing for a child to have to face bullying because that's just part of "the real world". I'm not quite sure what real world they mean--adults generally just escape from bullies (unless they're stuck somewhere like prison) or take them on (which could end up in prison for them, so it's not a great solution in most cases). Most people will simply do what they can to get away from someone who is abusing them.
In my experience, when someone has been subjected to repeated abuse from which they cannot escape, they usually end up with serious emotional and mental problems. According to a recent study, children who are repeatedly bullied are more likely to develop psychotic symptoms in early adolescence (Medical News Today website). So, to those who think parents are harming their children by taking them out of school for bullying issues, which is the greater harm--a couple of years at home with mom or dad or teenage psychosis?
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
About a year ago, I made the circuit of kindergartens in my town. At each stop, after the pitch by the principal and the obligatory exhibit of art projects only a mother (the student’s own) could love, I asked the same question: “What is your policy on homework?”
And always, whether from the apple-cheeked teacher in the public school or the earnest administrator of the “child centered” private one, I was met with an eager nod. Oh, yes, each would explain: kindergartners are assigned homework every day.
Bzzzzzzt. Wrong answer.
"Wrong answer" for me, too. If the local schools won't respect my child's tender years, she'll stay under my primary tutelage instead. Can you imagine how burned out you would be at the prospect of 13 years of compulsory schooling with homework every night? Especially if you were five years old?
Monday, May 4, 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
Today, I ate 1-1/2 cheeseburgers. They were yummy. My body craved them! I haven't felt like such a carnivore for a long time. I washed them down with soy milk mixed with chocolate milk, though.
They then launched an ignorant discussion of Jesus Christ: "Well, didn't Jesus turn water into wine?" "Yes, he must have been drunk 24/7!" "And what about that Mary Magdalene?"
Um, what about her? The Da Vinci Code was fiction, gentlemen. And no one familiar with the New Testament would consider Jesus a carnal drunkard. Thank you for putting on display your lack of knowledge about Christianity. The next time someone inveighs against Christianity, I'll just remember how unlikely it is they actually know what they are talking about.
The book was OK, and the Twilight movie captured the book fairly well. In fact, pathetic as Bella is overall as a character, the movie seemed to make her look a tad less so than the book did. Still, I don't like heroines who muse about how nice death is and can't wait to turn into bloodsucking immortals who have to hide in the shadow and move residences every few years. Edward was pretty good, but I hate the hairstyle! My husband was unimpressed with Edward; he thought Bella should have gone to prom with Mike Newton.