Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
For example, we believe the following:
25 Wherefore, he [God] has given a law; and where there is no law given there is no punishment; and where there is no punishment there is no condemnation; and where there is no condemnation the mercies of the Holy One of Israel have claim upon them, because of the atonement; for they are delivered by the power of him.What that boils down to is, God will reward or punish us depending in large part on whether we transgress his commandments only after we have been taught them.2 Nephi 9:25 ,27
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."
Friday, May 22, 2009
What I read this evening was that Thomas Jefferson made his own version of the New Testament. He decided that all the supernatural events in the four gospels were made up, so he cut and pasted from Matthew, Mark, Luke and John to make his own "Bible", which he entitled The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth. He removed all mention of miracles, angels, divine birth, and even Jesus' resurrection.
It appears to me that most who subscribe to the TJEd philosophy are religious Christians. Do they realize their great example and education method namesake didn't accept that Christ was divine and thought everything supernatural in the four gospels was just false invention?
Note: I also found out that Thomas Jefferson was never able to live within his income and he died in so much debt that Monticello had to be sold and his daughter was left penniless.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
For instance, where did my two-year-old get the idea of putting the tie on the baby floor blanket around her neck and playing sled dog? And why did my four-year-old sit on the blanket and tell the two-year-old to put it around her neck again so that she could pull her on the "sled"? And why after my explaining why that was dangerous and that they couldn't do it with the tie around her neck, did they quietly do it again when they thought I wasn't going to see them?
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
In light of the very high price of a college education at many liberal arts colleges, I have to wonder, why would anyone in their right mind encourage their son or daughter to go into debt to attend one of these schools? Heavy debt to end up with a child that rejects your belief system and can't get a good job just doesn't make sense! (Of course, the situation is different for people who don't have to get into debt to pay for tuition and costs at such a school. I don't know many such people, though.)
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?
Sunday, May 10, 2009
It is so wonderful being back in the USA where corrupt cops are the exception, not the rule.
Happy Mother's Day to every mother and mothering woman out there! You are appreciated for all the good you do and are!!
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
Wal*Mart genuinely serves a diverse clientele. If that means they don't have snob appeal, so what? I don't relish aiming to be a snob at this point in my life. Especially if that snobbery has an element of racism in it.
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.