Monthly Archives: December 2008

The Cat in the Manger….

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, there was a baby born in a manger.  The baby’s parents, traveling to comply with a decreed census count, begged the innkeeper for a room, but, as many were on the road because of the ordained census, there were no rooms left.   The innkeeper kindly allowed them to spend the night out in the stable.
That night, this baby was born, and it was a wondrous thing.  This baby was special, most special, whose birth had been foretold by great prophets.  Angels sang in the skies, shepherds left their flocks to gather at the stable and honor their newborn king and his parents, and wise men from afar came with gifts.  It was a night like no other.

It was after, though, after the angels had finished their singing, after the shepherds had returned to their flocks, and the little holy family was alone again, that the baby began to cry.  His mother, named Mary, was a first-time mother and very young herself, but did all the things she knew to do to try to comfort her small son.  But  no amount of rocking, cuddling, singing, feeding, or changing, silenced the baby’s crying.

A small tabby cat sat watching from the back of the stable.  The cat saw Mary try and try to console the baby, finally putting him back in the manger and beginning to cry herself out of frustration.  The little cat came and sat at Mary’s feet, then a moment later, jumped up into the manger, curled herself up against the wailing babe, and began to purr.

In just a minute or two, the baby quieted, then fell sound asleep.  Mary had watched with wonder, and now with great gratitude in her heart, reached out and placed her hand on the cat’s head.  “Thank you, little cat, thank you for soothing my son, and helping him to sleep”.

Today, all descendants of that cat bear an “M” on their forehead, a mark of great distinction and honor, a visible reminder of Mary’s gratitude to a small cat in the manger.

This is one of my favorite Christmas legends, and I share it with you.  Christmas is a magical, wondrous, heart-filling time, and I wish for all of you the peace and joy that we are meant to have.

Merry Christmas, everybody.

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Arne Duncan, Your Junior High English Teacher Called….

Mr. Duncan, it’s “gave me”, not “gave I”.

I admit it.  I’m not exactly proud of it, but it’s just part of the way I am.

I am a grammar snob.

I blame my schoolteacher mother, several very good and particular English teachers from fourth grade on, and all that reading I did as a child.

Oh, I don’t mean that I’ll drop a friend because they misspeak, or even because they might habitually speak “grammatically incorrectly”.  I also won’t refuse to become friends with someone who uses poor or less-than-perfect grammar.

We all misspeak from time to time.  We all have learned some things incorrectly and find ourselves with a hard habit to break.

But, we aren’t going to be the next Secretary of Education.  Of the NATION!

I was ready to overlook it as a slip, but then I remembered that he was reading from notes.  So, he wrote it down that way?  Or someone else did, and he didn’t catch it?

I’m probably just overly tired tonight, which often makes me picky.  But is it too much to ask, that our big national head of the whole Education system in our country use correct grammar?  Maybe it’s part of all that change Obama campaigned on.

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A Soldier’s Sacrifice…..

[This morning I posted this on another group I recently joined, and wanted to share it here as well.]

“I would like to introduce my dear friend to all of you. Her name is Linda, and she joined our group here about a week ago. She is a strong Christian woman, with solid conservative values. Linda has a wonderful sense of humor, and she and I have spent many an evening sitting around the supper table, laughing until we couldn’t speak.

A steadfast friend, an unfailing Christian, she is someone I would want “in my foxhole”.

Linda and her husband raised their family up on a ranch in North Dakota. She and her family are truly made of the stuff our pioneering ancestors relied upon to forge into new country, break ground, plant, harvest, and carve out a life for themselves in a rugged wilderness. She is a self-reliant, responsible, kind, and generous individual, and almost a year ago, she and her family made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

Linda’s son, Carlo Meth, was killed in a parachute accident January 16, 2008. Carlo, a Special Forces (Green Beret) Sgt. 1st Class, sacrificed himself to save another jumper when their chutes became entangled during a training jump at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was 35 years old. He had been back in the States only ten days when the accident happened.

Carlo was born in Columbia and was adopted by Linda and her husband when he was five years old. He was raised in their loving family and in the church, and enlisted in the Army after graduating high school. He earned the coveted Green Beret in 2005, and served in Afghanistan, Bosnia, and Africa. He earned numerous awards and commendations and was proud to serve his country.

Carlo and his family have paid the highest price possible for me to have the freedom to say and write what I think, without fear of being hauled off to prison. I treasure that freedom every day and am thankful beyond words for that freedom, and all the sacrifices made to retain it.

Please join me in welcoming Linda to our group. She is the very embodiment of the bedrock values we seek to sustain and return to, and I am grateful and proud to have her as a friend.

And I will never forget the sacrifice that Carlo made, and will honor that by doing what I can to protect and keep liberty alive.”

God bless my friend and her wonderful family, and help the rest of us be deserving of such sacrifice.

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Blagojevich Still Has Fans……

What I want to know is, who are those 7% who still approve of the job Gov. Blagojevich is doing?  I’m speechless, that there would be even one person who, when asked by a pollster, would reply, ‘ yes, I think he’s doing a great job and I’m all for him’.

If any of you reading this are part of that “7% Club”, would you please leave me a comment explaining why you think your gov should just keep on doing the great job he’s doing?

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I Couldn’t Have Said It Better Myself……

“You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.

You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.

You cannot help little men by tearing down big men.

You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.

You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.

You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.

You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.

You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.

You cannot build character and courage by destroying men’s initiative and independence.

And you cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves.”————-William Boetcker (1873-1962)

As I said above, I can’t say it any better.  I continue to believe that lack of personal responsibility and a sense of accountability is one of the biggest problems in our country today.

If you agree, feel free to pass on the above quote.  And if you don’t agree, then study the quote above until it makes sense to you.

Pup out.

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Dead Batteries and Flat Tires……

Well I’ve been away from here much longer than I intended. Farm life is just full of constant surprises. And it seems that for some reason, even after 50-someodd years of living on this planet, I can’t seem to remember that winter follows fall. I seem to find myself each year about this time suddenly rushing around winterizing outside faucets, putting away hoses, stocking up on feed for the goats, and countless other little chores.

Which is all bad enough, but then there’s all the small engines. A farm usually has several to many devices that run on gas or diesel.  Lots of little engines to prepare for storage, or else, you’ll have nothing start in the spring.

So I’ve encountered four dead batteries and two flat tires on various machines designed to make life easier. It’s never a simple fix either. Tires have to removed and taken down to the local tire fix-it shop. And, as I mentioned above, since I wait until it’s already cold to begin my preps, I have the unmatched pleasure of working in thirty degrees with a wind chill of something in the teens. The biggest problem is that my eyes won’t stop watering long enough to see anything.

I could try goggles, I suppose.

So, that’s where I’ve been lately, recharging, removing, replacing, repositioning. And you know what? I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

It would be nice though, just once, to do all these things while the temps are still in the fifties.

Maybe next year.

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A Young American Hero….

Disheartened by the election, I had been feeling pretty low about the path our country was on, and the gloomy and radically different future that I feared lay in store for us.  I started this blog to vent my own frustrations and opinions and in so doing, found many other people who did the exact same thing.  I felt encouraged by that.

I want to tell you about another great young American, whom I just read about today.  Lila Rose is a pro-life activist student at UCLA, and her work at exposing Planned Parenthood abuses of policy and the law, is outstanding.  She has a passion for investigating the abortion industry and has gained national attention for her undercover videos of Planned Parenthood staffers breaking organization policies, and in some cases, federal law.

She founded Live Action, a youth-led organization, at the age of fifteen.  Live Action, started in San Jose, has grown to include chapters at UCLA and Claremont McKenna College.  Live Action San Jose has reached thousands of young people with the presentation “The Truth About Abortion”.

During her freshman year at UCLA she founded a quarterly student magazine The Advocate, and in conjunction with her Live Action Films, continues to spread a pro-life message.

This is a courageous, smart, and innovative young woman who is using her talents to expose liars, corruption, and lawbreakers in an effort to protect the unborn children of this country.

I urge you to take a few moments to read more about her.  Tell others about her and her work, and let’s do what we can to support her efforts by making others aware of her organization and her videos.

I salute her and her partners in this noble fight.

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