January 18, 2012

Stop SOPA!!!!!

Dear Sir/Madame,

I am contacting you today concerning H.R. 3261 S.O.P.A which allows the federal government the power to shut down the internet.  I find this to be an encroachment on the freedom of the press, and we the people’s ability to challenge the traditional forms of media, by doing our own research.

In my estimation, S.O.P.A  is Orwellian and another way for the government to fear monger, and intimidate Americans into the believing that these kinds of laws are helpful for the future of our nation.

I would strongly urge you to VOTE AGAINST S.O.P.A (H.R. 3261) when it comes to the floor for debate later this month.

Please take a stand for the future of America’s freedom!

I would strongly urge you my fellow readers to contact your representatives and senators and urge them to vote AGAINST S.O.P.A (H.R. 3261) when it comes to the floor for debate on the 24th.  You can find out more information here.

January 3, 2012

Homeschool Blindspots {reblogged}

A few weeks ago, I ran across this insightful article on Josh Harris’ website, concerning the homeschool movement, and some of its downsides.  It expressed many of my own concerns and frustrations and I hope that it will be an encouragement and an insight into some of the problems that can plague families who have chosen to educate their children at home.

An important quote from the first portion of this article:
The reason that our dreams for our children are so vulnerable to crashing is because they are our dreams, imposed on our own children. As homeschool parents we make great sacrifices and invest a great deal to influence how our children turn out. The problem is that love for children can be lost in love for personal success as a parent. Our concern for ourselves ends up overshadowing our love for our children.
You can read the article in its entirety here, and I’d be interested in your feedback, thoughts and any insights you may have.

January 2, 2012

In Memory

In Memory

Friday December 30 my great-Grandma passed away after suffering a massive stroke in September.  Her health had deteriorated in the many weeks following the stroke.  We are so thankful that we were able to take care of her until her death, at home.  To be surrounded by ones family members is the best way to go.

She was a remarkable woman.  96 and 7 months old, her life spanned more years than many of us dream of living.

As soon as I can track it down, I’d like to re-share with you a blog post I wrote about my Great.
This week we’ll be traveling to Arkansas, to her native sod, to lay her to rest beside her husband, beneath towering trees, on a peaceful hill side.

And we’ll be thankful once again for all the years, all the stories, all the meals, all the memories we will have for many years to come.