Friday, September 30, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
- First Amendment: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof".
- Article V1: "No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States"
Or maybe it does?
We've all heard the old adage, something about being able to tell alot about a person by the company they keep. When people position themselves as members of a specific group, even a religious group, they align themselves with that group. If I say "I'm Catholic" that means that I'm part of a specific group that has specific beliefs and requirements - and by putting myself in that category, doesn't that mean that I am aligning myself with those beliefs?
Mormons belielve in abstinence from all alcoholic beverages, all hot drinks (so Diet Coke may be alright but coffee and tea are not), that marriage is only between a man and a woman, is mostly against abortion (though they do allow a few exceptions after thorough prayer reflection), that women cannot be of the most senior level leader in the church, among lots of other things. (In some ways this is an unfair representation of what Mormon's believe - its' like saying, Catholics are pro-life and pro-abstinence. It's true, but it doesn't paint a picture of their faith). I'm not making any judgment - I call myself a "Cafeteria Catholic" knowing that I'm therefore linked to people/beliefs that I'd rather not be.
I guess all of this is to say that it's going to be an interesting 13 months - who knows what will happen or who will enter the race. And while I don't know for certain which name I'll be selecting, I know I can rule out two - and not just because their Mormon.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
I think being a sister has shaped me more than any other position I've ever held. It taught me all of the biggies - how to share, that hitting is bad, and that family matters.
Monday, September 26, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
I love "my" Chicago, but Iowa has something that no city will ever be able to compete with: my family. If I'm honest with myself, then I'll admit that while I love living here, there's a part of me that feels like I'm missing out on something by not living near my parents. And even though we don't see each other in the day-to-day, we ARE close, and I think Engel's right - it's because of the affection we have for each other.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Pinterest is accesible via your Facebook or Twitter account, and once you are set up, you are automatically connected with your Facebook/Twitter friends that are using Pinterest.
I started using late last month, and I must admit that I am HOOKED. It's especially great for later recall. If I find a cool holiday idea or recipe, I can "pin" it to the appropriate board, and later go to that board, click on the link and see the idea or recipe without any internet searching.
If you're curious about the experience, click here to view my Pinterest.
Monday, September 19, 2011
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011
But it didn't make sense then, and it doesn't make sense now.
I was 17 and one month exactly when the terrorists struck The World Trade Center, and just like the Oklahoma City bombing, I remember what class I was in, and where I was seated. It was second period - an English class - and we had a substitute teacher. She was an older lady, and she let us watch the news coverage on TV. At first our class was confused, thinking it was a horrible accident and maybe a pilot had mismanaged a turn, accidentally hitting the building. We were watching when the second plane hit, and with it the realization that this was on purpose, and that people - other people like us - made this happen.
I was fortunate to be unaffected. No one I knew died. My home was thousands of miles away. My life continued, nearly just as it was before. The sun kept shining and I still went to school and to work and to soccer and to football games on Friday nights. I still got to hug my parents, and tease my brothers, and go to the movies with my friends.
I remember being scared, and very sad, and certainly confused... but my family and I were safe, and alive- the lucky ones.
I still say a prayer during takeoff of every time I fly. I cry reading stories about the lives lost ten years ago, and about the sisters and brothers and parents and children left behind. Is it even possible to remember that day without being sad? I sometimes try to think about what it was like to be a New Yorker ten years ago - walking home after the towers fell, phone lines and bridges jammed up, alone and scared. Not knowing who was alive, and who was lost forever. What must it have been like for the firefighters, as they raced up each flight of stairs, each step taking them closer to the danger.
And on a day like today it's hard not to be sad, thinking of those lives lost and families forever changed. And angry - anger at the horrible, horrible unfairness of it all. And maybe scared, too, wondering if there is more evil lurking, waiting to deepen the pain.
But for today, I don't want to worry about tomorrow. Today, in my heart, I want to honor the heroes, the survivors, the victims, by choosing gratitude and hope and remembrance.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Friday, September 9, 2011
I took these because I was OBSESSED w/ her table centerpieces - they are actually super ornate paper (above) and candles (below). Gorgeous!!