The Fire Escape


Auntie!
November 2, 2009, 2:33 pm
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Yes, it’s true. My sister gave birth to her first child on October 30th and I just wanted to share (and perhaps give themblog just a little bit of love instead of the neglect it’s been receiving lately). To see pictures check out the photography blog HERE!

 

Weclome to Adalyn Grace 6.5lbs 21inches



And here’s an article for all you Brian McLaren fans!
September 11, 2009, 11:23 am
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No what could be better than Brian M. talking about politics????? Yes, I KNOW you all love him so you can thank me later….enjoy! 😉

A plea for a new generation of Republican leadership

I believe our nation works best with robust and civic dialogue and civil debate. For mature societal conversations to take place, at least two mature parties are required, and looking back over this summer, a second party is hard to find.

The Obama administration needs a worthy loyal opposition, just as any group in power does, and the president himself often says so. But people who shout “hitler, nazi, socialist” don’t constitute a worthy loyal opposition. Nor do the birthers (who don’t stray too far from the fictional portrait of the afterbirthers described satirically here). Nor do the nostalgics, who seem to keep waking up in the 1980’s year after year, quoting Ronald Reagan.

[Regarding the nostaligics, one can’t help but recall God’s words to Joshua (Joshua 1:2): “Moses my servant is dead.” Many Republicans, it seems, are like Joshua and need to be told it’s time to move on and discover their own voice, to think their own thoughts, to face today’s challenges, to start leading constructively and not just repeating old slogans – always revering the memory of their late-20th-Century Moses, of course, but moving on to face today’s problems just as their oft-sung hero sought to face those of his day.] 
More after the jump …

It seemed hard for the situation to deteriorate below gun-toting protestors at town hall meetings and hitler-moustached posters, but we managed to hit a new even-lower low in recent days in the refusal of some parents and school districts to allow school children to listen to thepresidential back-to-school address. Journalist/author Thomas Friedman had it right on Meet the Press Sunday, as did Education Secretary Ame Duncan on Face the Nation: that reaction is just plain “stupid” and “silly.” How many Republican leaders will stand with them?

Where does this bizarre behavior come from? True, there’s a strain of extremism that runs through American politics on the left and right, and the internet, late-night radio, and cable TV help keep it alive. But there’s more to this, I think. I’m convinced that there is some degree of white fear and resentment behind at least some of this reaction: fear and resentment of an African-American president, mingled with xenophobia regarding brown-skinned immigrants, undergirded by fear of a future where there is no more racial majority status for white people. There is also, I suspect, a good amount of modernist fear of postmodernity mixed in. And where Christianity becomes a tribal religion rather than a reconciling faith – the exclusive and combative religion of rural non-coastal folks, for example, or Southern folks, or socially conservative folks, or folks who hold a certain economic ideology – there is probably some old-fashioned religious supremacy at play too: the “Our God is better than your god, so we should be in power” syndrome.

I keep wondering – don’t more Republicans themselves see the danger of an increasingly reactionary Republican party becoming in the 21st century what anti-Civil-Rights/pro-segregationists and McCarthyites were in the 20th, or what the pro-slavery/anti-abolition movements were in the 19th – conserving an unjust status quo that deserved to be left behind? Out of love for their party and the good things it could potentially stand for in 2012 and beyond, don’t they want to step forward now and be counted?

Even if all President Obama stands for were as dastardly as the shouters, birthers, and nostalgics insinuate, can’t some perceptive Republicans see the need to do what President Obama did to win the election – to inspire with some hope, rather than constantly pulling the levers of fear? Fear is indeed a powerful short-term motivator (and fund-raiser), as is revenge, but it uses an inflating currency (and where do you go after flashing the hitler/nazi/fascist credit card?). An unregulated fear-based politics will eventually crash just as an unregulated bubble-based economy will, but like a crashing economy, it can cause a huge amount of damage on its way down.

That’s why it’s so depressing to see the paucity of Republican leadership providing a mature alternative to all this. That’s why, with so much at stake – from environmental policy to health care reform to immigration reform to economic reform to foreign policy reform to campaign finance reform, even those of us who are firm supporters of President Obama wish his administration had a more robust conversation partner and a wiser, more constructive loyal opposition.

Thankfully, George Will has started speaking up with some fresh things to say, countering the long reign of neoconservative foreign policy in the Republican Party. Perhaps people like Will and Peggy Noonan represent the rise of a constructive conversation partner in the civic conversation. But they’re writers; where are the politicians? If there are some perceptive Republicans out there who see from the inside what the rest of us see from the outside, I hope they’ll start speaking up like George Will and Peggy Noonan – and soon. Because if the best leaders the Republicans can offer the nation and the world in the next decade are the likes of … well, I won’t mention names … then everyone will be worse off for it — Republicans, Democrats, everyone. I believe, hope, and pray that Republicans can do better for their party, for America as a whole, and for the world.

 

(oh, and just the usual disclaimer….just because I’m posting this AND I’m a Brian M. fan, DOES NOT mean that I agree 100% with everything he says, that would just be stupid now wouldn’t it? He’s just a dude, not God and to agree completely with one human on everything probably means you’re not the most rational thinker…..anyways, this disclaimer is turning into a blog post and I’m not in the mood to go there at the moment)

 

Thanks for reading!



September 8, 2009, 3:03 pm
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I’m so annoyed with what’s going on politically right now that I don’t even want to look at the news…argh. It’s only more evidence of just how much people let their fear and selfishness take control….disgusting. I would blog more, but then that might create some long argument in the comments section which I am NOT in the mood for. Guess I just needed to vent…publicly. 

That is all.



August 20, 2009, 11:56 am
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I think that maybe I suck at blogging lately, well no, actually it’s a fact.



apologies for my absence……
July 9, 2009, 11:49 am
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“While the poor of the world continue knocking on the doors of the rich, the world of affluence runs the risk of no longer hearing those knocks, on account of a conscience that can no longer distinguish what is human.” Pope Benedict XVI

 

I have been thinking about this a lot lately, and I must say well put Mr Pope.



Strengths
June 12, 2009, 3:48 pm
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So I took that strengths finder test that everyone is talking about…I’m more into Myers Briggs (I’m INFJ by the way), BUT I thought I’d give this one a shot, and they had us do it for church, so I cooperated. 🙂 So below are my results….not sure I agree with ALL of them, but interesting results. Thought I’d share:

 

Consistancy

Adaptibility

Empathy

Connectedness

Intellection

 

There you have it!



AWWWWWEEEEEE
May 29, 2009, 12:18 pm
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A little bit of cute to balance out yesterday’s controversial. Come on, kittens bring everyone together!

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