Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
AND SO IT GOES
|TOOTS II-BOW TIE-BILL-PRINCESS PAT-MR.FIXIT-CORINNE-TLW|
Monday, February 27, 2012
|I think he's not real|
|Has a father-in-law!|
Sunday, February 26, 2012
FROM A NOOK TO A KINDLE
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Friday, February 24, 2012
LOVE NEVER GETS TOO OLD OR TOO BEAUTIFUL!
|The original cast|
Thursday, February 23, 2012
SCANNED OUT OF MY WITS!
|SHE'S STILL BEAUTIFUL!|
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
ONE AND A HALF DEGREES TO FEELING WARM
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
I’M A SACRILIGIOUS TIME BOMB!
Monday, February 20, 2012
I STILL GOT IT!
Sitting listening to the teacher talk to seven year olds about the seven sacraments suddenly put me on the spot. I hadn’t thought about the subject since my last day in second or third grade! Did I know them? Would these little kids know more than I did about what I should have known most of my life?
I was afraid to test myself, so I had a little conversation with myself, I thought that if I don’t know them, I better stay for the rest of the class.
Well I started by thinking that maybe if I look at it from life experiences, maybe I wouldn’t have to stay for the class if I figured it out. One by one I thought: baptism, communion, confirmation, marriage, holy orders came to mind, extreme unction, I had six fingers and I couldn’t remember the seventh! Time was running out, how would I explain to the teacher I needed to stay for her class, and 39 year old man (It’s MY blog) needing a refresher course. Then it hit me, confession. Confession! Something I needed to go to, that was it! I could go home and watch Bowling for Dollars, I didn’t have to stay; I didn’t embarrass myself after all.
I guess I’m really saintly, if you overlook a few things.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
THE GOOD AND THE BAD
Sometimes I think I married my mother, as TLW will make an announcement, followed by the look.
“It’s Lent!” (In other words: What are you doing to make yourself miserable?)
She observes Lent: all year long, making little half sandwiches with one piece of cheese and maybe a tiny bit of mustard or relish on some low fat bread made from sawdust for her lunch. I watch that and want to apologize for how I will make up for that!
We were talking about a pizza party we were planning the other night and she said: “OK, but its Lent, no pepperoni on the pizza!”
“NO pepperoni! How about half pepperoni and you don’t touch it? You know no one is twisting your arm to eat it!”
“Oh! Tell me about it, when I reach for a pepperoni piece, I get this look that asks ‘why are you doing that?’”
“That’s not true, it just seems so unholy, you reaching for pepperoni on your pizza, since you really don’t eat it and I order it for myself.”
To me Lent is just another rule that could be broken like eating meat on Friday. It is not a rule made by God, but by God, man will impose it. I remember those meatless Fridays fondly, that was when we ate pizza. Dad wasn’t religious, the only rules he tried to follow were those that were God made. I feel the same way: Don’t kill, don’t steal and don’t covet my neighbor’s wife, unless she has a chocolate cream pie with bananas on top. Now of course, we can eat meat on Friday. I don’t recall the heavens shaking my Earthly existence and some angel informing the Vatican that meatless Fridays are suspended. I remember when Mom had a bone to pick with one of us on Fridays: she made fish.
Mom had what her off spring called the “Point”, a look that suspended any smiling any of us were doing for a more focused, somber approach to her demands. It meant that she had the might and power of something far greater than the U.S. Government, even greater than God: she had a wooden spoon and was not afraid to use it!
So what am I giving up for lent?
Saturday, February 18, 2012
You have all heard the arguments about same sex marriage. I’m heterosexual, and if I have to I can prove it, but I don’t understand what the issue is. I know that people want to protect the sanctity of marriage between two people: a man and a woman, and I understand that we should teach and set good examples to our children about what is morally right.
I look at same sex marriage and I think so what? My children needed to live their own lives, make their own decisions and understand what happiness is. I can’t successfully instill that because I can’t and won’t enforce that concept, impose that will or give them the life experiences that they will encounter. They need to find their own happiness.
But what is happiness? Is it being stuck with a façade that makes others happy but you love less? What is morally right? Do I make people deny who they are, force them into a life of closeted unhappiness, and pain? Am I morally right by doing that? Can I regulate to people how they should live their lives? Do I really have that right?
What about those that marry into what is perceived as heterosexual, but in their hearts and minds know that that is not what they want? They fear ridicule and rejection, yet betray someone who had faith in their love for an eternity. Is it fair to any children they produce? All because they need a job or place to live, or God forbid, want to interact with society?
Does same-sex marriage impose anything on me? I think not, but it does impose on others who wish to practice it the fact that love lives. Is there anything wrong with love?
We can argue that marriage is between a man and wife in love. Love is important as an ingredient for marriage, is it not?
Some of those who are against gay marriage are the same people that hate gays. THEY are trying to tell society what is morally right. Excuse me: if you are a proponent of hatred, then you suspend your right to preach anything in the name of morality. Demonizing one for an innate feeling, and how he/she would express it is the next step toward other discrimination, until we suddenly find it morally justifiable to kill them or imprison them, making us no better than the Nazi world that once existed.
Gays are living together right now as I write this. There is no less sunshine on me, not less rain. I still eat and sleep and love my wife. It hasn’t affected me in the least. Would I marry a man absolutely not, because I don’t find men attractive to live with in a marital relationship. But others do, so what?
What is love? According to: http://www.merriam-webster.com
a (1) : strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties
: warm attachment, enthusiasm, or devotion
a : the object of attachment, devotion, or admiration
a : unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another: as (1) : the fatherly concern of God for humankind (2) : brotherly concern for others b : a person's adoration of God
: a god or personification of love
: an amorous episode : love affair
: the sexual embrace : copulation
Nowhere does it mention between a man and a woman.
Definition of MARRIAGE
a (1) : the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law (2) : the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage
: an act of marrying or the rite by which the married status is effected; especially : the wedding ceremony and attendant festivities or formalities
: an intimate or close union
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Examples of MARRIAGE
1.It was his second marriage.
2.They have a very happy marriage.
3.Her first two marriages ended in divorce.
4.She has old-fashioned ideas about marriage.
5.couples living together before marriage
6.Many friends and relatives were present at their marriage.
7.a priest who has performed many marriages
8.a marriage of sweet and spicy flavors
9.a marriage of science and art
10.a marriage between form and function
Origin of MARRIAGE
Middle English mariage, from Anglo-French, from marier to marry
First Known Use: 14th century
Related to MARRIAGE
Synonyms: conjugality, connubiality, match, matrimony, wedlock
You can define the act of marriage, because it is something we do, but we can’t regulate it because it is something we do.
I hear the protesters, the anti-gay marriage people saying they won't accept same sex marriage, I say it is not yours to accept, but theirs.
Can’t we just live our own lives in peace and quiet?
Friday, February 17, 2012
|A beautiful piece of work!|
|2 sisters sitting through thick and thin|
Thursday, February 16, 2012
NO NEWT IS GOOD NEWT?
|Dr. Strange Glove|
|Endorsed by the BYOB Party!|
|I'll need more endorsements|
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
|One of her more quiet moments!|
As Barb was getting to know David and his family, she was very impressed by how much his parents loved each other.
"They're so thoughtful," Barb said. "Why, your dad even brings your mom a cup of hot coffee in bed every morning."
After a time, Barb and David were engaged, and then married. On the way from the wedding to the reception, Barb again remarked on David's loving parents, and even the coffee in bed.
"Tell me," she said, "does it run in the family?"
"It sure does," replied David. "And I take after my mom."
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Monday, February 13, 2012
DON’T MESS WITH MISS ELLIE
“If you try to make me do anything I don’t wish to do, I will take you down, and if you do happen to win, you will feel the victory physically for days to come, and it will be your nightmare of choice for the rest of your miserable life.”