If you missed the State of the Union Address, but want to be able to discuss it with your friends and co-workers, this is the post for you.
Whether you are a Republican, Democrat, or Independent, I have assembled a set of three talking points to enable you to carry on a coherent conversation about this important annual event. As a bonus, I’ve added a few tips to help you avoid any missteps. Without further ado:
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Just over a week ago I posted a little tribute to my wife, entitled “Why My Wife’s Job Is Harder Than Mine.” I had the idea for the post over Christmas break, during which I was able to spend an extended amount of time at home with my wife and our two adorable young sons. I quickly realized I was more tired at the end of the day then I was after a day at my job!
This post has had a tremendous response–300,000 views and counting. And today it was “Freshly Pressed.” Just a week ago I didn’t even know there was such a thing!
To all who have read and shared this post, thank you. My hope is that it encourages all of us, no matter our particular situation, to seek to understand and appreciate the contributions of our spouse.
I wrote this song for my wife a few years ago. I would try and explain the message behind it, but it seems that is a job best left to the lyrics.
Paint my sky
© 2012 by @BowlingWithEd
But you gotta know that you paint my sky,
in all the beautiful shades of colors
And you gotta see that you are in my eye,
as the apple of my wonder
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The response to my post–“Why My Wife’s Job Is Harder Than Mine“–has been overwhelming and certainly has prompted a wide range of responses. I may address some of the comments in a future post, but today is a good time for a bit of levity.
So for those of you who are potty-training children currently (or who have in the past), I’m confident you will enjoy this song.
I’m all for Santa, stockings, cookies and milk by the fireplace, presents, a Christmas tree with lights and ornaments, and all the other traditions that make Christmas a magical time for children.
If you are a Christian, Christmas can be so much more.
My two-and-a-half year old son and I were at Target a couple days ago and when we went to check out, he said, “there’s Santa!” I could understand his confusion, as the Target employee was wearing red and, frankly, looked a lot like Santa.
Continue reading Christmas Can Be So Much More
The news of Phil Robertson’s suspension is all over the internet. The twitterverse is abuzz. Lost in many of the stories and tweets is the full text of his relevant comments to GQ, so let’s start with those:
“It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”
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Overheard in my office today:
I’m italian…I have rage, I’m going to end up in trouble some day. You should hear me when I drive, I curse like a sailor.
This matronly woman (in age and appearance, not behavior), proceded to justify her attitude toward other drivers and to recount with glee the tactics she utilizes to prevent other cars from merging into her lane. If it isn’t perfectly clear already, the tone of her monologue was boastful, not remorseful.
C.S. Lewis once said:
Human beings, all over the earth, have this curious idea that they ought to behave in a certain way, and can’t really get rid of it.
I wonder if we, as a society, are starting to shed that little voice.
Most people are familiar with Jesus’ proclamation of the greatest commandment:
Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” ~ Matthew 22:34-40
I heard a Christian pastor give his explanation of the second part of this commandment; he said that it is essential that you love yourself. He said that you can’t love your neighbor if you don’t first love yourself. I’ve heard this theory on more than one occasion and it always strikes me as ridiculous. Here is my take on it.
Continue reading “Love Yourself” – Really?