The Washington Attorney General is exerting the weight of his office on a 70-year-old grandmother. Amazingly, that grandmother is still standing. But she could lose everything she owns, all because she is unwilling to abandon her religious convictions and create unique artistic expression that violates her beliefs.
Barronelle Stutzman is a mother of eight, a grandmother of 23, and a floral artist. She is the owner of Arlene’s Flowers and Gifts, a corporation founded in 1989 and previously operated by her mother, before Barronelle purchased the company 12 years ago.
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Noel Biderman really wants you to have an affair. So much so that he has made illicit passion his life’s passion.
Lest you think Noel is just a benevolent benefactor, tirelessly working to help bring infidelity to your doorstop, I should point out that Noel is financially incentivized to encourage you to cheat on your spouse. More specifically, Noel makes money if you choose (1) to break your marriage vows, and (2) to utilize his company–Ashley Madison–to do so. Continue reading Ashley Madison’s Not-So-Sexy Secret
I blogged about The Princess Bride a few weeks ago in my post, 5 Things You Should Always Say to Your Spouse. After that post, I realized that The Princess Bride has more to say about love and relationships. Here are a few things that we can learn about love from Westley and Buttercup.
1. Act out your love.
Performing acts of service for your spouse is a great way to say “I love you.” Westley lived out this principle and earned Buttercup’s abiding love. Incidentally, the book (by William Goldman) tells us exactly what Westley was saying to Buttercup through his act of love:
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I read an article recently about the five things you should never say to your spouse. It wasn’t very good, but it did get me thinking about what things you should say.
First, a word of caution. Men, this is not meant as a license to blurt out “yes!” when your wife asks if she looks fat in those pants. Ladies, if your husband is trying in vain to find his keys and mutters, “I’m such an idiot,” that is not the time for an enthusiastic “yes!”
But in most other scenarios, “yes” is a great response. Here are a very few examples:
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You know that pit in your stomach when you know you have to end a relationship but you are dreading the moment?
Will the other person yell at you, cry incessantly, sit silently without uttering a word . . . . I suppose if you dated a certain popular songwriter, you’d also have to wonder if she will be penning a song about your relationship in the months to come. There is also the nagging question: “Am I doing the right thing?”
When I sat across from Valentine (“Val”) a few weeks ago at a quaint little French bistro, I had none of these concerns. I had outgrown her, and not only did she have a right to hear why, she needed to know why. The conversation went something like this:
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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 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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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.
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