When You Just Can’t Do it

As I read Annegb’s recent article about rethinking President George Albert Smith’s health situation, I did the Mormon thing and likened it unto myself. I thought about my health issues of the last few years (mysterious severe anemia without identified cause) and can tell you exactly how my physical illness has affected my energy and spirituality.

Unlike Pres. Smith, I haven’t been always been able to rise above my physical symptoms of exhaustion to fulfill church responsibilities. I requested releases from callings and stopped volunteering for extra duties. The Relief Society Pres. questioned my need to be released because “…lots of people have health issues and manage to keep their callings.” (I took secret delight in calling her first every time I ended up in the hospital.) Read more »

Three Down 47 to Go

Ok, so Romney, Gingrich and Santorum each have one win under their belts. Who do you like for Florida? After Florida comes Nevada, then Maine, Colorado, Missouri, and Minnesota all the first week of February. Here is my guess: Romney takes Florida by 5 points, easily takes Nevada, Maine, Colorado. Has a fight in Missouri and Minnesota (could lose those to Gingrich or Santorum). Likely the only one to dropout during this period is Santorum. What do you think?

“Cheat the Asylum of a Victim” …….my conclusions

I finally had time to go over a link in a post by Matt (BCC) about George Albert Smith’s alleged mental illness to Mary Woodger’s paper, went back to put in my (further) two cents worth, only to find comments closed. Why do you guys do that?!–so rude. It’s like hanging up the phone on someone. Read more »

In Memoriam

I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

I’ll be at the table
When company comes.

Nobody’ll dare
Say to me,
“Eat in the kitchen,”

They’ll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed.

I, too, am America.

-Langston Hughes

Fast Offerings for $1,000,000.00 mortgages

The payment on a million dollar mortgage at 5% not including taxes (which in Texas could be as much as $3000 more a month) is about $5400 a month at 5% for 30 years. Lets call it $8000 for convenience. Should fast offerings be used to pay these types of mortgage payments? I bring this up because I was informed by a member of our stake presidency that this in fact is occurring in a neighboring stake.

So what is the consensus on this issue?

Netflix, good movies and movie lines…..

A friend on Facebook asked for movie recommendations for his Netflix account and my mind wandered to movies I’ve seen lately and then to movie lines. I recommended “Win-“Win”—I think there’s some language in it, but it was really a great show. Loved the ending. Read more »

Most Interesting Meeting in the World

Why isn’t the media talking about this and what can be done?

Watching the debate on “Meet the Press” this morning. (aside: I LOVE David Gregory! I didn’t think anybody could replace Tim Russert, but he’s doing a magnificent job.) There was an interesting exchange between Romney and Newt. Romney gave a wonderful mini-speech about limiting government service and career politicians and lobbyists, making the point that he came in to serve and left. It was pretty cool. BUT Newt came right back and said something to the effect “Are you kidding me? You left politics because you LOST to Ted Kennedy and then you started campaigning for president!” Read more »

Silky Magic

I have a LDS friend who has a boatload of kids under the age 6. She is a harried, busy mom. One of her boys was in my nursery class at church. One day her son, who is about 20 months old and a man of few words, was having a bad day. He didn’t want to stay in class, etc.

My friend took out her son’s “lovey” and handed it to him. It was a square of silky garment fabric with an edge of lace that is distinctive to women’s garment tops. He immediately calmed down, rubbing the fabric on his cheek and sucking his thumb.

It was quite magical. Instantaneous calm. And stunning. Since my kids are long grown up, I can act all appalled at using a sacred cloth as a soothing tool. In a million, zillion years I never would have thought to give my child a piece of garment to carry around in public.

But then again, I never had a kid attached Linus-style (1) to a security blanket. My kids preferred, in order of child:

1. A pacifier (that public/grandparent pressure squashed before I was ready to give it up.)
2. A thumb (which was awesome because I never had to crawl around in the dark under the crib to look for it.)
3. Nothing. Just screaming, non-stop for hours. I would have killed to have a piece of cloth that made that baby happy. Instead I was driven to become an alternative medicine guru just to get a decent night’s sleep.

I am not judging my friends parenting style. Some kids respond to a comfort item. As a mom, I did all kinds of things to keep the peace. It is just this nagging feeling I have that using garments for anything other than their intended use seems disrespectful in a major way.

Is it a big deal to use garment material in this way? (2) At least she cut it down into a discreet square, instead of letting the little tyke drag the whole shirt.

1. You know, Linus from the comic strip Peanuts. Old school entertainment. I carried a Peanuts metal lunch box with matching Thermos to school from 3- 5th grade because I liked it that much. I only gave it up because 6th grade was at middle school with 7th and 8th graders and I knew I would get teased mercilessly for such a babyish lunchbox. I switched to paper bags with no Thermos. What a downer. I hated middle school.

2. I knew someone who used old garments as cleaning cloths. That seems 100% completely wrong to me.

The Banned Name List…

One advantage of living in the UK is that I get to listen to the BBC. I really enjoy it, much more than listening to NPR for the most part. Today they were talking about a list of names that the New Zealand registrar has banned – basically you cannot name your child one of these names. Here are some of the names:
any names with asterisks, commas, periods and other punctuation marks

I know people named some of these names – particularly Duke, Bishop, and Judge. I was thinking that the Church should ban certain names – what ones would you ban?

Predictions for 2012

I love a new year as it is a chance to ponder the year past and consider the year ahead. This year could be particularly interesting given it is a Presidential Election. I have watched with fascination the machinations ongoing with the Republican candidates. Given tomorrow is the start of the process – any predictions for January outcomes and eventual nominee?

Here are mine:
Iowa – Ron Paul wins, Santorum in second, Romney third. Basically means everyone else is dead
NH – Romney wins, Paul second, Huntsman third
SC – Santorum wins, Romney second, Paul third
FL – Romney wins, Paul second, Santorum third

By this point, only Romney, Paul, Santorum are still in the mix. The party coalesces around Romney and he is the nominee given the party is scared to death of the other two…

What do you think?