Modern-day Job?

December 8, 2005

I don’t understand why things like this happen, but I feel a lump in my throat right now for this poor guy:

Sheriff’s deputy Andy McDowell was forced to live a parent’s worst nightmare twice in a matter of minutes.

[. . .]

Rory McDowell, 23, and Cory McDowell, 21, both died within a couple of miles from the home they shared with their father in southern Kentucky’s rural Warren County.

[. . .]

Rory McDowell lost control of his pickup truck coming out of a curve and the vehicle struck a tree shortly before 1:30 a.m., authorities said.

[. . .]

About 15 minutes after the first crash, Cory McDowell’s 1984 Porsche veered off another rural road, went into a spin, struck a tree and burst into flames, authorities said.

Two sons. All of his children. Gone in a matter of minutes in SEPARATE tragedies. Almost like Job.  Sad.


Cloaking the Past in Nostalgia

December 8, 2005

On June 12, 1987, President Reagan gave a speech that will always be remembered.  "Mr. Gorbachev," he challenged, "TEAR DOWN THIS WALL!!"  Audible to those on both sides of the great barrier dividing East from West, these historic remarks resonated from the great Brandenburg Gate in Berlin- a key point in the system of high walls and barbed wire which symbolized the Iron Curtain.  A gauntlet had been thrown.  Two years later, on November 9, 1989, the wall fell, and for the first time those who had been trapped in the East tasted freedom.  No longer trapped by their communist oppressors, the former East Germans streamed to the West during those first few weeks.  It was a reunification of a divided people, a miracle in our times.

Looking back on those dark days before the walls came tumbling down, how do you think many of the East Germans remember those years of oppression? You might be surprised…

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Where can [the mentally ill] turn for peace?

December 7, 2005

Aside from the obvious answer that they can turn to the Savior, where are concrete, physical human beings actually within reach to whom Latter-day Saints who suspect they may suffer from mental illness may turn?  Some suggestions I have heard from caring individuals on various blogs and in other discussions on this topic are listed below, with a critique of that source from my (limited) perspective.  I invite everyone to offer their own perspective so that I, in turn, can offer it to people I know who stand in need of help but are unsure of where to turn.

I appreciate Ronan’s informative post over at BCC- it provides a great starting point.  Here are the sources which I see as possibilities to get help, and my comments/questions/concerns regarding each:

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O Tannenbaum!

December 6, 2005

The following are some musings I have had about how I and others could use the Christmas tree as another way to integrate Christ into our Christmas thoughts.  I originally posted this last Christmas, but I thought we could definitely use a reminder of how the Christmas tree can be a wonderful symbol of Christ and the atonement. Heaven knows I can use it!

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Voluntarily Childless

December 5, 2005

Sunday’s Deseret News reprinted an article from the Chicago Tribune detailing how a "Growing Number of Couples [are] Opting Not to Have Children."  While the choice to have children or not is obviously a personal one and unique to each couple, I am a little disturbed at the implications of the choices which are being made by a growing number of people (especially in light of Erica’s recent post over at T&S regarding the Bishkek Baby House).  While I can understand some of the concerns, outlined below and forwarded by these voluntarily childless couples, which cause couples to decide not to ever have children, I have a feeling that there are more important things at stake.  Things that matter whether you believe in God or not.  But before going on, let’s examine the context here.

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New Home for a bird’s eye view

December 5, 2005

I originally posted this announcement at our old location but once the MA picked up our new url, the announcement no longer showed up on the MA. We have moved to this new location for our bird’s eye view blogging (hint, you are already here):

ABEV: a bird’s eye view

(http://abev.blogs.com/abev/)

Please update your links accordingly! We hope to see you all around at our new home. The Blogger site will continue to serve as our backup and archives for the last 18 months.


New Home For Bird’s Eye View

December 5, 2005

We are moving to a new location for our bird’s eye view blogging:

ABEV: a bird’s eye view

(http://abev.blogs.com/abev/)

Please update your links accordingly! We hope to see you all around at our new home. This Blogger site will continue to serve as our backup and archives for the last 18 months.


Cornell v. Coulter

December 5, 2005

all-encompassingly provides some analysis of the fight between Lydia Cornell and Ann Coulter. What is especially intriguing about this confrontation is the rhetorical role that p*rn is playing, particularly for Lydia Cornell. She accuses Ann Coulter of the use of political p*rn in her techniques. I am confused about this–is it because when an attractive woman talks politics she is engaging in political p*rn? It is surprising that Lydia Cornell of all people is accusing Ann Coulter of resorting to "political p*rn" to get a message across. After all, it is Lydia Cornell and not Ann Coulter who has raunchy pornographic pictures of herself posted on her website (reproduced by all-encompassingly). This is enlightening considering Lydia Cornell’s holier-than-thou rhetoric in her post about Coulter in which she claims to be "deeply anti-p*rn." What could Cornell possibly be thinking in writing that? I suppose she would say that the pictures of herself are not p*rn.

(cross-posted at Headlife, posted here because Blogger doesn’t accept trackbacks)


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