Tuesday, September 29, 2015

A Little Chocolate

Below is a link to a very moving video by HUMAN, that I saw on Facebook. A short account of a Holocaust survivor's experience in Bergen-Belsen. I have watched it several times in the last two days. Brings tears to my eyes every time.

Francine Christophe

Monday, September 21, 2015

Are You Really Pro-Life?

With permission from the blog author, Traci Schmidley, I am linking to her blog post about genuine pro-life values:

Are You Really Pro-Life?

This is a very thoughtful article on the subject. I hope you will read it, and let me know what you think about it.

Home at last!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Grandparent's' Week!

My granddaughter is in second grade this year (7-8 years old), and that means that Grandparents' Day is a big deal! There is an annual assembly Friday with an art show, for all grandparents of children Kindergarten-6th grade. For second graders, the grandparents are invited to come into the classroom on a separate day and share with the children, an experience, a story, or a family treasure. In addition, Pawpaw and I had "homework" - we filled out a form asking questions about our childhoods, favorite memories, what we did for fun, etc.

G'daughter is all atwitter with excitement! She told me Friday that they read our papers in class, and everyone laughed at Pawpaw's memory: seeing a family of wild hogs near his grandfather's beach home. I guess the idea of pigs (hogs) at the beach was surreal to them! :-)

Tomorrow is the big day, when we go into her classroom and share. I'm taking a story book (it's already in the car), and Pawpaw will tell more about his grandfather's place at the beach. I have my clothes ready and I'll set the alarm so we won't be late!

Grandparents Day!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Forty-seven years

Forty-seven years!

We have celebrated our 47th anniversary! The time has passed quickly, but sometimes it seems like we've been married forever. We're still in love, still get mad at each other, but always forgive, kiss and make up! We laugh together, weep together, work together, and play together. We are there for each other, taking care and giving support as needed. We are blessed beyond measure, and hope that in some way, we can be a blessing to other people.

(Photo taken by our server at Charles Anthony's at the Pub, a special restaurant that we like for special occasions. I had a pork chop, sweet potato and salad; he had fried shrimp, asparagus, and sweet potato. We both took home portions of our dinners. They gave us ice cream for dessert, for our anniversary!)

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Confederate flag controversy

The battle flag of the gone-but-not-forgotten Confederate States of America is to many a symbol of pride, and to many others a symbol of hate. Pride in our southern heritage, in ancestors who fought for the "Lost Cause" in America's Civil War ("There was nothing civil about that war!"). Tears come to many eyes, and goose pimples rise on many arms as the Stars and Bars is flown and "Dixie" is sung. Thoughts come to mind of dirt country roads, pick-up trucks with open backs, fishin' holes and swimmin' holes, cotton and watermelons and fried chicken.

The flag and the song bring to some a feeling of fear, of images of burning crosses, white-robed strangers, and unspeakable violence done to friends and loved ones. Of years, decades, of injustice, of Jim Crow, of dogs, firehoses, and four little girls in a church, and nine adults in another church.

The Bible tells us, "29 Jesus answered, “The greatest is, ‘Hear, Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one: 30 you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’✡ This is the first commandment. 31 The second is like this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’✡ There is no other commandment greater than these.” " (World English Bible, public domain)

If we love our neighbors, we want to do good to them, and not evil. We want to show them we love them, not hate them. In the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus taught that everyone is our neighbor. We should not give them feelings of fear and distrust because of our own "Southern pride." (Pride is a sin, after all.)
Therefore, the Confederate flag does not belong in public places, on official state or city property, on T-shirts or belt buckles, on auto tags, decals, or bumper stickers. This is my opinion; many will and do disagree. That is their right. I am not personally offended by anyone's display, but I am sad that they have no consideration for the feelings of others.

Where, if anywhere, does the Confederate flag belong?
I see nothing wrong with including it in a city seal, representing one of many governmental entities that have ruled over that city, such as Mobile, Alabama. The City Council just voted to change the seal, removing all the flags but one, the American flag.

Here is the "old" seal: />
Image courtesy of wikimedia commons

I also think it is appropriate to place small Confederate flags at the graves of fallen Confederate soldiers in Civil War cemeteries. After all, it was the flag that those soldiers fought under. This is being legislated against in various places, including the U. S. Park Service.

Image courtesy of Religion News Service. This image is available for web and print publication.

What do you think? Do you think the Stars and Bars should be flown everywhere, nowhere, or some times and some places? Why?

(Edited to remove large image of Confederate battle flag at top of post. I disliked seeing it there, especially on Facebook.)