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Welcome, gentle reader.  With great trepidation, I have decided to add my voice to the clamoring mass of humanity we know as the blogosphere. For the most part, I want to share my day to day activities, thoughts, joys, disappointments and so on.  However, there are several pet subjects of mine for which the agony of remaining silent has, at last, superseded the fear of confrontation and/or ridicule by friend, foe, peer or stranger.  Once in a while I will blog on those subjects and while I do not promise the reader that s/he will like my opinion, I will endeavor to promote rational, fair and well rounded critical thinking skills to the best of my ability.    

 
A wise and respected x-step uncle of mine once pointed out that Mohandas Gandhi said: "I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."   To that I say:

"Right back at ya, buddy.  Your Hindu caste system is nothing to crow about."
 
In reality, I do understand and even somewhat identify with Ghandi's observation that not all Christians are fantabulous people.  The big obvious targets instantly come to mind; TV evangelists, the Roman Catholic child abuse cases, etc...

But really it gets closer to home than that.  When fear creeps in sometimes it is hard to take that leap and do the right thing because we are scared it might somehow backfire on us and hurt us or otherwise contaminate ourselves or our loved ones.  As to that, God didn't mean for us to live in a bubble.  We need to get over our bad selves and not be afraid to sit down with the tax collectors and the other sinners as Jesus did. 

Mark 2:15While Jesus was having dinner at Levi's house, many tax collectors and "sinners" were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 16When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the "sinners" and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: "Why does he eat with tax collectors and 'sinners'?"

 17On hearing this, Jesus said to them, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."

But I digress.  Fortunately for all of us, Christ was perfect.  Of course we are not. And therein lay the perfect opportunity to teach Gandhi about God's grace. Too bad he didn't have a firmer grasp of who Jesus is or how Christianity is different from other religions. Then maybe he could have gotten over the guilt of his adolescent rebellion "marked by secret atheism, petty thefts, furtive smoking, and—most shocking of all for a boy born in a Vaishnava family—meat eating."  (Encyclopedia Britannicaa) And he wouldn't have had to spend the rest of his life trying to attain perfection which is an ideal that is not possible for humans to achieve here on this earth. 

Don't get me wrong, he did a lot of good in the world.  But so have countless other missionaries, preachers, teachers, and every day heroes who never get mentioned.  Ghandi did try to improve the lot of the "lowest caste" of people in the Hindu religion by lobbying to end discrimination against them and even went so far as to change their name from something akin to "untouchables" to Harijans (literally “children of God”) but ridding Hindu of the caste system all together would have done a great deal more good for the Harijans.   In effect, Ghandi himself was an example of the pluralism, double speak and contradictions of Hinduism.  However, this is to be expected in any religion or society which believes that truth is relative. 

In almost 41 years of living, two lessons I have learned is: never tempt God; never say never. The other one is: human beings will never fail to disappoint.

Thank God we do not have to earn our way into heaven because none of us ever could. Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (24) and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

We are all in a different place in our walk with God, some are just toddling, others are running a race. But God places obstacles for each of us to learn from and overcome.  Occasionally we trip over those obstacles and sometimes even get injured because of the natural laws God put into place (like gravity, or harvesting what we reap). But we are all still learning and no one, NOT ONE has it completely right yet.  Don't ever let anyone fool you into thinking they do.  But in the end, God's grace fixes all of it.

We're not answerable to Ghandi nor any of his Hindu deities. We as Christians are only answerable to God who is omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent and totally understands ALL the details of EVERY situation and EVERY life, unlike religious leaders and false deities.

I pity Ghandi and all who have not come to Christ. In the end, their efforts at being perfect, or even being "a good person" will come to naught.  Only God's grace, his free gift of salvation and the changes that occur in our hearts when we truly accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior will ever afford any of us this thing called "inner peace"; the peace that surpasses all understanding during this lifetime.  Of course the benefits of accepting Christ in the eternal perspective are beyond what we can imagine, and beyond the scope of this article. 

So for now, let us gather our strength to do the only thing that really matters on this earth; let us spread the gospel to every nation, to every people, to every person so that as many as possible may be saved.

2 Peter 3:9 

9The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

 

 

September 11, 20099

This essay was hurriedly fashioned for a home-schooling project for my younger daughter today and a remembrance for my older daughter as I realized belatedly that I could use this day as an opportunity for many good things.  I am sorry I've not had enough time to edit this as much as I would like and it is rather raw, but the clock is ticking and I have more work to do today. So without further ado: 

What I Remember About 9/11

It was early in the morning when your dad called me.  He told me to turn on the TV.  I remember that when I asked why he just repeated that I needed to turn on the TV. He didn't have to tell me which channel to turn on, it didn't matter.  All the stations were playing the same footage.  At that moment I joined millions of fellow Americans staring at their TV screens in horror and shock with tears streaming down our faces as the footage of two airplanes crashing into the twin towers made our blood run cold.  I began to understand why your dad had not had words to describe what was going on.  The news channels did not have any answers to the myriad questions swirling about like leaves in a dust devil.

We had  no idea who had perpetrated the attacks, or how many more airplanes would crash into buildings, or which buildings they would be.  The not knowing was the worst.  Panic propelled parents across the nation to their children's schools and daycares to collect their children and gather them about like chicks to a mother hen.  Every school across America closed and dismissed all students that day.  The parents and schools knew that the schools were utterly defenseless against this kind of attack, and no one knew if those attacks would come, or when.  Parents' instinct of wanting their children close by won out that day.  Unfortunately it is an instinct that is too often ignored in our society today due to social and economic pressures.  But I digress.

My first coherent thought was actually a praise to God.  I praised Him that he had led me to home-school our children and that our children were safe at home with me.  At least if our neighborhood was attacked and one of us died the living would not be left to wonder if the dead were alive and where they were.  I did not have to endanger myself or my husband to rush to a school to collect our children, and my children were never in as great a danger as those in public and private schools were.  (Large public buildings are better and easier targets for attackers and seemed to be what the attackers were going after that day.)  I was so, so, very glad and thankful that I had been obedient to God and to my mother who had verbally told me to home-school my children. 

That very day we had a meeting with our attorney to incorporate our company, Fritz Mechanical.   I wasn't going to go to the meeting, but due to the circumstances, I bundled up you two kids and we headed up to Ted and Sunday's place in the country where an attack is even less likely than a neighborhood--smaller target, less population density = fewer casualties. 

While we waited for more news to determine if it was going to be safe enough for us to keep our appointment, your dad and I along with Uncle Ted, Grandma, Grandpa and you kids all crowded into the small office around a small TV and watched the repetitive footage of the Twin Towers being attacked.   I think Aunt Sunday had had to go to town to pick up Smokey and Sidney is why I don't remember her being there. 

At this point not even the more cutthroat news stations had even hinted at a guess at who the perpetrators of this act of war were.   As I watched the footage of the planes fly into the two twin towers for the umpteenth time suddenly words that I had not thought, that were not mine and that I had no way of knowing were true or not, bubbled up into my mouth and spilled out:  "It must the damned Islamists".  It had to have been the Holy Spirit speaking, not me.  Afterwards, I stood there thinking "who are the Islamists??"  Later at home I Googled them.  But why would the Holy Spirit curse?  In retrospect, I don't think it was a curse, but a statement of fact.  To be damned is to be cursed, and because the Islamists hate and have attacked Israel and her allies over and over again, they are indeed damned by God and I believe that many, if not all of them, will burn in hell for all eternity.  A good reason to preach the Good News to the Muslim/Islamist communities, and also a good way to get beheaded.  But I digress, again.

In just a little while we got news that an airplane had crashed into the Pentagon in an attempt to kill President G.W. Bush or other members of congress who are important to our nation.  The Federal Aviation Administration gave the order to ground all flights and were in the process of getting all planes on the ground.  No one knew how many more planes would attack that day or if there would be other attacks such as regular or nuclear bombs, chemical or biological warfare etc...  We also did not know where our President was, but that's another story.

As flights were being diverted all across North America to the nearest airports with room for them to land, we learned of another airplane crash.  This time the news was bitter-sweet.  United Flight 93 had been hijacked by terrorists but had gone down before hitting its target.  This time an ordinary Christian and American citizen by the name of Todd Beamer had organized a counter attack on the terrorists and fought back.  The plane ultimately went down in a field in Pennsylvania, killing all on board but ultimately saving hundreds if not thousands of lives and probably even saved the United States Capitol from destruction. 

Finally all airplanes had been grounded.  Rescue operations were already in progress.  Many were rescued from the rubble of the Twin Towers.  A large daycare had been in one of the buildings and if I remember correctly most of the children in attendance were killed.  Many people lost children, many children lost parents, many people lost spouses. 

In Congress, Senators and Representatives, Democrats, Republicans, Independents, etc... joined hands in prayer and solemnly stood to sing "God Bless America" and other religious hymns.  All across America, churches were opened to all for prayer and counseling, preachers gave impromptu sermons and ministered to thousands who flocked to their churches seeking refuge and comfort in Our Rock and Shelter.

We all looked to President G.W. Bush to do what was necessary to keep our country safe.  Democrats, Republicans, Independents, etc...all said publicly and unanimously that they would back whatever action President Bush deemed necessary and appropriate to stop the events of that day from continuing and/or happening again. 

Bush was put in office by God (as all leaders are) and his reactions and remedies to 9/11 kept this nation safe for his remaining 7 years of Presidency.  I can only imagine if Gore had won that election.  We'd all be praying to Mecca 5 times a day or dead because we refused to convert to Islam at the point of an AK47 held by a 10 year old boy soldier. 

It was difficult to go on and do the things that needed to be done.  The ultimate goal of terrorism is to cause terror.  For several days no airplanes were allowed to fly.  I remember being scared the first time I heard an airplane fly overhead.  Even to this day sometimes an airplane flying overhead will startle me.  President Bush exhorted us to go about our days as normally as possible and warned us that not doing so would be giving in to the terrorists.  Slowly things began to get back to normal.  But I will never forget the events of that day nor the terror it spawned and I will do my best to not let others forget. 

Should the unthinkable happen, should America be conquered by Islamists, should we be overrun by crazed fanatics with swords and guns I have already made up my mind to accept death rather than to convert to Islam, for we are not to deny Jesus, as the Islamists do.  And so my dear and beloved daughters, always remember that even if I die, I still win. 

Recommended Reading:

 Let's Roll!: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage  by Lisa Beamer

 Because They Hate: A Survivor of Islamist Terror Warns America  by Brigitte Gabriel

 

 

July 09, 2009

Daughter Recalls Mother's Death Under New Wash. Law

SEATTLE -- Linda Fleming picked the day and the time she would die.

After an overdose of barbiturates, Fleming became the first person in Washington state to die under the Death with Dignity Act. --KATU

After reading the comments on this article, I felt a real need to extrapolate what could go wrong with this law.  The following are my comments posted on KATU concerning the  "Death With Dignity" law:

Well, I guess if its okay to provide euthanasia services to the terminally ill, then its probably okay to extend euthanasia services to children under the age of two who can't ask for it themselves. http://tinyurl.com/ne4jwl But how about the poor souls who are mentally challenged and therefore need someone to make the euthanasia decision for them? It's just not fair that they can't ask to be euthanized, so I guess we'll have to decide that for them. And down the slippery slope we go.

I wonder how long it will take before insurance companies decide that they will not pay for certain life extending medical treatments, but will pay for euthanasia? Especially if we are forced into socialized medicine.

 

 

July 09, 2009

FCC Finally Begins To Tackle Big Agenda

 
According to Consumer Affairs, The FCC is finally beginning to look at broadband connectivity in the rural United States. According to speedmatters.org only 38% of rural residents subscribe to broadband. Unfortunately, it's not because they don't want to. Cable and DSL are usually not available and Satellite ISPs such as Hughes.net are too costly, unreliable and slow.

The FCC has created a website: http://broadband.gov/ for your information, questions and comments. I submitted the following comment and am thinking about making a petition.

We live in a rural area about 10 miles out of Vancouver, WA, up in the hills. We are not serviced by cable or dsl broadband so we use Hughes.net satellite services. Because of our and others experience with them, we are hoping that satellite ISPs such as Hughes.net, Skyway, and WildBlue will _not_ be considered viable broadband providers by the FCC for these reasons:

•Cost-- $60.00--$350.00 a month for Hughes.net. We are on the pro plus plan and pay $80.00 a month. Besides this we had to buy the equipment at a cost of around $600.00, have had to have the receiver replaced twice in 4 years, and were forced to upgrade to a new modem last year because it went bad and they "no longer serviced" the 3 year old modem we had purchased from them.

• Quality--1) on a good day the actual speed is about half that of regular broadband, and I personally have never seen it reach their advertised speed. 2) As noted above we have had to have frequent replacement of expensive equipment. 3) Twice we have been without Hughes.net internet services for over a month. The first time was while trying to get through their so called customer service 'tiers' to get a repairman out to fix the actual hardware problem. The next time some sort of internal error kept throwing our name and/or address out of the repair loop resulting in us not getting service on faulty equipment for almost two months, despite repeated calls to their service department.

• Quantity--200-500 mb daily download limit. With the pro plus plan, we are limited to 425 mb download per day. We could pay $120.00 a month for 500 mb a day, however, no one can get more than 500 mb daily even if with the $350.00 a month plan. That means we can surf as long as we don't watch more than a few 3 minute videos or download more than a few podcasts. Once we reach that 425 mb limit we are subject to their FAP (fair access policy) where they throttle our speed back to less than 28.8K dial up for 24 hours. We can not watch a full half hour news report or listen to streaming internet radio without being "FAPed".

It is our opinion that satellite internet service is too costly and difficult to maintain for the limited service it provides and should not be considered a viable, cost effective option for connecting rural consumers to broadband.

We encourage the FCC to research this subject thoroughly. Please take the time to see consumer comments on sites such as DSLreports.com, ripoffreport.com, the cnet forums or alternatively just Google "hughes.net sucks". Thank you for your attention.

 

 

12/26/08

Afton

I'll huff and I'll puff....

Just Kidding.

Now I run away.

What table?

We ended up with about 2 feet of snow.

4X4 Jeep

can't get up the driveway even though it's got chains for all four tires. I guess it must be b/c the tires are bald and the Jeep is too light.

4X4 Ford F350

truck can't go anywhere b/c it has cheap tires from the dealership and no chains.

4x4 Ford Expedition

is the only vehicle that we have that is able to make it up our (admittedly long, steep and windy) driveway. Has good tires and cable chains on all four.

Needs a 2" lift kit

because it only has 10" of clearance. Buried to the axles here and took DD and DH about an hour and a half to dig it out.

 

 

12/25/08

Record Snow Fall For Portland OR and Surrounding Areas

 

 

 

12/21-24/08

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas....

 

 

Friday, December 05, 2008

Parable Of The Mustard Seed

So I heard some people were having a difficult time with the mustard seed parable, specifically, Mark 4:31 which states:  "It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest seed you plant in the ground."  Apparently, some have taken issue with the fact that the mustard seed is not the smallest seed.  To be sure it is not.  The smallest seed (that modern science is aware of at this time) according to this article on Wayne's Word comes from "certain epiphytic orchids" which grow in the tropical rainforest.  The seeds are about 1/300th of an inch long (minute dust particles to the human eye) and are dispersed into the air, coming to rest and growing on the upper canopy (not in the ground).  The Opium Poppy seed is also smaller than the mustard seed, and may have been known during Jesus' time in the middle east.  (Today, more than 90% of the world's opium is grown in Afghanistan and up to $100 million of the trade's profits are used to finance the Taliban insurgency or to buy protection from said terrorists.)  Poppy often reseed themselves, and as a matter of fact to plant poppies, one generally just scatters the seeds on the ground. 

So does this make Mark 4:31 wrong?  No it does not.  The operative part of Mark 4:31 is "you plant in the ground." the most important words in that fragment being the words "you" and "in", "you" meaning "a person".  The mustard seed was probably the smallest seed that a gardener would plant in the ground at that time and place.  Moral of the parable being, not only is the Bible the inspired, infallible word of God, every single word in the Bible is vital.  We should read the whole thing, and ask for discernment and understanding from our Heavenly Father.

Oh, right that brings up the issue of "How do we know what is in the Bible was translated correctly from the original texts?"  Sounds like a great topic for another blog.   


June, 2008

Proud Homeschooling Mama Moment

Our older dear daughter has (more than) satisfied the Washington state requirements for graduation from homeschool (or high school if we must call it that).  Whatever the name, the end's the same.  We are proud to announce our daughter's graduation and will be presenting her with her diploma on June 2nd, 2008.  She has gone above and beyond the basic requirements for a high school diploma by simultaneously completing her senior year credits while working full time in our office as an administrative assistant.  Out of the literally hundreds of employees we have had over the past few years, she's been one of the best.  She's dedicated, dependable, loyal, honest, and shows tenacity and persistence in the face of major obstacles.   She's been able to keep her cool under pressure, deal calmly and gracefully with taciturn and sometimes down right abusive builders/customers, all while managing thousands of little details that the men in the office would be lost without. 

One of the most important things she's accomplished is the ability to learn independently which has no doubt contributed to her lifestyle of continued learning.  She hopes to enter Clark College in the fall.  We are so proud of her! 

 

 

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

Gone star-fishing at the Canon Beach tide pools in Oregon.

 

 

July 28, 2008

Finished dehydrating Walla Walla onions.


About Me:

Name:  Corinna
Age: 40
Occupations: Christian • Wife • Mother • United States Citizen • Homeschooler • Homemaker • Small Business Co-owner • Administrative Assistant •
General Interests: Bible studies • spending time with friends and family • science • history • history of medicine and disease • technology • home life • life long learning • drawing/sketching • making computer graphics • jumping sand dunes on my quad • riding motorcycles-dirt and street • crochet • playing acoustic guitar (not well) • genealogy •
Favorite Books:
The Holy Bible • The Little Ice Age • The Virgin's Lover • The Constant Princess • The Queen's Fool • The Other Boleyn Girl • Forever Amber • 1421 • 1491 • 1776 • The Clan of the Cave Bear • Valley of the Horses • The Mammoth Hunters • The Plains of Passage • The Shelters of Stone • ....yeah, this list goes on and on and on.....
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