Sunday, November 20, 2016

Pies, Pies, Pies ...

Yesterday, I baked a couple pies for today's church social.  I decided that since I was baking pies, I'd go ahead and bake & freeze for Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

I baked 3 pumpkin, a pecan, an apple and a blackberry crumble.  After placing 4 pies in the freezer for Thanksgiving and  Christmas, I began feeling foolish for actually believing that Farmer Boy would stay out of them.  The moment I leave the house ...Teenage boys ... endless appetites.


Have Gun, Will Travel ...


... A hot glue gun, that is.  I so enjoyed creating our autumn wreath , I decided to make some more for the upcoming Christmas season.  A few are for our home (we have 5 exterior doors on our house) and a few are for gifts.

 
 
 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Election 2016: The Christian's Dilemma ...

Laura Lane,  over at Harvest Lane Cottage, has posted a very sobering letter written by Dutch Sheets to the American Christian church regarding Christian's election choices in our upcoming 2016 Presidential election.  Although the letter is a tad bit lengthy it is most defiantly worth the read. 

I hope you will take a 5 minute break, pour yourself a cup of hot tea and read, "Election 2016: The Christian's Dilemma - A Message From Dutch Sheets About The Election And America's Future ".

My Bible study group is meeting on Friday's and we are taking a specific amount of time to pray for our nation.   I have personally committed to fasting on Fridays for this election and the future of our nation and the Christian church.  Will you consider joining me in prayer and fasting for our nation?

Finally, I pray you will do everything within your power to get out and VOTE on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.  If you know, or suspect, beforehand that you will not be able to VOTE on November 8th, please contact your local county clerk regarding early voting. ( I am proud to report that our Mr.B is unsure of his work schedule the week of Nov. 8th and consequently casted his early vote yesterday.)

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Do You Know Who's Running for President?

I was recently surprised by an individual who sincerely thought there are only two political parties in the United States.  They did not believe me when I shared the following list of 2016 Presidential Candidates and their party affiliation - and my list is not exhaustive.  Yes, with further research I am sure you could find more candidates and / or political parties.


Note:  I have listed the parties in alphabetical order and the individual independent candidates in alphabetical order.  I have not included any Vice Presidential Candidates in this list.




Constitution Party:
Darrell Castle


Constitutionalist Party:
James "JD" Criveau


Democrat Party:
Hillary Clinton


Green Party:
Jill Stein


Libertarian Party:
Gary Johnson


Reform Party:
Ken Cross


Republican Party:
Donald Trump


Trans-humanist Party:
Zoltan Istvan


Veterans Party of America:
Chris Keniston


Independent Candidates:
Ed Baker, Management & Market Research
Michael Bloomberg, Businessman, philanthropist, former mayor of New York City
David Boarman, Software Engineer
Brian Briggs, Music Lover
Paul Chehade, Businessman & Human Rights Activist
Robert Dionisio, Businessman
Art Drew, Veteran & Electrical Servicing Business Owner
David Holcomb, Christian & 2012 Presidential Candidate
John Fitzgeral Johnson, The Real Grandmaster Jay
Lynn Sandra Kahn, Executive Consultant
Bishop Julian Lewis, Jr., Bishop & God Frist Man of Faith
Even McMullin, Former CIA Operative, Businessman, House Chief Policy Director
James C. Mitchell, Jr., Retired Water Treatment Operator
Perry Morcom, Middle-class Working Person
Mark Pendleton, Educator & Man of Faith
Jeremiah Pent, Entrepreneur
Scott Smith, Wall Street Finance Expert & Serial Entrepreneur
Samm Tittle, Citizen, Entrepreneur, Advocate for Equal Treatment for All
Benjamin Weigel, Bus Driver
Terry W. Wheelock, Veteran & Former Gymnast







Friday, October 14, 2016

2016 Election Cycle ... Oath of Office

Article II, Section One, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution states,  "Before he enter on the Execution of this Office, he shall take the following oath or affirmation:


"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."


The United States citizen is blessed beyond measure to live in the nation that has the most superior constitution for protecting it's citizens from governing tyranny in all of the world's history.


Without an intact U.S. Constitution, ALL will eventually see the limits on our government erode and the basic rights of our citizens removed.  When casting a vote for the office of President of the United States, it is our duty to set our emotions aside and sober mindedly cast a vote for whom we believe will best PRESERVE, PROTECT AND DEFEND the Constitution of the United States.  In these United States, the United States Constitution is, and has always been, the only thing that stands between the common citizen and governing tyranny.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

2016 Election Cycle ...

... Yes, I'm going there ...


It may be hard for some to believe, but when I was young, I was a very beautiful girl.  I say girl, but in all reality I was a young twenty something woman.  My physical beauty opened a door that allowed me a glimpse into a world of wealth, power and fame that average citizens never see.  For nearly three years in my early twenties, I worked as a waitress for a high end, somewhat exclusive, establishment.  In my role as a waitress, I frequently served actors/actresses, professional athletes, musicians, politicians, and multi-millionaires.  My employer required the staff to sign confidentially agreements and we were never to appear "star struck" in the presence of any guest or while on company property.


The sad reality of this demographic is that many, not all, but many, are not the same people their adoring fans, their press agents, or the propaganda filled media would have all of us to believe they are.  They are very wealthy, very powerful and genuinely believe they are above "regular" folks like me.  They do anything they want to do, whenever they want to do it.  They indulge in anything they want to indulge in.  They buy anything they want to buy - including people.  They lie and embellish without anyone questioning their inaccuracies.  They have press agents to cover up their faults and security to intervene if, or when, their behavior gets out of line.  They are surrounded by entourages of people who never tell them "No".   Poor manners and rude behaviors are, most often, overlooked because of their fame, fortune and/or power.  All too often, it is mutually understood that the very large financial tips bestowed upon their "servants" is, in all reality, "hush" money. 


Because of my personal past experiences with many famous, wealthy, and powerful individuals I am not shocked or surprised by the negative media reports produced about Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.  Based upon my personal experiences, these types of behaviors reported by the media are, unfortunately, "normal", within this particular demographic.  At the same time, I am not impressed by any positive media reports of either Presidential candidate.  I, personally, do not believe either candidate is a worthy representation of the United States citizen.


Since I do not find either candidate to be a worthy representation, and the third party candidates do not have any sort of chance in being elected, how will I ever choose for whom I shall cast my vote?  I am all to familiar with the negative behaviors of wealthy, famous and powerful people, thus, I will not allow the media's propaganda of either candidate's appalling character, regardless of what sort of "proof" they have, to influence my decision.  All this propaganda is a ploy to get the U.S. citizen to cast a vote based upon an emotional reaction; not a carefully measured and thought out decision.


I will not allow the media to emotionally manipulate me into voting for, or against, any specific candidate.  I shall only cast a vote based upon specific issues facing our nation.  Issues such as Supreme Court Justice nominees, protection of our Bill of Rights, the economy, tax burdens, our health care system, child care and education, job availability, the national rise in poverty, safety and security of U.S. citizens, etc.  The only criteria I can base my vote upon is the platform which most closely aligns with my personal convictions.  To cast a vote for any governing representative based upon emotion is, in my opinion, very foolish.  (By the way, voting for any governing representative based upon their age, race, gender, religion, etc. is an act of bigotry and the simplest form of emotional manipulation.)


I hope others will follow my lead and stay focused on specific issues during this election cycle.  I hope they will not allow the candidates and our propaganda filled media to emotionally sway them one way or the other.  As a nation, we must sort the propaganda from the issues and  return to making decisions based upon logic, not feelings.






DISCLAIMER: 1.)  I have never met, nor served, any of the 2016 presidential candidates.  2.) There are some wealthy, powerful and famous people who are very humble, kind and polite.  As a matter of fact, one of the most kind and polite customers I have EVER served, regardless of life station,  happened to be a very famous professional athlete.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Victoria Woodhull ...

... was the first female candidate to run for President of the United States.  Ms. Woodhull was the nominee of the Equal Rights Party in 1872. 


What was the political platform of the Equal Rights Party in 1872?  Do you agree with the Equal Rights Party of 1872's platform?  Why do you agree or disagree?  What type of societal mores do you think contributed to the voter's acceptance or rejection of the Equal Rights Party of 1872's platform?


Who were the other presidential candidates in 1872, and which political parties did they represent?


Who won the presidential election of 1872?  The election of 1872 was filled with scandal and strife.  Please explain some of that scandal and strife.


If you were a voting citizen in 1872, who do you think you would have cast your presidential vote for and why?


We've been home educating our children since 2002.  Often folks ask, "How do you do that?"  The past three posts and today's post is a very small example of how home education often works. My questions in the last three posts just happen to be about U.S. election history.  But, the questions can be about anything - current events , both domestic and abroad, language arts, science, short term goals and long range dreams, ...  I personally think that once you've garnished a student's interest in a topic, asking the student "why they agree or disagree", "what caused a certain outcome",  "how something works", etc., is, not only important, but one of the easiest methods of developing critical thinking, reasoning and analytical skills.  These sorts of questions require a student to think about, process and communicate various facts to support his /  her conclusions which is vital to learning critical thinking, reasoning and analytical skills.


We've used a plethora of home school curriculum but I must confess three of my favorites are Progeny Press literature curriculum for grades 4-12,  Bob Jones University Press history curriculums for grades 9-12 and Apologia Sciences grades elementary through high school.  These curriculums consistently ask the "How?', "Why?" and "What do you think?" questions that I think are vital to developing critical thinking, reasoning and analytical skills.


Regardless of a family's educational choices, I believe  it is important for all families to regularly engage their children with "Why?" and "How?" questions.  In doing so, our children will develop strong critical thinking, reasoning and analytical skills that will ultimately assist them in becoming successful and productive adults.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Grover Cleveland ...

... was the candidate who was elected to the office of President of the United States in 1884.  He was the first Democrat elected to the presidency since the election of 1856.


Now, again without consulting historical references; since we currently have a female presidential candidate, can anyone tell me who the first female presidential candidate was, the year she ran for office and which party she was affiliated with?