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Who is Granny?

I'm the incredibly blessed mother of 9, "Granny" to 16, and wife of "The Papa," the knight-in-shining-armor whose loving support has made it possible for me to stay home and give my life to mothering, homemaking, and 26 years of homeschooling. Life at Granny's House is full of laughter, friendship, books, music, lively debate, writing, and good things to eat. My days are made even more meaningful by coming alongside other moms, giving them the support and encouragement that I lacked as a young mother and helping them to network with each other in ways that strengthen homes and families. A few times a year I board a plane to visit my "away" kids, to attend the birth of a grandchild, or to enjoy some lazy days with my best friend, but I always love coming back to...Granny's House.

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  • Saturday, February 28, 2009
    I hate to say it...

    ...but the Japanese are right.

    Apple's iPhone is a hit everywhere in the world — except for Japan.

    It turns out that Apple's video-playing, music-downloading, motion-sensing handset is just too, well, backward for the Japanese market.

    In fact, the iPhone is such a flop in the Land of the Rising Sun that it's being given away free with a 2-year contract, Wired News reports.

    I've had my iPhone for a year now. I'm one of millions, I know, but many more millions have held off either because of the expense of the instrument or because they're satisfied with their BlackBerrys or other smart phones and don't want to risk what they've heard may be a big headache. Though some folks still look at mine longingly, I am quick to temper their envy with reality: think twice.

    At first, anxious to rationalize my extravagant purchase, I blamed all the iPhone's problems on the fact that I am not a Mac user and the interface between Apple's iPhone and MS Windows is cumbersome and unreliable. That rationalization lasted about a month. Though it IS true, it's only a part of the problem. In the past year, my list has grown to include some glitch in nearly every area of performance, and I can now say that if I had it to do over, I wouldn't have bought it.

    I know a lot of people are genuinely happy with their iPhones. I chalk this up to one of three things:
    A few (and I mean a small sliver) of my complaints:
    Ironically, the number one complaint about the iPhone is battery life, and that's something I haven't had any problem with. No, I don't think the phone holds a charge long enough when you're away from home (it takes a HUGE amount of juice to retrieve emails when not on a wireless network) but I haven't noticed the life reduced over the time I've had it. They say that normally the battery will need replacing (and you have to send it in to do this!!) after a year and a half, so maybe I'm speaking too soon.

    I AM addicted to the ease with which I can check my email compared to my friends who have other smart phones. But other than that, I'd give it up in a heartbeat for whatever is making the grade in the Land of the Rising Sun.

    So, all that to say...the reliably technologically-savvy Japanese have it right. If you can get an iPhone for free it might be worth it. But only then.

    And that's if you're not figuring in the cost of institutionalization for constant frustration :-)

    Apple's iPhone Flops in Japan, Now Sold for Free


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    Friday, February 27, 2009
    And you dear moms thought it was going to be so nice once you had your little brood potty-trained. No more diapers, no more wipes, no more soaking buckets.

    Well think again. When the greenies get through, we'll all be through.

    Bottom reached.

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    And just to prove we're fair and balanced here at Granny's...
    Obama must have done something if not right, then not AS wrong. If it makes Queen Pelosi and her court mad, can it be all bad?

    Washington Post Staff Writers
    Friday, February 27, 2009; Page A03

    President Obama sought yesterday to quell growing complaints from members of Congress about his plans for drawing down troops in Iraq, inviting lawmakers to a White House meeting on the eve of a North Carolina speech in which he is expected to announce that he will pull out many combat troops by August of 2010.

    After House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) complained that the level of troops -- 50,000 -- who would remain in Iraq is too high, other senior Democrats voiced similar concerns. Not one member of the Democratic leadership, except for Sen. Richard J. Durbin (Ill.), defended the new Obama plan, which will take three months longer than he promised and still leave a significant force structure on the ground.

    Now you might have noticed the Speaker jumping up and down like a middle-school cheerleader behind the president on Tuesday night, but when the cameras are off she's not so happy.

    Pelosi’s aides say the speaker was comfortable playing the role of Obama’s shield during the stimulus fight—Republicans teed off on her rather than on the immensely popular new president—and that she remains strongly supportive of the administration on health care, energy and education reform.

    But on Iraq and other high-profile issues that matter to her, aides say Pelosi has no intention of holding her tongue when she thinks Obama is wrong.

    On Wednesday night, Pelosi made it clear to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow that she wasn’t happy with Obama’s plan to leave 50,000 U.S. troops in Iraq and that, unlike Obama, she “absolutely” favors criminal prosecutions for any Bush administration officials involved in torture or other excesses in the fight against terrorism.

    On Thursday, Pelosi said she’d move “faster” than Obama is to roll back Bush-era tax cuts. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Democratic Caucus Vice Chairman Chuck Schumer joined Pelosi’s critique of Obama’s plan to leave. Reid urged Obama not to push too hard to eliminate congressional earmarks.

    Suffice it to say that "other high-profile issues that matter to her" would be the ones you and I would be very concerned over as well. In the opposite direction.

    In any case, given her bent, I think it's going to be fairly safe to say that whenever Mr. Obama ticks off Ms. Pelosi, we'll be slightly better off. But only slightly.

    Democrats Assail Plan for Pulling Out Troops

    Pelosi Butts Heads with Obama


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    And speaking of the generations yet unborn...
    It's a kick in the gut every day:

    WASHINGTON — Taking another step into the abortion debate, the Obama administration Friday will move to rescind a controversial rule that allows health-care workers to deny abortion counseling or other family-planning services if doing so would violate their moral beliefs, according to administration officials.

    The rollback of the "conscience rule" comes just two months after the Bush administration announced it last year in one of its final policy initiatives.

    As is becoming increasingly clear, Mr. Obama will decide for you which of your convictions you are allowed to act upon:

    Officials said the administration will consider drafting a new rule to clarify what health-care workers can reasonably refuse for patients.

    Lest we are led to believe that freedom of conscience in this arena was only a passing two-month Bush-ism, take note...

    For more than 30 years, federal law has allowed doctors and nurses to decline to provide abortion services as a matter of conscience, a protection that is not subject to rulemaking.

    In promulgating the new rule last year, Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt said it was necessary to address discrimination in the medical field.

    He criticized "an environment in the health-care field that is intolerant of individual conscience, certain religious beliefs, ethnic and cultural traditions and moral convictions."

    Officials said the Obama administration's goal is to make the rule clearer.

    Gee, thanks, Mr. President. Our country is going to be so much better because of your concern for clarity.

    Obama administration may rescind 'conscience rule'

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    Thursday, February 26, 2009
    In which Granny returns to the political...
    Ladies and gentlemen, it is becoming apparent, more so every day, that the administration "we" have just voted in is much more radical, dangerously radical, than most were willing to imagine. The "change we can believe in" is now the change that may doom us as a republic...and not just by bankrupting us economically.

    I am stunned almost beyond words to read these arguments by Dawn Johnsen, the woman Mr. Obama has chosen to head the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel. Read it carefully, please, because the implications have a reach that would have been unimaginable even in the virulently pro-abortion Clinton administration:

    Statutes that curtail [a woman's] abortion choice are disturbingly suggestive of involuntary servitude, prohibited by the Thirteenth Amendment, in that forced pregnancy requires a woman to provide continuous physical service to the fetus in order to further the state's asserted interest.

    And in the same brief to the Supreme Court:

    [The woman] is constantly aware for nine months that her body is not wholly her own: the state has conscripted her body for its own ends. Thus, abortion restrictions "reduce pregnant women to no more than fetal containers."

    Just in case your last course in ConLaw was a few too many years ago, let me remind you: the Thirteenth Amendment outlawed slavery. Yes, my friends, ponder...this woman, who will no doubt carry great influence in the Obama world, holds a view which equates even the weakest abortion restrictions with slavery!

    Paul Mirengoff of Powerline Blog comments:

    Johnsen's appointment is consistent with the emerging (and entirely predictable) trend of the Obama administration -- appoint non-radical liberals and a few centrists to cabinet level positions, and then populate key sub-cabinet jobs with radicals.

    I said it before the election and I haven't budged: this was bigger than our dissatisfaction with the Republican candidate. This administration is not here to teach conservatives a lesson. They may well be making changes from which this country cannot and will not recover, either morally or economically. Yes, I believe God is sovereign. And He will sovereignly hold us responsible for refusing the meal because we couldn't get the dessert with it.

    Our grandchildren, and the generations yet unborn, will shake their heads in disbelief.

    Dawn Johnsen, radically disingenuous

    hat tip: The Papa


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    hat tip: The Papa

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    Wednesday, February 25, 2009
    Words on Wednesday

    My sweet sister-in-law Suzanne has a beef with a man of the cloth:

    Our pastor keeps saying every week that we need to "reverence God". I understand from my dictionary that reverence can be a verb as well as a noun, but wouldn't "revere" sound better?

    W.O.W. to the rescue!

    Yes, Suzanne, your ear is a good one. I can't put this one in the black and white category of "its and it's," but I can register my complaint about the sloppiness of usage that allows the willy-nilly transfer of one part of speech to another simply because today's writers and speakers don't have vocabularies rich enough to make use of the great words we already possess.

    What is it that makes someone feels that "reverencing" God is better than "revering" Him? Reverence is the noun that is produced by the act of revering. Using reverence as a verb ends up reducing the impact of a beautiful noun.

    And let's talk about "impact," shall we? Impact is a noun. The music has an emotional impact. Yes, I realize that it's now become acceptable to use it as a verb, as in, The music impacted me. But the only reason it's acceptable? Enough people misused it that some lame-brained dictionary finally included it as a "variant" and there you go...all other dictionaries that needed to sell a few copies had to fall in line so as not to appear backward. *Sigh* Because I write for businesses and organizations that can't seem to get enough of impacting their world, even I have succumbed.

    But please, PLEASE don't ever expect me to use or even approve the further degradation of the word by letting it slide into adjectivity (hey, you like that??). The music was not, and must never be allowed to become impactful. Sorry, there are some lengths to which I will not go. Unless you're paying me a very large hourly fee and will accept full responsibility for the consequences.

    Finally, I would be remiss if I addressed this topic and did not include one of my family's perennial favorite pet peeves, one of those words we love to hate: orientate. This is an example of a word that started out as a perfectly lovely verb (orient, meaning to familiarize a person with new surroundings or circumstances, or the like: lectures designed to orient the new students; OR to place in any definite position with reference to the points of the compass or other locations: to orient a building north and south). Then somewhere along the line it was expanded to the "tion" form to become a noun (orientation, meaning the act or process of orienting; OR the state of being oriented). So far, so good.

    But it wasn't long before some folks who had no idea where the noun "orientation" came from tried to turn it back into a verb and completely, well, mangled the word. Friends...I don't care which dictionaries try to suck up to the masses by giving their grudging nod to "orientate," I will not be a part of this national travesty. No matter HOW much you pay me per hour. You'll have to find yourself another writer. Yes, even in a recession.

    Suzanne, I would not recommend making an issue of reverencing God with your pastor. I'd just keep it out of your own speaking and writing :-)

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    Monday, February 23, 2009
    We're passing on a evangelo-culture to our children that is going to result in an extinguishing of the "evangel" part of the Christian church. And from the nursing home we'll sit and wonder why the gospel didn't change their lives. Answer: no Gospel.

    You May Not Be a Church IF...

    hat tip: Jen C.

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    And then, moments after my last post, God placed this exclamation point on my heart from J. Gresham Machen, by way of John Piper's blog this morning...

    A Crucial Word from Machen's Mother

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    It was a good weekend to be away...I was beginning to get really morose about the condition of the country and the seeming hopelessness of it all, and I needed something to shake me out of the dumpster. If any of you have taken me up on my challenge to read Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, I'm sure that by now you've seen 21st century USA in that 20th century prophecy, and it's pretty obvious that in a moral slide such as we're seeing there is no quick turnaround. Perhaps there's no turnaround at all. The wider the "bailout" becomes, the more folks get their hands on their little bit of it, the less likely that there will ever again be a majority to successfully end the nonsense and the outright thievery.

    And then, who is John Galt?

    (Read the book, I tell you. READ it.)

    Anyway, that's not where I was going with this. I needed to step back and get the perspective that matters: what is my place in all this? Not to fix it, because getting even a hundred of you to read Atlas Shrugged and posting all the absurdities of this new administration every day is not going to change things. It might help you to recognize the signs of a great Republic on the way out, but it will not avert the plunge.

    The only thing that can make a difference in my world is for me to do the very best I can at the job God gave me: being a WholeHearted mother and grandmother and encouraging others to do and be the best they can as well. So I return from the WholeHearted Mother Conference with a new determination to make the most of the remaining years I have with the kids still at home, and to work even harder to help moms see the importance of what they're doing in their homes every day. While I'm more pessimistic than I have ever been at the direction of our country (and I don't mean economically), I am optimistic when I sit in a hall with 650 other mothers and grandmothers who have been called to raise men and women of character, people who will glorify God and declare His principles to a country who has turned a blind eye.

    Today, I'm taking a deep breath and diving back in.

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    Saturday, February 21, 2009
    Welcome to those of you who have found your way here through the buzz at the WholeHearted Mother Conference this'll discover a pretty eclectic mix of Christian world view, family, politics, humor, homeschooling, language, books, etc. Do stop in often and feel free to send the link to other moms who might appreciate a thoughtful if often slightly zany window into the world at Granny's House...


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    Friday, February 20, 2009
    We're here!
    One of the highlights of my year for the past decade has been the WholeHearted Mother Conference...and this year our San Antonio group is the biggest it's ever been--over thirty of us (including three wonderful young women who've come to help us watch babies) just checked into the Las Colinas Marriott in Irving, Texas, for a fun and inspirational weekend of worship, teaching, fellowship, and good food. You can see in my right-hand sidebar who's with year, you should come too!

    WholeHeart Ministries

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    Wednesday, February 18, 2009
    Words on Wednesday

    I didn't even remember it was Wednesday (despite having an army here for Bible study tonight; you think I'd know, right?) until I read Annie's Facebook lament.

    W.O.W. to the rescue!

    I am too tired tonight and still have too much to do to get ready for leaving tomorrow to think about a complicated grammatical explanation for this one. But I'm with my brilliant daughter Annie, who says,

    "Anne is terrified that "then" and "than" will be deemed interchangeable by the ever-acquiescent grammar gods...."

    Ummm...I don't want to turn this into something pseudo-religious, but yes, this would be pretty near the top of my list, too, Annie. Here we go:

    "I liked my first husband a lot better then this one."

    "I'd rather face a hot poker in my eye then put up with people who want to write but don't care enough about writing to do it right."

    AHA! Some of you missed it, didn't you? Be honest, get those hands up! See? It's become so ubiquitous (relax, we'll do that one another time...) that our eyes are beginning to glaze over and not even notice! Thankfully, we don't see the reverse error as often:

    "Here, eat the last of your stale bread and than go scrub the kitchen floor!"

    Easier to spot, huh? But it doesn't make it any easier to swallow that for people under 35, "then" is just an alternate spelling of "than." Yes, I know, I'm showing my true colors as a bona fide "age-ist" but other explanations won't do. I truly believe that 25 years ago the grammar teachers, long disrespected and eventually convicted of something horrible by liberal left educators, finally gave up and went home. And the poor kids who were sitting in their middle school classes looked up and found no teachers and so they just sorta made up their own rules.

    I will tell you, in all honesty, why I think these errors appear to be so much more egregious in the under-35 set. I really believe it's because even though many in my generation didn't learn their grammar much better, they didn't write it out in public for all the world to see. We didn't do message boards and Facebook and blogs and Twitter and texting and IM'ing and comments on news sites. We just nodded a lot. Younger people write more, even though very little of it is serious writing, and so their, shall we say, gaps are out there in plain view while ours are our own dirty little secrets.

    And that, my friends, is why I think that we're no smarter then they are ;-)

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    What? You mean there might be one state out of fifty with some spine? Or is it just the governor? It sure isn't the mayor of the state's most famous city:

    This State May Not Take the Stimulus Money

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    Monday, February 16, 2009
    More news from the religion of peace...

    Orchard Park police are investigating a particularly gruesome killing, the beheading of a woman, after her husband — an influential member of the local Muslim community — reported her death to police Thursday.

    Police identified the victim as Aasiya Z. Hassan, 37. Detectives have charged her husband, Muzzammil Hassan, 44, with second-degree murder.

    "He came to the police station at 6:20 p.m. [Thursday] and told us that she was dead," Orchard Park Police Chief Andrew Benz said late this morning.

    Maybe they should give him a break. After all, he was in the business of trying to improve the image of peace-loving Muslims:

    Muzzammil Hassan is the founder and chief executive officer of Bridges TV, which he launched in 2004, amid hopes that it would help portray Muslims in a more positive light.

    (Oh, and SECOND-degree murder?)

    Prominent Orchard Park man charged with beheading his wife

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    If you spent the last couple of days "celebrating" the 4th Annual Evolution Weekend and found the fare somewhat lacking, here's some food for thought that might explain why you're left hungry:

    Christianity and Evolution -- Seeing the Problem

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    Sunday, February 15, 2009
    Sunday snippets...
    Welcome back Dave, Kristen, Molly, Warren, Henry, Carrie, and Liam!

    Last year, the average spent on Valentine's Day was $122. This year, $102. My guess is that, despite recession, folks love each other just as much. And I must not be a romantic...if my Valentine ever spent that much on me in February, I would secretly cringe. Except if it was for a vacuum cleaner. Yeah, see, I'm really NOT a romantic, am I?

    This is the 4th Annual Evolution Weekend. Just thought you should know. I, of course, believe in Intelligent Design instead, observing that the only evidence against it is evolutionists.

    It was a fun week of preparing for the arrival of the Slaughters. A score or more of people from our extended family, church and homeschool support group participated in stocking their pantry, fridge, freezer, bathrooms, and deck with all kinds of things to keep the family fed and comfortable as they move in. Nearly 50 people showed up between 1 and 5 today to help them move in, and now all furniture is in place, boxes unpacked, pictures hung, dishes put away. Amazing. And now, of course, the real fun starts :-)

    Well, we've now mortgaged not only our grandchildren but our great-great grandchildren. By the way, you might have noticed that part of the Mortgage Our Future bill was a cap on executive pay for the leadership of failed companies. I'm flippin' through here, and I don't see that that applies to Congress. I don't understand.

    Last week I finished The Count of Monte Cristo. I don't know when I've enjoyed the plot of a novel as much as I did this one. Wow. Put it on your list. I've now embarked on Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment. I'm also making my way through three or four cookbooks, my weakness...

    In case you were wondering, my Valentine gave me Ghirardelli. Yeah, he's good that way.

    Do see The Secret Life of Bees. And if you can still catch it on TNT, don't miss Gifted Hands. Both of them are worth your time.

    From this morning's worship service, my all-time favorite hymn:

    Beneath the cross of Jesus I fain would take my stand
    The shadow of a mighty Rock Within a weary land;
    A home within the wilderness, A rest upon the way,
    From the burning of the noontide heat, And the burden of the day.

    ~~Beneath the Cross of Jesus, Lyrics by Elizabeth C. Clephane, 1830–1869

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    Saturday, February 14, 2009
    Come Ye Thankful People, Come...
    Tonight Granny's family is grateful...tomorrow the Slaughter side of the family arrives, and not just for a vacation. It's a day of rejoicing for The Papa and Granny and all the other family members who live in town. There will be shouts of joy; there will be tears; there will be laughter. Most of all there will be Thanksgiving in our midst for the faithfulness of Almighty God. Here, then, are the photos of the Slaughter family from Thanksgiving, '08, right before they knew they'd be moving to San Antonio.

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    Friday, February 13, 2009
    I say it's too bad no one told this guy that he could have just stashed the money in his freezer and run for Congress!

    Calif. fraud suspect caught with $70,000 in boots

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    Wednesday, February 11, 2009
    Words on Wednesday

    Apostrophes. They're boogers, aren't they? I happen to love them and love making sure they're in the proper places, but that's because I'm a visual learner and I see instantly when they're misplaced. But a lot of very smart people have trouble with them, just as I have trouble with things that are a cinch for them.

    Still, I'm here to help. So let me take a minute today (because a minute is about all I've got) to point out one of the most annoying and egregious misuses of apostrophes: employing an apostrophe to indicate a plural.

    I referred to this tendency tangentially the other day when harrumphing about the city in England that's decided to stop using the apostrophe. But, much as I abhor this dumbing down of the language, for some reason I much prefer the absence of apostrophes to their extravagant overuse in all kinds of random place's places.

    WHY is this so hard? When adding an "s" to indicate a plural, it gets glued onto the word with no apostrophe. If you add an apostrophe and an "s" to a word, you're indicating either a contraction (My wife's not exactly a grammarian) or a possessive (My wife's greatest weakness is not using apostrophes correctly). But when creating a simple, non-possessive plural, please do not let the pesky thing sneak in there. You're not selling "apple's" and your daughter is not chasing the "boy's." At least I hope not.

    Here's something odd I've noticed: two of the most common errors in this regard are with the words "mothers" and "doctors." The latter is rather easy for me to analyze, because we so often use the term "doctor's orders" (correct) that we automatically want to write "two of the doctor's said..." (incorrect). With "mothers" it's a bit harder for me to figure out, but it could have something to do with the annual emphasis on Mother's Day, sometimes written as Mothers' Day, either of which could be considered correct even though the first is standard. What is not correct is "All mother's want to be remembered on Mother's Day."

    Please, friends...both mothers and doctors are strong enough not to need to be propped up with an apostrophe.

    Unless they're very...possessive :-)

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    Tuesday, February 10, 2009
    Proof that I must not be one of "The American People" in Chuck's language:

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    I always enjoy Thomas Sowell's "Random Thoughts on the Passing Scene." Today they are more urgent than usual. Well, maybe not Marie Osmond, but...

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    Praying tonight for my precious grandson Sam, hospitalized with severe asthma and on oxygen tonight. And for his dear, tired mommy...


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    Monday, February 09, 2009
    What Joe MEANT to say was....
    I think I might need to start a whole new blog category.

    Obama Throws Biden Under the Bus


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    Friday, February 06, 2009
    No comment.

    ( - Grammy award-winning singer and Academy award-winning actress Cher told that living under Republican rule almost “killed her,” and she does not understand why anyone would want to be a Republican. She also said that President Barack Obama’s “intelligence” and “spirit” is “so great” he will be able to do “more than anyone could possibly do.”

    Cher: Republican Rule Almost ‘Killed Me’

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    "PLEASE, God, I have just two requests. Don't let them cut the Harry M. Reid School of Demagoguery from the stimulus package. And please don't let the Guantanamo detainees get sent to Nevada. Colorado is SO beautiful this time of year..."



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    Thursday, February 05, 2009
    Go read what Terry has to say today. I started to write something like this last night but she's done it better than I could have.

    And don't miss the video if you haven't already seen it.

    Goodbye, My Beloved Country

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    Who knew?!
    Can you believe this? And he's SERIOUS! (Not to mention dangerous himself...)

    RFK Jr.: Hog farmers bigger threat than Osama


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    Wednesday, February 04, 2009
    I've been quite busy today stocking Lyric's freezer with meals and using up pretty much every pan and bowl in the house! But between burners I'm watching with more than a little interest as the "stimulus" plan continues to grow in dollars and shrink in support. The only things that are going to be stimulated are debt, inflation, and a cancerous dependence on government. One of two things will be going down in flames: the trillion dollar bailout or the country.

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    Monday, February 02, 2009
    Yesterday I made a short-notice trip to California to help my cousin/best friend who was in a serious car accident on Wednesday. Hence, no Sunday Snippets yesterday and probably a very light blogging schedule this week. I'll be here until next Sunday and do intend to post a bit while I'm here...but most of the time I'll be shopping, cooking, and counting out pain pills for Lyric as she recovers from a very unplanned and unwelcome interlude in her life. It's one of those times when you have to bow before a sovereign God and say, "I can't figure out Your mysterious ways, but I accept that You will work for my good..."


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    Granny's Mission Statement
    "...Tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might, and the wonders that he has done....that the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born, that they may arise and tell them to their children."
    ~Psalm 78:4-6

    My Focal Passage for 2011...
    Philippians 2:5-11

    5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,

    6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,

    7 but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.

    8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

    9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,

    10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

    11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

    ~Philippians 2:5-11 (ESV)


    "The vanity of being known to be trusted with a secret is generally one of the chief motives to disclose it."

    ~Samuel Johnson

    [Oxymoronica, n., A compilation of self-contradictory terms, phrases, or quotations; examples of oxymoronica appear illogical or nonsensical at first, but upon reflection, make a good deal of sense and are often profoundly true.]

    Books on the iPhone, the Kindle, or on the nightstand...

  • The Good Husband of Zebra Drive, Alexander Mccall Smith
  • The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions, Arthur G. Bennett, editor

  • Books finished in 2011...

  • Oxymoronica, Mardy Grothe
  • Some Sing, Some Cry, Ntozake Shange, Ifa Bayeza
  • English Society in the Eighteenth Century, Roy Porter
  • One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, Ann Voskamp
  • His Word in My Heart, Janet Pope
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot
  • Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nafisi
  • Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God, John Piper
  • Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything, Joshua Foer
  • Blue Shoes and Happiness, Alexander McCall Smith
  • The Red Queen, Philippa Gregory
  • Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, Eric Metaxas
  • The Confessions of Saint Augustine, St. Augustine
  • Complete Poems and Selected Letters of John Keats, John Keats
  • Unfamiliar Fishes, Sarah Vowell
  • Words That Work, Frank Luntz
  • NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children, Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
  • Poke the Box, Seth Godin
  • Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It, Gary Taubes
  • A Patriot's History of the United States, Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen
  • Song of Saigon: One Woman's Journey to Freedom, Anh Vu Sawyer
  • The Artistic Mother: A Practical Guide for Fitting Creativity into Your Life, Shona Cole
  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature, Elizabeth Kantor
  • The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris, David McCullough

  • Oh, the thinks you
    can think...
  • Tapestry of Grace
  • Anatomical Charts
  • America's Library
  • George Washington's Mount Vernon - Virtual Mansion Tour
  • Thomas Jefferson's Monticello - Virtual Mansion Tour
  • Hurricane Demo

  • Oh, the places we'll go...
  • The Alamo
  • Majestic Theater
  • The MAiZE
  • Magik Theatre
  • Sheldon Vexler Children's Theatre

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    She said YES!

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    Grace Notes

    "Were the whole realm of nature mine
    That were a present far too small...
    Love so amazing, so divine
    Demands my soul, my life,
    my all!"