Saturday, February 27, 2010

"Photos of children 'inappropriate' for display"

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Photos of children 'inappropriate' for display
Charlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 2/26/2010 5:20:00 AMBookmark and Share
The more than 100 photos are of unclothed women and girls shown as part of "Body Awareness/Body Appreciation Week," an annual event on the campus. A university spokesman claims the exhibit does not constitute pornography. But Kent Ostrander, who heads up the Family Foundation of Kentucky, disagrees.

"Our concern is primarily focusing on the fact that some of these photos are of young children -- two-and-a-half years old, eight years old, twelve years old -- and that's just inappropriate," he remarks. "A child [that age] has not reached the age of consent."

The photographer is quoted as saying he obtained permission from the parents. In response, Ostrander says that "any adult who would allow their child to be used that way, exploited that way, is a fool."
"universities should be pushing the envelope on education, not on sexuality."
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Friday, February 26, 2010

Directionless Rambling: Annual Goals: 2010

Ok, how about this? Two posts two days in a row. Wow.

First, I must apologize in advance if there are any huge spelling or grammar mistakes in this post. I had a glass a wine tonight (for a extremely rare drinker, it takes me about 1-2 hrs to drink on glass) with my dinner of popcorn & cookies. Yes, I know, extremely healthy & diet friendly. Give me a break. It's Friday & I'm sitting at home alone with my cat...don't tell me that wouldn't drive you to chocolate & drink too. LOL Also, I just woke up from apparently falling asleep on the couch in my Snuggie (yes, I did finally cave & buy one) at about 9 pm while catching up on blog reading & while watching season 1, episode 12, "The Ball" of Everybody Loves Raymond. So, my brain isn't really functioning at 100% right now. Why in the world I feel like this is the perfect time to blog is beyond me. Probably along the same reasons I suddenly got in the mood to steam mop my bathroom the other night at 11:30 pm as I was getting ready for bed (btw, I like to typically be in bed by 10 pm). I really am starting to feel like an old cat lady now. Yikes.

Anyway, I was about to shut down for the night & saw the title of a post on a blog I follow entitled "Annual Goals." I didn't read the post because it wasn't from a blog that I follow that closely & it was on a topic I'm not hugely interested in at the moment. Anyway, that got me to thinking what my goals are for this year. Now, I have not thought these through one bit so I'm just going to jot down a few here just for "directionless rambling." I'm going to number them but they are in no particular order.

  1. Get married -- ok I know this sounds a little crazy but I thunk it is early enough in the year to say if I met the right guy in the next month or so, it could happen.
  2. If not married, at least a date or two -- It has been a long while since I have been on a real date. It isn't the most confidence building exercise to have a "dry spell" for x number of...ahem...years. (The truth would be too much for many of you to bear.)
  3. Loose weight - I would love to say be at goal weight but I think if I set a smaller goal of say, 20-25 lbs, I would feel better if it doesn't come off as easily or quickly this time. This one I may reassess later...hopefully increase (the amount I want to loose due to incredible sauces, LOL)
  4. Get back into running - While I really don't care for running, I do really want to complete a 5K.
  5. Decorate house - I need to organize my two spare bedrooms & get furniture for them, organize my bedroom, redecorate my master bathroom (still has the funky wall paper & the old people cushy toilet seat from the owners before me...must say, however, I think I have found the attraction to cushy toilet seats...not as cold as the others first thing in the morning. LOL), organize & clean my garage, and I would really like to paint (at least one wall) of my living room & maybe kitchen.
  6. Have a successful garden. - Working on this one. So far, I have garlic, onions, cabbage, spinach, cilantro, & rosemary planted. I had lettuce but the snow killed all but one plant of it & I think the rest of my herbs may have bit it as well. I want to end up having this summer, lettuce, tomatoes, bell peppers, squash, zucchini, basil, oregano, thyme, savory, marjoram, lavender, parsley, & sage. At least, that is the plan.
  7. Finish the Bible for the first time after starting reading daily (or pretty much daily) almost 3 yrs ago.
  8. Cook more
  9. Keep my house clean more often - I am working on planing out a cleaning schedule. (I'm not sure if having to get a plan made out before tackling an idea or project is an Aries thing or just a Kristy thing...I'd like to go with Kristy thing because I don't like messing with the whole astrology mumbo-jumbo)
  10. Get a gun - living alone can be a bit scary...there are several stories behind this that I will talk about at a later time. Trust me, you'll love them
  11. Write more - This includes writing some articles & getting them published and being more organized & consistent here on this blog.
  12. Rock Band parties - I have Rock Band (video game) parties at my place pretty often but I'm wanting to set up a schedule where we have them at least once a month, so I need to come up with some kind of schedule.
  13. Care less about what others think of me & more about what God thinks of me.
  14. Get organized
  15. Get to know my neighbors
  16. Read Systemic Theology & finish listening to the podcast on it by the author.
  17. Go to some political rallies - I think I may actually go to one tomorrow...all by's that for asserting my independence? :)
Ok, that's it for right now. I keep falling asleep. I've got to get to bed. I'm sure I'll be adding to this list, daily throughout this year.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Directionless Rambling: Patience

Ok, I'm going to try something a little different. I am trying to get back into blogging again. It is good for me & I have fun doing it. I still plan on having some formal blogging topics but every once in a while, I'm just going to let myself go & ramble away. I may have a topic, I may not. My rambles, my rules. :)

Today's' topic: Patience. Do we all hate that one? :P It's like medicine, the best you can do is just "practice" it. And, boy have I been doing a lot of practicing lately. Ugh!

It seems like everyone I know is going through something at the moment that requires a great deal of patience. Two people I know have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. One had a double-mastectomy today & the other is planning on having her double-mastectomy in a couple of weeks. Two couples I know are trying to buy houses. One couple I know are waiting to find out if they are going to be adopt a 4th child (from the same mother as their other 3). I know several couples trying to conceive & things just aren't working quite as they expected. One friend is trying to figure out what food product he is allergic too & his diet hasn't been very fun lately. One friend has been very unhappy at her new job & has recently been offered another job at another company & is waiting for that to start.

Me? I'm waiting for several things. (1) A husband...(2) Children...(3) A husband...(4) The day when I no longer have to work outside the home...(5) A husband...(6) My tax credit on my house...(7) A husband...(8) The rapture of the Church...(9) And, did I mention, a husband

Patience isn't something you can have. There is only a very limited amount. Even God has an end to His patience. And, one of these days it is going to run out. I praise God that I am not going to be on the wrong end of that stick on that day.

Proverbs 19:11a says "A man's wisdom gives him patience..." So, how does a man gain wisdom?

Well, Solomon asked God for it. And, let me tell you right now, this is a daily prayer for me. Not just daily but sometimes hourly or minutely (probably not a real word). "To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his." (Job 12:13) "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding." (Proverbs 9:10) Wisdom also found among elders. "Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding?" (Job 12:12) I am involved in two Bible studies associated with two different churches right now (I'll go into all that another time.) One of them is a ladies only Bible study of mixed ages. The other is a co-ed all of who are married except me, of course. What is great about these groups is we are all in different stages in our lives. But I must say, that I am at an advantage in both of these groups. I have the most to gain. I am one of the youngest in both of these groups but I am also one of, if not the only single in these groups. In the ladies group, the ages range from older/retired to twenties. Some are homemakers, some work outside the home, some have kids, some have grand-kids, some never had kids & some want kids. In the co-ed group, there is one couple who has kids, one couple than can't have children biologically but have adopted 3, one couple who are pretty much newly weds but want to start trying in the near future (I think), one lady with teens whose husband is in the military & absent much of the time, & then there is me. I think I am in a pretty good predicament. I have surrounded myself with people who are in places I would like to be or may be one day. Much wisdom can be gleaned from these people. (Now I'm starting to sound like some creepy villain from a Stephen King novel.)

Reading the Living Word of God is also a way to gain wisdom. "For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding." (Proverbs 2:6) The whole book of Proverbs itself is intentionally given to impart wisdom. In fact, the first few verses of Proverbs explains the purpose of the book is "for attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight; for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair; for giving prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the young - let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance - for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline." (Proverbs 1:2-7) C.S. Lewis states in Mere Christianity, "Anyone who is honestly trying to be a Christian will son find his intelligence being sharpened." I wholly agree. I have found that when I am actively seeking the Lord, especially through daily Bible reading & study, I find that I feel smarter. That may sound a bit egocentric or stupid but it is very difficult to explain. I seem to "see" more of what is going on around me. I tend to pick up on subtleties in music, movies, TV, etc... that do not only not promote the Truth but actively try to dissuade people from the real Truth without their knowledge. I also seem to be able to find the words I want to say more readily. And, I seem to understand things easier & recall them better.

Ok, I'm done rambling for now. I didn't really mean to go into a treatise regarding wisdom but, like it says, these aren't really meant to be formal or intentional. More just a thought flow, a stream of consciousness. We'll see if I do this again. ;)

"Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience." (Colossians 3:12)