Archive for October, 2009

1. The first week of August, the local newspaper called my husband to see if it was true that there was a woman who worked evenings at our gas station cum bookstore who only wore dresses or skirts. Having that confirmed, they told him that they were a bit busy just then, but would it be all right if they came by later to take a picture and maybe do an article?

They have never gotten back to us. I guess maybe they figured out that it isn’t news that a grown woman wears a skirt to pump gas and put books on shelves and run a cash register?

2. The woman in question is me. I have worn skirts more often than not for a long time, but back in June I finally took the plunge and took all my pants to a thrift store. Being pantless puts me in good company around here. We have quite a few women around here who never wear pants, starting with the Mennonite ladies, but also including some of the Baptists and other Christians, plus women who just think they don’t look good in pants, and right on down to a woman or two or three who just find pants uncomfortable to wear, plus some who are trying to make a fashion statement or develop a recognizable style. What with one thing and another, on any given day you’ll run into a goodly percentage of women in dresses around here. Most of the dresses are modest and practical, too. Just like the ladies who wear them.

3. This year, two of our outside cats had kittens. In the second litter, three of the four had extra toes. One kitten has since died and is buried in the back yard, and another (the pretty one with regular feet) fell ill and disappeared and is presumed dead. The remaining kittens are gray, with white toes. The extra toe is offset, and looks rather like a thumb. At this age, with such large feet, they look a bit as though they are wearing white baseball gloves. Well, no, not quite that. But close.

4. I made moose stew the other day. Now that’s something I thought I’d never say. But the landlord went on a hunting trip up north, and bagged a moose, and gave us some of the meat. I told him I hadn’t the least idea how to cook moose, and he suggested treating it like very lean beef, and using it in stew. So I did. What makes this even more fun is that for two years I have been working on a novel in which (in a subplot) some colonists make moose stew for some stranded travelers, but this month I’ve been spending all the time I can put together working on what I hope are final edits of that book. (That’s one of the big reasons I haven’t been blogging much, by the way.) When I first wrote about moose stew, I had no idea I’d ever make any. Life imitates art work in progress.

5. I have been having a very ecumenical month. I’ve attended services at the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, the First Baptist Church, and the Church of the Nazarene, plus I’ve attended a History of the Church presentation at the Catholic Church. The visit to the Nazarene Church was to celebrate the second anniversary of answering an altar call there.

6. We have had some lovely snowstorms this last week or so, worthy of midwinter. (And, yes, I was out there in the blizzards in a dress, pumping gas. If you wear layers and leg warmers, dresses are as warm or warmer than pants.)

7. Coming Saturday, November 14, Christian women around the world will be joining in a special day of prayer for schools and children. Arise! Cry Out! is being organized by Moms in Touch International. You don’t have to be a mother to participate.

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… is the headline over at the BBC.

No, really. Paul Hudson, a “Climate correspondent” at BBC News, has noticed that the predictions of climate alarmists aren’t panning out, nor is the most touted theory on what causes global warming and cooling holding up all that well, and concludes, “It seems the debate about what is causing global warming is far from over. Indeed some would say it is hotting up.”

May the best scientists win, that’s what I say.

hat tip: Steven Hayward

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It seems there was a fight this year to include Christmas themed ornaments on this year’s National Christmas Tree. No, really. Children in Arizona were told they could not use religious themes on their ornaments for the tree in Washington D.C. – but one mother didn’t settle for that and got legal help so her child could make Christmas themed ornaments. (Hooray for her!)  Marcia Segelstein, blogging at Worldmag.com on Oct. 2, has the story. (via “related news” sidebar at ADFMedia.org, which has a number of other links.)

Whether the ornaments in question wind up on the tree, I guess we’ll see.

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is up and growing at Semicolon.

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Jennifer Fulwiler – with an assist from Francis de Sales – has some food for thought for Christian bloggers. (via Thinking Christian)

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Scott Johnson at PowerLine takes note of a new book about policies leading to the economic crash. HarperCollins has more info here.

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Number one at 92

The compilation album We’ll Meet Again – The Very Best of Vera Lynn recently soared to the top of the UK charts, making Dame Vera Lynn the oldest living artist to have a number one album.

Hat tip to Robert (aka Expat Yank), who also shared the following video, of Vera Lynn performing at a D-Day commemoration in 1994:

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Yesterday, I finished reading Volume Three of The Gulag Archipelago. I started Volume One in mid-July.


Crushing. Horrifying. Sickening. Enlightening. Inspiring.

Scary: I see some similarities between those who built the Soviet regime, and some of the cultural and political powerhouses in the United States today.

This is not a book to be deeply discussed on a blog called Suitable For Mixed Company, though. Definitely not. On the upside, none of the graphic descriptions or foul language was gratuitous. It was necessary to the purpose of relaying history. And since I’m convinced that part of our problem in our culture is that history has been prettified too much, even for adults, I recommend this book, but only for grown-ups, or those who hope to be a grown-up soon.

However, if you do read it, please don’t stop at Volume One. Or Two. You won’t understand what the author has to say if you stop midway, and you’ll miss some of the best bits.

Has anybody else around here read it? I’m finding it’s making me rethink some of what I thought I knew about the 20th century. And Russia. And communism. And who should be considered the intelligentsia. And about how prisons should be run, and how long sentences should be. And what ideology can do to a person. And more. I’ll be processing this one for a while, I suspect.

How about you? Let’s move the discussion over to Judson’s Corral, shall we?

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Catholic Vote now has a legislative arm. Check out CatholicVoteAction.org. (If you aren’t Catholic, don’t let that stop you.)

If you know of a Christian attending, or working at, a public university in the United States (or are a Christian in college yourself), you might want to check out SpeakUpMovement.org.

If you want to encourage modesty in young people – and encourage the fashion industry to cater to parents who don’t want their daughters to look like streetwalkers – you might want to check out Secret Keeper Girl.

And – just because I haven’t mentioned them in a while, but I think they’ve done great things – don’t forget The Rebelution.

Please feel free to add to the list in the comments. Thanks.

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