Turn and face the strange.

You ever feel as if you’d had to face the strange just one too many times? I love that line from David Bowie’s song, “Changes.” Since 2008 I think I’ve done nothing but exactly that.

At the end of summer that year our daughter had just graduated from college and our son from high school. I anticipated down time and uneventful days. Then in September of 2008 the economy crashed, and the bottom began to fall out of our lives. My husband’s new business stalled out, and despite our efforts to keep it going he had to shut it down. I know others faced the same strange as businesses closed and empty store fronts multiplied.

We moved towards the end of 2009, and looking for work became a full time job. If you’ve been there, then you know the up-and-down disjointed journey of resumes, applications, and interviews. We went to workshops to sharpen our job seeking skills, and became experts at shuffling paragraphs in cover letters to match qualifications to job openings. Competition was stiff in our town, and it was a long slogging haul with some severe—to put it mildly—disappointments. Continue reading

XXV. The Election of the President

Catechism of the Constitution Book CoverThe Federalist Papers has posted a PDF copy of an Elementary Catechism on the Constitution from 1828 written by Arthur J. Stansbury. I’m publishing it on Mondays in a series of posts. Because the date of publication was 1828, some content has been changed by later Constitutional amendments. There are no sections in the book, so I’m dividing it into any natural breaks of topics and the posts will vary in length. Any emphases within the text are Stansbury’s. Continue reading

Conservative Leaders Testify On IRS Targeting Because Of Beliefs

US Capitol West FrontToday the House Ways and Means Committee heard testimony from leaders of groups targeted by the IRS for their personal beliefs.

Here is the list of witnesses with links to their written testimony.


Witness List:

  • Mr. John Eastman, Chairman, National Organization for Marriage, Testimony
  • Ms. Dianne Belsom, Laurens County Tea Party, Testimony
  • Ms. Becky Gerritson, Wetumpka Tea Party, Testimony
  • Ms. Karen Kenney, San Fernando Valley Patriots, Testimony
  • Mr. Kevin Kookogey, Founder and President, Linchpins of Liberty, Testimony
  • Ms. Sue Martinek, Coalition for Life of Iowa, Testimony

Everything I’ve read today about the testimony of leaders of these targeted conservatives groups proves how right the Obama administration was to fear them. They’ve shown their integrity, their intelligence and their courage. Continue reading

A People Of The Book

Jubilee New TestamentSunday was the 60th Anniversary of the Coronation of Elizabeth II. A commemorative service will be held today in Westminster Abbey. In his book, In the Beginning; The Story of the King James Bible and How It Changed a Nation, a Language, and a Cultures, Alister McGrath wrote that the Queen commanded a Bible be given to every child born in Britain during her coronation year of 1953.

As part of her Jubilee Celebration last year, the 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne in 1952 upon the death of her father, George VI, the Queen asked that copies of the New Testament be distributed through churches and schools in Great Britain. The latest statistics I’ve seen from late May 2012 stated more than 655,000 Diamond Jubilee New Testaments had been ordered by churches. Those numbers may seem small in U.S. terms, but it is encouraging considering the present spiritual state of Britain and the fact that the demand greatly exceeded original expectations. Continue reading