Friday, October 12, 2012

7 Quick Takes Friday

I was going to skip Quick Takes this Friday, not feeling like I had seven things to share, but then I saw Jen's give away in a random pick of QT's, I thought, maybe I could come up with seven things.

I love to read quick takes - it is a boost of encouragement at the end of the week to get a quick peek into others' lives and usually get more than a few laughs. Jen's post are funny, interesting and  informative, and I forget she is homeschooling mom with a house full of kids, battling scorpions and now pregnant with another precious one, and yet comes up with great thought provoking posts like this and this and then she writes over here.

In Jen's post, she recommended reading The Remains of the Day for a Downton Abbey fix, (when does DA start again?!).  I saw the movie, but couldn't get Hannibal Lecter out of my head. Sad to have that creepy guy in such a beautiful English setting.
I found Upstairs/ Downstairs a good substitute for DA. It is not as good, and I understand it was only allowed two seasons to live, and it uses many same story lines as DA without as compelling charators; unless there is always a stiff butler, with an interesting past, and the chaouffer has such dangerous political activities that the younger sister throws all caution to the wind and falls for him. Agnes is no Mary. She does not have much of a personality to make you care too much what goes on with her. There was a big jump after Season One to the start of Season Two which seemed to contain enough meat for its own season. It is playing on PBS as a Masterpiece Theater. I have my DVR records all Masterpieces and get surprises waiting for me. U/D is a satisfying fix for British drama if you need one.

I don't want to get too political today, but I don't understand undecided voters. The candidates are so far apart, there  no confusing the two directions for the country:
Free society or Socialist?
Pro life or pro death of humans and pro life for everything else?
Jobs, freedoms, encouraging dignity of Man or Environment over life and jobs

What are they looking for to decide?

A really quick take on the VP debate last nights, Joe Biden is no statesman.
I was impressed Paul Ryan didn't loose composure and stayed respectful even when attacked from moderator and opponent.
Biden was an embarrassment as a leader and representative of our country. I know that is the VP's job, to be attack dog, but he was a snarky, inappropriately giggly, rude person who was very awkward to watch.
Not a statesmen of whom our country could be proud. (I'm proudly not undecided!)
I also loved Ryan's "bean" story, that the reason he is pro life isn't because he is Catholic, but because of his understanding of science and reason. That seeing his  7 week old baby in utero, and seeing the heartbeat on her little bean shaped image, giving her the nickname "bean". Endearing story.

I'm yearning for real experiences for my kids. After this last field trip to a fake farm, with homogenized activities deemed Safe, with a feel of playing Pretend, instead of real life experience. I am now looking for fall destinations and thinking maybe a hiking trip might fill the need.

What are you doing for the Year of Faith?
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I heard this week Protestantism wasn't the largest religious group in our country anymore - it is now people who claim no religious affiliation.
Wow, what a time ripe for witness and evangelization! We need to be prepared, to Know, Love and Serve Him, we need to Know Him:
From Day One email
"So that this call should resound throughout the world, Christ sent forth the apostles he had chosen, commissioning them to proclaim the gospel: "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age." Strengthened by this mission, the apostles "went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that attended it."

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