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Politics of Survivor

I have decided that presidential elections are like that TV show Survivor. The best candidate never wins, because the other contestants attack them and beat them down early in the game. The worst candidates get ignored. So what you’re left with is the mediocre middling candidates without any major flaws: not _too_ good looking, not _too_ articulate, not _too_ conservative (too liberal isn’t a flaw, apparently), careful not to make a clear, definitive statement about hot button issues (abortion, taxes, economy, war, gay marriage)…. And then the ‘show’ drags on and on and on until the only two left standing are so high on GodKnowsWhatUppers that they can barely articulate themselves without a teleprompter by the end. It’s wrong, and…

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Will we Miss the Mouse?

Good grief. I booked a great price on RT tickets to Orlando during the slowest week of the year on AirTran so our family could use up the rest of the un-expiring DisneyWorld tickets we bought back in 2005. So far our entire itinerary has changed 3 times (by the Automated System “that we don’t have any control over”). Today I called up and got them to move our flights to non-stop flights and to move our return date to Friday, so that the kids can rest. It’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen. Flight times change all the time, but I’ve never had a flight change flight numbers 3x before! I keep wondering if they are going out…

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“Dream” Relief Provided in Louisiana

“Dream” Relief Provided in Louisiana – More than 1,400 Mormons from six surrounding states converged on southern Louisiana September 27 to help Houma residents dig out from the aftermath of two September hurricanes. Hailing from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee, they joined volunteers from the Realizing the Dream Foundation, the AFL-CIO, and local churches and groups. [News from around the Church] My brother, from the MS Jackson Stake, was at this event. He says it was an amazing event. Families who hadn’t been in a church in years were so touched that they were remembered and that the church came to check on and help them. Some said they’d be back at church. This type of service is…

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Terrified of Isaiah

I bought a copy of the Old Testament Institute Manual to help me with my study of the OT. It’s been really helpful! Sometimes the commentary is not terribly useful (like the section on is it appropriate for a prophet to use the phrase “piss against the wall” in the Bible–???), but most of the time it’s great. This morning I finished the introduction on Isaiah. The tone made me smile: yeah, we know it’s hard, but if you are willing to “pay the price” (direct quote) you can get Isaiah. :) I am trying to alter my attitude so that I can appreciate Isaiah. I am a plain-talking person and appreciate that in others. Isaiah is not so plain,…

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Trip to Shenandoah

We’re back from our now traditional trip to Shenandoah National Park to see the Autumn colors. It’s always so nice to be up there, especially for DS. While on our long hike, he said: “I love the narrow steep parts. I feel ALIVE, Daddy!” It’s good for him to understand there’s more to living than Legos and Line Rider. :) DD is always crazy about the animals. The first night 4 deer came within about 5 feet of our room’s back balcony. She said, “They came because they smelled my animal love.” She is a goofball. We met with an older wife and husband my dad met on the internet doing some family history research: the Tabers. It was a…

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Be Grease, Not Grit

I called the school office today — forgot to send in a note with the kids to say they were riding the car home instead of the bus. (I am usually very responsible that way, btw.) I called over an hour before school was to let out, and the office staff was all “we can’t guarantee….. field day….” blah, blah, blah. They should have said, “this is late notice, but we’ll do everything we can,” imo. Why can’t secretaries understand their job is to be the grease between the wheels and not the grit? It’s not a secretary’s function to make it harder for me to see the principal, sign my kid out, eat lunch with my kid, turn in…

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Has Given Me an Earthling Home

“I am a child of God, and he has sent me here. Has given me an earthling home, with parents kind and dear….” That DD of mine makes me laugh. She got up this morning and wrote a talk and drew a picture of the temple completely all by herself. It was really cute: “I Love seeing Pichers of the temple Becuse it maks me Happy! When I am older I will go There. The temPle is the Plase to get seald Together. I am a child oF god you are one to eve iF you Do not Have the gostple. this is a song about the temple I am a child oF god and He Has sent me Here…

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I had a good topic to write about….

I had a good topic to blog about….. thought of it while I was cutting the grass earlier, but now I can’t remember it. That’s what 2.5 hours of riding lawn mower racket will do to your brain, I guess. Conference was good. The weather was so nice today it was a real challenge to stay inside and listen. And I fell asleep during the afternoon session. Again. I haven’t made it through the Saturday afternoon session in years. What I saw was good. I especially liked Elder Oaks’ talk on Sabbath worship and Elder WhatsHisFace — the young looking one from Ricks — on prayer. Jared had to go to the stake center to plug in the projector and…

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