Wednesday, February 27, 2002

Jason posted about some good news in the PC(USA) the other day - the defeat of Ammendment A which would take "fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman or chastity in singleness." out of the requirements of their Book of Order.

However, I see today that the Confessing Church Movement was dealt a blow in the PC(USA) courts - that sessions couldn't establish ordination standards based on The Bible and The Book of Confessions that aren't already in the Book of Order.

I really think the PC(USA) is going to be torn apart in all this. We'll have to wait and see.
Looks like Doug caused my counter to go to 8,000. Who woulda thunk it? Thanks, everybody!
Oh, yeah. It's Rick's 22nd birthday. Happy Birthday!
I feel kinda old recently: I've been listening to Focus on the Family.

FotF is on the radio from 6-6:30 which is when I'm getting up and getting ready for work. This week they've had Josh Harris - you know "I Kissed Dating Goodbye" - on. They have a web based interview with Josh because their program is only so long. I have yet to read the interview, I just wanted to be able to find it quickly.
Well, we lost the basketball game and the hockey game. Tough night in Columbus for sports fans.

Tuesday, February 26, 2002

I added some more links including the previously elusive wyclif's new blog. I need to stop adding links. I seem to keep surfing places, yet don't have anything interesting to post.

We're going to the Columbus Blue Jackets game tonight. Should be a lot of fun!

Thursday, February 21, 2002

Former Ohio State shooting guard, Michael Redd hit eight 3-point shots in the fourth quarter. That's amazing: an NBA record. I'm not a fan of pro-basketball, but it's always good to see a Buckeye do good.
Wyclif.net has said "testing" for about a week now. Could it be that his blog will appear shortly?

Saturday, February 16, 2002

Ahhhh ... homework. It has been so long since I had it, but I seem to still have the knack of avoiding it ...

Tuesday, February 12, 2002

Joseph noted that I hadn't posted in a while. That's because I have been too busy being absolutely stunned by Edith Schaeffer's The Hidden Art of Homemaking. What a blessing. At first, it wasn't what I was expecting, because it was about using artistic talent, of which I'm certain I have little. But, I got so much more out of the book.

Mrs. Schaeffer's premise is that God is Creator. We are created in his image and have the need to express our creativity. We use this creativity in aesthetic aspects of our lives - art, music, writing, acting, home decorating, etc. - and that the use of these gifts and talents express our love and devotion to the real Creator behind our abilities - and show our love to others as we do so. The example that jumps out at me most is the story she tells of beggars coming to their back door when they lived in Philadelphia looking for something to eat. Rather than shooing them away or simply giving them something to get rid of them, she sets an elaborate place setting - flowers or candles and all -, a Bible, and a substantial meal to warm the man both physically and spiritually. What an example of generosity!

Another story she shares is of two young men from Africa who are studying in Europe and visiting the Schaeffer's home. They told her that one of the things that had turned them off Christianity earlier in their lives was the absence of beauty in the home of the missionary working in their home village. This was not to say that we need to spend a lot of money to create beauty, but that a house can be differentiated from a home.

I'll probably post a bunch of quotes in here as I re-read parts of the book. I didn't want to write in Mom's copy (although I'm certain she wouldn't mind) ... but after I order my own tomorrow, you can bet it will be highlighted, underlined and become as obviously well loved as the one I will return. I highly recommend this book to women (and men!) who want to explore creativity in their lives and how it can develope their family and community.
Well, well, well. It seems Jonathan Webster has finally caved into the blog world. Welcome!

Friday, February 08, 2002

I thought I'd share with you all part of my beautiful office. I keep office better than I keep house ... so here you go!



The great big printer is really nice to have near me. The white board is almost never used, same with the inbox. The little picture is from a friend at a previous job. The file drawers hold, miscellaneous files, paper for the printer, and COBRA files (its sad that I need so much file space! - I have a whole 'nother two drawer file that is also full of COBRA stuff) The peninsula is really the only workspace I have as the part of the desk behind me has 5 bankers' boxes full of term files, and my radio, phone, and CPU go on the other side. We have no windows in the office, so I got some tulips to make it pretty. I love tulips. I also love my Franklin Planner 'cause it keeps me organized and helps me keep my office nice and neat. There's a bit of paperwork there, but I finished it that day. And the poster. The poster is awesome. Really, it and the tulips are why I took the picture. The poster has so much Ohio State football memorabilia on it. It is from the 1998 season where, had we beaten Michigan State we would've been National Champions. I was at that game. I'm still bitter. But, the poster is cool. Has football cards and a football signed by all the OSU Heisman Trophy winners. One of my boss' friends is an usher at the stadium and gave it to my boss, and my boss gave it to me. I like my boss :)

Anyway, I'm not cool enough, smart enough, or have time enough to code little hovering things like the Dane, Brandon, and Dani did. But I like my desk anyway. I'd like it more if we had windows to the outside world.

Thursday, February 07, 2002

I did some housekeeping with my links, took away some blogs, added some others (indicated with *). I think I actually ended up with more links than I had before. [shrug] Oh, well.

Anyway, one I wanted to mention specifically - because it isn't really like any of the others - is The Red Kitchen. I love to cook, and it looks like these ladies have some great recipies.
Happy Birthday to Me! People kept asking me how old I was today, and when I said 29 they asked for the how many'th time. The first! Really, I'm 29 for the first time!

Tuesday, February 05, 2002

I am being so blessed by our Women's Bible study. We're studying 2nd Timothy and learning about God and His grace to us. I'll post more some other time, but one of the things we talked about was that where Paul says "You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus." (2 Tim 2:1) is really saying that God's grace strengthens us to do the work he has set out for us. Not that we have to be strong ourselves. Knowing that and knowing that are two different things.
Overheard as I was leaving work:

"Stress is the difference between expectations and reality."

Monday, February 04, 2002

Did you know that Minneapolis, MN and Columbus, OH have the #1 and 2 (respectively) populations of Somali immigrants in the US? And that the population is so high in Columbus because we have jobs and a strong church network to help foster families moving here? (I didn't know this) Also, did you know that Somali culture requires that they wash their feet before eating lunch or eating on their break?

This is just one of the fascinating tidbits I learned during the first session of my PHR prep course. Of course, we learned this in the context of promoting diversity: we ought to have foot washing basins available to workers. (I'm not saying this is a bad thing, but some accomodations are very unreasonable and I feel that employees and employers ought to be able to have some sort of parting of ways).

I'm pretty excited yet cynical about this class. I'm excited to be back in a learning environment and having interesting discussions. I'm less excited about homework. I'm excited to be learning more about HR because we really can be positive agents in bringing management and employees together in amicable terms. I'm less excited about some of the screwy laws the Federal government has forced on companies that make these amicable agreements more difficult. I'm excited to be certified as a HR Professional. I'm less excited to be certified by SHRM whose agenda includes HR taking as much power as possible over companies and liberal multi-culturalism and diversity (not that employers shouldn't promote a diverse working environment, but EEO-1 and Affirmative Action are *not* the way to make that happen IMO).

Anyway, Mondays should be interesting for me over the next 11 weeks as I learn more about Human Resources and how I can be an asset to my company.

Saturday, February 02, 2002

I have the coolest in-laws ever (and I'm not just saying that because they read my blog!) My mother-in-law, because she does read ladydusk, had a whole stack of books waiting for me when we arrived today, and as we were talking, she lent me several more. We also talked some about Veritas Press and the Vision Forum and homeschooling in general. She homeschooled my brother-in-law during his 7th and 8th grade years and they had a wonderful time. I'm so glad she's been-there-done-that and has an extensive library of books to borrow from. Unfortunately they live an hour and a half away!

I finished Withhold Not Correction Thursday evening.

I really enjoyed this book as it used a lot of scripture to support its points about children, correction, the Lord's discipline of us, our need to show our children that we're imperfect and require forgiveness, etc. I thought it was interesting that the author discouraged grounding as punishment because it is hard to enforce, lenghtens the resentment of both parent and child regarding the situation, and is often isolationistic. He also discussed spanking a great deal, perhaps because of bad associations some make between paddling and beating children, and put it in a context of loving discipline administered by a parent on behalf of the Lord. One of the chapters focuses on being certain the child understands what the punishment is for by asking them questions that draw the child out:

1) What did you do?
2) What does God say about this?
3) Was what you did right or wrong according to scripture?
4) What happens when you disobey? What is the consequence of doing wrong?
5) What must I do as a parent under God's authority?
6) What ought you do in the future?

This book was an easy and quick read. I would recommend it.