Your Daily Cry

Oh. My. Gosh, everyone. Drop everything you’re doing and watch this immediately (it’s a 12-year-old interviewing his mother):

As a new mom myself, I often wonder what Baby I will be like when she’s older. The most obvious questions are really common ones, like, what will she be like? What will our relationship be like?

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Why I Can’t Get Down With Black Friday

For a lot of Americans, Thanksgiving isn’t so much about the good food and time off of work (hopefully. If not, sorry! I’ve been there). It’s really about the anticipation and build-up to what has become the main event: Black Friday.

Listen, if you love Black Friday, cool. If you love standing in long lines with family and friends, trampling down old ladies and biting children for the shiniest Xbox* in the store, and the thrill of feeling like you got a screaming deal, I can respect that.

But I have never, nor do I plan to ever, participate in Black Friday. Here’s why I prefer sleeping off my turkey hangover at home.

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The 9/11 Post.

English: United Airlines Flight 175 crashes in...

English: United Airlines Flight 175 crashes into the south tower of the World Trade Center complex in New York City during the September 11 attacks (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today is 9/11 Remembrance Day, and as an American, I know that sometimes people get tired of seeing all their friends on Facebook, blogs, etc. posting about where they were on that day and what it meant to them then – and what it means now. But I want to do this exercise because it’s important. In fact – I’d go so far as to say it’s vital to pause and reflect – and allow others to reflect – on the day that changed each one of us forever.

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Some Thoughts on the Election Thus Far

Mitt Romney surrounded by supporters during th...

Mitt Romney surrounded by supporters during the Milford Labor Day parade. Milford, NH. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After watching Mitt Romney’s speech last night, I have a few thoughts. Before I jump in, I want to note that my readers hold extremely diverse political viewpoints, so if you comment on this post, please keep your message civil and policy-focused. Do not make blanket statements such as “all Republicans,” or “you liberals.” And if you absolutely must attack someone, attack me (and then I will delete your comment. HA!) Ok, here goes…

First, no one really “deserves” any more than what they work for. Right now, for some people, that is much more than what they have. For others, it’s much less. But that’s life; nothing is fair. Some people have the “right” last name, some people are more disadvantaged.  This is not a utopia. No president can make it one. I am all for leveling the playing field as much as possible (in a way that neither candidate has suggested, by the way) but let’s not pretend a politician (or group or politicians) can – or will – magically make this happen for us. They won’t.

Second, are we really going to be satisfied with choices A and B? Where are choices C, D, E, F and G? Americans, do you really believe that anything can get better while you’re choosing between the lesser of two evils? It’s flawed logic, it isn’t helping, and it’s dangerous. If you’re really excited about the candidate you’re supporting, that’s fantastic. Go vote, and feel good about it. If you’re not excited, then I think you may need to take a serious look at why you’re supporting a candidate you don’t really think will be the best person for the job.

Number three: I know I don’t speak for everyone, but my views from the last election to this one have changed so much. Some of the things I said to people who I didn’t see eye-to-eye with back then really bother me now. How could I have had such tunnel vision? Why did I feel that way? These reflections are major motivators for me now to be understanding of why others feel the need to get angry at their “opposition.” But I don’t think it’s the best use of their time, and I don’t anticipate them being particularly proud of what they had to say four years from now.

Just my thoughts.

On Dissatisfaction

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about what it is that I want. I don’t mean like a cheeseburger or new shoes. I mean, what I really want. A lot of it has to do with (what I perceived to be) the American Dream. You know, nice neighborhood, picket fence, house, yard, the works. And then that got me thinking about what it means to be living the American dream, and where that comes from, and why exactly we’re all chasing it.

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Guest Post (!!): Family Road Trip Essentials

Hey friends, I want to introduce you to one of my very favorite people. Let’s call her AM, so as not to confuse her with my husband, A. I have been a bit overwhelmed lately and although I have some really good drafts in the works, sometimes it takes a whole heck of a lot to get a draft into a good post. So I asked AM to step in for me, and she delivered! Let’s all take some time to hear her wise words on car travel, shall we? -C

Road Trip

Buckle up, people! (Photo credit: a.e.ray, flickr)

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Book Review – 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess

This is the true story of one woman’s (Jen Hatmaker) year of saying “no.” She identified 7 areas of excess in her life and spent one month each eliminating those things (then she took a two week break in between the months, so it comes out to just under a year). Do not let me understate this: she was hardcore. For example, one month she gave up every piece of clothing in her closet except for seven. Woa.

Now, this book is written from a Christian point of view, but I would still recommend it to anyone interested in our American culture of waste, greed and excess. “7 resonates with people already carrying tension about what enough really means,” Ms. Hatmaker says.

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