Wednesday, November 26, 2008

How I'm going to handle the 'Happy Holidays'

I've been thinking about this a lot of late, ever since I was in a meeting last week where others were talking about an upcoming project that one department was doing and did they have 'Merry Christmas' on the newsletter. They didn't, and it's a good thing apparently, because nothing official from this school can have that on it. They discussed that it DID have Christmas colors, but they were going to let that pass.

How sad.

I know that I'm likely to get into hot water by wishing folks here a 'Merry Christmas', and as much as I'd LIKE to be a rabble rouser, I also would LIKE to keep my job!

So, since we say "Happy Holidays" to be inclusive and not to offend, what I will do is wait and acknowledge the greeting from others and politely ask them which holiday THEY celebrate. Then I'll respond with whatever greeting would be appropriate.

Not in an accusatory manner, just as a way of being able to respond respectfully and not in such a bland, politically correct way.

I imagine conversations something like this-

Joe- Happy Holidays Kyrie!

Me- Thank you Joe! May I ask, which holiday do you celebrate this season?

Joe- Me? Well I'm Jewish so Hanukkah is my holiday.

Me- Then I hope you have a blessed Festival of Lights!

Or for the non-religious person-

Jill- Happy Holidays Kyrie!

Me- Thank you Jill! May I ask, which holiday do you celebrate this season?

Jill- I don't really celebrate anything.

Me- Well then I wish you a great and restful Winter Break!

I hope I have the courage to actually DO this (or something similar) with love and appreciation for ALL the things we celebrate during this season.


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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Pets 10 Commandments

I got this in an email a while ago and thought it was too good not to share-

Pets Ten Commandments

1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.
2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.
3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.
4. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainments, but I have only you.
5. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.
6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.
7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.
8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.
9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old.
10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can't bear to watch. Don't make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so.

Take a moment today to be thankful for your pets. Enjoy and take good care of them. Life would be a much duller, less joyful experience without God's critters.


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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Random thoughts on the day after...

Heh...not as tore up as I thought I'd be. I guess I didn't really believe that McCain could pull it off after all. That takes some of the sting out of it.

It's nice to see my side of the Blogosphere being upbeat. Not the giddy upbeat of the Left right now (which they deserve for their win last night), but upbeat in knowing that our Republic has survived worse and will survive this.

Vigilance. Now you have the power, we'll be watching EVERY move.

Better buy that house quick, before my EMPLOYER is taxed out of business.

I wish I could be naive enough to believe the hype about our next President.

The left may have won in terms of politicians, but WE won for the cause of marriage. Even in California, a state that both voted heavily for Obama AND voted no on a proposition about minors seeking abortion Prop 8, the Marriage Amendment passed (Ditto Florida, it went blue and STILL passed a Marriage Amendment).

The funniest thing of the night last night was when Aaryk go home and in talking about the results I said, "Well, we're an Obanimation now". His reply? "Who fed the tuna sandwich to Pudge?!" It took me a moment and then we both just laughed and laughed. (If you don't get it, go rent Lilo & Stitch) is good, and even THIS can't change the truly good things in my life right now.


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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Into the Wilderness

Tonight belongs to the Left.

Enjoy your victory party, for while those of us who believe in things like smaller government, lower taxes, the right to life, and a myriad of other conservative values may be forced out into the wilderness, we will NOT be silent, we will NOT sit down and shut up, we WILL hold each any every one of you accountable for your actions.

Tomorrow (or January 20 to be more precise) begins a new era, and while I do have fear, both for my country and for my son serving under this new commander, I also know how the story ends and so I have hope.

Hope and hard work and of course prayer.

Again, enjoy your victory Left.

God save us from our selves, and thank God this election season is FINALLY OVER.


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