What’s Next?

This is ridiculous!  So now a person can’t have kids over to their house, or babysit for short periods of time without interference from the government? Without licenses or paperwork……..What happened to being neighborly? It’s getting to the point where a person can’t do anything without permission first.

Simple Woman’s Daybook

Simple Woman’s Daybook

Here is my Daybook entry for today ~ Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Outside my window. . . it is cold and windy.
I am thinking. . . that I love the cooler Fall weather.
From the learning room. . . I’m proud of my kids. They are getting a lot done!
I am thankful for. . . a warm house.
From the kitchen. . . I smell the apple cinnamon candle I am burning.
I am wearing. . . my Tennesse sweat pants and Tennessee T-shirt.  I’m all decked out with UT.
I am creating. . . a “creativity” list.  Artistic/creative things I want to do.
I am going. . .to go walking in the morning.
I am reading. . .so many things. Honestly, I have a couple of books going, plus magazines, plus the internet.
I am hoping. . . that the Lord shows Scott and I what He wants us to do.
I am hearing. . .FOX news on TV…Sean Hannity to be specific.
Around the house. . . I’m bringing out the quilts and blankets for the cooler weather.
One of my favorite things. . .quiet time to myself.
A few plans for the rest of the week. . . checking off things on my to do list.  That always makes me feel good!
Find out more about the Simple Woman’s Daybook at this site.

Are People Really This Crazy?

Just when I think this “messiah” mentality can’t get much worse. It does.

What are these people thinking? This Little Light Of Mine is a RELIGIOUS song. The song is about how, as Christians, we are to bring light into the world.  These people have so distorted this song because they are replacing the light of the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY with the MAN Barak Obama.

I don’t care what party a person is, this should be disturbing to all of us.

Benjamin Netanyahu

I watched Mr. Netanyahu as he spoke to the UN yesterday.   I found his speech to be bold and direct.  Refreshing, actually.  I wish there were more courageous speeches like his.  He spoke up and told it like it is. Good for him!  Quite frankly, I thought he showed remarkable restraint in his addressing the Iranian dictator, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad‘s off the wall comments.  Ahmadinejad believes the holocaust is a hoax and that Israel doesn’t deserve to even be a nation.   This is what Netanyahu and the Israeli people are forced to deal with.

If any of you missed it, please take a few minutes to watch the highlights.

Singing For The President

Several blogs back I talked about some books written about Barak Obama that are specifically targeting young children. I was concerned because I felt like the books were almost messianic in their text. I believe that reading biographies about a president is fine. Children should know who the president is and what he is about….but I also believe that there is a fine line between facts about a person that is in the office of president and making the president sound like he is MORE than just a mere man. Mr. Obama is not a savior figure and I don’t like that tone to be used in literature for young, impressionable children.

This morning a friend sent me this video that she had seen on the internet.  This friend actually lives in Europe and she said that she finds this video unsettling. It reminds her of the historical videos of Hitler’s youth. (Keep in mind that this friend is not American, she is looking at it objectively as someone not directly involved in the politics of the USA.)

This video disturbs me. It bothers me more than the books. Why? Because the children are singing (actively participating) about the president as if he is a savior figure.  I wonder if these  children’s parents had to give permission for them to sing in this  little ensemble? Do the children even know what the words mean or are they just singing to the catchy tune? You better believe that their teacher, or music director or whoever the adult in the backgroud is, KNOWS.  Her political opinion is quite obvious.  Why not sing patriotic songs about AMERICA? Why sing about a single man? I was involved in the education system for 36 years of my 41 years of life.  First as a student myself  in kindergarten through college graduation, then as a public school teacher for 17 years, and now as a home schooler. Never did we have a song elevating a specific president like this video shows. Did we celebrate the office of president? Yes. On presidents day did we study the history of the presidents? Sure.  Over the years there were patriotic celebrations. But NEVER in all those years, in different school systms, in different states, in rural and inner city schools did I EVER hear songs singing the praises of just that ONE  man in particular. I feel this song steps over the line. It is alarmingly close to propaganda.

I believe that the office of president should be respected. As citizens we don’t all have to agree on policy. We are allowed to voice our opinion. I do not appreciate that if, as a conservative, I disagree on something that Mr. Obama wants to do…that, that makes me a racist or unAmerican. That is a completely juvenile thing to say, and yet this is what is being tossed about.  I turn on the TV and the media makes me feel like if I’m not on board with the “changes” that are occuring then there is something wrong with me. That is ridiculous. I do believe there is a change alright. Just not a change that we all can believe in.


I just finished reading the newspaper/local TV new site from Knoxville, Tennessee.  I  recently moved from there after being in east Tennessee for 23 years. (Go Vols!) I like to keep up with the news of the area. I saw one article that talked about how liquid Tamiflu for children (or for those who are unable to take pills) is running low. Evidently the liquid they mix the medication with is being depleted.  I guess because of all the people who have flu symptoms and so the doctors give prescriptions for this Tamiflu. The article went on to say that this medication only decreases the flu by maybe one or two days because it keeps the flu virus from replicating.  Well, 2 more days of the flu or a medicine that costs in the 70-80 dollar range? A lot of people are out of work or don’t have insurance so I guess if those people get sick they will just be forced to suck it up and tough it out.

The article went on to say that doctors are giving  Tamiflu prescriptions to family members of those that are ill. It is “preventative” to keep the flu from passing through the family. Hmm……. So, the other people in the family take the meds.  The next week they are out in the community (school, church, Wmart) and they come in contact with a person that has the flu (be it the “regular” seasonal flu or H1N1). If they get the flu, they’ll need more Tamiflu, right? Since they already took it as a preventative will their Tamiflu medication not work as well this time?  And what again about the expense?

Seems to me that if a person is normally healthy, doesn’t have a compromised immune system, or no respiratory problems then shouldn’t a person’s natural defenses kick in? I know the big Pharmacy companies are probably LOVING this because hey, let’s face it, sickness equals money for them….and lots of it!

H1N1 Flu Shot

So, I get up this morning and turn on the news.  I hear that the state of Massachusetts is considering making the H1N1 flu shot mandatory. This is crazy! The H1N1 is not really all that different than the regular influenza. Yes, people die each year from the flu. Most of the time they die from respiratory complications or because they already had health issues that were made worse because of the flu. This is not big news. Unfortunately, this happens. People die. We are not talking the Bubonic Plague (“Black Death”) here. The CDC has given the symptoms of the H1N1 virus. Everyone hold your breath….here they are……The symptoms of 2009 H1N1 flu virus in people include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. A significant number of people who have been infected with this virus also have reported diarrhea and vomiting. I don’t know about you, but anyone that has been sick before feels this way, don’t they? I still don’t get it.

But why all the hoopla? Why is the World Health Organization calling it a pandemic? Why is our country freaking out over the flu? Why scare the ba- jeebies out of people? If this legislation passes in Massachusetts then officials will have the right to go into people’s homes and quarantine them if they didn’t get the shot.  If they still refuse, then they can be fined up to $1,000 dollars a day. For crying out loud!!! What is with that?

They want to give the shots to our children first.  Uh, no thank you to that. This particular flu shot is so new….they have no idea what the side effects could be. Does anyone remember the 70’s when Ford had people get the flu shots for this same sort of thing, and more people got sick or died from the vaccination then anyone did from the flu outbreak itself!

I have had family members and friends tell me that their family doctors have told them that they are personally not getting the H1N1 flu shot, nor are they allowing any of their family members to do so.  What does that say? If the doctors themselves don’t feel it’s safe enough for their own families….then I am for sure not subjecting myself or any of those I love to it!

Now, some of you might be all gung ho on getting the H1N1 flu shot. Okay, that’s fine. I’ve gotten seasonal flu shots for years, and so has my family. I’m not against vaccinations in general. I just don’t like THIS one. I think amongst all this panic we need to ask ourselves, why? Who would benefit from scaring the public into believing we are in a global pandemic? Hmmm……….

Rush Creek –Part 3

Sorry that it took me a few days to get back to the conclusion of my history of Rush Creek series.  I just felt like I needed to talk about 9/11 and pay tribute to the ones who died on that fateful day.

So, on to the last history lesson of the Rush Creek Township of Logan County, Ohio.  I thought, since I am school teacher and have a love of history I’d talk about the first schools in Rushsylvania.  As a teacher Rev. W.W. Wright stands almost without a rival. He was a very popular instructor. The school sat atop a hill that looked out over the town and surrounding countryside. The district had about 200 students. These are the statistics as reported by the then Board of Education.  The property was valued at $3, 235.  Male teachers were paid $50 and female teacher $20 a month. (Wait a minute! How is that fair?)

The village was considered to have a “high moral influence”. ….though like other places had its vagabonds and idlers.  Saloons were not in the village, though it had been attempted. These efforts always failed.  Public improvement was very high on the list with the residents of Rushsylvania.

I love the names of the surrounding villages. Big Springs (obviously named because of a spring located there) and  Walnut Grove (named for a lovely grove of black walnut trees)  are my favorites.  The names remind me of Little House on the Prarie.  Big Springs had a tavern, grocery and dry goods store, a blacksmith shop, a shoe shop and a large saw and planing mill. There were about 12 dwellings and around 50 people.  Walnut Grove was originally called Slim Town (after the man that laid out the town, J. Slim. ) but gained it’s later name from the surrounding walnut trees.  This town is located on Mill Creek and had about 6 dwellings, one store, one blacksmith shop, and one church.

An fact that I found interesting was that the first church in the township was built by the Quakers. It was a log structure.  It was built sometimes before 1820.  In 1827 , the second church was built by the Baptists and called “Rush Creek Baptist Church”.  It was also a log structure. Other denominations in the area were Methodists, Presbyterians, The Disciple Church, and a church in Equality that was no particular denomination. Also there were Indian missionaries that preached to to the native americans in their own language.

Watching The Coverage Of The 9/12 Project

Tens of thousands of people are in Washington D.C. today. They came from all over the country to show “the powers that be” enough is enough! Our government is out of control with the spending, the taxing, the taking over of things they have no business being involved in. Will our government even listen to the people? Do THEY reflect US or do WE reflect THEM?
It really isn’t about democrats or republicans or independents. It also isn’t about whether you love, hate or are ambivalent to Glenn Beck or Fox News.
It is about where are we headed as a country. People have a right to voice their opinion to their representatives. Town Hall meetings, tea parties, marching on Washington D.C. are all because people want to be heard.
Check out: THE9/12Project.com