Steve and I did some major yard work today, so we are going to be stiff and sore for a few days. Yeah…we’re old But the front yard looks good. I don’t enjoy actually doing all that hard work, but I do love the way the yard looks when we’re done. It’s satisfying to sit in the swing and look at it all.
And I like to be able to share plants. My mother and grandmother gave me cuttings off of theirs, and I gave Rachael some the other day. They have a huge deck, and she’s growing a garden on it.
We uncovered an overgrown sidewalk we haven’t seen in a long time. No…not the one by the street. There is a sidewalk that runs in front of the garage, and it was partially covered. We also moved bricks and Windsor stones around the flowerbed. I moved a large rock in another bed. I have a thing for collecting large rocks. We have several we hauled home from West Virginia and Kentucky.
While we were working, all the cats were happily playing in the yard and flowerbeds. Here’s Domino being cute among the daylilies:
And I just thought this one was pretty…the sun’s rays shining through the trees in the front yard:
The pecan tree on the right is just now starting to put on leaves, but a lot of the bushes are already flowering. The hibiscus is gorgeous. It is going to be really unusually cool tonight. It is supposed to be 48 degrees in the morning, which is almost unheard of this time of year in Texas. The high tomorrow is supposed to be about 72, with no rain. Today was beautiful.
John 14:1-7……14:1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”
5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. NIV
Just some articles I found about Tony Capra, the EOD Tech who died April 9……
Blogspot (a friend from school)
His MySpace(it is private, but it shows a picture of his family – he was married with 5 children)
New Developments on Photographers’ Religious Rights
In New Mexico, religious rights can disappear in a flash, and no one has learned that painful lesson better than Elane Photography. The company, a Christian husband-and-wife team named Huguenin, has become the latest victims of religious intolerance at the hands of the state of New Mexico for refusing to photograph a same-sex commitment ceremony. When a lesbian couple tried to hire the owners for their “wedding,” Elaine and her husband declined, saying that the ceremony violated their moral beliefs. To get even, the women filed a complaint with the New Mexico Human Rights Division, alleging that the couple discriminated against them. They asked the commission to issue an injunction that would ban the company from ever rejecting a contract based on a client’s sexual preferences. Yesterday, the commission charged Elane Photography with “sexual orientation discrimination” and ordered the couple to pay $6,637.94 in attorneys’ fees to the lesbians who filed the suit. The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), who represented the photographers, called the ruling “a stunning disregard” of the First Amendment. Together with the couple, ADF has vowed to appeal. As a private company, Elane Photography has the freedom to establish its own criteria on issues of conduct and conscience. Clearly, the commission is so consumed with advancing the homosexual agenda that it is willing to trample the couple’s constitutional rights in the process. Perhaps what is most infuriating about this decision is that the Huguenins’ Christian beliefs aren’t the only thing opposed to same-sex “marriage”–so is New Mexico’s law. Neither civil unions nor homosexual “marriage” is recognized by the state. The Huguenins have the right to refuse to photograph any number of things they regard as moral issues, whether it’s a photo shoot at Planned Parenthood, a poster for the Ku Klux Klan, or a keepsake album for participants in a baby seal hunt. The Constitution may offend the politically correct crowd, but it is quite clear that Americans should not be forced to promote a private message that violates their conscience.
Ironically, on the same day of the explosive admission, the Catholic Church came out in force against the radical abortion proposal Spitzer had been pushing for months.
New York law on abortion is already extremely permissive: abortion is permitted at any point in pregnancy, no medical reason necessary. And New York has the highest abortion rate of any state in the nation. And Spitzer wanted more.
Cardinal Edward Egan called Spitzer’s bill “an attack on human dignity and the well-being of society as a whole.” Spitzer called it a top priority.
This wasn’t the first inkling of Eliot Spitzer’s immoderation on abortion. As Attorney General he made national news for his aggressive attack on pregnancy aid centers, often the last hope of women who feel pressured into abortion.
Is it possible that Spitzer’s motives for propping up abortion were more complicated and personal than they appeared?
The sex industry, exploits all that it touches, especially young women, is heavily reliant on abortion. The prostitution-abortion link, evident throughout history, is still present today. All contraception methods have some margin of error, with annual failure rates ranging from one or two percent all the way to fifty percent. When that failure rate is considered in light of a prostitute’s high number of sexual encounters, the chance of pregnancy increases exponentially and abortion becomes an integral part of the enterprise.
Prostitution presents the promise of sex without consequences. Abortion takes that check to the bank.
But Alice Paul, the original author of the Equal Rights Amendment, called abortion “the ultimate exploitation of women.” Was she right? Did an unlimited right to abortion actually undermine the best interests of women?
Why is so little made of the fact that men poll more “pro-choice” than women? Is this just some inexplicable irony or is there a hidden truth in this apparent contradiction?
It would be too much to say that all men who favor permissive abortion laws do so out of self-interest, but it would be naïve to think that none do.
We can’t know the mind of Eliot Spitzer, but in his actions there is a certain logic.
Cathy Ruse is Senior Fellow for Legal Studies at the Family Research Council