Religion: Sins of the Father.

I don’t write about my faith a lot. I don’t know how most of the time. But especially with everything going on in the world right now, this is one that I have been coming back to over and over. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation. Exodus 34:7b 9 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 10 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments. Deuteronomy 5:9-10  ‘The Lord is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.’ Numbers 14:18 So I

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Events: Lent 2020

I admire people who fast completely for lent, or at least give up a staple of their diet (a co-worker said he’s giving up bread except for communion – that sounds like a challenge!). I’m going to ask you be patient as I work through this particular question. I don’t like lent. I appreciate the concept, but I get a little cross-eyed when people say “I’m giving up soda for lent!” or “I’m not drinking alcohol!” or “I’m going to the gym!” And it’s not because these are bad things in themselves. But I have to bite my tongue hard and resist spraining my eyeballs on the roll. And some of this is because I don’t know why people are giving them up, they can be valid. But these aren’t spiritual in and of themselves. They can be. Any one of these might be. If drinking soda or alcohol is preventing you from being spiritual (the former is the one

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Politics: Why I believe in legislation

I don’t believe legislation is the fix for everything, but I think it can help.  Specifically, when we are talking about the current beloved topic of “legislating morality.” And this isn’t simple to me – I have struggled a lot with the abortion topic over the years.  So setting that one aside (It’ll have to be another post someday), I want to talk about why I support some “morality legislation.” Ok, so first off, that is such a bullshit term in my opinion.  200 years ago, we thought putting out a child to die in the woods was an understandable if tragic choice people had to make. 100 years ago cutting off a limb to save a life was entirely “normal and acceptable” (again, tragic).  Today society allows black people to get shot when buying a candy bar.  Can we agree that it’s tragic at least??? (Do we really have to ask people to find death tragic?) As society, we agree “murder” is

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Life Memories: Milk

In 2008 I was fired from my first out-of-college job.  She short version is that it was a family owned/run business and I wasn’t family.  This was at the beginning of September. In case you don’t remember, September is sort of when several banks declared bankruptcy. And I was asking for unemployment with almost 1/2 a million other people.  I never went to the unemployment office and spent less than 3 hours there. I took a book and waited to wait. I had a little savings, but I found out in October that I had been denied. My ex-boss had claimed he fired me with cause.  Apparently, I was supposed to magically “know” he wasn’t happy with… my existing? Anywho, the appeals process got started but my money was running low and I didn’t have the rent beyond Nov. And job hunting… well, it wasn’t going well. I had an interview with a large TV company for an internship. Paid,

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Life Events: violence this week

This has been a pretty horrible week. I don’t even know how to express the grief and anger I feel for everyone involved in all of the events this week. The worst part is trying to find a way to help. There aren’t marches to lead people to polls that are denied them. Community organizers work diligently to help get people registered and have accessible polling stations. There isn’t a Woolworths which is actively resisting change. The symbolism of sitting at a counter and asking for food is no small thing. We need that kind of symbolism now. A new kind of racism has appeared, and instead of blocking, it says “but…” – he was good man but… and just like any other but… statement in the world – it’s only what you say after that anyone hears. The seeds of doubt being planted by these but…‘s are insidious, difficult to fight – sometimes damn hard to even pin down. I can sometimes

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Life Events: Response to Pulse Shooting

I was not going to write about the shooting last weekend in Orlando.  I am about a cis white christian hetero-normative as I can be. I support LBGTQ friends & family, but this was not my community that was attacked – I do not want to speak from my position of amazing privilege and whine “oh, my thoughts and prayers.” I am (sadly) not in a position or place where I can make promises to prevent another Pulse. This attack it not about me, I should be silent & supportive. And then I saw several posts from my LBGTQ loved ones with a similar message (this is an amalgamation/recreation of the sentiment I have seen, not a copy of any one person’s words): I have always lived in fear. I knew my lifestyle was hated and feared. Over the past few years, that fear had faded; Supreme Court decisions, political candidates, rally & parades which celebrated myself and my loved ones. And

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Writing: Siblings

Once upon a time there was an oldest child.  The child was born in dark days, life was hard and the family struggled just to survive.  Death was all too common and sometimes it seemed strange and mysterious.  This child grew up to be stubborn. Extremely stubborn sometimes. This child believed they had to work hard, and had lots of rules in which to command their life. Within these rules, they felt confident in their success and sometimes even their own superiority. Then a second child came into this world.  This child was born in a time of change and creativity. This child certainly came up in a more stable food and family situation. This child developed a strong voice and a quick temper. Although life continued to have it’s ups-and-downs, this child always had the idea that the world would be improved by their very existence. Generous and selfish all in the same moment, the second child became a

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Politics: A Christian Liberal

Let’s begin with defining “Christian” (note the capital “C” here). This is anyone who professes true faith in Jesus as Christ and Savior – affiliated with a church or not.  You then have “christians” who attend a church and may or may not be Christians. There are a lot of Christians outside the church sphere and a lot of people in churches who are not Christians. I say this because Jesus gave us some simple commandments, and all the lists I’ve seen/searched/heard about can be simplified: Love: “Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” – Matt 28:37-38. John 15:12, Mark 12:30-31 If you look at all the others: “beware covetousness” or “don’t brag” or “don’t swear” – it can all be brought back to showing love & compassion for others. Neighbor

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Religion: Learning from Lent

Easter has just passed. Every year, Lent reminds me of the one year I gave something up. I was a sophomore in high school and I gave up wearing pants. Not that I went naked, but I wore skirts and dresses during lent. I know, weird right? I remember that I knew it was what I was supposed to give up well before lent started, like two or three months. I talked to my parents and arranged with school to allow me to wear skirts in gym class. It taught me several things. First, it taught me that wearing a skirt doesn’t have to stop me, prevent me, or even slow me down. I could be as feminine as I wanted and still be a feminist. Secondly, it taught me some humility. I only had a handful of skirts and dresses, so I had to repeat my clothes a lot more than I had before. Something I think every consumer-driven-Christian should make

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The tattoo I carry in my heart

I want a second tattoo. I’ve wanted it 3 years so far, but I doubt I’ll ever get it. Tattoos are still seen as somewhat “taboo” in the business world. So my second tattoo is one I try to carry in my heart, since I can’t carry it on my body. My very first post talked about the Poe quote I love and that I try to see the world in new and different ways. I have the kanji Yume “to dream,” tattooed on my left shoulder blade – “above the heart” so to speak. The second tattoo I want on the back of my right hand.  It would just be English letters – but letters I try to live my life by: Matthew 25:40 and underneath Isaiah 1:17 For those not familiar, this is the context of the verses (37-40), the bold is Matthew 25:40: “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty

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