Well damn…

I can’t seem to figure out why my posts are running over my left margin. If anyone out there in html/css land can clue me in to the code I need to correct to fix this, I’d be eternally grateful. Not grateful enough to give up my firstborn, but I could do some semblance of slavish devotion.

Construction Zone…

Please bear with me while I play with a new Template. I’m still learning this html business so I haven’t got it all set how I like it yet.

A confession…I’m having a love affair…

With my new daughter that is.

Recently, on the baby board that I frequent, one of the moms posted a snippet from an article she’d read that stated “64% of moms said they love their babies more than their husbands.” This, of course, prompted a discussion of whether the new moms (we all had babies in either September or October) loved baby or hubby more. The majority responded that they loved them differently. Not more but differently.

If I’m being honest (which I generally try to be), I too love Josh and Brianna differently, but right now, I love Brianna with an intensity that cannot be matched.

I think I’m in the throes of a new love affair, where are all of the ‘firsts’ bring a rush of adrenaline filled emotion that swells my heart and makes me giddy. Some people are never happy in a committed relationship because they expect to feel that intense, “I’d die without you” type of love all the time, not realizing that intimate love has its valleys and hills, sometimes reaching new peaks, sometimes plateauing and feeling easy. These people thrive on the passionate thrill of the first date, the first kiss, the first exchange of “I love yous” and expect every day in their relationship to be such an experience.

That’s what being in love with my new daughter is like. Like a relationship filled with firsts and the terror of the thought of losing this new love. Every day is something shiny new and wonderful. Yesterday it was the joy of watching as she suddenly realized she has feet. Today it was her new trick of sticking out her tongue. Tomorrow…who knows what tomorrow will bring but that’s the fabulous thing about new love. Discovering each other and bonding moments.

Will I always feel such a heart-wrenching, consuming, feeling like I’ve been hit by a tidal wave love? Well, that’s a question I can’t answer, not ever having been a parent before, but I expect this love, like all new loves, will mellow as it ages and become more constant, with intense moments of re-discovery and growth.

In the meantime, I’m going to enjoy experiencing the enthralling joys of new love…with my daughter, who is the most enchanting, precious, and fascinating thing in my life right now.

Intolerance abounds…

One Million Moms.com – Other active issues

Someone who obviously doesn’t know me very well sent me the link to this website, OneMillionMoms.com, asking me to help support “the issues.”

Curious, I visited OneMillionMoms.com and was frankly disgusted by the narrow-mindedness and the way in which the people who run this site have slanted “the issues.”

A bit of background from the home page:
Here’s how the One Million Moms Campaign works. It is free to join and does not require a large investment of time.

We contact you, via e-mail, with information about a particular target (TV network, sponsor, or station), giving you a link to a “take action” page on the website.

Following instructions on the page, you e-mail the responsible party voicing your concern.

Through a “tell-a-friend” feature on the page you forward the take action information to your friends and family members encouraging them to join the One Million Moms campaign and voice their concerns as well.

Your only commitment is to send the e-mail on behalf of our children.

Let me spell it out as plainly as I can: I hope to raise my daughter to be much more open minded to differences than the people in charge of this site appear to be.

I feel as though I have been confronted with intolerance of people’s rights and differences on several different fronts these past few weeks. First, with all the blogs discussing the RITAs and the authors who do not want to review their peers’ work if it is romantica (aka pornagraphy in their books, excuse the pun). And then the Ghede line being kabashed by “today’s conservative climate.”

Second, on an internet site I belong to, one of the members is half of a same sex relationship. She has been contacted by private message by no less than 4 other members in the past week stating that they find her signature line, which contains a small logo in support of legalizing same sex marriages, offensive and wish her to remove it.

And now this site which touts one of it’s “issues” as:EDUCATION SECRETARY TAKES STAND FOR YOUR FAMILY; BOMBARDED BY HOMOSEXUAL ACTIVISTS

Perhaps you’ve heard about this on the news. A PBS show, Postcards from Buster, filmed a show in Vermont about a family with same sex parents. You see, as touted on their website,

“Postcards from Buster is not just a fun and funny TV series from Marc Brown and the producers of ARTHUR.

It’s also a series founded on two important areas, Cultural Awareness and English Language Learning.
Cultural Awareness

In today’s world, it is important to learn both about people like ourselves and people different from ourselves. In each episode of “Postcards from Buster,” Buster meets kids from all walks of life: kids from different regions, different religions, different backgrounds… kids with different interests. And Buster, always curious, acts as a representative for all viewers. “

Well, apparently they’ve decided to teach Cultural Awareness only about cultures that EVERYONE approves of. Very sad that a show preaching the importance of cultural awareness has censored the cultures it makes children aware of. You see, in her first day in office, Secretary of Education, Margaret Spellings (another conservative we can thank President Bush for…but that’s another rant), “told Public Broadcasting System officials that a cartoon promoting the homosexual lifestyle should not be broadcast on their tax-supported stations.”

Because, of course, only those who lead a heterosexual lifestyle pay taxes and have the right to be acknowledged as a family. (and I’ll bet you also have to lead a pornography, romantica, sex toy free, go to church 3x a week, anti-abortion, anti-pro-choice lifestyle as well too. But now I’m extemporizing)

Sadly, the executives of of Postcards from Buster, who on their website state one of the show’s key points as: “To build awareness and appreciation of the many cultures of North America,” bowed to peer pressure and agreed not to air the episode. Although I do recall hearing on the news that some local stations indicated that they would be airing it, despite the executive decision of PBS (applause, applause to those stations!)

So, the website of OneMillionMoms.com would like us all to send a thank you letter to the Secretary of Education for her wonderful act of narrow-minded bigotry:

“Please send a thank you to Secretary Spellings for her bold stand. Homosexuals are using their public attack on Secretary Spellings to keep her from taking similar actions in the future and to scare others from following her lead. We must not let that happen.”

To demonstrate how intolerant and blind the people who run this website are, they quoated the HRC (Human Rights Campain) representative, who, in my opinion, said it simply and correctly. They quoted her as if to prove *gasp* that the HRC is promoting tolerance and acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle (who would have guessed they’d ever promote something like that):

“HRC’s Winnie Stachelberg said, “The secretary’s first act in office denies children an education about the diversity of American families. Teaching children about respect for differences promotes tolerance of their fellow human beings.”

The homosexual community has long used PBS and public schools to promote their agenda. (this line was in bold on the website)

I think I’ve pretty much shown that I believe this website to be one that preaches intolerance, and while I’m sure there are some issues I might agree with, and they may do some good in certain arenas, I cannot support a view of the world that is so narrow and judgemental, preaching their own way of living and excluding all others.

What else do they consider an important issue? Ask Hollywood Video to reconsider offer by pornographer: Hollywood Video is considering an offer to sell its 2,000 stores to Movie Gallery, Inc. Movie Gallery is the nation’s largest video rental chain that rents and sells hard-core sex videos.

Let Hollywood Video know that selling out to pornographers is not a good idea.”

Obviously, I could go on, but let me just say, somedays I worry that we are reverting to a judgemental, hypocritical, censor happy society where sexuality will be pushed back into the closet (along with anyone leading a homosexual lifestyle). It’s a scary thought and I only hope that I can teach my daughter differently.

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