Thursday, March 31, 2005
Goodbye, Terri, you were amazingly strong and brave. Would that the leaders of this nation and your husband made of the same stock. May God go with you.
Tuesday, March 29, 2005
Does it not appeal to you to run through the field this tree is in and gape at the grand blue sky above it? Imagine Julie Andrews at the top of the Austrian mountain twirling in circles and you have the picture I see. Or to lie in the soft green grass and stare up at the fluffy white clouds? What shapes can you see, children? What shapes do you see in the great wide sky? There is beauty in the world so tangible that sometimes it is painful.
The light of the sun reflecting off the soft hazel eyes of my daughter as she smiles up at me delightedly. The sweetness of a tiny person enchanted with an earthworm enough to hold it tenderly and kiss it. The trust a daughter has in me to share her life; the overwhelming sense of thankfulness that such a relationship as this exists for me. The quiet smile and knowing look in the another child's eyes as we exchange glances through the crowd on Sunday. The happiness in my son as he rushes up to me, hugs me tightly, and kisses me for no reason. The love of a husband who will always be my own; the man in whom I trust completely and love with my life's breath. Such are the blessings of God to me.
For such things I am truly thankful. May I never be too busy to enjoy and be thankful for what is before me.
Friday, March 25, 2005
Thursday, March 24, 2005
Minister to Jeb Bush:
Disobey court order
D. James Kennedy says governor
must 'disregard' judge to save Terri
With all legal remedies apparently exhausted, a prominent evangelical Christian leader is urging Jeb Bush to disobey a judge's order barring the
In a statement shortly after Judge George Greer's decision today,
Kennedy, president of Coral Ridge Ministries, said Bush "must act and he must act immediately on her behalf."
"He must disregard the order of Judge Greer," Kennedy said. "He has both the authority and the duty to do so under the state constitution."
This afternoon, Greer rejected Bush's request to grant the governor protective custody. Yesterday, he barred the Department of Children & Families from taking custody.
This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a request from Terri Schiavo's parents, Robert and Mary Schindler, for an emergency order allowing Schiavo's feeding tube to be reinserted.
As WorldNetDaily reported, Bush appeared to be clearing the way for unilateral action when he appeared at a news conference yesterday afternoon to confirm the DCF, under his authority, has the legal right to remove Terri Schiavo, by force if necessary, from the hospice where she has lived the past five years.
Bush said new information had come to light warranting intervention, including a review of Terri Schiavo's condition by neurologist Dr. William Cheshire, who claims she may have been misdiagnosed.
"It is imperative that she be stablized so the DCF team can fulfill their statute to review the facts surrounding the case," Bush said.
Kennedy said Bush should be commended for his efforts over the past two years -- which include the state legislature's passage of "Terri's Law" -- but he noted those efforts "thus far has proven fruitless." The law later was declared unconstitutional.
"Neither the state legislature nor the courts, state or federal, have been willing to act on behalf of this helpless woman who is now within hours of death," Kennedy said.
Kennedy points out the
As governor, Jeb Bush has the "supreme executive power," and the constitutional duty, stated in Article IV, Section 1, to "take care that the laws be faithfully executed," Kennedy said.
The governor, who is sworn to uphold the constitution, is obligated to safeguard this constitutional guarantee of the "inalienable right ... to enjoy and defend life," regardless of physical disability, he argued.
"The governor may not disregard that obligation even if a member of the judiciary has ordered otherwise," Kennedy said. "He is not bound by a court order that is at odds with a constitutional guarantee."
Kennedy cited Thomas Jefferson, who said, "[T]o consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions [is] a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy."
Abraham Lincoln, Kennedy pointed out, disregarded the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Dred Scott when he issued the Emancipation Proclamation.
"Governor Bush has tried patiently to work with the courts and the legislature but to no avail," Kennedy said. "Now, at the very last moment, he has a constitutional duty to protect Terri Schiavo’s 'inalienable right ... to enjoy and defend life.'"
After all the "praying, petitioning, and lobbying," it comes down to this, Kennedy said: "Jeb Bush must choose between the clear mandate of
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
President George W. Bush
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Vice President Richard Cheney
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Governor John Ellis "Jeb" Bush
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I ask only one thing and that is: please save this disabled woman’s life. I am sure you have heard all there is to hear on this so there is nothing I can say that will further enlighten you regarding the facts. What I can say is that she is a person, a woman in need of assistance, a human life worth saving. We treat our criminals and our animals better than she has been treated and I ask, actually I beg of you, please write an Executive Order, take her into custody; do whatever it takes to save this precious woman’s life. This is not about politics, or liberal/conservative, but about her humanity. I ask from my heart that you do something. She is worth it.
Monday, March 21, 2005
The Sweetest Gift
Friday, March 18, 2005
Important Action Items
March 17, 2005 – The Senate is now considering HR 1332, an act titled the Incapacitated Persons Legal Protection Act. This act could save the life of Terri and many disabled people. Please tell your senator and others you want their support.
From March 7, 2005- As you may already know, Terri’s case has reached a critical point. Judge George W. Greer has ordered that her nutrition and hydration be removed on March 18, 2005. This will begin a long and painful death process for Terri if his order is carried out.
There are still some things that can spare Terri, and disabled people like her, from this type of forced death. Some of them require your help.
1. Florida’s House and Senate are considering a dehydration and starvation protection act that would require stronger evidence of informed consent prior to removing assisted food and fluids from an incapacitated patient. If you are a Floridian, a disability advocate or an elder care advocate, you can let Florida’s lawmakers know that you want them to consider such an act.
Contact Florida’s Lawmakers here.http://www.flsenate.gov/ – Senatehttp://www.myfloridahouse.com/ - House
2. The US Congress will consider a bill titled the Incapacitated Person’s Legal Protection Act on Tuesday, March 8, 2005. This bill, if signed into law, would entitle incapacitated persons to the federal review of their rights (known as habeas corpus) and would help ensure that they have been fairly represented. You can encourage your representative to give favorable consideration of this act. Habeas corpus protections are currently available to the worst convicted criminals; this new law would make it clear that disabled Americans are entitled to at least as much legal protection.
Contact your representative here.http://www.house.gov/writerep/ - US House of Representativeshttp://www.visi.com/juan/congress/ - US Congress
3. Seventeen doctors – neurologists, physicians and pathologists, have signed statements in Terri Schiavo’s guardianship proceedings to support new neurological testing protocols for her. This is important because of recent findings that may support the position that Terri is not in a persistent vegetative state and can be trained to communicate in spite of her limitations. Disability advocates across North America are calling for an immediate moratorium on deprivation deaths for disabled people like Terri until these new protocols can be enacted as an updated avenue of testing. We ask that you contact your state representatives and ask that they consider such a moratorium.
Contact your state house and senate.http://www.house.gov/writerep/ - US House of Representativeshttp://www.visi.com/juan/congress/ - US Congress
4. The Justice Coalition has petitioned the Governor of the State of Florida to invoke statutory protections for Terri Schiavo pending an investigation into abuse, neglect and exploitation against her.
Sign the petition here.http://www.justicecoalition.org/petition2.htm
5. Terri’s family have filed a number of motions and petitions to the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Pinellas and Pasco Counties and continue to process several different appeals in the Florida courts and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Read the latest here.http://www.terrisfight.org
6. National press and media continue to misreport and misrepresent Terri’s situation. Such reporting does a tremendous disservice to vulnerable people and elderly and disabled persons throughout the United States. You can help by contacting the editors of your local newspapers and letting the truth be known.
Download the talking point list here.http://www.terrisfight.org/documents/talk.pdf
7. Over 200 internet bloggers have joined forces to support Terri Schiavo by publishing articles, commentary and information about her situation and legal case. You can join their ranks, read their updates and pass the information along to your friends.
Check out the blog sites here.http://www.blogsforterri.com
Finally, on behalf of the family and legal team working hard to protect Terri Schiavo and vulnerable citizens like her, we thank you for your time and compassion and we hope that you will contact us with links, suggestions and your personal stories. Your continued support is beyond value.
Contact Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation here.
So thanks Kim and Diane for their lovely St. Pat's posts, and to the Irish I say, thanks for the saving the civilization, for your good cooking, and the great heritage!
Thursday, March 17, 2005
I have since moved away from the area, my grandfather has passed away, and I don't think my grandmother would have the strength to make the meal anymore for a family that has grown to our size. While I miss what once was, I can make those meals a special time to our family. I can start those traditions here so that in 20 years our children will have those beautiful memories. I am blessed to be a part of my family and I am grateful to God that they love me so much. On this day of the Irish,
Wednesday, March 16, 2005
There are many legends and traditions associated with St. Patrick's Day. Who was the real St. Patrick? St. Patrick was not actually Irish. he was born around 373 A.D. in the British Isles near the modern city of Dumbarton in Scotland. His real name was Maewyn Succat. He took the name of Patrick, or Patricius, meaning "well-born" in Latin, after he became a priest.
During Patrick's boyhood, the Roman empire was near collapse and too weak to defend its holdings in distant lands. Britain became easy prey for raiders, including those who crossed the Irish sea from the land known as Hibernia or Ireland. When Patrick was sixteen, he was seized by raiders and carried off to Ireland.
Most of what is known about St. Patrick comes from his own Confession, written in his old age. In his Confession he wrote about his capture:
As a youth, nay, almost as a boy not able to speak, I was taken captive ... I was like a stone lying in the deep mire; and He that is mighty came and in His mercy lifted me up, and raised me aloft ... And therefore I ought to cry out aloud and so also render something to the Lord for His great benefits here and in eternity -- benefits which the mind of men is unable to appraise.
After Patrick was captured and taken to Ireland as a slave by an Irish chieftain named Niall, he was sold to another chieftain in northern Ireland. Much of Patrick's time was spent alone on the slopes of Slemish Mountain, tending his master's flocks of sheep. During the long, lonely hours in the fields and hills of Ireland, Patrick found comfort in praying. In his Confession he wrote:
... every day I had to tend sheep, and many times a day I prayed -- the love of God and His fear came to me more and more, and my faith was strengthened. And my spirit was moved so that in a single day I would say as many as a hundred prayers and almost as many in the night, and this even when I was staying in the woods and on the mountains; ... and I felt no harm, and there was no sloth in me -- as now I see, because the spirit within me was fervent.
Six years passed slowly by. Then in a dream, Patrick heard a voice saying, "Thy ship is ready for thee." This was God's way, he felt, of telling him to run away. That night he fled. Assured God was leading him, Patrick plunged through the bogs and scaled the mountains which separated him from the sea. He escaped Ireland by ship, but God would call him back years later. Patrick had escaped his boyhood enslavement in Ireland only to hear the call of God as a man to return. He was being called on, he felt, to convert the Irish to Christianity. In his Confession Patrick wrote:
I saw a man named Victoricus, coming from Ireland with countless letters. He gave me one of them and I read the opening words which were: The voice of the Irish ... I thought at the same moment I heard their voice: 'We beg you, young man, come and walk among us once more.' And I was quite broken in heart, and could read no further, and so I woke up. Thanks be to God, after many years the Lord gave to them according to their cry.
... they call me most unmistakably with words which I heard but could not understand, except that ... He spoke thus: 'He that has laid down His life for thee, it is He that speaketh in thee;' and so I awoke full of joy.
When Patrick began his mission about 430 A.D., Ireland was gripped by paganism, idolatry prevailed and the Irish knew nothing of Jesus. Patrick decided to go first to the pagan chieftain or king who had enslaved him as a boy. Rather than be put to shame by a former slave, the king set fire to his house and threw himself into the flames.
Patrick then set out for Tara, the seat of the high king of Ireland. When Patrick arrived, Tara was filled with many local kings and druids who were attending the pagan feast of Beltine which coincided with Easter that year. Patrick encamped in the full view of the castle to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ.
On the eve of the festival it was the custom, upon penalty of death, that the high king should light the first bonfire before any others in the land. Patrick, however, had kindled a great fire which gleamed through the darkness. Patrick was summoned before the king. The confrontation which followed is as amazing as Elijah's victory over the prophets of Baal.
Patrick stood and called, May God arise and His enemies be scattered. Darkness fell on the camp. Confused guards began to attack one another. The ground shook and the next day, Easter, a broken king knelt before God's servant. This confrontation between Patrick's God and demonic forces marked the beginning of a thirty-year mission to Ireland.
Patrick traveled the roads and forded the rivers of Ireland for 30 years to see men and women "reborn in God' and come to know the Christ he loved so much. Patrick wrote in his Confession:
We ought to fish well and diligently, as our Lord exhorts. Hence, we spread our nets so that a great multitude and throng might be caught for God.
By the time of his death, Patrick had baptized tens of thousands and established hundreds of churches throughout Ireland. Danger and hardship remained his constant companions. Twice he was imprisoned, but he was not discouraged. He wrote in his Confession:
Daily I expect murder, fraud, or captivity, but I fear none of these things because of the promises of heaven. I have cast myself into the hands of God Almighty who rules everywhere.
Within a century this once pagan land became predominately Christian, possessing such a vigorous faith that Ireland in turn sent missionaries to Scotland, England, Germany and Belgium. As an old man, Patrick looked back in awe:
Those who never had knowledge of God but worshipped idols ... have now become ... sons of God.
The old saint died in his beloved Ireland on March 17th, 460 A.D. The land that once enslaved him, had now been set free.
Note: One of the most popular legends attributed to Patrick is that he used the shamrock as a visual aid to teach the principle of the Trinity. This story cannot be verified. However, from his writings it is evident the doctrine of the Trinity was central in his teaching.
(Story taken from here.)
Monday, March 14, 2005
The traditional wedding ring of the Irish since the 17th Century, the Royal Claddagh ring is today worn by people all over the world as a universal symbol of love, loyalty, friendship and fidelity, and of their Irish heritage.
For love, we wear the heart. In friendship, we wear the hands. And, in loyalty and lasting fidelity: we wear the Royal Claddagh crown.
Worn on the right hand, with crown and heart facing out, the ring tells that the wearer's heart is yet to be won. While under love's spell it is worn with heart and crown facing inwards. Wearing the ring on the left hand, with the crown and heart facing inwards, signifies that your love has been requited.
An original symbol of the "Fisher Kings" of the Galway town of Claddagh, Ireland, was first fashioned into the traditional ring back in the 17th Century during the reign of Mary II. Legend has it that an Irish young man, Richard Joyce, bound for the West Indian slave plantations was kidnapped himself in rough seas by a band of Mediterranean pirates and sold to a Moorish goldsmith who over the many long years of his exile helped him perfect the skills of a master craftsman. When in 1689 King William III negotiated the return of the slaves, Joyce returned to Galway - despite, it said, the Moor's offer of the daughter's hand in marriage and a princely dowry of half of all his wealth.
Back in Ireland a young women had never stopped faithful waiting for her true love to return. Upon which time when he presented her with the now famous Royal Claddagh gold ring - a symbol of their enduring love. Two hands to represent their friendship, the crown to signify their loyalty and lasting fidelity, and the sign of the heart to symbolise their eternal love for each other. They soon married, never to be separated again.
The traditional wedding ring of the Irish since the 17th Century, the Claddagh ring is worn by people all over the world as a universal symbol of love, loyalty, friendship and fidelity. Traditionally handed down from mother to daughter the Royal Claddagh ring has also become a symbol of our ties with the past and generations gone by. As Irish people we remember the many many of our people who had to leave Ireland with nothing but their lives during the Great Famine of the 19th Century - many leaving from here in Cork harbour to make the long voyage across the Atlantic to America. The gold Royal Claddagh ring was to become for many the only enduring link with their home country and practically their only savings and family inheritance.
This delightful story is taken from Royal Claddagh. They sell this lovely Irish design in all sorts of settings; not just rings. I just love a good Irish romance in the morning!
It's almost St. Pat's! Do you have your corned beef yet?
Thursday, March 10, 2005
I had the privilege of viewing Trinity College’s ancient manuscript, the Book of Kells. There are some beautiful close-up photos of it on Wiki here.
A description of the Kells that follows describes the amazing details and unbelievable talent the artists had in making it:
Almost equally characteristic are the zoomorphic interlacements, coloured representations of fanciful beings, or of men, animals, birds, horses, dogs, and grotesque, gargoyle-like human figures, twisted and hooked together in intricate detail. Other frequently occurring designs are a system of geometrical weaving of ribbons plaited and knotted together, and a simpler ornamentation by means of red dotted lines. The versatility and inventive genius of the illustrator surpasses all belief. Lines diverge and converge in endless succession, and the most intricate figures, in lavish abundance and with astounding variety of ornament, are combined and woven into one harmonious design. In spite of the extent of the work and its thousands of exquisite initials and terminals, there is not a single pattern or combination that can be said to be a copy of another. (Found here.)
I find this last fact simply amazing. Those Irish really knew what they were doing and I am so glad they were removed from underneath that bog!
I hope you enjoy.
Tuesday, March 08, 2005
1. While on a TWO day trip to Paris I overslept and missed the Louvre.
2. On our first date, my husband and I hiked in the Redwood trees and picked up trash.
3. My first car was a tan colored Plymouth Champ, and I drove it over rocks and anywhere I could. It was amazing.
4. When in Ireland I hung upside down and kissed the Blarney Stone.
5. I had an underwater birth for my fourth baby.
6. I was proposed to on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean near Half Moon Bay on a clear and gorgeous January day.
7. I went through the Hampton Court Maze in England, successfully!
8. I climbed to the top of a crumbling 1200's Anglo-Norman castle wall that is across from the ruins of Clonmacnois monastic community. (Castle up close.)
9. I was locked in a pitch black prison cell on Alcatraz Island.
10. I stood exactly at Longitude Zero, otherwise known as the Prime Meridian where the world's time starts.
And there you have it!
If there is righteousness in the heart,
there will be beauty in the character.
If there is beauty in the character,
there will be harmony in the home.
If there is harmony in the home,
there will be order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation,
there will be peace in the world.
So let it be.
Sunday, March 06, 2005
We opened our home today to a new addition! We made the big plunge and brought ourselves home a kitty. He is almost five months old and still little enough to be a playful kitten. He is an absolutely adorable almost entirely black short haired Pippen. :-) He is in the midst of exploring our home and I am having a difficult time keeping the children from him. I am already attached to him and he is a playful purring snuggler that will be dearly loved here. It is wonderful to have him. I am thankful the the creatures God places in our lives - it only adds to the beauty of living.
Thursday, March 03, 2005
I think that Cadfael so *well* represents the MA that I may have to retract that statement! It was not a very *clean* time now was it. I bring up these movies because, of course, I recently watched them and they are set in the MA! I would certainly like to visit this time, but not to stay. Timeline is based upon a Michael Crichton novel of the same name. This, I will now have to read. I think my list of must-reads is growing. Without giving away too much should you decide to watch it, Timeline is about 21st century archeologists that travel back to 1357 France. It is most certainly a B movie, but it is fast moving, exciting and well, just plain fun. :) I have seen it twice - something I rarely do unless a movie stays with me. I just love almost any period piece and this is that without the gorgeous hair and clothing. :-)
Cadfael novels I have previously blogged on, but the movies are in a genre all their own. If you have never seen them and have only devoted yourself to the books and already have a picture of Cadfael in your mind, you may not like them as much as I. However, it will not be for lack of acting. The great Derek Jacobi plays the monk and does a very good job at it I have to say. The time period is done well and all the rose colored glasses I so frequently put on when it comes to the Middle Ages are removed when I watch this series. How could people have lived in such a strange way? How could they have believed in such strange things as the power of bones? Lack of knowledge and lack of Scripture. What an amazing thing it must have been to those early reformation believers to actually get their hands on the real Bible - for the few that could afford it. What a magnificent difference the printing press made!
We are in the midst of our Renaissance/Reformation study and there was *so* much change and upheaval during this time! If I could have been a fly on the wall of the German Reformation - ahh - what an event to watch unfold. SO much change in such a short time with so drastic a result! Wow - see what watching Middle Ages movies can do for a person? HA!
Life this week has been something somewhere in between a comedy and a tragedy - not really so very dramatic as all that, but certainly a BUSY and slightly overwhelming week. Mom is coming this weekend and we plan on a lake walk. Time to get the house in shape, finish the never-ending mounds of laundry and make sure we do not have Fifth Disease. I think our Best Boy had this, but it is possible he didn't. He sure fit the bill though. I am just happy it is one of the lesser rashes! Childhood adventures!
I do have a confession to make and it might shock those of you who truly know me. I tried the real deal this week, I actually ate Authentic Clotted Cream, straight from the pasteurised English cow, and did. not. like. it. I think that is a first, folks. Take a ticket and favorite this blog right now. That is probably the first and only time you will hear me say I didn't like a form of clotted cream. I think that should have been a sign to me that this week was not going to be all that great. This cream tasted like goat cream - is there such a thing?! - and there is not a single thing you could do to get me to eat goat anything, let alone its cream. I was so happy to get it too! Well, I think I was fooled in England. I think I was fed the Cheap Immitation/Easy to Make Not Cooked and Unfancy Clotted Cream, and in my naivety, loved it! I think what I really like it actually just shredded butter mixed with whipped cream - and when you really think about it - who *wouldn't* like that?! Pass the scones I need something to put butter on...