In the name of God, here's looking forward to a single, unified Orthodox Church of the United States.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Silliness

Oh my gosh.

I want this.

I'd almost be willing to save up for it.

I'd have a baby just to get it. =P

(No, no, I'm not expecting.)

Friday, February 19, 2010

More of what we already knew. =)

Women Really Want Abstinence Based Empowerment, not NOW and Casual Sex

Excerpt:
On the same day the Penn researcher's study came out, President Barack Obama released his 2011 budget proposal. It zeroes out funding for abstinence education while creating a $179 million comprehensive sex-ed program -- the very kind the Penn study show to be ineffective. Add that to more than $600 million a year already spent by the Department of Health and Human Services on pregnancy and STD prevention programs and "family planning" services for teens.

The Obama administration's plans not only fly in the face of the research, they ignore the real needs of young women. Teen girls say they want to hear the abstinence message. More and more young women who have braved the casual-sex culture say they still haven't found what they're looking for.

If we want to empower these women, let's teach abstinence.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

IT SNOWED!!!!!!

I know the good folks in Maryland and Washington D.C. might like for nothing better than to see the white stuff go, but down where I am, it never snows - and especially not 5 1/2" deep!!

When I saw the snow coming down last night, I almost cried, it reminded me so much of home. Not content to simply watch it out of the window, either, I put on my flimsy shoes and walked around the entire apartment complex just to experience it.

Ah, what a glorious night.

But we're probably going to have zero customers at the sub shop today. lol. I may very well be bored out of my mind. (>.<)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Great Lent

Wow, Lent is coming up and coming up fast (no pun intended). To be honest, I'm not in the least ready. I tried too much too soon during the Nativity Fast and it ended up draining me of any motivation. So, in the wake of that disaster, I've decided to scale my fasting waaaaaay back for this, my first Great Lent alone with EJ. I'll be "Orthodox vegan" Wednesdays and Thursdays, as I already am, vegetarian for the other days of the week, except for Friday, when I'll allow myself some meat (because that's the day we always have people over, and, since I'm the only Christian in my little group of acquaintances, barring my friend Maria, it'll be less stressful this way).

Comparing this plan to what I did for the Nativity Fast and for Great Lent last year, while I was in school, I feel rather guilty. However, I have to remind myself that this will be entirely on me. EJ's not going to help me out at all (and during the Nativty Fast, that caused a lot of tension), there's no school meal plan to limit temptation, so I've got to use baby steps for awhile, while I figure out just how to make this work with my distinctly non-Orthodox life.

Most importantly of all, though I have to remember that this is not about punishing myself - it's not about me at all. Everything the Church does, it does to the glory of God. This is supposed to help me focus on our Savior and less on myself.

Friday, February 5, 2010

The abortionists at work

I saw a commercial on the television at work today for the local abortion clinic. I only caught the end of it, so I don't know if it actually marketed itself as an abortion provider, or if it just emphasized its other services, but I felt shivers go down my spine seeing the name of the clinic and knowing that they were advertising their services. When I got home, I looked up the clinic online for a better understanding of what it was about and saw that they not only abort babies, but deliver them, as well as providing gynecological and other "family planning" services (such as birth control and sterilization). How those people are able to work with women and babies on a regular basis and still believe that the eight inches-or-so of birth canal is where a "fetus" magically becomes a "person" is beyond me. It defies all logic.

The owner of the clinic is a powerful man - he served on Hillary Clinton's "Health Task Force" in 1993 [1] - and holds a lot of power in our city. From what I understand, no one really dares cross him. It's been more than a pain for the local Right to Life group, which I joined a few months back, to find an area, either public or private, to protest outside the clinic, since no one is willing to cooperate, whether from fear or loyalty is unknown.

The reason I wrote this post, though, is because, through their website, I followed a link to the "Abortion Clinics OnLine", a website which provides information on thousands of "reputable abortion providers". Clicking through their "Choice Links", one sees all the organizations which have connected themselves in some way to the Pro-Choice cause: the CDC, the Guttmacher Institute (which actually has some fascinating statistics on abortions from around the world), the WHO, Population Connection (an organization promoting zero population growth), etc. Basically, if you're not sure if you should be working with or donating to an organization, check and see if they're linked to on this site.

[1] Source

Sad Panda

Gen Y "embarrassed" by breastfeeding
The mums and dads of the future don't fully grasp the benefits of breastfeeding and are unlikely to do it in public because it's embarrassing, a new study says.

The survey of Generation Y adults, who are likely to have children in the next five to 10 years, has sparked calls for a new campaign to promote breastfeeding as culturally acceptable.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Saving yourself ... it really works

"Mom and Dad Really Do Know Best: Abstinence only education: "Science has finally caught up with logic"

A quote from the article:
"What we should learn from this experience is that while science itself is objective, scientists themselves can be biased and can mislead the public and policy makers," Stevens said.

He said it's just logical that "equipping teens to abstain from sexual activity is an effective way to prevent teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Why, they look just like you and me!

A fantastic video of London in 1927 - in color. The history nerd in me melts at the thought. Seeing it in color makes it seem that much closer. When one is so used to seeing pictures, videos, etc. from that era in black/sepia and white, one begins associating that era with those colors. It becomes something other and foreign. But this little glimpse through a color lens makes it that much more recognizable. It's just so freaking cool.