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Here we go again…

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An early Thanksgiving and Christmas Gift.

“Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! Let them exalt him also in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.”-psalm 107

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New ‘Home’ @ Work

… and Mike’s a happy camper !!

Well, after 4yrs of waiting and working I finally got the email yesterday from the company I’ve been contracting at for 1 1/2 of those 4yrs that I’m being ‘converted’ from contract to FTE ‘full time employee’ permanent/direct hire to the company effective 10/27th… Monday.

After 4yrs I will once again have paid holidays and benefits.

The greatest benefit of all is Gainful Employment and the ability to continue paying our bills on time. We fully realize that some 94 million americans are still having a hard time saying that in the current ‘Recovery’ our Federal Government and Administration tell us is going gangbusters by now… (yeah right).

Blue IS my Favorite Color after all…

We thank the Lord our God for His provision and faithfulness and my employer for being willing to give me a shot when they had many reasons to pass me by for someone more experienced and qualified.




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Wool is Cruel!

mike and brandy:

Great shocking and awakening article. Even if one is not vegan, vegetarian or even particularly empathic to animal rights… This is a wake up call for what we are willing to accept just to have a warm sweater or jacket for winter.
I agree. Go Faux for Fall. Then Wool Free for winter.

Originally posted on Leila Lina:

As we near November, warm sweaters, cozy socks, and fuzzy boots are all the rage. When imagining how wool is obtained, an idyllic pasture and gentle shearing often comes to mind. However, the reality is much darker and crueler. Whenever animals are exploited for their bodies, they are bound to suffer.

Here are some common misconceptions about wool:

Sheep need to be shorn.

Naturally, sheep grow just enough wool to keep them warm in the winter, and then shed it in the springtime. Sheep are not meant to be humans’ wool machines! Sheep have evolved to grow just enough wool to suit their environments perfectly, without the need for human intervention.

However, humans breed sheep to grow unnaturally large and bulky coats in order to maximize profit. Merino sheep are bred to have wrinkly skin so they produce more wool per individual animal. Unlike wild sheep, they do not shed…

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Islam and the Mother Lode of Bad Ideas: In Defense of Sam Harris

mike and brandy:

great article. thanks for the thought provocation.

Originally posted on Andrew Gripp:

The spat between Ben Affleck, Sam Harris, and Bill Maher on the HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher over Islam has become so heated and escalated that even 10 days hence, it has still managed to survive the erosive force of the 24-hour news cycle in a way unique among cable TV debates.

The feud began after Affleck interrupted Maher’s interview of Sam Harris several times, the final time as Harris began to criticize liberals for failing to speak up against human rights abuses in Muslim-majority countries. Harris lamented that liberals are afraid to criticize Islamic doctrines and their real-world consequences for fear of being branded “Islamophobes.”

Despite Harris’s numerous caveats and throat-clearings affirming the need to criticize bad ideas rather than an entire class of people, Affleck still equated Harris’s comments with bigotry and racism.

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Brittany Maynard: The Other side of the Question of Death with Dignity or just Death… “What about changing your Diet?”

If you have ‘nothing to lose’ do you really have ‘nothing to Gain’?

Don’t give up… just change the ‘Medicine’


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Standing With The Trees

mike and brandy:

We’ve had our share of loss this last 4 years. Thank you for witnessing to ‘Godly perspective’. Still trying to work it out in my own life with Christ.

Originally posted on Run and Be Still:

Maybe it’s because 13 years ago today I woke up never knowing what the week had in store, never knowing that in just 5 days we would be burying our son.  Ignorance is bliss.

Maybe it’s because this season is marred by so many anniversaries.  Anniversaries marking the passage of time from “the before.” Before we knew “that” grief, before we knew “that” fear.

Maybe it’s because I can identify with the tree, but I read this and I can’t get it out of my head. Beating like a drum…

All through the woods, the trees are letting go.

I told the Farmer on the way home from Sunday chapel—when we came up to the top of Bobbie Johnson’s corner, and just before he turned, where you could look long to the northwest and out across Gingerich’s cornfield to their woodlot with the embers of maple — that it was…

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