Random Monday

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• This is worth reading and thinking about. The slippery slope of moral and cultural relativism. A Teacher’s Surprising Discovery.

My question is this: How can we combat this increasingly pervasive attitude when we have no common ground of ethics and morals from which to begin? It would be more pleasant to stab oneself repeatedly in the ear with a shrimp fork than to reason with someone who doesn’t think hacking a woman’s nose and ears of is WRONG.

• We recently discovered Phineas & Ferb, which is actually a very cool show. I usually am pretty strict with the kids and teevee (in a completely hypocritical way, because I LOVE television), and have limited them to PBS Kids thus far. Watching Phineas & Ferb has the amusing side effect  of Big making all sort of Lego -inators like Dr. Dooffenshmirtz (which has to be the best name of a villain EVER). Today he announced he had made a disobeyinator which would make everyone naughty. I told him in that case, I might need to make a spankinator.

• Little has started back up with referring to herself in the third person, which I find absolutely hysterical. I asked her what she wanted for lunch last week, and she remarked rather coolly that “Little prefers cake for lunch.”

• Yesterday, Little and I were in the car waiting for her dad and brother to buy some Raid –

apparently ants are quite prevalent here and the owners sent over some all-natural, tree hugging ant whisperer to persuade the ants to exit the house. The ants laughed, then ran inside and set up a tiny carnival in the bathroom sink.

– and she announced that she had 100 babies in her tummy, and she was going to name them all after herself. Tomorrow, when she is finally a grown-up, she will be hatching them.

• Just so you know, I realize that this is not the most riveting blog content. I write a lot of this stuff down as a note to myself, because I want to remember it forever. I mean, I could have 100 grandbabies hatching tomorrow! Who wouldn’t want to remember that?

• Have a good week, peeps!

Updated to Add: This morning I received an email from a reader who told me about her brother, who is trapped in a Filipino hospital until he can pay his bill. He is a former Marine who has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and his family desperately wants to get him home to a hospital better equipped to treat him. After talking it over with my husband, I am going to donate. I don’t think it’s a scam, although I suppose the possibility exists. I’d rather lose a few bucks than risk ignoring a real need. I have a soft spot for Marines, so…  Here is a link to the donation page if you want to check it out – http://www.gofundme.com/b6w3k .


8 Responses to “Random Monday”

  1. Véronique Says:

    I think we have the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as common grounds..

  2. Kristy Says:

    The message is “never judge, never criticize, never take a position” (taken from the article) – yep, that pretty much sums up the general attitude of our culture. It’s all good. Everyone should do what they want and what feels good. Everyone should just mind their own business. Whatever.

    I have escaped my child-rearing years without watching one single episode of Phineas and Ferb. And I’m okay with that.

    Congrats on the grandbabies. You are very blessed.
    Kristy´s last blog post ..RACK – Week Two

  3. Connie Weiss Says:

    We have loved Phineas and Ferb for a year now. I turned my nose up at it at first….but then I wanted the one about The Wizard of Oz and I was a believer!

    It’s very much how my love for Tebow started out.

    I love that you are sharing these fabulous stories about your Little! It’s good to get these things on the record.

    I hope you’re doing well! And the Ants are happy before them die.
    Connie Weiss´s last blog post ..American Cancer Society: Sponsor of Birthdays

  4. Tressa Says:

    Truth is relative. Right is subjective. When that is the case, there is no common ground. The picture of that poor girl haunts me. I have seen it before.

    We don’t watch Phinneas and Ferb. Freckle Face watches something else with two cartoon cats. Husband says it is pretty funny, but I don’t pay attention which is sad. I use to pay very close attention to what my kids watched. Not anymore. I am tired.

    Congratulations on being a grandma! And here I thought I was going to beat you to that title. 🙂
    Tressa´s last blog post ..Taking a break

  5. hikooky Says:

    Aww. Love your random posts. I, too, am hypocritically strict with my kids’ tv, but on your recommendation, we may have to try Phineas and Ferb. And now I shall read the article you linked to. Have a great weak, grandma!
    hikooky´s last blog post ..what is the awanser?

  6. hikooky Says:

    Just read the article. Chilling. Thanks so much for posting. The blog seems like a great resource.
    hikooky´s last blog post ..what is the awanser?

  7. SarahBailey (Scott's sister) Says:

    Thank you so much for posting for us. I thought of a way to help legitimize what is going on and put people’s mind at ease about this being a scam. Sara Amueller at the Semper Fi fund http://www.semperfifund.org is going to be helping us as soon as they get a copy of Scott’s DD214, then they also have to confirm the situation with the American Citizen Services in Manilla which is helping facilitate communication between us and the hospital. Once those things have been done, they are a third party that people could either verify with or donate directly to with the money earmarked for Scott.

  8. Deb Says:

    Thank you, Sarah. I will be thinking of you and hoping for the safe return of your brother.