Saturday, December 17, 2005

Elizabeth Marquardt Interviews

Just found the audio or transcripts of several of Elizabeth Marquardt's appearances when I checked at her blog again tonight. After listening (REALLY listening and hearing what she is saying, that is...)

A good introduction to her book, Between Two Worlds.

After listening (REALLY listening and hearing what she is saying, that is...) these interviews may just help some to decide to read it.

Friday, December 16, 2005

John Spencer 1946-2005 May he rest in peace

I did not agree politically with the show, necessarily, and I do not agree with much of Martin Sheen's politics. But I did/do like West Wing. And I especially liked Leo.

'Leo' is played by John Spencer, who long ago had a part on Patti Duke's show, and that began my enjoyment of him as an actor.

John Spencer has passed away from a massive heart attack. May he rest in peace.

Oh, you just misunderstood Iran's President....

Which part of a call for Israel to be "wiped off the map" did we not understand?

Which part of "They have invented a myth that Jews were massacred and place this above God, religions and the prophets," do we not understand?

Which part of "The West has given more significance to the myth of the genocide of the Jews, even more significant than God, religion, and the prophets," he said. "(It) deals very severely with those who deny this myth but does not do anything to those who deny God, religion, and the prophet."
do we not understand?

Those are direct quotes from Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Ah, but now we find that he did not really mean it? Instead, we misunderstood?

Yeah, right.

I suspect that there is much more meaning to his rhetoric than even that Israel should be wiped off the map, and that the Holocaust was a myth. His continual reference to 'the prophets' has been giving me many 'foreboding' signals that say it is NOT just Israel. After all, Christians do not consider his prophet to BE a prophet, do we? And if he is truly, as has been claimed, one of those who held hostage so many Americans in that embassy... I don't think that I am misunderstanding THAT inference, either.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

HHHMMM, An Interesting not so "PC" Point..............

On my way home from work this morning, listening to Relevant Radio again, when Glen or Sean mentioned having received an email about the PC not saying Christmas, not wanting Jesus or God mentioned in public, etc.

But, the reader said... they have NO problem when the same names are used in vain.

Wow, how well spoken!

The example given was hearing "Oh my God!" on TV all the time. But I can also add other examples, such as 'God d*** it', and giving Jesus Christ a middle name as in "H".

Why is that? When used appropriately, they don't want to hear it. But how many of those same PC people use any one of these to swear and curse?

I found it interesting to contemplate.....

God bless you!


( photo by Stephen Lyons )

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Steven Curtis Chapman on TV promoting adoption


Please take the time to read the comments to this post, as someone named FauxClaud has taken this post verbatum, including the link to my post here on an msn group named Anti-Adoption Insights. Especially read the third one. They are all from me, but the third one is left here, and could/should be a separate blog on its own. The first two are simply directed to FauxClaud.

Because I have had some people come (and some seem to be coming from that goup, according to the sitemeter, I have chosen tonight to add this brief note to draw attention to what I wrote after the first visit.

God bless!

Got this in email also, and meant to put it here the other day. Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife have adopted three girls, that I am aware of.

The email:

Steven Curtis Chapman on TV promoting adoption

Merry Christmas from the national office marketing & communication department.

The following are 3 upcoming TV appearances for Steven Curtis Chapman with his brand new adoption-focused music video "All I Really Want". Several Bethany staff members have seen this new music video and it is fantastic! You can see this new video by going directly to (country music television's web site) or by following the links from Steven's web site at

Feel free to share this information with anyone else to promote the positive message of adoption and the needs of so many children who would love to be part of a family.

Steven's All I Really Want music video is being added to rotation at CMT, Country Music Television! It will debut on the CMT Top 20 Countdown Show, the networks highest rated program on Thursday December 15. The video will continue to re-air on the countdown show 5 more times through Sunday, December 18, and will spin in regular day parts until Christmas.

Then, on Sunday December 18th, Steven will appear on the nationally televised Hour of Power program. Steven is scheduled to perform an acoustic version on All I Really Want, along with a short interview. Check local listings for time and channel.

And then on Christmas morning, CBS Sunday Morning, seen by 7 million people each week and hosted by Charles Osgood, will feature a piece on Steven, his efforts with adoption, his family and his music. You know you'll be up opening presents early! so be sure to check your local listings and catch Steven on CBS.

Marc Andreas
Director of Marketing & Communications

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Orson Scott Card piece on Between Two Worlds

Yesterday, I followed links from Elizabeth Marquardt's blog and read at Maggie's Farm of another excellent article by Orson Scott Card (whom I had never heard of before) about Between Two Worlds.

As one continues to watch the very interesting comments that come from many, one can tell plainly who has READ the book, read her articles, or heard her speak and LISTENED to her when commenting, and one who has simply reacted to the study.

His article is long, but very good. I recommend reading it in its entirety.

Iranian President

Iran's President is continuing to say things out loud that have been said for many years by others who were even given awards in the past.

They just did not say the same things as loudly and clearly.

So why NOW are people finally reacting as they should have when the Grand Mufti, Arafat and others have said it?

And why HERE do we still not want to hear it (recent example is Princeton's cancellation of the appearance of three FORMER terrorists who want to get the message out, including Walid Shoebat) ?

Read the entire article here, though I have to say that I was surprised to find it first on CNN
The video of his actually saying it should be found here.

Equally disturbing to me is the yahoo news coverage, however, which begins with this statement:

Germany, Russia and Switzerland joined the European Union on Friday in a chorus of condemnation of the Iranian president for suggesting the Holocaust might not have taken place and that Israel should be moved to Europe.

The yahoo news story also ends this way:

Ahmadinejad's remarks were reminiscent of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's proposal in 1990 -- on the eve of a massive exodus of Soviet Jews -- that the Jews be given "an alternative homeland in the Baltic Republics, Alaska, Alsace-Lorraine or on the Volga River. These are Jewish areas, not Palestine."

"By what right are Jews emigrating from their countries to Palestine? If the Jews are being persecuted in their countries this does not give them the right to persecute other people, namely the Palestinians," he told an Inter-Parliamentary Union conference in Nicosia.


That article is written by Louis Charbonneau and put out by Reuters.

So what upset them most--that he denies the Holocaust...
or that he suggests that they create Israel in Europe?

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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Another good one by Elizabeth Marquardt

Now an adult, but a child of divorce, Elizabeth has done the first study of children of divorce BY a child of divorce, and they speak clearly about the way that they are affected through that study, found in her book, Between Two Worlds.

If you have not read it, please do. Hear them, not just the 'experts' who have condoned and reassured, and given their blessing to no fault, forced, unilateral divorce for the past 30+ years. This new, younger generation has much to teach us. They see this through THE EYES of the children who up til now, have only been spoken about in terms of their parents and their parents 'happiness'.

You can begin here, if you have never read anything that Elizabeth Marquardt has written. And you can find it again WITH comments on her blog here.

Love and forgiveness are choices. Feelings change, and often change drastically, and frequently.

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Dr Charles Needs... YOU??

Dr Charles is looking for someone to stand in for him while he is.... indisposed...and he has a list of 'to dos' that are a must reading!

If you qualify, you can let HIM know....

Walid Shoebat and Princeton.....

WithIssue directs us to Israpundit to read the outcome, and also, the NON-HELP of the PIPAC students from Princeton last week.

Though long, it is excellent coverage of the cancellation (termed 'postponement' by some from Princeton) at nearly the last minute for the scheduled talk by Walid Shoebat and two other former terrorists.

That talk was supposed to have been held on campus Dec 8, but was forced off campus.

It is very sad when those who want to alert people to what they had lived and left behind, are not allowed to speak here in the USA, when 'freedom of speech' is one of the fundamental rights that we have. That right is for every one, not just the few.

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Grandkids STILL talking about Narnia!

Spoke to my oldest yesterday, and asked her how the kids did after leaving the movie the other night, for a couple of reasons.

First, it was rather late when we left, because we went to the seven pm show. There were other kids there that were the same ages as my grandkids, nine and five years old. But they usually are in bed long before the time the movie let out.

Second, I was wondering if the five year old was doing ok, especially in light of some concerns about the 'violence', after reading a review on

The answer was that neither has stopped talking about the movie since we left the theatre! My granddaughter talks about Aslan being Jesus, and tells of the other animals she saw there. And the oldest wants the books to read. The five year old went to her preschool class on Monday and told the class all about the movie. And she has asked Mom to buy it so she can watch it again at home.

As I had said in the comments of a previous post, they both left the theatre smiling and excited. And it sounds like they STILL continue to do so days later.

God bless!

Monday, December 12, 2005

Narnia Review --Narnia opening $67.1 million

Tim Drake has written a much better review of the movie than I did or could. He also goes into the scenes that offered suspense and brings his children into it in a way that can give some insight for decisions about their own children.

I have not yet had time to discuss with my daughter my grandchildrens' reactions since seeing the movie, as I had to work double shifts since we were there Friday night. But while AT the movie, neither the 9 yr old nor the 5 yr old had seemed to be in stress. They seemed to be engrossed in the story, and my granddaughter was grinning from ear to ear as we left the theatre.

The good news is that Narnia did well in the opening weekend. There is also a list at the end of the article cited below of the weekend's movies.

Two small parts of the much longer article show that:

Disney's "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" — adapted from C.S. Lewis' tale of enchantment, epic battles and talking animals — debuted as the weekend's top movie with $67.1 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.


"Chronicles of Narnia" follows the "Harry Potter" and "The Lord of the Rings" films as the latest fantasy franchise making the leap from book to screen courtesy of dazzling computer animation.

The three "Lord of the Rings" movies had respective debuts of $47.2 million, $62 million and $72.6 million. The first three "Harry Potter" flicks each opened in the $90 million range, with the fourth film, "Goblet of Fire," debuting in November with $102 million.