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It's been cold here (low 30's) and a wintry mix has been falling for about a day and a half with more to come. Many people continue to work right on through it, but not me.
Fortunately, my schedule is flexible enough that we've been on a mini-staycation INSIDE THE HOUSE. Church services were canceled last night due to potentially hazardous road conditions. The flipped car I saw in a news article convinced me we did the right thing.

In celebration of the commission checks coming in this month, I treated Jennifer to pizza at her favorite place today. Appetizers, salads, drinks and pizza. It was fun and it's a local chain that we really enjoy.

My Google news feed must customize itself based on the articles I click, which is maddening because I'd rather have fairly random stuff come through instead of a steady diet of things I'm already reading about. On that note, the allegations of abuse connected with the Catholic church continue to pour forth and the scope widens even to the nuns now. I'm not a Catholic, but the whole thing leaves a terrible taste in everyone's mouth and taints all of those who adhere to the Christian faith. On a purely human level, the victims deserve better than a half-hearted inquiry, councils and prayer gatherings in Chicago. I watched a heartbreaking video of a woman who confided the details of her father's abuse to a nun, who in turn, took advantage of her trust and vulnerability and groomed her as her own personal intimate lover. Where is the nun now? Still being fed and housed by her religious order with restriction from public ministry being her heaviest punishment. The order and the victim agreed to a financial settlement, but the victim continues to suffer.

Speaking of my Google news feed, it also shows me articles about a video game called Fortnight as well as others in which I have absolutely no interest. I'm not sure how they came to be included in the mix. I simply must search through the settings and see if I can't find a little more variety.

I'm excited about the new year and feel energized to tackle a few things that need to be done. The end of the year was rather depressing in many ways, although I thoroughly enjoyed time away with the extended "tribe" in Branson.

The kids are arguing about something and someone is crying, gotta go.

posted on Jan 3, 2019 8:18 PM ()


Sometimes those little popup banner type ads have a Close this Window type X in the upper right-hand corner. If you click on that, it gives you the opportunity to say why you don't want to see that ad - Already bought this item; keep seeing it again and again; not interested; etc. Then it says something like 'okay, we'll try not to show you this ad again.' Hopefully that also means ads for similar products. I think, (think, mind you) this is google gathering this info, but it might instead be a company called Ad Sense. And no idea whether it helps, but it gives us something to do. Disclaimer: I know you know to be careful about clicking on these popup things. I only do it when I see that X in the corner.
comment by traveltales on Jan 5, 2019 9:42 PM ()
I found out how to change the news feed. Now I'm getting articles I'm actually interested in. Thanks for the tip on the pop ups!
reply by jerms on Jan 7, 2019 11:02 AM ()
Snow? Cars flipped over? Do I miss the '4 seasons'? NO!!! I love the high of 83 degrees and sun we are having today!!

I have very little respect left for 'organized' religion.
comment by greatmartin on Jan 4, 2019 6:15 AM ()
I have very little respect left for those who twisted organized religion to be something it was never intended to be.
As for missing the seasons, make room for one more old man and old woman in about 30 years (I hope). We'll be right there!
reply by jerms on Jan 7, 2019 11:00 AM ()
The abuse of children is horrible and I am horrified at the little ones separated from their parents and housed in the Texas desert as well as the Catholic sexual abuse. It is not natural for men and women to be celibate and that is a myth perpetuated by some religions. No wonder it becomes perverted and twisted. My own spiritual path is to be as kind and as generous as it is possible for me to be. I am not religious but I try to follow the teachings of Jesus as closely as I can being a fallible human being.
comment by elderjane on Jan 4, 2019 5:57 AM ()
Following the teachings of Jesus is why they came to be known as Christians in the first place. I'd say that's as a place to start as any.
We think of you guys often, and I'd like to stop by. I'll call first. We're kind of a big deal to take in all at once and by surprise. ha
reply by jerms on Jan 7, 2019 10:58 AM ()
I left the Greek Orthodox church at 16 because I didn't like the way it treated women. I am fine with my private spirituality. I missed the music though. I had been a member of the choir -- Gregorian chants and all that.
comment by tealstar on Jan 4, 2019 5:33 AM ()
I'm not even a Catholic and I've always admired the reverence and the ritual and the liturgy.
reply by jerms on Jan 7, 2019 10:57 AM ()
Those kiddos will keep ya busy hey?
I grew up Catholic and I saw a list of “fathers” who were accused of sexual assault. One of them was at our church and I remember him quite well.
I sometimes wonder about religion being helpful or hurtful.
comment by kristilyn3 on Jan 4, 2019 4:22 AM ()
It's very helpful and much good has been done in the name of Christ. It's the black marks that get all the attention while the do-gooders go silently about doing good.
I'm hypervigilant with my children. Not gonna happen on my watch if I can help it.
reply by jerms on Jan 7, 2019 10:55 AM ()

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