Thursday, December 30, 2010

Mommytography 365 Project for 2011

I am participating in the 2011 Mommytography 365 Project! For this year long project I will be posting an image a day (or possibly a weekly summary of daily images).  I love shooting, so enjoy.  Or not.  See if I care.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: The gift of giving

My 7-year-old daughter was so sweet this year, giving both daddy and myself various Christmas presents.  I think she truly understood the importance of giving, not just receiving.  She asked us to provide her with a list of things we wanted, but as her monetary resources are limited, this list had to include items she could make.  She made me a bead bracelet with "Mom" on it, some handmade ornaments, and a book.  She also took some pictures around the house for us to enjoy.  Here are a few. 

Post-it Tuesday: Toy Reviews

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Our Christmas casualty

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care.

Our three legged dog hoped Santa would leave some cookies to spare.

The children sprang up at 6am from their beds.
While visions of Beyblades and Transformers danced in their heads.

With daddy in his PJs and me still counting sheep,
Hoping the children would just let us sleep!
When down in the living room there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Down the flight of stairs, I flew like a flash,
Picked up my son, and saw the bleeding gash.
The innocent boy had pulled for his stocking -- how was he to know...
That the stocking hanger was metal, and came down with a blow.
After I wiped the blood away from his face, and convinced the tears to stop,
"Momma can I open the present with the Toy Story ornament on top?"
Daddy rushed to the tree, so lively and quick,
And grabbed the prized present, just like St. Nick.

More rapid than eagles more presents they came,
The kids smiled and giggled, and called them by name;
"Now, Toy Story! now, Last Airbender! now, dolphin and kitten!

On, Bumblebee! on Jenga! on, Zhu Zhu and Pillow Pet!

To the top of the tree! To the side of the wall!
Now unwrap, and unwrap, and unwrap them all!"

But I heard someone exclaim, as we drove to our next holiday site,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night."

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Please hug the ones you love.

Please spare my sharing of this story, but it has affected me deeply. A friend of mine from graduate school, Amy Chesbro, has died -- she was a victim of domestic violence. The sister of Amy's transgendered fiance shot and murdered Amy. The exact motive is not yet known, but how can something so tragic have reason? 
As always seems to happen, I haven't kept in touch with Amy in recent years, but I always remembered her as a compassionate, kind-hearted person who wanted to help others.  I felt her spirit was noble and her heart was free.  
I cannot believe someone so beautiful could be tragically taken from this world.
Please hug the ones you love.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Of weapons, religion and recess.

Yesterday I received a letter home from the Superintendent of schools about a recent situation at one of the other elementary schools in our district. ...

 "A student found wearing a religious emblem that resembles a small (three to five inches) saber.  At the time the emblem was discovered, the principal examined the item and found it had no sharp edges.  He returned the emblem to the student and his parents at that time." 

I knew immediately what this emblem was.  You see, my hometown has one of the largest Indian communities in Michigan.  My daughter's elementary school is about 10-20% Indian.  My son's Montessori preschool is about 60% Indian (yes, majority Indian students).  And, there is quite a diversity of religions represented from India in our town -- mostly Hindu, but also Christian, Muslim and Sikh.  Sikhs, as it turns out, are required to wear a symbolic dagger, called a kirpan, after they are baptised (they also cover their hair with turbans). I'm sure you know now, too, what was found on this elementary student.

A kirpan necklace
After reading this first paragraph of the letter I received home, I was relieved.  It sounded like all the proper steps were taken.  Someone saw a student with something they thought was a weapon. It was examined, and determined to be a religious emblem, NOT sharp, and NOT a weapon.  Therefore, the student was allowed to keep his emblem. Safety protocol was followed, and this student's freedom of religion was respected.

However.  Then I kept reading.  The letter stated much about legal blah blah and "look-a-like" weapons, and "values its diverse community." Anyway, at the end of the letter it stated,

"Until such a time as a compromise is reached, any and all religious emblems that resemble a weapon are strictly prohibited."


It appears that the district changed its mind.  Why?  I had to find out.  There was a article in our local paper about it.  The kid who saw the kirpan during recess has a paranoid intolerant concerned mother, and she complained. She said,

“Who's to say that all Sikh children are stable? If there were just one style of kirpan, and it was small and blunt, and it was the only one that's available, I'd say let's consider making an exception to the rule. But when I went online and see the variety of kirpans available, and I have a kid starting high school next year, and it scares me.”

Ack.  Really?  First -- I don't even know how to approach her first comment.  It stinks of prejudice. Second, I think that the principal of the school already determined that if the kirpan was SHARP, than it would NOT be allowed.

So much for rationale, common sense thought these days.  I'll let you know how this one pans out.

This is a Sikh boy playing Santa during my daughter's winter program a few years back at her school.  He's wearing a red turban for the occasion!  Do you think he's wearing his kirpan under that Santa suit?  GASP!

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Pure Michigan ad spoof: Winter Virgins

So, there are these ads from the state tourism bureau called "Pure Michigan" that are real sweet.  TOO sweet.  So, now there are spoofs.  Now that winter -- brrrr -- is here, enjoy one of them. 

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Chuck E Cheese Birthday Party!

My daughter really, really wanted her 7th birthday at Chuck E Cheese, so despite my reservations, that is what we did.  The party was great, and a good time was had by all, including the adults. I made one planning decision that made all the difference:  we had the party at 9:30am on Saturday morning.  There were NO other parties scheduled at that time, and only a few other people in the place. No crowds, no craziness!

In the "Ticket Blaster"

My son loves racing games!


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