Holding Butterflies

Not too tight, not too loose

The Ordinary Finale

I just finished watching all nine–NINE!!–seasons of The Office on Netflix. It kept me company while I was sewing or folding laundry, and occasionally while I was cooking. Yes, that is a lot of laundry. Did you ever watch this show? Bill and I watched almost every week for the first few seasons and then we just lost interest. It was fun to see the story arc as the show moved from season to season. Frankly, seasons 7 and 8 were a train wreck. But if you ever watched and enjoyed the first couple of seasons, it is worth watching the last two shows of the series. They were pitch-perfect, so sweet that I’ve actually watched them twice and might watch them again. But the reason I wanted to blog this is for Pam’s sweet statements at the end of the show.  In this clip, her last statement makes up the last words of the whole series. And it even gave me something to think about in the midst of.. Read More

Weekend reading and listening

Hope your weekend is going great. The trees have turned in a spectacular way here in Georgia. Time to get out and make some pictures. Here are just a couple of things I’ve run across this week: Via Edwin Leap, Ten reasons why I am no longer a leftist. Twenty-five years ago, the Berlin wall came down.  Can you believe it was that long ago? Some thoughts from a former US soldier in Berlin:  The Fall of the Berlin Wall. (Via Instapundit) Christmas is coming. Least surprising news this week, I know. But have you seen Sew Mama Sew’s list of projects for a Handmade Holiday? She runs a museum that houses a Tudor warship! Here’s how she spends her day. I published mine first, but here is Michael Hyatt’s list of his ten most influential books. (You can listen to his podcast, too.) And for your listening pleasure… Timothy Keller’s sermons are always worth multiple hearings. I was surprised to see not one but three new ones on my.. Read More

Week in Review, for a couple of weeks

I was quiet here a little longer than I expected! Sorry about that. We are deep into late fall school around here, and Halloween came and went. Halloween used to be a huge deal around here, with costume planning going on for weeks and weeks. With Halloween on a Friday this year, we had a football game! Jack had to play in the pep band, so it was just the girls at home for Halloween night. Paige gave out candy with her grandparents and Darcy went trick-or-treating with a friend. It seems like a long way from hanging out on the front porch with neighbors while we handed out candy. A little sad, but it’s a different season and so we are enjoying it. And Landmark won the game big, so that was great!   Saturday ushered in real wintery weather, forty degrees and windy! So we enjoyed a cozy day at home and all the girls pulled out their Uggs. Snuggly. Our big (good) news from this week is.. Read More

My Choice. Mine.

By now you’ve heard it: And I’ll pull out the key quote: Sometimes, someone, usually mom, leaves the workplace to stay home with the kids, which then leaves her earning a lower wage for the rest of her life as a result. That’s not a choice we want Americans to make. I can’t let it pass. Whether or not Obama misspoke, he is wrong and wildly out of line. Assume he intended to say exactly this:  It’s not his choice to make. As my 16-year-old son said tonight, “I thought he was pro-choice.” First, it sounds as if he believes that every person should maximize their earnings, I suppose so we can maximize our tax payments. He isn’t clear there. Second, this line came in a part of the speech advocating government-subsidized child care. So he is advocating putting more very young children under government supervision. No thanks. Assume he meant to say: “…And that’s not a choice we want Americans to have to make.” (I think this is what.. Read More