Post Secret

PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a homemade postcard. New secrets are posted every Sunday. You can find information on mailing in your secrets on the site.
"Every single person has at least one secret that would break your heart. If we could just remember this, I think there would be a lot more compassion and tolerance in the world"



Monday's Shoe Fetish

I have these in black, just bought them.
They are WAY comfy.

My shoe fetish is becoming a problem.
I wonder if there's a 12-Step for it?

Quote for the Day

is what we ask for
when we already know
the answer,
but wish we didn't.
-Erica Jong

My Phone Rules!

I learned the hard way that my phone is waterproof. It fell out of my back pocket and was completely submerged for 7-10 seconds until I fished it out (don't ask!).
It was turned on and the screen was still lit underwater! I took out the battery and let it dry and it works just fine, no problemo! It's a Samsung. I'll keep this phone forever!

I ONLY do this With SKITTLES!!

How did they know?


100th POST!!!!!

Wednesday's Shoe Fetish!


Wall Street Jargon

Here are some definitions of investment terms typically used...

STOCK - A magical piece of paper that is worth $33.75 until the moment you buy it. It will then be worth $8.50.

BOND - What you had with your spouse until you pawned his golf clubs to invest in

BROKER - The person you trust to help you make major financial decisions. Please note the first five letters of this word spell Broke.

BEAR - What your trade account and wallet will be when you take a flyer on that hot stock tip your secretary gave you.

BULL - What your broker uses to explain why your mutual funds tanked during the last quarter.

MARGIN - Where you scribble the latest quotes when you're supposed to be listening to your Investment Manager's presentation.

SHORT POSITION - A type of trade where, in theory, a person sells stocks he doesn't actually own. Since this also only ever works in theory, a short position is what a person usually ends up being in (i.e. "The rent, sir? Ha ha ha, well, I'm a little 'short' this month.").

COMMISSION - The only reliable way to make money on the stock market, which is why your broker charges you one.

YAK - What you do into a pail when you discover your stocks have plunged and your broker is making a margin call

Pic of the Day

Quote for the Day

Sometimes He quiets the storm.
Sometimes He quiets the child,
and lets the storm rage.
- Emily

Bora Bora, Chapter 3

Bora Bora
Chapter 3

The island transfer plane was a sea plane, or as Jade's father called them, a "puddle jumper". She had never been on a plane that took off from and landed on water and wasn't sure how she felt about it. The six passengers, pilot and stack of luggage seemed far too much for the little plane to handle, yet the pilot didn't bat an eyelash as he loaded the luggage into the back of the plane. As she climbed into her seat and cinched her seatbelt, she said a silent prayer. Flying was never much fun for her, but she was willing to try new things and have new adventures. This would certainly be an adventure.

There were exactly 8 seats in the plane with a small aisle separating the two columns of single seats along the windows. Everyone had a window seat and the co-pilots seat was full of maps, a thermos and the pilot's jacket. Each couple sat across from each other leaving the handsome stranger next to her. As he stood in the aisle and arranged his backpack, she got a whiff of his cologne. Is that really Calvin Klein's Eternity or am I dreaming? she thought. He looked at her and smiled. She feared she may have said her thoughts aloud, or perhaps it was her unconsciously leaning toward him. She turned suddenly and stared forward, pretending to be interested in the back of the seat in front of her. She had not felt this awkward since, since ever.

The pilot sputtered the engine to life and the plane took off smoothly from it's watery runway. Looking out her window, Jade could see the dots of light on the various islands below her and the sheer blackness of the surrounding ocean. Being a city girl, she had never seen anything so black and vast. It drew her in. The flight was short, just 20 minutes, and the plane slowly veered down for the landing. Jade held her breath and pressed her eyes shut. She hated flying and landings brought the fear of God into her. She knows her fears are irrational and over dramatic, but she can't help it.

The pontoons bounced off the surface of the water and she was jostled in her seat. A tiny scream emanated from deep in her throat, through her pursed lips. Images of fiery crashes, drowning waves and a crushing watery grave flashed through her mind. She reached out with both hands to grab onto anything. Her left hand grabbed the window frame while her right hand clawed at the open air over the aisle. The nothingness she felt created even more fear in her. Her heart pounded. A hand reached out and grabbed hers tightly, sending waves of comfort and safety through her. She gripped this hand with all her might as though it were the only thing keeping her alive at that moment. Her white knuckles and acrylic nails dug into the skin, but she wouldn't relinquish her grip. The pontoons bounced one last time and then smoothly glided the plane to a rolling stop. Jade heard the engine die and dared to open her eyes.

The hand she was holding in her death-grip was his. He had reached out and held her, comforted her, saved her. Their eyes met and she saw genuine concern in his.

"You OK?", he asked sincerely.

His honest desire to protect her stopped her words. She sat still and silent, lost in his eyes. Still holding her hand, he turned his gently over so their palms were facing. He placed his other hand on top and held her, softly stroking the back of her hand.

"We made it. We're here. No more plane rides, not for a while at least. Maybe we'll build up that courage while we're here. Fight off some sharks or something." he said teasingly.

Jade smiled faintly and took a deep breath.

"Thank you." she said. "I don't like flying. Especially landing."

"I noticed. And you're welcome. Anytime I can help a damsel in distress." he smiled sweetly.

The passengers exited the plane and were met by valets who rushed their bags to the front and quickly checked everyone in. The lobby was stunning with soft lighting, bamboo floors and a tasteful seashell chandelier.

"Jade!" she heard from behind her.

Her sister Colleen came flouncing up to her dressed in a yellow bikini top and white wrap skirt.

"I'm so glad you made it. How was the flight?" Colleen asked.

"Fine, until the end where I thought I was going to die."

"Oh, you always say that. I'm so glad you're here. I can't wait for you to meet Steve. Come on."

Colleen pulled Jade by the hand toward the bar where Colleen's fiance' Steve was waiting. Jade has heard all about Steve and had talked with him on the phone a few times, but they had never met in person. Steve was a surgeon at the teaching hospital Colleen worked at as an Orthopaedic Tech. Colleen and Steve met during a surgery to replace a knee joint of a woman in her 50's. The only problem Jade had with people in the medical field is that they always seemed to try to diagnose her. She was careful not to complain about aches and pains around her sister for fear of getting a full blown physical. When Steve saw Colleen his face lit up and he pulled her into his arms as though they'd been apart forever. Jade was sure they had only seen each other 5 minutes ago, but she still felt a tiny twang of jealousy at her sister's good fortune. She wondered if she would ever get married.

"Steve, I would like you to meet my sister Jade. Jade, this is my future husband, Steve."
Steve grabbed Jade in a bear hug and lifted her off the ground. He was a big guy, 6'2" maybe 225.

"I'm so glad we finally got to meet and that you could make it out here to be with us." Steve said appreciatively.

"Of course. I'm excited we finally got to meet. Colleen has told me so much about you. All good, I promise." she said, winking at her sister.
"Thank you for inviting me out here and making all this possible. This is like a dream come true for me to be here."

Steve had paid for her trip and arranged all the travel details. She would not have to spend a dime the whole time here, except on souvenirs and personal things. It was an all expense paid trip, a present from Steve to Colleen to have her sister here. Pretty sweet deal, Jade thought.

"Now I want you to meet my brother Connor." Steve said, turning to the man sitting at the bar who had been watching this whole exchange.

Jade had not seem him sitting there. It was him. The ballcap. The eyes. The smile. The saving hand. It was him. He was Steve's brother?

"Connor, I'd like you to meet your future sister in law, Jade." Steve introduced them.

Connor reached out and took Jade's hand again, a bit more firmly this time but still warm and sweet.

"It's very nice to finally meet you." Connor said, smiling knowingly at Jade.

"N-Nice to meet you too." Jade stuttered. Nice, she thought, real smooth.

He was still holding her hand and watching her as Steve began directing them to the restaurant for dinner. She never wanted him to let go. If he held her hand for the rest of her life, she would die happy.


My online school is not cheap. Yes, I have financial aid and a Pell grant, but I will still have to pay someday. What is frustrating me today...I am continually smarter than my teachers. Today, I had to explain to my instructor that Arizona is now on the same time as California because AZ does not practice Daylight Savings and CA does, so my assignment was not actually late and I should not be docked points for it. I have previously had to read the Syllabus to my instructors and point out their grading errors as well as employ alternative assignments for some that were un-completable. Why am I paying $735 a course for this? GGGRRRRRRRRRR!!!


"25 Things I learned in 50 Years" by Dave Barry

1. The badness of a movie is directly proportional to the number of helicopters in it.
2. You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason why we observe daylight-saving time.
3. People who feel the need to tell you that they have an excellent sense of humor are telling you that they have no sense of humor.
4. The most valuable function performed by the federal government is entertainment.
5. You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests you think she's pregnant unless you can see an actual baby emerging from her at that moment.
6. A penny saved is worthless.
7. They can hold all the peace talks they want, but there will never be peace in the Middle East. Billions of years from now, when Earth is hurtling toward the Sun and there is nothing left alive on the planet except a few microorganisms, the microorganisms living in the Middle East will be bitter enemies.
8. The most powerful force in the universe is gossip.
9. The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status, or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we all believe that we are above-average drivers.
10. There comes a time when you should stop expecting other people to make a big deal about your birthday. That time is age 11.
11. There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."
12. People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.
13. There apparently exists, somewhere in Los Angeles, a computer that generates concepts for television sitcoms. When TV executives need a new concept, they turn on this computer; after sorting through millions of possible plot premises, it spits out, "THREE QUIRKY BUT ATTRACTIVE YOUNG PEOPLE LIVING IN AN APARTMENT," and the executives turn this concept into a show. The next time they need an idea, the computer spits out, "SIX QUIRKY BUT ATTRACTIVE YOUNG PEOPLE LIVING IN ANAPARTMENT." Then the next time, it spits out, "FOUR QUIRKY BUT ATTRACTIVE YOUNG PEOPLE LIVING IN AN APARTMENT." And so on. We need to locate this computer and destroy it with hammers.
14. Nobody is normal.
15. At least once per year, some group of scientists will become very excited and announce that:- The universe is even bigger than they thought!- There are even more subatomic particles than they thought!- Whatever they announced last year about global warming is wrong.
16. If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be "meetings."
17. The main accomplishment of almost all organized protests is to annoy people who are not in them.
18. The value of advertising is that it tells you the exact opposite of what the advertiser actually thinks. For example:- If the advertisement says "This is not your father's Oldsmobile," the advertiser is desperately concerned that this Oldsmobile, like all other Oldsmobiles, appeals primarily to old farts like your father.- If Coke and Pepsi spend billions of dollars to convince you that there are significant differences between these two products, both companies realize that Pepsi and Coke are virtually identical.- If the advertisement strongly suggests that Nike shoes enable athletes to perform amazing feats, Nike wants you to disregard the fact that shoe brand is unrelated to athletic ability.- If Budweiser runs an elaborate advertising campaign stressing the critical importance of a beer's "born-on" date, Budweiser knows this factor has virtually nothing to do with how good a beer tastes.
19. If there really is a God who created the entire universe with all of its glories, and He decides to deliver a message to humanity, He will not use as His messenger a person on cable TV with a bad hairstyle.
20. You should not confuse your career with your life.
21. A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person.
22. No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take it too seriously.
23. When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always one individual who perceives a solution and is willing to take command. Very often, that individual is crazy.
24. Your friends love you anyway.
25. Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.

Quote for the Day

Do it as if there was
FIRE in your skin.
-Irish Proverb


These are the craziest shoes I have ever seen. While searching for cute red patent leather shoes on Amazon, I came across these little dillies. You can get them in many colors. And then what?! Walk?! Yeah freaking right!! This world gets crazier by the minute!

Pizza Delivery

Delivering Pizza for Godfather's was the funnest job I ever had. I was 20 years old, had a red Nissan 240SX and took corners in 3rd gear. Beware Pizza delivery drivers! They are the WORST drivers on the road, because their tip depends on how fast they get that pizza to it's home. The rules of the road do not apply to pizza delivery drivers; rules such as red lights, double-yellow lines, no U-turn signs, stop signs, right-of-way, speed limits, curve warnings, speed bumps and other cars.

One time in the rain, while listening to Colin Raye's "Little Red Rodeo" full blast, I turned left from S. Santa Fe onto Vista Way through a yellow light, I hit the railroad tracks and 540'd, landing facing oncoming traffic, their light turned green. I flipped it into reverse, straightened out and floored it back to the store. Then I got out, sat on the curb and cried because I realized I almost died.

One time I pulled up to a house and could hear the music from the driveway and a bunch of people in the backyard. I rang the doorbell, but couldn't hear it through the din. I banged on the door with my fist, no luck. I walked over to the fence and yelled at he guys in the backyard, they heard me and came to the door. All of them came to the door. About 10-12 drunks stood at the door and immediately invited me in, offering me beer and cigars. I politely and flirtingly turned them down. The four pizzas were delivered and I walked away with a $22 tip!

One time I delivered a pie to some scary apartments by Vista High and a group of Vato's gave me directions to the apartment I was looking for. An hour later the other girl driver came into the store saying she had been assaulted by that same bunch of Vato's in the same apartments. Those guys were nice to me. It made me wonder why I was different?

One time I traded a tip for a bowl.

One time I went to 7-11 between deliveries for a Slurpee and the guy in front of me in line bought cigarettes with silver dollars. I traded the cashier dollar bills for the coins and took them to the coin dealer on Vista Way by Brengle Terrace and he said the "Walking Liberty" coin was worth between $18-25 dollars depending on condition and date. I still have those coins today.

One time I delivered a pizza to Joe Kocian, Brian May and Packy.

One time I pulled up at a house, and the chick thought I was her crazy ex-boyfriend, same car, and she came running out of the house screaming at me. I thought she was gonna kill me.

One time in the store, the other drivers were telling a story of some dude who jumped the fence and slid across the hood of a the car to stop the dude from driving away, then punched out the driver side window and beat the crap out of some dude in his car. I asked what show they were talking about and they said, "It wasn't a show Emily, it was your boyfriend Piggy. Today!" He was charged with assault.

One time while on delivery I was propositioned to make a porn. I declined.

One time a little girl asked me if I was Suddenly Susan, ie. Brooke Shields. I took that as a compliment.

One time, after tailgating at Jack Murphy for the Denver/Greenbay Superbowl, me and Denise Schultz walked around the stadium and got drinks from every tailgating party there was. I was still totally smashed and had to work. I listened to the game on the radio and was coming down Melrose when the Bronco's scored. I screamed "Go Denver" at some cops out the window. I don't know why they didn't flip a B and pull my drunk butt over. I don't even remember if Denver won.

One time I delivered to the motel on Vista Way and when I walked in the door, some huge black guy and skinny tweaker chick were jumping all around. I saw lines cut on the table and dropped the pizzas right on them. They paid with a bad check, and my manager called the cops when I got back to the store.

One time I delivered to a little old lady who lived of W. Los Angeles and by the time I got back to the store she had called my manager and yelled at him about allowing a sweet girl like me to be out at night in a bad neighborhood, and that he should be ashamed of himself for not protecting me.


Damage Control?!

I learned today that there is a construction company that is contracted to fix the damage done when a superhero saves the world. Cool! The inset above "When Superhero's need help, they call Damage Control". I love it!

So I'm a Nerd! Got a problem with that!?


The Story of the Grandfather, the Child, and the Starfish

The elderly grandfather was walking
on the beach with his young grandson.
As they walked, the grandson would periodically stop
to pick up beached starfish and toss them back into the ocean.
The grandfather leaned towards his grandchild and said,
“My child, your gesture is touching but will make no difference.
Do you know how wide the oceans are?
How vast the number of beaches?
How numerous are the starfish
that become trapped on the shore?”
The child looked up as he prepared
to toss yet another starfish back into the ocean and said,
“Yes, grandfather, but it makes sure makes a difference to this one!”


These are probably the best T-Shirts I've ever seen!
Probably the best T-shirts in the universe.


Captain America is Dead!?!

The all-American superhero; the comic symbol of American pride, power and strength; the untarnished, untouchable protector of the American way has been killed by a sniper. What does this say about America?

Did American ideals die right along with our hero? Have we fought so hard that we've killed ourselves? The eternal truths this country was built on have been shredded in the courtroom, the media, capitol buildings and in the hearts of many Americans. What is left of our national values? How does the death of Captain America symbolize the death of the American way and what we stand for?

Captain America had fought the Nazi's and Japanese during World War II, he battled Communists during the Cold War and recently fought against the loss of our civil rights in the Superhero Registration Act (a thinly veiled nod to the US Patriot Act). Captain America has stood for Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. He has upheld our rights to Liberty and Justice for All. He has fought for peace, safety and protection from our enemies. Captain America has stood by America to fend off those who would destroy her. Here at the end, he was killed in the most cowardly way, by a sniper.

The means of his death is a symbol in it's own right. A sniper does not give the victim the opportunity to fight. A sniper hides behind cover and waits for a vulnerable moment. A sniper does not show his face and take responsibility for his actions. A sniper can blend in to walk among us as our friend, waiting for the opportune moment to destroy life. Those who fight against America may also walk among us.

It is not merely outside forces that seek to destroy America, but those who live comfortably safe within her boarders. Physical evidence of this internal destruction lie in 168 graves in Oklahoma City. Why do those who benefit from America's freedoms work so hard to undermine the same freedoms they enjoy? How does one come to hate so intensely as to kill another human being?

It is easier to kill a person than an ideal. Assassins believed that the murder of Abraham Lincoln would end the abolition of slavery. White supremacists believed the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would end the civil rights movement. Ignorant mobs believed the death of Joseph Smith Jr. would cause the Mormon Church to disintegrate. All of these martyrdom's only solidified the movements behind these great leaders and strengthened the resolve of those within. Will the murder of Captain America strengthen those masses he represents? Or is his death another step down the road to America becoming Babylon?

Unanswerable questions and thoughts left unfinished. Another symbol of American strength and resolve destroyed by cowardice and apathy. Long have comic books served as a visual measurement of our values and desires. The ancient battle of good versus evil will continue, but who will stand up for America now?

Comics read my mind


Quote for the Day

Show me a young Conservative and I'll show you someone with no heart.

Show me an old Liberal and I'll show you someone with no brains.

- Winston Churchill


My Ink

Sun and Moon
Fire and Ice
Ying and Yang
You are what I am not
What I am you cannot be
Yet together we are one


72 Things About Me

I saw this on a pretty lady's blog and thought, "Hey I can list random stuff about me." She had 100. I can't think of that many. Well, here we go...

  1. 72 is my lucky number. Go ahead, ask me why.
  2. I like corned beef hash.
  3. I hate spam. Both kinds.
  4. It took me 29 years to start to feel like a girl. I'm still working on that.
  5. Evanescense is my new favorite band.
  6. I do not highlight my hair, and enjoy being the only woman in the room without a striped head.
  7. I am 5'10" .
  8. I like to stick my arm out the window and make it swim while driving and listening to loud music. People stare and I smile at them.
  9. Road rage makes me laugh.
  10. I have only been to one professional football game.
  11. I think I am a whammy to pro sports, everytime I go to or watch a game my team loses.
  12. I know I am not destined to win the lottery :o(
  13. Light blue is my favorite color.
  14. My cat P.B. is the loudest animal I have ever owned.
  15. I believe that sushi can turn a bad day good.
  16. I love to read the Scriptures.
  17. I can listen to the same song 10 times and not get sick of it.
  18. I have OCD when I eat Skittles. I line them up based on color, then eat the most to the least. I have to save a grape for last since grape is my favorite Skittle.
  19. I will only eat roasted salted peanuts, no other nuts. Yes I have tried others, no I do not like them Sam I Am.
  20. One of my favorite books growing up is called "To Hell With Dying."
  21. 21 is my bithday. In May. 1977. Every year.
  22. I love the smell of real Christmas trees, fresh cut grass, coffee and gasoline.
  23. Eternity is my favorite men's cologne.
  24. I would love to work in Microcredit someday.
  25. I would love to be able to be a stay-at-home-mom.
  26. I will never own a mini-van, please shoot me if I do.
  27. I got a real BBQ Grill for my 27th birthday and my husband grilled bacon-wrapped Filet Mignon on it for me.
  28. I slid through high school (and most of my life) because I'm cute, manipulative and understand the importance of correct spelling, grammar and sentence structure.
  29. I am currently reading Dracula. It's getting very good.
  30. I aspire to be a writer. I have lots of parts of stories, so that's why I'm still aspiring.
  31. I learned that it is diffucult to type correctly with acrylic nails, but I love how they look and am now addicted.
  32. I wish I had better skin, and took better care of my skin. I think those go hand in hand.
  33. Learning that I am a daughter of God has been the most important thing I've ever learned.
  34. Finding old friends is a two sided coin.
  35. I love road trips.
  36. Camping and hiking are good for the soul.
  37. More often than not, people are the answers to my prayers.
  38. The day I was baptized was the best day of my life.
  39. My words can be very sharp at times. Sometimes on purpose, sometimes not.
  40. I feel like I am waiting for something big to happen. Not good or bad, just big.
  41. I feel like I don't belong here.
  42. I think I'm a good driver.
  43. I would love to race a real racecar on a real racetrack.
  44. Being in the Temple and floating in water can feel the same.
  45. If I could choose a superpower, I would fly.
  46. I've told people I love them, then had to convince myself that it was true.
  47. Idaho is where my heart is.
  48. My mind never turns off, even when I'm sleeping.
  49. I have insomnia.
  50. I'm flexible like Gumby and love Yoga.
  51. I don't drink, smoke or do drugs, and yes I am Mormon :o)
  52. I've learned that getting stalked is not fun.
  53. I learned how to drive stick on the test drive of my new car. The saleman wouldn't let me go on the freeway.
  54. When it happens, I won't be ready. No matter what I tell myself or how much I've been prepared.
  55. I have a guardian angel, and I know his name. I miss him.
  56. I can't wait to get out of here and not have memories around every corner.
  57. Circus Peanuts and Pixie Sticks make me happy.
  58. I have serious mommy issues in my head. Both ways.
  59. I want to be there for my kids and want them to know they can trust me and feel safe at home.
  60. I love this blogging thing.
  61. I want an American Mastiff.
  62. My son's name will be Levi.
  63. My daughter's name will be Ashton Faye.
  64. Kittens are good entertainment.
  65. I used to live in a pink house with sex, drugs and rock & roll in the living room.
  66. I got kicked out at 19.
  67. I moved into my dad's basement at 21 in order to get baptized and still believe it was the best thing I ever did.
  68. Music speaks to my soul.
  69. 69 Enough said ;oO
  70. It's 11:30pm and I still have two more to go. My alarm will go off in 5 hours and 45 minutes.
  71. Sometimes I wish I could go back to the last day of high school to tell one person one thing.
  72. Life is too short to spend one second unhappy. Don't do it.


If you keep making that face, it will get stuck like that!

Final Essay for COM 120 Class

When our “civilized” society needs sex to sell a hamburger, it is television that markets our moral state in colorful 30 second spots. With thousands of television channels to choose from, you should always be able to find something interesting to watch. In between scenes of our favorite shows and games, advertisers market their goods and services to their intended demographic audience. Today's commercials and programming have seen a steady downturn in taste, class and controversial content. What can we do about it? Let's review some of the “entertainment” available as we answer that question.

From the doe-eyed blonde washing a car with her half naked body to the costumed clown walking on his hands yet drinking a beer in the wrong place, television commercials advertise our general moral decay. Though tremendous negative response came from the initial Carl's Jr. advertisement showing a pop star seductively washing a car while eating one of their hamburgers, the restaurant chain defended their actions and refused to pull the commercial. A Bud Light advertisement during the 2003 Superbowl shows a man in a 'clown walking on his hands' costume. He enters a bar and orders a beer, drinking it through, what looks like, the wrong end. The camera pans to the bar patrons and shows their disgust with what they see, yet the ad runs anyway.

Lee Jeans may be an innocuous brand in the United States; abroad a pair sells for over $100US. To brand itself, the company has taken a huge step toward advertising pornography. “The two B&T opted not to print include a man disappearing up a girl's dress, while the other has a bare-chested girl about to suck on a phallic ice block.” (Jacobs, 2006 Will sex drive Lee over the edge?). Lee Jeans Australian marketing campaign includes several photographs that could be construed as soft-porn with models that barely appear to be of majority age.

Perhaps the worst offenders on the controversial stage are politicians. During election years we are inundated with mud-slinging, name calling, personal-life baring and historical misrepresentation commercials. From southern senatorial candidates representing each other as rich KKK members to showing images from the September 11th attacks, politicians scrape the bottom of the moral bucket with their advertisements. In California, Chuck Poochigian attempted to convince voters that because his opponent, Jerry Brown, did not support the death penalty that he condoned the actions of serial killers and mass murderers, showing a picture of Charles Manson next to a picture of his opponent.

While the red hot debate of stem cell research has hit the political campaign trail, both sides of the debate make their case with less than stellar results. A senator in Missouri enlisted Michael J. Fox to show his support for her because of her support of government funding of stem cell research. Rush Limbaugh's response to the actors commercial created a firestorm of response and raised the stem cell debate to unprecedented levels.

Alcohol advertising has been found to have a stronger effect on children and teenagers than adults. Humorous beer commercials such as the upside down clown cater to a child's level of understanding. In 1978 the Federal Trade Commission looked into restricting or banning advertising directed at children, deeming it to be harmful. Images of parties and social gatherings where alcohol seems to be the reason for the fun, appeal to teenagers who are striving for acceptance and involvement.

Warning labels, text and voice-overs on alcohol commercials are not deemed to be effective in deterring consumption of alcohol by minors. Federal policies regarding warning labels on bottles and advertisements allow the company the freedom to choose which label goes with which product, leaving room for misrepresentation of the risks. Many companies choose to use the warning labels regarding use of alcohol during pregnancy, knowing that most of their demographic does not include pregnant women.

Along with the commercials themselves, television programming has taken a downturn as well. Watch your favorite sitcom on any given night and you will see graphic examples of promiscuous sex (Desperate Housewives), racial and gender stereotypes (Everybody Loves Raymond), promotion of
alternative lifestyles (Will & Grace, The L Word) and people who will do anything and everything for money and fame (any reality show). One of the most damaging genres in advertising and broadcasting is the destruction of the traditional family and traditional family values. While we watch shows with neighbors committing adultery and wives degrading their husbands to lower class citizens, we then are sold products using the same tactics.

How many times during the last episode of your favorite TV show did you see a wife tell her husband how proud she is of him? How often did you see a traditional family sit down to dinner without harsh words or degrading jokes? What program includes scenes of a social get-together without alcohol or sex? Can you think of any? The examples I thought I found proved to be wrong later in the program. We are inundated with visual examples of dysfunctional families, raunchy advertising, greed driven leaders and fame seeking populations of the young and old. So what can we do to improve the level of entertainment available to us? The answer that I have found may be difficult for you to follow.

I do not watch television and have not for over 10 years. Now, you're saying in your mind, if you don't watch TV, who are you to give me advice on watching TV? Let me explain. When I tell people that I do not watch TV, the most common response is “Then what do you do?” I ask them right back “What do you DO? You don't DO anything. Sitting on your couch, flipping channels is not DOING anything. I go outside. I have conversations with my husband. I read books and the newspaper, magazines and articles online. I go to school and enter into discussions with my classmates. I play games and write letters to friends. I take bubble baths and cook dinner. What do you do? Or what could you do in the time you’re now watching TV?”

What can we do to improve the level of entertainment available to us? Create our own entertainment and do not allow ourselves to be 'sold' on what some advertiser or programmer wants to sell us. The American Time Use Survey states:
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of the U.S. Department of Labor reported today that in 2005: Watching TV was the leisure activity that occupied the most time (2.6 hours per day), accounting for about half of leisure time on average, for both men and women. Also: In households with the youngest child under age 6, time spent providing primary childcare averaged 2.5 hours for women and 1.3 hours for men.
While most American men watch 2.6 hours of television a day, they spend half that time, 1.3 hours, caring for their children. What can these statistics show us about our priorities and values? In plain numbers it would seem that television is twice as important as caring for our children.

There certainly are positives to television and there are things to learn. Educational channels and shows can teach us about history and the world around us. News programming keeps us up to date on current events and issues that may affect us. Public access television allows for local talent, religious groups and community colleges to reach larger audiences. Sports channels entertain us with our favorite games and teams. Yet you can learn the same things at your local library, internet site, and stadium or by speaking to an elder who was there.

By turning off our TV's and taking our children outside, we are engaging our families in positive growth and helping our communities to grow as well. You can strengthen your family by sharing a family game night or a spiritual family home evening. You can learn science and nature by exploring tide pools or the local creek or pond. You can learn history by visiting a museum or retirement community. You can gain a healthy body for yourselves and your children by playing at the local playground. You can strengthen your marriage by taking a walk around your neighborhood and discussing anything that's on your mind. You can make your neighborhood safer by throwing a block party or neighborhood cleanup. The possibilities of what you can do are endless. All you have to do is choose to not be sold on anything by advertisers and television programmers, turn off your television and engage in the world around you. You don't have to change the world, you might do it anyway.

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul:
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil:
For thou art with me;
Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
Thou anointest my head with oil;
My cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life:
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD
for ever.


Paper I Wrote for School

Almost every woman I know, and probably most I don’t, are waiting for their knight-in-shining-armor to sweep them off their feet and ride away into the sunset. Girls are taught from a very young age that we need to hold out for our hero to save the day. Love songs and fairy tales teach us about romance and living happily ever after, but can it really happen? It can. I believe that the skill every woman should learn is to make their husband their hero.

Everyday the media tells woman that they are powerful and strong, but what does popular media tell men? Watch a sitcom any day of the night and you will see men depicted as ignorant, clumsy, lacking in social skills and driven by uncontrollable libido. Are these the type of men that women dreamed about marrying? In The Family: A Proclamation to the World it states;

By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners.

To say that a woman should be meek and submissive can cause conflict in both men and women. Some people would be offended at the idea that a woman should be submissive to a man, while other women strive for those values and other men seek them out. The first commandment given directly to women can be found in the Book of Genesis, chapter 3 verse 16, KJV “...thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.” By following this simple commandment woman can allow their husbands to preside over the family, and create loving environments for child rearing.

By allowing husbands to be the hero, women empower the men in their lives to take control of their responsibilities and accomplish these time-tested duties. The media and other factors would have us, both men and women, believe that men are incapable of accomplishing these goals. We would be led to believe that a woman's place in the executive office, and that those women who choose not to work, but stay home and raise a family, are less valuable and lower class citizens. These stereotypes of both male and female roles are detrimental to our families and our society.

With divorce and cohabitation rates skyrocketing, what examples are we teaching our children? The 2002 Census Bureau report states;

"The National Center for Health Statistics recently released a report which found that 43percent of first marriages end in separation or divorce within 15 years. The study is based on the National Survey of Family Growth, a nationally representative sample of women age 15 to 44 in 1995.”

With 43% of marriages ending in separation and divorce, a married couple is nearly twice as likely to end their marriage than to develop heart disease, which only affects 29% of us and yet is America's number one killer (Center for Disease Control 2006). More children today are raised in broken homes than ever before in the history of our country.

How can a wife turn her husband into her hero? Simple steps can make a large difference when trying to bring about change. Asking for help, even when it is something a woman could accomplish on her own, like opening a stuck jar or reaching something on a high shelf. Turning over the day to day finances and checkbook to the husband empowers him with literal responsibility for the families money and tells the husband that he is trusted. A woman can support a man in his home improvement projects by allowing him to complete the project in his own time, and giving compliments on a job well done. These modest accolades, and countless more, are ways in which a wife can help to build her husband's self-esteem and integrity.

“The most you will ever do will be within the walls of your own home.” -Harold B. Lee. How can we live up to our responsibilities and overcome the negativity that assails us every day? Woman can choose to support and sustain their husbands in all their honorable doings. Men can choose to step up to the plate and do the work that is necessary to provide for and protect their families and loved ones. The paradigm shift and learning the skill of turning a husband into a hero is the catalyst to turning those shocking statistics around and creating a better world.

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Movies I Could Watch Everyday

Here is somewhat complete list of movies I could watch everyday and never get tired of:

The Goonies
Bourne Identity
Grease 2
(shut up, I know)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Star Wars
( Yes, I am aware that these last two are multiple movies.
This is my list, not yours.)
Movies I can watch once a month and still laugh like they're brand new:
Napoleon Dynamite
Tommy Boy
Happy Gilmore
Austin Powers:
International Man of Mystery
The Legend of Ron Burgundy
The Princess Bride
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Movies that scared the crap out of me that I will never watch again:
Nightmare on Elm Street
The Exorcist
The Ring
The Omen
Children of the Corn
Movies that still make me jump after seeing them 50 times:
The Village
Sixth Sense
(do you see an M. Night pattern here?)
Alien vs. Predator
Any movies that has creatures jumping out at you.
My favorite scenes:
Bourne Identity:
When Jason and Marie are in his apartment and the blond assassin and Jason are fighting in the hallway; they knock each other to opposite ends of the hallway, then come charging at each other. The look on Jason's face is so intense in that moment. He knows he's going to take this guy down . I love it.
Ah, there are so many, but if I must pare it down;
1. The Truffle Shuffle
2. Mikey's speech in the wishing well about why they shouldn't go up Troy's bucket.
3. Brad riding the little girls bike.
4. Mouth translating to Rosalita
5. Andy and Steph getting "attacked" by a disgusting fish-head monster that jumped out of the bushes and almost killed them.
Happy Gilmore
"That's your home! Are you too good for your home?!"
1. Cher brings home her upgraded report card.
Dad:" You went from a C+ to an A-?"
Cher: "Based fully on my powers of persuasion. You proud?"
Dad:" I couldn't be prouder than if they were based on real grades!"
2. Dad meets Cher's date, Christian. " Anything happens to my daughter, I've got a .45 and a shovel. I doubt anyone would miss you."
3. Christian's car; Convertible Nash Metropolitan.
Grease 2
Steph's "Cool Rider" solo.
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