silvery strands of thought

Westboro : Baptists :: ISIS : Muslims

There has been something on my heart for a while, that I just have to share.

Westboro Baptist Church. 

I was raised Baptist, and those people do not serve the same God I was shown as a Baptist. They are extremists. Their leader said “God himself is now America’s terrorist.” I feel ashamed when I hear them called Baptists. I have a sneaking suspicion that my Muslim friends feel the same way when they hear “Islamic State.”

Just like all of the loving, kind Baptists I grew up with are NOTHING like the hate-filled members of Westboro, the Muslims I know (and I assume most of the Muslims around the world) are NOTHING like the violent, hate-filled Muslims of ISIS.

Let’s not make a practice of lumping horrible extremists together with genuine believers. Oh, God. I’d hate to be lumped into the same group as Westboro. 

My Mini Think Week

I have yearned for an escape for a while. The thought of being in the middle of nature, alone with my books and thoughts, sounded heavenly. And I finally did it. I found some cabins at Lake of the Ozarks State Park for $50 a night (with air con!), okayed the vacation time with my boss, booked the rooms, and did it!

I took a work revision project, A Confederacy of Dunces, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and my journal. My adventure started Monday morning and ended Wednesday morning, about 48 hours total. These little Outpost Cabins were exactly what I wanted: privacy, surrounded by nature, but including some of the creature comforts I didn’t really want to derive myself of (did I mention the air conditioning and the already stifling Missouri heat?). Continue reading

“When one teaches, two learn.”

How To Learn Something New Every Day (And Actually Do Something With It). This blog post on Productivityist reminded me that I am a lifetime student (something I’ve long said as part of my answer to “So! Tell me about yourself”) and finally connected that trait with the fact that I’m also a teacher. 

Duh. Why am I not creating curriculum for myself and learning every day, which I would love?!

I am not going to start making worksheets for myself, but I love the idea of choosing a topic that I want to learn about, selecting a medium to learn it in, creating a curriculum, spending time every day learning, and then sharing what I’ve learned? Continue reading

Prioritize, Progress,

I have been working on increasing my productivity during the summer, which is my slow time at work. I have been reading blog posts, considering my workflows and organizational systems and how to improve them, tweaking my daily To Do list sheet, and just spending a lot of time thinking about how I attack tasks, what slows me down, and how I can eliminate those barriers. Continue reading

Why I Am Voting No on Springfield’s Question 1 on April 7 #SGFvoteNO

My Bible says, “Love your neighbor as yourself” and (paraphrasing here) leave the judgement to God. Discriminating is not love. Prejudice is not love. Being all judgey-judgey exclusionary is not love.
You want to be Christ-like, you love people. Continue reading

My First 3-Day Fast: Day 1

My blog was down for a couple months again, so I posted this on my Tumblr on March 9, 2015. Transferring it here for posterity. :)

I am nearly 24 hours into a 3-day fast. The seed was planted during an episode of House of Cards, where a gay man imprisoned in Russia for speaking about homosexuality mentioned that he had gone on a food strike, but only lasted 6 days before the hunger was too strong, and I wondered, “Could I go 6 days without eating?” I Googled it, and the seed grew into a sprout. Continue reading

How to Keep Your Soul Alive

To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to keep your soul alive. -Robert Louis Stevenson quoted in Simple Abundance, January 28

Don’t Want to Work? 5 Ways to Get Things Done Anyway

I truly love my job, I really do. I love the
people I work with, I love the people I work for, I love that I get to a ton of different tasks every day. Regardless of all of that, some days, I just do not feel like working. But I’m an adult, and adults have to do things they don’t want to some times. Here’s what I do when I don’t want to work to get back in the groove and get things done. Continue reading

I’m Back!

Due to a WordPress plug-in failure, I have been locked out of my blog for a long time, but today, I figured out how to get around it, and I have access again! I can’t promise that I will become a blogging maniac now, but there are things I want to say and words I want to write, and now I have my place to do that again!