We received upwards of 30cm of snow over the past two days. I’ve always been in love with this photo, I’m desperately in love with it today!
I planted poppy seeds (no, not the ones from my bagel, the ones from the pods my mother gave me from her poppies) in the fall. Only … oh boy … 3-4 months until I hope to see some poppies in my garden. Oh Joy!
I received a wonderful gift yesterday though. I took a taxi to a doctor’s appointment because I did not want to a) dig out my car and b) deal with looking for parking around the hospital and then around my apartment upon my return. Not to mention the fun of driving in a snow covered Montreal and possibly getting stuck behind the dreaded snow removal operations that could potentially add hours (seriously) to any car trip! I arrived back home later in the evening to discover that my car had been cleared off and dug out along with a path to my front door and my front steps! I really do have an absolutely wonderful man in my life.
According to the article, when Daniel Cormier was 48 he, a self-proclaimed pastor, married a 10-year old member of his Church. His Church was for the homeless and addicted. He said he was saving her by marrying her, and that he was ‘entitled’ to have sex with her because she was his wife.
Daniel Cormier started a Church to minister to some of the most helpless of our society, and then he molested someone even more helpless – the child of an addict in his Church.
Like I said, it seems like a story from the tabloids. But it’s not. If it were, it wouldn’t be true. And this is heartbreaking truth.
This man sexually abused his two daughters 50 years ago.
Crimes against children happen all over the world, even in our backyards. What saddens me is that I imagine for every story we read about, there are so many more we don’t know about at all. These stories are important, they are sad, devestating, stories that should not be told – but they must be told.
Me? I think it’s wrong. Definitely, people should respect others – regardless of the role(s) they play in society.
But last I heard it wasn’t against the law to act jerky – and I do consider people who insult others by calling them names, by slandering them, by being generally rude to them – to be acting jerky.
Can we start legislating jerkiness? Uh uh.
I’ve been called names before, both personally and professionally. I teach high school students, it comes with the profession. I’m sure I haven’t been met with the extreme prejudice that police officers have been met with, at least not professionally. I have personally though, I’m Jewish and I have definitely met and been insulted by people who didn’t like me because of it.
Jerky behaviour may suck, may hurt. But it sure shouldn’t be legislated against. And wait a second, while we’re at it – why in the world should we only ban insults against police? If we’re going to be banning insults, let’s ban them across the board. The next time a student or his/her parent calls me a, well, not a witch but close, I’m going to yell – citizen’s arrest!
Blogapalooza: A huge success! Click to view source
It’s a task, trying to trackback how I discovered something via social media. I follow a modest hundred or so people on twitter, have a few hundred friends on the book, and then there are the bloggers in my rss feed. But I am pretty darn sure I found out about Blogapalooza via @Linda704.
Like I needed to find MORE blogs to read! But what can I say, there are some pretty good finds here and I’m glad I participated.
So what is Blogapalooza? It’s Robert Hruzek‘s baby over at Middle Zone Musings. This year, it’s a group writing project called What I Learned From 2008, and participants were asked to create a list of our favourite blog posts, ones from our own blogs, 1 per month of 2008.
Here’s my What I Learned post. And that list you see at the bottom of this post? It is a list of the 128 bloggers who participated in this year’s event, organized alphabetically by first name.