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YouTube – Women & Abortion: Stories of Grief and Healing: March for Life 2011

By idaflo | January 20th, 2011 | 1 Comment » 

YouTube – Women & Abortion: Stories of Grief and Healing: March for Life 2011.

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Dr. Gosnell Arrested for Murdering 7 Babies Who Survived Abortion – A Practice Barack Obama Supports & Has Voted For 4 Times Audio | The Gateway Pundit

By idaflo | January 20th, 2011 | No Comments » 

I work with a little boy who was born five months early. We celebrated his second birthday yesterday.
His smile lights up the room.
Though he has a few developmental delays, he sees, hears, talks with, runs, laughs, cries, and plays with the other children. He is devoted to his family and loves his teachers. We continue to see amazing progress in his development and abilities.
I am humbled to be near him each day

Check out the following link:

Dr. Gosnell Arrested for Murdering 7 Babies Who Survived Abortion – A Practice Barack Obama Supports & Has Voted For 4 Times Audio | The Gateway Pundit.

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Introduction to a crisis pregnancy…

By idaflo | January 16th, 2011 | No Comments » 

Painting called A World of Their OwnFirst, a Dragnet Disclaimer: The stories are true, though the names have been changed.

It was 11:30 last Friday night. My phone signaled me that a text had been received; I noted it was from Amy, my co-worker.  She said she had just discovered that she was pregnant. I was not surprised, we’d been discussing the possibility at work earlier in the day.

So, yet another young life begins in the womb of a single mom.  Though I don’t have an exact count, I think it’s safe to say that 80% of the women I work with are single moms, most never having been married.

It took me back to another crisis pregnancy, eighteen years ago. Read More »

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Althouse:…Once again you’ve nailed it about the Obamas

By idaflo | January 14th, 2011 | No Comments » 

Thank you Ann Althouse. Once again you’ve nailed it.

Ann Althouse photo

Ann Althouse

Althouse: Michelle Obama’s lesson from the Tucson massacre: Teach your children “the value of tolerance – the practice of assuming the best, rather than the worst, about those around us.”.

Shouldn’t we learn to be perceptive, analytical, and aware that some of the individuals among us are, in fact, mentally sick and need something other than tolerance and wishful thinking about how good they might be? So why is the First Lady telling us to teach kids the opposite?….(continues HERE)

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Letter to my Sons

By idaflo | January 4th, 2011 | No Comments » 

Roadway through the forest, Northern California

Memories

Hello Dear Sons,

So glad you were home for Christmas, we are always glad to see you.

I had the privilege of staying home to raise you (much to the chagrin of my educated peers who wondered at my making such a domestic choice) so you will recall a cliche’ thought up and often used on you while you were growing up – “I’d rather have a bad day with you than a good day with someone else”.  May God grant that you have children someday so that you will REALLY know how that originated from my heart and soul about our time together. So many precious hours of growing… yet now that stage is past.

Wanted to talk with you about why I decided to give you books for Christmas.  I know we could have gone with something more fun (though the cash we gave you counts for something there) but I want you to have a book to hold in your hands because we spent so many hours engaged in reading when you were smaller.  Those are some of the best moments of your childhood for me – as we explored the wonders of the mind.  We focused, we imagined, we discussed, we had to really THINK; that was the tremendous gift that literature gave you.

But now, there is the internet.  Instant messaging, flashing images, stimulation, always the immediate sensory stimulation…I understand the attraction, but I am repelled by the media and its message at the same time.  What is this doing to our brains?  What is happening to our souls?  I know more about the internet than I wish I did.  I wonder if I’m a better person for it.

Am impressed by the people who write, the sites I check for news, the videos, both artistic and informative that I am able to download… and yet it is fearsome, the amount of time that can be wasted on the computer.  And it’s against such, that I wish to warn you.

You have all chosen fields of study and ultimately places of employment, that implement electronic media.  Please, I plead with you, PLEASE take the time to shut it off and just read and think each day.

Read the Bible, look at GOOD books, force your mind to include the writings of great thinkers and the compositions of great musicians.  Not just pleasant, but GREAT.  It’s all available on the net? But it’s not the same. As Lutherans you know the power of a solid medium, like liturgy in worship for example, to deliver a quieter, deeper, stronger, even eternal  message.  That’s what I am concerned about.  That you still continue to pour over messages with a deeper meaning.

Please do that.  It is my hope and prayer that as you do, you will remind others to do it too.  And someday, if and when you have children, they will also share that ability and opportunity.  Good learning is always just one generation away from being lost.  I remind you, you must not lose it; we  teach our children, but as we work with them, we are teaching our grandchildren.  That matters.  That is how we pass the best we have and are, on.

Blessings, peace, power and joy through Christ be with you.

Take care, I love you,

Mom.

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BBC News – Australia’s Queensland faces ‘biblical’ flood

By idaflo | January 1st, 2011 | No Comments » 

BBC News – Australia’s Queensland faces ‘biblical’ flood.

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BBC News – Not so happily ever as Indian divorce rate doubles

By idaflo | January 1st, 2011 | No Comments » 

BBC News – Not so happily ever as Indian divorce rate doubles.

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Scientists still concerned about dying honey bees

By idaflo | September 25th, 2010 | No Comments » 

They’re not just bugs, we rely on bees for our food. Thus, our well-being is tied up with theirs. “European honey bees, act as nature’s propagator’s of 75% of fruits, vegetables, flowers, and most everything that is fresh-harvested for human consumption. Approximately 100 crops are dependent upon pollination by bees or else they would fail to produce anything more than foliage.

By Jean Williams

Environmental Policy Examiner – examiner.com

For the better part of a decade, honey bees have been disappearing in many areas of the world and scientists are still trying to discover why. Read More »

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On Bedbugs, Abortion and Brown Recluse Spiders

By idaflo | September 20th, 2010 | No Comments » 

Brown Recluse SpiderSome businesses, particularly those in Manhattan are literally being forced to shutdown, due to an invasion of bedbugs.

But closer to home, and far from the East Coast, one part of the building where I work has experienced an infestation of Brown Recluse Spiders.  We have been warned, ever-present spider traps have been set, we are on the lookout. The difficulty for us, lies in the fact that these spiders hide.  It isn’t until you’ve picked something up, or moved it over that you may uncover such a creature, and then, if you are unlucky enough to receive a bite from one, you may not even be aware of it initially.  Perhaps there is a slight stinging sensation, the pain doesn’t begin till later, when the damage to tissue, bloodstream, nervous system and eventually body organs has taken hold.  The resulting pain and suffering, can even result in death for the person who has been bitten.

So what on earth does this have to do with abortion? Read More »

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An Interview With Kate O’Beirne – from John Hawkins

By idaflo | September 18th, 2010 | No Comments » 

Kate O’Beirne, subject of the following interview by John Hawkins, is the author of:

Kate O'BeirneWomen Who Make the World Worse: and How Their Radical Feminist Assault Is Ruining Our Schools, Families, Military, and Sports.

John Hawkins: One of the promos for your book reads: “Disproved: the common myth that women with similar education, skills, and job experience work for salaries 25 percent less than those of men.” Tell us about that.

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