Showing posts from February, 2013

The weight of judgement

*If you already visited this and read, I'd like you to make sure to read this, as I came back and added it later. :)

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." -Joshua 1:9
There are many decisions and actions for which I get grief. Some are regarding my decision to pursue a master's degree, some to not yet have finished said degree. Some are my perpetual singleness, because apparently my friends think I'm knocking the guys away with a stick (really, I have my neon "stay away" sign turned off, but that's a conversation for another time).

Some, if you read the previous post, are regarding work, not doing enough, doing too much, doing it wrong, the list goes on.

However, there are two that bug me more than any and they tie in together.

First off, I get grief for the way I treat my dog. Read that carefully, please. Because I don't say mistr…

The ugly truth

*This post was written in two parts. Make sure to read it all before judging, please. :)

The willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life is the source from which self-respect springs.  ~Joan Didion
Being a journalist is not all it’s cracked up to be. While I love my job, while I love meeting people, the truth is, the stories are never-ending and people are never satisfied.

It’s easy to see why journalists become ‘burnt out.’

In our world, between social media sites that offer -- no, guarantee -- immediacy, and fast food chains that promise you can “have it your way,” it is no wonder that people have become so...greedy.

I hate to use that word. But it’s the truth. Now, these individuals are not always being greedy for money. They aren’t always striving to have their name in print or on television. Sometimes, they are doing it for a great cause, for a great organization, for a great need. But the simple truth is, they are being greedy.

And it is exhausting.

It seems th…

"Have my cake and eat it too" Or "Being the model of a modern lady"

“Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” --Proverbs 31:30
Having been born and raised in a rural farming area in Southcentral Kentucky, there are a few things instilled in me.

Things like, always hold the door for others. If someone could use your seat more than you (i.e., they are older, injured, pregnant, or just to be polite), you get up and let them have your seat. You always say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ and ‘sir’ and ‘ma’am.’ You never refer to someone using their first name unless they’ve told you to. Always be kind and polite to everyone, no matter who it may be. Show respect. 

I always assumed that many of these things were universal. That’s a lesson I’ve since been forced to relearn. Sadly.

In cases such as the door, I have noticed them to be an international given. However, it does seem those unwritten rules don’t always apply in the U.S. Perhaps they should.

Onto another, soon-to-be-connected, but seemingly unrelated …