Good morning! I am still alive and kicking even though I've been MIA for a week. No real reason...just busy and nothing "blog worthy" to write about. Until yesterday. Yesterday this happened:
I got to spend the day with my biological father and my half-sister. If you've known me for a while, you know I only learned the man's identity two years ago and I met him for the first time last summer. I only saw him twice more until yesterday as he spends over half the year in Texas. Even when he and his wife come back to Pennsylvania for the summer, they spend part of the time visiting his wife's family in Maine. It was only the second time I've seen my sister, as well.
It was great to get to spend time with them just hanging out at my father's home and getting to know each other better. My sister and I really do have a lot in common. And I don't know, but when you look at the three of us...I think you can tell we are related.
And a tough bunch of questions they are this week!
Stolen from 5000 questions
1. If America is one nation under god then are atheists citizens? Yes, and so are Muslims, Hindus, and everyone else. What too many don't understand is that the Founding Fathers intention was a place where everyone was free to practice their beliefs and speak of them openly without influence or hinderance of the government. They did not intend that you could not be guided by your beliefs in the public arena. I suspect they would be appalled by the behavior of both "sides" these days.
2. Is there anything that you believe should be banned for any reason? That's a tricky line to walk. There are things that should be banned...things that bring harm to someone...things that are crimes. However, then you open the door to more and more things that harm someone, but not another...and if it doesn't harm one then that one is going to be upset about a ban. And you'll end up in a big mess eventually. Kind of like we are right now.
3. How often do you eat too much? Not as much as I used to. I've lost over 20 pounds this summer. Still, probably far too often when confronted with a favorite food.
4. If you died tomorrow, what mark would you have left on the world? On the world? Probably nothing. On my small corner of the world? I hope I've made a difference in peoples' lives by showing kindness, compassion, and love; by working with people others often overlook or avoid (dementia patients and those with developmental disabilities); by trying to introduce a positive, happy mood into most situations; basically, by sharing and modeling the love of Jesus to those I come in contact with.
5. Are you a city person or a country person? I'm definitely not a city person. I wouldn't like living in one. Visiting is fine. I love the country, but I don't know if I'd want to live there these days if it was isolated. Are rural suburbs a thing? That would be my space. I like having some space and land, but I also like to have a few people around and I'm used to my conveniences like food delivery and such.
6. What annoys you the most about yourself? My tendency to procrastinate.
7. Who was your childhood hero? My grandmother.
8. With nearly 100 channels why is NOTHING ever on? Because most of it is pure drivel that glorifies the worst of our behavior.
9. Would you adopt a stray kitty wandering through your neighborhood? Sure! I might need to rehome my husband afterward, though. He is so not a cat person.
10. Which Lord of the Rings movie has the best ending? It's been so long since I watched them that I really don't remember.
11. What are you missing in your life? Real vacations! The beach. More money in the bank account.
12. What could you make a sculpture out of that's in the room with you right now? I don't know. Maybe the exercise bike...or the bottles of wine in the rack...or pillows and throws...books?
13. Do you believe in the lost city of Atlantis? Not really as it's described in legend, but I do believe there was probably a real city that somehow inspired the legends.
14. Have you ever read The Little Prince? At some point in the far distant past, yes.
15. What fantasy book would you like to see made into a movie? I don't read fantasy books so I really don't have a clue. The books I would like most to see made into movies are James Rollins' Sigma Force series.