Sorry, Mr. Franklin. We couldn’t keep it.

Supposedly when the Constitutional Convention concluded, Ben Franklin was asked what form of government America now had, and he said, “A Republic, Ma’am, if you can keep it.”

We lost it quite a ways back.

“Electing either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump cannot change that trajectory. Because each candidate represents constituencies hostile to republicanism, each in its own way, these individuals are not what this election is about. This election is about whether the Democratic Party, the ruling class’s enforcer, will impose its tastes more strongly and arbitrarily than ever, or whether constituencies opposed to that rule will get some ill-defined chance to strike back. Regardless of the election’s outcome, the republic established by America’s Founders is probably gone. But since the Democratic Party’s constituencies differ radically from their opponents’, and since the character of imperial governance depends inherently on the emperor, the election’s result will make a big difference in our lives.

Many Enemies, Few Friends

The overriding question of 2016 has been how eager the American people are to reject the bipartisan class that has ruled this country contrary to its majority’s convictions. Turned out, eager enough to throw out the baby with the dirty bathwater. The ruling class’s united front in response to the 2008 financial crisis had ignited the Tea Party’s call for adherence to the Constitution, and led to elections that gave control of both houses of Congress to the Republican Party. But as Republicans became full partners in the ruling class’s headlong rush in what most considered disastrous directions, Americans lost faith in the Constitution’s power to restrain the wrecking of their way of life.

From the primary season’s outset, the Democratic Party’s candidates promised even more radical “transformations.” When, rarely, they have been asked what gives them the right to do such things they have acted as if the only answer were Nancy Pelosi’s reply to whether the Constitution allows the government to force us into Obamacare: “Are you kidding? Are you kidding?”

On the Republican side, 17 hopefuls promised much, without dealing with the primordial fact that, in today’s America, those in power basically do what they please. Executive orders, phone calls, and the right judge mean a lot more than laws. They even trump state referenda. Over the past half-century, presidents have ruled not by enforcing laws but increasingly through agencies that write their own rules, interpret them, and punish unaccountably—the administrative state. As for the Supreme Court, the American people have seen it invent rights where there were none—e.g., abortion—while trammeling ones that had been the republic’s spine, such as the free exercise of religion and freedom of speech. The Court taught Americans that the word “public” can mean “private” (Kelo v. City of New London), that “penalty” can mean “tax” (King v. Burwell), and that holding an opinion contrary to its own can only be due to an “irrational animus” (Obergefell v. Hodges).”

Read it all.

I’m sad, but not in despair. Christians have lived under other regimes, do live under other regimes.

John Adams said that “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

We have been neither for many decades now. We were never perfect, but we did at least once, as a nation, value both morality and religion, particularly the values of Christianity. We’ve been mocking them, scorning them, undermining them, and jettisoning them for ages.

So here we are. I have no predictions for what happens next. I’m not good with political predictions- I never took Trump seriously at all. I can’t believe Clinton is still around in spite of the pay for play, the incredible security breach and the clearly politically motivated FBI ‘investigation’ which granted immunity to just about anybody who ever worked for her and was intended to be a whitewash from the beginning- and Benghazi. Good Lord. Benghazi should have disgraced her forever. And yet here we are. So I don’t even have a guess what’s going to happen next.

I do know this- we can still serve God wherever we are, whatever the outcome, whatever the future. And that has always been what matters most.

We should do what we can, the best we can for the good of the people and places where we currently live, but we are all essentially living in a hotel. We have a permanent inheritance somewhere else.

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VP Debates

Are going on live here.

I had to turn them off because I just can’t stomach the cross talking. My main take away- both of these guys are better than their candidates.

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News and stuff

Taxpayers are now covering the rent for Somalian refugees who leave the US for months.  Often they are leaving the US to return home- you know, the place they fled, in fear for their very lives?   It’s happening elsewhere as well, Germany, the Netherlands, and more.  We quit thinking and just emote, and it makes us easy targets for propaganda and con-artists.

Student in college reported to ‘Gender Misconduct’ and sent to re-education meeting for calling himself handsome in a sample statement in Chinese class.   Shades of Mao and self-criticism sessions prowl our campuses.  It’s evil.

On the other hand, one young wag by the name of Grant Strobl is having some fun with folly such as this:

“The University of Michigan is committed to fostering an environment of inclusiveness. Consistent with this value, the University has created a process for students to designate pronouns with the University and have those pronouns reflected on class rosters this fall,” the university stated to students and professors in an email, a copy of which was obtained by The College Fix.

The student’s chosen pronoun is “His Majesty.”



Remember Brandon Eich?

“A tech legend for his JavaScript and Firefox contributions, Eich was betrayed by his contemporaries and forced out of business as CEO of Mozilla, the company behind Firefox, because he supported natural marriage.

When it was revealed in 2014 that Eich donated $1,000 to California’s Proposition 8 ballot proposal, which defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman, he was blackballed, even though Proposition 8 was supported by the majority of Californians and easily passed in 2008.

Eich was publicly shamed because he believed in natural marriage and family. He was openly called a racist, Nazi, and inhumane.

But the tenacious techie didn’t give up. Without apology, Eich continued to innovate and ultimately came up with a whole new concept in web browsers: the ad-free, tracking-free, fast internet browser Brave.”

Financial Crisis brewing

And Why governments and bankers would like you to stop using cash.

You really should read those, and maybe reassess your emergency pantry supplies.

Women’s world Chess Championship to be held in Iran (WHY? )- and women are told they must wear hijab if they wish to participate, to ‘respect cultural differences.’

Female reporter who lives in a country which:

  1.   covered up gang rape that is directly caused by a program that paid children to spend time with Muslims.
  2. Experienced one of the biggest child sex exploitation cases ever, also  involving Muslims
  3. And more, says that people who would like more restrictions and limitations on admitting muslim immigrants are like rats and suggests poisoning them.  It’s rhetoric, yes.  But imagine the outrage if those opposed to unchecked immigration called the immigrants rats and suggested poisoning them.

In Virginia, illegal registration and voting by non-residents.  I remember when people were saying that voter ID was really some kind of thinly veiled racism because nobody had ever proven illegal voting was at thing.  It’s a thing.  A real thing.  And every vote cast illegally cancels out a legal vote, essentially disenfranchising legitimate voters.

More insurance companies bailing on Obama-Care.  It’s a mess and it’s only getting worse.   Which I believe was the plan from the beginning, it was always intended to be a stepping stone on the way to completely socialized medicine.

Hollywood steps up and tells it takes a famous person to convince us to register to vote, and how:

Warning- you can’t watch this one with your kids. It gets crude toward the end.
They seem mainly to want to assure us they are famous people and so of course we care what they say. And also they are famous. They are good actors. They are skilled parrots. They are good at name-calling and crying on cue, not so great at offering a single substantive point. Did I mention they are famous? So of course, their opinions matter.

Or maybe, they don’t:

I’m laughing, but I hate both these choices.

Related- Vice Presidential candidate debate tonight on t.v.

That huge hurricane? Still seems to be coming. Batten the hatches, and pray for those in its path.

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Belles on Their Toes, the funny sequel to Cheaper by the Dozen.  Now, Cheaper was funnier, I think.  But Belles is still a good read, albeit a bit bittersweet since it’s after their father died.

Genius, The Life and Science of Richard Feynman by Gleick

Review (not mine): It would be hard to tell personal stories about the late Nobelist Feynman (1918-1988) better than the subject himself did in What Do You Care What Other People Think? To his credit, Gleick does not try. Rather, he depicts Feynman’s “curious character” in its real context: the science he helped develop during physics’ most revolutionary era. Fans of Feynman’s own bestseller, “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! , ” won’t be disappointed by his colleagues’ recollections of his reckless obsession with doing science (a grad-school dorm neighbor once opened Feynman’s door to find him rolling on the floor as he worked on a problem); but the anecdotes punctuate an expanded account of Feynman the visceral working scientist, not Feynman the iconoclast. This biography wants to measure both the particle and the wave of 20th-century genius–Feynman’s, Julian Schwinger’s, Murray Gell-Mann’s, and others’–in the quantum era. Gleick seems to have enjoyed the cooperation of Feynman’s family plus that of a good many of his colleagues from the Manhattan Project and the Challenger inquiry (in which Feynman played a scene-stealing role), and he steadily levies just enough of the burden of Feynman’s genius on the reader so that the physicist remains, in the end, a person and not an icon of science. A genius could not hope for better. Gleick is the author of Chaos: The Making of A New Science.
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Wild Swans, Three Daughters of China, by Jung Chang
I’m really excited about this one. I read it, Red China Blues, and Life and Death in Shanghai and several others in the same year. Those three were my top picks out of about a dozen.

Theologians on the Christian Life: The Church
Crossway’s Theologians on the Christian Life series was designed to help Christians learn from the great teachers of church history—offering readers wisdom from the past for life in the present.

Few things are more important for the Christian life than participation in the larger Body of Christ—the church. In this digital sampler, we’ve pulled together an assortment of chapters on the church from volumes in the Theologians on the Christian Life series.

We hope this sampler spurs you to reflect more deeply on the nature and importance of Christ’s church, “which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all” (Eph. 1:23).

What Do You See, by Laurie Bluedorn, a first picture study book
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FREE: Crockpot Cookbook, 25 recipes to make your family healthy and happy (this one has very satisfied customers)

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Shadows of the Past, a crime thriller listed in Christian fiction.
Blurb: Psychology professor and criminal profiler Taylor Martin prides herself on being able to solve any crime, except the one she wants most desperately to solve–the disappearance of her father twenty years ago. When she finally has a lead on his whereabouts, Taylor returns home to Logan Point, Mississippi, to investigate. But as she works to uncover the truth, someone else will do almost anything to keep her from it.

Nick Sinclair pens mystery novels for a living, but the biggest mystery to him is how he can ever get over the death of his wife–a tragedy he believes he could have prevented. Now that his estranged brother is the only family he has left, Nick sets out to find him. But when he crosses paths with Taylor, all he seems to find is trouble.

Join the chase as Taylor and Nick search the murky shadows of the past for the keys to unlocking the present–and moving into a future they never imagined.

“Bradley had me totally hooked. An outstanding first book in the Logan Point romantic suspense series.”–Sandra Orchard, award-winning author of the Undercover Cops series and Deadly Devotion of the Port Aster Secrets series

“Keep your eye on Patricia Bradley. With her stellar writing and edge-of-the-seat suspense, there is no telling what she has in store for readers next.”–Sandra Robbins, award-winning author

Patricia Bradley is the winner of a 2012 Daphne du Maurier award and a 2012 Touched by Love award, and was also a finalist for the 2012 Genesis award. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America and makes her home in Mississippi.
Cozy Mysteries: Maple Syrup Murder (An Oh Fudge! Cozy Mystery Series Book 1) Regarding the series title, the lead character is a fudge-maker.

Reader review: This was a great read. I loved the main character, Ida Noe. She is spunky and real. I loved her quick responses and wit. The plot was fun with a nice twist at the end. I don’t recall any grammar/editing problems. The only problem with this book was that it was too short. I read the whole thing in under 2 hours. Hope the author write more and writes longer! And continues this character!

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Want a Crocheted Goody?

Some of these you may have seen before. None of them are suitable for small children who put things in their mouths.


Tiny coffee (or tea cups)- see the peanut?  It is there for scale.  Because doesn’t everybody use a peanut for scale?img_20160930_160911784


you only think you’ve seen this bookmark before.  I made another one just like the other one, only this one is a bit smaller.img_20161001_040615375


This one I crocheted in the dark at the theatre while NOT watching the eyeball scene during Mrs. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.  Well, I crocheted during other scenes, too, but I finished this before the movie was over, and it holds a tea bag, making it a sweet gift to send somebody by mail.  I’m working on a couple others now, with the lights on.img_20161001_222415087


I cannot remember if I shared this one or not- it’s a cell phone charm for my cell phone.  It’s flatter, not so 3-D, but it still has a bit of crocheted coffee inside – a chain of about 3 or 4 stitches in length.  I love it.img_20161001_040548565

And, of course, tiny turtles all over the place.  Some of these are fatter, as you see.  Those are acrylic baby yarn.  The tinier ones are generally 100 percent cotton, although the darker one on the end, the dark green yarn is from a thrift shop and I have no idea what it was made of, but it’s itchy.  Of course, I don’t think anybody is going to be wearing it as a necklace against your skin or otherwise rubbing it on your skin, which sounds silly.  Turtles carry salmonella. I joke, I joke.

Except they do, or so I recall.  1475464946651-726707418


Close up of the itchy fellow on the far left. Itchy as he is, the shell is made of 3 different yarns, bits and pieces and ravelings I had leftover that weren’t really enough to make much of anything.  I could probably have managed a flower or two, but I am really liking my turtle period right now.img_20161002_211446923

Here’s another pic of my latest bookmark, the smaller coffee mug (or tea, yes, tea, we don’t want to make the tea-drinkers feel spare.  Whatever, maybe it’s hot cocoa!  The yarn is  for the beverage is acrylic and a pretty coppery brown.    My cell phone charm is also here, with a pencil for scale because I ate the peanuts.img_20161001_040930760


I think I have just enough of this yarn left to make one more coffee mug, but it will be a bit large for a cell phone charm, and I don’t have enough yarn to give it a tail and curly que in the same colour.  No matter.  I will figure something out.img_20161002_211602058


So, here’s the thing. We’re still fund-raising for moving to the Philippines.  I’ll send one of my little crocheted amigurumi projects as a thank-you token for every gift of 25.o0 or more this week (gift us with 100.00 and I’ll give you 4.  Offer limited to six per address,  because i am not sure I can crochet that many that fast).

Please include your mailing address and let me know if you have a strong preference for one of the mug versions, otherwise, it’s turtles, all the way down because I love me my turtles.  I can’t accept choices for yarn colours because I just don’t know what I’ll have.  I may get a wild hair to start crocheting armadillos or something.  Somehow, if I do, I feel like they will look an awful lot like turtles.  I’d also like to try some little birds, acorns, or pumpkins.  We’ll have to see what inspiration bites me in the wee hours, which is when I usually get an idea to try something new (to me).

Paypal is heartkeepercommonroom, the usual email server and suffix.


Nobody need feel obligated- just offering.  And of course, my crocheted projects are not done by an expert.  They are handmade by me, usually while listening to an audio book or watching a K-drama.  Or, you know, very intently *NOT* watching something or other.  Do not expect this to be county fair ribbon winning quality, but my heart is in it, almost as much as our hearts are already in the Philippines.

Last week we learned of some children already in school who have special needs.  Kids like 9 y.o. “JinSoo,” who  has dyslexia. The school admin tells us JinSoo is struggling. Her current teacher is doing the best she can, but she has 27 students in 2 grades (grades 3 & 4). Right now they do not have anybody with the time, skills, or background knowledge to help JinSoo learn the skills she needs to cope with her dyslexia. Every week that we are not there to help is another week this little girl is falling further behind and feeling like she’s just not good enough.

There’s ‘Abram,” a middle school student who hasn’t been diagnosed yet, but the school staff feel he must have ADD.  He struggles with organization and time management.  He cannot seem to get his work home, completed, and back to school. He is already failing a couple of his classes due to this, and will fall further and further behind without the help my husbaned can provide.

Most of the students are boarding at the school, so they also do not have parents helping them with their homework at night.  There are other staff who are willing and dedicated, but they have many students to help,  and it’s not their area of expertise.

We really want to get there soon so we can help.

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