Returning to the Well

Here at home, our plans to move to the Philippines took an almost 1000 dollar hit when paperwork for the Cherub’s passport got all snarled up in redtape and in order to unsnarl it, we needed a lawyer.  We have a lawyer who handles a few things for us now and again.  Funny story about this time, except I’m not laughing super hard.

Part of this paperwork is, honestly something he should have told us to do years ago but he didn’t.   We have to pay 176 dollars to the court for filing fees, and 750 dollars to him.  So as my husband is writing out the first check he asks to be reminded of the amount, and the lawyer (who likes to tell us how much he loves missionaries), says, “176 dollars.  Oh, you know what, go ahead and round it down to 175 and we’ll cover that for you.”  Yep.  He generously offered to cover one dollar of the filing fee while charging us 750 dollars for his part.  I do believe a labouror is worthy of his wages, but honestly, this one stings.

My husband just looked at him for a moment, because he really couldn’t believe he’d just actually said out loud that he’d cover a dollar out of the nearly one thousand dollars we’d be charged and said it like he was being generous.  Are we thinking of the same Shakespeare line right now?  Please say yes.

And then the lawyer shuffled a little sheepishly and said he’d only charge us 500 dollars for his part, unless he had to go to court and then it would be the full 750.  Thing is, I have a sneaking suspicion that’s how he breaks it down for his large clients (nursing homes) anyway.  So there’s that.  And it stinks.  And it means we don’t have the Cherub’s passport when we should.  So there’s also that.  I hate spending that much money on this mission trip before we even buy a plane ticket.   Halp, Halp.

Also, if you could pray for a renter for The Rattery, that’d be grand.  Thanks.

But then… oh, boy.


The Unicornian Boys: Then there is this separate piece of news that is super exciting.  I cannot convey just how exciting because I can’t share all the details, I don’t know others,  and I didn’t explain the ones I knew before because I couldn’t do it without curling up in the fetal position and sobbing so hard I was choking myself on snot and tears and full body sobs.  Because we all (as in both families, ours and the family who kept the boys the last part of the summer visit and hoped to adopt) with dreadful, heartbreaking, crushing news and a sense of near hopelessness.

The short version of the backstory is that we found out before the Unicornians went back home this past summer that our friends who wanted to adopt them probably couldn’t, and that we all would never see them again because they could no longer participate in the orphan hosting program at all and they were moved to a different location so we couldn’t contact them, either.    This is all a system snafu at a level beyond any of us, it had nothing to do with our friends or the boys, except, you know, it had everything to do with all of them, and we all felt just about half-kilt over it and could hardly speak of it. It has been a relentless, cruel, and constant sharp stone in the center of my heart that would not go away, and I am hardly the only one, especially since I have passed the baton (sort of, I’m still hanging on to the end) to somebody who can pick it up and run with it like it should be run with.

And this week a bunch of cool things happened at once and our friends can host them again for Christmas after all,  and they can at least pursue the option of adopting.  Of course, there is no guarantee that will or can happen, and nobody will feel safe about it until the boys are here on the ground forever and being hugged and kissed until they can’t breathe anymore and then we’ll gasp for breath and start all over again.

And, sadly, we really do not plan to be here by Christmas (we are praying to be gone before Thanksgiving) so we won’t see them.  But our kids in the area will be able to see them, and we can leave gifts for them and dear Lord, please, just please, please so much please, let them be here for us to love on in 2 years when, Lord willing and the crick don’t rise, we will be back here in the states hugging new grandbabies and familiar grandbabies, and Lord bless us all, those precious rascals, the four Unicornian boys.


Please help their would-be forever family get those boys here for Christmas.  Please.  Read it.  Pray.  Pass it on.  Make a donation.  God bless and thank-you and just so you know, I have a picture of the youngest on the background of my phone and I kiss that sweet face at least once a day, but he currently has no idea.

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News and views, wikileaks to terra cotta soldiers

21 of the 270 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls released.Most have babies.

A female interpreter for a journalist doing a documentary on the plight of the refugees in the Calais camp was raped while the journalist was held at knifepoint by two accomplices, and his equipment was stolen.  According to officials:

“Journalists and aid workers have been frequently warned about the dangers of working in the Jungle camp, which contains a small hardcore of serious criminals amongst its approximately 6,000 refugees. ”

The same article tells of another camera crew which was attacked, beseiged by rock throwers, and also had equipment stolen.  They say this kind of violence is very common and happens every night.  So just how small is this ‘small’ group of hardcore criminals?

The Calais camp is scheduled for destruction, and vulnerable children are being moved out.  The first group arrived in England this week.  They are all males, claiming to be between the ages of 14 and 18, but with young men of this age, it’s impossible to tell just by looking if they are still teenagers or if they are adults, and many are missing paperwork.  Aid workers are required to treat them as vulnerable children if they say they are minors.

What we’ve been told about the war in Syria may not be true.

CNN’s Chris Cuomo claims only the media can read Hillary’s leaked emails, it’s illegal for every day citizens to see them.  Recall that among the leaks is the revelation that Donna Brazile (CNN) leaked a townhall question in advance to the Clinton campaign and his lies make sense.

You can read the wikileaks for yourself here.  There’s also a search function.

Politico reporter calls himself a hack, asks  Clinton Campaign’s approval for his story and begs them not to tell anybody that he did.

Mediaite: Wikileaks (and media response) shows corporate media out of touch and clueless as the politicians they cover.

Hillary campaign searches for token Asian woman.

State Department tried to bribe the FBI to unclassify the classified emails Hillary sent on her private server.

ObamaCare continues freefall: “A growing number of people in Obamacare are finding out their health insurance plans will disappear from the program next year, forcing them to find new coverage even as options shrink and prices rise.

At least 1.4 million people in 32 states will lose the Obamacare plan they have now, according to state officials contacted by Bloomberg. That’s largely caused by Aetna Inc., UnitedHealth Group Inc. and some state or regional insurers quitting the law’s markets for individual coverage.”

Less depressing news:

China launches two men into orbit

More terra cotta soldiers found in China, a possible link to ancient Greece, and mitochondrial DNA which suggests Europeans may have settled, lived, and died in western China around the time of the first Emperor (the terra cotta soldiers were found in his tomb, which is also much larger than previously believed)

More cave art, quite striking, discovered in Iberia.  The first example with a depiction of lions, and a huge (4ft) etching of a horse.

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Decolonize Your Mind

I’m so gonna use that line the next time somebody tells me I did the math wrong, on anything. Because there is no right. It’s a form of white anti-woman oppression that has colonized our minds, universities, and culture for far too long.

We must also decolonize science, because it is a product of western modernity (which is obviously a horrible thing, right?)

The woman in the orange shirt has to be seen to be believed.  She is part of the ‘fallist’ movement which is explained here in this video.

“I have a question for all the science people,” she said. “There is a place in KZN [KwaZulu-Natal province] called Umhlab’uyalingana . . . They believe that through the magic — you call it black magic‚ they call it witchcraft — you are able to send lightning to strike someone. Can you explain that scientifically, because it’s something that happens.”

The man who interrupts her (because she is addressing the science faculty, I assume he’s a white science teacher, but I don’t know) and says that did not happen was forced to apologize- which he did, three times.  Oh, don’t.  Look, I get that he should have waited a moment and then answered her question (because she did ask one) instead of interrupting.  But in these circumstances, apologies are like chumming sharks.  Don’t do it.
More here.  He probably apologized out of fear rather than courtesy, because that’s the environment in which he lives.

The student in the orange/mustard yellow sweater mocks gravity and Sir Isaac Newton as well, and further demonstrates her abysmal ignorance:

“Western knowledge is totalising. It is saying that Newton, and only Newton, knew or saw an Apple falling and then out of nowhere decided that gravity existed, and created an equation, and that is it. The only way to explain gravity is through Newton.”

Um. No.  That’s not what happened. This is what happened. Sorry, that was probably a reflection of an undecolinized mind.  If you are old enough to have watched SNL it its glory days, you might be able guess what line I am trying really hard not to think of right now.

This kind of folly is not just in South Africa:

College science classes are hostile to women and minorities because they use the scientific method, which assumes people can find reliable truths about the natural world through careful and sustained experimentation, concludes a recent dissertationby a doctoral candidate at the University of North Dakota.

Laura Parson, a student in the university’s education department, reviewed eight science class syllabi at a “Midwest public university” and said she discovered in them a hidden hostility to women and minorities:

Science as she is practiced does have a problem. Those who should, do not take misconduct seriously enough.

But science isn’t the only field which has taken a beating:

Duke Pesta on the left’s choke-hold on higher education – and its consequences:

I started giving quizzes to my juniors and seniors. I gave them a ten-question American history test… just to see where they are. The vast majority of my students – I’m talking nine out of ten, in every single class, for seven consecutive years – they have no idea that slavery existed anywhere in the world before the United States. Moses, Pharaoh, they know none of it. They’re 100% convinced that slavery is a uniquely American invention… How do you give an adequate view of history and culture to kids when that’s what they think of their own country – that America invented slavery? That’s all they know.

Read it all, and follow the links.

And then there’s the SAAD report, reading, or attempting to read, an actual abstract of an actual dissertation. It’s a word-salad devoid of meaning or nutrition:

Read a few more here.

The people writing the nonsense did not like having their work shared with the public, so they threatened to doxx the real peer review in order to make her feel unsafe and censor her work. Yah, progress.

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Reading: government and education

Want to teach your kids stuff about elections and government in the US?

This is free, online, and published by our government, so a lot of it is twaddle, but there is also helpful stuff.  More here.

Apologia has also released a 34 page elections unit study– honestly, much of it is twaddle, too, and some of it comes from the site above, but there are also some good assignments and ideas.

The case against public education: I know it’s not popular, but it is worth thinking about.  After all, when college kids are writing papers about why science and the mere idea of objectivity is hostile to women and minorities, it’s hard not to see a maleficent hand at work.

At least we are not yet like China, where the government encourages neighbors, relations, and others to report parents who share their religion with their kids.

Reading to your kids is important, but are you sure you making the most of it?  Psychology Today:

“There’s a well-known study that showed that adults who read a short literary fiction text can better understand the mental states of others (Kidd and Castano 2013). In literary fiction, in-depth portrayals of a character’s inner thoughts and feelings allow the reader to fill in the missing pieces about the character’s motivation and perspective; it strengthens their innate sense of empathy.

Most children’s books don’t have this level of writing and nuance, but if approached correctly, any book can be used to foster empathy and decision-making skills. Even terrible books.

So how do we use books differently? Let’s pull out the conflict. Read through the bullying story until the kids start to be mean to each other. And instead of inwardly wincing and reading faster, press pause and close the book. Ask your child what they would do if they were in the character’s position. Brainstorm, and then open the book back up and allow the author to lead

you through to the end.

From a neuroscientific perspective, each night most parents are losing an incredible opportunity to use artificial conflict as real-life practice. For “Are You My Mother?,” the conflict happens immediately. The baby bird wakes up in a nest all alone and his mother is gone. What would you do, baby bird? Even for books you’ve read together 216 times, your child can come up with a different way the character can react, a different decision the character can make.”

Read it all.

And maybe the next family read aloud should be Animal Farm, stopping often for some judicious and thoughtful open ended questions- what’s happening? Why do you think so?  What would you do?  What should you do?  What should the other animals do?  What else does this remind you of?

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Hey, hey, ho, ho science is racist and has to go….

Students at South African University say science is racist and should be abolished.

Science as we know and respect it, and not as political propaganda, is, paradocially, both a product and a creator of western civilization, and there’s a war on against Western Civlization and the best it has to offer.

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