DaughterGeeding’s elementary school had an awards ceremony last night. Award after award was given out and I thought she wouldn’t get a thing, but they saved the most distinguished awards towards the end and she was fortunate to receive one. Yeah, I know it’s just kindergarten, but I’m still proud of her.
Her school is too small to host all parents and teachers, so they used the Lutheran church across the street, which didn’t bother me in the least. However, one could easily tell many in attendance were part of another faith, and they seemed happy to be there. It got me to thinking, what if the church wasn’t Lutheran but another religion, would the school or parents of Christian children feel comfortable with the event hosted there?
While I was honored to be at such an event, I’ll fully admit, it was a total beating. And to think my parents attended all of mine without the modern-day luxury of a smartphone.
My youngest sibling’s appendix ruptured yesterday. I visited her last night after the awards ceremony. She’s at Baylor University Center Dallas, which gave me mixed feelings. That’s a top notch facility, but parking and finding the correct building and room is a nightmare. Luckily, they have some very friendly staff that’s willing to help, and they can easily spot the “where the hell do I go” face. As for my youngest sibling, she was in a lot of pain and slowly recovering.
The first story on the ‘CBS Evening News’ was Bill Cosby, the second was Baylor. Nothing like two rape-related stories to start off the evening. Crude joke headline I read on Reddit – Dr. Bill Cosby to be next president of Baylor.
I’m holding off most of my Baylor thoughts until there’s actual confirmation of a firing or resignation. Baylor addressed the reporting of Ken Starr’s potential firing/resignation/reassignment by stating they expect to announce official news by June 3, which I think is one part smartly strategic and one part cowardly. They gave themselves a due date of June 3, which is the Friday of a three-day weekend. The best time to release news you don’t want getting any traction is on a Friday, and if that Friday is part of an extended weekend like Memorial Day, that’s just gravy. I understand image control, but doing so doesn’t seem like addressing the issue head on. Note: I made a mistake on the dates which invalidates what I wrote, so that’s why I have the text crossed out.
Starr needs to fired and shouldn’t be reassigned to another position or offered the chance to resign. After reading several testimonies of Baylor rape victims and reading and watching related news segments, he was aware of what was going on and how it wasn’t being properly addressed at several levels and departments. Once aware of any shortcomings of sexual assault reporting , he should have been proactive, which would have created an environment that such assaults are taken seriously and student safety is a priority. It wasn’t just Baylor athletes at fault, it was bigger than that, which I think gives Briles a pass, for now. But I do believe Starr’s action, or inaction, contributed or influenced Baylor athletes guilty of sexual assault.
I can certainly understand how legendary Baylor football coach Grant Teaff wants to support the school during these times, but I think he said the wrong thing by stating what’s going on now doesn’t compare with the 2003 murder of basketball player Patrick Dennehy by teammate Carlton Dotson under Coach Dave Bliss that tried to cover it up.
Okay, I didn’t hold off on my Baylor thoughts. I fear my judgment and thoughts are clouded from my dislike of the university, but I tried to constructive and reasoned.
Coppell elementary schools had their field day last week. One school had Jason Garrett to “officially” start field-day. Unfortunately, DaughterGeeding’s school does not have field day. I have great memories of field day at Lamar Elementary, especially jump-the-river.
Benjamin L. Corey – No, This Isn’t All Part Of God’s Plan (So Let’s Stop Blaming It On Him) – Instead of saying that God has a “plan,” I am growing more fond of saying that God has a certain desire, a certain will– a certain heart. And that this will, this desire, and this heart, is always love. It’s never anything but love. This means that whatever God wills, and whatever God desires to bring into reality, is always beautiful and never evil.
Somewhat related, I think people either misuse to take Jeremiah 19:4 out of context and using it as some kind of security blanket. – For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
The passage isn’t written to any individual, but to an entire nation of people, Israel, who were disobedient to just about everything.
People tend to just isolate the verse and ignore any text that comes prior and after. They state that the Lord will fulfill his promise to them after 70-years in exile and a response from the nation to seek him out. To get a better understanding of its context, it really helps to read the previous chapter(s). Before he shares his promise, he gives them a directive. And the promise wouldn’t even be fulfilled the generation he was addressing. It’s not about escaping but persevering and growing through hard times.
Yes, the verse still offers value, there’s just more to it than how it’s mostly singled out. And for brevity, I left out a lot more detail but I think you get the….context. And I’ll be the first to admit I’m no theologian or biblical scholar.
Raw Story – It’s been 8 months and Trevor Noah’s ‘Daily Show’ still sucks – I thought the author nicely summed up what Oliver, Bee, and Wilmore are doing with their shows and she also states the show’s ratings have dropped thirty-seven-percent. Unless I missed it, I thought she should have thrown in a something about Colbert’s old or new show.
Until last night, I wasn’t aware that some of the PGA golfers participating in the Colonial take time to go to Cook’s Children Hospital to take part in an annual tradition – The Bedpan Open. They basically play putt-putt with the children in which the holes are elaborated decorated with bedpans as the hole. Here are three of the holes from their Twitter account – Pic1, Pic2, Pic3
I still capitalize it, but will probably stop, old habit are hard to break – The New York Times is the latest publication to decapitalize ‘the internet’ – The NYT is joining the Associated Press in ditching the capital-I internet this year, with both bastions of journalistic style choosing to shrink the letter on June 1st. Thomas Kent — the AP’s standards editor — explained that the internet had become “wholly generic, like ‘electricity or the ‘telephone’.” The word was not trademarked, and not based on a proper noun, he said. “The best reason for capitalizing it in the past may have been that the word was new.