Sunday, May 14, 2017

Girls are Different from Guys: Where Angels Play

   Differences do not threaten equality between the sexes, and the conservative feminist recognizes and celebrates differences between women and men. 
   Take for instance, the truck driver, Dianne Lively, who felt she was delivering the most special load of her life when she picked up a playground donated by, “Where Angels Play Foundation,” dedicated to the memory of little Ryanne Cara. 
   Lively was profoundly moved to be a small part of honoring the memory of a little girl’s life. And she felt privileged to be a part of the wonderful work of, “Where Angels Play Foundation,” in delivering Ryanne Cara's memorial playground. 
   She called a florist and arranged for balloons and ribbons to be delivered to a truck stop not far from the playground location. She contacted her broker and explained there would be a short delay while she stopped to decorate the truck before delivery. 
   The broker then called his contact at, “Where Angels Play,” and told them what she was up to. 
   This resulted in a last minute, quickly assembled--but very special--welcome, for the truck driver at the playground location, where a group was waiting to assemble and dedicate the playground. 
   Ryanne Cara's parents were there. The woman expecting in the picture below is her mother. 
   After she arrived, Lively was told that she was the only truck driver to ever decorate a truck for  playground delivery. They were so touched by extra effort she put into  celebrating Ryanne Cara's life and the delivery of the memorial playground, they made her an honorary member of the Foundation!
    Many, if not most, behaviors defined as “feminine” or “masculine” are culturally developed and deeply--but artificially--ingrained. The conservative feminist understands this. But what truck driver, Dianne Lively, did, was a uniquely female thing. 
   Men do wonderful things as well. Things that could be understood to be uniquely male things, and this writer has every intention of writing about them as they come to her attention. But few would argue that it simply would not occur to most males--truckers at that--to call a florist,  then drive down the highway with balloons and ribbons fluttering from their trucks. 
   The evidence of this lies in the fact that numerous "Where Angels Play" playgrounds have been delivered by male truck drivers--most of them in fact--and not one playground was delivered with balloons and ribbons decorating the big-rig.
   Until Dianne Lively made her entrance. 
   What Lively did was special. It touched the hearts of Ryanne Cara's parents and all the others who awaited the delivery of a playground that, in the memory of one precious little girl whose life was far too short. would bring joy to many children.

Monday, May 02, 2016

Stop Anti-Semitism: James Andersen 2016 Presentation

Jocelyn with her son, James
 James Andersen presentation on bigotry and hatred towards Jews. How it started, what continues to perpetuate it, and what each of us can do to stop it.

A must watch video on the importance of remembering the lessons of the Holocaust and making sure it never happens again.

Click here to watch the video

Sunday, October 16, 2011

We Just Lost Ground

I am outraged that Kansas would repeal laws to protect women from aggravated assault at the hands of husbands and boyfriends. Women have fought so long and hard to make what progress we have only to hear that now we are not worth the money it takes to protects us from violence?

In case any of you have not heard, the Shawnee County District Attorney decided last month that he would no longer prosecute domestic violence cases in the city of Topeka. Outraged at the power play by the D.A.—not the threat to the safety of women—the Topeka City Council voted to reduce felony domestic violence cases to “misdemeanor domestic abuse.” They promptly released eighteen offenders without pressing any charges.

This was an issue of power and money between the Topeka City Council and the Shawnee County District Attorney. Women there are considered nothing more than pawns to be sacrificed on the altars of power and money.

We need three things. First we need an Equal Rights Amendment. What happened in Topeka can happen again and again in one city after another until women are reduced to the shape we were in 50 years ago. Don’t say it can’t happen. It just happened in Kansas! An Equal Rights Amendment is the only thing that cannot be changed by a City Council or a simple congressional vote.

Second, Women need to be declared victims of hate crimes. Hate Crime is a legal category used to describe bias motivated violence. Violence against women, especially when perpetrated by a spouse or boyfriend, should be categorized as a hate crime. In most domestic violence cases, women are assaulted because they are women. That makes domestic violence a hate crime.

Hate crime laws enhance penalties associated with conduct that is already criminal under other laws. Conversely, domestic violence laws, by virtue of the language itself, often have the effect of minimizing the severity of criminal conduct in the minds of the prosecutors—as the Shawnee D.A. just demonstrated!

But whether or not the crime was committed because of a generalized sense of male privilege or entitlement or because of a religiously motivated hatred of women due to deeply held complementarian beliefs, what happened in Topeka underscores the need for women to be declared victims of hate crimes as well as the need for an Equal Rights Amendment which would do far more to protect women than local laws which, as demonstrated in Topeka, are easily repealed.

Third, the term “domestic violence” needs to be purged from our legal vocabularies. There is nothing domestic about violence, and such language used to describe violence against women minimizes the severity of the violence in the minds of those who hear such watered down verbiage. A crowbar does less damage when it’s wielded by a husband or boyfriend and smashes into the face of a woman? Aggravated assault is aggravated assault!

Over the past several decades, there has been an appalling apathy concerning getting the Equal Rights Amendment ratified. I hope what happened in Topeka will serve as a wake-up call to us all.

I hope you will all subscribe to this newsletter and forward it to others (sign-up form the will have a permanent place in the side-bar of this blog). We really need to get together on this to stop this backward slide and get things moving forward again!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

The Warrior Dash for ERA!

On January 21, 2012, I will be running in the Warrior Dash, which is a 3.2 mile race from hell. I will be running in support of ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment - ERA.

Why is a 55 year old grandmother of nine planning to compete in a mud-crawling, fire-leaping, extreme run from hell?

Well, I’ll tell you.

I will be sludging through the murky waters of “Alligator Alley” in support of the Equal Rights Amendment, which simply reads: Equality under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex….

Do I think I might win? Not likely, but I will happily dash down river in the “Rio Run” in support of Florida families who are cheated of over $4000 per year in income because many Florida wives and mothers still make only 72 cents on the dollar as compared to men.

Do I think I will finish? You bet. I will trudge through waste deep water and over the logs in the "Dead-Weight Drifter" in support of all American children who are sentenced to the custody of abusive fathers and given limited contact with, or even denied contact with, loving mothers because of gender bias in the family courts  (not saying that only fathers are abusive, but it is a fact that the majority of protective parents are mothers. 40 states have already identified gender-bias as a problem in family courts and are working to rectify it, but only an Equal Rights Amendment can really do that!)

As the daughter of a decorated veteran, I appreciate our military and will finish this race in support of U.S. Service-Women who protect and defend the U.S. Constitution, a document that does not protect and defend them.

I will gladly venture into unknown murky waters in the “Slithering Swamp” in support of every girl and boy who is living in an under-privileged home because their mothers do not receive fair salaries or career advancement opportunities simply because they are women.

I will joyously speed through hundreds of tires in “Knee High Hell” in support of the many retirement age women who must continue working or live in poverty because they were unable to pay enough into pension plans and social security due to equal pay laws not being enforced.

I will ecstatically scale my way through the thick palmettos in the “Palmetto Prison” in support of fair salaries and career advancement opportunities for women.

I will delightedly hustle up and over giant straw bales in “Hay Fever” in support of necessary protection from violence against women.

I will cheerfully maneuver over the cargo nets in the “Cargo Climb” in support of a Constitutional Amendment which will secure the birthright of equal treatment for male and female alike. Laws, state ERAs, and the 14th Amendment are no guarantee.

I will enthusiastically fight my way through the water and gale force winds in the “Treacherous Typhoon” in support of mobilizing, organizing, and publicizing the swelling need for an Equal Rights Amendment which is already in place in every nation created since WWII!

I will zealously sprint to the summit on “Hell’s Hill” in support of propelling society forward by unleashing the talent and energies of ALL people, working together for a civilized society.

I will eagerly leap over the warrior fires of the “Warrior Roast” to enhance the dignity of all humankind by proclaiming equality of women and men under the law in perpetuity.

And I will humbly scramble beneath barbed wire in “Muddy Mayhem” in support of every American citizen who does not have equality under the Constitution based on his or her sex. Both sexes should be mentioned in the U.S. Constitution which represents the citizens’ contract with the United States of America.

The U.S. must finally declare that regardless of one's sex, human beings are equal under the law

Women's Rights + Men’s Rights = Equal Rights = Human Rights

What can you do?

Link to this post. Forward this post to your friends. Share this post on your facebook site. Sign the Petition in the sidebar of this blog.

Join the team, “Team ERA!” and support the Equal Rights Amendment by either by running in the race with me or by wearing the “Team ERA!” tee shirt and attending the race as a spectator. If you cannot do either, then buy a shirt and wear it to let others know that you support ERA. Shirt info is in the sidebar of this blog.

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Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Why is it important to Know about the Holocaust?

My Son's Radio Interview with Hal Row on 1290 whky about the Holocaust:

Hal Row: Why is it important that we know so much about the Holocaust?

James Andersen: It is one of the most important events of the 20th century. It is one that has shaped our world, and a lot of people don’t realize that. It is important to understand how it happened, how the world allowed it to happen, and to raise awareness to ensure that genocide doesn’t happen, that we as a people can stop it from taking place. You know we have had several genocides in the past since the holocaust. It is lack of understanding, lack of knowing our history, and apathetic attitudes towards it that allowed it to happen. So by raising Holocaust awareness, we can teach our children to take a stand against this type of atrocity in the future.

Hal Row: We’re talking about the Holocaust. What are we talking about, a working definition?

James Andersen: The massacre and genocide of approximately 6 million Jews—state sponsored, systematic—that’s the key words, genocide of approximately 6 million European Jews between 1933 and 1945…

Every discussion about the Holocaust needs to begin with anti Semitism and understanding what motivated these people (the Nazi’s and their collaborators) to do this…

A lot of the killing was done by auxiliary police in Poland, Chekoslavakia, Lithuania. Prisoners of war from the Soviet army from the Ukraine were guards at the camps. When the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939, they had the locals conduct a census to locate Jews. Local farmers would help, so these were the enemies of the Nazi’s helping to hunt down and identify Jews…

There are different ways to become collaborators…the US and Cuba, and the rest of the world would deny entry to refugee Jews. People who were trying to flee Nazi Germany had nowhere to go, because no one wanted them in their countries…That type of inaction of course, our almost out of sight out of mind attitude, that was a big role. That was what allowed Nazi Germany to carry this as far as they did…

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Preparing My Heart: My Word for Today

For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD and to do it and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine and doeth them I will liken him to a wise man which built his house on a rock. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths. O LORD I know that the way of man is not in himself it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

I Was a Defeated, Backslidden Christian!

For many years I lived a defeated, backslidden Christian life, then one day, God sent a woman to knock on my door (one of those "visits" backslidden folks hate so much!) to tell me that if I would read just four chapters a day from the Bible, I would read the entire Bible through, in its entirety, once every year and the New Testament twice.

Her obedience, and wise counsel, changed my life

Since 1981, I have been reading my Bible every day, always picking up today where I left off yesterday.

I made a commitment back then, to establish time with the LORD every day—and have kept that commitment (it was much more difficult at first than it is now).

I always spend time in the Word of God (and visit with the Lord) first thing in the morning.

The first thing I reach for when I get up every day is my coffee cup—the second thing is my Bible.

As I enjoy my first cup of steaming coffee (I usually drink 1 to 2), the Word of God is seeping into my sleepy consciousness as I ease into to full wakefulness and the day ahead.

Without fail, after just a few minutes, Jesus and I are having a good visit (it is always more than just reading—It really is a deeply personal time with the Lord).

Some may object, claiming that getting up a secular job every day makes morning time for the Bible impossible.

I respond that you can't afford not to make time for Jesus first thing in the morning. Devotions for family later in the day or evening are wonderful and should be done, but that does not replace personal time in the mornings.

When my children were young, I had to be finished with my personal time with the Lord before 6am in order to get them ready for school. Then, for many years after that, I had to get up in time to be ready for work five mornings a week. Sometimes my job required me to travel extensively (I remember one period of time when I was on the road for six weeks of the eight!).

My morning visit with Jesus went with me—I did not leave my routine at home (that is value of establishing good habits).

On another occasion I was required to work from 8:00 each morning to 10:00 or 11:00 each night for a short period of time (and had an hour commute each way on top of that). During that time my routine did not vary. So, do not ask me to sympathize with anyone who cannot make time for the Word of God—which is a vital component to our overall relationship with God—because of work schedules, business, or family obligations, or simply because you do not like to read.

Consider this a challenge to all who are serious about putting Jesus first in their lives.

Turn the television off a few hours earlier each night (better yet, turn it off completely) and make time for a family altar and get some much needed sleep. For certain do not allow the television to be what starts your day each morning! Let some of the housework wait—Is housework really more important than putting Jesus first?

Each one of us makes time for things that are truly important to us. If we do not make time for God and his Word in the mornings, it is because our relationship with Him is not important to us—It is as simple as that.