Posted 2/11/16 at 4:40 PM | Karen Kramer
Excuse me while I put away all of the promotional materials and meeting notes from our local school district’s recent levy campaign—asking voters to raise their taxes just so we could fill-in-the-gaps of the “basic” K-12 education in our small rural school.
This is a process that will be repeated in another four years.
Here in America we offer every child a “free” education. Visit an affluent school district (say, Mercer Island near Seattle), and then visit our classrooms out here in the country and you’ll note some disparaging differences in what can be offered. Obviously where money congregates, students get more goodies, but I digress.
Here’s the point: until we can truly offer every American student what we promised, let’s not get hyped up about offering free college. FULL POST
Posted 2/4/16 at 6:15 PM | Karen Kramer
Grandma was a warm, loving blend of worldly wisdom and superstitious folklore. She had an antidote for everything, including matters of the heart. So when I came to her with a broken dream, she told me about finding the Dream Box......
It was darker than she’d expected. Why had she decided to step out into such darkness? She couldn’t quite remember. This whole scene didn’t make sense.
But she knew she had to walk towards something. When she turned around she couldn’t see the path behind her. A one-way path? She didn’t fear wild animals; this place was as empty as it was dark.
The path ended at a small building. The broad door was fashioned with ornate hinges. As she neared, it swung open. Looking behind her, the path was already gone, so she walked through the threshold.
It was just as dark inside, but as she walked further into the room she saw a chair. When she sat down, a curtain suddenly pulled apart and from behind her a small beam of light began projecting images on a screen. FULL POST
Posted 1/28/16 at 7:33 PM | Karen Kramer
As I sipped coffee while sitting in the shop’s window seat, I observed a young mom huddled beneath the bus shelter across the street.
Holding onto her legs was a little boy bundled up against the rain, but nevertheless looking miserable.
I watched a bus rumble up and the two boarded. As they drove past, mom and boy looked as bleak as the rainy day. I wondered when life would get easier for them, if ever.
Apologies to women who are rightfully using the government benefits they desperately need to raise their kids. This isn’t about you. It’s about absentee fathers who are abdicating their responsibilities.
Instead of marrying the father of their kids, women have married state and federal programs just to be sustained in near poverty. And we see the results in our schools, community shelters, and prisons. Sorry, Uncle Sam doesn’t make a good father. FULL POST
Posted 1/26/16 at 12:08 PM | Karen Kramer
Fox Television’s new show Lucifer is as deceptive as Satan himself. It’s almost as if Lux (his nickname, which in Latin means light) is “nice”. The whole thing starts when Satan decides to leave his lair in hell and take a vacation in Los Angeles—a fitting location for the nightclub Lux decides to operate.
But as Bible-reading folks know, Lucifer is a deceiver. When a woman customer tells him that she fears Satan has her soul, he replies, “The devil isn’t that interested in your soul.” Anyone watching the show might just believe that. Lux goes on to tell her that God doesn’t care about her mess.
Lucifer appears to genuinely care for others. He fights crime with a police detective, and during the first episode encourages another troubled woman not to waste her talent and her life.
As one show reviewer noted, Lucifer is like “your charming high school friend.” FULL POST
Posted 1/21/16 at 6:02 PM | Karen Kramer
Maybe you saw the “hoax” article on Facebook about a pending earthquake and tsunami in the Pacific Northwest.
A quick response from the National Weather Service said there was nothing to worry about.
But for record, the last time the Juan De Fuca tectonic plate and the North American tectonic plate had a super destructive meeting was January 26, 1700.
And also for the record, these super-destructive earthquakes happen with eerie 243-year regularity. So if there is some concern about a pending quake, the ominous anniversary reminds us that we’re overdue a “big one”.
These mega-earthquakes have been traced all the way back to AD 599. But now this amazingly beautiful real estate is home to millions—in cities like Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, Portland, and Salem with hundreds of towns in between. FULL POST
Posted 1/20/16 at 1:45 PM | Karen Kramer
Perhaps you’ve been able to avoid the financial news since the beginning of the year and haven’t peeked at your financial portfolio.
Maybe you hope it will reverse itself, somehow. Lower prices at the gas pump are nice, but it means your retirement savings are burning up too.
Financial gurus are busy explaining, but it can be summarized this way: we’re screwed.
So as we watch the stock market gyrate, politicians speculate, and economic geeks articulate, just remember that it’s up to us to formulate. FULL POST
Posted 1/14/16 at 1:17 PM | Karen Kramer
It would have been easy to miss the few paragraphs tucked in the side column of the daily newspaper. What caught my eye was the headline:
Gaza journalist says he was tortured in jail
Gaza is a hotbed for Israeli-Palestinian conflicts, but it wasn’t about Israel this time. Palestinian journalist Ayman al-Aloul was imprisoned for publicly criticizing the Islamic Hamas control in Gaza.
According to Al-Aloul, the nine days in Hamas custody made him a “new man”. Torture and beatings really do facilitate attitude adjustments.
No longer delving into political topics, the journalist will now focus on cheery things like sports, food, and fashion. FULL POST
Posted 1/11/16 at 7:46 PM | Karen Kramer
Network TV once again serves up blasphemy as comedy. With ample portions of disgusting jokes and expletives, Angel From Hell airs Thursday evenings at 9:30 pm on CBS. While Christians in other parts of the world have become deadly targets, American Christians are the target for cheap jokes.
In this series, the angel from hell enjoys cussing in front of children, “hiding” alcohol in children’s clothing—and then “finding” it much to the delight of the kids. The angel can’t seem to be without her flask of alcohol—and the scenes do their best to mock Christianity.
One Million Moms has a solid track record of informing television sponsors that there is strength in numbers. Christians don’t need to be mocked, and we certainly know that God won’t be. Capital One is a main sponsor of this deplorable show. Capital One management needs to know that shows like this won’t be financially supported. Click here to send your email complaint.
Posted 1/7/16 at 3:53 PM | Karen Kramer
Advertisers like Allstate are bottom feeders—feasting away on our decaying society. Allstate is promoting the modern lifestyle choices of two men and their adopted baby girl. As the husband places his arm around his gay partner, their newborn sleeping baby hasn’t a clue how confused her life will become. The Allstate commercial glorifies gay marriage as the smiling couple announce, “The second we held her we knew that she was ours.”
While the courts may have declared gay unions legal and the adoption of children into gay-lesbian homes legal, sadly it leaves children unable to have a voice in the arrangement.
Scientific studies point out some striking concerns for children raised by homosexual parents. While these new lifestyle arrangements are fairly new, the studies note that many children raised by homosexual couples struggle with their peers, have issues with drugs and alcohol, and cope with severe depression. FULL POST
Posted 1/5/16 at 12:35 PM | Karen Kramer
Increasing our nation’s gun control measures may seem like a plausible solution to gun violence, but it’s important to check out our gun statistics. The stats don’t support the notion that American gun violence is worsening.
While mass-shootings are horrific, America is not as violent as it once was. Sociologists and experts can debate why American violence is diminishing, but one reason stands out: Americans now own more guns than ever before (185 million gun owners in 1993 to 357 million in 2013).
While many disagree, it appears that gun owners have actually made America a safer place. If you’re interested in reading supporting research, see the links below. But it’s hard to argue with the American Enterprise Institute graph below.
Let’s remember that violent thugs, terrorists, and crazies remain in our midst—legislation won’t take away their evil, but armed Americans can be a real deterrent to their efforts. FULL POST