Posted 10/8/15 at 10:27 PM | Karen Kramer
Dressed haphazardly and sitting on a tall suitcase, she looked homeless, so I avoided her—missing the chance to meet a woman with an inspiring message. That’s a story for another time….but it reminded me of a lesson I should have learned long ago.
Mom liked exposing me to people, places, and activities that would broaden my teenage mind. In her view, I had no right to an opinion that wasn’t backed by a written expert (she was a librarian, after all).
This was a woman who built her own log cabin—by first reading a book of course.
At the time, I didn’t share her love of books, so she made sure I visited museums and watched documentaries, but it was her unusual adventures I remember most….like meeting Jake on the bookmobile.
As the library bookmobile traveled along the remotest parts of the Olympic Peninsula, the oddest assortment of people emerged from the woods, but Mom seemed to really know them. She asked about their family situations with genuine interest. It was like these woods people were actual friends. FULL POST
Posted 10/8/15 at 5:05 PM | Karen Kramer
Campbell’s #RealRealLife campaign is not about tasty soup. The latest commercial features a young boy eating soup with his father—who in his best Darth Vader voice says, “Luke, I am your father.”
And then, another man enters the room and declares, “No, Luke I am your father.” Viewers are getting the message about homosexual men raising kids—no woman involved.
Rather than promoting the deliciousness of their products, Campbell’s Soup prefers to normalize homosexual relationships. Instead of pushing healthy reasons to eat soup, the LGBT agenda is more vital for families to understand and embrace. One Million Moms has a way to contact Campbell’s Soup and express your concern about commercials that sell agendas more than products. Click here to send your email.
Posted 10/7/15 at 6:59 PM | Karen Kramer
Focus on the Family initiated Bring Your Bible to School Day last year and an estimated 8000 students brought a Bible to their public school. Not ashamed to declare their faith and express religious freedom, it is hoped that tomorrow, October 8th, 100,000 students across America will participate. This can be a powerful, yet remarkable demonstration for students to share their faith with fellow students. Focus on the Family believes the Bible should be celebrated not shunned. Click here to visit the Bring Your Bible to School website. The Word of God is a powerful weapon, and students should be encouraged to carry it. Indeed, we all should.>
Posted 10/5/15 at 4:51 PM | Karen Kramer
The solution to gun violence is more guns in the right hands. Gun Free Zones are an open invitation to murderous maniacs.
Teachers in gun-free zones have to resort to emergency protocol guides and active-shooter drills to stay safe. Without any real means of self-defense, teachers and students are forced to barricade doors and hide.
Our cities can’t afford cops on every school campus. So arm the staff. Most schools require FBI clearance to work on their campuses. That should help determine if he/she would be an appropriate candidate for a school-defense team.
How many would-be mass murderers would take their chances at a school that is fully armed with trained personnel?
Parents would probably welcome their child being more secure. Students on college campuses should be given the same security.
Politicizing gun control isn’t helping. Let every school be armed. We wouldn’t send our cops out defenseless, so why are we willing to allow our students to be?
Posted 10/1/15 at 5:27 PM | Karen Kramer
Time seemed deliberately slow as I watched last Sunday’s blood moon. As I waited, I thought about all of those prophetic warnings the blood moon signified—global unrest, financial disasters, food shortages, even the beginning of the end of the world. Some of those warnings are warranted—there are food shortages, global unrest; even unrest in our communities, financial disasters, and without question, there's evil.
But Monday came, not the end of the world.
Christians aren’t the only faith groups that talk about the end-times, but it seems for some Christians it takes on an urgency that others view as whacky. Especially when we read about some living in bunkers waiting for God’s pending judgment on the world.
In full disclosure, during Y2K, I purchased food supplies ahead of the computer crash crisis. January 2000 arrived without dire consequences and eventually we ate the extra food. FULL POST
Posted 9/29/15 at 7:29 PM | Karen Kramer
From tender-hearted love to Tinder-partnered sex. That’s what it’s like today. Just get a Tinder phone app and you can find a willing partner—there are 50 million singles on Tinder, and 100 million singles on other hook-up type smart phone apps.
But make no mistake the partners you find on Tinder aren’t the 19th Century courtship partners that could lead to marriage. Nor are they like the 20th Century dating partners that could lead to a “committed relationship”.
No, welcome to the online, 21st Century smart phone app hook-up partner. Sex with zero commitment. In a sound-byte generation, with texting as the preferred mode of communication, the ideal of building a real relationship as a precursor to sex doesn’t make any sense. Why bother?
As one woman on Tinder explains, “There is no dating. There’s no relationships…[Hooking up] is a lot easier. No one gets hurt—well, not on the surface.” FULL POST
Posted 9/25/15 at 8:04 AM | Karen Kramer
It happened in quick succession—the knock on the door, the ride in the squad car, the averted glances and silence from the cops escorting her.
She’d been told about an altercation. Her husband of ten years, and a cop for nine of them, had been taken to a hospital on the east side.
A woman cop stayed with their two kids sleeping in a bedroom down the hall. The trip across the city took longer than her knotted stomach could take. She squeezed her eyes shut and prayed.
Arriving at the emergency entrance, a plainclothes cop gently guided her into a side room. The hospital chaplain was sitting nearby. Looking into their eyes she knew her husband was dead.
Before every shift they’d hug and pray, but beyond that, she knew little about his routine. Did they ever talk about his getting hurt? Sometimes, but he was more than a cop, he was her husband and a father too. They had a life together. FULL POST
Posted 9/24/15 at 11:39 AM | Karen Kramer
Rainbow colored chips are now on the assembly lines of Frito-Lay—packaged in a rainbow colored bag for the purpose of promoting homosexuality. For ten bucks the colorful chips will be mailed to anyone so that the proceeds can go towards the LGBT, “It Gets Better Project”—an organization started by Dan Savage, and geared to our nation's youth.
This is the same Christian-bashing Dan Savage. Savage is no stranger to endorsing sexual deviancy. Indeed, from his anti-Christian radio broadcasts and public speaking circuit, he routinely calls the Bible “bulls**t”. When people object to his opinion, Savage mocks and scorns them, usually with raunchy names and sexually explicit taunts.
While Savage believes he is in invincible, Frito-Lay is certainly not as a corporation with a bottom line. This is where Christians can assert their disapproval. The American Family Association has a way for you to contact Frito-Lay is register your own opinion about this Rainbow campaign and their willingness to join in with Christian hater, Dan Savage. Do it today. Click here to send your email.
Posted 9/20/15 at 12:54 PM | Karen Kramer
If your kids enjoyed the delightful antics of Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and the rest of Jim Henson’s creative puppets, then you’re in for a Millennial wake-up call. The Muppets are back in a perverted, sexually-charged new show on ABC (Tuesday 8:00 PM).
In a decidedly altered rendition of the Muppets, Jim Henson would likely be shocked to hear Kermit announce, “It’s sort of an adult Muppet show.” One ad boasted, “Finally, a network TV show with full frontal nudity.” Since Kermit doesn’t wear pants, that’s totally accurate, but what’s up?
Well, this mature Muppet comedy will cover the modern topics of sex, drugs, abortion, and promiscuity. But don’t expect life lessons from a conservative perspective. Miss Piggy remains as boisterous as ever but now spouts about being pro-choice. While ABC promotes this as a humorous family-oriented show, parents will be left explaining the meaning of sexual jokes and innuendos and wondering why the Muppets sold out to the "anything goes" culture. One Million Moms has a campaign to alert the sponsors of this show that children’s entertainment doesn’t need to be adult-themed. Especially with the beloved Muppets of days gone by. Take Action now.
Posted 9/18/15 at 8:11 AM | Karen Kramer
He was easy to spot on the busy street—an old man carrying a huge flower bouquet with one arm while using a sturdy wooden cane with the other.
I caught up to him at the traffic light and as we waited side by side, I exclaimed how wonderful the flowers smelled. He looked over and proclaimed that the irises were the most fragrant of all. I nodded with a smile as I took off across the street.
He caught up to me at the next stoplight—reminding me that my fast pace didn’t really matter with Seattle’s synchronized lights impeding my effort to rush. This time he smiled and said, “Caught you.” I laughed and then slowed my pace to match his.
He explained that he’d purchased the fragrant bouquet for his wife. He knew Pike Place Market would have irises—his wife’s favorite. Their anniversary was today, so he’d taken the ferry to come across for this special gift. It was a splurge, but after sixty-two years of togetherness, she’d forgive him—he winked. FULL POST