Wednesday, February 13, 2008

English as Ohio's official language.

I think this is a very clever way to start the offence to keep the American culture alive. In no way does this bill discriminate against anyone. It does not say that another language can not be spoken. The bill simply states that English be used for official business.

The bill should be promoted as a way to cut governmental costs however; I have not heard this argument yet. Spanish is now the second most commonly spoken language in the US and it would be beneficial for us to learn that. But to what cost are we willing to go to make not learning English a possibility for citizens? The amount of taxpayer money to provide translators, print every document in other languages is staggering.

From the begging of our nation we as a people have struggled to find our way, we have struggled to be united and yet individuals at the same time. The most amazing thing about our nation is the diverse heritage that we all have. It is wonderful to celebrate that heritage, it is a terrible thing to forget where and who you come from. But why come to a new place if you don't want to join those people and that culture. On the same train of thought – why are we as Americans now trying to pattern our laws (capital punishment) and our social systems (healthcare) after countries that are failing?

One language unites people. One language for one nation.... under God. It seems that every generation must re-learn the lessons from the generations before us. For a society that is supposed to be "evolving", it seems that we keep making the same mistakes again and again.

Thursday, February 07, 2008


Now Romney is out. Maybe if I say that I am voting for Hillary she will drop out.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Turning 27 - Update

Last year I wrote the blog below:
Turning 27
List of things to accomplish before I turn 28.
N 1. Finish Christmas early so that I have time to enjoy it.
Y 2. Cook one new recipe a month.
Y 3. Finish 2 afghans.
Y 4. Crochet 20 stars and 6 bells.
Y 5. Crochet 2 angels.
Y 6. Visit one new place a month.
N 7. Finish both scrap books and start a new one. I started a new one, I now have three unfinished.
Y 8. Begin the research on the Lawson family tree.
N 9. Throw another Christmas Cookie Exchange. I was in Vegas!
N 10. Host a fiber craft party.
Y 11. Finish the research on Barack Obama.
Y 12. Begin to research the other presidential candidate hopefuls.
N 13. Visit the farm.
Y 14. Read one book that supports and one that disputes global warming.
Y 15. Visit two new states.
Y 16. Decorate the master bathroom. Changed to Hall bathroom
Y 17. Archive the Vegas trips.
Y 18. Teach canyon a new trick.
Y 19. Start the "1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die" list by Ukaunz –– finish 20 by 2008.
1. The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
2. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
3. The Reader – Bernhard Schlink
4. One Hundred Years of Solitude _ Gabriel García Márquez
5. The Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan
6. The Pit and the Pendulum – Edgar Allan Poe
7. The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
(again)8. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
9. The Island of Dr. Moreau – H.G. Wells
10. The Jungle – Upton Sinclair
11. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
12. Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell (again)
13. The Poor Mouth – Flann O’Brien
14. Animal Farm – George Orwell
15. Nineteen Eighty_Four – George Orwell
16. Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
17. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
18. A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway
19. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
20. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy

Y 20. Organize the garage. Topher took care of this one.
Y 21. Take a class or seminar.
Y 22. Learn how to make clay beads.
X 23. Visit the Zoo.
X 24. Scrap the wedding pictures. I am going to a scrap retreat in April to take care of those!
N 25. Pick up a new massage client. I massaged a few new people but they are not regulars.
N 26. Get 4 massages. I only got two.
N 27. Give myself a manicure twice a month. I was good until August, then I fell off the wagon.