Friday, July 27, 2012

Fashion Friday: Fedora

Fedoras: Not just for old men.

My mom used to always tell me how lucky I was because I can pull off hats.  Any hats.  Cowboy hats. Beanies.  Sombreros.  I'm kind of a hat person.

So I'm particularly happy with this whole fedora hat trend.

See.  Don't I look happy in my fedora (and my scuba gear)?

My husband likes to borrow the fedora as well. Sharing accessories with my husband is pretty awesome.

Fedora wearing.  We're in good company.

Source: via RJ on Pinterest

How to ROCK the fedora.

Source: Uploaded by user via RJ on Pinterest

Hip, Hip, HOORAY for confiscating old styles and making them hot again (except for neon. I don't get why that's back. But I digress ...)

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Things I Love: Art for a Cause

There was this amazing couple who used to go to our church (but moved--boo hiss!).  They have a heart for people--all people.  Any people.  This couple are the sort of folks who pick up hitchhikers and get them food and a warm place to stay.

Being around folks like this make me on fire and that is how I know the power of living LIKE Jesus because other people can and do see Him in you!

Anyhow, the wife half of this couple really has a heart to stop human trafficking and oppression.  And while we would likely all get on board with the concept, few of us actually do something about it.  I'm mean, it's just easier to eat sugar without wondering if a slave worked the cane farm or to buy our kids a Disney princess dresses without realizing some other 6 year old girl probably made it.

But not Heather and the folks behind The Canvas Story.

If you click the link above and check out their page, you'll learn that the mission and vision of The Canvas Story is simple:

Our Mission: Cultivating creative ways to combat human trafficking. Through our collective abilities,  passions and opportunities, we will research and execute strategies to bring freedom to victims of severe abuse/slavery.
Our Vision: To See individuals find healing and restoration from abuse, and to then help them pass that gift to someone else. To lower the demand for trafficking through raising awareness of the problem and cultivating solutions.
They encourage small steps, such as The 90 Day Challenge exchange one product you use (coffee, tea, etc.) for a fair trade/slavery-free option for 90 days help promote a public demand for ethically created products.

They also sell artwork to fundraise and support various projects

You could buy this and support a good cause.  Good decor+good cause=winning!

I love The Canvas Story!  

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

What I Think About: What the Aurora Guy Deserves

This is actually a re-post from a couple of years ago when Utah put someone to death.  I'd posted something on my facebook page and it started a firestorm like no other.  I had to delete comments because people were name-calling and cussing.  It was a disaster.

But I still maintain my position.

I'm against capital punishment.

I live 10 miles away from the Colorado border.  My dad has been doing cancer treatments in Aurora, Co.  Just two weeks ago I went to the movies in Aurora with my Aunt Blitz.

And then the news of the Aurora slaughterings came out and I've heard and seen enough to know what a senseless, tragic event that was.  In truth, I'm actually NOT reading or watching much because--in my opinion--the only thing worse for the families than dealing with the murder of a family member is hearing over and over about said murders.

Any how, I'm not a fan of the killer, obviously.  But I'm not hoping he gets capital punishment either.

Here's why.

Whenever capital punishment is mentioned, I hear the same arguments.

If we killed more people there would be less crime. 

Sadly research is conflicting.  The data in this research indicate that after an execution, there are 18 fewer murders.  The problem is, correlation does not equal causation.  The moon phases could play into those 18 fewer deaths just as easily.  Other data found there is no correlation because those who commit violent crimes rarely think of consequences prior to committing the crime.  It’s a draw. 

What isn’t a draw is the fact that since DNA testing has been used in courts, many people serving life sentences have been freed and 8 others have been “executed but possibly innocent.”  39 more executed people have been killed in the face of evidence that they were innocent.

Why do I mention this?  Because what I generally hear is my dad people saying, "even if it only deters one crime, even if it saves just one life, I'm for the death penalty."  In my estimation, being against the death penalty might save innocent lives as much, or more, than hoping for capital punishment to be a deterrent.  I guess I'd rather keep one proven and convicted killer in prison for life than "accidentally" killing a person who actually WAS innocent.

We save money killing criminals. 

Hate to say it, but WRONG-O!

One study counted death penalty case costs through to execution and found that the median death penalty case costs $1.26 million. Non-death penalty cases were counted through to the end of incarceration and were found to have a median cost of $740,000.   You do the math.  

Want more info on how much more money taxpayers pay to execute someone?  Click here.

Lethal Injection is humane.

Really?  For some reason I think the majority of humans fear death whether it is "humane" or not.  New data suggest that lethal injection is not as painless as first believed.  And it can be botched.  Actually, the man in Utah who was executed chose the firing squad because it is 100% effective.  The same thing can't be said of lethal injection.  Or the chair.  **Insert shudder here**

He Deserved It.

Don't even get me started on the systemic issues that skew capital punishment.  Borrowing from Thomas More, "We create criminals and then punish them." 

And as a Christian, ask me if I deserve the life of grace I'm living.  Nope.  

Does the killer deserve punishment and to reap the consequences of his actions?  Damn right he does.  Does that have to mean death?  Nope. 

Eye for an Eye

Ah yes, and now the religious excuse for capital punishment.  

It is true that you'll find this statement in the Old Testament (Lev. 24:19-21).  However, you have to look at it contextually.  In ancient days, punishments generally FAR exceeded the crime (think of stoning a woman to death for adultery--not exactly just.  Just would be her husband cheating on her.  Not killing her). 

The command, "an eye for an eye" was actually a call for mercy--that the worst you could do to someone was what they did to you.  This original command was set up so people wouldn't capriciously seek revenge and retribution.  The intent was to solve problems with justice--not revenge.

What I want people to know is that they can't throw Leviticus at me while forgetting Matthew 5:38-39.
You have heard it said, "An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth." But I say to you, Do not resist and evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also.

Again, it is all about context. Jesus ISN'T saying we have to be pacifists and never defend ourselves.  He is saying "don't compete with an evil person through retaliation." Don't do to them what they do to you.  

Some other good New Testament stuff: 
  • James 4:12 says God is the only lawgiver and judge who can take a life in the name of justice. 
  • Romans 12:17-21 warns us against answering evil with evil and assures us that God will see to justice in the afterlife. 
  • In John 8:7 Jesus points out that all humans are imperfect, and are therefore unqualified to decide whether someone lives or dies. 
  • And a personal little favorite James 1:20: “For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.”
The Bible doesn't steadfastly say YES or NO to capital punishment (so it's probably best not to use the "eye of an eye" defense).

What I Think:
As a Christ following woman, I am against capital punishment.  I believe and trust that Christ came for the "least of these" and that He can redeem people (heck, look what He's done for me!). 

I believe this is a heart issue, not a salvation issue.  If you disagree, you certainly have that right but I personally can't reconcile "loving your neighbor as yourself"with capital punishment.   

What Do You Think?
Even if we disagree, I'd love to hear your side of this issue.  Respectful comments are welcome
~I trust we can all disagree without being disagreeable~ (Comments will be moderated as needed).

By the way, due to some "brave" name-calling at the hands of anonymous visitors, I've removed the possibility to respond to my blog posts anonymously.  If you really believe what you are saying, I trust you'd stand behind it enough to use your name (unlike Little Miss "Your a despicable American but I'm only saying that because you can't see me" from Utah!).

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Days of Play: Shaving Cream

Shaving cream is one of those beautiful little things I love my children to play with.  When I put it on the table and they write letters and words in the squishiness, it ends up cleaning my table like nothing else can (WARNING: It might not be good for certain wood stains).

Obviously shaving cream is a perfect bathtub toy, too.  I like to get out a muffin tin, fill it with shaving cream, mix in some food coloring and hand it to the kids with a paint brush.  They'll spend 30 minutes "painting" my bath tub walls.  And when I wash of the artwork, my walls glimmer.

Child labor that's fun?  Winning!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Music Monday: Pop Evil

Pop is evil.  But it is pop--not soda.  It is never soda and I don't care what Little Miss Damn Good Food says about that!

Ramble, much?

While I actually abstain from the drinking of pop, I do partake of listening to Pop Evil, an American rock band from Michigan.  They've been around for a decade or so and I just dig their sound (and they've done some band member shifting).  I love their simple lyrics that cut straight to the heart. Plus, I like dark rock.

Monster You Made


Purple--My fave!