Thursday, August 13, 2009

Of Moldy Fragrance

Uuggghhh. I walked into my house the other day from exercising, and it smelled strongly of mold. My first thought was, "Oh no, what has died and rotted in one of my cupboards?!" Upon further investigation, it turned out that Maile had dumped a bottle of fragrance on the carpet in the study, which fragrance I remember I had wanted to get rid of because, well, it smelled like mold. That takes care of that, I guess! Thankfully, the smell didn't take too long to dissipate, although I know I need to shampoo the carpets soon anyway.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Of Natural Law and Middle-of-the-Night Lectures

I woke up the other morning at 3:45 am with a lecture running through my head about Natural Law, People's Rule and gays. This lecture was very distinct, and ran through my head about three times before I finally fell back asleep. I hope this is not a portent of things to come.

A little background--I have been reading Cleon Skousen's book "The 5000 Year Leap" lately (which in my humble opinion everyone should own a copy of and study it diligently!). In it, he talks about how when Thomas Jefferson was researching models for the U.S. Constitution, he was fascinated by the Anglo-Saxon's "People's Rule" (which our constitution is largely based on). Skousen mentioned that in their law there were only four things that were considered crimes against "the people" as a whole; treason, cowardice (refusing to fight), desertion, and homosexuality. I wondered why exactly it was that homosexuality was such a big deal to the Anglo-Saxons. I don't know what their reasons were, and Skousen didn't go into any more detail about the subject, but Curtis had a good point about it. If everyone were to practice homosexuality, our entire civilization would be wiped out in one generation. Now why would we as a nation want to condone something that has the potential to be so destructive? Just something to think about. As far as the Founding Fathers were concerned, they put great stock in what they termed "natural law"--it is all over their writings of the time. Another term for natural law was "God's Law," and they believed (as do I) that God's law was based on unalterable truths, and any nation that tried to alter natural law, would bring down the wrath of God upon themselves. That is one of the reasons why I believe homosexuality was such a big deal to them--part of natural law was "marriage between a man and a woman". It is interesting thinking about some of the issues that have come up in our nation recently, and how we have moved so much away from the original constitution--I would certainly say I can see how the the hand of the Lord is being withdrawn from our affairs, to the great detriment of our country. I am sure he is not pleased with the homosexual issue, the debilitating debt we have gotten ourselves into, the plague of pornography that has swept our nation, and the way we encourage laziness with our nation's welfare system. In short, I think we may be in for a storm, and we'd be smart to prepare ourselves physically and spiritually as best we can.

Just as an aside, Skousen pointed out that most of the rest of our constitution is based upon natural law as well: the right to bear arms, freedom of speech, no slaves, unalienable rights, right to own property, right to vote, every man created equal, and a host of others that I can't recall off the top of my head. Anyway, a very interesting book, and one which I would highly recommend. Skousen also has an interesting section I just read on how the separation of church and state deal has been misunderstood and misused--he gives a little of the history behind it--fascinating! I am learning some good things!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

The Sneaky Zuchinni Lady

This year I planted seven zuchinni plants. I like zuchinni, but I wasn't able to harvest any last year, so I wanted zuchini insurance this year! Curtis went out and picked 12 of them today. I have a feeling that this year I will be the stereotypical neighbor who tries to sneak zuchinni into the neighbor's cars while they are in church meetings.