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Several years ago I attempted to vote early at a satellite voting location, and I was surprised at how easy it was to receive a ballot simply by stating my name. I asked the poll worker if she needed to see my ID, and she rather quickly dismissed my offer. My quick reaction: “Well how do you know I am who I say I am?” Then she got angry, and I think I walked away without voting because I was afraid she would secretly tear up my ballot.
Amongst all the other political battles occurring in Wisconsin the past two weeks, the issue I have been especially curious about is the proposed “voter ID” bill. Opponents say (which is what they always say in regards to any type of voter ID bill) the law would deter poor, older, and minority voters from casting ballots. Why? Isn’t that a rather belittling statement to make on behalf of the people identified in those categories? Are you assuming they don’t have the capacity to apply for and obtain a government-issued ID, because why else would they be deterred? I have very little patience for that argument.
I hear a voter ID bill may be making its way to Iowa soon; I wonder what that poll worker will have to say about it when it does?
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Have you heard this one: What’s the best thing coming out of Iowa? Interstate 35. Or how about this one: Why do birds fly upside down over Iowa? Because it ain’t worth a crap. Pardon me while I finish yawning.
I’m bored with cheap insults and bad jokes about Iowa. I’ve lived here my entire life, and I ain’t too proud to admit it! I’ve spent a good deal of energy defending our state and all its unknown treasures. So how very vindicating it is when outsiders finally agree and do the promoting for us! Forbes recently ranked Des Moines/West Des Moines as the best place in America to raise a family, and I simply wanted to brag about it. That is all!
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A title of a blog post I saw at Patheos.com several weeks ago caught my attention, so I bookmarked it and finally got around to reading it. The piece is titled Why We Have Children by Dr. Timothy Dalrymple where he sorts through the following.
In debates on abortion, fertility rates, and parenting styles, we should ask: Why do we have children in the first place?
His response is remarkably beautiful. Go read it and see for yourself. Then move all those kiddos to Iowa and raise them here!
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I’ve been a little sure of myself in the kitchen the past couple of weeks. I’ve tried some new recipes, had some successes, and most importantly, our appetites have been satisfied!
I was feeling pretty ambitious Monday morning — by 10:00 I had dinner all prepared and ready to throw in the oven later that day, and while scrolling through my Twitter account, I saw the following tweet from America’s Test Kitchen: Happy Presidents’ Day! It’s the perfect day to celebrate George Washington with a new take on an old favorite, Apple Pie.
I clicked on the link, scanned through the ingredient list, and noticed I had everything on hand to make the dish. Sure, why not, let’s try it!
Ut oh. Can you feel it coming? “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted” (Matthew 23:12).
Long story short, I severely…with major ouchies…burnt my entire left hand when I grabbed onto the handle of the stainless steel pan that had just been pulled out of a 500-degree oven. Boneheaded and painful! If you click on the picture, you can get a better sense of the injury. Good news: my hand began blistering up the next day, which has been good for quick healing.
For the record, the apple pie turned out pretty darned good. (And oh Lord, it’s hard to be humble…)
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The throbbing pain from the burn wouldn’t allow me to sleep that night, so after I tired from all the whining going on within me, I turned my prayer intentions to others who have experienced a lot more pain and physical suffering than my little burn caused me. The others I’m especially referring to are John and Mike, two men with unique yet similar stories revolving around near fatal car accidents. John’s story can be found at his blog, My Recovery – My Motivation. We are excited to travel with John and his wife Tonia on our pilgrimage to Rome, Greece, and Turkey soon and get to know them better. On the other hand is our friend Mike, who along with his wife Renee, are in deacon formation with us. They were in a horrific accident just two short months ago and both miraculously lived. Mike’s recovery is still an uphill climb, but he’s making great progress! Maybe he’ll even share his inspirational story one day on his own blog (hint, hint Mike!).
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We are twelve days away from Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. Time to refresh the web browser once again to Creighton University’s “Praying Lent” site where a ton of great resources await. There is also a “Preparing for Lent” section that you might want to explore this next week as well.
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Last week I prayed for the men of our parish; this weekend my prayers are with the women from our parish who are participating in the Christ Renews His Parish retreat, including my sister Sarah who has served as the co-spiritual director for the group over the last six months. Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of these women and enkindle in them the fire of your love!
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