The story starts way, way back.
The Spanish Shrine of Guadalupe
The kingdom of Castile, Spain had the distinction of housing a statue said to be carved by St. Luke the Apostle. It is one of the three cherished black madonnas of Spain. When Spain was taken by the Moors around the 8th century, the statue was buried for protection near the Guadalupe river (from the Arabic-Latin Wadi lupum, "valley of the wolf"). Around 600 years later, a shepherd had a vision of Mary, where she told him to dig in a certain spot. There he found the treasured lost statue. (Much like we treasure pictures of our loved ones, especially those departed from us, it has long been a tradition to treasure pictures of Jesus' loved ones and friends.) It was put in a place of honor and a monastery built around this statue of what was now called Our Lady of Guadalupe, in Extremadura, Spain. It was a great medieval center of pilgrimage (a sacrificial journey out of love for God). The King of Spain attributed the increasing victories over the Moors (remember, this fight to keep their homeland had been going on for 600 years!) to the prayers of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Spain.
(Contrary to what some believe, Catholics do not worship statues, but use them as reminders to virtue, devotion, prayer, or, if the image was of God, worship. The statue itself would never be the object of any of this, but simply a reminder.)
Many Spanish explorers made a pilgrimage to Guadalupe before their journeys. Columbus was among them, as was Cortes. This image, however, is not the Lady of Guadalupe you see on car windows & storefronts today. To understand why there is such ardent devotion, we must go back 700 years again.
( Making peace between conqueror & conquered...Collapse )
This shouldn’t be so shocking, given what we know about lung, cervical, pancreatic, & other cancers. But these researchers weren’t expecting this finding at all – in fact, they were so startled that they decided not to focus on educating the public about their findings, but on searching for drugs that would replicate the results. Lead researcher Valerie Beral reported that, "Prolonged breastfeeding and having lots of children pushes breast cancer rates down. It is completely unrealistic to think that there is a direct preventative message in that for women in the developed world today. We will have to find out how this happens and ask ourselves if there is a way of mimicking these effects in a way that is acceptable." In 2008, she challenged the medical industry to focus on creating drugs that do just this.
( Now, it seems, those drugs are here ...Collapse )( Now, it seems, those drugs are here ...Collapse )
In the AP article hosted at Yahoo that I linked above, we learn that in many of the Asian nations we often compare ourselves to, children actually spend fewer hours per year in school than American kids. ( DOE solution ultimately about daycare ...Collapse )</div>
- mood: bored
I was walking through the woods this weekend with DH, thinking about how my brain has changed.
What, you don't do that? I do tend towards the uh ... "introspective" side. ;)
Anyway, I was remembering how I used to have trouble figuring out how to do stuff that wasn't intuitive - like the crazy lock on the cover for the truck bed, starting up the boat, tightening the wench straps to keep it on the trailer, backing up the trailer ... (Hmmm, seems like most of my life's confusion revolved around the boat!) - and also remembering how to do those things once I figured them out. I was so frustrated for a few years, thinking that Mommy Brain must have kicked in and I was doomed to be perplexed and constantly requiring re-instruction in difficult things for the rest of my life.
But last summer was different.
- mood: dorky
God bless & strengthen our new President
A former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine explains ( How to skew ...Collapse )
- mood: dorky
We went to the hearing yesterday, ready for DFCS to throw the book at her. Since they hadn't given her a petition beforehand, and there were no business hours between the removal and the hearing, we had no idea what the allegations were. We were ready for them to dredge up anything and everything.
( Read more...Collapse )
- mood: giddy
Today I had to tell my four year old that Maliq can't come to his birthday party tomorrow because the government took him away and we don't know where he is.
I had to answer my 7yo, asking what they did for Halloween, "Nothing - they were taken away from their mother last night and put in the home of a stranger."
You see, Tanisha committed the grievous crime of taking her 2yo with cerebral palsy to the ER when it appeared she just wasn't eating enough after several days of trying. And the ER - well, they called DFCS. And DFCS came to the house, looked around, saw no beds, and carted off all the children - without regard for the sweet child with CP's medical records (which show consistent care and a history of feeding issues) or the fact that the children's words, bodies, & fridge showed they're eating fine. They even made the newborn's father & grandmother drive him over and took that breastfeeding baby away from its mother - for who knows how long?
I tell you, I have called and emailed everyone I can think of today, from friends to governors. WSB's investigative reporters tell me this horror story comes to them FREQUENTLY - DFCS taking children away without any evidence of harm, immediate or otherwise.
"It happens all the time" isn't good enough for me. This must stop.
When government gets too big for its britches, it says, "I know better than you do how to raise your children." When women like Tanisha try to throw off the chains of years of bondage to government services, pulling herself up by her proverbial bootstraps, they cut the bootstraps, reshackle the chains, and throw her to the corner to remind her just who's the Massa.
Well, folks, she's not alone. I'm here. You're here. Pray, friends. Pray.
- mood: infuriated