our week — 8 jul 2013

I can’t believe it’s already July.  This summer is flying by.  Not much going on around here.  It continues to be snippy dog hot and there doesn’t seem to be any relief in sight.  I don’t know why, but the heat this summer feels more oppressive than ever before.  Maybe it’s just part of getting old and grouchy. 

We had a lovely Fourth of July.  We went swimming in the morning and that evening we had a nice little barbeque and parked ourselves out on the driveway to see the fireworks show we watch every year.  Unfortunately, there were no fireworks.  Bummer.  I’m not sure why.  Good thing I had made an impulse buy of some sparklers about a week ago.  They were a hit.  Thomas overcame his lifetime phobia, and we were even able to create some beautiful sparkler art. 

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This last one is my favorite, perhaps you have heard the phrase — the answer to 1984 is 1776.  There is so much craziness in the world today.  Currently, I’m reading Hiding in Plain Sight (well, I was until my tablet kicked the bucket.  boo.)  Anyway, included in the very first chapter is an excerpt from They Thought They Were Free by Milton Mayer.  It’s a German professor describing the fall of Germany to fascism.  I was shocked at the similarities between us and the Germans.  Is this to be our fate as well?

The President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Thomas S. Monson, recently called on all good people to stand up and fight for truth and righteousness.

“Must we learn such costly lessons over and over again? Times change, but truth persists. When we fail to profit from the experiences of the past, we are doomed to repeat them with all their heartache, suffering, and anguish. Haven’t we the wisdom to obey Him who knows the beginning from the end—our Lord, who designed the plan of salvation—rather than that serpent, who despised its beauty?

“A dictionary defines a pioneer as ‘one who goes before to prepare or open up the way for others to follow.’ Can we somehow muster the courage and steadfastness of purpose that characterized the pioneers of a former generation? Can you and I, in actual fact, be pioneers?

“I know we can be. Oh, how the world needs pioneers today!” (Read the article in its entirety here.)

Okay, that wasn’t where I saw this post going when I sat down, but there it is.  I choose to be a pioneer.  I hope you will as well.

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