Friday, October 27, 2006

too liberal?!

Ok, I just can't help but post about this. There is radio commercial running in Alabama right now encouraging citizens to vote against a certain democratic candidate for Senate. Let me run a couple of the statements by you and see how you feel.

The first went something like, "Liberal Terry Spicer is running on the same ticket with Alabama's first openly gay democrat and has pledged his support for her campaign." Ok, the facts given to us here are: 1. Mr. Spicer is a democrat. 2. Mr Spicer is running for Senate. 3. His running mate is a homosexual. 4. He supports her. These facts by themselves are supposed to convince Alabama citizens that Mr. Spicer will be unsuitable and unable to properly represent the state of Alabama. Apparently, being a homosexual or supporting a homosexual (to an Alabamian) means that one is immoral, untrustworthy, and uncapable of making sound, objective political decisions. I'm sorry, but I know a lot of homosexuals who are far more suitable for governmental office than some heterosexuals I know. At least they are using their brains instead of putting them on a shelf in favor of more "suitable" political positions like the incredibly appetizing intermingling of church and state, where people are asked to vote according to their religious belief that homosexuality is sin.

However, my "favorite" part of this commercial is the very last line: "Terry Spicer: just too liberal for Alabama." When did the word "liberal" become such a powerfully suggestive word that by itself could make people's minds shut down? According to my dictionary, liberal means "favorable to progress or reform, as in political or religious affairs." Some synonyms to "liberal" are "broad-minded," "generous," "boutiful," and "munificent." "Liberal" also means "favorable to or in accord with concepts of maximum individual freedom possible, esp. as guaranteed by law and secured by governmental protection of civil liberties. " Do you want progress, Alabama? Do you want individual freedoms? Oh, of course not. Alabama: aim low and hit the mark every time. Screw you, Alabama!

Would California radio stations air a commercial with the line "just too liberal for California"? I think not. Why? Because even if someone in California is a conservative Republican, hopefully, it is going to take a little more of an argument than "just too liberal" for that person to make up his or her mind.

There is nothing wrong with conservatism. I have great respect for many conservatives. However, I have no respect for unthinking conservatism. Unthinking conservatism is so easily manipulated by catch words and phrases. Some of President Bush's favorites are "God," "justice," and "freedom." Say those words to unthinking conservatives, and it's just like petting the belly of a crocodile: they become mentally limp, and you can do anything you want because those people now have a blind, unfaltering trust in you. I don't give a damn what you say. I want to know what you do.

I will close with one of my favorite slogans of the Episcopal Church:
"Jesus came to take away your sins-- not your mind."

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

autumn and the city

I was tired of looking at my face every time I went to my blog; so I had to take matters into my hands. It is very cold here now, and I'm so excited. I've been drinking a lot of hot drinks-- especially my favorite spiced tea recipe that has Tang, lemonade mix, spices, and instant tea in it. You know the one. Yesterday, I bought some good winter pants. You know the ones that are denim but tailored like a dress pant? I have wanted some for years (I'm way too picky, and I never have much money), and I finally found a pair I love and bought them.

This is my favorite mug for consuming hot beverages on chilly fall days. It's from Starbucks, of all places. Don't get me wrong; I LOVE Starbucks, but this just doesn't look very "Starbucksy," does it? Starbucks's style is usually more artsy/bohemian. My aunt got it for me for Christmas or my birthday a few years ago.

I am really dying for some culture right now. Just looking at this mug makes me citysick. However, I am going out with the girls in Montgomery this weekend. My friend Rachel never got a lingerie shower before she got married; so my friend Paige and I are giving her some goodies. :D We're going out for drinks and appetizers, and then we'll go to Rachel's to drink wine and watch Sex and the City. Good city girl fun.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

a red thing

I went red!! I even dyed my eyebrows. :D Here are some pictures (before and after). Don't judge too harshly because the first picture was taken by a professional photographer (Mark Broadway Photography), and I also have different facial expressions in each picture. Hubby didn't like the original red head pictures; so maybe he'll like the "after" one. LOL. The hair color was more brassy and bright at first (as is always the case with hair dye). Now it is more auburn, which I think I like because that is basically what I was going for in the first place. Hooray for change! (Ok, I really promise to post a crafty thing again soon. I just got an additional job teaching four more classes; so my life is pretty hectic right now.)


After. Do I look like a true red head?

Wednesday, October 11, 2006


I don't know what we'd do without grandparents. This is a tribute to mine, who won't be with me much longer. They have been the dearest grandparents a girl could ever have.
I can't write much more because these pictures make me cry. These are my grandparents, Evelyn and Charles. (Photos, M. Broadway Photography)

Monday, October 09, 2006

pumpkin cheesecake

Today was Canadian Thanksgiving, and since my hubby is Canadian, I made a pumpkin cheesecake so that he wouldn't feel that Canada was unfeted today. Here are some pictures of it. I finally got the whole pie picture to load, too.

Recipe for easy pumpkin cheesecake:


1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese
1 can (16 oz.) pumpkin
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 8" ready pie crust
1 tub of Cool Whip
1 t. vanilla extract
1 t. cinnamon and 1/2 t. allspice OR
1 scant t. cinnamon, scant 1/2 t. ginger, scant 1/4 t. ground cloves


Soften cream cheese to room temperature. Beat cream cheese, 3/4 of the can of pumpkin, brown sugar, vanilla, and spices with a hand mixer. Add eggs to mixture. Beat well. Pour into crust. Bake at 350 degrees 30-40 minutes or until center is set. Cool on a rack for one hour. Stir together remaining 1/4 can of pumpkin and Cool Whip. Serve pie warm or chilled with a dollop of Cool Whip and a sprinkling of cinnamon. Keep pie refrigerated.

Friday, October 06, 2006

wedding photos!!!

Ok. I feel so guilty for not posting in so long! I must write something.

I've been engrossed with our wedding pictures lately. M. Broadway Photography, that took the new profile pic I have up, finally posted all of the pictures. The photographer's work is so wonderful, and I just keep going to look at them. All 853 of them. Oh dear. So, I guess I have to post some here because now I'm talking about them. However, I'm very worried that I won't be able to stop.

This cake was made by my dear friend Rebekka ( It was exquisite-- absolutely perfect. I can't stop looking at the pictures of it. Rebekka will soon be launching her cake business in Nashville, TN; so if you live there, you must order one her unbelievable cakes.


These are the purses hanging on the bridesmaids' dresses. I wish there was a picture of them holding the purses, but oh well.

All of our bouquets. Picking the flowers was one of my favorite parts. These weren't exactly what I ordered, but they were pretty nonetheless. I loved my bouquet.