Archive | August, 2014

“Abort it and try again”

28 Aug

Is a disability found in utero to be used to discard a fetus? To “try again” like an “erase and rewind” button? Or are our developmentally delayed children our hidden gems? Treasures to be gently handled and valued above all else?

Let's go have some pancakes.

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“Abort it and try again.”

Was this nasty comment made by a faceless internet troll? No. Immature teenage kid? No. This twitter gem comes from Oxford scholar Richard Dawkins in response to a woman pondering today whether or not she would continue a pregnancy if she learned the fetus had Down syndrome.

When I logged in to twitter to see how this great mind had responded to the ensuing backlash, I was hoping to see a well thought out, albeit misguided rebuttal. I was surprised to find this:

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This is supposed to be one of the most intelligent voices of our time, and a champion for critical thinking and evidence-based logic. His defense is “everybody does it.”

Reading further down his twitter feed didn’t improve things. So far we’ve learned that Richard Dawkins not only doesn’t value a life with Down syndrome, he actually feels it is immoral to knowingly bring…

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Impressions of India

28 Aug

All the commenters have said it already. A BEAUTIFUL post on India.

Ron Mayhew's Blog

 It is impossible to not be in awe of what is India. She is at once chaotic, unruly, exaggerated and constantly in motion.

The pace of life is frenetic and I believe all of India must be sleep deprived.

It is impossible, at least for me, to fully understand, much less describe her. And that’s the fascination.

Images of India Offering Diyas, River Ganges, Varanasi

I have heard that there are more billionaires minted in India each year than any other country in the world.

But that is not what attracts me. My India is rather tattered and frayed. And orange.

Especially the northern portion. Everything has a coating of orange from the polluted, smog filled air and blowing dust from the arid land.

Images of India Kumba Mela, Allahabad

Saffron, a color that symbolizes all aspects of Hinduism, is the color of sadhus and saints,

ascetics and sages. It is the color of the holy…

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Best in Hoodie Vest Crochet Pattern | Red Heart

28 Aug

Best in Hoodie Vest Crochet Pattern | Red Heart.

I finally made this! In fact, I made TWO of them! One in purple Lion Brand Cotton, another in mustard, which sounds bad but actually came out pretty good.

I have the purple one to Nicole, Rose and Nicky’s niece, for her bday 2 yrs ago this yr since it’s her favorite color. I hear she’s still wearing it. So glad I made it a big on the loose side for her ..

The pattern is awesome to make ’cause once you do it once you get the hang of it and making a second one is almost automatic! I did the second in mustard and did it with a couple of modifications to the bottom edge just because and it came out lacy. Oooh! Then I added some buttonholes to the edge of the hood and suddenly I had somewhere to add a ribbon =D .. and the mustard hoodie was suddenly VERY girly.

So you see, this pattern can be yours too. Now I’m thinking it can be punk in black ’cause I have some really cool metal buttons and hex nuts …

Care to give me any other ideas for this BEST hoodie?