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I am sorry that I have not been posting much to this blog, I started three other blogs on more specific topics, All Things Chocolate is  about chocolate and desserts:

https://chocklutworld.wordpress.com

The Lemon Life,  about turning life’s lemons into lemonade:

https://lamonaide.wordpress.com

and The Virtual Virtuoso, my business blog where I write about marketing, entrepreneurship, and small business related topics.

These blogs take a lot of my time, so I am going to delete this blog. I am going to be moving several of my posts to either The Lemon Life, or The Virtual Virtuoso, and reposting them there. I hope you will follow one of those; happy reading!

Coline

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Joining the Conversation, Conclusion

So here is the end of the matter: abortion wrong, Jesus right. Murder evil, God good. Don’t like that? Sorry, it is the truth, I did not write the book on it, and I make no apologies. Everyone has the right to believe what they want, as long as what they believe does not result in them taking the life of another human being.

To answer some previous points that were brought up, yes, an acorn is an oak tree; if it originally came from an oak tree, that it can’t be any other kind of tree. Ditto for a chicken egg; if an egg comes from a chicken, it is not going to hatch as an ostrich or a penquin.

But if you want to believe differently, go right ahead. The beauty of living here in America is that people can still believe what they want to believe without losing their lives for it. At least in  theory, and I don’t know how long that freedom will last, we seem to be losing it fast.

As Forest Gump would say, “That’s all I’ve got to say about that.”

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The Fine Line, Part 1, by Guest Essayist Amy Fernaays

This is a nine-page essay written by one of my friends from college. I’m going to break it up over several posts. Her essay is about the problem of men and women serving in the armed forces and coming home to find that there are no jobs for them.

“Inside the Churchville Veterinary Hospital, veterinarian Rick Parsons is busy performing cancer surgery on a 5 year old German shepherd.

It’s a bitter winter afternoon, and Parsons’ friend and accountant, Dave Young, has stopped by to go over some financial records. Stepping outside the operating room, Parsons asks his friend if he would like to watch. Glancing at the bloodstained operating table, Young politely declines.

But Young says he’s happy to see his buddy again wielding a surgeon’s knife. Parsons is just glad to see Young back handling the practice’s books.

Both Young and Parsons are part-time soldiers, majors in the Army Reserve whose recent tours of active duty in Afghanistan wrenched them from their lives in western New York for a year each, nearly destroying Parson’s veterinary practice and putting strains on Young’s tiny accounting firm.

When Parsons came home after a yearlong call-up to Afghanistan in August 2003, he was within a month of having to file bankruptcy papers. He’d been unable to find another doctor to fill in during his absence. Meanwhile, Young spent most of 2002 in Afghanistan, forcing his wife to go to work with his father to keep clients from abandoning Young and Co., the small firm he had started five years earlier.

The lives of these two officers and a half dozen of their Army Reserve comrades in Rochester offer a window into the growing strains that many warn are threatening to break America’s part-time military,” explains Dave Moniz.

Flash forward ten years and the stories are even more bleak than anticipated. An economic recession sent our economy into a downward spiral. Businesses closed, jobs were outsourced, or eliminated completely. The job market is small and the competition is high. Not only are reservists returning to civilian life, but are now in a new battle. The new battle is for the jobs they left behind.

To be continued…..

Works cited

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Garamone, Jim. “Deploying Unit Shows Differences Between Active, Reserve.” Defense.gov News
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10 Dec. 2012.

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Joining The Conversation

Two semesters ago I took Introduction to Literature; one of the textbooks we used was called Joining the Conversation. That meant reading what has been written about each topic we chose to write about, and then writing with the idea of adding something to the “conversation” that had not already been said; in other words, adding our unique viewpoint to the ongoing conversation about our topic. I am joining the conversation about a topic that has been widely discussed and argued by both sides. A lot of people had voiced their opinions on this topic, and it is one of the hot button issues of my generation. This is the most difficult blog I have had to write so far, but it is one I feel needed to be written.

My topic is abortion. Anyone willing to be honest will agree with me that abortion is wrong. Those who call themselves pro-choice have successfully moved the debate away from whether the act of abortion itself is right or wrong; now the debate is about a woman’s right to choose what she does with her own body; but this is not the removal of an appendix, or one’s tonsils that we are talking about here, if it were, then they would have a case; but we are not talking about a body part, we are talking about a living human being, a baby who is its own person, not merely an extension of its mother. So that is my first point, let’s bring the abortion debate back to the ground it belongs on; the question is, is it right or wrong to take the life of an unborn child? Did it become right when it became legal? Why is it wrong to have the death penalty? Is it really wrong to put a convicted criminal to death, but right to put an innocent child to death for the weakest of reasons?

My next point; who profits from abortions? The answer is, a lot of people; abortion is big business, and from what I can see, it is a growing industry. If abortions were legally free, and abortion providers were no longer making money off this procedure, would they still fight as hard to keep it going? I think not.
My third point is the most powerful, and will convince all but the most hardened. A picture is worth a thousand words. These speak volumes. Most of these photos came from http://www.amightywind.com

This is a picture of aborted babies stuffed into a garbage bag.

This is a picture of a mother in China who was a victim of a forced abortion, performed by the state. Her murdered child is lying next to her. Sure, this picture could have been faked, but please ask yourself why anyone would fake a picture like this? Anyone who has morals has to agree that abortion is wrong, and a person with morals is not then going to turn around and lie.

Write to me and tell me how this is right.

Or how about this one, can you justify this. I believe this are real pictures, the truth of abortion portrayed in this picture is worse than anything a person could make up.

There are not enough words in the world to describe how awful this is.

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Memories Pour From My Veins

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New Blogs

I’m making some changes to my blog: I will be posting blogs about chocolate here:

http://chocklutworld.wordpress.com/

Lemon Life blogs will be here:

http://lamonaide.wordpress.com/

I will keep writing about my college experiences at this blog site. I figured this way it will be easier for people to find only the content that interests them. Oh, I almost forgot…The Self Employment Chronicles will now be posted here:

http://thevirtualvirtuoso.wordpress.com/

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The Lemon Life

The idea for this started with a comment I made on my Facebook page:

“When life hands you lemons…”

I didn’t finish it, because everyone knows the second part; “make lemonade.”

I made this comment on my Facebook after finding out I did not pass one of my classes, and I would have to go to college for one more semester in order to finish my degree. I decided to add a couple of classes toward a second degree, to make in more worth my while, since I had to be there anyway. That was how I planned to make lemonade out of the lemon I was handed.

A few weeks later, a good friend of mine, inspired by my post, gave me a graduation gift (I was able to walk across the stage in the ceremony on May 19, I just can’t get my diploma yet) which included a lemon. I loved it! I put it in my freezer, where it stayed for about two weeks.

I’m going through a season of uncertainty right now; I do not have a job yet, and I am getting concerned about that. My husband and I are surviving on unemployment, and a student loan, which is now dwindling fast.

So how did I make lemonade with these ingredients? I’ll tell you later.

First, a few weeks ago, after a tiring day, I decided to make some iced tea. I boil it, so it takes about twenty-four hours, but I figured it would be a nice treat for the next day; I love ice-cold tea. So I started making it, then I remembered that lemon, in my freezer. I thought, ‘that will go good in iced tea.’ I pulled it out. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to cut it up while it was still frozen, but surprisingly, it wasn’t hard to cut.

All of this time, I was thinking about lemons, and making lemonade, when all of a sudden, I had an idea.

‘Why not blog about how people have overcome difficult situations—in other words—made lemonade?’ And “Lemon Life” was born. Lemon Life is where I will write about true inspirational stories: my own and other people’s.

Right now, I have the time, because I am not working yet. So that’s how I’m making lemonade with the ingredients I have been given.  

And this has been my first inspiring story! Thank you for reading it. Oh, I almost forgot—the iced tea turned out great! About the picture—I don’t like my smile, so I borrowed Julia Roberts’s. I realize the picture doesn’t look professional, but since I can’t afford fancy photo editing software, I did the best I good with the Paint program on my computer.

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Eve and Her Daughters: The Myths, the Legends, and the Truths

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Part 1: The First Woman

There are several good articles online about the interesting and complex subject of Mitochondrial Eve. According to the first article, Mitochondrial Eve, believed to be the common ancestor of all living people, was a woman who lived in Africa thousands of years ago. The scientists who discovered the mtDNA call her Eve.

 “So what about all of the mtDNA of the other women who lived during “Eve’s” time? What happened to it? Simply this: Somewhere between now and then, they had female descendants who had only sons (or no children). When this happened, the passing on of their mtDNA halted.”

This explanation seems flawed; there is no proof or precedent; such a thing has never happened before or since, that I am aware of, but there is a ton of proof that the bible is true.

This is an interesting article, even though it seems to be biased to one viewpoint.

Mitochondrial DNA is a huge, complicated subject; one I don’t plan to go into detail about (You’re welcome). However, the findings seem to support what the bible teaches.

The writer of the next article takes the viewpoint that Mitochondrial Eve is not our common ancestor. However, the writer seems to be eager to prove that Mitochondrial Eve could not be the Eve of the bible. Also, he or she is guilty of using some contradictions:

The Mitochondrial Eve of 200,000 years ago (ME for short henceforth) is NOT our common ancestor, or even common genetic ancestor.”

Then in the next sentence, the writer says that M.Eve is our most recent common ancestor. Potato Patahto, as if the words “most recent” make a difference:  an ancestor is an ancestor is an ancestor. Then the author goes into this wild what-if story:

“Consider an extremely prolific woman living today. She has many daughters and takes a vacation to a remote Caribbean island for a week. During the same week, a plague of a mutated Ebola virus sweeps the Earth and drastically decreases the fecundity of all living women…Only this one woman and her daughters who were off in this Caribbean island are safe from the viral plague. Also, assume that the viral plague consumes itself within that fateful week. This woman and her daughters are now free to breed in a world where their reproductive potential far outstrips that of every other woman alive (and to be born of these women). Soon, almost every one on Earth will be related in some fashion to this one woman. Finally, when the last woman who was born to one of the matrilineal descendants of an infected woman dies, the non-infected Caribbean tourist takes on the title of the new Mitochondrial Eve. Every human alive on Earth at that point in time is now related via the mitochondrial line to her.

This is just as far-fetched as the theory in the first article, which it only seems to mimic without adding anything new. What he or she is trying to say makes sense, but it is not plausible. Chance and chaos are by definition random, and never as orderly as what the writer is trying to describe. The argument is further flawed because the hypothetical woman still would not be the most recent common ancestor of everyone on earth. Finally, the writer concludes with discussing a Y-chromosome Adam:

“I mentioned the Y-chromosome Adam (YcA for short) earlier in discussing patrilineal descent. The YcA has also been identified (by the careful sequencing of a small region of the Y-chromosome that all men carry) and has been dated considerably more recent than the ME (yet another slap-in-the-face for bibliolaters—their Adam and Eve lived many tens of thousands of years apart).”

If they lived many tens of thousands of years apart, what happened to all the men who lived before this Y-chromosome Adam? The writer doesn’t even attempt to address this, important question.

Here is another what-if story: What if we can trace our DNA back through our male ancestors? The bible says that the Great Flood wiped out everyone except Noah and his family. If this is true, and it is, then the above-mentioned “Y-Chromosome Adam” would really be Noah, because there would be no one else left for us to be descended from. Also, Noah lived many years after the biblical Eve. However, the next article gives an even better explanation.

This article looks at the other side of this issue, from a creationist point of view:

“the dates assigned to mitochondrial Eve had been said by evolutionists to rule out the biblical Eve….But these dates were based upon ‘molecular clock’ assumptions, which were calibrated by evolutionary beliefs about when certain evolutionary events occurred, supposedly millions of years ago. When these assumed rates were checked out against the real world, preliminary results indicated that the mitochondrial ‘molecular clock’ was ticking at a much faster rate than evolutionists believed possible. That is, it directly ‘challenges’ the evolutionary long-age claim. If correct, it means that mitochondrial Eve lived 6,000 to 6,500 years ago, right in the ballpark for the true ‘mother of all living’ (Genesis 3:20).”

This explanation makes a lot of sense; it simply states the fact that the dates given for Mitochondrial Eve are incorrect. Nevertheless, people will believe what they want to believe, in spite of overwhelming evidence that disproves what they choose to believe. Still, truth is not subjective.

Some people say that Eve is a myth. The bible says that she would bring forth children in sorrow, which was part of the curse on her. I want to look at some of the sorrows that the daughters of Eve have faced in the past, and are facing today.

Next: Part 2: The Amazons:

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It’s Not All About Me

          Recently, I was reviewing my English 101 textbook when I came across an essay titled “On Keeping a Journal” By Roy Hoffman. According to the headnote, Hoffman wrote this piece for Newsweek on Campus. As I read his essay, I was inspired to write my own; from the perspective of a middle-aged woman attending college for the first time, and about how I feel intimidated and fearful. I feel this way because in two of my classes, my classmates were children–to my eyes–on average, they are only four to six years older than my daughter is.

     It makes me feel old; at a time when they were entering kindergarten or first grade, I was already a mother. When my daughter was born, I was nineteen–only a year or two younger than some of them are now.

     It presented a gulf, in my mind, that cannot be crossed. I have nothing in common with them, except that we happen to be in college, in the same class at the same time. Ironically, when I was their age, I felt the same way that I do now.

     When I was nineteen, whenever I was in a group of people my own age, I thought:

     ‘I don’t belong here; I have nothing in common with them.’

     I thought this way, because I was raising a daughter, working, paying bills, and trying to survive. I worked, but the jobs I was qualified for—Burger King and Wal-Mart—are not the types of jobs that dreams are built on. Nevertheless, this was my life; I worked to pay the bills. The hours I was given were always just under full time; but I knew better than to complain.

     My paycheck paid the rent, put food on the table, and paid the babysitter. A car was an impossible dream. My transportation was a bicycle, which I bought from the same Wal-Mart where I worked.

     My paycheck was not always enough to put food on the table, so I used food stamps, sometimes. I hated that, but sometimes you have to do what you hate, in order to survive. Sometimes my paycheck was not enough to pay the babysitter. In those times, my daughter’s father was the babysitter.

     Unless he refused, and many times he did. Then, I was stuck.

     No babysitter meant I could not go to work. Not going to work meant I would no longer have a job. Not having a job meant I could not pay the rent. Then we would be homeless. On and on it went. This scenario played out many times, until my daughter became a teenager; she decided she would rather live with her dad, and that was that.

     I had devoted my whole life to her, and now I was left wondering “Now what?”

     I was thirty-two years old by then—and married—but that is another story. My question of now what was answered by Finger Lakes Community College. As I write this, I am thinking, maybe I do belong in this group of young people, because I have already been where they are going. Perhaps I can be another mentor to them–an equal–different from their professors. I did not see it that way before. In trying to get through college, I developed tunnel vision. That happens so often in life. So now, I am wondering: ‘How can I use what I have learned from life to help them?’ I do not yet know the answer to that question.

Additional reading, if you are interested:

 http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1807&dat=19831020&id=l-shAAAAIBAJ&sjid=1HEEAAAAIBAJ&pg=2970,2118015

 http://uanews.ua.edu/2009/02/ua-cason-award-to-honor-journalist-and-novelist-roy-hoffman/

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