Thought You'd Never Ask

Just mouthing off -- because I can.

Friday, December 31, 2010

Books I read in 2010

Not an impressively long list--because I was busy this year doing other things besides reading as much as I might have liked.

1. Sparrowhawk Book Five: Revolution by Edward Cline

2. Please Stop Laughing at Us...One Survivor’s Extraordinary Quest to Prevent School Bullying by Jodee Blanco

3. Sparrowhawk Book Six: War by Edward Cline

4. Sparrowhawk Companion by Edward Cline

5. 300 Jahre Pfälzer in Amerika / 300 Years Palatines in America by Roland Paul, editor

6. I Passed as a Teenager by Lyn Tornabene

7. 1939: The Lost World of the Fair by David Gelernter

8. A Clueless Man’s Guide to Relationships: What Women Know Instinctively About Relationships—But Men Have to Learn by Kelly C. Fisher

9. The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy

10. Love and Limerence: The Experience of Being in Love by Dorothy Tennov

11. Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women by Harriet Reisen

12. World History Series: The Chinese Cultural Revolution by David Pietrusza

13. Coolidge: An American Enigma by Robert Sobel

14. The Secret Life of Lobsters by Trevor Corson

15. Northern Drift: Sketches on the New York Frontier by John Golden

16. Taking Back the United Methodist Church by Mark Tooley

17. Annie’s Ghosts: A Journey Into a Family Secret by Steve Luxenberg

18. World History Series: The End of the Cold War by David Pietrusza

Happy New Year!

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Progressive politics and the United Methodist Chuch

I found this good summary and update on the United Methodist Church's political and lobbying involvement in passing Obamacare this past year and thought I would post it: UMC Facing Health Bill Fallout.

Since then I have discussed this with my pastor and declined to sign a membership pledge card for the coming year. For now I continue to attend my local UMC, and donate only to local missions, not to any official UMC membership apportionments to the national or international bodies. I regret I can't now support the good things these bodies do, but I don't know any other way to make sure that my donations do not go to support damaging leftist political agendas or the General Board of Church and Society's partisan activities. I am wondering if the UMC will soon revoke its stand on health care as a "right" or disband the out-of-control GBCS in my lifetime.

I wonder what revelations another year will bring--and if by 2012 I will still be a Methodist. At least it is encouraging to see (from the above article and comments) that I am not alone.

My previous post on this.
Health care is NOT a right.

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

After Christmas

I am enjoying "family time" after a lovely Christmas here at home, which included elder relatives staying with us. The urge to blog here over the last several weeks of holidays has been so far completely subsumed by my commenting on other sites and by my ability to "Share" with my Facebook Friends various things I read or see on the internet, with a simple push of a button. Yes, even I have a Facebook page. I don't know if that means I will not be blogging any more at all, but for now I don't feel the need. After five years, is it time for me to call it quits with Thought You'd Never Ask and move on to other venues? Is anyone still asking me anything at all?