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Speaks for itself
There's a lot of nostalgia around old franchises coming back right now. Movies, TV shows, even action figures! What's something from your childhood that you wish would come back? Why?

(This question will remain in place for a few days while Writer's Block is re-launched -- we'll have new questions each weekday starting on Monday!)
First off, hooray for Writer's Block coming back! Second, I was a huge Digimon fan as a pre-teen. Digimon Adventure was awesome to my little mind back then, and wonder of wonders, Digimon Adventure Tri will be coming soon. Cue screams of joy.

Things that make me mad.

My aunt and uncle being quite toxic people to be around. The whole family had to live with them for over a month and it was not fun. Thank goodness they have their own place again. They came over today to get some things they left, and I wanted to tell em off so badly I'm still antsy.

Though that does make me wonder something. With all the grade A jerks on Mom's side of the family, how did she not get any of it?
Kingdom Hearts
I know you are hurting. I know you feel betrayed by your government/fellow human beings. But violence is only going to cause more pain and suffering in the end.

But I'm a white Republican woman, you may say. How could I possibly know what is going on in the mind of the average Ferguson citizen? I don't know. I can only guess what they/you feel by drawing on my own experience. I've felt betrayed before. I've felt angry and hateful. I've even felt like committing violence. But all that anger and hate only hurt myself in the end. I once heard that revenge is like taking poison and expecting the other person to die. I firmly believe that to be true.

Ferguson, MO does not need violence and hate. It needs love and forgiveness.

How, you cry? You ask for God's help. It's not easy, trust me. I've been there. But it is so much better in the long run for everyone. A wise therapist of mine once told me that forgiveness was accepting the fact that the past cannot be changed. I firmly believe that to be true as well.

Is it easy to forgive? Quite the opposite. But is it worth it? Absolutely.

Immigration is...

a very complex issue that has no "magic solution" that will make everybody happy. Deporting all the ones here illegally won't, keeping them here and giving them a free ride won't, and Obama's plan most certainly won't. If anything, it's actually making me more angry. It reeks of "I'm trying to make everyone happy all the time." Newsflash: you can't make everyone happy all the time, Mr. President. The Pope can't do it. The Dalai Lama can't do it. Jesus couldn't even do it. What makes you think you can?

Thoughts about my father.

It's like he's not even trying to feel better anymore. Yeah, he's got at least 3 different things making him feel absoulutely awful. But it feels like he's given up on ever feeling better. Mom said that even he doesn't like the man he's become because of Grave's disease and thyroid cancer and low testosterone and all the other health problems he's got.

I just want my dad back. I miss him, even when he's right beside me. It's like everything that made my dad a good person has been taken away from him. He gets horribly nasty over the smallest thing, something he had never done before. He can't stay warm, and he's just miserable. And it makes the rest of us miserable.

I pray that he'll be able to feel better in this life. I don't want him to spend the rest of his life a shell of his former self.

What is even?


This is the coolest thing I've seen all day. This is a collaboration for the ages.

The Gospel changes everything.

People who say that loving the sinner but not the sin is impossible in regards to homosexuality have no idea what they are talking about. I've done it not only with gay folks, but with adulturers and liars and all manner of people with very nasty sins, even outright crimes under their belts.

And how is it possible? Through continual humility and sincere prayer in the name of Christ. And practice. Lots of it. After all, God both loves us in spite of our sins and expects us to do better. It's not at all contradictory.

Man, becoming a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints must be such a paradigm shift for new converts. We really are a peculiar people. But I wouldn't want it any other way.
I'm going to be honest. The ebola outbreak is scaring me. That case in Texas has got me more than a little frightened, but for entirely different reasons than you might think.

I'm not scared of catching ebola. I'm scared of losing internet access if there is an infrastructure breakdown. First world problems much? I've become so wrapped up in the computer that the thought of losing access for a long time scares me more than catching a disease that kills people more often than not. Anyone else seeing an extreme problem there? Because I do, and it is extremely disturbing.

It's not like I haven't gone without the internet before. I've gone without it for a month willingly, just to prove to myself that I could. But to think about it now is absolutely terrifying.

But there is hope for me. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has an addiction recovery program, and my parent's home stake (think dioscese in terms of comparison) will be going through all 12 steps in the coming weeks. After all, addiction comes in more forms and affects more people than you might think, and all can benefit from learning how to recover from it.

Besides, if I can see a problem within myself and acknowledge that it is a problem, I've got a good start on getting over it.

It had to happen.


Yep. This happened.


Oh boy. I get booted off the parent's insurance at months end. My disability claim won't be heard in court for at least a year. And my monthly medication bill sans insurance is almost 1000 USD.

I have no idea how we are going to find the money to pay for my medications. I can't hold down a job yet.

We have a possible solution, but even then it's only partial.

I want to rant and rave about how clogged and beaurecratic the US government is, how unfair it all is. But I won't.Because I believe that God will help us. In my entire life our family has never wanted for anything except maybe a vacation now and then. God has provided for this family so many times and so many ways, I almost feel bad for ever doubting Him. But I'm only human. And He will help my unbelief.