Saturday, July 12, 2008

Divided We Fall

I recently forwarded a political e-mail which caused a maelstrom from people I love and care deeply about. I couldn't help but think, if this campaign has polarized my family so completely, what is it doing to our nation? We're supposed to be "one nation, under God." Yes, I said it, "under God." I'm an American citizen and the First Amendment applies. We are a Christian nation, founded on Christian principles. You don't have to believe in God to enjoy the freedoms these principles assure, and that many have fought and died for, but you ought to at least respect the rights of those who do.

"Indivisible." That's the next word in our Pledge of Allegiance. That's what we were after 9/11. That's the common goal of burning patriotism and love of God and country. "America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great." -Alexis de Tocqueville

Whatever the outcome of this campaign, it is my sincere hope and prayer that America will reunite in solidarity and love for all that is good and right.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

"Room for Two"

I read Abel Keogh's book "Room for Two" about his comeback from the traumatic experience of having his wife kill herself while she was seven months pregnant with their daughter. I found it to be a poignant and heart-rending tale. From the first paragraph I got the impression he didn't get along with his wife, so I was surprised to find how deeply in love he was with her. It's a courageous story full of wonderful descriptions. I would have enjoyed even more details about some of the people and experiences he had, and his family members, but would definitely recommend this book. And don't worry, it has a happy ending.