Michele Minehart

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Month: May 2012 (page 1 of 4)

my several-weeks-late questions for North Carolina

Apparently the election year tis the season for laws and lawsuits regarding same-sex marriage. I just read that a court ruled a law which would prohibit legalization of same-sex marriage has been shot down. I’ve reflected on the idea repeatedly (and I have no idea why, but it could be in relationship with the fact I’ve had recurring dreams that someone I care for comes out of the closet. A person who, I don’t believe is “in the closet”, which is, in itself, something else that gives me pause), and each time I continue to move my peg further from where it started. Some call this progress, others call this backsliding. My theology professor referred to it as dancing. 

Here are some of the questions that are driving my opinion: 
1. Do we remember the purpose behind “separation of church and state”? Hint: the Pilgrims didn’t fear the state messing with its church affairs. While I advocate voting with your Christian ethic, I don’t believe the legal arena is the place to be pushing an agenda of conformity or evangelizing. 
2. Do we really think that putting a wall around something a group of individuals wants will “win them for Christ”? I’ve not had much luck with that approach, but perhaps I’m doing it wrong. 
3. Will the sanctity of the vows you took be annulled when you allow others, who may or may not share your penis ratio*, to make the same promises? How exactly will your marriage be impacted?
4. What do we really fear by allowing people of the same sex to make commitments to one another? I’m asking an honest question (ok, perhaps the tone of #2 might not put it in that light) – what is our “worst case scenario”?
5. Do we see marriage as a shadow of the relationship between God and His People? A way in which we experience commitment, faithfulness, honesty, forgiveness, perseverance and trust? If so, is God selective about who He bestows that relationship upon? Why wouldn’t we want everyone to encounter a taste of one of the ways in which God’s love is experienced? (I realize I need a separate post to elaborate where this hermeutic is going and has come from). 
I made an attempt to keep my at-times-not-rhetorical questions to the vein of state-based same-sex marriage. I would ask different questions to the governing body of the Church, which will come down to an understanding and exploration of Scripture. But the Scripture doesn’t guide our lawmakers – the Constitution does. If we can’t get behind that, then we need to re-think this Living in America thing. 
I actually hesitated to publish this post; I’m not aiming to create controversy or dip into sensationalism just because it’s a “hot topic.” But these musings were the honest contemplations of my mind lately and I don’t think I’m the only poor soul out there who once believed one thing but has grown to understand the world and the Bible in a different way and now wants to ask honest questions without others demanding that I hand in my Christian Card. So in the anticipation that someone else struggles with these inadequacies, I decided to air my own insecurities about my wavering opinion. Forgive me as I stumble through it.   
*I’m going to coin this phrase. Stay off the patent.  If you use this phrase without attributing me, you will owe me One Million Dollars. Standard compliance of International Joke & Recipe Copyright Law do not apply. 
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Honestly, I never follow blogs that thousands of others do (exception: Seth Godin). Once my girls go mainstream, I generally update the reader. I find a tendency to sell out and end up with product reviews as opposed to glimpses into their real life. (BTW, I blame the haters in the comment section. When you attack them, it’s more difficult to be honest. So, for the sake of the rest of us who enjoy a good soul-bearing, stick with 3 word comments). 

Honestly, I never click on video linkage. I hate it. Even if it promises to be hilarious, comes from an email or a close friend, I rarely will watch. Recipe videos are the worst. I know how to beat an egg. Just tell me the proportions. 
Honestly, I have no clue what I’m doing on Twitter. I’m like a toddler in swimming lessons, flailing my arms about and trying not to drown. Surely making a complete fool of myself while I do it. 
Honestly, I don’t comment on blogs enough. And when I do, I never return to see responses. I think there’s a way you can subscribe just to responses in the comments, but it hasn’t worked thus far. OR, just as likely, I haven’t commented anything worth responding. 
Honestly, I watch to see when/if people view my own blog. I’m curious. Did you know there’s a reader from Alaska? (Helooooo up there!). The new Blogger platform also informs me that 55% of the pageviews come through on a Windows platform and another 13% in Linux. People use Linux? The traffic sources page can be better than Facebook in terms of keeping me abreast the trends.

Honestly, I suck at SEO. My top keyword searches that landed readers to my page include my blog name and “yoga teacher following Jesus”. Stellar.

Honestly, I’ve been on Google Plus only to set up my account. I’ve understood the purpose behind FB, twitter, LinkedIn and even stumbling. But I’ve yet to really grasp the Google (even though I’m Google-centered in my personal domain. I live by the g-docs and g-cal. Love.)

Honestly, I could use a bit of refreshment in my blog reading life. Too many recipes, not enough comedy. Send me some funny referrals. I need a good storyteller on my rolls to keep me sane. Like Boomama, before she went platinum. She’s still funny, but I miss the purity of her commentary of the cream cheese football dip. I’ve adapted entire philosophies on life based on that post.

Honestly, Pinterest is out of control. Someone let the riff-raff in. I might need to do an evaluation process of who I follow to keep quality standards in place. (No, honey, I don’t mean you. You never post “recipes” that consist of opening 3 cans. I mean, er….)

Honestly, social media in general is exhausting, confusing and perhaps a bit more work than what I’d like. But it’s also connecting, helpful and a wealth of information and insight that I’d not find had I taken a bunny trail through the bit.lys. So I’ll keep with it for a while. Maybe I’ll find my next big break.

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a few craftacular thoughts

I’m endeavoring a few beach towel bags (pictures to come) as Praise-Jesus-We-Survived-The-School-Year gifts for JJ’s teacher friends. Overall, the project has been a positive experience (ask me tonight after I attempt the handles of the bag. This could change). Throughout the process, a few thoughts crossed my mind. 

1. Uh, self, exactly what part of your crafting vitae entitles you to try to sew gifts for home ec teachers? These people are formally educated in processes such as these.  
2. The zigazag stitch covers a multitude of sins. I may never sew in a straight line ever again. 
3. So this is why the pattern said to use the long end of the towel as the bottom edge. Huh. Pattern writers do know what they’re talking about. 
4. Why does a bag need handles? Perhaps I can offer them a beach clutch. 
5. I bought only a beach towel and had enough supplies in my crafty cabinet to complete the project. Clearly I’ve unlocked some sort of next-level in Pinterest, right? Like the Super Mario World dungeon? (Bonus coins: I used my $10 kohls cash for the $12 towel and had enough to make both bags. Craftiness living  out its purpose in thriftiness!)
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