Posted in Quotes

Harmless Tea

On the dining room wall of my apartment is a cross-stitched picture of two ladies drinking tea. I don’t know where it came from; it was there when I moved in. It says the following:

May all loving friends

Be happy and free

In drinking a cup

Of harmless tea.

Every morning as I eat breakfast I stare at that picture and wonder “What does that even mean???”

We all know that tea is not harmless. Tea is a symbol of rebellion–our rebellion against the British. In fact, today is the 243rd anniversary of the Boston Tea Party. Our Founding Fathers considered tea so dangerous that they destroyed a shipment worth an estimated $700,000 (in today’s dollars). Actually, it was the tea tax and the tyranny it represented that was dangerous. The protest against the tea lit a spark and less than three years later, the Second Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence.

So is this phrase a Tory code? Perhaps they had a secret club–the opposite of the Sons of Liberty–and this is what they had to say in order to gain admittance.

Now I really want to watch Johnny Tremain.

 

What theories do you have?

 

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Posted in Politics

From One Millennial to Another

If you voted for Hillary Clinton in the presidential election earlier this month, it’s ok to be sad. Sadness is a natural response when your team loses and something you really want to happen doesn’t.

While I am thrilled that Mrs. Clinton was not elected, I remember how I felt when Barack Obama won (twice) and I understand what you are going through.

What I don’t understand is the protests.

One of the great things about the United States is that every four years we choose who will be our leader. Then, no matter whose side won, we peacefully transfer authority to that person. I don’t think y’all fully appreciate how amazing that is. Do you realize how many people live in countries where the elections (if they have them) are just shams? Do you know how many civil wars start because the “wrong” side gained power?

But in America, we still respect the Constitution our Founding Fathers created. We still respect the rule of law in our nation. We still respect the office of the president.

We do not act like whiney brats. We do not force others to coddle our emotions.

Like it or not, Donald Trump is our president-elect and barring some unforeseen event, he will take office in January. He will be neither as good as his supporters hope, nor as bad as his detractors fear.

Finally, if you want to play with play dough, please do. I am a big fan of play dough and keep a canister in my nightstand. Yeah, it’s fun to make stuff with, but it is also a great stress reliever. Conservative or liberal, young or old, happy or sad, don’t let anyone shame you over play dough.

 

Posted in Historic Figures, Literature, Movie Moments, Recommendations

My Favorite Historical Period Dramas

Back in March, I wrote a piece about my favorite period dramas. Among other requirements, the films on that list had to be fictional. I promised to write a post on my favorite true story based period dramas. Voilà!

Here are my qualifications for this list.

  • The events of the film must take place in a time period before the movie was made.
  • The film must include some sort of love story
  • It must be a clean film. PG-13 is my limit.
  • The film cannot be a musical, western, or primarily a war film.
  • For this list, the story must be about real people. How much literary license is taken with the facts is inconsequential.

Again, please remember that this is a list of films that I have seen and enjoyed. If you have a favorite historical period drama that is not on the list, please leave me a comment. Continue reading “My Favorite Historical Period Dramas”

Posted in Government, Historic Figures, Politics, Quotes

Quote of the Week #17: Ronald Reagan on Church and State

“Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged. When our Founding Fathers passed the First Amendment, they sought to protect churches from government interference. They never intended to construct a wall of hostility between government and the concept of religious belief itself. … To those who cite the First Amendment as reason for excluding God from more and more of our institutions every day, I say: The First Amendment of the Constitution was not written to protect the people of this country from religious values; it was written to protect religious values from government tyranny.”  

“The frustrating thing is that those who are attacking religion claim they are doing it in the name of tolerance, freedom and openmindedness. Question: Isn’t the real truth that they are intolerant of religion?

“Our government needs the church, because only those humble enough to admit they’re sinners can bring democracy the tolerance it requires to survive”  

“If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be one nation gone under.”  

“I believe with all my heart that standing up for America means standing up for the God who has so blessed our land. We need God’s help to guide our nation through stormy seas. But we can’t expect Him to protect America in a crisis if we just leave Him over on the shelf in our day-to-day living.”