Wednesday, July 23, 2014

First Day School: Peace Testimony

We had Meeting on Sunday and the Lone Star Baby and I had First Day School.  We are still studying the Peace Testimony in the context of WWII.  We finished talking about Number The Stars and non-fighting ways to be brave, and talked some about Anne Frank.  We started talking about the internment camps for Japanese-Americans during the war and read Baseball Saved Us and discussed how much easier it is for people to hurt each other when they slip into "us" and "them" thinking.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Hebrews 13:2

While United Nations officials urge that many of the children who have flooded our borders should be treated not as undocumented immigrants but as the “refugees displaced by armed conflict” that they are, Governor Perry has ordered  1,000 members of the National Guard to the Texas- Mexico border.  Other countries all over the world - the remotely decent ones - respond to armed conflict that displaces their neighbors by giving those neighbors, always at great cost, sanctuary.  Because that is what you do when your neighbor is fleeing for her life - you help her.  

I live in South Texas, in Corpus.  I work and haul daughters and troops of little girls all over South Texas, lots of driving.  Any place south of Corpus Christi is teaming with La Migra already - Border Patrol is everywhere, everywhere.  Americans have nothing to fear.  Certainly we have nothing to fear from these poor children - except having to share some, as other neighbors do.  

Even the Pope has called us out for not providing sanctuary to these children.  

Also, from God: 

"Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares."

More Walking for Wendy!

Lone Star Pa, the Lone Star Baby and I got in 3.5 more hours of walking for Wendy last night, block-walking around our own neighborhood, which was really nice.  I got to be a good citizen and chat with my neighbors!  I even met an amazing lady who is 102 years old and answered the door herself.

Below are some links to help you get involved:

http://www.wendydavistexas.com/

http://join.battlegroundtexas.com/page/s/get-involved

Sunday, July 20, 2014

South Texas History Musum Girls



And More College...

The Lone Star Girl is a finalist for a scholarship she wrote an essay for recently and for which she then got interviewed a week ago Saturday in Edinburg.  She also found out, once UTPA received her IB scores, that she is entering college with 42 hours of college credit!  It is not entirely as exciting as it sounds since the pre-med program she is in will still definitely take four years, but it will give her room in her schedule to do the Medical Spanish minor she wants to do in addition to the Chemistry minor she has to do.  Pictures from the trip to UTPA:










Thursday, July 17, 2014

Does Anyone Remember How Most Americans (Who Are Still Alive - Not The Ones Our Ancestors Murdered) Got Here?

Fleeing from various countries?

American Dream?

Statue of Liberty?  

Emma Lazarus' poem, The New Colossus

Anybody?

I mean, Native Americans have every right to say ugly things about immigrants if they want to, given how that all worked out, but no one else here does.
 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

W.B. Ray Class of 2014 Global Citizen Scholarship

The Lone Star Girl is raising money to establish an ongoing scholarship for a high school senior at Ray High School every year. 

She has set up criteria and an application and a permanent committee of 2014 Ray High School graduates to screen applications each year, as well as a way for the scholarship to be administered through the exceedingly helpful Coastal Bend Community Foundation. It is to be funded mainly by her Class of 2014 classmates over the years, but could use some help getting up and running. Eventually, donations will be made through the Coastal Bend Community Foundation website, a method much more Millennial-Friendly than checks, but they had a fire recently and it is taking awhile to set up. She needs to raise $1000 to get the CBCF account started and if she finishes raising the first $1500 in time, it can also be her Gold Award Project. The information is below if anyone wants to donate for this project. Thank you!

Website URL:

http://rayscholarship.wix.com/classof14 

"Donate Page" of Website URL:

http://rayscholarship.wix.com/classof14#!donate/c1ghi

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Walking for Wendy

Lone Star Pa and the Lone Star Baby and I spent three hours block-walking for Wendy Davis  in Corpus Christi neighborhoods this evening.  We are going to do lots more.

Wendy stood for twelve hours for Texas women during her filibuster and I challenge every Texas woman who reads this to contribute at least twelve hours to her campaign.  You don't win if you don't try.  There is no one else to do it  - only us.

If you are a Texan, how are you going to stand for Wendy?  Please tell me in the comments.

Here are some links to get you started:

http://www.wendydavistexas.com/

http://join.battlegroundtexas.com/page/s/get-involved

Get on it, Mamas!

More College

June and early July have been a whirlwind.  As soon as graduation and the birthdays and college appointments were over, there was Cousin Camp and then almost right after, our trip to the wilds of North Texas to see elderly and ailing relatives (not you - you are young and hale) and then we got back for a scant week of doctor appointments and work before it was time to head to UTPA again yesterday.  The Girl wrote an essay for a scholarship contest there and she got picked for the next round to get interviewed on Saturday, so we all went so we could be together and we also checked out the dorm room again so the Girl could think about dimensions and storage.

Today we shopped for some dorm room supplies for the Girl.  She already has a comforter and sheets and towels and hand towels.  We got storage crates and bins and a shower caddy and a toothbrush cup holder and and wash cloths and a lamp.  

I didn't cry.  

(Barely.)

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

About this Religious Freedom Thing, SCOTUS...

So...Hobby Lobby does not have to comply with federal laws mandating that the health insurance plans they offer include contraception because they believe the contraceptives are abortifacients, even though science shows that they clearly are no such thing, but merely drugs that prevent pregnancy.

That means that I, a fervent Quaker,  no longer have to pay to support real wars and acts of violence committed by the government, right? Right?

Are you sure you want to go there, SCOTUS?


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Summer Reading; First Star

On Monday, I took the Lone Star Baby to the library to turn in her reading log. She had read her first "ten books" - for the older kids who are reading chapter books, fifty pages counts as a book - and got to put her name on the wall with a star sticker for the first ten books.  She also got the goodie bag of local coupons that you get after you complete ten books.  None of this star sticker incentive stuff is all that exciting to a ten-year-old, but we keep at it because I want to keep creating a strong culture of library use in our family.  The Lone Star Baby was excited to find and check out a Goddess Girls book she hadn't read yet.

I saw a very little boy getting his first star and putting his name on the wall and he was so excited.  He told me all about it and tried to show me his name on the wall.  That's the kind of thing that makes a mama happy.


Space Center Camp-In

On  Saturday, we took the Girl Scout troop to an overnight at Space Center Houston (on their cookie dime).  They got to do experiments with electricity, build their own wind turbines and use them to power electric cars and build little flash lights.  They slept on sleeping bags in the Space Center among the exhibits of rockets and stars.  We got to tour the Johnson Space Center campus and Space Center Houston as well.  They really enjoyed it. 

I think it is so important for girls to get experience in hands-on science activities where they get to try things, get it wrong, try other things, get frustrated, try other things, etc.  The wind turbine activity was set up especially well as this sort of experience.  The staff did not mention it, but I made sure to tell the girls about the Mercury 13 women who trained when the Apollo 11 astronauts were training, did better than the men, but were not allowed into space by Johnson.  I also told them the fact that all female astronauts so far have been Girl Scouts. I hope that the experience sparks a vocation for science in some of these girls. .. one possible way they can use their minds to take humanity forward.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Another College Road Trip

On Tuesday the girls and I headed down to Edinburg again and spent Tuesday and Wednesday on college appointments in attempts to get everything ready for the Lone Star Girl's upcoming move.  Road trip!  We stayed overnight at the Best Western in Edinburg, which is very nice.  The Lone Star Baby loved the motel.

Tuesday was mostly about the dreaded allergies, with appointments at the Health Center, the Disability Services Office, and with residence and dining hall people.  The dining hall guy was disappointing, having done nothing yet despite months of communication and waffling quite a bit, so we will have to keep on that.  Everyone else at the university was extremely helpful both days.

Wednesday was about the Financial Aid office, the Scholarship Office, Admissions to clear up some confusion about AP scores (she was given credit for a class she did not test in but it turns out that was not a mistake - they just gave her credit because her SAT score was so high in that area) and the Honors College office.  Very productive.

We also got to hang around campus and look around a good bit.  We went to the library in Edinburg and picked up some bus maps.  We went back to the South Texas History Museum we had loved so much on a previous visit and showed the Lone Star Baby around.  We were able to get the Lone Star Girl a student membership to the museum for just $10 so she can ride the bus there whenever she likes during the school year - that was wonderful.  We, of course, stopped at the Lone Star Girl's favorite Stripes in Riviera both coming and going.

It was a great trip.  As the Lone Star Girl said, the more we take her there, the more it starts to feel like home to her.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Road Trip Quote of The Day

The Lone Star Girl, at her  favorite Stripes:

"Where are the good people of Riviera to purchase squeeze cheese?"