Friday, January 30, 2009


Article #1

"Remember when the tightfistedness of relatives raised during the Depression was amusing? Our grandparents' certificates of deposit and plastic couch protectors seemed downright quaint when our own home-equity and retirement portfolios were ballooning. Suddenly, though, the pot-roast-and-potatoes ethic doesn't seem quite so kooky."

I'm all about the frugal living, so here's a great article to help you save money and resources from This Old House.

Article #2:

In the shameless bragging category, here's an article about one of my sons.

Article #3:

"It is no secret that our new president emerged from a contentious political battle. The Electoral College was recorded as a landslide. But there was less than a 5% difference in the popular vote that put our new president into office. Enormous challenges face our new president. These challenges seem to threaten the very fabric of who we are. Could the dream of America be at risk? Not everyone is on board with how our new president wants to tackle the issues."

Read what my own pastor has to say about our new president.

Article #4:

"So, what's a "redeeming" film? The definition varies, but for our list below, we mean movies that include stories of redemption—sometimes blatantly, sometimes less so. Several of them literally have a character that represents a redeemer; all of them have characters who experience redemption to some degree—some quite clearly, some more subtly. Some are "feel-good" movies that leave a smile on your face; some are a bit more uncomfortable to watch. But the redemptive element is there in all of these films."

Christianity Today's list of the 10 Most Redeeming Films of 2008. No, they are not all rated G. The reviews are pretty compelling. I haven't seen them all myself, but I think I want to!


Green Bean said...

You must be so proud of your boy, Joyce! I know I would be. :)

Also love the first article and the shuffle in general.

Rose said...

#1: I no longer find myself chuckling over my mother's penchant for re-using everything, like washing out plastic baggies or saving umpteen empty margarine containers. In fact, I'm now doing the same thing.

#2: I agree with Green Bean: you must be very proud of him!

#3: I didn't check out the link yet, but I think President Obama has an extremely difficult task ahead of him. I really admire the man (and yes, I voted for him), but one man cannot change this country alone. On the other hand, this is why the Constitution developed the system of checks and balances. I also think Gov. Quinn has a hard road ahead of him, too; I'm not sure if I agree with his politics, but anything is better than the way things were!

#4: Would you believe I haven't seen any of these movies?? Thanks for the list; Slumdog has gotten such excellent reviews, and there are a few others on the list I definitely want to see.

Joyce said...

Rose- don't we all turn into our mothers? I thought that was the natural order of things!

It will be interesting to see how IL fares now, and if we can get things back on track, especially with the economy in such a mess. Hope Quinn goes hard after all the corruption!

The article on the election was interesting to me, because it encouraged us to pray for Obama, and support him where we can even if we don't agree with everything.