Agnew Clan—Auld Lang Syne

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Those folks who know me best know that I have a deep love and reverence for my family’s rich Scottish ancestry from Robert the Bruce to Lochnaw Castle, ours is a long story indeed. And so it’s for all of the members of the Agnew Clan, both near and far—and any other Scotsman and Scotswoman that I dedicate ‘Auld Lang Syne’ to, beginning 2016 on a Celtic melody. Bagpipes? Yes, please.  

2016—A Pleasant Start

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Starting off the New Year with a positive, I’ve successfully gotten myself in the groove of regularly writing on my blog. Truth be told, I cheated a bit. I’ve been blogging regularly for a week or so in order for me to be in the groove by New Years Day. I enjoy it much more than Facebook actually. You don’t have the “social” disgruntlement, trolling of “Likes”, and annoying ads that have nothing to do with any of my interests. It hits at the core of what writing is for me as well—writing for myself, to impress what’s in my …

Equally Image-bearers of the Lord

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It’s a real blessing to have a manager that you not only connect deeply with on important things in life such as home schooling, natural birth, essential oils, and that culture all together but will just sit down and casually chat with you. And so what God did in my heart is to help me to love women simply because they are worthy of love, to enjoy their company and who they are. These last two years here I was always curious about his home school years, growing up crunchy, growing up in the natural birth community, and just his …

Women & Men—How Differently Our Books Are Bound

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I’ve been thinking here lately about how words impact women much deeper than they affect men (and had a great conversation with a couple of women friends about it), which really shed some light into an observation that I’ve had for a long time by just paying attention to my women friends and men friends who are fellow bibliophiles—reading/listening to books has a much different impact on women than it does to men. Words captivate women in ways that us men cannot fully experience. Stay with me, I’ll make sense soon enough. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ A …

It Is Neither Loving Nor Compassionate To Harm Others While Helping Some

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Article: Paris massacre ringleader used migrant crisis to get into France, PM says Because it is neither compassionate nor loving to hurt others in the name of helping some. Life Principle: It is neither loving nor compassionate to harm others while helping some. This is a good principle to remember in all areas of life when you decide who to help and who not to. It’s very easy for our emotions to lead us down the wrong path and make unwise decisions. Don’t put others in danger by helping someone, because in reality by hurting others in the process you’re …

U.S. Supreme Court To Rule On Gay Marriage In June 2015

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Well folks, it’s finally come down to the wire!! On Thursday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld same sex marriage bans in 4 states, and the U.S. Supreme Court has said that it will hear arguments in April and release a decision in June. In the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case, cases from 14 states will be combined into one case for the ruling. I’m worried about Justice Kennedy though. Even though he has become more conservative in recent years, he’s still a wild card in general…but seemingly more liberal on gay marriage. I pray that …

Vote Early and Vote Often!!

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Totally get out and vote! If we are cynical of the current status of our government then we must be even more cynical of not voting, because not voting guarantees that that which we claim that we hate stays in place and becomes worse. However, if we don’t vote because we are cynical then I would argue that it’s not a cynicism with the intent of improving things but being cynical for the sake of being cynical, which is apathy that is destructive. Continue to have hope! Don’t raise the white flag and surrender to the very politicians you don’t …

Life Principle—Dying With Dignity, Choosing To Live Through Every Circumstance

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dig·ni·ty /ˈdiɡnədē/ noun the state or quality of being worthy of honor or respect. I’m thinking about Brittany Maynard out in Oregon who committed suicide this last weekend. Yes, that is what she did. Let us not change the language in order to shrink away from the horrible reality that is the consequences of our actions. Words have meaning and running away from a word’s meaning does not change the nature of what you do. Do you know why? Because a word’s meaning is derived from it’s nature, it’s nature is not derived from a word’s meaning. “being worthy of …