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Somewhere beyond the barn
Living the dream; Making fun of the nightmares
Interests: Adoption, Woodworking, Christianity, Outdoor activities, Politics, Writing, History, Education, Air Traffic Control
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(updated Jan 9 to include photo) When one culture attempts to translate their language into another for the benefit of tourists from a second culture, there will inevitably be some degree of confusion. In some cases, that confusion can manifest itself into high comedy. One example is a sign next... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2011 at Dysfunctional Dozen
(post updated Jan 9 to include photos) Something I’ve discovered as we’ve progressed through two adoptions is that it’s hard to avoid doing at least a little navel-gazing as you go. Introspection or self-analysis have never been my strong suits – on the contrary - I tend to sneer at... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2011 at Dysfunctional Dozen
Traveling abroad offers many opportunities to broaden your perspective, increase your appreciation for the world around you, and help you to better appreciate what you have at home. For example, when was the last time you ate dinner at a restaurant in a five-star hotel and had to worry about... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2010 at Dysfunctional Dozen
Well everyone, after five years of waiting, the day is finally here! We finally met our daughter, and she's even more perfect and beautiful than we could imagine from our referral pictures! Every family in our group was blessed to meet their perfect, beautiful little miracles today - and there... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2010 at Dysfunctional Dozen
Apparently, whoever was in charge of promoting tourism around the Great Wall of China decided that climbing the wall is the ultimate test of manhood. At the visitor center, there were all manner of signs claiming that only "real men" can ascend the wall; or that because you set foot... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2010 at Dysfunctional Dozen
After multiple failed attempts to post pictures on our other blog, we decided to try our luck here. For those of you who don't know, we're spending the holidays in China, finally bringing to a close our 5 year journey toward adopting a little girl. We got to Beijing two... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2010 at Dysfunctional Dozen
Recently I posted a rant about the condition of public education in America: Self Reliance in Education specifically dealt with my opinion regarding the too common tendency of many parents to assume victim status and throw up their hands in regard to their children’s educational options. My original inspiration for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2010 at Dysfunctional Dozen
In October I posted some of my thoughts on adoption here. To follow up on that post, I’m beyond happy to note that this year we’ll be spending Christmas in China, because we FINALLY got travel approval to go and get our daughter! For those of you unfamiliar with our... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2010 at Dysfunctional Dozen
Today is Veteran’s Day. It is a holiday that has a great deal of significance to me personally, since I am a veteran and many of my friends and family members are as well. It occurs to me that a huge percentage of the freedom we enjoy in this country... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2010 at Dysfunctional Dozen
The Wall Street Journal reports that the French government has now passed a reform bill raising their retirement age from 60 to 62; in spite of massive riots and protests in the streets by French citizens. Apparently the French have decided to face the harsh reality our own government continues... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2010 at Dysfunctional Dozen
My sister sent me a link to a movie trailer that got me on something of a rant. The documentary “Waiting for Superman” investigates the failures of the American education system. The trailer is well crafted and compelling, showing kids in the Washington D.C. school system who yearn for a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2010 at Dysfunctional Dozen
One of my pet peeves is the recurrent revisionist nonsense trotted out by humanistic secularists claiming that the concept of the separation of church and state is enshrined somewhere in the Constitution. Let me clear up this misconception. It isn't. It never has been. Don't believe me? Sucks to be... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2010 at Dysfunctional Dozen
My lovely wife and I were talking at dinner tonight about how much our son's life has changed since we adopted him almost a year and a half ago from Rwanda. A year and a half ago, he was living in an orphanage, with no family, virtually no history, and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2010 at Dysfunctional Dozen
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So my wife has encouraged me to "blog about my feelings" (sort of a running joke we have about which of us is spending too much time on the computer); but I took her seriously and decided to actually start a blog. I'll spare you the "feelings" part - after... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2010 at Dysfunctional Dozen
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