Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Justice for These Missing Women!

I am reading Fatal Vows by Joseph Hosey about Drew Peterson's wives.  He was convicted of killing his 3rd wife Kathleen Savio and sentenced to 38 years in prison, but his 4th wife, Stacy Peterson is still missing from Bolingbrook, Illinois in Will county. 

While reading the book, Hosey mentioned several other women that have gone missing in the same area, under similar circumstances, with their husbands (soon to be ex-husbands) as the prime suspects.

Lisa Stebic went missing on April 30, 2007, six months before Stacy Peterson's disappearance in the same place, Will county.  Her soon to be ex-husband, Craig Stebic, is considered a person of interest in her disappearance.  She has never been found.  There is a facebook group dedicated to finding justice for both Lisa Stebic and Stacy Peterson.

Joan Bernal went missing on December 9, 1988 in Downer's Grove, IL.  Charges were filed against her husband Gilbert Bernal, but dropped 11 months later because no body was found.  Joan told a relative before she disappeared that "her husband allegedly said he could kill her and put her in a barrel and make sure nobody would find her."  There were 2 barrels purchased by Gilbert Bernal, but only one was found after her disappearance.  There is a facebook page dedicated to finding Joan Bernal.

Jeri Lynn Duvall went missing on June 8, 1990 in Will county.  Her husband, Bob Duvall is the only suspect in her disappearance.  Their oldest daughter witnessed many violent acts committed by Bob against Jeri Lynn.

Mothers are Vanishing

Chronicles of a Waitress!--Part 1

I have worked at several different jobs the past 2 years, and right now I am a waitress.  It is amazing how differently you see the world, once you are on the other side of it.  I have gained a whole new respect for those whose wages are based solely on tips.

So, that said, I thought I would make a humorous list that would help people to see what it is like to serve the public.  I'm sure there will probably be some follow up posts after this.

1) Just in case you were wondering, a $4 tip for a $70 order is not acceptable.  Especially, when your waitress busted her butt for you.

2)  Please don't blame your waitress for something she has no control over.  Example: the kitchen staff drops your food on the floor, and your waitress has to wait for them to remake your food.  Your waitress makes $3.70 an hour, so when you punish her by not tipping, you are taking away her livelihood. 

3) When you give your waitress a generous tip, you make their day and restore their faith in mankind, especially when that waitress has had a rough week.

4) Gel inserts in your shoes help, but not enough!

5) I totally get high maintenance guests (since I can be one), but that requires extra work and means you should leave your waitress a better tip.

6) Waitresses are required to do more than just wait on their guests.  They are constantly working during their entire shift, doing side work in the kitchen, running other food, helping the kitchen staff.  And again, they only make $3.70 an hour, so tips are their main source of income.

Monday, January 27, 2014

A Review of Lone Survivor!

I had high expectations for the film, Lone Survivor.  It not only met them, but exceeded them.  The above video illustrates why.  Everyone that worked on the film, wanted to honor the real soldiers who died that day.  It's not often that you see loved ones of men that have died, be happy with a film that is done about their lives.

Mark Wahlberg was phenomenal and Taylor Kitsch did an amazing job.  Kitsch is best known for his role on Friday Night Lights as Riggins.  It's not often that a mother and daughter have a crush on the same guy, but that's what happened to my daughter and I when we watched Friday Night Lights.  Yet, Kitsch proved in Lone Survivor that he was a great actor, and could do more than play a hunky football player.

The film was very inspirational, and anyone that watches it without tearing up, doesn't have a heart.  It was a story of how dedicated American soldiers are to not only their country, but to each other.  Seeing what all of them persevered through and kept going, was amazing.  It inspired me in my own life, that when things get rough, I need to keep on going.

Mark Wahlberg played Marcus Luttrell who was the lone survivor.  Luttrell wrote the book about the true story that the film was based on.  I put the book on hold at the library, and can't wait to read it.

I give the movie 5 stars, I highly recommend it, and will be buying it as soon as it comes out on DVD.

Seeing My Friend Depicted in 'Lone Survivor' 
Lone Survivor: A Review
Two of My Favorite Men--Wahlberg and Hannity

Previous Movie Reviews:
World Trade Center
We Are Marshall
Amazing Grace
The Help
Iron Jawed Angels
Taking Chance
The True Story of Black Hawk Down
The Path to 911
Won't Back Down
Attack on Darfur

Friday, January 17, 2014

Two of my Favorite Men--Hannity interviews Mark Wahlberg!!

I was so excited to hear Mark Wahlberg on Sean Hannity's show today. (I went looking for the audio and this was the only video I could find that had it, but I don't support mofopolitics.)

I love Wahlberg, so hearing him on Hannity's show made my day.  Ever since they started showing previews for this movie, Lone Survivor, I have wanted to see it.

I love war movies, and to have it be based on a true story with Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch and Eric Bana in it, was too good to pass up.  I will be seeing it sometime in the next couple of days, so stay tuned for the review!!

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

A Review of Mugged!

Contrary to the myth Democrats told about themselves--that they were hairy-chested warriors for equal rights--the entire history of civil rights consists of Republicans battling Democrats to guarantee the constitutional rights of black people.

Not all Democrats were segregationists, but all segregationists were Democrats and there were enough of them to demand compliance from the rest of the party, just as today's Democrats submit to the demands of the proabortion feminists.  The civil rights protests brought attention to injustice, and voters needed to know what was happening in the Democratic South. --Ann Coulter

There are very few people who are as much of a lightening rod as Ann Coulter.  One either loves her or hates her.  Yet, liberals have such disdain for her that they don't ever find out how in-depth and well researched her books actually are.

Mugged is no different from all her other books.  I learned a lot about racial hysteria from the 70's onward.  The hoaxes that liberals have screamed about, diminish the importance of all the actual cases of racism that actually did and do exist.  I finally understand a little better how the OJ verdict came about.

Yet, the book is really more about how much damage white liberal elites do to the cause of minorities.  It is a must read for all those that care about race relations.

C-span video on the book

Previous Ann Coulter:
Intro Review of Godless
Godless Review--Part 1
In Defense of Ann Coulter 
In Defense of Ann Coulter, Again!! 

Thursday, December 26, 2013

A review of Whispers of Hope!

Whispers of Hope by Beth Moore, is an amazing 10 week prayer journal with devotionals.  I love keeping track of prayer requests, praises, and answers to prayer in my regular journal.  So, seeing this special journal set up to chronicle six aspects of prayer each day, excited me.

The six aspects of prayer are what Beth calls the P.R.A.I.S.E format.  P is for praise, R is for Repentance, A is for acknowledgement, I is for intercession, S is for supplication for self and E is for equipping. There are blank lines under each of these aspects to be able to journal. 

I especially love the equipping aspect because I wouldn't think to journal about that specifically each day, but it is important.  I love the P.R.A.I.S.E format, and will continue to use it in my personal journal.

I have to confess that I am a big Beth Moore fan.  I have yet to read a book of hers, or do a Bible Study that I don't love.  Whispers of Hope is no exception.  Beth Moore delivers once again with a wonderful devotional prayer journal that is unique and has depth to it. 

I highly recommend it!

Previous posts about other Beth Moore books:
My Favorite Time with God Stuff!
Summer Thank-fulness!
10 Quotes from my 2012 Journal!
My Life Now...

Sunday, November 24, 2013

My TV Show Smorgasbord!

These are my favorite shows this season!

1) Justified--This has been my favorite show for awhile.  I just bought the above T-shirt from the show.  The next season (Season 5) starts in January.  I was thrilled when I found out last year, that Rush loves this show as well.

2) Chicago Fire--
This show just started last year and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. It doesn't hurt that quite a few of the firefighters are hot.  An example is Taylor Kinney, who was recently featured in People and makes more than one Sexiest Male Actor's list.

3) Nashville--
I love this show. I fell in love with Connie Britton when she was on Friday Night Lights.  I think I like her character even better on Nashville as Rayna.  I also never realized what a hunk Charles Esten was until this show.  He has been on other shows but never caught my attention until now.  The rest of the cast is stellar as well, especially Hayden Panettiere.  

4) Grey's Anatomy--
There are certain shows that I can watch over and over again and Grey's Anatomy is one of them. I often say that it is free therapy because of how the show deals with issues so well. I still love this show even though its in its' 10th season. It will probably make my list of top 10 shows of all time.

5) I Survived...--
My son and I watch this together. I like it better than my murder shows because its a little more optimistic in that the people live ;-).

6) The Good Wife--
This show does such a great job of keeping you hooked into the story line. The actors are great as well. My favorites are Julianna Margulies and Matt Czuchry.

7) Sons of Anarchy--
I have watched all of this show with a friend. I still haven't gotten caught up to the current season yet. Its a gritty show but good, you can vicariously imagine life in a motorcycle gang when you watch it. Since, that will probably never happen for me, its fun to watch. I of course, love Charlie Hunnam, and am really impressed with Katey Sagal, this is by far her best role ever.

8) The Middle--
I'm pretty sure this is my favorite family comedy of all time. I have never really been that impressed with family comedies in general, but this one is priceless. It reminds me so much of my family.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

My "48 Days to the Work I Love" Journey--Days 5 & 6

Three words are used interchangeably and shouldn't be: vocation, career and job.  The distinctions are significant.

Vocation is the most profound of the three, incorporating calling, purpose, mission and destiny.

Remembering the happiest times in your life and the times when you felt most fulfilled are better indicators of your calling than just knowing what you can do.--Dan Miller
Day 5
--Read Chapter 3
--Are you making deposits of success in the other important life areas?

Day 6
--Talk to 2 people about your new understanding of vocation, career and job.
--Answer questions from Chapter 3
Ultimately, money is never enough compensation for investing our time and energy.  We need a sense of meaning, purpose and accomplishment.  Anything that does not blend our values, dreams, and passions will cause us, on some level, to choke.  A life well lived must go beyond just making a paycheck--even if it's a very large one.

If money is the only reward of your job, you will begin to see deterioration in your life physically, emotionally, spiritually and relationally.--Dan Miller
One of the most significant things I learned from this chapter is that it will help my job search if I am making deposits of success in other areas of my life.  These other areas are: family, recreation, community, church and personal development.  They should all be in balance with my work, instead of work being the most important thing.

Monday, November 04, 2013

My "48 Days to the Work I Love" Journey--Days 3 & 4

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need.  If God allowed us to go through our lives without any obstacles, it would cripple us.  We would not be as strong and we could never fly!--Dan Miller

Change, even if unwelcome, forces us to reevaluate what our best options are.--Dan Miller

Day 3
--Read Chapter 2
--Recap your own work history 

Day 4
--Answer the questions at the end of Chapter 2

The secret of success is focus of purpose.--Thomas Edison

When you get to heaven, God is not going to ask you why you weren't more like Mother Theresa.  He's likely to ask you why you weren't more like you.--Dan Miller
I finally reflected on the question from Day 2,
"What was I born to do?"
--I realized how to combine all of my interests.
--I was born to write and/or talk about issues that I'm passionate about.

In reflecting on my work history, I realized I have had a lot more jobs than I realized.  Since, I've been a Homeschool Mom for so long, I hadn't really taken into account how many jobs I've actually worked at.

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Christi Paul, Christians and Divorce

"Think about it - hasn't every good thing that's happened in your life happened because something 'changed'? So why do we fear it?"--Christi Paul
"If you live off a man's compliments, you'll die from his criticism". - Cornelius Lindsey
Earlier this year, I did a post reviewing Christi Paul's book, Love Isn't Supposed to Hurt.  It is an excellent book, because it shows how difficult it is to leave an abusive marriage as a Christian when it's verbal abuse.

I think the Christian world has done a disservice to women, in that they want marriage to be saved at all costs.  It is a reaction to the high divorce rate, even among Christians.  I understand the reaction, but many women are trampled upon in the process.  The Christian world doesn't want people to come up with "excuses" to get a divorce.  Yet, abuse of any kind is not an excuse.

The other thing that bothers me, and many other divorcees mention this as well, is that often used quote in Christendom and other places, "divorce is the easy way out."  Divorce is many things, but an easy way out, it is not.

I didn't initiate the divorce, and I didn't want my kids to go through the repercussions of divorce, but in reflecting on my marriage, I put up with things that I never should have.  And why did I do that?  It was because Christians aren't supposed to get divorced.
But after four years of a marriage like that, I knew I was either going to have a breakdown or a breakout.  I chose to breakout.  I finally realized I'd rather live authentically than live a lie.--Christi Paul 
Recently, Paul wrote a great article entitled, The Benefits of Verbal Abuse.  Despite it being on the Huffington Post website, it's worth reading.

"The first step to getting what you want is having the courage to get rid of what you don't."--Christi Paul
Paul empowers all women to learn from their difficult situations and change their lives.  She has encouraged and inspired me in my life.  She was hesitant to speak out for many years, but now that she has, she has been a source of great encouragement.  A lesson to all of us to be open to sharing the difficult areas of our life, we never know who we might uplift.