Response to Never Ending Winter

My husband wrote this for Alaska and posted it to his Facebook page. I thought it was just too cute and wanted to share it here. 🙂

ATTN: Alaska, Director of Seasonal Performances

The Alaskans in attendance would like to thank you for your hard work and dedication over the centuries and commend you for your stellar performances and visionary adaptations. The performances “Denali” and “Glaciers” have been impeccable and truly awe inspiring. However, the above mentioned attendees do have some concern with the most recent adaptations of “Seasons”. We would be honored and delighted if you would take the time to review the following concerns and consider them for your upcoming performances.

The characters Spring and Autumn. We fully understand your adaptations of the beautiful ladies, Spring and Autumn, for short and powerful prelude performances. We feel that Spring’s performance has been cut uncomfortably short in our recent viewings and we would ask that you restore her stage time to normal levels as to enjoy her beauty and glamour to its fullest. The short performances of these lovely vixens bring joy to our hearts.

The character Lady Summer. Lady Summer is by far the dearest to our hearts and her performance is the decisive reason for growing attendance in the past century. Our concern is sometimes she fails to appear on cue and other times her performance seems halfhearted. Her beauty is breathtaking when her performance is to par and we would ask you encourage her spirit with the knowledge that she is the star of the show and an inspiration to our souls.

The character Old Man Winter. We unanimously feel that Old Man Winter’s best performances are conducted only during the fading out and fading in of stage lights. Once the lights have faded in past the halfway point he becomes hard on the eyes and tiresome to the soul. We delight in his performance and don’t mind the frequent over-the-top style acting as long as his performance is restricted to his stage time. We have heard mumbling among attendees during drawn out performances and we wish to curtail this before attendance drops. Current productions have also seen Spring make a fleeting dash across stage during Old Man Winter’s stage time. This is not necessary and at times uncomfortable; it is too dark to enjoy her beauty and it distracts from Old Man Winter’s performance.

Thank you for taking the time to review our concerns and we applaud your magnificent skill and artistic renditions. We look forward to your continued productions that only you can direct. We ask that you don’t take offence to our criticisms but instead use our input to heighten the enjoyment of future audiences. We also ask that this be kept secret from the cast as to not cause hard feelings or anger Old Man Winter. Last time he was angered he would not leave the stage, assaulted Spring, gave Autumn a white wash and pushed Lady Summer off stage repeatedly.

Regards,
Alaskans
P.S. Break a leg! 
P.P.S. Figuratively this time!

 

Privacy and Online Security

I’m an avid Facebook user but I try never to post anything pertaining to my personal life and family. Facebook is continually changing its Privacy Policy and, frankly, nothing is ever truly “private” when posted on the internet. With the surge of identity theft, people focus more upon keeping their banking and credit card information safe than the mundane details of their lives, such as pictures of tonight’s dinner. Sometimes, those mundane details and routines create a larger security risk.

Facebook-vs-Google-Plus

With the increasing popularity of social networking, many different websites offer you to sign in to comment using avenues such as Facebook. Even Google+ users can use their log in for comments on sites such as YouTube. Should one avenue, such as Facebook or Google, really have access to the bits of information floating around on the many websites that ultimately converge to identify you?

I’m positive that there is far more information about me than I would desire floating around in cyberspace. Information that I rather keep out of the public eye can be found if someone was diligent and persistent enough. That is a scary proposition! We are now living in an age where child predators and criminals are virtual and faceless!

computers

Does this mean I will live in fear and close down all of my blogs and social networking profiles? No. What will I do? I will remain vigilantly cautious regarding what I post online. I don’t post pictures of my children or their names. I avoid using any GPS location services. When asked for my current city, it is left blank. I don’t have a birthday… not for social networking, anyway.

In this internet age, online security and privacy concerns will continue to remain in the forefront as a dark cloud hovering over the masses. While it’s not foolproof, careful analyses of what we post to blogs or social networking sites can help keep ourselves and our families safer. The old adage, “It’s a jungle out there!” not only fits adulthood, but online as well.

Homeschooling and the Holocaust

Interesting blog post pertinent to homeschooling, the Common Core, and the German family. Those that do not know history are doomed to repeat it.

Homeschooling Wisdom from Chris Davis

As I write this post, a family from Germany is living in a town not far from me. They are seeking asylum in America for religious reasons: they want to raise and educate their children without German State interference. They are homeschoolers, something not allowed in Germany. Our government has gone to court seeking their deportation.

Many of you know that I spend several months each year in Israel, leading tours, mostly for homeschooling families. In Israel, the Holocaust is the ever-present backdrop against which life is lived. It is part of the Israeli educational fabric; ignorance of the Holocaust is not an option.

Yet, even among educated individuals, not everyone agrees as to how the Holocaust could have happened.

“What,” you may be asking, “Does the Holocaust have to do with homeschooling?”

The answer is “More than you could ever imagine!” A quick history lesson will make this clear…

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